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Online data storage provider Box's shares soar in debut

Online data storage provider Box's shares soar in debut

Shares of online data storage provider Box Inc rose as much as 77 percent in their market debut as investors bet on the company's ability to turn profitable in a highly competitive market, boding well for another big year for IPOs. Box's shares, which priced at $14, hit a high of $24.72 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, valuing the company at nearly $3 billion. The stock's enthusiastic reception also underscored healthy investor appetite for technology stocks after the blockbuster debut of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd in September. Box was founded in 2005 by University of Southern California dropout Aaron Levie, the chief executive, and his friend Dylan Smith, the chief financial officer.

SAP sees high cloud profit potential in long term

Europe's biggest software group SAP could eventually see its software delivered via the cloud deliver higher profit margins than its traditional packaged software, its finance chief told a newspaper. In the long term, they can definitely become more profitable than our classic licence sales," Luka Mucic told the Euro am Sonntag business weekly in an interview published on Saturday. Unlike the packaged software SAP has been selling for decades, for which clients pay a immediate licence fee, cloud-based software is generally paid for by subscription over time, but most of the costs for the software provider are upfront.

Sony to delay official submission of third quarter results after hacking

Sony to delay official submission of third quarter results after hacking

Sony Corp said it was delaying the official submission of its third-quarter results due to the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, which debilitated network systems at the Hollywood studio. Sony said it will still hold a news conference on Feb. 4, the originally scheduled date of its results announcement, to give updated financial forecasts for the quarter.

Hutchison to buy Telefonica UK unit for $15.4 billion

Hutchison to buy Telefonica UK unit for $15.4 billion

By Julien Toyer and Denny Thomas MADRID/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Li Ka-shing's Hutchison Whampoa Ltd has agreed to buy Telefonica's British mobile unit O2 for up to 10.25 billion pounds ($15.4 billion), hastening the consolidation of Britain's telecoms industry. Hutchison already operates the Three Mobile network in Britain, and buying second-ranked O2, which has about 22 million subscribers, from the Spanish group will make it the top mobile operator in the country. The move comes only weeks after former state monopoly BT entered exclusive talks with the owners of EE, Britain's biggest mobile operator to create a dominant provider of fixed and mobile phones and internet services.

In China, VPN internet access tools suffer further disruptions

Internet services that allow people to freely access blocked websites and apps from within China have seen more severe disruptions this week, said three providers, moves that Chinese state media said were justified. The services affected include popular Virtual Private Network (VPN) providers Astrill, StrongVPN and Golden Frog, which are engaged in a technological arms race to one-up China's highly sophisticated Great Firewall internet censorship system. "This week's attack on VPNs that affected us and other VPN providers is more sophisticated than what we've seen in the past," said Sunday Yokubaitis, president of Golden Frog.

Who's afraid of China's economy slowing? Not Alibaba's Jack Ma

Who's afraid of China's economy slowing? Not Alibaba's Jack Ma

By Nadia Damouni DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Jack Ma, executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, isn't worried about slowing Chinese economic growth, he told a meeting of business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland. "If China still keeps 9 percent growth of the economy there must be something wrong. China should pay attention to the quality of the economy," he said in a question-and-answer session at the World Economic Forum. China's economy grew 7.4 percent in 2014 -- the slowest pace in 24 years, government data released on Tuesday showed.

HTC gets involved in e-sports, foreshadowing move into home entertainment

HTC gets involved in e-sports, foreshadowing move into home entertainment

HTC doesn't want to be known as just a smartphone maker anymore, and one of its first moves to update its brand image in 2015 has been to sponsor three prominent e-sports teams. Cloud9, Team Liquid, and Team SoloMid have all warmly welcomed HTC into the realm of e-sports, promising to produce "a top-notch video series with players" from each team and HTC's support. Notably, the Team Liquid announcement names Walter Wang and Thomas Chen as E-sports Project Managers at HTC, underlining the importance the Taiwanese tech company is placing on this venture. HTC's sponsored teams compete in various games, including Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, but HTC only mentions the League of Legends Championship Series in its celebratory tweet.

A supercut of stares in Darren Aronofsky movies

A supercut of stares in Darren Aronofsky movies

Darren Aronofsky can be a grandiose director. Think of his big set pieces: Black Swan's ballet or The Wrestler's final match. But, as with other directors, the tiny moments add up. This supercut, from Vimeo user WarmBakedBread, explores Aronofsky's movies through a particular lens: the eyes. Examining shots from six films, the supercut moves between the wide-eyed awe of Noah and the dilated paranoia of Requiem for a Dream. Even if you haven't seen any of the movies, you get a sense of the characters from each look.

Walmart goes after Chromecast with $25 Vudu Spark

Walmart goes after Chromecast with $25 Vudu Spark

Walmart thinks it can out-price the Google Chromecast, Roku Streaming Stick, and Amazon Fire TV Stick. The mega retailer has quietly put out its very own streaming device, called the Vudu Spark, and it costs just a meagre $24.95, a Walmart representative tells Gigaom. In fact, there are no apps whatsoever. All the Vudu Spark can do is play streaming videos from Vudu, the Walmart-owned site that rents TV shows and movies. Nevertheless, with Walmart's considerable muscle behind it, the Vudu Spark could end up finding its way into a number of homes across the country.

The End of the Tour is about the soul-sucking nature of the celebrity profile

The End of the Tour is about the soul-sucking nature of the celebrity profile

The End of The Tour may be about David Foster Wallace, but James Ponsoldt's (The Spectacular Now, Smashed) new film can't be called a biopic. Its scope is more concentrated than that: a chronicle of a five-day interview between David Foster Wallace and reporter David Lipsky, on the final stop of his book tour for Infinite Jest. Two: I want to strangle Jesse Eisenberg. Eisenberg plays Lipsky, a then-Rolling Stone reporter who would go on to write Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace, an account of the interview he conducted in 1998 for a never-published profile of Wallace.

Two flights grounded in Atlanta following Twitter bomb threats

Two flights grounded in Atlanta following Twitter bomb threats

Two US passenger planes were targeted by bomb threats today. Delta flight 1156 and Southwest flight 2942, both bound for Atlanta, were escorted by F-16 fighter jets before landing. As spotted by Buzzfeed, Twitter user @kingZortic told the official Delta and Southwest accounts earlier today that he was responsible for a bomb on each of the aircraft. @DeltaAssist It was from Portland to Atlanta, I forgot the flight number, though.

Sony is giving away old games to settle its 2011 PlayStation Network breach

Sony is giving away old games to settle its 2011 PlayStation Network breach

Are you still feeling bitter about the PlayStation Network outage that left PS3 and PSP owners offline back in 2011? If so, Sony's here to ease your pain. If you had a US-based PlayStation Network, Qriocity, or Sony Online Entertainment account any time before May 15th, 2011, you stand to score some old games and other goodies.

Technology improves avalanche gear for backcountry skiers

Technology improves avalanche gear for backcountry skiers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As outdoor recreation companies increasingly cater to skiers and snowboarders who like to venture beyond the groomed slopes at ski resorts and tackle backcountry terrain, they've put a special emphasis on gear and equipment to keep people safe in case of avalanches.

A Jetsons animated movie is reportedly in the works

A Jetsons animated movie is reportedly in the works

The Jetsons might just get a second chance on the silver screen. Warner Bros. has hired writer Matt Lieberman to pen a script for a feature film based on the iconic Hanna-Barbera show from the early ‘60s, reports Deadline and Variety. According to those reports, the script is being put together from scratch for an animated feature. Back in 1990, The Jetsons had a less-than-stellar theatrical debut with Jetsons: The Movie.

Chuck Norris vs. Communism: how VHS piracy started a political revolution

Chuck Norris vs. Communism: how VHS piracy started a political revolution

No matter what your stance is on file sharing, the commercial downsides to pirating movies and television shows are obvious. Director Ilinca Calugareanu uses her re-enacted sequences to riff on the styles of the bootlegged movies — a Romanian censorship board scene is pure Adrian Lyne, while other sequences call to mind some of the grungy, low-budget action flicks of the era.

How virtual reality ate the Sundance Film Festival

How virtual reality ate the Sundance Film Festival

The most buzzworthy feature of 2015’s Sundance Film Festival isn’t a film at all, but pair of virtual reality goggles you strap to your head. Talk to filmmakers and they’ll tell you they can’t remember being so excited: some say it’s like they’re present at the dawn of a new medium. All are on display at New Frontier, Sundance’s annual showcase for works at the intersection of art and technology. Virtual reality debuted at Sundance in 2012 with Nonny de la Peña’s Hunger in Los Angeles, which used an early head-mounted display to place viewers in the middle of a food line outside a church.

Save $27 on an Amazon Prime subscription today only

Save $27 on an Amazon Prime subscription today only

If you've been holding off from buying Amazon Prime, today might be the day that you change your mind. The retailer is discounting the service to $72 today only in order to celebrate its Golden Globe victories for its original series, Transparent. The rare price cut represents a $27 savings from the service's typical $99 yearly cost, and for that price you'll get unlimited two-day shipping, access to Amazon's Prime TV and movie streaming catalog, Prime Music, and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

At Davos, Technology CEOs Discuss the Digital Economy

At Davos, Technology CEOs Discuss the Digital Economy

Davos: One of the most anticipated discussions at this year's meeting was the plenary session on The Digital Economy. Given that I wrote the book that coined that term 20 years ago, I attended with great interest.On the panel were Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Microsoft CEO Satya...

The Weekender: on film noir, Sundance, and Portland punks

The Weekender: on film noir, Sundance, and Portland punks

Tonight, NYC's Film Forum is doing a double-feature with two noir classics: "The Lady From Shanghai" and "The Third Man." If you're in the city, you'd be remiss not to sit down in a dark theater and take in two dark stories. Markisha McClenton, the lab tech, told me that she no longer gets sleepy.

Davos elites warned about catastrophic cyberattacks

Davos elites warned about catastrophic cyberattacks

Attacks on power plants, telecommunications and financial systems, even turning all of Los Angeles' traffic lights green: Davos elites were warned Saturday of the terrifying possibilities of modern cyber terrorism. Eugene Kaspersky, who heads the Kaspersky Lab security group, said the possibilities of individuals being hacked would only increase in future as more devices, such as "smart" televisions, are hooked up to the Internet. Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said that criminals could bring about chaos in a much lower-level way. He told an anecdote about traffic authorities in Los Angeles who went on strike and also set all the lights to red, sparking gridlock.

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U.S. airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

Bomb threats against two U.S. airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said. The planes landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, no bombs were found aboard either and the Atlanta airport has returned to normal operations, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie. Threats against Delta Air Lines flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines flight 2492, from Milwaukee, had been deemed credible, McCranie said. Several media outlets reported that a Twitter user going by the name Zortic wrote of planting bombs on the two planes, stating in a message to a Delta Twitter account, "I have a bomb on one of your planes, but I forgot which one when I left the airport.

Group says 'American Sniper' film spurs threats against Muslims

Group says 'American Sniper' film spurs threats against Muslims

By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Arab-American civil rights organization has asked "American Sniper" director Clint Eastwood and actor Bradley Cooper to denounce hateful language directed at U.S. Arabs and Muslims after the release of the film about a Navy marksman. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) said in a letter to Eastwood and Cooper that its members had become targets of "violent threats" since early last week, before "American Sniper" went into general release. The ADC said it was working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and police to assess the threats. The film tells the story of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL sniper.

California teacher suspended over social media rant about sex case

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles area high school teacher has been suspended over a social media rant in which he said male students who reportedly had sex with two of his female colleagues should have kept their "stupid mouths shut" about the experience, a school official said on Friday. Sean Patrick Kane, an art teacher at South Hills High School in suburban West Covina, asked in a flippant post on Facebook on Sunday what had been "in the heads of the dudes who banged these ladies and then squealed?" "You should have just kept your stupid mouths shut and enjoyed it," Kane said in the same post, referring to the teenage students at the center of the sex case. The rant got the attention of officials at the West Covina Unified School District, who placed Kane on paid leave on Wednesday as they investigate his actions, district spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden said. "We expect teachers to maintain a level of professionalism in their classroom and in their social media presence as well," Van Der Linden said.

Soccer-County block Hungary on Facebook after flood of posts

League One (third tier) team Notts County have blocked Hungary from their Facebook page after it was swamped by a flood of comments about new striker Balint Bajner. The club signed the 24-year-old Hungarian on Tuesday from second tier side Ipswich Town whose own page was inundated with "No Bajner, no party!" posts when he was dropped in August. County's page received more than 1,700 new likes in two days after the under-19 international joined the world's oldest professional football club on a free transfer. The Magpies said all the messages posted by Bajner's Hungarian fans were in good fun but the club had to take action to control them on behalf of other users of the page.

Apollo to pay more on Presidio amid reputational, credit questions

Apollo to pay more on Presidio amid reputational, credit questions

By Lisa Lee, Mike Stone and Mariana Santibanez NEW YORK (Reuters) - (This story filed on January 22, 2015 has been refiled to clarify proposed creditor terms of the Caesars bankruptcy and related quotation) The term debt financing backing Apollo Global Management LLC's [APOLO.UL] buyout of information technology services provider Presidio Inc is facing pushback from loan investors wary of an unpopular sponsor, the deal's high leverage and issues related to the credit itself. To entice investors wary of Presidio's lack of hard assets, high leverage and business model, lead arranger Credit Suisse this week made some adjustments to the credit, sources said. Buyer Apollo may also be paying a price for its involvement in restructuring Caesars Entertainment Co, at a time when debt and bondholders stand to face losses on roughly $18 billion of debt.

