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UBS cannot arbitrate with Nasdaq over Facebook IPO: court

UBS cannot arbitrate with Nasdaq over Facebook IPO: court

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected UBS AG's bid to compel Nasdaq OMX Group Inc to arbitrate a dispute over how the exchange operator handled Facebook Inc's May 2012 initial public offering. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court judge's conclusion that UBS' claims were not subject to arbitration. UBS claimed that Nasdaq's mismanagement of the IPO caused the Swiss bank to unintentionally amass tens of millions of Facebook shares, ultimately resulting in more than $350 million of losses. ...

Leaner Sony gains smartphone lift despite its own mobile malaise

Leaner Sony gains smartphone lift despite its own mobile malaise

By Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp posted a smaller than expected second-quarter operating loss on Friday, hailed by its finance chief as proof that the Japanese group's restructuring program is paying off. The company said the reduced operating loss was due in part to rising sales of image sensors to smartphone manufacturers, though the poor showing from its own Xperia phones weighed heavily on results. ...

Samsung Electronics seeks China comeback with first metallic smartphones

Samsung Electronics seeks China comeback with first metallic smartphones

By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled two mid-tier handsets with a premium design as it prepared to deliver a riposte to its low-priced Chinese rivals and reclaim its title as the top brand in the world's biggest smartphone market. Samsung's smartphone woes began late last year and persisted through July-September, with its global market share down on year for the third straight quarter and its profit scraping at a three-year low. ...

Tencent teams up with IBM to offer business software over the cloud

Tencent teams up with IBM to offer business software over the cloud

BEIJING (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Friday it would collaborate with International Business Machines Corp (IBM) on a new cloud software business for corporate customers, a marked departure for one of the dominant forces in China's consumer Internet industry. Best known for its popular WeChat messaging app and its online games rather than business software, Tencent said its cloud unit would now target small and medium enterprises in the healthcare and "smart city" industries. ...

Oi, rivals agree to bid for Brazil's TIM, Folha says

Oi, rivals agree to bid for Brazil's TIM, Folha says

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Mexico's America Movil SAB, Spain's Telefonica SA and Brazil's Grupo Oi SA agreed to bid for TIM Participações SA then to break up Brazil's second-largest wireless carrier, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported on Friday. Folha reported without attribution that the accord between the three companies is far from finalized, but they agreed in principle to pay 31.5 billion reais ($13.1 billion) for TIM, Telecom Italia SpA's Brazilian unit. That price includes a 5 percent premium to controlling and minority shareholders of TIM, the paper added. ...

HTC forecasts higher fourth-quarter sales; above market estimates

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp said on Friday that it expects revenue in the fourth quarter to reach T$43 billion-T$47 billion ($1.4 billion-$1.57 billion), beating market expectations of T$41.5 billion. The forecast was also better than the T$41.86 billion revenue in the third quarter, the company said in a statement, without elaborating. Gross profit margin in the fourth quarter is expected to be between 19 and 21 percent, it said. The gross margin was 22.9 percent in the third quarter. ...

Samsung's Galaxy A5 and A3 smartphones are its thinnest ever

Samsung's Galaxy A5 and A3 smartphones are its thinnest ever

In light of disappointing earnings, Samsung just told the world that it's planning to "fundamentally reform" its take the smartphone. Today Samsung announced a pair of metal smartphones that have seemingly been designed for social media addicts and selfie takers. Aside from their premium unibody builds, the Galaxy A3 and A5 won't blow anyone away in terms of what's inside, but they're nothing to scoff at either.

Video offers a tantalizing peek at what Lollipop will look like on the Galaxy S5

Video offers a tantalizing peek at what Lollipop will look like on the Galaxy S5

Android 5.0 Lollipop is the most anticipated Android release since Jelly Bean first hit the scene in 2012 and we’re especially excited to see what it will look like on this year’s most popular Android device, the Galaxy S5. SamMobile has gotten its hands on the latest Samsung build for Lollipop and has put together a great video showing how Samsung has refined its approach to integrating the new software with its TouchWiz overlay. RELATED: Your Galaxy S5 may get Android 5.0 Lollipop in time for the holidays SamMobile notes that Samsung has made a lot of UI changes since the last time we saw an early build of Lollipop on the Galaxy S5, as the company has added a

Has Apple quietly fixed its iPhone 6 Plus ‘Bendgate’ problem?

Has Apple quietly fixed its iPhone 6 Plus ‘Bendgate’ problem?

Ignoring the idiotic instances where people intentionally started bending iPhone 6 units in stores just to prove it can be done, Apple did have an iPhone 6 Bendgate problem, which genuinely affected some early buyers. Early reports have shown that the iPhone 6 Plus was more prone to bending than its smaller sibling, with some users explaining why the iPhone 6 Plus can bend in a certain way — apparently the area around the bottom volume button lacks the kind of reinforcement that can prevent bending. However, Apple might have fixed the issue, one Reddit user seems to indicate. FROM EARLIER: Yet another Apple fan who mocked ‘Bendgate’ finds himself disturbed by a slightly bent iPhone 6 Plus Redditor doctorkuddles says that

The entire history of Apple products captured in one fantastic poster

The entire history of Apple products captured in one fantastic poster

When you think of Apple in 2014, the first device that comes to mind is probably the iPhone. Few products have had as much of a cultural impact as Apple’s smartphone, but the iPhone is just one branch of Apple’s prolific history. Pop Chart Lab recently released the third edition of its “Insanely Great History of Apple” poster, featuring over 500 Apple releases, from the Dot Matrix Printer to the iPad Air 2. FROM EARLIER: Anonymous Apple employees reveal what it’s like to work for Tim Cook The poster is split into several product categories, including monitors, keyboards, portable devices and software. Seeing everything in one place, it’s interesting to note which products faded away into the annals of history and which are still being iterated

Before the NSA, there was the USPS

Imagine opening your mailbox to find a note that reads, “Show all mail to for copying prior to going out on the street.” Last year, one man did just that, leading to the discovery of secret surveillance programs for U.S. snail mail.

These pictures show the Nexus 6’s camera is just as awesome for nighttime photos

These pictures show the Nexus 6’s camera is just as awesome for nighttime photos

The Nexus 6 is Google’s most advanced Nexus smartphone yet, with the company focusing on premium Nexus devices this year that feature high-end specs and matching prices. The Nexus 6 has top-notch hardware across the board and the phone’s camera is supposed to offer a significantly better performance than previous models. Even though the Nexus 6 is not available to users for extensive camera testing, one Googler has just posted camera samples taken at night with the Nexus phablet. FROM EARLIER: These are the first photos taken with Google’s hot new Nexus 6 The first camera samples taken with the Nexus 6’s main 13-megapixel rear camera — which packs a Sony IMX214 CMOS sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS) — were posted online a few

Pirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court on Friday sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities.

Slack is now the fastest-growing workplace software ever

Slack is now the fastest-growing workplace software ever

Slack has become a big enough deal that it almost makes you care about enterprise software. The company, which integrates a kind of sophisticated group chat with dozens of other software services that your company may already use, has spread like wildfire in the corporate world. Before February, no one had ever heard of Slack; seemingly overnight, it was being used in every business in tech.

iPhone fans are trashing Apple Pay rival CurrentC in App Store reviews – here are the funniest ones

iPhone fans are trashing Apple Pay rival CurrentC in App Store reviews – here are the funniest ones

MCX may claim that its CurrentC mobile payment platform is a bold challenge to the mobile payments status quo but its target audience isn’t seeing it that way so far. In fact, it looks that like as Android fans have done, iPhone fans have also taken to trashing CurrentC on their favorite platform’s app store and are often doing so in rather humorous ways. RELATED: This might be the reason MCX retailers won’t let you use Apple Pay, even if they want to In fact, although CurrentC is averaging one star right now on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play, the best reviews being written are the rare five-star reviews, largely because they trash the app in ways that are

Boneface's art turns your childhood into a brutal, bloody mess

Boneface's art turns your childhood into a brutal, bloody mess

Liverpool artist Boneface grew up absorbing 1990s pop culture like video games and comics, and in a lot of ways, little has changed since then. "I used to draw superheroes and video game characters and monsters and crap back then," he says. "I just get paid to do it now."

Building a better Paris in 'Assassin's Creed Unity'

Building a better Paris in 'Assassin's Creed Unity'

It took 182 years to build the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, starting with the first bricks in 1163. For Caroline Miousse, a level artist on Assassin's Creed Unity, building a virtual likeness centuries later took considerably less time — she spent around two years modelling the landmark inside and out. "I made some other stuff in the game," she says, "but 80 percent of my time was spent on the Notre Dame."

Here is the most idiotic reaction to Tim Cook coming out as gay

Here is the most idiotic reaction to Tim Cook coming out as gay

When Tim Cook came out as gay on Thursday, the reaction from fellow tech leaders and from most politicians was largely positive. We knew that not everyone would react this way, however, and sure enough The Washington Post has cataloged some of the more idiotic reactions to Cook coming out. While some of the reactions were fairly predictable — really, who didn’t think the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer would say something stupid? — the most boneheaded reaction so far actually comes to us from Vitaly Milonov, a Russian member of parliament who wants Cook banned from entering his country for life. VIDEO: This is why Tim Cook finally decided to come out as gay “What could he bring us? The Ebola

Starbucks will begin delivering coffee next year

Starbucks will begin delivering coffee next year

Starbucks will begin delivering coffee and food in select markets next year, as part of its push to expand into e-commerce. CEO Howard Schultz revealed the company's plans during its quarterly earnings conference call yesterday, saying that the delivery service will be available to loyalty program members through a new Mobile Order and Pay app debuting later this year.

Andy Rubin calls it quits, ditches Google to build his own hardware incubator

Andy Rubin calls it quits, ditches Google to build his own hardware incubator

Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android and former Android Guru inside Google, is leaving the company to start a tech incubator for start-ups that want to build hardware, The New York Times reports. After being removed from the Android team last year and replaced with Sundar Pichai, Rubin was put in charge of Google’s new robotics division. FROM EARLIER: How the original iPhone forced Google to completely rebuild Android “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. With Android he created something truly remarkable — with a billion-plus happy users,” Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement. Rubin’s departure is just one of the recent changes at Google. Only last week, Google gave Pichai even more

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Inspiration for Harry Potter nemesis Umbridge revealed on website

Inspiration for Harry Potter nemesis Umbridge revealed on website

LONDON (Reuters) - As a Halloween treat for her fans, J.K. Rowling has revealed that the much-hated character Dolores Umbridge from her "Harry Potter" stories is based on a teacher to whom she took an instant dislike - but whose name she has not disclosed. Umbridge, played by actress Imelda Staunton in the film adaptations of the hugely popular fantasy series, is the seemingly sweet but innately vicious teacher at Hogwarts who bans young Harry from playing Quidditch and forces him to write the words "I must not tell lies" on the back of his hand. In an essay posted on Friday on her Pottermore. ...

Hungary's Orban puts Internet tax on hold after huge protests

Hungary's Orban puts Internet tax on hold after huge protests

By Krizstina Than and Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban froze plans on Friday to impose a tax on Internet traffic, climbing down in the face of massive street protests and warnings from the European Union that the levy was a mistake. Opponents of the tax, who said it would have hurt consumers already struggling with a faltering economy, described the U-turn as a major victory. ...

Suspect identified in eight graffiti vandalism cases in National Parks

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal officials have publicly identified a woman suspected of graffiti vandalism in at least eight national parks across the West, including Yosemite and Death Valley in California, and credit social media for helping pinpoint the alleged culprit. Casey Nocket of New York state has not been arrested or charged but was confirmed on Thursday as "the major suspect" in an investigation of one of the most widespread acts of serial vandalism documented in the National Park System. ...

Twitter product chief sidelined as user engagement slides

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has sidelined the product chief it recently poached from rival Google Inc, in the latest executive reshuffle at the online messaging service, according to a source familiar with the situation. Former consumer product chief Daniel Graf will now oversee strategic initiatives such as geo-location mobile features, the person said on condition of anonymity because the move was not public. Kevin Weil, who was head of revenue-generating products, will now take charge of all products at the company, the person said. ...

Hiring business drives LinkedIn's revenue beat

Hiring business drives LinkedIn's revenue beat

By Arathy S Nair and Lehar Maan (Reuters) - Corporate networking site LinkedIn Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as more businesses used its services to hire staff. The company's hiring business has been thriving as employers find its services more helpful in assessing a candidate's suitability for a role. Strong growth in the hiring business and rapid expansion in international markets such as China are considered by analysts to be the main growth drivers for the company in the next few quarters. ...

Expedia's third-quarter profit soars 50 percent

By Jeffrey Dastin (Reuters) - Expedia Inc reported robust third-quarter earnings on Thursday and topped analyst estimates, as strong hotel bookings boosted the company's profit by more than 50 percent from the year-earlier quarter. The world's largest online travel company by bookings posted net income of $257.1 million and earned $1.94 per diluted share, well ahead of Wall Street's average estimate of $1.74, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...

Comcast, AT&T seek to reassure on no plans for Internet 'fast lanes'

Comcast, AT&T seek to reassure on no plans for Internet 'fast lanes'

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Comcast Corp and AT&T Inc have no plans to create Internet "fast lanes" that may hurt consumers' freedom to roam the Web, the leading U.S. broadband providers told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in recent letters. Senator Patrick Leahy last week wrote to top Internet service providers (ISPs), urging them to pledge that they would not enter any so-called paid prioritization deals, in which content companies would pay ISPs to ensure smooth and fast delivery of their traffic. ...

Oklahoma teen arrested for threatening shooting spree at school

By Heide Barndes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma teenager has been arrested on suspicion of making online threats to go on a shooting spree at his high school, law enforcement officials said on Thursday. The 15-year-old student has not been identified. He made the threats on Wednesday against Duncan High School, in the southern part of the state, on a phone-based social media site, Duncan police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. The arrest follows a shooting at a Washington state high school last week in which a teenager used a handgun to shoot five classmates. ...

U.S. warns China against dragging out technology trade deal

U.S. warns China against dragging out technology trade deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China must move ahead with a global deal to eliminate duties on billions of dollars of technology products or risk upsetting other trade talks, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Thursday. The United States and Europe have blamed China, the world's biggest exporter of IT products, for derailing talks on a pact on technology trade by asking for too many exemptions. China is due to chair an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on Nov. ...

Vice Media teams up with Canada's Rogers to build Toronto studio

By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Vice Media, a maker of edgy videos popular with younger viewers, has teamed up with Rogers Communications Inc to build a studio in Toronto to produce news, documentaries and other content with Canadian filmmakers. The C$100 million ($89.43 million) deal announced by the companies on Thursday includes plans for a Vice TV network across Canada. The studio is due to launch some time next year. ...

Design site Minted raises new cash, expands into textiles

Design site Minted raises new cash, expands into textiles

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Minted, an online marketplace for stationery and art, has raised $38 million in new financing as it taps into consumer demand for small-batch, high-participation manufacturing, it said Thursday. The money will help Minted expand into textiles and set up a new system where popular designers on the site can create their own storefronts within the larger Minted site. ...