Davos bosses fret over threats to Internet free trade

Davos bosses fret over threats to Internet free trade

The issue is a hot topic at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, and the forum is seeking to provide a platform for debate over ways to maintain an open, cross-border Web in the face of pressures for national regulation. Quite frankly, there is a temptation,” said Vittorio Colao, chief executive of mobile telecoms group Vodafone, who pointed to different regulatory regimes as an impediment to network traffic. A 2014 report by the Boston Consulting Group estimated the Internet economy will be worth $4.2 trillion in the major Group of 20 (G20) economies by 2016 and, if it were a country, it would rank among the top five in the world, ahead of Germany.

Easy Taxi calms Nigeria's kidnapping fears

Easy Taxi calms Nigeria's kidnapping fears

By Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - In Nigeria, one of the world's worst countries for kidnapping, getting in the wrong cab could end up costing you or your family a lot more than the agreed taxi fare. Many people have a "taxi guy" whom they trust to avoid this risk. It was a clear gap in the market for Easy Taxi, which like Silicon Valley's Uber uses a smartphone app and GPS technology to provide taxi services by linking up customers with a trusted driver who is nearby. In Nigeria, Easy Taxi only recruits existing taxis, but ones that are carefully vetted with all their documents in order.

Amazon, e-commerce rivals fuel commercial property boom in India

Amazon, e-commerce rivals fuel commercial property boom in India

By Aditi Shah NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Internet retailer Amazon and its fast-growing local rivals are driving a boom in commercial property leasing in India as their storage needs rise, with shoppers in the country going online to buy everything from televisions to groceries. Other estimates indicate office rents in India's tech hub Bengaluru could rise by as much as a fifth in the next six to nine months as e-commerce companies add to demand. The result, say developers and analysts, is a speedier than expected recovery for India's commercial property sector, badly dented by two successive years of sub-5 percent economic growth. "The best has yet to come for the sector and that will have a snowball effect on the property sector with increased appetite for office space, logistics and warehouse," said Sigrid Zialcita, managing director, research for Asia Pacific at consultant Cushman & Wakefield.

In China, VPN internet access tools suffer further disruptions

Internet services that allow people to freely access blocked websites and apps from within China have seen more severe disruptions this week, said three providers, moves that Chinese state media said were justified. The services affected include popular Virtual Private Network (VPN) providers Astrill, StrongVPN and Golden Frog, which are engaged in a technological arms race to one-up China's highly sophisticated Great Firewall internet censorship system. "This week's attack on VPNs that affected us and other VPN providers is more sophisticated than what we've seen in the past," said Sunday Yokubaitis, president of Golden Frog.

Saudis on Twitter deny rumors King Abdullah dead

Saudis on Twitter deny rumors King Abdullah dead

A Saudi journalist and a member of the royal family denied rumors on Thursday that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, in hospital since December suffering from pneumonia, had died, according to messages on social media. King Abdullah, who took power in 2005 after the death of his half-brother King Fahd, is thought to be 91, although official accounts are unclear. "All that is being reported about King Abdullah's death is far from the truth," Ibrahem al-Rawsa, identified as a journalist at state-run Saudi Press Agency, wrote on his Twitter account. A member of the royal family wrote: "I give you good news.

Social networks must help stamp out promotion of violence: France

Social networks must help stamp out promotion of violence: France

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France appealed on Thursday for U.N. member states to work together on an international legal framework that would make social network providers share responsibility for the use of their platforms to spread messages promoting violence. "There are hate videos, calls for death, propaganda that has not been responded to, and we need to respond," Harlem Desir, French state secretary for European affairs, told reporters on the sidelines of a U.N. General Assembly meeting on the rising threat of anti-Semitism. The French call for a radical shift in the way governments treat social networking companies such as Facebook and Twitter came two weeks after Islamist militants killed 17 people in Paris at a satirical magazine and a Kosher supermarket. "We must ... establish a legal framework so the Internet platforms, the large companies managing social networking, so that they're called upon to act responsibly." Michael Roth, German minister of state for Europe, echoed Desir's remarks.

Turkey proposes tighter internet law, pursues Twitter critic

Turkey proposes tighter internet law, pursues Twitter critic

By Gulsen Solaker and Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is pressing new legislation allowing ministers to temporarily ban websites and forcing Twitter to block an anonymous whistleblower as part of President Tayyip Erdogan's campaign to bring the internet to heel. Last year, Erdogan vowed to "eradicate" Twitter after allegations of government corruption were published on the micro-blogging site. The Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) would have to comply within four hours, and then apply for a court order for the ban to be extended beyond 24 hours. Communications Minister Lutfu Elvan this week defended the proposal, saying it was needed after Turkey's top court in October annulled previous legislation giving greater powers to ban websites, and saying it would only be used in emergencies.

EU unlikely to support ban on free unlimited Facebook, Spotify

EU unlikely to support ban on free unlimited Facebook, Spotify

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union member states are unlikely to support an EU-wide ban on telecoms companies offering online services such as Facebook and Spotify for free, according to a proposal by EU presidency Latvia. EU member states are discussing net neutrality - the principle that all traffic should be treated equally - as part of efforts to agree on reform of the European telecoms sector. So-called "zero-rating", where operators offer unlimited access to certain online services - typically Facebook, music streaming or online television - is seen as good for competition and innovation as well as more choice for consumers.

Kenya weighs Chinese request for extradition of 76 held for cyber crime

Kenya weighs Chinese request for extradition of 76 held for cyber crime

Kenya is considering a request from Beijing to extradite 76 Chinese nationals charged with cyber crime for trial in their homeland, Kenya's attorney-general said on Thursday. Githu Muigai said he expected a decision soon on the request from a "friendly government" with which Kenya has strong trade and industrial ties. Some 76 Chinese nationals have been detained by Kenyan police investigating allegations of cyber crime, operating private radio services and being in the country illegally, their lawyers said on Dec. 5. Any agreement would have to meet Kenya's justice standards, he said, adding their alleged criminality involved "the security of banking, credit cards and other operations".

Google, Viacom win dismissal of children's web privacy lawsuit

Google, Viacom win dismissal of children's web privacy lawsuit

The lawsuit claimed that Viacom secretly kept track of children under the age of 13 who streamed videos and played video games on its Nick.com website, and shared what it learned with Google. It said both companies then without permission put text files known as "cookies" into the children's computers, letting them gather additional information that advertisers could use. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of young children who registered to use Nick.com.

EBay to cut jobs, sell enterprise unit ahead of PayPal split

EBay to cut jobs, sell enterprise unit ahead of PayPal split

By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - EBay Inc plans to cut its workforce by 7 percent, or 2,400 jobs, in the current quarter and is exploring a sale or public offering of its enterprise unit as the e-commerce company prepares to split from its payments division, PayPal, this year. The jobs will be cut across the marketplace, payments and enterprise divisions, eBay said on Wednesday in its fourth-quarter earnings report. EBay said it entered into a standstill agreement with Carl Icahn, its largest active shareholder, and appointed to its board Icahn Capital executive Jonathan Christodoro.

Republicans face uphill battle on net neutrality bill

Republicans face uphill battle on net neutrality bill

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democrats on the Senate and House commerce committees on Wednesday signaled no interest in rushing to adopt "net neutrality" legislation before the Federal Communications Commission sets new Internet traffic rules next month. Republicans have proposed a bill that seeks to ensure that Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all Internet traffic fairly on their networks, but short of the tougher regulatory regime backed by the Obama administration. Though Republicans control both congressional chambers and could pass legislation along party lines, bipartisan support would help weaken the threat of President Barack Obama's veto. The FCC plans to vote on Feb. 26 on rules aimed at ensuring "net neutrality" that are expected to follow Obama's path.

Accused Silk Road operator maintained journal about website: U.S

Accused Silk Road operator maintained journal about website: U.S

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused operator of the online black marketplace Silk Road had a digital journal on his laptop detailing the development of the website and predicting it would become a "phenomenon," jurors heard on Wednesday. Prosecutors showed jurors in Manhattan federal court journal entry excerpts dated in 2010 and 2011 found on a laptop seized when the FBI arrested Ross Ulbricht, who authorities say operated the website where drugs and other illicit goods could be bought with bitcoins. "Silk Road is going to become a phenomenon and at least one person will tell me about it, unknowing that I was its creator," a 2010 journal entry on Ulbricht's laptop said. Prosecutors say Ulbricht operated Silk Road under the alias "Dread Pirate Roberts" in a scheme that generated $200 million in drug sales until authorities shut the website down.

EU could demand that Web firms decrypt emails: adviser

EU could demand that Web firms decrypt emails: adviser

By Alastair Macdonald and Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union should consider forcing Internet firms to help security services tap into coded emails and calls as part of a new strategy to combat militant attacks, the EU counter-terrorism coordinator says. The controversial proposal appears in a briefing paper from Gilles de Kerchove for EU interior ministers meeting next week which was reviewed by Reuters. De Kerchove noted that scandal over U.S. spying on global networks had prompted companies to offer more encryption. Stressing that any measures must respect fundamental rights, he wrote: "The Commission should be invited to explore rules obliging Internet and telecommunications companies operating in the EU to provide ... access of the relevant national authorities to communications (ie share encryption keys)." A spokesman for de Kerchove declined to comment on the paper.

NBC to put Super Bowl TV ads on Tumblr for digital viewers

NBC to put Super Bowl TV ads on Tumblr for digital viewers

(Reuters) - Television network NBC will post all Super Bowl commercials that air on TV to a Tumblr page moments after they air on TV, providing another way for brands to reach viewers with ads that cost up to $4.5 million for 30 seconds. People who watch the Feb. 1 game through NBC's live stream will see a different set of ads from what is shown on TV. The page on social media site Tumblr is a way for those viewers to see all of the TV ads, NBC said in a statement on Wednesday. NBC, a unit of Comcast Corp will stream the game, halftime show and other content free of charge to computers and tablets through its NBC Sports Live Extra app and website.

New satellite system to track illegal 'pirate fishing'

By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About 20 percent of the world's fishing catch is taken illegally by poachers, experts estimate, but a new satellite tracking system launched on Wednesday aims to crack down on the industrial-scale theft known as "pirate fishing." Run by the British technology firm Satellite Applications Catapult and backed by environmental groups, Project 'Eyes on the Seas' will open a "Virtual Watch Room". Experts will be able to watch satellite feeds of the waters around Easter Island, a Chilean territory in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, and the western Pacific island nation of Palau, which lacks the resources to monitor all the illegal fishing taking place near its waters. The technology analyses numerous sources of live satellite tracking data, enabling monitors to link to information about a ship's country of registration and ownership history to spot suspicious vessels.

Netflix's accelerated global rollout catches Wall Street off guard

Netflix's accelerated global rollout catches Wall Street off guard

Netflix Inc's faster-than-expected rollout in overseas markets took most analysts by surprise, setting off a flurry of price target increases on the stock. Shares of the video streaming service, which reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results, rose as much as 19 percent in early trading on Wednesday. The stock has been under pressure in recent months on fears of increased competition from Time Warner Inc's HBO, Amazon.com Inc and Hulu, as well as on-demand offerings from pay TV providers. At least 13 analysts raised their price targets on the stock, after the company said it would complete its expansion into around 200 countries within two years.

French newspaper Le Monde says Twitter account hacked

French newspaper Le Monde says Twitter account hacked

(Reuters) - French newspaper Le Monde said its Twitter account and publishing tool were hacked by Syrian Electronic Army, an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Le Monde sent out a tweet saying it has taken back control of its computers. "We apologize for any fraudulent posts on our behalf." A Twitter Inc spokesman in France said the company did not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons. Representatives at "Le Monde" declined to comment.

Nearly every U.S. arms program found vulnerable to cyber attacks

Nearly every U.S. arms program found vulnerable to cyber attacks

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly every U.S. weapons program tested in fiscal 2014 showed "significant vulnerabilities" to cyber attacks, including misconfigured, unpatched and outdated software, the Pentagon's chief weapons tester said in his annual report released Tuesday. Michael Gilmore, director of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E), said program managers had worked to resolve problems discovered in previous years and security was improving, but this year's testing had revealed new vulnerabilities. "Cyber adversaries have become as serious a threat to U.S. military forces as the air, land, sea and undersea threats represented in operational testing for decades," Gilmore wrote in the 366-page report. The report comes amid growing attention to cybersecurity within the U.S. government, and was released days after fresh documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said China had stolen "many terabytes" of data about the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet.

South Carolina teen charged with murder in Snapchat stabbing

By Harriet McLeod MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina teenager is being held in jail after being charged as an adult with murder in the fatal stabbing of another teen in an apparent fight after one messaged the other's girlfriend on the mobile Snapchat app. Matthew Joseph Fischer, 16, was arrested Sunday night after police were called by neighbors to a gated subdivision in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina to find Lucas Cavanaugh, 17, lying in the middle of the street with lacerations to his abdomen, according to a police incident report.     Two females were with the victim, the responding officer reported.     One, whom police identified as Robynn Davis, ran screaming toward him with a knife, saying "This is the knife."      The officer pointed his patrol rifle at her and demanded that she place the knife on the ground, which she did, the police report says. A magistrate set bond at $100,000 on the weapon charge but could not set bond on a murder charge.

Netflix accelerates global push as U.S. growth slows

Netflix accelerates global push as U.S. growth slows

Streaming video service Netflix Inc said it will complete its expansion into 200 countries within two years, faster than expected, as the company builds its presence overseas while growth in the United States slows. Netflix said on Tuesday it added 4.3 million subscribers in the quarter that ended in December, beating its own guidance thanks to higher-than-expected interest overseas. In the United States, Netflix pulled in 1.9 million streaming customers, down from 2.3 million additions a year earlier, and forecast signing up 1.8 million more in the current quarter. Netflix believes the slowdown is "a natural progression in our large U.S. market as we grow," Netflix said in a quarterly letter to shareholders.

U.S. charges man says linked to Silk Road successor site in drug scheme

U.S. charges man says linked to Silk Road successor site in drug scheme

U.S. authorities announced charges Tuesday against a Washington state man they say assisted in the management of the successor website to Silk Road, an online black market bazaar where drugs and other illicit goods could be bought with bitcoin. Brian Farrell, 26, was arrested late Friday on a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine in connection with a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Seattle that outlined his alleged role as a staff member for the Silk Road 2.0 website. Farrell's arrest came as a trial continued in New York federal court in the case of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged operator of the original Silk Road, which authorities say Ulbricht ran under the alias "Dread Pirate Roberts." Silk Road 2.0 was launched late in 2013, weeks after authorities had shuttered the original Silk Road website and arrested Ulbricht. Like the original website, Silk Road 2.0 allowed users to anonymously buy and sell drugs, computer hacking tools and other illicit items, using the digital currency bitcoin, authorities said.

Alibaba, Tencent spend billions in race to be China's one-stop online shop

Alibaba, Tencent spend billions in race to be China's one-stop online shop

By Paul Carsten and John Ruwitch BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Alibaba and Tencent spent more than $8 billion last year alone backing often strikingly similar ventures, as the Chinese Internet giants race to create online one-stop-shops to win the digital loyalty of a tenth of the world's population. Before China became the biggest smartphone market, there was little overlap between the businesses of e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, social networking firm Tencent Holdings Ltd and search engine provider Baidu Inc. Now, as more and more Chinese use their phones for everything from shopping to booking restaurants, the three companies are increasingly stepping over each other - and investing in the same services - to attract the same users. "What keeps people up at night is the fact that they might miss a certain trend or a certain hot company that really is going to bring all the attention and the users in," said Duncan Clark, managing director of Beijing-based consultancy BDA.

Netflix adds 4.3 million streaming subscribers, shares soar

Netflix adds 4.3 million streaming subscribers, shares soar

The online movie streaming giant's shares rose as much as 14.4 percent to $398.90, after it also reported a better-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit. The company added 2.43 million net subscribers in international markets and 1.9 million in the United States and said it expects to add about 4 million net subscribers in the current quarter. Netflix said it would offer the "controversial comedy" movie "The Interview" to U.S. and Canadian subscribers beginning Jan. 24. The Sony Pictures-produced comedy about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have triggered a cyber attack on the studio and racked up over $40 million in sales from 5.8 million digital downloads.

Facebook clamps down on fake news stories

Facebook clamps down on fake news stories

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it has taken steps to clamp down on "hoaxes" and fake news stories that can spread like wildfire on its 1.35-billion member online social network. Facebook said it will not remove fake news stories from its website. "A post with a link to an article that many people have reported as a hoax or chose to delete will get reduced distribution in the News Feed," Facebook explained. Facebook has become an increasingly important source of news, with 30 percent of adults in the U.S. consuming news on the world's largest social network, according to a 2013 study by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

SAP sees lower margins for years to come as cloud transition bites

SAP sees lower margins for years to come as cloud transition bites

By Harro Ten Wolde WALLDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Europe's largest software group SAP SE has cut key profit forecasts and abandoned a target for higher margins, saying its stepped-up push to deliver products via the cloud would dampen profitability until at least 2018. The German company is in industry race to deliver business planning software via cloud-based internet services, rather than as packaged software running on customers' in-house computers.

China's Tencent shuts down 133 WeChat accounts for 'distorting history': Xinhua

China's Tencent shuts down 133 WeChat accounts for 'distorting history': Xinhua

Tencent Holdings Ltd, China's biggest social networking firm, has shut down 133 accounts on its hugely popular mobile messaging app for "distorting history", state media said on Tuesday, citing a government internet authority. The WeChat accounts, including one whose name translates as "This is not history", spread "fabricated information" and confused the public, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). Tencent declined to provide immediate comment. China's CAC, helmed by internet czar Lu Wei, has presided over sharp increase in state-mandated censorship and a campaign to "cleanse" the internet.

Twitter buys Indian mobile marketing start-up ZipDial

Twitter buys Indian mobile marketing start-up ZipDial

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Tuesday said it will buy Indian mobile phone marketing start-up ZipDial, reportedly for $30 million to $40 million, as the U.S. microblogging service looks to expand in the world's second-biggest mobile market. Bengaluru-based ZipDial gives clients phone numbers for use in marketing campaigns. The start-up's clients include International Business Machines Corp, Yum! Brands Inc's KFC and Procter & Gamble Co's Gillette. Such "unique behavior" was behind ZipDial, the start-up said in a statement announcing the Twitter deal.

Google sticks to EU only application of 'right to be forgotten'

Google sticks to EU only application of 'right to be forgotten'

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google is only removing search results from European websites when individuals invoke their "right to be forgotten", contrary to regulators' guidelines, but will review that approach soon, the company's chief legal officer said on Monday. The issue of how far the so-called right to be forgotten should extend has concentrated the minds of Europe's privacy regulators since the continent's top court ruled in May that individuals could have "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" information removed from search results. Google has consistently argued that it believes the ruling should only apply to its European websites, such as Google.de in Germany or Google.fr in France. David Drummond, Google's Chief Legal Officer, said the Internet giant's approach had not changed since November and it would review it when a group of experts publishes a report on last year's court judgment towards the end of this month.

Big data tops humans at picking 'significant' films: study

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the escalating battle of big data vs. human experts, score another win for numbers. The most accurate predictions of which movies the U.S. Library of Congress will deem "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" are not the views of critics or fans but a simple algorithm applied to a database, according to a study published on Monday. The crucial data, scientists reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are what the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) calls "Connections" - films, television episodes and other works that allude to an earlier movie. For 15,425 films in IMDB.com examined in the study, the measure that was most predictive of which made it into the Library of Congress's National Film Registry, which honors "significant" movies, was the number of references to it by other films released many years later.

China investigates state television producer amid corruption probe

Chinese anti-graft authorities are investigating a television producer related to a disgraced former presidential aide probed for graft last month, the media reported on Monday, as the leadership widens a crackdown on corruption. Luo Fanghua, an executive of the business channel at state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV), is the latest of several of the network's senior producers, executives and journalists to face investigation for corruption. Luo is married to the brother-in-law of Ling Jihua, once a top aide to Chinese President Hu Jintao who came under investigation last month, according to ThePaper.cn, a state-backed news website. Luo's husband, Gu Yuanxu, was sacked from his public security post in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang after Ling came under investigation, the report said, citing the respected financial news magazine Caixin.

U.S. penetrated North Korean networks years ago - New York Times

U.S. penetrated North Korean networks years ago - New York Times

The U.S. National Security Agency began tapping into North Korean computer networks in 2010, an effort that ultimately helped provide evidence to persuade the Obama administration that Pyongyang was behind the cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the New York Times reported on Sunday. Citing former U.S. and foreign officials and a National Security Agency document, the Times said the spy agency was able to penetrate North Korean systems with the help of South Korea and other U.S. allies after first tapping into Chinese networks that connect North Korea to the rest of the world. The newspaper quoted officials as saying the program grew into an effort to place malware that could track many networks and computers used by hackers in North Korea.

Exclusive: Facebook hiring spree hints at ambitions in virtual reality and beyond

Exclusive: Facebook hiring spree hints at ambitions in virtual reality and beyond

By Alexei Oreskovic and Bill Rigby SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Virtual reality goggles, drones and data centers are all driving a hiring spree at Facebook Inc that is set to swell its ranks as much as 14 percent in the near term, according to a review of job listings on the company's website. Oculus Rift, the maker of virtual reality headsets that Facebook acquired in a $2 billion deal last year, is among the key areas slated for growth, with 54 jobs listed on its website, according to a review by Reuters of listings. Among the roles that Facebook needs to fill for the Oculus business are managers to oversee logistics, procurement and global supply chain planning - a sign, some analysts say, that the product is nearing its commercial release. The market for virtual reality headsets is still nascent.

Donations pour in for Phoenix newborn quadruplets after mom dies

(Reuters) - Thousands of dollars of donations have poured in from around the world to help pay for the care for newborn quadruplets of a Phoenix mother who died after giving birth to them, a fundraising website set up in the woman's name announced on Saturday. The story of Erica Morales drew international attention when the 36-year-old died shortly after giving birth to three girls and a boy on Thursday, according to a report on television station KSAZ in Phoenix. "It is so hard to know she fought so hard for her children." After years of trying and finally getting pregnant with the help of doctors, Morales, a real estate agent, died at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, leaving behind her husband, Carlos, according to Todman. Hospital officials released a statement on Saturday expressing condolences for the family but declined to provide any cause of death, or condition of the quadruplets, citing patient privacy laws.

Republicans' bill aims to head off Obama Internet plan

Republicans' bill aims to head off Obama Internet plan

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. congressional Republicans on Friday proposed legislation that would set "net neutrality" rules for broadband providers, aiming to head off tougher regulations backed by the Obama administration. Lawmakers hope to counter the Federal Communications Commission's vote on Feb. 26 for rules that are expected to follow the legal path endorsed by President Barack Obama, which Internet service providers (ISPs) and Republicans say would unnecessarily burden the industry with regulation. Sprint Corp, however, broke ranks on Friday, saying it will keep investing in its networks even if the FCC goes for tougher regulations.

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This tiny gadget turns your ordinary sink into a high-tech washing machine

This tiny gadget turns your ordinary sink into a high-tech washing machine

With almost a month left in its Indiegogo campaign, Dolfi has already topped its $100,000 goal by more than $25,000 by convincing many backers to invest in its interesting clothes-washing technology. Dolfi is a tiny device, about as big as a smartphone, that can wash delicate clothes by itself using ultrasonic technology to remove dirt from clothes that are immersed in a sink or other container with water and washing powder. FROM EARLIER: Meet ‘Exploding Kittens,’ the hilarious card game currently ‘exploding’ on Kickstarter The gadget only needs around a half an hour of work and doesn’t require any manual labor, as the ultrasonic waves will create lots of movements in the water, removing dirt in the process. The neat technology behind Dolfi is explained

Help! I already can’t decide between the 12-inch MacBook Air and 12-inch iPad

Help! I already can’t decide between the 12-inch MacBook Air and 12-inch iPad

Some hardcore Apple fans are surely excited about some of the rumored products that are supposed to launch later this year, including the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air and the 12-inch iPad Pro or iPad Air Plus the company is reportedly working on. Despite what some have secretly been hoping for — that Apple is making a Surface-like device that’ll bring you the best of two worlds, an iOS tablet and an OS X laptop in the same ultra-portable box — it appears these two devices are separate products targeting different buyers. Yet at the same time, the 12-inch MacBook Air and the 12-inch iPad will somehow compete against each other later this year. And buyers, myself included, might have a tough time deciding between

6 awesome iPhone apps you can download for free right now (save $27!)

6 awesome iPhone apps you can download for free right now (save $27!)

It’s our favorite time of day — the time when we let you know about several paid iPhone apps that are free to download for a limited time. Today we’re going to help you kick off your weekend by downloading six awesome paid apps that normally cost $27 but that are now totally free if you act right now. Check them all out below! These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that

This might be our first look at Apple’s completely redesigned Retina MacBook Air

This might be our first look at Apple’s completely redesigned Retina MacBook Air

Apple is expected to soon launch a new version of the MacBook Air, a 12-inch model that’s supposed to be thinner than every previous MacBook Air and will sport a new design made possible by the adoption of Intel’s Core M processor, which doesn’t require fans for cooling. After an extensive report detailed some of the characteristics of the upcoming laptop, Chinese online publication iFanR has obtained images that seem to show the 12-inch MacBook Air next to existing MacBook Air and iPad Air models. FROM EARLIER: Stop freaking out over the 12-inch MacBook Air’s missing MagSafe port The images (available in the gallery below) do not show a fully working 12-inch MacBook Air, but they provide plenty of revealing details thanks

Where BlackBerry is still king

Where BlackBerry is still king

We’ve argued in the past that BlackBerry has an important opportunity to reestablish itself as a status symbol for corporate executives and government officials who absolutely need to have top-notch security. Business Insider’s Jim Edwards reports that that having a BlackBerry is still a big deal for many people in Davos this week, where he’s noticed that “a lot of people here are conspicuously carrying two phones: an iPhone and a Blackberry.” RELATED: BlackBerry is still beating Android and Windows Phone where it matters most Among others, Edwards has found that U.K. chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne still uses a BlackBerry, as well as “a member of the board of directors for a Middle Eastern central bank.” Edwards also talked with “an executive at

Exclusive: Samsung talks to BlackBerry about $7.5 billion buyout - source

By Jennifer Ablan and Liana B. Baker NEW YORK (Reuters) - (Corrects Jan. 14 story, changes to representatives from the companies, from executives in paragraph 3) Samsung Electronics recently offered to buy BlackBerry Ltd for as much as $7.5 billion, seeking its valuable patents as it battles Apple in the corporate market, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters. South Korea's Samsung proposed an initial price range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share, representing a premium of 38 percent to 60 percent over BlackBerry's current trading price, the source said on Wednesday. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said in a statement that it "has not engaged in discussions with Samsung with respect to any possible offer to purchase BlackBerry. Shares of BlackBerry, which soared nearly 30 percent following the Reuters report, fell back about 15 percent in after-hours electronic trading following the statement.