Only top legislators informed of White House computer attack

Only top legislators informed of White House computer attack

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An attack by hackers on a White House computer network earlier this month was considered so sensitive that only a small group of senior congressional leaders were initially notified about it, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials said the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the heads of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, collectively known as the "Gang of Eight," were told last week of the cyber attack, which had occurred several days earlier. ...

China's Internet chief accuses U.S. of hacking but says talks 'unhindered'

China's Internet chief accuses U.S. of hacking but says talks 'unhindered'

BEIJING (Reuters) - Eighty percent of Chinese government websites have been attacked by hackers, with most of the assaults launched from the United States, a top Chinese Internet regulator said on Thursday. Lu Wei, head of the State Internet Information Office, condemned the use of "superior technology to attack or steal secrets". But he described U.S.-China dialogue on cybersecurity as "unhindered", less than a week after the talks appeared to have stalled. Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechi told U.S. ...

Alibaba plays trademark card to protect lead as China's $8 billion e-commerce spree nears

Alibaba plays trademark card to protect lead as China's $8 billion e-commerce spree nears

BEIJING (Reuters) - A trademark spat between Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and rival JD.com flared into public view after JD published an Alibaba letter urging publishers to be careful about advertising in promotions for China's annual "Singles' Day" spree, the world's largest online shopping day. In the letter, dated Oct. 16 and published on Thursday on a JD social media account, Alibaba's Tmall.com marketplace warned Chinese publishers against running ads with the "Double Eleven" motif that are not official Alibaba promotions. ...

Factbox: Midterm elections' impact on U.S. energy, environment agenda

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The 2014 U.S. mid-term elections could shake up Congress in the midst of two major transformations in energy and environmental policy. A boom in the production of shale oil and gas has turned the United States into an energy superpower, putting the country on course to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest oil producer. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has moved ahead with its Climate Action Plan, a strategy to use regulations to address global warming without action from Congress. ...

With selfies and listicles, U.S. politicians go vote-hunting on social media

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From viral videos to selfies, listicles and "throwback Thursday" photos, candidates in the Nov. 4 midterm elections are leaving no social media stone unturned. Where a 2010 gubernatorial or congressional campaign could proudly claim an active presence on Twitter as something almost fashion-forward, in 2014 a multifaceted digital strategy is seen as a prerequisite, even if little research exists to show how much online politicking translates into votes. Virtually all candidates are on Twitter and Facebook. ...

Ridesharing company Uber gains ground in Las Vegas courtroom

Ridesharing company Uber gains ground in Las Vegas courtroom

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The ridesharing company Uber gained ground in Las Vegas Wednesday when a District Court judge ruled against a restraining order that would have temporarily prohibited it from operating in Clark County, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Taxi drivers around the world have urged lawmakers to regulate or ban such services, which allow users to use apps on their smartphones to hire a private driver, rather than calling a taxi company. ...

Naver third quarter profit up 88 percent as chat app Line lifts overseas sales

By Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Naver Corp , South Korea's top internet portal operator, reported an annual 88 percent rise in operating profit for July-September, mostly in line with expectations as Japan-based chat app subsidiary Line Corp continued to fuel growth. Line reported net sales of 208.5 billion won ($198.0 million), up 57.1 percent from a year earlier, buoyed by brisk sales of games and "stickers," or special emoticons. For July-September, Naver reported an operating profit of 189 billion won, compared with a mean estimate of 201 billion won, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...

Televisa launches new fixed-line phone, internet deal

By Elinor Comlay and Tomás Sarmiento MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Grupo Televisa is launching a new fixed-price package for an unlimited home-phone and internet service in an effort to snap up customers from billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil . The package, which combines broadband with unlimited calls to fixed lines and mobiles within Mexico, the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe, will launch in Mexico City next month, vice president for telecommunications Adolfo Lagos told Reuters in an interview. ...

Naver third quarter operating profit up 88 percent year-on-year

SEOUL (Reuters) - Naver Corp , South Korea's top internet portal operator, said on Thursday its third-quarter profit rose 88 percent from a year earlier, mostly in line with forecasts, lifted by revenue growth at its messaging app subsidiary Line Corp . Naver reported a July-September operating profit of 189 billion won ($179.46 million), compared with a 201 billion won mean estimate of 23 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. It reported an operating profit of 105 billion won a year ago and 191 billion won in the previous quarter. ...

Akamai expects strong U.S. dollar to weigh on fourth-quarter revenue

By Soham Chatterjee (Reuters) - Akamai Technologies Inc , whose service helps speed up delivery of Web content, said a stronger U.S. dollar would hurt revenue growth in the current quarter, sending its shares down as much as 5 percent in after-market trade. The company forecast revenue of $515-$535 million for the fourth quarter, largely below the average analyst estimate of $531.3 million. The tepid revenue forecast took the shine off Akamai's higher-than-expected third-quarter results that drove up the company's shares as much as 6 percent earlier. ...

China's Baidu posts third quarter revenue below analysts' targets

China's Baidu posts third quarter revenue below analysts' targets

(Reuters) - Baidu Inc posted a less-than-expected 52 percent surge in third-quarter revenue, even as mobile traffic for China's dominant Internet search engine continued to grow. On Wednesday, the company referred to as "China's Google" forecast a 45.4 to 49.6 percent rise in revenue this quarter, generally in line with Wall Street projections but a marginal deceleration in its pace of expansion. Baidu showed it has been spending more on marketing and content, and on acquiring users. Traffic acquisition costs grew to 12.9 percent of overall revenue, or 1.742 billion yuan in the third quarter. ...

IBM, Twitter to partner on business data analytics

IBM, Twitter to partner on business data analytics

By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday announced a partnership with Twitter to help shape business decisions using data collected from tweets worldwide. IBM will help businesses predict trends in the marketplace and consumer sentiment about products and brands and will train 10,000 employees to consult businesses on the best use of Twitter data. IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty has been trying to shift the 100-year-old company's focus away from commoditized hardware to higher-value cloud and data analytics products. ...

Twenty-nine charged in Chicago with 'cracking cards' bank fraud scheme

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Twenty-nine people in the Chicago area face state or federal charges for involvement with a bank fraud scheme known as "cracking cards," which found participants through rap music and social media, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The multimillion-dollar scheme, which started on Chicago's South Side about three years ago, involved recruiting bank customers to give up their debit cards and PIN numbers with the promise of making fast cash, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said. ...

Barry Diller's IAC makes handsome profit from online matchmaking

Barry Diller's IAC makes handsome profit from online matchmaking

By Sai Sachin R (Reuters) - Money can't buy you love, but Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp knows the search for it can be rather lucrative. Higher revenue from dating websites such as Match.com and OurTime.com helped the company triple its profit and beat Street estimates in the third quarter. Shares of IAC, which also owns the popular mobile dating app Tinder, rose as much as 5 percent on Wednesday. Revenue from IAC's dating services business rose 5 percent due to higher revenue from North America and more paid subscribers. Paid subscribers across its dating websites grew 9 percent to 3. ...

BlackBerry CEO pens open letter ahead of Classic launch

BlackBerry CEO pens open letter ahead of Classic launch

TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen penned an open letter to current and former BlackBerry users on Wednesday in a push to create some buzz for the company's new BlackBerry Classic device, which is set to debut later this year. The Classic, which bears striking similarities to the company's once wildly popular Bold smartphone, will come with a complete top row of navigation keys and a trackpad. Those are features that many BlackBerry fans missed when the company rolled out its revamped BlackBerry 10 line of devices last year. ...

Facebook spending gets thumbs up from analysts - if not investors

Facebook spending gets thumbs up from analysts - if not investors

By Tenzin Pema and Supantha Mukherjee (Reuters) - Another day, another quarterly report from a technology company that disappointed investors. Facebook Inc's shares fell as much as 7.4 percent to $74.78 in early trading on Wednesday, a day after the company revealed aggressive spending plans for 2015. But analysts were taking a more upbeat view, saying the heavy spending will drive long-term growth and reinforce the social networking giant's market dominance. ...

Around 100,000 Hungarians rally for democracy as internet tax hits nerve

Around 100,000 Hungarians rally for democracy as internet tax hits nerve

By Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - (This Oct. 28 story corrects the first date in quote in eighth paragraph) About 100,000 Hungarians rallied on Tuesday night to protest at a planned tax on data traffic and the broader course of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government they saw as undermining democracy and relations with European Union peers. It was by far the largest protest since his center-right government took power in 2010 and pursued moves to redefine many walks of life, drawing accusations of creeping authoritarianism, although it was re-elected by a landslide this year. ...

Cyber breaches put 18.5 million Californians' data at risk in 2013: report

Cyber breaches put 18.5 million Californians' data at risk in 2013: report

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Cyber intrusions and other data breaches put the personal records of 18.5 million Californians, nearly half the state's population, at risk in 2013, a seven-fold increase over the year before, the state attorney general reported on Tuesday. The number of data breaches reported by companies and government entities increased 28 percent, from 131 in 2012 to 167 last year, more than half of them, or 53 percent, caused by cyber incursions such as computer hacking and malware, the report said. ...

Magyar Telekom flags austerity if Internet tax passes

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's market-leading telecommunications firm Magyar Telekom may be forced to cut back investments or review its staffing if a planned new Internet tax takes effect, Chief Executive Chris Mattheisen was quoted as saying on Tuesday. He told the business portal portfolio.hu that the tax burden in Hungary was limiting the Deutsche Telekom unit's profitability and its shares' dividend potential, a big factor in their attractiveness. The center-right government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has followed years of sectoral surtaxes with a new plan to tax data transfers. ...

Facebook warns of increased spending, shares fall

Facebook warns of increased spending, shares fall

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc warned on Tuesday of a dramatic increase in spending in 2015 and projected a slowdown in revenue growth this quarter, slicing a tenth off its market value. The hefty spending plans exposed the first signs of stress in the rock-solid support that investors have accorded the social networking company over the past year. ...

Digital bank Atom seeks $32 million ahead 2015 launch: Sky News

(Reuters) - New British banking venture Atom is tapping investors to raise about 20 million pounds ($32.27 million) ahead of its planned launch next year, the Sky News reported late Tuesday. Atom, which plans to offer its services online and have no physical branches, is expected to raise the current round of funding from existing and new shareholders, the website said. Few of the prominent bankers have agreed to contribute to Atom's new fundraising, which would value the company up to 30 million pounds, Sky News said. ...

Canada's RBC withdrew from Alibaba IPO after employee's inadvertent comment

Canada's RBC withdrew from Alibaba IPO after employee's inadvertent comment

TORONTO (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Canada said on Tuesday it pulled out of and forfeited fees in the Alibaba initial public offering, after an employee commented on the deal during the quiet period before the world's largest IPO. "An employee unrelated to the Alibaba IPO process inadvertently made a comment about the transaction on an industry webinar during the period leading up to the offering," the bank said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. ...

Taco Bell, fast-food rivals push toward mobile ordering

Taco Bell, fast-food rivals push toward mobile ordering

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taco Bell on Tuesday debuted its mobile app that allows customers to place an order, customize their food, access special offers and pay from their phones. The move from the chain owned by Yum Brands Inc comes as restaurants, including McDonald's Corp and, seek to use mobile technology to ring up more sales and speed up service. "We believe mobile ordering and payment is the biggest innovation since the drive-thru," Taco Bell President Brian Niccol said in a statement. ...

Judge dismisses Noriega case against Activision over videogame

By Andrew Chung (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has dismissed former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's lawsuit against Activision Blizzard Inc over his depiction in the popular videogame "Call of Duty: Black Ops II." Judge William Fahey of Los Angeles Superior Court granted Activision's special motion to strike the case, under a California statute that seeks to prevent lawsuits stifling free speech. Monday's ruling was made public on Tuesday. ...

U.S. officials urge more govt-business cooperation on cybersecurity

U.S. officials urge more govt-business cooperation on cybersecurity

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Tuesday urged corporate America to work with the government to fend off cyber threats and said intelligence and law enforcement authorities are working to get useful information to companies about potential attacks. The FBI has presented more than three dozen classified, sector-specific threat briefings to companies in the past year, John Carlin, head of the Justice Department's National Security Division, said at a conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. ...

Snapdeal founder eyes Alibaba playbook with funding deal

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Kunal Bahl, co-founder of Indian online marketplace Snapdeal, has come a long way from his days as a business school student selling detergent in U.S. supermarkets. After final negotiations over a sushi breakfast earlier this month, Snapdeal on Tuesday unveiled a $627 million investment from Japan's SoftBank, one of the high-profile early backers -- and now major shareholder -- in China's Alibaba. The deal marks the largest single investment in an Indian e-commerce firm to date. ...

Google's YouTube explores paid, ad-free video service

Google's YouTube explores paid, ad-free video service

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - YouTube, the popular online video service owned by Google Inc, is planning to offer a paid, ad-free version, the head of the site said. The move would represent a significant change for the world’s No. 1 online video website, whose free videos, often accompanied by short commercials, attract more than 1 billion users a month. “There are going to be cases where people are going to say ‘I don’t want to see the ads or I want to have a different kind of experience’,” Susan Wojcicki, a Google senior vice president who heads the YouTube business, said at the Code/Mobile technology conference in Half Moon Bay, California late on Monday. Wojcicki, who became the head of YouTube in February after several years overseeing Google’s multibillion-dollar advertising business, said a paid video service was “near-term” but provided few details, including how much a subscription would cost.

Twitter's efforts to engage users yet to fully pay off

Twitter's efforts to engage users yet to fully pay off

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc's efforts to improve user engagement and growth rates are taking longer than expected to gain traction, prompting a wave of rating and price target cuts on the stock. Twitter's shares fell 14 percent to a near four-month low of$41.80 in early trading on Tuesday. Up to Monday's close, the stock had already fallen about 24 pct this year. The online messaging service, known for its maximum 140 character "tweets", said on Monday its timeline views per user, a measure of engagement, fell 7 percent in the third quarter. ...

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The entire history of Apple products captured in one fantastic poster

The entire history of Apple products captured in one fantastic poster

When you think of Apple in 2014, the first device that comes to mind is probably the iPhone. Few products have had as much of a cultural impact as Apple’s smartphone, but the iPhone is just one branch of Apple’s prolific history. Pop Chart Lab recently released the third edition of its “Insanely Great History of Apple” poster, featuring over 500 Apple releases, from the Dot Matrix Printer to the iPad Air 2. FROM EARLIER: Anonymous Apple employees reveal what it’s like to work for Tim Cook The poster is split into several product categories, including monitors, keyboards, portable devices and software. Seeing everything in one place, it’s interesting to note which products faded away into the annals of history and which are still being iterated

Apple threatened to remove the best iOS 8 widgets in the App Store… and then changed its mind

Apple threatened to remove the best iOS 8 widgets in the App Store… and then changed its mind

Good news: It looks like you’ll still be able to whip out your iOS 8-powered iPhone or iPad, head to Notification Center, and perform some quick calculations on a calculator widget that you previously placed in the Today section. TechCrunch now reports that Apple has decided against an earlier decision to reject calculator apps from building iOS 8 widgets, which should come as a relief to apps like PCalc that first started complaining about Apple’s widget policies earlier this week. FROM EARLIER: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets “The PCalc app and widget will remain in the App Store, and all calculator-type widgets will be allowed as well, an Apple spokesperson has confirmed to us,” TechCrunch

How to fix the worst bugs in iOS 8.1

How to fix the worst bugs in iOS 8.1

Apple’s latest version of iOS is a huge improvement over other recent builds. It’s a particularly substantial improvement over iOS 8.0.1, which bricked about 30,000 iPhones in late September. As solid as iOS 8.1 is, however, the software still has some bugs that can be a big headache for iPhone and iPad users around the world. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are already things you can do to address all of iOS 8.1’s most troublesome bugs. FROM EARLIER: Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging through your library when you show them a photo Gizmodo has put together a nice list of the most annoying bugs plaguing people with iPhones, iPads and iPod touch handhelds

7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get free for a limited time (save $23!)

7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get free for a limited time (save $23!)

It’s been a great week so far for paid iPhone and iPad apps that were made available for free for a limited time, and a few good ones from Wednesday’s post are still free if you hurry. Thursday is another day, however, and today we have another batch of seven apps to share. Want to download $23 worth of nifty iOS apps without paying a dime? Scroll through the list below and hurry before these limited-time sales end. DON’T MISS: Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging through your library when you show them a photo These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no

BlackBerry CEO pens open letter ahead of Classic launch

BlackBerry CEO pens open letter ahead of Classic launch

TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen penned an open letter to current and former BlackBerry users on Wednesday in a push to create some buzz for the company's new BlackBerry Classic device, which is set to debut later this year. The Classic, which bears striking similarities to the company's once wildly popular Bold smartphone, will come with a complete top row of navigation keys and a trackpad. Those are features that many BlackBerry fans missed when the company rolled out its revamped BlackBerry 10 line of devices last year. ...

Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging through your library when you show them a photo

Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging through your library when you show them a photo

It’s happened to all of us. There’s a photo on your iPhone or iPad that you want to show to a friend or relative. Maybe it’s a picture of your new baby or a photo you snapped while on vacation. The person spends a few seconds looking at the image while oooing and ahhing, and then quickly proceeds to begin swiping through the rest of your photo library. Having to leap forward and snatch an iPhone out of your grandmother’s hands before she gets to your naked selfies is never fun, but there’s a great hidden trick in iOS 8 to make sure it never happens again. FROM EARLIER: This hidden iOS 8 trick will add a great dimming effect to your iPhone’s

9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now (save $26!)

9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now (save $26!)

When it rains, it pours… and today it’s definitely pouring. After sharing eight great paid iPhone and iPad apps on Tuesday that were all available as free downloads for a limited time (some are still free!), we’re back on Wednesday with a fresh new batch of apps. Today’s list includes nine nifty apps that would regularly cost you a total of $26 to download, but for a limited time they’re all completely free. DON’T MISS: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo 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.

Shots fired: Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra says iPhone 6 looks so good because it swiped features from HTC

Shots fired: Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra says iPhone 6 looks so good because it swiped features from HTC

Tired of having to defend his company against claims that its products (including hardware, software and even online presentation) are shameless copies of their respective Apple versions, Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra on Tuesday said at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJD conference that some of Apple’s most recent products also take cues from rivals, Gigaom reports. FROM EARLIER: Video: Meet the one shameless iPad mini knockoff worth checking out “The iPhone 6 carries design-language that is very HTC-like,” Barra said. Furthermore, iOS’s quick settings are inspired by similar features in Android, he added. While the who-copied-whom fights in the mobile business will probably never end, and both sides have legitimate claims, the fact remains that some of Xiaomi’s products are too similar

Here’s why giving the iPhone 7 a sapphire display could be pointless

Here’s why giving the iPhone 7 a sapphire display could be pointless

Apple probably isn’t making an iPhone with a sapphire display anytime soon, especially given the surprising bankruptcy of its former sapphire manufacturing partner, GT Advanced Technologies. But even if Apple had the capability to mass produce a sapphire display iPhone, would it be wise to do so? DisplayMate president Ray Soneira argues that it would not be simply because sapphire displays give off too much glare to really deliver the kind of experience Apple is looking for. RELATED: Apple is ‘surprised’ that it may have bankrupted its own sapphire supplier Essentially, Soneira notes that sapphire has very high reflectance compared with Corning’s Gorilla Glass and he says that applying the same anti-reflection coating that it applied to the iPad Air 2’s

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a short time (save $37!)

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a short time (save $37!)

We started the week of strong on Monday with eight solid paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free for a limited time — and a couple of them are still free downloads if you hurry. Now, on Tuesday, we’re back with another seven iOS apps that would normally cost a combined $37 to download, but each and every one is free for a limited time. DON’T MISS: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo 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

With this one accessory, the iPhone 6 Plus could replace your iPad

With this one accessory, the iPhone 6 Plus could replace your iPad

Before everyone finally got their hands on the iPhone 6 Plus, it wasn’t uncommon to hear concerns about its size. iPhone users that hadn’t been acquainted with a phablet pictured something along the lines of a phone just marginally smaller than the iPad mini, which, of course, was more than a slight exaggeration. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 Plus has hidden benefits even Apple might not know about Nevertheless, the 6 Plus is a sizable device, which is why Julio Ojeda-Zapata of TidBITS wanted to see if it could replace his tablet altogether by picking up a Bluetooth keyboard to use in conjunction with Apple’s oversized phone. After testing a wide variety of keyboards, Ojeda-Zapata found that some were almost as well-suited for the iPhone

This is why Apple killed one of its most beloved and iconic gadgets

This is why Apple killed one of its most beloved and iconic gadgets

Although it’s become fashionable to use your smartphone as your music player these days, those of us who are hardcore music fans this fall mourned the loss of the iPod Classic, the iconic digital music player that offered us up to 160GB of storage. Business Insider notes that Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday talked about why his company decided to axe the Classic and it turns out that it was a simple matter of supply and demand. IN HAPPIER TIMES: Apple iPod Classic unboxing “We couldn’t get the parts anymore, not anywhere on Earth,” Cook said. “It wasn’t a matter of me swinging the ax, saying ‘what can I kill today?’… The engineering work was massive, and the number of

Cook: You’ll use the Apple Watch so much, you’ll have to charge it daily

Cook: You’ll use the Apple Watch so much, you’ll have to charge it daily

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday reminded the audience during an interview at the WSJ.D conference in Laguna Beach, California, about Apple’s excitement around the upcoming Apple Watch, confirming that it’ll probably require daily charging. FROM EARLIER: Apple wants you to wonder how you ever lived without its Apple Watch “I give Jony and his team incredible credit here, because they saw something you wear has to be personal…it can’t be geeky,” Cook said, noting that not just tech people are interested in the gadget. The Apple Watch was Cook’s “one more thing” announcement during the iPhone 6 event, but the company did not mention one crucial thing about the device during the show, and that’s battery life. Reports that

Nextbit’s revolutionary new Android software will change the way we use phones and tablets

Nextbit’s revolutionary new Android software will change the way we use phones and tablets

Solutions like Apple’s iCloud can be frustrating at times, especially when they’re hacked. When they work, however, they make our lives so much easier. Download a song on your phone and it’s automatically downloaded to your computer. Install a new app on your iPad and it’s automatically installed on your iPhone. Add a phone number to a contact on your Nexus 5 and it instantly updates all of your devices. But the services we use now are just the tip of the iceberg. What if there was a solution that could sync every last bit and byte from one device to the next? What if you could start editing a video on one device and switch to another in a matter of seconds? What if you

Here’s what to do if the iOS 8.1 update hurt your iPhone 6’s battery life

Here’s what to do if the iOS 8.1 update hurt your iPhone 6’s battery life

It seems as though each new iOS update Apple releases has a negative impact on battery life for some users. There are plenty of theories on why that might be, and they range from updated iPhones and iPads having to re-index files, to some users simply being unaware of increased usage as they explore new features. The truth is that there are numerous issues that can impact iPhone and iPad battery life following an update, and it varies on a case by case basis. Since Apple released iOS 8.1 earlier this month, BGR has received several emails from iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who say that their battery life took a noticeable hit after updating to Apple’s latest software. While there unfortunately

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download free for a limited time (save $28!)

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download free for a limited time (save $28!)

Mondays are hit or miss when it comes to paid iPhone and iPad apps that are made available for free for a limited time. Developers often go crazy over the weekend and put dozens or even hundreds of poorly made apps on sale, so it can be difficult to pick out the diamonds in all that rough. Luckily, we’re here to do the dirty work for you, and today we have eight great iOS apps that are typically worth a combined $28, but they’re all free downloads for a limited time if you hurry. DON’T MISS: This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google’s game-changing email app ‘Inbox’ These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available

Nexus 9 not supposed to be an iPad Air 2 killer, just a template for one

Nexus 9 not supposed to be an iPad Air 2 killer, just a template for one

Google this year announced a hight-end new Nexus tablet that’s closer in size to Apple’s iPad Air flagship, but also when it comes to performance and price. However, the company doesn’t see the Nexus 9 as an iPad Air 2 killer, even though it announced it just before Apple unveiled its own 2014 iPads. Instead, it’s supposed to be just a model Google hopes other Android tablet makers will follow when they build the upcoming iPad killer, according to Engadget. FROM EARLIER: New video gives us a fantastic up-close look at the Nexus 9 “We wanted to accelerate the premium market for Android tablets,” head of Nexus 9 industrial design Alberto Villarreal told the publication. “[The Nexus 9] has a

One big reason not to use your iPad Air 2 on AT&T

One big reason not to use your iPad Air 2 on AT&T

Are you excited about the new multi-carrier SIM cards that are coming with the iPad Air 2? If so then you won’t want to hook it up to AT&T’s network. RELATED: Apple never mentioned this key iPad Air 2 feature during its big event Ars Technica reports that while both T-Mobile and Sprint have decided to allow iPad Air 2 models on their network to run with SIM cards that are compatible with multiple carriers, AT&T has decided to lock down this feature on the new iPads that run on its network. “When you set up cellular data on a new iPad with the multi-carrier SIM, you’ll get this screen, which lets you choose a carrier,” Ars explains. “Click on AT&T and you’ll see this

Showing cell phone callers the road might improve driver safety

By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Providing a caller with views of the driver and the road ahead might reduce cell phone distraction for the driver, suggests a new study. Researchers used a driving simulator and video phones to examine how a driver’s conversation partner – either on the phone or in the car – could affect their safety on the road. At any given time, about 5 percent of drivers in the U.S. are using their cell phones, but the devices are cited as a cause of distraction in 18 percent of crashes, say the authors. ...

9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $36!)

9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $36!)

This has been a great week for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free, but we have a few more gems to share with you before the week is done. Thursday’s list included seven great paid iOS apps that were made available for free for a limited time (a few of them are still free if you hurry), but today we have nine apps regularly worth a combined $36 and each and every one is free for a short time. DON’T MISS: This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google’s game-changing email app ‘Inbox’ These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers.

Video: The iPad Air 2 withstands a ‘bend test’ about as well as you’d expect

Video: The iPad Air 2 withstands a ‘bend test’ about as well as you’d expect

The reason the “bend test” videos for the iPhone 6 Plus went viral is that they raised questions about whether the device would bend just from carrying it around in your pants pocket. This shouldn’t be a concern for anyone who owns an iPad Air 2, since the tablet was never intended to be carried around in your pants pocket and we can’t imagine any reason for a sane person to do so. All the same, that hasn’t stopped YouTuber Marvin Macht from putting the iPad Air 2 through a bend test of his own and the tablet predictably did not hold up well under pressure. READ OUR iPAD AIR 2 REVIEW: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone The

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that are free right now (save $42!)

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that are free right now (save $42!)

The week is almost over but there are still plenty of awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps to be enjoyed for free. Wednesday’s list had eight nifty apps — some of which are still on sale if you hurry — and Thursday brings another seven apps regularly worth a combined $42. For a limited time, however, each and every one of them is completely free to download. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an

This might just be the most amazing thing about the iPad Air 2

This might just be the most amazing thing about the iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 is officially available in stores, so it’s not really surprising to see the guys over at iFixit publish their official iPad Air 2 teardown. The slimmer-than-ever iPad Air 2 can be easily torn apart if you’ve got the right tools, but it’s not easy to repair, receiving a 2 out of 10 repaiarability score from the teardown experts. However, iFixit did manage to shed more light on the internal components of the iPad Air 2, many of which have been detailed in previous leaks and reports. In the process, however, the publication made some interesting discoveries. FROM EARLIER: iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac reviews are in: See how Apple’s best tablet and desktop performed in

Mac evolution: From Mac to 5K Retina iMac in a single image

Mac evolution: From Mac to 5K Retina iMac in a single image

Apple’s most recent OS X desktop, the 27-inch iMac with Retina display is already available for purchase and has been praised in many reviews so far for its amazing display, even though most regular users might not find any actual use for a 5,120 x 2,880 screen just yet. However, to further show how much the Mac evolved in its 30 years, Kent Akgungor posted two overlapping images on Things of Interest that show the original Mac’s display resolution on top of the current Retina iMac’s screen resolution. FROM EARLIER: iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac reviews are in: See how Apple’s best tablet and desktop performed in real tests The original Apple Macintosh shipped with a black and white 512 x 342-pixel

Why Apple needs to stop releasing 16GB iPads

Why Apple needs to stop releasing 16GB iPads

Earlier this month, we knocked Apple for releasing a new version of the Retina iPad mini that was literally the exact same as last year’s model except for the addition Touch ID and the option to buy it in gold. Now famed Apple blogger John Gruber, in his otherwise laudatory review for the new iPad Air 2, singles out another point of criticism about the company’s newest tablets: Namely, he doesn’t think there’s any reason for Apple to release larger iPads with only 16GB of storage anymore. RELATED: There is literally one reason to buy the iPad mini 3… and it’s not even a very good one “Apple should not be selling 16 GB iPads,” he states bluntly. “The starting

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads for a limited time

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads for a limited time

Another day, another batch of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are now on sale for free for a limited time. On Tuesday, BGR shared a list of seven paid iOS apps that were on sale for free, and a few of them are still free if you hurry. But now, we have eight more paid apps for you that are all available for free… but only if you hurry, because each of these sales could be over at any time. DON’T MISS: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to

Benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 has only one rival in terms of overall performance

Benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 has only one rival in terms of overall performance

Benchmark scores for the iPad Air 2 have started coming in and as you’d expect they’re very impressive so far. But let’s put this into context: How do the Geekbench scores for the iPad Air 2 stack up against rival tablets? As you’ll see in a comparison chart made by Laptop Mag, the iPad Air 2 really only has one rival in terms of overall performance and that’s Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. FROM EARLIER: Benchmark suggests the iPad Air 2 will be even more powerful than you imagined Source: Laptop Mag As you can see, the iPad Air 2 outscored nearly every other flagship tablet on Geekbench 3, including NVIDIA’s own Shield Tablet that was designed to be a high-powered gaming tablet.