The craziest fact about the Apple Watch: It will be more powerful than the first iPad

The craziest fact about the Apple Watch: It will be more powerful than the first iPad

The Apple Watch will not have incredible battery life, a 9to5Mac report on Thursday revealed. Apple wasn’t even able to meet its own battery targets for its first smartwatch, which is why the company delayed the launch of the Apple Watch from late 2014 to early 2015. But one detail from the report that was overlooked is that the tiny gadget will apparently be more powerful than the iPad. FROM EARLIER: We finally know what battery life will be like on the Apple Watch The original iPad, launched back in early April 2010, packed an Apple A4 chip. The device was a powerful computing tool at the time and it set the bar for tablets. 9to5Mac said in its report

Bloatware you will love: Free Office preinstalled on Windows 10 phones and small tablets

Bloatware you will love: Free Office preinstalled on Windows 10 phones and small tablets

Microsoft on Thursday confirmed various details about its upcoming Office plans, revealing that Office 2016 will be released at some point in the second half of the year, and that Windows 10 mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets will get a special Office for Windows 10 version that’ll be similar to what’s currently available on iPad and Android tablets. Furthermore, Microsoft said that Office for Windows 10 will be preloaded for free on Windows Phones and Windows 10 tablets with screens smaller than eight inches. FROM EARLIER: Microsoft’s next major Office release set for later this year Additionally, Office for Windows 10 apps will be available in the Windows Store for Windows devices with larger touchscreen displays. As ZDNet points out,

KeyTouch lets you unlock your Mac with Touch ID, and it was built by 14-year-olds

KeyTouch lets you unlock your Mac with Touch ID, and it was built by 14-year-olds

Unlike most teenagers who are busy with school work and sports, Erik van der Plas and Tom de Ruiter are two very young Dutch software developers. At the ripe old ages of 13 and 14 years, respectively, they have come up with an app that uses Apple’s Touch ID security feature on iOS devices to actually unlock Mac computers. FROM EARLIER: Use this secret trick to make your iPhone’s Touch ID even more responsive Dubbed KeyTouch, the app is already available for download from the App Store for just $0.99. Basically, Apple fans who happen to own Touch ID-enabled iPhone and iPad models can use the app to unlock and lock their Macs, as long as their OS X computers have Bluetooth 4.0 LE support

Apple wants to make iPad even better with help of a smarter accessory

Apple wants to make iPad even better with help of a smarter accessory

Apple is considering adding various new features to future versions of the Smart Cover, a protective accessory specifically developed for the iPad, according to a new patent discovered by AppleInsider. FROM EARLIER: New patent shows how bending iPhones could one day be a feature, not a bug Titled “Device Input Modes With Corresponding User Interfaces,” the patent application describes various new features that would be available to iPad Smart Cover users, which could let users further customize their tablet experiences without needing special physical buttons on the tablet to do so. The patent describes ways for the tablet to recognize various gestures, and provide contextual menus depending on how many sections of the Smart Cover actually cover the screen. In one

Mobile game may have lasting benefit for 'lazy' eye

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Children who had their “lazy” eye treated with an experimental mobile game continued to benefit for an entire year, according to a new study. The usual treatment is to wear a patch over the "strong" eye, "to force the use of the amblyopic or weak eye,” said Eileen Birch, the study’s senior author. For the new study, the researchers continued to follow children who were treated for amblyopia in an earlier study using an experimental game on an iPad.

This gadget turns any speaker into a wireless speaker, and it’s only $25 on Amazon

This gadget turns any speaker into a wireless speaker, and it’s only $25 on Amazon

Your smartphone, your tablet and your laptop all play music, but none of the speakers in your home are compatible with Bluetooth. You don’t want to waste money on a brand new speaker, because the one you own is perfectly fine… other than the whole Bluetooth thing. It’s about time you looked into picking up a Bluetooth audio adapter. MORE DEALS: 4 awesome retro gadgets you can find on Amazon that make old tech cool again Of all the audio adapters available on Amazon, Logitech’s has the most consistently positive reviews. There are some even cheaper options, but the consensus appears to be that it’s well worth spending $5 or $10 more for a device that works with 3.5 mm and RCA jacks. Bluetooth Audio

Samsung’s Apple Watch killer will apparently be insanely complex to maneuver

Samsung’s Apple Watch killer will apparently be insanely complex to maneuver

You’d think that by now, Samsung has had time to decide on various smartwatch-related matters including design, software features and user interface. The company has already released a variety of such devices, running all sorts of operating systems and offering different takes on this category. But basically, Samsung has been taking shots in the dark with its smartwatches, hoping something will stick with consumers before Apple launches its highly anticipated Apple Watch. That hasn’t happened though, and the company is reportedly working on a brand new smartwatch, a Moto 360-like round gadget that’ll feature some highly complex interaction methods that have not been seen on any of Samsung’s watches so far. FROM EARLIER: Samsung’s not done trying to create the perfect

This iPhone app lets you share and listen to full-length songs for free – and it’s legal

This iPhone app lets you share and listen to full-length songs for free – and it’s legal

Getting young people to pay for music has become increasingly difficult in the modern era. For the time being, ad revenue from YouTube or subscription streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora are the best that can be hoped for in many cases. But some companies are trying to find new ways for people to legally enjoy music where cost isn’t a barrier, and one nifty example is BOOMiO. DON’T MISS: Confessions of a music thief BOOMiO takes an interesting approach to music, using a format somewhat similar to BlackBerry’s failed BBM Music service. The app is all about social listening, just like BBM Music was, but there are a few key differences. First, BOOMiO’s platform is iOS, not BlackBerry, so there’s a

9 awesome iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now

9 awesome iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now

This has been an incredible week so far for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free for a limited time. Yesterday’s list had some real gems on it and several of the best apps on the list can still be downloaded for free if you hurry. For Thursday, we have a fresh new list of nine iOS apps that are normally all paid apps, but each and every one is completely free if you hurry. DON’T MISS: This cool new free app brings Apple Pay where it has never gone before 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

BlackBerry’s CEO wrote the stupidest net neutrality article I’ve ever read

BlackBerry’s CEO wrote the stupidest net neutrality article I’ve ever read

Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat: I think John Chen is a very smart guy who has done a terrific job leading BlackBerry out of a very bad situation so far. But on Tuesday afternoon, he penned a blog post on net neutrality that might be the single most boneheaded take on the debate I’ve ever read. RELATED: Here’s why I love what BlackBerry’s doing with the Classic Essentially, Chen argues that people who are concerned about ISPs discriminating against certain kinds of traffic running over their networks should be equally concerned that app developers are discriminating against BlackBerry users by not developing apps for BlackBerry’s mobile platform. No, seriously. “Unfortunately, not all content and applications providers have embraced openness

Your smartphone is absolutely filthy – and these disgusting photos prove it

Your smartphone is absolutely filthy – and these disgusting photos prove it

Remember when we called Motorola’s Moto Hint one of the 10 best accessories you could buy ahead of the holidays? Bluetooth headsets might be considered nerdy or geeky by some, but if you don’t already have one you might want to consider investing in a good one as soon as possible. Why is there such urgency? It’s because the screen on your smartphone is basically a vile, putrid, disgusting Petri dish. DON’T MISS: The funniest thing you’ll see today: Watch elders play Grand Theft Auto V Smartphone enthusiasts sometimes bury themselves deep within one camp, but there’s one thing that unites all Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and BlackBerry users: We’re all gross. The Roosevelts calls our attention once again to an

10 essential apps you should install on your iPhone 6 right now

10 essential apps you should install on your iPhone 6 right now

We constantly share cool new iOS and Android apps here on BGR in an effort to help readers get the most out of their smartphones and tablets. These apps often serve very specific purposes and while they’re always great to have on your device, they’re often not what you might consider to be essential apps. So now it’s time to take a look at a quick list of 10 apps that new iPhone users especially should check out, because they might just become some of the most used apps on your phone. DON’T MISS: This cool new free app brings Apple Pay where it has never gone before It might not be as fun as our lists of paid iPhone and iPad

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free for a limited time (save $59!)

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free for a limited time (save $59!)

We’ve had two great lists of paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free so far this week, and now Wednesday’s list might be the best one yet. There were definitely some gems to be found on Tuesday — a few of which are still free if you hurry over to this post — and now we have eight more iOS apps that would typically cost a combined $59 to download, but they’re all free right now for a limited time. DON’T MISS: This cool new free app brings Apple Pay where it has never gone before These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their

Apple’s latest acquisition could make Beats Music even better

Apple’s latest acquisition could make Beats Music even better

Apple revolutionized the music industry with the iPod and iTunes, but leadership is cyclical and the company fell behind the times as streaming music services like Pandora and Spotify grew more popular. iTunes Radio was Apple’s first real attempt to bring music streamers back to the Apple camp, but it apparently didn’t have quite the impact Apple was looking for… so it bought Beats for $3 billion. Now, Apple has made a new acquisition — a much smaller one, this time — that will reportedly become an important part of the company’s Beats Music streaming service. DON’T MISS: Edward Snowden says secret Apple spyware is the reason he won’t use an iPhone According to a report from The Guardian on Wednesday, Apple has

Five Florida high school students charged in alleged gang rape

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Five Florida high school football players have been charged with sexual battery in the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl who recorded parts of the encounter on her iPod, prosecutors said on Tuesday. The three others, who were charged as juveniles, have pleaded not guilty, according to prosecutors. The five teens, identified by local media as members of the school football team, were arrested in November after the girl told police she was pulled into the woods and raped near Winter Springs High School in a suburb of Orlando. Winter Springs Police Chief Kevin Brunelle said the recording and other forensic evidence led to the formal charges.

5 incredibly cool gadgets you can buy on Amazon for less than $100

5 incredibly cool gadgets you can buy on Amazon for less than $100

Every once in a while, money just starts to burn a hole in your pocket. You could always save that money for something more important, but the temptation to purchase something fun for yourself is overwhelming. Today, we’re going to make it even harder to stop yourself from adding another item to your cart with these ridiculously cool gadgets on Amazon. MORE DEALS: Two cheap gadgets to help you take perfect hands-free iPhone panoramas every time Earlier this week, Redditor Jwegr17 found himself with about $100 to spend, but couldn’t figure out what to buy, so he asked Reddit for help. The members of the r/gadgets community were more than happy to oblige. We’re taken the opportunity to round up a few of the

10 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now

10 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now

Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free was a great one, and it was highlighted by the controversial app Neato that Apple had previously thrown out of the app store. Neato is still free along with several other apps on that list, by the way, so you might want to follow this link and snag them before you’re too late. Today, however, we have a fresh new batch of iOS apps that are normally paid but are all on sale for free for a limited time. DON’T MISS: Edward Snowden says secret Apple spyware is the reason he won’t use an iPhone These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available

Facebook report says it adds more than $200 billion to global economy

Facebook report says it adds more than $200 billion to global economy

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - With 1.35 billion users of its Internet social network, Facebook Inc would rank as the world’s second-most populous nation if it were a country. While its users may populate only a virtual country, Facebook says it generates a lot of real economic activity – $227 billion worth of economic impact and 4.5 million jobs in 2014, according to a new study by consulting firm Deloitte & Touche [DLTE.UL] that Facebook commissioned. The report looks at the businesses that maintain pages on Facebook as well as the mobile apps and games that consumers play on Facebook and measures all the economic activity that result. It also considers the demand for gadgets and online connectivity services that are generated by Facebook.

‘Starships’ takes the ‘Civilization’ series to the furthest reaches of space

‘Starships’ takes the ‘Civilization’ series to the furthest reaches of space

One of the most popular strategy series of all time is getting a spin-off. 2K and Firaxis announced Sid Meier’s Starships on Monday, a new game that will serve as a sequel (of sorts) to Civilization: Beyond Earth, the developer’s major 2014 release. The game doesn’t have a release date yet, but is expected to launch on PC, Mac and iPad in early 2015. FROM EARLIER: Will Windows 10 be a PC gamer’s dream come true? Despite featuring notably different gameplay, Starships is set in the same universe as Beyond Earth, a universe in which mankind has left Earth to begin colonizing other, occasionally hostile planets. “When designing Starships, I was intrigued by the idea of exploring the next chapter in the story of

Two cheap gadgets to help you take perfect hands-free iPhone panoramas every time

Two cheap gadgets to help you take perfect hands-free iPhone panoramas every time

Admit it — you’re more likely to use the panorama feature to see if you can stretch one of your friends the length of a room than to capture a beautiful sunset. Being able to take panorama shots with the iPhone is a fun diversion, but without a proper stand, you’re unlikely to ever create a perfect panorama. That’s where these two affordable gadgets come in. MORE DEALS: 8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free for a limited time (save $45!) If you want to take incredible panoramas with your iPhone, but you don’t want to spend more than $25, check out these two stands from Amazon, both of which are eligible for Prime shipping. MUVI X-Lapse Create 90° degree

This great iPhone app squeezes an entire music player into one iOS widget, and it’s free

This great iPhone app squeezes an entire music player into one iOS widget, and it’s free

We cover iOS and Android apps all the time here on BGR, and the reason is fairly obvious. Smartphones are the single most important gadgets in most of our lives these days, and every new app we install extends a smartphone’s capabilities in any number of new directions. Finding cool new apps is exciting, and that’s why we always do our best to do some of the heavy lifting for you. Today, we already shared a list of eight cool paid iPhone and iPad apps that are all free for a limited time, and now we have one more very nifty iOS app to show you. DON’T MISS: The funniest thing you’ll see today: ‘The Daily Show’ destroys Google Glass Apple’s iOS Control

The funniest thing you’ll see today: ‘The Daily Show’ destroys Google Glass

The funniest thing you’ll see today: ‘The Daily Show’ destroys Google Glass

Google Glass is indeed no iPad. The device that many touted as the wearable computer of the future has hit a rough patch as Google finally comes to terms with the fact that people aren’t going to pay $1,500 for a ridiculous looking wearable that sits on your face. As I said back in 2013, Google Glass is not the future — but… it may indeed help steer consumer electronics companies toward less abrasive devices that could proliferate in the future. That, of course, remains to be seen. In the meantime, Google Glass is still pretty fun to laugh at. DON’T MISS: Meet the smartphone that rips off Apple and Samsung in one fell swoop With Google Glass back in the

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free for a limited time (save $45!)

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free for a limited time (save $45!)