Benchmark suggests the iPad Air 2 will be even more powerful than you imagined

Benchmark suggests the iPad Air 2 will be even more powerful than you imagined

Apple has yet to officially release the exact specifications for the pumped-up A8X processor that powers the iPad Air 2, but these new benchmarks show the immense power that iPad Air 2 will have by suggesting the device’s CPU will have 2GB of RAM and 3-core CPU. RELATED: iPad Air 2 specs and features – here’s everything you need to know! AppleInsider reports the details on the specifications of the A8X chip that were first published by iPhoneBenchmark and that seemingly show the specs for the “iPad5,4″ include a triple-core processor. A test done separately and posted to iPhoneBenchmark shows that the iPad Air 2 has 2GB of RAM (1,987 MB) — in comparison, the A8 CPU in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are dual-core processors and that

Apple Pay works in countries outside the U.S. with this simple trick

Apple Pay works in countries outside the U.S. with this simple trick

Activated via the recent iOS 8.1 update, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’ new contactless payment functionality better known as Apple Pay is only available to U.S. customers at this time, at least according to Apple. But MacRumors reveals that Apple Pay also works internationally, but a small trick is required to enable it. FROM EARLIER: A guide to setting up Apple Pay on your iPhone or iPad In order to pay for goods using a shiny new iPhone 6 in international markets where stores accept NFC payments, users have to make sure they have access to a supported U.S.-based credit card. To set it up, users also need to set the United States as their home country, at which point they’ll be

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps you can get for free right now

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps you can get for free right now

We shared a terrific list of eight paid iPhone and iPad apps on Monday that were normally worth a combined $60 but were all on sale for free for a limited time. In fact, if you hurry, you can still download a few of them for free. Tuesday brings a new batch of software sales though, and this time we have another seven iOS apps regularly worth $18 all together, but each and every one of them is free for a limited time. DON’T MISS: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to

Apple seen riding higher on strong iPhone demand, iPad rebound

Apple seen riding higher on strong iPhone demand, iPad rebound

(Reuters) - Strong global demand for Apple Inc's iPhone 6 will drive revenue growth through 2015, while updated models should help reverse three straight quarters of declining iPad sales, analysts said. Apple shares were set to open 2.4 percent higher on Tuesday. The company posted better-than-expected revenue on Monday on the back of a record iPhone launch that saw 39 million of the smartphones sold in the September quarter. ...

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Video offers a tantalizing peek at what Lollipop will look like on the Galaxy S5

Video offers a tantalizing peek at what Lollipop will look like on the Galaxy S5

Android 5.0 Lollipop is the most anticipated Android release since Jelly Bean first hit the scene in 2012 and we’re especially excited to see what it will look like on this year’s most popular Android device, the Galaxy S5. SamMobile has gotten its hands on the latest Samsung build for Lollipop and has put together a great video showing how Samsung has refined its approach to integrating the new software with its TouchWiz overlay. RELATED: Your Galaxy S5 may get Android 5.0 Lollipop in time for the holidays SamMobile notes that Samsung has made a lot of UI changes since the last time we saw an early build of Lollipop on the Galaxy S5, as the company has added a

iPhone fans are trashing Apple Pay rival CurrentC in App Store reviews – here are the funniest ones

iPhone fans are trashing Apple Pay rival CurrentC in App Store reviews – here are the funniest ones

MCX may claim that its CurrentC mobile payment platform is a bold challenge to the mobile payments status quo but its target audience isn’t seeing it that way so far. In fact, it looks that like as Android fans have done, iPhone fans have also taken to trashing CurrentC on their favorite platform’s app store and are often doing so in rather humorous ways. RELATED: This might be the reason MCX retailers won’t let you use Apple Pay, even if they want to In fact, although CurrentC is averaging one star right now on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play, the best reviews being written are the rare five-star reviews, largely because they trash the app in ways that are

Andy Rubin calls it quits, ditches Google to build his own hardware incubator

Andy Rubin calls it quits, ditches Google to build his own hardware incubator

Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android and former Android Guru inside Google, is leaving the company to start a tech incubator for start-ups that want to build hardware, The New York Times reports. After being removed from the Android team last year and replaced with Sundar Pichai, Rubin was put in charge of Google’s new robotics division. FROM EARLIER: How the original iPhone forced Google to completely rebuild Android “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. With Android he created something truly remarkable — with a billion-plus happy users,” Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement. Rubin’s departure is just one of the recent changes at Google. Only last week, Google gave Pichai even more

HTC forecasts higher fourth-quarter sales; above market estimates

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp said on Friday that it expects revenue in the fourth quarter to reach T$43 billion-T$47 billion ($1.4 billion-$1.57 billion), beating market expectations of T$41.5 billion. The forecast was also better than the T$41.86 billion revenue in the third quarter, the company said in a statement, without elaborating. Gross profit margin in the fourth quarter is expected to be between 19 and 21 percent, it said. The gross margin was 22.9 percent in the third quarter. ...

Android co-founder Andy Rubin to leave Google

By Devika Krishna Kumar (Reuters) - Google Inc said on Thursday that Andy Rubin, co-founder of its Android mobile business and head of its nascent robotics effort is leaving the company. Rubin will start a company to support startups interested in building technology-hardware products, Google said in an emailed response for comment on a Wall Street Journal report about his move. James Kuffner, a research scientist at Google and a member of the robotics group, will replace Rubin, the company added. ...

This is the groundbreaking display that might be on your next smartphone

This is the groundbreaking display that might be on your next smartphone

LG Display on Thursday took the wraps off its next-generation smartphone display, which will have the “world’s narrowest” bezel, measuring just 0.7mm (image above). It’s not clear at this point what kind of smartphones will make use of it in the future, or whether a variation of it will be found on the G3 successor next year. LG also supplies displays to other smartphone vendors, of course, so it could make its way to other phones as well. FROM EARLIER: LG G3 review: Android has a new king For now, this almost bezel-free display comes only in a Full HD 5.3-inch version — comparatively, the G3’s display has even higher resolution (2K) and measures 5.5 inches diagonally. The new display has been

Tectron USB storage chargers recalled over fire risk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tectron International of Vernon, California, is recalling about 55,000 USB charging cables after two reports of them melting, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday. The three-in-one cables are used to charge Apple Inc iPhones and iPads and Google Inc Android phones, the commission said in a statement. Tectron has received two reports of the charger overheating and melting. There have been no reports of injuries or damage. The chargers were sold at distributors for school fund-raisers from July to August for about $3.50, the statement said. ...

These pictures show one way Apple could have made the iPhone 6 even better

These pictures show one way Apple could have made the iPhone 6 even better

It’s safe to say that the iPhone 6 is the biggest smartphone hit of 2014, which is entirely to be expected given the wide acclaim it’s received and the enthusiasm that iPhone users have for the product. However, there are always things to improve with every device and these pictures posted by Gizmodo show that Apple could actually learn a thing or two when it comes to maximizing display size while minimizing extra space used for side bezels, cameras and microphones. RELATED: This infographic shows why bezel-free smartphones aren’t as crazy as you think As we’ve seen in a previous comparison between the LG G3 and the iPhone 6 Plus, LG actually does a better job than Apple does of

You can download $115 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free right now

You can download $115 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free right now

Android fans looking to score some free apps should check out Amazon’s Appstore today, because it’s currently offering users free access to some 40 apps and games that are worth a combined $115. This huge sale ends Saturday though, so you’d better hurry if you want to download them all. FROM EARLIER: 9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now (save $26!) The offer is valid in multiple markets, with Android Police already confirming it’s up in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. France and Australia. The Android games part of the promotion (available at the source link) includes titles like Plants vs. Zombies, Fruit Ninja and World of Goo, but also Plex, Boxer Pro, and other premium apps — a

8 great GIFs show the best of what’s new in Android 5.0 Lollipop

8 great GIFs show the best of what’s new in Android 5.0 Lollipop

We’re just days away from seeing the first Android 5.0 devices start to ship. Google’s premium Nexus 9 tablet is set to launch this coming Monday, November 3rd, and Google’s first phablet will follow soon after, though an exact release date for the Nexus 6 is still unknown. What we do know, however, is that the new Lollipop software that powers both new Nexus devices features a stunning user interface overhaul and some great new features that Android users will love. And what better way is there to show off those great new features than with a bunch of animated GIFs? FROM EARLIER: Lollipop has an amazing hidden feature you’ll want to immediately use We have gone over all of the best

Here are the first unboxing videos of the amazing Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

Here are the first unboxing videos of the amazing Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are Google’s latest Nexus-branded smartphone and tablet, and while both devices are available for preorder from Google Play — the Nexus 6 is already sold out though — Android fans are yet to get their next Nexus toys. While you wait for your Nexus 6 and/or Nexus 9 to be delivered to your door, you can already check out the first unboxing videos, with Phone Arena having already posted such videos on YouTube. FROM EARLIER: You can preorder Google’s incredible Nexus 6 right now As you can easily see, Google opted for a minimal retail box design for both the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 — somewhat similar to what Apple has

Samsung’s nightmare scenario is unfolding right before our eyes

Samsung’s nightmare scenario is unfolding right before our eyes

Halloween has come a day early for Samsung as it released a truly scary earnings report that saw its operating profit tumble by 60% and its revenue fall by 20%. These top-line numbers don’t tell the full story of what’s really happening with Samsung, however — in reality, the company’s nightmare scenario is coming true at a truly stunning speed. RELATED: Samsung’s biggest fear illustrated in just one graph What is Samsung’s “nightmare scenario,” you ask? That it will become just another low-margin Android vendor. For years, Samsung has literally been the only Android smartphone vendor to consistently turn a profit. Indeed, Samsung and Apple for a long time have accounted for all of the smartphone industry’s profits as smaller

Samsung’s Q3 profit nosedives, stock soars

Samsung’s Q3 profit nosedives, stock soars

Investors sent Samsung shares soaring more than 4.5% on Thursday as the company reported dismal third-quarter earnings… that were thankfully less dismal than analysts were expecting. In a world where the high end of the smartphone market is being squeezed by more capable mid-range and low-end phones, Samsung’s response has been to flood the market with cheaper low-margin phones. How did that work out? In the third quarter, Samsung’s operating profit plunged 60% on year to $3.9 billion and its revenue slid 20% to about $44.6 billion. DON’T MISS: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo One tweet from mobile analyst Horace Dediu says it all: Q3 (latest) Samsung’s Android device operating profit $18/unit. Estimated

Lenovo wraps up purchase of Motorola phone unit

BEIJING (AP) — Lenovo Group announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. on Thursday in a move aimed at making the Chinese computer maker a global smartphone brand.

Riding the Bus and a Beach Body: the Surprising Connection

For most of us, there's absolutely nothing sexy about riding the bus to work in the morning: It's crowded, someone is always yammering away on a cell phone and if you're lucky, at least your seat neighbor with the over-sized duffel in his lap showered before leaving home. Surely it's the last place you're thinking about sexiness on the beach -- or that you might even be bringing yourself one step closer to a beach body.

S.Africa police deny making arrests in footballer murder case

S.Africa police deny making arrests in footballer murder case

South African police on Thursday denied making an arrest in connection with the killing of national football captain Senzo Meyiwa during a robbery at his pop-star girlfriend's home. According to public broadcaster SABC on Wednesday, two men were being held for questioning after they were arrested in Nongoma, in the eastern KwaZulu Natal province. SABC said the suspects had been picked up following a tip-off by members of the public. The 27-year-old goalkeeper was shot dead late Sunday when burglars broke into Kelly Khumalo's house in a township some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Johannesburg, making off with a cell phone.

Joyous celebration for slain South African football captain

Joyous celebration for slain South African football captain

Thousands of South Africans jammed into a Johannesburg sports stadium Thursday to celebrate the life of South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa, whose murder during a robbery has stunned the nation. Decked in the colours of the national team, of Meyiwa's club the Orlando Pirates and rival clubs, fans rubbed shoulders with government ministers and sporting luminaries to mark the loss of their 27-year-old talismanic captain. "Senzo Meyiwa, akekho ofana naye" -- there is no-one like him -- reprising anti-apartheid struggle songs in Meyiwa's name. Meyiwa was shot dead last Sunday when burglars broke into his pop-star girlfriend’s home some 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Johannesburg, before making off with a cell phone.

Stop dreaming about Apple making cheap iPhones and Macs

Stop dreaming about Apple making cheap iPhones and Macs

Even though Apple has reduced the prices of its Macs over the years, the company isn’t willing to create cheap iPhones and Macs just for the sake of gaining more customers. At least that’s Apple’s Greg Joswiak said during an interview with Re/code at the Code/Mobile conference. FROM EARLIER: Apple taken to court over 2011 MacBook Pro flaw affecting thousands of buyers “Backstage, we were talking about some of the mistakes Apple made in the ’90s, and some of it was trying to do things like making cheap products that were chasing market share instead of chasing a better experience,” the exec said, suggesting that Apple basically doesn’t care that Android is the king of the smartphone market share, and that Apple won’t

Big security flaw lets hackers remotely wipe Samsung phones

Big security flaw lets hackers remotely wipe Samsung phones

Samsung Android phones have been discovered to have a security flaw that allows hackers to remotely control a phone over the Internet, and perform several tasks including locking and unlocking the device, finding its location on a map, displaying a customized message on the screen, and even wiping it without the owner being able to do anything about it. Furthermore, the security flaw could be used in more advanced hacks such as ransom attacks, The Register reports. FROM EARLIER: Android is open, but not for hackers: 3 key ways Lollipop will keep your data safer Researcher Mohamed Baset discovered a zero-day flaw in Samsung’s Find My Mobile feature, which should let users find their lost or stolen devices. However, it looks

BlackBerry CEO pens open letter ahead of Classic launch

BlackBerry CEO pens open letter ahead of Classic launch

TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen penned an open letter to current and former BlackBerry users on Wednesday in a push to create some buzz for the company's new BlackBerry Classic device, which is set to debut later this year. The Classic, which bears striking similarities to the company's once wildly popular Bold smartphone, will come with a complete top row of navigation keys and a trackpad. Those are features that many BlackBerry fans missed when the company rolled out its revamped BlackBerry 10 line of devices last year. ...