A new week is here and we’re starting things off on the right foot with some great paid iPhone and iPad apps that are all completely free to download right now. Today’s list has eight apps total, and they would cost you a combined $45 on most days if you wanted to get them all. For a limited time, however, you can snag each and every one of them without paying a dime — but only if you hurry! DON’T MISS: Meet the smartphone that rips off Apple and Samsung in one fell swoop 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

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LG: Android 5.0 Lollipop update is ‘coming soon’ to the G3

LG: Android 5.0 Lollipop update is ‘coming soon’ to the G3

It’s been a long, arduous wait, but the good news is that it’s nearly over. LG announced on Friday that the Lollipop update for G3 smartphones is “coming soon.” How soon, we’re not sure, but considering the fact that the update is already live on the G3 in other territories (and has been for weeks), it shouldn’t be much longer. FROM EARLIER: LG is already rolling out Lollipop for its best phone of the year The sooner LG can release the update in all the major markets, the sooner the company can turn its attention to its upcoming flagship phone. At this point, the lack of Lollipop is a distraction for LG users — once it’s out, they’ll have a better idea of

Samsung may be learning from its biggest mistakes

Samsung may be learning from its biggest mistakes

Samsung’s TouchWiz Android overlay has a lot of haters out there but one of them now thinks that it’s been vastly improved with Android 5.0 Lollipop. SamMobile’s  Abhijeet M., who last year unleashed a tirade against TouchWiz for still being buggy and laggy, has now found that TouchWiz on Android 5.0 Lollipop is better than it’s ever been, although he gives Google a lot of the credit for important changes. RELATED: The inside story of how Google rescued Android from Samsung’s Magazine UX Essentially, he thinks that Samsung has wisely taken a lot of cues from Lollipop’s Material Design interface and has done a much better job of making TouchWiz work well on the latest version of Android. “With Android 5.0 Lollipop,

How to recover deleted photos from iPhone, Android, and other devices

How to recover deleted photos from iPhone, Android, and other devices

One reason why the iPhone is one of the most popular cameras on Flickr (second only to Canon in 2014) is that Apple realized a long time ago people love taking photos with smartphones, and it has constantly improved the cameras in its iPhones and iPads since launching them. Similarly, other handset makers have released smartphones that are getting better and better at taking photos and recording videos. But being able to instantly snap a picture using your phone does come with some potential problems, such as accidentally deleting pictures from the phone’s built-in or user-replaceable storage system. FROM EARLIER: Apple is the second most popular camera maker on Flickr… and it doesn’t even make cameras For those people who rarely, if ever,

How to set up a VPN on Android – and why you should do it right now

How to set up a VPN on Android – and why you should do it right now

Surfing the web privately is something many web users are interested in, whether they’re doing it on a desktop, laptop or mobile device, but not many people know how to do it. Recently, a detailed WhoIsHostingThis infographic showed you how to secure your connection using a VPN — a virtual private network created on top of a public network to anonymize web traffic — on Windows, Mac and iOS, assuming the user already has access to a VPN service. Phone Arena has put together a similar step-by-step guide of enabling VPN connectivity on Android devices. FROM EARLIER: How to set up a VPN – and why you should, if you care about privacy In addition to securing data transmission against

Where BlackBerry is still king

Where BlackBerry is still king

We’ve argued in the past that BlackBerry has an important opportunity to reestablish itself as a status symbol for corporate executives and government officials who absolutely need to have top-notch security. Business Insider’s Jim Edwards reports that that having a BlackBerry is still a big deal for many people in Davos this week, where he’s noticed that “a lot of people here are conspicuously carrying two phones: an iPhone and a Blackberry.” RELATED: BlackBerry is still beating Android and Windows Phone where it matters most Among others, Edwards has found that U.K. chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne still uses a BlackBerry, as well as “a member of the board of directors for a Middle Eastern central bank.” Edwards also talked with “an executive at

Exclusive: Samsung talks to BlackBerry about $7.5 billion buyout - source

By Jennifer Ablan and Liana B. Baker NEW YORK (Reuters) - (Corrects Jan. 14 story, changes to representatives from the companies, from executives in paragraph 3) Samsung Electronics recently offered to buy BlackBerry Ltd for as much as $7.5 billion, seeking its valuable patents as it battles Apple in the corporate market, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters. South Korea's Samsung proposed an initial price range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share, representing a premium of 38 percent to 60 percent over BlackBerry's current trading price, the source said on Wednesday. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said in a statement that it "has not engaged in discussions with Samsung with respect to any possible offer to purchase BlackBerry. Shares of BlackBerry, which soared nearly 30 percent following the Reuters report, fell back about 15 percent in after-hours electronic trading following the statement.

HTC’s beautiful new flagship phone leaks again in new pics

HTC’s beautiful new flagship phone leaks again in new pics

HTC is having a pretty tough time keeping its newest flagship smartphone under wraps, but we aren’t about to complain. Phandroid has posted the latest batch of leaked HTC One (M9) photos and they pretty much confirm a lot of what we’ve already seen about the device. FROM EARLIER: Leaked photo shows what the HTC One M9 looks like compared to the M8 As you can see, the device really looks very similar to last year’s HTC One (M8) with one key difference: The shape of the camera on the back is more of a square while the camera on both the M8 and the M7 were both circles. From a specs perspective, Phandroid’s source confirmed that the device will likely

Bloatware you will love: Free Office preinstalled on Windows 10 phones and small tablets

Bloatware you will love: Free Office preinstalled on Windows 10 phones and small tablets

Microsoft on Thursday confirmed various details about its upcoming Office plans, revealing that Office 2016 will be released at some point in the second half of the year, and that Windows 10 mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets will get a special Office for Windows 10 version that’ll be similar to what’s currently available on iPad and Android tablets. Furthermore, Microsoft said that Office for Windows 10 will be preloaded for free on Windows Phones and Windows 10 tablets with screens smaller than eight inches. FROM EARLIER: Microsoft’s next major Office release set for later this year Additionally, Office for Windows 10 apps will be available in the Windows Store for Windows devices with larger touchscreen displays. As ZDNet points out,

Asia stocks surge on ECB move, oil jumps on Saudi king death

Asia stocks surge on ECB move, oil jumps on Saudi king death

Asian equity markets rallied on Friday after the European Central Bank announced a huge cash injection to kickstart the eurozone economy, while crude prices surged on news the monarch of oil kingpin Saudi Arabia had died. The ECB's unprecedented decision to pump tens of billions of dollars a month into financial markets sent the euro plunging to 11-year lows against the dollar and also fuelled a buying spree in US and European stock markets. Tokyo jumped 1.05 percent, or 182.73 points, to 17,511.75 and Sydney added 1.51 percent, or 81.90 points, to 5501.80, with energy firms lifted by the stronger oil prices. After a much-anticipated policy meeting Thursday ECB chief Mario Draghi said it would buy 60 billion euros ($69 billion) a month of private and public bonds from March until September 2016, with the total programme valued at over 1.0 trillion euros.

This iPhone app lets you share and listen to full-length songs for free – and it’s legal

This iPhone app lets you share and listen to full-length songs for free – and it’s legal

Getting young people to pay for music has become increasingly difficult in the modern era. For the time being, ad revenue from YouTube or subscription streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora are the best that can be hoped for in many cases. But some companies are trying to find new ways for people to legally enjoy music where cost isn’t a barrier, and one nifty example is BOOMiO. DON’T MISS: Confessions of a music thief BOOMiO takes an interesting approach to music, using a format somewhat similar to BlackBerry’s failed BBM Music service. The app is all about social listening, just like BBM Music was, but there are a few key differences. First, BOOMiO’s platform is iOS, not BlackBerry, so there’s a

WhatsApp Messenger Gets Desktop Version

WhatsApp is on the up and up: The popular mobile-messaging app has launched a new desktop version, available as a Google Chrome applet. WhatsApp users on Android, Windows Phone or Blackberry will be able to send and receive messages via their computers as well as their smartphones. If you have the iOS version of WhatsApp, however, you won't be able to use the desktop version, "due to Apple platform limitations," WhatsApp explained on the company blog yesterday (Jan. 21). To use WhatsApp on a computer, open the Google Chrome browser and visit https://web.whatsapp.com/.

6 beastly phones you can buy for less than $400

6 beastly phones you can buy for less than $400

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus might be the best-selling phones currently available in stores, but there are also plenty of other options available for smartphone buyers looking to get a powerful mobile device at a fraction of the iPhone 6’s cost. Forbes has put together a list of six handsets that can be purchased right now, or that’ll be available in the near future, for far less than either iPhone 6 version. FROM EARLIER: The 5 coolest phones unveiled at CES 2015 At $399, the Huawei Honor 6 Plus is a 5.5-inch Android handset that features a Full HD display, 3GB of RAM, three 8-megapixel cameras (one on the front and two on the back) and a 3,600 mAh

BlackBerry’s CEO wrote the stupidest net neutrality article I’ve ever read

BlackBerry’s CEO wrote the stupidest net neutrality article I’ve ever read

Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat: I think John Chen is a very smart guy who has done a terrific job leading BlackBerry out of a very bad situation so far. But on Tuesday afternoon, he penned a blog post on net neutrality that might be the single most boneheaded take on the debate I’ve ever read. RELATED: Here’s why I love what BlackBerry’s doing with the Classic Essentially, Chen argues that people who are concerned about ISPs discriminating against certain kinds of traffic running over their networks should be equally concerned that app developers are discriminating against BlackBerry users by not developing apps for BlackBerry’s mobile platform. No, seriously. “Unfortunately, not all content and applications providers have embraced openness

Your smartphone is absolutely filthy – and these disgusting photos prove it

Your smartphone is absolutely filthy – and these disgusting photos prove it

Remember when we called Motorola’s Moto Hint one of the 10 best accessories you could buy ahead of the holidays? Bluetooth headsets might be considered nerdy or geeky by some, but if you don’t already have one you might want to consider investing in a good one as soon as possible. Why is there such urgency? It’s because the screen on your smartphone is basically a vile, putrid, disgusting Petri dish. DON’T MISS: The funniest thing you’ll see today: Watch elders play Grand Theft Auto V Smartphone enthusiasts sometimes bury themselves deep within one camp, but there’s one thing that unites all Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and BlackBerry users: We’re all gross. The Roosevelts calls our attention once again to an

This might be our best look yet at the HTC One M9

This might be our best look yet at the HTC One M9

We’re just over one month away from being formally introduced to two of the most hotly anticipated smartphones of the year. One is Samsung’s next-generation flagship phone, the Galaxy S6, which BGR exclusively blew the lid off of on Wednesday. We detailed all of the new Galaxy S phone’s key specs, including its 5.1-inch quad HD display and its new 64-bit octa-core processor. The second eagerly anticipated smartphone is HTC’s 2015 flagship device, the HTC One M9 — and we may have just gotten our best look at it yet. DON’T MISS: Samsung is reportedly removing one of the Galaxy S5’s best features from the Galaxy S6 With the phone’s expected unveiling at the annual Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona

Windows 10 aims to be core of connected devices

Windows 10 aims to be core of connected devices

Microsoft pulled back the curtain Wednesday on the upcoming Windows 10 operating system focused on bringing harmony to the diverse array of Internet gadgets in people's lives. As it previewed the new operating system, Microsoft also unexpectedly added to the roster of modern gadgets with the unveiling of headgear that overlays holograms on the real world and lets wearers use their hands to interact with virtual objects. By allowing users to work seamlessly over devices such as computers, tablets and smartphones, Microsoft hopes Windows 10 will renew its relevance in an age of mobile computing dominated by Apple and Google-backed Android software. Microsoft also hopes to lure users with stunning new technology.

12-inch business-focused tablets on the rise

12-inch business-focused tablets on the rise

After the first wave of 10-inch tablets released in the wake of the original iPad, followed by a round of more compact, budget-friendly models along the lines of the iPad mini and Amazon's Kindle Fire range, the latest trend sweeping through the tablet market is one of generously sized 12-inchers targeting business users. HP provides the latest example with its new Pro Slate 12. On the inside, the new tablet is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and two cameras (8MP and 2MP). Bluetooth, NFC and WiFi ready, the new Pro Slate comes with Android KitKat (4.4).

Google preparing to launch cellular service: media

Google preparing to launch cellular service: media

Google is getting ready to sell wireless telephone services directly to US consumers after reaching deals with carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, US media reported Wednesday. The news was first reported by tech-news publication The Information and corroborated by an article in the Wall Street Journal. Google officials have been working on the wireless project for more than a year, the Journal reported, citing an unnamed person familiar with the matter. Google is already in a powerful position in the wireless world, with its Android operating system running on more than 80 percent of the world's mobile phones.

The biggest problems with Android 5.0 Lollipop

The biggest problems with Android 5.0 Lollipop

If you’re like most Android users, you probably don’t have Android 5.0 Lollipop yet… and it turns out that might be a good thing. Computerworld’s JR Raphael has been using Lollipop for a while now and while he thinks the update overall is strong, he has picked out five crucial problems with it that he wants Google to fix as soon as possible. RELATED: Android fans vent about what they hate most about Lollipop The biggest issue, Raphael says, is Lollipop’s memory management. In short, Raphael has found that “Lollipop — on some devices, at least — seems to have trouble keeping processes running in active memory,” which can cause apps running in the background to incorrectly close. Raphael has

Kinshasa authorities restore Internet, block mobile phones

Kinshasa authorities restore Internet, block mobile phones

Authorities restored Internet access in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, but kept mobile phones blocked on the fourth day of violent protests against President Joseph Kabila. The Internet connection of AFP's office in Kinshasa started working after a lockdown of almost 48 hours, while police clashed with demonstrators over an electoral law before parliament that would enable Kabila to stay in office beyond 2016. The government authorised Internet service providers to put the network back online, without 3G technology, in a move that largely benefits big business, administrative offices and diplomatic missions, a source close to the case said.