Awesome news, Android fans: This Lollipop trick can instantly improve your phone’s camera

Awesome news, Android fans: This Lollipop trick can instantly improve your phone’s camera

As if Android fans didn’t already have enough reasons to eagerly anticipate Android 5.0 Lollipop coming to their phones, here’s another: It looks like the newest software will give your phone’s camera some significant improvements. Forbes contributor Paul Monckton notices that Lollipop adds built-in support for raw image files right at the OS level, which is something he says should help you produce higher quality images with your phone’s camera. RELATED: Want to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop? Here’s the one video you need to watch “Raw image files are essentially a dump of all of the image data captured by the camera’s sensor, most of which is lost when converting into the, much smaller, JPEG files

Lollipop has an amazing hidden feature you’ll want to immediately use

Lollipop has an amazing hidden feature you’ll want to immediately use

Google will soon release Android 5.0 Lollipop for several Nexus and Google Play Edition devices, with certain Android device makers including Motorola, HTC, LG and Samsung also working on updating some of their handsets by the end of the year. The company so far thoroughly demoed and explained the main features of the new mobile OS, but there’s one hidden trick you’ll be more than happy to start using as soon as you get your Lollipop update. FROM EARLIER: Want to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop? Here’s the one video you need to watch In an extensive interview with three Google executives, Ars Technica has learned that Android 5.0 contains a handy “Play Auto Installs” feature that handles carrier bloatware

Leak may reveal release details for next-gen Office for Mac and Android

Leak may reveal release details for next-gen Office for Mac and Android

Microsoft is working on various new Office products that should be released in the coming months and in 2015, according to ZDNet’s sources. The publication has learned that Microsoft is not only developing new Office versions for Windows, but also new releases of its popular productivity suite for Mac computers and Android tablets. FROM EARLIER: Microsoft Office is coming to Android tablets before Windows 8 tablets Office for Android tablets is supposed to launch as early as November of this year, according to the publication. Furthermore, Microsoft is supposed to “disclose timing and possibly a public preview of its next Office for Mac release very soon.” Office for Mac is rumored to launch in early 2015 according to the publication. Screenshots allegedly showing

Asia shares rise as Fed meeting wraps up

Asia shares rise as Fed meeting wraps up

Asian markets rose Wednesday following strong gains on Wall Street, as traders awaited news from the US Federal Reserve about interest rate plans for the world's largest economy.

The single funniest thing about Taco Bell’s new smartphone app

The single funniest thing about Taco Bell’s new smartphone app

Taco Bell has unchained a new monstrosity upon the American public: A mobile app available for iOS and Android that will let you preorder and pay for your food ahead of time, thus saving you a lot of time you’d normally waste standing in line. As you’d expect, the marketing campaign behind this new app is unintentionally hilarious and will make anyone who’s even eaten at Taco Bell keel over either from laughter or clogged arteries. RELATED: Ingenious new app is a dream come true for lazy stoners everywhere You see, when you place an order on the app, the people working at your local Taco Bell don’t start working on it right away. Instead, they wait until the app

Shots fired: Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra says iPhone 6 looks so good because it swiped features from HTC

Shots fired: Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra says iPhone 6 looks so good because it swiped features from HTC

Tired of having to defend his company against claims that its products (including hardware, software and even online presentation) are shameless copies of their respective Apple versions, Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra on Tuesday said at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJD conference that some of Apple’s most recent products also take cues from rivals, Gigaom reports. FROM EARLIER: Video: Meet the one shameless iPad mini knockoff worth checking out “The iPhone 6 carries design-language that is very HTC-like,” Barra said. Furthermore, iOS’s quick settings are inspired by similar features in Android, he added. While the who-copied-whom fights in the mobile business will probably never end, and both sides have legitimate claims, the fact remains that some of Xiaomi’s products are too similar

The world’s fastest keyboard is now even cheaper on iPhone and Android

The world’s fastest keyboard is now even cheaper on iPhone and Android

Fleksy, the world’s fastest keyboard, announced new features on Tuesday for its iOS and Android keyboard apps, but also a discount for its keyboard app that’ll be available to users for an even cheaper price for a few days. FROM EARLIER: iOS 8: How to install and use your favorite keyboard app The Fleksy app will cost just $0.99 through Friday (or 50% off the original price), both in the App Store and in the Google Play Store. The company is celebrating raising $2 million from various investors interested in the popular keyboard app. “Fleksy will use this latest round of financing to continue aggressively improving product offerings on both platforms, building upon already impressive growth,” the company wrote in its

These videos break down the Droid Turbo’s coolest features one by one

These videos break down the Droid Turbo’s coolest features one by one

This week, Verizon Wireless unveiled the Droid Turbo, a carrier exclusive from Motorola with an impressive spec sheet to rival the best Android smartphones on the market. We had a chance to get our hands on this surprising addition to Motorola’s holiday slate on Tuesday, but if that wasn’t enough for you, Verizon has uploaded a series of videos highlighting some of the features of the Droid Turbo as well. FROM EARLIER: Motorola and Verizon unleash the Droid Turbo, a big new phone with specs to die for It will still be at least a few days before we have a chance to post our full review of the phone, but if you want to see the Droid Turbo in

Google Fit Takes on HealthKit With Detailed Fitness Tracking

Google Fit Takes on HealthKit With Detailed Fitness Tracking

Less than two months after the launch of Apple's Health app, Google has emerged with its own answer: Google Fit. Available now, this free fitness app uses your Android phone and a variety of compatible wearables to provide a detailed view of your everyday exercise activity.  Whereas Apple's Health aims to measure every imaginable health parameter from blood pressure to sleep, Google Fit is all about, well, getting fit.

Want to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop? Here’s the one video you need to watch

Want to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop? Here’s the one video you need to watch

While Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally official, that doesn’t mean it’s available for Nexus devices yet. The company has recently released an updated preview version of Lollipop for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7, with the final version set to hit all Nexus devices at some point in the following month. Meanwhile, Android fans looking forward to seeing Lollipop on their devices, but who aren’t familiar with the major and minor changes Android 5.0 brings, should check Marques Brownlee’s features review video. FROM EARLIER: 8 awesome Android 5.0 Lollipop features missing from iOS 8 Brownlee is looking both at the obvious visual changes — Lollipop comes with a brand-new design language called Material Design that Google wants to see

Motorola Droid Turbo Hands-on: 48-Hour Battery, Sharp QHD Screen

Motorola Droid Turbo Hands-on: 48-Hour Battery, Sharp QHD Screen

The Motorola Droid Turbo, coming exclusively to Verizon Wireless Oct 30, promises up to 48 hours of battery life from its massive 3,900 mAh battery. While the Moto X is all about design customization and fun colors and materials, the Droid Turbo emphasizes toughness. You'll be able to take your pick from a Metalized Glass Fiber shell (in black or red) or one made from Ballistic Nylon (in black), both reinforced with Kevlar.

Motorola Droid Turbo Hands-on: 48 Hours of Power

Motorola Droid Turbo Hands-on: 48 Hours of Power

The Motorola Droid Turbo, coming exclusively to Verizon Wireless Oct 30, promises up to 48 hours of battery life from its massive 3,900 mAh battery. While the Moto X is all about design customization and fun colors and materials, the Droid Turbo emphasizes toughness. You'll be able to take your pick from a Metalized Glass Fiber shell (in black or red) or one made from Ballistic Nylon (in black), both reinforced with Kevlar.

Android is open, but not for hackers: 3 key ways Lollipop will keep your data safer

Android is open, but not for hackers: 3 key ways Lollipop will keep your data safer

Google’s mobile platform is open source, of course, but the newest version of Android places a significant amount of focus on closing the OS when it comes to blocking hackers and thwarting data thieves. New security features in Android 5.0 might not be buzzing as much as the look of Google’s gorgeous new Material Design, but all the hacks and private photo leaks we keep seeing are constant reminders of just how important security is on mobile devices. Now, in a new blog post on the Android Blog, Google has detailed three key ways the company has enhanced security with Lollipop. DON’T MISS: 10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone could do Android’s lead security engineer Adrian Ludwig on Tuesday took to Google’s

Motorola and Verizon unleash the Droid Turbo, a big new phone with specs to die for

Motorola and Verizon unleash the Droid Turbo, a big new phone with specs to die for

Although the original Motorola Droid was a solid hit that helped put Android on the map in the U.S., the brand has since taken a backseat to other big-name Android phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series. Verizon and Motorola on Tuesday did their best to put the Droid back in the spotlight with the new Droid Turbo, a big new phone with some of the most powerful specs you’ll see in a device this year. Just how powerful are we talking? The device features a 5.2-inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz processor, a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera that will let you shoot video in 4K, a 2-megapixel front-facing

Live coverage: Verizon unveils the powerful new Droid Turbo smartphone

Live coverage: Verizon unveils the powerful new Droid Turbo smartphone

Just when you thought you had seen all of the great new smartphones launching ahead of the holidays this year, Verizon and Motorola had to go ahead and throw us all for a loop. In late September, a powerful and mysterious new Motorola phablet began to leak and needless to say, it caught our eye. The more we learned the more intrigued we grew, and now it looks like the Droid Turbo will end up being one of the most impressive Android smartphones of the year. Now, after weeks of leaks and rumors, the wait is finally almost over. FROM EARLIER: This is the new Droid Turbo, and it looks amazing According to previous reports, the new Droid Turbo is going to be the

BlackBerry finds a most unlikely savior

BlackBerry finds a most unlikely savior

BlackBerry’s attempts to get celebrities to endorse its products have clearly not worked out in the past — does anyone remember the utter debacle that was “creative director” Alicia Keys? That said, the company may have just found a new celebrity champion who is not only a bigger name than Keys right now but who also genuinely has a love and affection for its products. Yes, we’re talking about Kim Kardashian, the polarizing reality TV star who has also recently made waves in the tech industry for her insanely profitable and awesomely mindless mobile game called Kim Kardashian’s Hollywood. RELATED: Bestselling author fumes after her son blows $120 on the Kim Kardashian app in just 2 days Speaking at Re/code’s big

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Burkina Faso president resigns, calls for 90-day transition

Burkina Faso president resigns, calls for 90-day transition

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore announced his resignation in a statement on Friday and called for a 90-day transition to "free and transparent" elections in the West African country, local radio and television said. "I declare a vacancy of power with a view to allowing a transition that should finish with free and transparent elections in a maximum period of 90 days," said the statement, read on local radio and television by presenters. ...

Pa. trooper ambush suspect jeered at court appearance

Pa. trooper ambush suspect jeered at court appearance

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — Onlookers shouted "Are you sorry?" and "Why did you do it?" at the suspect in a fatal ambush on a Pennsylvania state police barracks as troopers led him from his first court appearance Friday following a grueling seven-week manhunt.

Apologies demanded for senator's comments on race

Apologies demanded for senator's comments on race

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Republicans are calling on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu to apologize after she suggested Thursday that President Barack Obama's deep unpopularity in the South is partly tied to race.

Sniper Eric Frein in court: Found at Poconos airplane hangar

Sniper Eric Frein in court: Found at Poconos airplane hangar

After a fretful 48-day manhunt in northeast Pennsylvania, police late Thursday nabbed 31-year-old Eric Frein, suspected of killing a state trooper and injuring another in a brazen sniper ambush attack on Sept. 12. He was found at an abandoned Poconos airplane hangar, where he had apparently holed up.

Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans

Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Authorities are investigating a possible police connection to the killing of three U.S. citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing.

Pennsylvania sniper held without bail in trooper shooting

By Joe McDonald MILFORD Pa. (Reuters) - A bruised and gaunt Eric Frein, captured after a seven-week manhunt and held with the handcuffs of a Pennsylvania trooper he is accused of slaying, was held without bail on Friday after facing murder charges in court. A massive police presence surrounded the 31-year-old survivalist, who prosecutors say will face the death penalty, as he was escorted in and out of the Pike County Courthouse for a preliminary arraignment on a first-degree murder charge and one count of homicide of a police officer, among other charges. ...

Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

By Steve Holland CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters) - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce the 21-day quarantine - matching the virus's maximum incubation period - but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary. ...

U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election

U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. With the U.S.-led coalition increasing air strikes but no signs the militants have been weakened, Congress appears ready for a broader discussion on the operations than it was prepared to hold during the run-up to the election. ...

Group: State Department too top-heavy with Obama picks

Group: State Department too top-heavy with Obama picks

At a time when "The world is a mess," President Barack Obama has packed too many political appointees into top jobs at the State Department, and should replace retiring Deputy Secretary of State William Burns with a career diplomat, a foreign service group warns.

Flames, smoke after small plane crash in Kansas

Flames, smoke after small plane crash in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A small plane lost engine power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building at a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles.

NATO says watching increased Russian miiltary moves in Europe airspace

NATO says watching increased Russian miiltary moves in Europe airspace

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the transatlantic alliance remained vigilant after an increase in Russian military manoeuvres in European airspace. "NATO is strong, it remains vigilant," he said during a visit to Athens. Russian strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft have been intercepted on Tuesday and Wednesday in what NATO said earlier was "unusual" activity. "This strength is our answer" to what NATO has termed large-scale Russian military manoeuvres over the Atlantic, Baltic, North and Black seas earlier this week, when they skirted NATO airspace.

Tuesday's elections will be landmark for conservation

Tuesday's elections will be landmark for conservation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history.

Longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino dies at 71

Longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino dies at 71

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from cancer, his family said in a statement. Menino, a Democrat, ran New England's largest city for two decades before he stepped down in early 2014 at the end of his fifth term, saying he could no longer keep up the intense schedule. Months after ending his final term, Menino disclosed he had been diagnosed with cancer. Last week, he said he would halt cancer treatments to spend more time with his family. ...

Hawaii's Big Island watches lava slowly reshape community

Hawaii's Big Island watches lava slowly reshape community

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar-plantation heyday.

On Politics: Obama, Christie and Ebola

On Politics: Obama, Christie and Ebola

Somehow, Chris Christie has again managed to make himself the most talked-about Republican in the country on the eve of an election in which he isn't on the ballot.

Nurse defies Maine's Ebola quarantine, goes for bike ride

Nurse defies Maine's Ebola quarantine, goes for bike ride

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Insisting she is perfectly healthy, nurse Kaci Hickox again defied the state's Ebola quarantine Thursday by taking a bike ride with her boyfriend, and Maine health authorities struggled to reach a compromise that would limit her contact with others.

'I'm proud to be gay,' says Apple CEO Tim Cook

'I'm proud to be gay,' says Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday made a surprising announcement in an opinion piece on Bloomberg Businessweek, which is very much in line with his many public notes in the recent past about diversity at the workplace. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook said  in the essay. FROM EARLIER: Tim Cook offers a heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs on the 3rd anniversary of his passing The executive admitted that he never hid his sexual orientation while working at Apple, even though he had not publicly declared it until now. “For

Apple's chief exec Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Apple's chief exec Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as gay, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward. The 53-year-old Alabama native and self-described "son of the South", who has spoken out against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, declared his sexual orientation in a magazine editorial, confirming a fact widely known in the close-knit Silicon Valley tech community but rarely discussed. Cook's announcement comes as gay marriage is becoming widespread, but the nation remains divided over gay rights.

Report: Red Cross was totally unprepared for Sandy relief

Report: Red Cross was totally unprepared for Sandy relief

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, a former Red Cross official says "as many as 40 percent" of the relief organization's emergency vehicles were used as backdrops for press conferences during the group's response to the storm, a new report by ProPublica and NPR finds.

Hundreds feared buried under Sri Lanka mudslide

Hundreds feared buried under Sri Lanka mudslide

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka, raising fears that hundreds may have been killed.

Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

By Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island at 6:22 p.m. on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later. ...

FBI under fire for 'completely unacceptable' act

FBI under fire for 'completely unacceptable' act

The FBI has come under fire from media organizations following disclosures that it created a fake news website to track down a suspect in a bomb threat case. Documents revealed the FBI created a fake Associated Press news article that appeared to be in the Seattle Times, to trick the suspect to install malware that would reveal his location. The incident dates back to 2007, but the documents surfaced this week after a security research for the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted a link to the case file on Monday. "The FBI impersonating the press is just as irresponsible as the CIA running fake immunization programs.

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UBS cannot arbitrate with Nasdaq over Facebook IPO: court

UBS cannot arbitrate with Nasdaq over Facebook IPO: court

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected UBS AG's bid to compel Nasdaq OMX Group Inc to arbitrate a dispute over how the exchange operator handled Facebook Inc's May 2012 initial public offering. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court judge's conclusion that UBS' claims were not subject to arbitration. UBS claimed that Nasdaq's mismanagement of the IPO caused the Swiss bank to unintentionally amass tens of millions of Facebook shares, ultimately resulting in more than $350 million of losses. ...

Twitter product chief sidelined as user engagement slides

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has sidelined the product chief it recently poached from rival Google Inc, in the latest executive reshuffle at the online messaging service, according to a source familiar with the situation. Former consumer product chief Daniel Graf will now oversee strategic initiatives such as geo-location mobile features, the person said on condition of anonymity because the move was not public. Kevin Weil, who was head of revenue-generating products, will now take charge of all products at the company, the person said. ...

Prosecutor: Grand jury tweet in Brown case hacked

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A tweet earlier this month suggesting insider information on the grand jury investigating the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown was the result of someone hacking a woman's Twitter account, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Thursday.

With selfies and listicles, U.S. politicians go vote-hunting on social media

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From viral videos to selfies, listicles and "throwback Thursday" photos, candidates in the Nov. 4 midterm elections are leaving no social media stone unturned. Where a 2010 gubernatorial or congressional campaign could proudly claim an active presence on Twitter as something almost fashion-forward, in 2014 a multifaceted digital strategy is seen as a prerequisite, even if little research exists to show how much online politicking translates into votes. Virtually all candidates are on Twitter and Facebook. ...

NY recovers $18 million using warrants for Facebook accounts

NY recovers $18 million using warrants for Facebook accounts

By Daniel Wiessner (Reuters) - New York prosecutors have secured more than $18 million in a series of fraud cases using warrants to access hundreds of Facebook accounts, a move the social medial firm says was unconstitutional and is still fighting. The information obtained from Facebook Inc also helped lead to 130 indictments of civil servants, including police officers and firefighters, for Social Security fraud, according to a court document filed by the Manhattan District Attorney's office in a state appeals court on Wednesday. ...

WhatsApp founders own nearly $9B in Facebook stock

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9 billion when they sold their unprofitable messaging service to the social networking leader earlier this month.

IBM dips into Twitter stream for business insights

IBM dips into Twitter stream for business insights

Twitter on Wednesday announced a partnership to let computing powerhouse IBM dip into the public stream of tweets to provide businesses with insights for making decisions. "Twitter provides a powerful new lens through which to look at the world -- as both a platform for hundreds of millions of consumers and business professionals, and as a synthesizer of trends," IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty said in a release. The alliance will put IBM computing expertise, including its Watson artificial intelligence technology, to work extracting insights from Twitter to "enrich business decisions with an entirely new class of data," according to Rometty. IBM services access Twitter data to glean answers to questions such as what customers like or dislike about products or why a company is growing quickly in one country and not another.

IBM, Twitter to partner on business data analytics

IBM, Twitter to partner on business data analytics

By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday announced a partnership with Twitter to help shape business decisions using data collected from tweets worldwide. IBM will help businesses predict trends in the marketplace and consumer sentiment about products and brands and will train 10,000 employees to consult businesses on the best use of Twitter data. IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty has been trying to shift the 100-year-old company's focus away from commoditized hardware to higher-value cloud and data analytics products. ...

Soccer-Ferdinand suspended for three games for Twitter comment

(Adds quotes, details) LONDON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches and fined 25,000 pounds ($40,030) after he was found guilty of misconduct by the Football Association (FA) for an "abusive" comment he made on Twitter. The 35-year-old was also ordered to attend an education programme as part of the punishment handed down following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

Ferdinand banned, fined over Twitter comment

Ferdinand banned, fined over Twitter comment

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches and fined £25,000 ($40,000) for a comment he made on Twitter, the Football Association announced on Wednesday. The 35-year-old former England captain was apparently punished for a tweet in which he referred to the mother of another Twitter user as a "sket" -- a derogatory slang term for a promiscuous woman. "Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches commencing with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after an FA misconduct charge against him was found proven," read a statement released by the FA. A Twitter user provoked the tweet that appeared to land Ferdinand in hot water by sending him a teasing message on transfer deadline day that said: "Maybe QPR will sign a good CB (centre-back) they need one."

Twitter and IBM strike data mining agreement

IBM and Twitter have struck a deal to bring together big data and small tweets to solve business problems. Twitter Inc.'s microblogging service represents an enormous public archive of ideas and opinions ...

Facebook slumps but Zuckerberg is taking the (very) long view

Facebook (FB) may have beat Wall Street expectations for the sixth straight quarter, but the social network warned Tuesday that costs would increase 55 to 75 percent in 2015. CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn’t overly concerned with next year though; he’s looking long term.

Facebook spending gets thumbs up from analysts - if not investors

Facebook spending gets thumbs up from analysts - if not investors

By Tenzin Pema and Supantha Mukherjee (Reuters) - Another day, another quarterly report from a technology company that disappointed investors. Facebook Inc's shares fell as much as 7.4 percent to $74.78 in early trading on Wednesday, a day after the company revealed aggressive spending plans for 2015. But analysts were taking a more upbeat view, saying the heavy spending will drive long-term growth and reinforce the social networking giant's market dominance. ...

Facebook shares dive as social network eyes future

Facebook shares dive as social network eyes future

Facebook's quarterly profit nearly doubled but its stock was pounded after it outlined a plan to invest heavily in the future instead of revelling in short-term riches. Facebook shares, which had been near record levels in recent days, dropped more than eight percent to $74.15 in after-market trades. Looking a decade out, Facebook founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg envisioned hitting milestones regarding machine intelligence and extending Internet access to billions more people on the planet. "We are going to continue preparing for the future by investing aggressively, connecting everyone, understanding the world, and building the next-generation in computing platforms," Zuckerberg said.

Facebook boss Zuckerberg says virtual reality success will take time

Facebook boss Zuckerberg says virtual reality success will take time

What is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg planning for Oculus Rift, the virtual reality platform the social media giant bought earlier this year? Clues emerged during Facebook's quarterly results call earlier today, picked up by Gamasutra. In the call to investors and analysts, Zuckerberg talked about the company's long term plan for VR.

Facebook warns of increased spending, shares fall

Facebook warns of increased spending, shares fall

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc warned on Tuesday of a dramatic increase in spending in 2015 and projected a slowdown in revenue growth this quarter, slicing a tenth off its market value. The hefty spending plans exposed the first signs of stress in the rock-solid support that investors have accorded the social networking company over the past year. ...

When It Goes Down, Facebook Loses $24,420 Per Minute

When It Goes Down, Facebook Loses $24,420 Per Minute

At 6:52 p.m. Eastern, Facebook went down. (It began working again at 7:27 p.m.) This is the third such outage in the last several months, and it happens to coincide with the company’s announcement of impressive summer earnings.

Facebook's advertising revenue soars in 3Q

Facebook's advertising revenue soars in 3Q

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, helped by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming an increasingly large chunk of the social networking giant's overall advertising business.

Facebook beats Street 3Q forecasts

The Menlo Park, California-based company said it had profit of 30 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 43 cents per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. ...

Twitter shares sink on worries about usage

Twitter shares sink on worries about usage

Shares in Twitter sank more than 12 percent Tuesday as disappointing user numbers overshadowed a doubling of income in its third quarter and sparked several analyst downgrades. "Their user growth is mildly encouraging, but I want to see better," said Forrester Research analyst Nate Elliott. Twitter needs to do more of that," he added. Twitter chief financial officer Anthony Noto said the fall in average usage "primarily reflects the changes we've been making to allow users to more efficiently access our content."

Twitter's efforts to engage users yet to fully pay off

Twitter's efforts to engage users yet to fully pay off

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc's efforts to improve user engagement and growth rates are taking longer than expected to gain traction, prompting a wave of rating and price target cuts on the stock. Twitter's shares fell 14 percent to a near four-month low of$41.80 in early trading on Tuesday. Up to Monday's close, the stock had already fallen about 24 pct this year. The online messaging service, known for its maximum 140 character "tweets", said on Monday its timeline views per user, a measure of engagement, fell 7 percent in the third quarter. ...

Twitter hammered on growth fears

Twitter hammered on growth fears

Twitter saw its shares hammered after reporting quarterly results that largely met expectations but failed to allay concerns about sluggish growth of the messaging platform. "We had another very strong financial quarter," Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo said in a release. Twitter shares fell more than 10 percent in after-market trades that followed release of the earnings figures, along with a lackluster fourth-quarter outlook. Investors had evidently hoped to hear the ranks of users were growing faster at Twitter.

Durant's cryptic tweet stirs up Wizards fans

Durant's cryptic tweet stirs up Wizards fans

For a cyber-minute on Monday, a cryptic tweet from NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant had Thunder fans wondering and Wizards fans hoping. She said she'd like to see Durant in a commercial similar to a heart-tugging Beats headphone ad chronicling NBA great LeBron James' return this season to his native Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers after four campaigns in Miami. Washington Wizards fans immediately began speculating that meant Durant, slated to become a free agent in 2016, was already pondering a return to his DC-area roots. Durant told USA Today during the offseason that on his trips back home to Maryland he's asked repeatedly if the Wizards are in his future.

ISIS Shifts Its Social-Media Patterns

ISIS Shifts Its Social-Media Patterns

The latest round of propaganda videos released by the Islamic State suggest the terrorist group is altering its media approach to directly counter what the mainstream Western media is saying about it.  

Twitter users and engagement disappoint, shares dive

Twitter users and engagement disappoint, shares dive

By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc posted a disappointing 7 percent slide in a closely watched measure of engagement even though its user base grew 23 percent in the third quarter, triggering a more than 9 percent decline in its stock on Monday. The online messaging service also projected fourth-quarter revenue that may miss Wall Street's targets. Expectations had run high for Twitter since the messaging service, which for years had fought to revive growth in users, surprised Wall Street in the second quarter by signing up 24 percent more people globally. ...

How Your Facebook Photos Can Help Save the World’s Wildlife

Sure, social networking sites are great for catching up on your friends’ baby photos or posting snapshots from a recent vacation. But they can also serve as repositories of biological data gathered from unwitting naturalists around the world.

French minister's admission about books sends Twitter into frenzy

French minister's admission about books sends Twitter into frenzy

An admission by France's culture minister, Fleur Pellerin, that she had not read a single novel over the past two years sent the country's Tweetosphere into overdrive Monday. The guest of a television show on Sunday, Pellerin was unable to answer when asked which book by France's new Nobel Literature Prize winner Patrick Modiano was her favourite, just minutes after having said she had lunched with the author. "I admit without any problem that I have had no time to read over the past two years," she went on to say, referring to her time in government first as minister for innovation and the digital economy, and now as culture minister. The news sent Twitter ablaze, with many shocked by the fact that a culture minister had not read books for two years and did not know any of Modiano's books.

Here's how Twitter proved the haters wrong

Twitter reports earnings at market close Monday. According to analysts surveyed by FactSet, the social media company is expected to profit by a penny per share and will post revenue of $351.5 million. Twitter has given guidance in the $330-$340 million range. Analysts will also be looking at monthly average user numbers, which they expect to grow by about 17 million.

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Only top legislators informed of White House computer attack

Only top legislators informed of White House computer attack

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An attack by hackers on a White House computer network earlier this month was considered so sensitive that only a small group of senior congressional leaders were initially notified about it, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials said the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the heads of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, collectively known as the "Gang of Eight," were told last week of the cyber attack, which had occurred several days earlier. ...

You can download $115 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free right now

You can download $115 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free right now

Android fans looking to score some free apps should check out Amazon’s Appstore today, because it’s currently offering users free access to some 40 apps and games that are worth a combined $115. This huge sale ends Saturday though, so you’d better hurry if you want to download them all. FROM EARLIER: 9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now (save $26!) The offer is valid in multiple markets, with Android Police already confirming it’s up in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. France and Australia. The Android games part of the promotion (available at the source link) includes titles like Plants vs. Zombies, Fruit Ninja and World of Goo, but also Plex, Boxer Pro, and other premium apps — a

China's Internet chief accuses U.S. of hacking but says talks 'unhindered'

China's Internet chief accuses U.S. of hacking but says talks 'unhindered'

BEIJING (Reuters) - Eighty percent of Chinese government websites have been attacked by hackers, with most of the assaults launched from the United States, a top Chinese Internet regulator said on Thursday. Lu Wei, head of the State Internet Information Office, condemned the use of "superior technology to attack or steal secrets". But he described U.S.-China dialogue on cybersecurity as "unhindered", less than a week after the talks appeared to have stalled. Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechi told U.S. ...

Here are the first unboxing videos of the amazing Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

Here are the first unboxing videos of the amazing Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are Google’s latest Nexus-branded smartphone and tablet, and while both devices are available for preorder from Google Play — the Nexus 6 is already sold out though — Android fans are yet to get their next Nexus toys. While you wait for your Nexus 6 and/or Nexus 9 to be delivered to your door, you can already check out the first unboxing videos, with Phone Arena having already posted such videos on YouTube. FROM EARLIER: You can preorder Google’s incredible Nexus 6 right now As you can easily see, Google opted for a minimal retail box design for both the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 — somewhat similar to what Apple has

This might be why you can’t find a Nexus 6 in the Google Play Store right now

This might be why you can’t find a Nexus 6 in the Google Play Store right now

Google opened Nexus 6 preorders on Wednesday in the U.S., but the company soon sold out the available 32GB versions of the first Nexus phablet, and the 64GB version was still listed as “coming soon.” This isn’t the first time Google’s new Nexus handsets sold out soon after being made available in the Google Play Store, but Google might have a special reason for only taking a limited number of preorders in its online store, at least according to MobileSyrup. FROM EARLIER: You can preorder Google’s incredible Nexus 6 right now The publication says the Nexus 6 is “huge” for Google’s future in the smartphone company, and the phone is intended to be sold mainly through carriers, rather than on Google Play. “This is the

Iran foils sabotage attempt on heavy water tanks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors, an Iranian newspaper reported on Thursday.