Las Vegas strip killings suspect sentenced for bribing prison guard

A Nevada man serving time for rape and awaiting trial in a deadly shooting and fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip was sentenced on Wednesday to as much as five additional years behind bars for a prison bribery scheme, officials said. Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, imprisoned on a 2013 conviction for rape and robbery and charged with murder in the deaths of three people in the heart of Las Vegas the same year, pleaded guilty in October to bribery of a public officer. At a court hearing Wednesday, a judge ordered that his existing prison sentence for rape be extended by two to five years for bribery, a spokeswoman for the Nevada attorney general said. Law enforcement officials found a cell phone and other contraband in Harris' High Desert State Prison cell in 2014, items he obtained through payments to a guard, according to court documents.

How to solve one of the most annoying little issues with Android phones

How to solve one of the most annoying little issues with Android phones

One of the best things about Android is the shockingly vast range of great third-party apps in the Google Play store. Each new app expands the capabilities of your phone or tablet in any number of exciting new directions. When you first install a new app though, some of the more presumptuous developers configure their apps to automatically add a shortcut to your home screen. Then, if it’s not an app you want on your home screen, you have to go and manually remove it. The issue can certainly be annoying, but you’ll be glad to know that there’s an easy fix. DON’T MISS: Samsung is reportedly removing one of the Galaxy S5’s best features from the Galaxy S6 A quick blog

Xiaomi tries to bash the iPhone 6 Plus, inadvertently shows how much it rips off Apple

Xiaomi tries to bash the iPhone 6 Plus, inadvertently shows how much it rips off Apple

If you thought that Apple had fun successfully suing Samsung for alleged patent infringement, just wait to see what happens if Xiaomi ever brings its devices to the U.S. Xiaomi has posted a new video that tries to make fun of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus and promote its own Mi Note, but the company just inadvertently shows how much its phones rip off Apple’s. RELATED: Apple ripoff master Xiaomi just announced worthy iPhone 6 Plus rivals In the video, Xiaomi mocks the iPhone 6 Plus for having a less-than-attractive protruding camera module, which is different from the flat camera modules that have come with earlier iPhone models. The company starts off the ad by taking a frying pan and using it to jokingly hammer down

4 awesome retro gadgets you can find on Amazon that make old tech cool again

4 awesome retro gadgets you can find on Amazon that make old tech cool again

Here at BGR, we try to cover all of the latest advancements in the world of technology, but occasionally it’s fun to take a look back at the devices that we’ve replaced over the years. Today, we wanted to share with you a few items we found on Amazon that harken back to a simpler time, when retro chic was just chic. MORE DEALS: 8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free for a limited time (save $59!) niceEshop Retro Flip Down Clock 12 Hour AM/ PM Clock Flip Down Minute and Hour Display Gear Operated;Time Adjustment Dimensions: 165mm x 205mm x 70mm (L x W x D Power Source: 1 x D Battery (not included) Available at Amazon for $34.59

10 essential apps you should install on your iPhone 6 right now

10 essential apps you should install on your iPhone 6 right now

We constantly share cool new iOS and Android apps here on BGR in an effort to help readers get the most out of their smartphones and tablets. These apps often serve very specific purposes and while they’re always great to have on your device, they’re often not what you might consider to be essential apps. So now it’s time to take a look at a quick list of 10 apps that new iPhone users especially should check out, because they might just become some of the most used apps on your phone. DON’T MISS: This cool new free app brings Apple Pay where it has never gone before It might not be as fun as our lists of paid iPhone and iPad

This is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Unpacked

This is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Unpacked

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 was a monster flagship, except we’ve been able to put together everything you need to know about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6, and it’s shaping up to be the most amazing phone we’ve ever heard of. DON’T MISS: Bloomberg report uncovers key Galaxy S6 details – and possible release timing From a CPU that’s 50% faster, to an incredible quad-HD display, Samsung hit every angle with this year’s flagship phone. It will also have a payment feature which works with magnetic and NFC terminals, incredible cameras, and a gorgeous glass and metal body. This is shaping up to be the Android phone to beat this coming year. We were sent photos from our trusted source, though we were not allowed

Leaked photo shows what the HTC One M9 looks like compared to the M8

Leaked photo shows what the HTC One M9 looks like compared to the M8

It looks like HTC is going to run into some serious trouble again this year. 2014’s gorgeous flagship HTC One M8 was overshadowed by Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and its monstrous marketing budget. Now, it looks like things might be even worse for HTC in 2015 as the company continues its efforts to stage a comeback in the face of daunting odds. HTC’s new flagship phone for 2015 is still shaping up to be a beauty though, and a new leaked photo may show us exactly how it compares to last year’s model. DON’T MISS: This cool new free app brings Apple Pay where it has never gone before We saw leaked images of what is supposedly the new HTC One M9 for

Bloomberg report uncovers key Galaxy S6 details – and possible release timing

Bloomberg report uncovers key Galaxy S6 details – and possible release timing

More bad news for HTC: it looks like Samsung’s next-generation flagship phone is going to rain on the HTC One M9’s parade. HTC is set to debut its most important Android smartphone of the year during a press conference on March 1st. A recent leak likely exposed the actual HTC One M9 for the first time and while it’s still a beautiful handset, it appears as though HTC is going to run into the same major problems it ran into last year when it comes to sales. Now, it looks like an even bigger problem will arise for the HTC One M9: Samsung’s Galaxy S6. DON’T MISS: 28 new sci-fi, fantasy and other TV shows to geek out over in 2015 A new report from

Why Windows 10 may not fix Windows Phone’s biggest problem

Why Windows 10 may not fix Windows Phone’s biggest problem

Microsoft this week is going to unveil some crucial new details on Windows 10, reportedly including a single code base that will make it much easier for programmers who write desktop Windows apps to write apps for Windows Phone. While one line of thinking right now is that this will help Microsoft close its “app gap” with iOS and Android, Jan Dawson makes a strong case that it won’t do anything to improve Windows Phone’s comparative dearth of quality apps. FROM EARLIER: New details emerge on Microsoft’s last-ditch effort to make Windows Phone relevant The reason for this is pretty simple: Dawson writes that most of the popular mobile apps that Windows Phone is now missing simply don’t have Windows desktop equivalents anyway.

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Obama received warmly in India, seeks policy advances

Obama received warmly in India, seeks policy advances

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama was greeted in India Sunday with an elaborate welcome at the country's sprawling presidential palace, then he solemnly laid a wreath at a memorial honoring the father of India's independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi.

Winter storm spreads snow, traffic woes in U.S. Northeast

Winter storm spreads snow, traffic woes in U.S. Northeast

A winter storm spread freezing rain and snow and snarled traffic from the Middle Atlantic states into New England on Saturday, and forecasters said they expected a second system to lash the region early next week. Winter storm warnings remained in place for parts of New England, with up to 8 inches (20 cm) of snow expected in the area overnight as the storm system headed east, said National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Brian Hurley in College Park, Maryland.

U.S. airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

Bomb threats against two U.S. airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said. The planes landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, no bombs were found aboard either and the Atlanta airport has returned to normal operations, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie. Threats against Delta Air Lines flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines flight 2492, from Milwaukee, had been deemed credible, McCranie said. Several media outlets reported that a Twitter user going by the name Zortic wrote of planting bombs on the two planes, stating in a message to a Delta Twitter account, "I have a bomb on one of your planes, but I forgot which one when I left the airport.

FBI identifies kidnap suspect on lam in Kentucky

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - The FBI on Saturday identified a man suspected in a kidnapping in Missouri after authorities say he crashed a car-jacked van more than 500 miles away in Kentucky and fled in another stolen vehicle. Robert "Robbie" Caldwell, 25, and an unidentified man are being sought in the Thursday morning kidnapping of a 67-year-old man outside his home in Kansas City as he was getting ready to leave for work, the FBI said in a statement. He returned to Kansas City on Friday. Caldwell is believed to be driving that car, the FBI said.

Obama looks to build toward policy breakthroughs with India

Obama looks to build toward policy breakthroughs with India

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama was welcomed like royalty Sunday in India as he opened a three-day visit aimed at turning his burgeoning rapport with Prime Minister Narendra Modi into progress on climate change, defense and economic issues.

Nazi camp survivors recall Auschwitz

Nazi camp survivors recall Auschwitz

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a little leather book, the kind some men use to list lovers, Holocaust survivor Hy Abrams keeps the names that still haunt him: Auschwitz, Plaszow, Mauthausen, Melk and Ebensee. It has been 70 years since the Soviet army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, where Abrams was taken at age 20 by German Nazi soldiers and separated from his mother, father, brother and three sisters. Abrams, at 90, is among the oldest of a dwindling population of Holocaust survivors who gather each week at a Brooklyn synagogue to share stories, and perhaps lunch and a dance or two. With an average age of 79, they are poor and in need of special help as the result of stress and malnutrition, said the UJA-Federation of New York, which supports the Brooklyn gatherings organized by Selfhelp Community Services.

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California teacher suspended over social media rant about sex case

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles area high school teacher has been suspended over a social media rant in which he said male students who reportedly had sex with two of his female colleagues should have kept their "stupid mouths shut" about the experience, a school official said on Friday. Sean Patrick Kane, an art teacher at South Hills High School in suburban West Covina, asked in a flippant post on Facebook on Sunday what had been "in the heads of the dudes who banged these ladies and then squealed?" "You should have just kept your stupid mouths shut and enjoyed it," Kane said in the same post, referring to the teenage students at the center of the sex case. The rant got the attention of officials at the West Covina Unified School District, who placed Kane on paid leave on Wednesday as they investigate his actions, district spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden said. "We expect teachers to maintain a level of professionalism in their classroom and in their social media presence as well," Van Der Linden said.

Soccer-County block Hungary on Facebook after flood of posts

League One (third tier) team Notts County have blocked Hungary from their Facebook page after it was swamped by a flood of comments about new striker Balint Bajner. The club signed the 24-year-old Hungarian on Tuesday from second tier side Ipswich Town whose own page was inundated with "No Bajner, no party!" posts when he was dropped in August. County's page received more than 1,700 new likes in two days after the under-19 international joined the world's oldest professional football club on a free transfer. The Magpies said all the messages posted by Bajner's Hungarian fans were in good fun but the club had to take action to control them on behalf of other users of the page.

Twitter explodes with tributes to SkyMall

CNBC.com reported that in 2013 SkyMall business generated about $33.7 million in revenue, which fell to $15.8 million for the nine months that ended in September 2014. SkyMall was founded in 1990 and boasts a mission of “solving problems with unique merchandise.” According to SkyMall's website, the publication was viewed by approximately 650 million air travelers annually. “We are extremely disappointed in this result and are hopeful that SkyMall and the iconic ‘SkyMall’ brand find a home to continue to operate,” Mr. Wiley said in a statement.

App Wars: Does the little guy have a chance against Facebook, Apple & Google?

It’s no secret that mobile is the way of the future – just look at the more than 190% jump in Facebook stock since it proved its chops at mobile back in the summer of 2013. But what does it take to make a successful app? Are certain categories more popular than others? Do free apps do better than paid? We went to the experts for answers.

Saudis swarm Twitter to mourn king

Saudis swarm Twitter to mourn king

Joining a swarm of Saudis taking to social media on Friday, veteran news broadcaster Abdullah al-Shihri said he would have preferred not to deliver the official announcement that King Abdullah was dead. "May God have mercy on Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. We did not lose a king today, we all lost a father", Ameera Al Taweel said in one of thousands of Twitter messages. Saudi Army News, an official account, expressed condolences and said: "This Twitter account will stop tweeting for three days in mourning of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, may God rest his soul".

Saudis on Twitter deny rumors King Abdullah dead

Saudis on Twitter deny rumors King Abdullah dead

A Saudi journalist and a member of the royal family denied rumors on Thursday that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, in hospital since December suffering from pneumonia, had died, according to messages on social media. King Abdullah, who took power in 2005 after the death of his half-brother King Fahd, is thought to be 91, although official accounts are unclear. "All that is being reported about King Abdullah's death is far from the truth," Ibrahem al-Rawsa, identified as a journalist at state-run Saudi Press Agency, wrote on his Twitter account. A member of the royal family wrote: "I give you good news.

Twitter to update users 'while you were away'

Twitter to update users 'while you were away'

Twitter is updating its feeds to give users a recap of tweets missed while not connected to the messaging platform. To fill in some of those gaps, we will surface a few of the best tweets you probably wouldn't have seen otherwise, determined by engagement and other factors," Twitter product manager Paul Rosania said in a blog post Wednesday. The move comes with Twitter seeking to boost engagement with users amid growth which has been slower than some analysts have expected. In October, Twitter said the number of monthly users grew 23 percent from a year earlier to 284 million.

Turkey proposes tighter internet law, pursues Twitter critic

Turkey proposes tighter internet law, pursues Twitter critic

By Gulsen Solaker and Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is pressing new legislation allowing ministers to temporarily ban websites and forcing Twitter to block an anonymous whistleblower as part of President Tayyip Erdogan's campaign to bring the internet to heel. Last year, Erdogan vowed to "eradicate" Twitter after allegations of government corruption were published on the micro-blogging site. The Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) would have to comply within four hours, and then apply for a court order for the ban to be extended beyond 24 hours. Communications Minister Lutfu Elvan this week defended the proposal, saying it was needed after Turkey's top court in October annulled previous legislation giving greater powers to ban websites, and saying it would only be used in emergencies.

Twitter recaps the top tweets from 'while you were away'

Twitter recaps the top tweets from 'while you were away'

The social network has introduced a new feature, so far only on its iOS app, that provides a snapshot of the top tweets since the user last logged in. To ensure users don't miss out on any big news from their network, Twitter now provides a recap under the heading "While you were away." When logging in after a certain amount of time away, users will find a list of the top tweets according to engagement (retweets and/or favorites). According to Twitter, users who log in frequently will see the new feature less than those who only check the social network from time to time.