Xiaomi moves into third place in global smartphone war

Xiaomi moves into third place in global smartphone war

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Xiaomi Inc has become the world's third-largest smartphone vendor just three years after first hitting the market, trailing only Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc, according to a new industry study. Strategy Analytics said Xiaomi accounted for 6 percent of all 320 million smartphones shipped during July-September. Samsung made up 25 percent, down from 35 percent a year earlier due to rising competition from several directions. Apple's share also fell slightly to 12 percent. ...

Wal-Mart and allies in face-off with Apple Pay over mobile payments

Wal-Mart and allies in face-off with Apple Pay over mobile payments

By Nathan Layne and Nandita Bose CHICAGO (Reuters) - Suddenly it's Apple versus Wal-Mart in the fight for shoppers' digital wallets. With the development of a new mobile payment system, a group of retailers led by Wal-Mart Stores is aiming to upend the $4.5 trillion credit card market and control the precious transaction data generated at the checkout line. The difficulty of the task became clear this week when drugstore chains CVS Health Corp and Rite Aid , in a move apparently aimed at shoring up the retailers' pay system, stopped accepting payments on Apple Inc's iPhones. ...

Wall Street watchdog to bolster reviews of brokerage cyber security

Wall Street watchdog to bolster reviews of brokerage cyber security

By Suzanne Barlyn (Reuters) - Wall Street's industry funded watchdog plans to intensify its scrutiny of cyber security practices at brokerage firms in 2015 and is hiring technology savvy examiners to help boost its efforts, an official said on Wednesday. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is in the midst of developing its so-called "examination priorities" for 2015, said Susan Axelrod, the organization's executive vice president of regulatory operations at a conference. The regulator plans to publish its examination priorities in January. ...

Scary new malware uses a Gmail trick to steal your data

Scary new malware uses a Gmail trick to steal your data

A new piece of malware that can spy on a user’s computer has been discovered, Wired reports, with researchers also having found a clever way for the program to communicate with its creators: Google’s popular Gmail email service. FROM EARLIER: You can force your way into Google’s Inbox even without an invite Security startup Shape Security says it found a new strain of malware that’s able to read instructions from Gmail drafts and respond to the hacker’s commands without the user actually noticing anything happening on the computer. “What we’re seeing here is command and control that’s using a fully allowed service, and that makes it superstealthy and very hard to identify,” Shape security researcher Wade Williamson said. “It’s stealthily passing

Big security flaw lets hackers remotely wipe Samsung phones

Big security flaw lets hackers remotely wipe Samsung phones

Samsung Android phones have been discovered to have a security flaw that allows hackers to remotely control a phone over the Internet, and perform several tasks including locking and unlocking the device, finding its location on a map, displaying a customized message on the screen, and even wiping it without the owner being able to do anything about it. Furthermore, the security flaw could be used in more advanced hacks such as ransom attacks, The Register reports. FROM EARLIER: Android is open, but not for hackers: 3 key ways Lollipop will keep your data safer Researcher Mohamed Baset discovered a zero-day flaw in Samsung’s Find My Mobile feature, which should let users find their lost or stolen devices. However, it looks

Awesome news, Android fans: This Lollipop trick can instantly improve your phone’s camera

Awesome news, Android fans: This Lollipop trick can instantly improve your phone’s camera

As if Android fans didn’t already have enough reasons to eagerly anticipate Android 5.0 Lollipop coming to their phones, here’s another: It looks like the newest software will give your phone’s camera some significant improvements. Forbes contributor Paul Monckton notices that Lollipop adds built-in support for raw image files right at the OS level, which is something he says should help you produce higher quality images with your phone’s camera. RELATED: Want to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop? Here’s the one video you need to watch “Raw image files are essentially a dump of all of the image data captured by the camera’s sensor, most of which is lost when converting into the, much smaller, JPEG files

Did Russia Just Hack the White House?

Did Russia Just Hack the White House?

Intruders are trying to crash the White House inside and out. While the Secret Service tries to clamp down on people jumping the fence along Pennsylvania Avenue, federal authorities have been battling gatecrashers of the cyber variety.

Lollipop has an amazing hidden feature you’ll want to immediately use

Lollipop has an amazing hidden feature you’ll want to immediately use

Google will soon release Android 5.0 Lollipop for several Nexus and Google Play Edition devices, with certain Android device makers including Motorola, HTC, LG and Samsung also working on updating some of their handsets by the end of the year. The company so far thoroughly demoed and explained the main features of the new mobile OS, but there’s one hidden trick you’ll be more than happy to start using as soon as you get your Lollipop update. FROM EARLIER: Want to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop? Here’s the one video you need to watch In an extensive interview with three Google executives, Ars Technica has learned that Android 5.0 contains a handy “Play Auto Installs” feature that handles carrier bloatware

Mysterious cyber attack breaches White House computer network

Mysterious cyber attack breaches White House computer network

Following the many data breaches that have hit U.S. retailers, financial institutions and even the government, the White House has also confirmed that an unclassified computer network used by President’s Obama’s senior staff had been breached by hackers, The New York Times reports. However, it’s not clear why hackers attacked the White House, or at least such details have not been divulged yet. FROM EARLIER: There’s a chance your Windows computer is being hacked right now The administration said the attack “did not appear to be aimed at destruction of either data or hardware, or to take over other systems at the White House.” Apparently, hackers were simply probing and mapping the unclassified White House systems. Recently, a similar report

White House says it has addressed computer threat

The White House says it has taken steps to address suspicious activity detected on its unclassified computer network. No details were released on who may have been responsible or when the activity occurred. ...

This is Google’s boldest search plan yet

This is Google’s boldest search plan yet

Google is not done improving Search just yet — with the company interested in answering more and more complex queries in the future — but it won’t just stick to providing users a tool to finding stuff online. Google X’s Dr. Andrew Conrad told The Wall Street Journal at the WSJ.D conference that the company is working on a special new medical project which might allow Google to search the human body for answers to various medical conditions including cancer in the future. FROM EARLIER: The real questions Google Search wants to answer, but can’t yet The company is currently developing special nanoparticles that could be sent to a patient’s blood stream, and navigate it to look at the various

China says Canada's Harper to visit before APEC summit

China says Canada's Harper to visit before APEC summit

BEIJING (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will visit China next week ahead of a multilateral summit, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday, as the two countries seek to mend ties strained by rows over cybersecurity and spying. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) will be held in Beijing from Nov. 7-11. Harper's office said earlier this week he had canceled plans to attend the forum in the wake of attacks by homegrown radicals last week in Ottawa that killed two soldiers. Harper's office said he would be in Ottawa for the country's Nov. ...

Cyber breaches put 18.5 million Californians' data at risk in 2013: report

Cyber breaches put 18.5 million Californians' data at risk in 2013: report

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Cyber intrusions and other data breaches put the personal records of 18.5 million Californians, nearly half the state's population, at risk in 2013, a seven-fold increase over the year before, the state attorney general reported on Tuesday. The number of data breaches reported by companies and government entities increased 28 percent, from 131 in 2012 to 167 last year, more than half of them, or 53 percent, caused by cyber incursions such as computer hacking and malware, the report said. ...

Suspicious cyber activity at White House detected, addressed

Suspicious cyber activity at White House detected, addressed

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Suspicious cyber activity has been detected on the computer network used by the White House and measures have been taken to address it, a White House official disclosed on Tuesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, would not say who might have been responsible for the activity on what was described as an unclassified computer network used by employees of the Executive Office of the President. ...

U.S. officials urge more govt-business cooperation on cybersecurity

U.S. officials urge more govt-business cooperation on cybersecurity

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Tuesday urged corporate America to work with the government to fend off cyber threats and said intelligence and law enforcement authorities are working to get useful information to companies about potential attacks. The FBI has presented more than three dozen classified, sector-specific threat briefings to companies in the past year, John Carlin, head of the Justice Department's National Security Division, said at a conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. ...

Calif. AG: 18.5 million residents' info exposed

Calif. AG: 18.5 million residents' info exposed

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Personal information about more than 18.5 million Californians was hacked, stolen or otherwise exposed last year and as many as one-third of those people will become victims of fraud, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Tuesday in a new report on data breaches in the nation's biggest state.

Want to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop? Here’s the one video you need to watch

Want to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop? Here’s the one video you need to watch

While Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally official, that doesn’t mean it’s available for Nexus devices yet. The company has recently released an updated preview version of Lollipop for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7, with the final version set to hit all Nexus devices at some point in the following month. Meanwhile, Android fans looking forward to seeing Lollipop on their devices, but who aren’t familiar with the major and minor changes Android 5.0 brings, should check Marques Brownlee’s features review video. FROM EARLIER: 8 awesome Android 5.0 Lollipop features missing from iOS 8 Brownlee is looking both at the obvious visual changes — Lollipop comes with a brand-new design language called Material Design that Google wants to see

Android is open, but not for hackers: 3 key ways Lollipop will keep your data safer

Android is open, but not for hackers: 3 key ways Lollipop will keep your data safer

Google’s mobile platform is open source, of course, but the newest version of Android places a significant amount of focus on closing the OS when it comes to blocking hackers and thwarting data thieves. New security features in Android 5.0 might not be buzzing as much as the look of Google’s gorgeous new Material Design, but all the hacks and private photo leaks we keep seeing are constant reminders of just how important security is on mobile devices. Now, in a new blog post on the Android Blog, Google has detailed three key ways the company has enhanced security with Lollipop. DON’T MISS: 10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone could do Android’s lead security engineer Adrian Ludwig on Tuesday took to Google’s

Vasco posts 3Q profit

The Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois-based company said it had profit of 28 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 32 cents per share. The Internet security company posted revenue ...

Jordan arrests influential al Qaeda scholar for 'incitement'

Jordan arrests influential al Qaeda scholar for 'incitement'

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordanian security forces arrested influential al Qaeda spiritual guide Abu Mohammad al Maqdisi on Monday on suspicion of fomenting terrorism on the Internet, security sources said. They said Maqdisi was ordered to be held for 15 days after he was called in for questioning by the state security prosecutor. He was initially charged with "using the Internet to promote and incite views of jihadi terrorist organizations". ...

Hacker sentenced to 21 months in U.S. prison for $15 million scheme

Hacker sentenced to 21 months in U.S. prison for $15 million scheme

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Friday for his role in a cybercrime scheme that hacked accounts at banks, brokerage firms and government agencies in an attempt to steal more than $15 million, U.S. prosecutors said. Robert Dubuc, 41, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, conspiracy to commit access device fraud and identity theft in federal court in New Jersey in April. U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan in Trenton imposed the sentence on Friday. ...

Man who was part of cybercrime ring gets prison

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for his part in an international cybercrime ring that targeted more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service.

Hacker gets prison for cyberattack stealing $9.4M

ATLANTA (AP) — An Estonian national who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a 2008 cyberattack on a credit card processing company that enabled hackers to steal $9.4 million from ATMs around the world was sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to repay most of the money, prosecutors said Friday.

Ericsson flags North America slowdown

Ericsson flags North America slowdown

By Sven Nordenstam and Olof Swahnberg STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson said on Friday a slowdown in North America created uncertainty over fourth quarter sales as operators cut spending after big investments in high-speed networks. A build-out of the newest 4G/LTE networks by operators in North America, where Ericsson makes about a quarter of its sales and Chinese rival Huawei is effectively barred from doing business, has supported the Swedish firm at a time of stagnation in much of Europe. ...

Network gear maker Nokia tops market expectations

Network gear maker Nokia tops market expectations

By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia delivered quarterly profits well above expectations on Thursday, six months after selling its struggling handset business to Microsoft in a 5.6 billion euros ($7.1 billion) deal that transformed it into a pure play network equipment maker. The Finnish company reported strong earnings from its core network gear unit and lifted the outlook for the business following large network roll-outs in North America and China. Despite concerns over lower-margin deals in China, Nokia's network unit showed a core operating profit margin of 13. ...

Check Point third-quarter profit beats estimates, raises 2014 forecast

Check Point third-quarter profit beats estimates, raises 2014 forecast

By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Network security provider Check Point Software Technologies reported quarterly profit that topped expectations and raised its full-year forecast on strong demand for its threat prevention and other software subscriptions. Check Point earned 93 cents a share excluding one-time items in the third quarter, up from 85 cents a year earlier. Revenue grew 8 percent to $370.4 million, the Israeli-based company said on Thursday. ...

Review: Another black comic blast of 'Borderlands'

Review: Another black comic blast of 'Borderlands'

Like dozens of other video games, "Borderlands" is all about killing — people, robots, monsters, whatever. But "Borderlands" has a not-so-secret weapon in its arsenal: an acidic sense of black humor that's a welcome relief from the gung-ho war-is-hell cliches of competitors like "Call of Duty" and "Halo."

Huawei says third-quarter smartphone shipments jump 26 percent, strong demand for high-end devices

By Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said third-quarter smartphone shipments jumped 26 percent year-on-year, doubling devices shipped to the high-margin premium market dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc. Shenzhen-based Huawei, the world's third-biggest smartphone supplier after the dominant pair, shipped 16.8 million smartphones globally in the quarter ended Sept. 30, according to company data. About a quarter of those were mid- to high-end models, more than twice as many as the same period last year. ...

China's Xiaomi shifts some smartphone user data out of Beijing on privacy concerns

China's Xiaomi shifts some smartphone user data out of Beijing on privacy concerns

By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Thursday it is migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations. Data belonging to the privately owned company's non-Chinese users will be moved in several phases to Amazon Inc servers in the United States and data centers in Singapore, Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra said in a Wednesday blog post on Google Plus. ...

Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI

Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI

Apple has more than once reminded customers it values their security and privacy and has been reassuring them that they won’t become the company’s “product” and that their data will be safely encrypted. Similarly, Google also said it will encrypt Android devices by default. Since then, the FBI and others have complained that Apple and Google will be basically helping bad guys get away with bad things thanks to encrypted devices. FROM EARLIER: The FBI ratchets up its scare campaign over smartphone encryption But, as Motherboard reports, Congress isn’t likely to order these companies to decrypt their phones for FBI or other governmental agencies. “To FBI Director Comey and the Admin on criticisms of legitimate businesses using encryption: you reap what you

The most disappointing video games of all-time, according to Redditors

The most disappointing video games of all-time, according to Redditors

There is no feeling like when a highly anticipated game completely disappoints after it’s released. Months or even years of buildup can lead to a game that’s such a waste of time that you may end up selling your console because of it. Reddit users have sounded off on their most disappointing games ever and while there are few surprises, the reasons for their disappointment are nonetheless interesting. MORE FROM REDDIT: The 10 best tech toys under $200, according to Redditors One of the most upvoted comments in the Reddit thread is about the game Brink. One Redditor says, “Throwing my $60 out the window would have been a smarter decision than anything Brink’s AI ever did in the game.” Another adds,

Here’s how to make sure your iCloud data is safe from hackers

Here’s how to make sure your iCloud data is safe from hackers

After reports emerged from China detailing a sophisticated iCloud phishing attack, Apple has posted instructions on its support pages to help users figure out whether they’re actually on the real iCloud page, or on a fake page meant to steal iCloud credentials from unsuspecting victims. Additionally, Reuters reports, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday met with China’s vice premier Ma Kai to discuss personal data security. FROM EARLIER: Apple falls victim to an iCloud attack from the Chinese government, servers not affected According to Greatfire’s initial report, a Chinese firewall had blocked all connections to iCloud.com, directing the traffic instead to a dummy site that mimicked Apple’s login page for the service. The same group later told Reuters that Apple rerouted

Fans go crackers for crazy Cheez-It creations

Fans go crackers for crazy Cheez-It creations

Chocolate-covered Cheez-Its, wedding cake Cheez-Its, even a Cheez-It cocktail... They're all out there. Ditto for Cheez-It jewelry and even Cheez-It tattoos (would that be Cheez-tats?).