EU unlikely to support ban on free unlimited Facebook, Spotify

EU unlikely to support ban on free unlimited Facebook, Spotify

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union member states are unlikely to support an EU-wide ban on telecoms companies offering online services such as Facebook and Spotify for free, according to a proposal by EU presidency Latvia. EU member states are discussing net neutrality - the principle that all traffic should be treated equally - as part of efforts to agree on reform of the European telecoms sector. So-called "zero-rating", where operators offer unlimited access to certain online services - typically Facebook, music streaming or online television - is seen as good for competition and innovation as well as more choice for consumers.

Syrian group hacks French newspaper's Twitter account

Syrian group hacks French newspaper's Twitter account

A group of pro-Syrian regime hackers briefly took over the Twitter account of France's Le Monde newspaper early Wednesday, tweeting several messages including one reading "Je ne suis pas Charlie". The tweet was a negative reference to the "Je Suis Charlie" (I am Charlie) hashtag that became a popular way of showing solidarity in the wake of this month's Islamist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead. The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) also managed to tweet in support of Palestine and against the bombing of Syria before the account was suspended. Le Monde's account was back up Wednesday morning with a tweet reading: "Our account was hacked, but we have it back under control.

Big Brother: Can your school require your Facebook password?

The conversations around data privacy and internet safety just got hotter. A new Illinois state law can now compel students to hand over their social media login credentials to their school if school and state officials believe it can help prevent hostile online behavior – raising privacy concerns among parents and students alike. The law, which then-Governor Pat Quinn signed in August and went into effect Jan. 1, is an effort to curb cyberbullying and online harassment both in and out of the classroom, before it gets out of hand. Previously, Illinois schools could intervene if online bullying occurred during class hours.

10 Twitter Accounts to Follow for Great Deals

For those of you searching for discounts online, Twitter offers an almost endless cavalcade of fresh coupons and offers. By simply scrolling through Twitter feeds, you can find information about store sales, coupon codes and many other valuable tools for saving money.

French newspaper Le Monde says Twitter account hacked

French newspaper Le Monde says Twitter account hacked

(Reuters) - French newspaper Le Monde said its Twitter account and publishing tool were hacked by Syrian Electronic Army, an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Le Monde sent out a tweet saying it has taken back control of its computers. "We apologize for any fraudulent posts on our behalf." A Twitter Inc spokesman in France said the company did not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons. Representatives at "Le Monde" declined to comment.

APNewsBreak: US settles case over fake Facebook page

APNewsBreak: US settles case over fake Facebook page

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that raised privacy concerns and led to a federal government review of the ruse, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

Facebook aims to curb news feed 'hoaxes'

Facebook aims to curb news feed 'hoaxes'

Facebook said Tuesday it would step up efforts to limit circulation of bogus "news stories" in user feeds, saying it is an annoyance for members of the huge social network. "We've heard from people that they want to see fewer stories that are hoaxes, or misleading news," said Facebook's Erich Owens and Udi Weinsberg in a blog post. An update to Facebook's News Feed will aim to limit the spread of posts that have been reported as hoaxes and adds an a warning to messages that have been flagged as suspicious.

Facebook clamps down on fake news stories

Facebook clamps down on fake news stories

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it has taken steps to clamp down on "hoaxes" and fake news stories that can spread like wildfire on its 1.35-billion member online social network. Facebook said it will not remove fake news stories from its website. "A post with a link to an article that many people have reported as a hoax or chose to delete will get reduced distribution in the News Feed," Facebook explained. Facebook has become an increasingly important source of news, with 30 percent of adults in the U.S. consuming news on the world's largest social network, according to a 2013 study by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

#SOTU2015: How Obama is taking a century-old tradition into the Twitter age

Indeed, more than 50 percent of online Americans are on two or more social media sites, according to the Pew Research Center. “To not have an aggressive social media strategy in 2015 would be the equivalent of not having an aggressive TV strategy in the 1950s,” Dan Pfeiffer, the president’s senior adviser and a vocal advocate of digital communication, said in the same New York Times report. On Facebook, the president explained his plan to make the first two years of college free in a two-minute video, and he did the same with a Vine on Twitter. To top it all off, lined up to interview the president at the White House after his speech are YouTube stars Bethany Mota, Hank Green, and GloZell.

Facebook report says it adds more than $200 billion to global economy

Facebook report says it adds more than $200 billion to global economy

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - With 1.35 billion users of its Internet social network, Facebook Inc would rank as the world’s second-most populous nation if it were a country. While its users may populate only a virtual country, Facebook says it generates a lot of real economic activity – $227 billion worth of economic impact and 4.5 million jobs in 2014, according to a new study by consulting firm Deloitte & Touche [DLTE.UL] that Facebook commissioned. The report looks at the businesses that maintain pages on Facebook as well as the mobile apps and games that consumers play on Facebook and measures all the economic activity that result. It also considers the demand for gadgets and online connectivity services that are generated by Facebook.

Twitter buys India mobile phone startup ZipDial

Twitter buys India mobile phone startup ZipDial

Twitter said on Tuesday it will buy Indian mobile marketing firm ZipDial, reportedly for $30-$40 million, as it looks to tap one of the world's fastest growing mobile phone markets. "Our primary mission, bolstered by this acquisition, is to help every Indian with a mobile device get a great, relevant Twitter experience," wrote Twitter's India marketing director Rishi Jaitly in an official blog. ZipDial's chief executive Valerie Wagoner applauded the deal as a "huge achievement", adding that the company had come a long way since starting in 2010.

Twitter buys Indian mobile marketing start-up ZipDial

Twitter buys Indian mobile marketing start-up ZipDial

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Tuesday said it will buy Indian mobile phone marketing start-up ZipDial, reportedly for $30 million to $40 million, as the U.S. microblogging service looks to expand in the world's second-biggest mobile market. Bengaluru-based ZipDial gives clients phone numbers for use in marketing campaigns. The start-up's clients include International Business Machines Corp, Yum! Brands Inc's KFC and Procter & Gamble Co's Gillette. Such "unique behavior" was behind ZipDial, the start-up said in a statement announcing the Twitter deal.

Ready for Hillary, Emily's List in Talks to Join Social Media Forces

Ready for Hillary, Emily's List in Talks to Join Social Media Forces

With Hillary Clinton’s not-yet-official presidential campaign revving up, the shadow campaigns are winding down. Ready for Hillary, the energetic, pro-Clinton super PAC, plans to shut down for good if and when Clinton announces for president, but not before finding a home for two key assets: A massive e-mail list of roughly 3 million supporters that the group has generated and its extensive social media network, which includes more than 2 million Facebook fans and roughly 150,000 Twitter followers. Both are seen as opportunities for marketing and outreach that can live beyond the existence of Ready for Hillary. The fate of Ready for Hillary’s social media accounts is still undecided.

Exclusive: Facebook hiring spree hints at ambitions in virtual reality and beyond

Exclusive: Facebook hiring spree hints at ambitions in virtual reality and beyond

By Alexei Oreskovic and Bill Rigby SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Virtual reality goggles, drones and data centers are all driving a hiring spree at Facebook Inc that is set to swell its ranks as much as 14 percent in the near term, according to a review of job listings on the company's website. Oculus Rift, the maker of virtual reality headsets that Facebook acquired in a $2 billion deal last year, is among the key areas slated for growth, with 54 jobs listed on its website, according to a review by Reuters of listings. Among the roles that Facebook needs to fill for the Oculus business are managers to oversee logistics, procurement and global supply chain planning - a sign, some analysts say, that the product is nearing its commercial release. The market for virtual reality headsets is still nascent.

Bouchard self-imposes Grand Slam Twitter ban

Bouchard self-imposes Grand Slam Twitter ban

Rising star Eugenie Bouchard has begun a self-imposed Twitter ban for the Australian Open as she seeks to limit distractions during the season-opening Grand Slam. The world number seven, a prolific social media user, said she appreciated the opportunity that platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram gave to interact with her fans. Bouchard has 400,000 Twitter followers and almost a million likes on Facebook but has a long way to go to match Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Tennis - Bouchard imposes Grand Slam Twitter ban

Tennis - Bouchard imposes Grand Slam Twitter ban

- Rising star Eugenie Bouchard has begun a self-imposed Twitter ban for the Australian Open as she seeks to limit distractions during the season-opening Grand Slam. The world number seven, a prolific social media user, said she appreciated the opportunity that platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram gave to interact with her fans.

Turkish journalist could face prison term over tweet: report

Turkish journalist could face prison term over tweet: report

Turkish prosecutors are seeking a jail term of up to five years for a prominent female journalist arrested over a tweet suggesting a cover-up in a corruption scandal that shook the government, media reported on Saturday. Sedef Kabas, a broadcast journalist and anchorwoman, has been charged with "targeting public servants tasked with fighting against terrorism," the Dogan news agency reported. Police detained Kabas last month after raiding her home in an upscale neighbourhood on the Asian side of Istanbul, taking away her laptop, iPad and cellphone. "Do not forget the name of the prosecutor who dismissed the December 17 case," Kabas had written on Twitter, including the name and the picture of the prosecutor.

News Outlet Twitter Hacks Falsely Report Military Conflict With China

News Outlet Twitter Hacks Falsely Report Military Conflict With China

The Twitter accounts of the New York Post and United Press International (UPI) were hacked today and falsely reported the Chinese military had fired on the USS George Washington, a Navy aircraft carrier stationed in the Pacific, authorities said. At 1:08 p.m., the New York Post account posted the same thing. False tweets subsequently suggested the U.S. Navy had fired back and was engaged in “active combat” with the Chinese military. In this case, Kirby said, the U.S. military was able to quickly confirm that there was no threat and that the USS George Washington was in fact safely dry-docked in Yokusuka, Japan, outside Tokyo.

security

Tributes to Saudi King spark rights criticism in Britain

As world leaders flew to Saudi Arabia to mark the death of King Abdullah, several prominent British politicians criticized the deference shown to the leader of a country accused of having a poor human rights record. Human rights campaigners and politicians from different parties questioned why the Union flag had been flown at half mast on public buildings including Westminster Abbey, for the leader of a country which still has the death penalty. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who died early on Friday after a short illness, had pursued a modernizing legacy of cautious social and economic reform.

How to set up a VPN on Android – and why you should do it right now

How to set up a VPN on Android – and why you should do it right now

Surfing the web privately is something many web users are interested in, whether they’re doing it on a desktop, laptop or mobile device, but not many people know how to do it. Recently, a detailed WhoIsHostingThis infographic showed you how to secure your connection using a VPN — a virtual private network created on top of a public network to anonymize web traffic — on Windows, Mac and iOS, assuming the user already has access to a VPN service. Phone Arena has put together a similar step-by-step guide of enabling VPN connectivity on Android devices. FROM EARLIER: How to set up a VPN – and why you should, if you care about privacy In addition to securing data transmission against

'Anonymous' hacking member sentenced in Texas to 5 years in prison

By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A freelance journalist who said he was a top player in the hacking group Anonymous was sentenced to just over five years in prison by a federal judge in Dallas on Thursday for charges including aiding in cyber crime. The judge sentenced Barret Brown to 63 months in prison, including the 31 months he has already served. Brown, 33, pleaded guilty in April to being an accessory after the fact for attempting to assist a hacker, hiding two computers from FBI agents who were executing a search warrant and threatening an FBI agent in a video. The accessory after the fact charge relates to an incident in December 2011 when someone Brown knew as "o" hacked the computer network of Austin, Texas-based private intelligence firm Stratfor and obtained confidential information, including credit card details, according to court papers.

Israeli man under house arrest for leaked Madonna songs

JERUSALEM (AP) — An aspiring singer who auditioned for Israel's top TV song competition was placed under house arrest Thursday on suspicion of hacking into international pop star Madonna's computer and stealing and selling unreleased songs, his lawyer said.

Writer tied to Anonymous hackers sentenced to prison

DALLAS (AP) — An activist and writer linked to the hacking collective Anonymous was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for threatening an FBI agent and helping share stolen data, marking the end of a criminal case criticized by free-speech advocates.

6 beastly phones you can buy for less than $400

6 beastly phones you can buy for less than $400

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus might be the best-selling phones currently available in stores, but there are also plenty of other options available for smartphone buyers looking to get a powerful mobile device at a fraction of the iPhone 6’s cost. Forbes has put together a list of six handsets that can be purchased right now, or that’ll be available in the near future, for far less than either iPhone 6 version. FROM EARLIER: The 5 coolest phones unveiled at CES 2015 At $399, the Huawei Honor 6 Plus is a 5.5-inch Android handset that features a Full HD display, 3GB of RAM, three 8-megapixel cameras (one on the front and two on the back) and a 3,600 mAh

Kenya weighs Chinese request for extradition of 76 held for cyber crime

Kenya weighs Chinese request for extradition of 76 held for cyber crime

Kenya is considering a request from Beijing to extradite 76 Chinese nationals charged with cyber crime for trial in their homeland, Kenya's attorney-general said on Thursday. Githu Muigai said he expected a decision soon on the request from a "friendly government" with which Kenya has strong trade and industrial ties. Some 76 Chinese nationals have been detained by Kenyan police investigating allegations of cyber crime, operating private radio services and being in the country illegally, their lawyers said on Dec. 5. Any agreement would have to meet Kenya's justice standards, he said, adding their alleged criminality involved "the security of banking, credit cards and other operations".