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Android co-founder Andy Rubin to leave Google

By Devika Krishna Kumar (Reuters) - Google Inc said on Thursday that Andy Rubin, co-founder of its Android mobile business and head of its nascent robotics effort is leaving the company. Rubin will start a company to support startups interested in building technology-hardware products, Google said in an emailed response for comment on a Wall Street Journal report about his move. James Kuffner, a research scientist at Google and a member of the robotics group, will replace Rubin, the company added. ...

Evidence of Abundance #16: 1000x cheaper to Launch a Startup

Evidence of Abundance #16: 1000x cheaper to Launch a Startup

Today, it's 1,000x cheaper to start an Internet company than 14 years ago. That's amazing!Today's evidence of abundance is about this plummeting cost of launching an Internet startup.In 2000, just before the first dotcom bubble burst, it cost a whopping $5 million to launch a tech startup.Watch what happened, though, as open source communities,...

Data Science Meets the Power of the Crowd

Data Science Meets the Power of the Crowd

This post was originally published on Cisco's Technology News Site. In the tech startup world, the ABC's (Always Be Closing) are ubiquitous. In the open-source, collaborative world, the triple-Ds (Design, Development, Data) are about to be at the tip of everyone's tongue, at least in building prototypes for national agencies. Case in point:...

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a short time (save $37!)

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a short time (save $37!)

We started the week of strong on Monday with eight solid paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free for a limited time — and a couple of them are still free downloads if you hurry. Now, on Tuesday, we’re back with another seven iOS apps that would normally cost a combined $37 to download, but each and every one is free for a limited time. DON’T MISS: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo 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

Android is open, but not for hackers: 3 key ways Lollipop will keep your data safer

Android is open, but not for hackers: 3 key ways Lollipop will keep your data safer

Google’s mobile platform is open source, of course, but the newest version of Android places a significant amount of focus on closing the OS when it comes to blocking hackers and thwarting data thieves. New security features in Android 5.0 might not be buzzing as much as the look of Google’s gorgeous new Material Design, but all the hacks and private photo leaks we keep seeing are constant reminders of just how important security is on mobile devices. Now, in a new blog post on the Android Blog, Google has detailed three key ways the company has enhanced security with Lollipop. DON’T MISS: 10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone could do Android’s lead security engineer Adrian Ludwig on Tuesday took to Google’s

Nextbit’s revolutionary new Android software will change the way we use phones and tablets

Nextbit’s revolutionary new Android software will change the way we use phones and tablets

Solutions like Apple’s iCloud can be frustrating at times, especially when they’re hacked. When they work, however, they make our lives so much easier. Download a song on your phone and it’s automatically downloaded to your computer. Install a new app on your iPad and it’s automatically installed on your iPhone. Add a phone number to a contact on your Nexus 5 and it instantly updates all of your devices. But the services we use now are just the tip of the iceberg. What if there was a solution that could sync every last bit and byte from one device to the next? What if you could start editing a video on one device and switch to another in a matter of seconds? What if you

Ubuntu turns 10 with its latest release

Don't look now, but one of the staples of the open source world just marked a big birthday. Canonical has released Ubuntu 14.10, officially making this friendlier Linux distribution 10 years old. The company ...

Dark Souls 2 not hard enough? Try this first-person mod

Dark Souls 2 not hard enough? Try this first-person mod

If you've ever caught yourself thinking, "Sure, Dark Souls 2 is tough and all, but what I really want is a way to trick it into believing it's a first-person shooter," then there's a mod just for you. The Dark Souls 2 first-person mod turns From Software's action role-playing game into … an FPRPG? As demonstrated by YouTube user Benzoin-Gum, it lets players freeze the camera in its zoomed state. There's a list of known issues with the mod, Benzoin-Gum admits, but the YouTuber believes the entire game should be playable.

Enterprise Forward: 3 things, 3 years – What communication sector executives need to know

Enterprise Forward: 3 things, 3 years – What communication sector executives need to know

Enterprise Forward3 things, 3 years: What communication sector executives need to know  Evolution or revolution? Near-term advances in telecommunications will come with incredible opportunities for open source platforms, heterogeneous networks, and other innovative solutions. But enterprises will also be faced with new security challenges to support the new communications environment. In this Enterprise Forward article, Chief Technologist Jeff Edlund outlines three game-changing things to know about the next three years.  

Civilization: Beyond Earth comes to Mac and Linux this holiday [update]

Civilization: Beyond Earth comes to Mac and Linux this holiday [update]

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming to Mac and Linux this holiday, according to a tweet from the official 2K Twitter account. The Mac and Linux versions don't have a specific date, just that the Mac version will be launching on Steam and the Mac App Store sometime this holiday season. The Mac version will hit first, followed by the Linux version.

Nigerian elders question Boko Haram 'ceasefire' deal

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Nigeria's government may have negotiated a supposed ceasefire with only one faction of Boko Haram, an influential regional group has said, as violence continued unabated in the far northeast.

The 5 Best Free WordPress Plugins to Promote Your Blog

The plethora of free Wordpress plugins are one of the biggest reasons why Wordpress is my favorite blogging platform. Wordpress is also very easy to customize to your preferences. Blogging is a great marketing strategy with many additional benefits and the free Wordpress plugins below can make it easier to promote your blog. 1....

U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm hopes for knock-out blow with $2.5 billion CSR bid

U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm hopes for knock-out blow with $2.5 billion CSR bid

By Paul Sandle and Eric Auchard LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - U.S. Qualcomm Inc agreed to buy CSR Plc for $2.5 billion, offering what it hopes is a knock-out blow to win the British Bluetooth specialist which is growing in areas like automotive and wearable devices. Qualcomm, the world's number one mobile chipmaker, has agreed to pay 900 pence a share in cash for CSR, a 56.5 percent premium on the share price before the start of the offer period in August, CSR said on Wednesday. At that time, the British company rebuffed an approach from U.S. ...

Forget Windows, forget OS X, forget Linux: Humble Bundle is going truly multiplatform

Forget Windows, forget OS X, forget Linux: Humble Bundle is going truly multiplatform

The Humble Bundles offer a variety of interesting games at low prices, with the idea that selling in volume will make up for the lower per-game price. The latest bundle offers something different, however. "We've got a little Humble Player sitting right in the browser that let's you play the games right in your browser," Humble's John Graham told Polygon.

New router offers total anonymity online

New router offers total anonymity online

A small hardware router that guarantees totally anonymous internet access is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter. Called Anonabox, the device encrypts all data traffic through the decentralized and anonymous Tor network.

Anonabox could be the everyman's answer to internet privacy

Anonabox could be the everyman's answer to internet privacy

Anonabox hinges on open source software known as Tor, which encrypts user activities on the World Wide Web. While some amount of technical knowledge is usually needed to implement Tor, Anonabox will purportedly offer plug-and-play usability. In an interview with Wired, developer August Germar addresses the device's design, and how the hardware is intended for use in even "the most sensitive international situations." He also touches on the use of micro-USB as a power source, along with the way the Anonabox's rounded corners allow for concealment within bodily orifices.

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Can Nintendo turn Wii U around?

Can Nintendo turn Wii U around?

Wii U has been a huge disappointment for Nintendo. Nintendo is the most venerable name in gaming and yet Wii U has not sold nearly as many units as the company hoped, planned and budgeted. As a result, Nintendo's future in the console business looks murky.

Sony reveals PlayStation Experience fan event games, developer lineup

Sony reveals PlayStation Experience fan event games, developer lineup

Sony plans to bring more than 20 playable games to its community-focused PlayStation Experience event in Las Vegas this December, Sony Computer Entertainment announced on the PlayStation Blog. Interestingly, some of the devs making their way to PlayStation Experience — Capcom and Killzone developer Guerrilla Games — don't have a game on the list of confirmed playable software, which is expected to grow.

Nintendo to develop "quality of life" device to track sleep, fatigue: CEO

Nintendo to develop

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd will develop a device to measure a user's fatigue and map their sleep, Chief Executive Satoru Iwata said on Thursday, the first offering from the company's newly created healthcare division. The device will be developed with U.S. firm ResMed Inc, which currently makes products to treat sleep disorders, and will be available in the financial year ending March 2016. "By using our know-how in gaming... to analyze sleep and fatigue, we can create something fun," Iwata said. ...

10 Best iPhone/iPad Games for October 2014

10 Best iPhone/iPad Games for October 2014

Check out the 10 best iOS gaming apps released over the past month, including Banner Saga, Galaxy Trucker, Skylanders Trap Team, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic

Hands on with the new Super Smash Bros. for Wii U’s 8-player mode

Hands on with the new Super Smash Bros. for Wii U’s 8-player mode

Earlier this week, Nintendo invited me to its New York office to go hands-on with the final build of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. I’d had the opportunity to play the console version of the new Smash Bros. twice before, but this was the first time I was able to see all of the new modes and features, including 8-Player Smash, Smash Tour and the Amiibo NFC figures. FROM EARLIER: 10 awesome new things you need to know about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U We started with the most exciting addition to the Wii U title: 8-Player Smash. For the first time in series history, more than four players can join at one time. After just one round, I

DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition officially postponed 'until further notice'

DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition officially postponed 'until further notice'

Evolution Studios' PlayStation 4 racing game DriveClub has been out for close to a month, but its online component has been rocky and unreliable. Today, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida issued a formal apology for the game's technical problems and confirmed that DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition is now postponed "until further notice." DriveClub launched on PS4 on Oct. 7, and developer Evolution Studios hasn't been able to provide a reliable online experience since then. The game's PlayStation Plus Edition, a sampling of DriveClub's cars and tracks, was expected to hit alongside or near the retail release.

You can download $115 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free right now

You can download $115 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free right now

Android fans looking to score some free apps should check out Amazon’s Appstore today, because it’s currently offering users free access to some 40 apps and games that are worth a combined $115. This huge sale ends Saturday though, so you’d better hurry if you want to download them all. FROM EARLIER: 9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now (save $26!) The offer is valid in multiple markets, with Android Police already confirming it’s up in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. France and Australia. The Android games part of the promotion (available at the source link) includes titles like Plants vs. Zombies, Fruit Ninja and World of Goo, but also Plex, Boxer Pro, and other premium apps — a

Wii U sales skyrocket, and Nintendo expects more thanks to Super Smash Bros.

Wii U sales skyrocket, and Nintendo expects more thanks to Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will bolster console sales, continuing a trend that began earlier this year with the release of Mario Kart 8 and increased sales as much as 200 percent, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata said during a financial results briefing today. In May 2014, Nintendo announced a $456 million annual operating loss for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014. Not for the first time, the company described Wii U hardware, whose cumulative sales totaled 6.17 million at the time, as having a "negative impact on Nintendo's profits," for several reasons including software sales.

Nintendo eyes expansion of digital payment on New Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo eyes expansion of digital payment on New Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo is looking into the possibility of expanding its Suica e-money payment system to its New Nintendo 3DS, the company confirmed today. The smart card, which was introduced earlier this year in Japan, has so far only been available for monetary payments relating to Nintendo's Wii U console. According to company president Satoru Iwata the "barrier has been cleared" for other consoles to adopt digital payment systems — particularly consoles that feature content for under 500 yen (roughly $5).

Nintendo wants you to sleep better

Nintendo wants you to sleep better

After hinting in January that Nintendo would be spreading its digital dragon's wings beyond gaming and into quality of life, the company has announced that a non-wearable sleep tracking device in partnership with ResMed is in the works.

Why Nintendo's New 3DS didn't arrive in Europe and the U.S. first

Why Nintendo's New 3DS didn't arrive in Europe and the U.S. first

The New Nintendo 3DS arrived first in Japan this year in an attempt to boost "slow moving" hardware sales in that market, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said during a financial results briefing today. Nintendo 3DS hardware sales decreased in the first half of 2014, according to Iwata, because Nintendo "could not release any million-selling titles for the platform in the Japanese market." The subsequent release of two versions of Yokai Watch 2 and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in Japan have sold more than 2 million copies each. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has sold 1.88 million units, and Iwata expects that to cross the 2 million threshold "shortly."

Pre-loading coming to Wii U with Super Smash Bros., to 3DS next year

Pre-loading coming to Wii U with Super Smash Bros., to 3DS next year

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will feature pre-downloading when it is released later this year, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said during a briefing today. "The 'pre-download' system is a system in which consumers who have purchased the game before its release can download most of the game content in advance," he explained. "This system will be implemented on Wii U first, and is planned for Nintendo 3DS next year."

Iwata explains how Nintendo is going to have a record-breaking year

Iwata explains how Nintendo is going to have a record-breaking year

Nintendo sold more than 3.22 million copies of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS as of September and the company is "confident" that the game has plenty more sales in its future. More importantly, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata explains, that means the two new Pokemon games are going to be hits and perhaps lead to a historic run of multimillion-unit 3DS games for the publisher. Let's let Iwata, who walked a gathering through the company's theory on this during today's corporate management briefing in Japan, explain.

Nintendo's getting into the health business with a device that monitors your sleep

Nintendo's getting into the health business with a device that monitors your sleep

Nintendo revealed first details about its health-focused QOL platform, which stands for "quality of life," announcing a new sensor that monitors and analyzes you while you sleep. In a presentation, Nintendo described the QOL device as having "five 'non' sensing" features: It will be non-wearable, non-contact (meaning it doesn't need to touch your body), non-operating, non-waiting and non-installation. The QOL device is designed to monitor a user during sleep.

Xbox Entertainment Studios heads leave amid studio layoffs

Xbox Entertainment Studios heads leave amid studio layoffs

Microsoft's attempt at establishing its own entertainment studio under the Xbox brand is no more. According to a report in Variety, Xbox Entertainment Studios head Nancy Tellem and her second in command, Jordan Levin, are no longer with the studio after the last remaining employees were let go this week. The Xbox maker announced its plans to cut its entertainment studio, which was tasked with developing scripted and unscripted programming for Microsoft platforms, earlier this year.