Saudi Arabia to delay activist's flogging for second time: Amnesty

Saudi Arabia plans to delay the public flogging of a rights activist on medical grounds, Amnesty International said on Thursday, raising the possibility that Riyadh may be trying to quietly drop the punishment that has drawn international rebuke. Badawi, a blogger and founder of the "Free Saudi Liberals" website, was sentenced last year to 10 years in jail, a fine of 1 million riyals ($267,000) and 1,000 lashes. He was arrested in June 2012 for offences which included of insulting Islam, cyber crime and disobeying his father - a crime in Saudi Arabia. Badawi was subjected to the first 50 lashes two weeks ago but a second round of flogging, scheduled to be held last Friday after Friday prayers was postponed, ostensibly on medical grounds.

Israel's mobile technologies for disabled find mass market appeal

By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli technology firms catering to the country's disabled war veterans are exploring ways to bring their innovations to the mass market with applications that make mobile phones easier to use. Israel, with its thriving start-up scene and large number of military veterans, is a natural incubator of technology for the disabled, some of which is proving useful to able bodied users as well. "That's the secret sauce to go to scale," said Andrew Johnson, an analyst with market research firm Gartner Inc. A phone for the blind developed by Project Ray also allows drivers to operate a device without taking their eyes off the road, while Sesame Enable's hands-free phone, crucial for paralysed users, offers convenience to all. Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone grew out of work on hearing and speech products for the deaf, while Thomas Edison envisaged the phonograph as a means of recording books for the blind.

You can finally stream ‘The Interview’ on Netflix beginning Saturday

You can finally stream ‘The Interview’ on Netflix beginning Saturday

Netflix absolutely crushed its earnings on Tuesday evening and shares skyrocketed more than 17% in after-hours trading as a result. The company added 4.33 million new streaming subscribers during the fourth quarter of 2014, and profit climbed to $83.4 million, up from $48.4 million in the year-ago quarter. Netflix had a great quarter indeed, and it was thanks in large part to some great new content that hit the service over the course of the three-month period. Now, the company has confirmed that another high-profile title will finally arrive on its digital shelves in just a few short days. Sorry, North Korea. DON’T MISS: Every movie and TV show being removed from Netflix in February Netflix announced on Tuesday evening that “The Interview” will finally

F5 Networks revenue misses estimates as big deals slow down

Network equipment maker F5 Networks Inc reported revenue that missed Wall Street's estimates for the first time in eight quarters due to "a marked decrease in the number of deals greater than $1 million". The company also forecast current-quarter revenue and profit below market estimates, sending its shares down nearly 16 percent to $106 in extended trading. "(F5's) U.S. business was well below forecast and that's really surprising because the U.S end markets, the enterprise end markets are very robust," Needham & Co analyst Alex Henderson said. Henderson said F5's results were not a reflection of what rivals such as Juniper Networks Inc and Riverbed Technology Inc would report for the last quarter of the year.

With few friends in Congress, Obama looks to shape next election

With few friends in Congress, Obama looks to shape next election

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's vision of a stronger and more expensive safety net for middle class and poor Americans stands little chance of becoming law this year, but it could shape the debate for the 2016 election. With his clout fast diminishing in Washington, and Republican and Democratic candidates gearing up for the White House race, Obama did his best in Tuesday's State of the Union address to set the agenda for potential successors wooing voters. Already, potential Republican candidates like Rand Paul and Mitt Romney have signaled that they will devote more attention to helping the less affluent. Hillary Clinton, the likely frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, is already facing heat from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and others on the left, who worry Clinton may bow to pressure from Wall Street and chip away at financial reforms enacted during Obama's tenure.

Apple’s latest acquisition could make Beats Music even better

Apple’s latest acquisition could make Beats Music even better

Apple revolutionized the music industry with the iPod and iTunes, but leadership is cyclical and the company fell behind the times as streaming music services like Pandora and Spotify grew more popular. iTunes Radio was Apple’s first real attempt to bring music streamers back to the Apple camp, but it apparently didn’t have quite the impact Apple was looking for… so it bought Beats for $3 billion. Now, Apple has made a new acquisition — a much smaller one, this time — that will reportedly become an important part of the company’s Beats Music streaming service. DON’T MISS: Edward Snowden says secret Apple spyware is the reason he won’t use an iPhone According to a report from The Guardian on Wednesday, Apple has

French newspaper Le Monde says Twitter account hacked

French newspaper Le Monde says Twitter account hacked

(Reuters) - French newspaper Le Monde said its Twitter account and publishing tool were hacked by Syrian Electronic Army, an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Le Monde sent out a tweet saying it has taken back control of its computers. "We apologize for any fraudulent posts on our behalf." A Twitter Inc spokesman in France said the company did not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons. Representatives at "Le Monde" declined to comment.

China's Dalian Wanda buys 20 pct of Spain's Atletico Madrid

* Property giant agrees to pay 45 mln euros * Deal to help Dalian diversify, expand in entertainment * Indebted Atletico could gain China sponsors through deal (Adds comment from Atletico CEO) By Matthew Miller BEIJING, Jan 21 (Reuters) - China's biggest property conglomerate, Dalian Wanda Group Co, has bought 20 percent of Spanish soccer champions Atletico Madrid for 45 million euros ($52 million), becoming the first Mainland company to invest in a premier European club. ...

Sony's 'The Interview' surpasses $40 million in digital sales

Sony's 'The Interview' surpasses $40 million in digital sales

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Interview," the Sony Pictures comedy believed to have triggered a cyber attack on the studio, has racked up over $40 million in sales from 5.8 million digital downloads, the studio said on Tuesday. Michael Lynton, chief executive of Sony Corp's entertainment arm, called the $40 million mark "a significant milestone" for the studio's unprecedented online and pay television release, on platforms such as Google Inc's Google Play, Apple Inc's iTunes and Time Warner Cable. The film's digital release on Dec. 24 was cobbled together a week after Sony Pictures shelved a wide release when major theater chains refused to screen the movie due to unspecified threats of violence from hackers. President Barack Obama called the decision to scrap the theatrical release a "mistake" akin to self-censorship.

American who sent $67K to al-Qaida gets 15 years in prison

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Yorker who sent $67,000 to al-Qaida and pledged his support to the terror group was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison by a judge who cited the defendant's remorse and medical problems that make his incarceration more difficult than others'.

10 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now

10 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now

Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free was a great one, and it was highlighted by the controversial app Neato that Apple had previously thrown out of the app store. Neato is still free along with several other apps on that list, by the way, so you might want to follow this link and snag them before you’re too late. Today, however, we have a fresh new batch of iOS apps that are normally paid but are all on sale for free for a limited time. DON’T MISS: Edward Snowden says secret Apple spyware is the reason he won’t use an iPhone These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available

Edward Snowden says secret Apple spyware is the reason he won’t use an iPhone

Edward Snowden says secret Apple spyware is the reason he won’t use an iPhone

Is Apple’s wildly popular iPhone series hiding spyware that can collect information about users without their knowledge. As thoroughly as developers have dug through Apple’s iOS code over the past seven and a half years, one would think functionality like that would have been unearthed by now. According to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, however, iPhones are capable of activating “special software” behind the scenes that collects information about users, who are completely oblivious to the fact that their phones are gathering this sensitive data. DON’T MISS: This great iPhone app squeezes an entire music player into one iOS widget, and it’s free Edward Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena recently spoke with Russian news agency RIA Novosti, and their conversation spanned several topics. As Russian news

These are the 25 best passwords you can use… if you want to be hacked

These are the 25 best passwords you can use… if you want to be hacked

Malicious hackers spend much of their time developing sophisticated attacks and complex new ways to steal people’s credit card numbers, bank account information and other private data. It’s getting more and more difficult to protect ourselves from these hacks, especially when just about anyone can go online and hire a hacker these days. But for many people, all of the hard work these hackers put into ruining our lives is a waste of time, because they make things remarkably easy for hackers by using the worst passwords on the planet. DON’T MISS: These breathtaking aerial photos show New York at night like you’ve never seen it before Each year, SplashData puts together a list of the 25 most commonly used passwords on the Internet.

Amazon doubles down on entertainment with 'indie' movie bet

Amazon doubles down on entertainment with 'indie' movie bet

Amazon.com Inc is making a high-stakes foray into the challenging realm of independent movies, the latest step in its attempt to move beyond simply distributing digital entertainment content to creating it. Amazon said on Monday it was aiming to produce close to 12 movies a year for theatrical release which would then be available on its Prime video service within two months, significantly faster than the roughly one-year wait it normally faces to stream Hollywood releases. Amazon expects to focus on "indie" movies with budgets of between $5 million and $25 million, spokeswoman Sally Fouts said. While modest compared with Hollywood blockbusters, the move will add to already hefty spending at Amazon, potentially unnerving investors concerned about the company's lack of profitability.

7 smartphones with monster batteries so big, you won’t believe it

7 smartphones with monster batteries so big, you won’t believe it

Every single high-profile study in recent years that asks consumers what they want to see improved most in future smartphones is topped by the same thing: battery life. It’s no mystery that the batteries in most modern smartphones simply can’t keep up with all of the technology companies are stuffing into these handsets. Quad- and octa-core processors, ridiculously bright 2K displays and all of the other components in newer phones are huge battery hogs, but battery technology simply can’t move quickly enough to compensate for all of these thin new high-end phones. If you want decent battery life on a smartphone from your carrier, you only have a handful of choices including the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus. If you

Snowden documents show UK spies stored journalists' emails - report

Snowden documents show UK spies stored journalists' emails - report

The GCHQ eavesdropping agency stored emails from journalists working for several large media organisations, according to documents released by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Guardian newspaper reported. The emails from the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Sun, Le Monde, NBC, the BBC and Reuters were among 70,000 harvested as part of a 10-minute bulk surveillance exercise on one day in November 2008, the newspaper said. The communications, which ranged from press releases to discussions between reporters and editors about stories, were accessed by a tap on fibre-optic cables, saved by GCHQ and then shared on its intranet as part of a test exercise. The Guardian said new evidence from British intelligence documents revealed by Snowden also showed that a GCHQ information security assessment had listed investigative journalists as a threat along with terrorists and hackers.

Soccer-China's Wang to take stake in Atletico-reports

* Billionaire set to acquire 20 percent stake, reports say * Investment estimated at 40 million euros * La Liga champions latest to attract cash (Adds Atletico spokesman) By Iain Rogers MADRID, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin has agreed to buy a 20 percent stake in La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, Spanish media reported on Monday. The deal with Wang, who controls the Dalian Wanda Group conglomerate and is a keen soccer fan, will be announced in Beijing on Wednesday, according to the reports in sports dailies Marca and As. Wang has a net worth of $13.2 billion, Forbes said in October, putting him fourth on the magazine's China rich list after he topped the ranking the previous year. Atletico would be the latest La Liga team to attract significant investment from outside Spain following the likes of Malaga and Valencia.

China calls Snowden's stealth jet hack accusations 'groundless'

China calls Snowden's stealth jet hack accusations 'groundless'

China dismissed accusations it stole F-35 stealth fighter plans as groundless on Monday, after documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on a cyber attack were published by a German magazine. The Pentagon has previously acknowledged that hackers had targeted sensitive data for defense programs such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, but stopped short of publicly blaming China for the F-35 breach. Defense experts say that China's home-grown stealth jets had design elements resembling the F-35. The Pentagon and the jet's builder, Lockheed Martin Corp, had said no classified information was taken during the cyber intrusion.

U.S. penetrated North Korean networks years ago - New York Times

U.S. penetrated North Korean networks years ago - New York Times

The U.S. National Security Agency began tapping into North Korean computer networks in 2010, an effort that ultimately helped provide evidence to persuade the Obama administration that Pyongyang was behind the cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the New York Times reported on Sunday. Citing former U.S. and foreign officials and a National Security Agency document, the Times said the spy agency was able to penetrate North Korean systems with the help of South Korea and other U.S. allies after first tapping into Chinese networks that connect North Korea to the rest of the world. The newspaper quoted officials as saying the program grew into an effort to place malware that could track many networks and computers used by hackers in North Korea.

China's Xiaomi to buy stake in software firm Kingsoft from Tencent

China's Xiaomi to buy stake in software firm Kingsoft from Tencent

China's Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL] has agreed to buy about 3 percent of software firm Kingsoft Corp Ltd from Tencent Holdings Ltd for HK$527 million ($67.99 million), according to a Kingsoft filing on Monday. The deal with Xiaomi, the world's third-biggest smartphone maker, is expected to close on Jan. 30, the filing to the Hong Kong exchange said. Chinese social networking and video game giant Tencent will still hold 9.6 percent of Kingsoft. Xiaomi CEO and Chairman Lei Jun is also a founder and now chairman of Kingsoft, which makes entertainment, Internet security and office software.

Exclusive: China Telecom plans bid to build Mexico broadband network - sources

By Christine Murray MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - China's third-largest carrier China Telecom is preparing a possible bid for a contract to build and run a new mobile broadband network in Mexico and is seeking local partners to join it in a consortium, three people with knowledge of the matter said. It has already secured up to several billion dollars of financing from Chinese state-controlled banks, including the China Development Bank, for the project, which Mexico estimates will cost $10 billion over 10 years, one of the people said. The proposed network is part of a sweeping reform designed to break billionaire Carlos Slim's hold on the Mexican telecoms business, but the Chinese involvement could prove controversial and trigger concerns from the U.S., some Mexican officials say. Mexico's government is trying to ease its economic dependence on the United States and ramp up Chinese investment.

How to hire a hacker

How to hire a hacker

Most Internet users are scared of hackers, and rightfully so. While the terms is sometimes used to describe any computer programmer, it typically has a negative connotation and is used to describe nefarious coders who make digital chaos their mission on the web. Sometimes, hackers target large companies and steal customers’ credit card data. That data is then sold on the black market, potentially causing huge headaches for victims. And sometimes, hackers target companies or individuals just for fun — they cause as much chaos as possible just because they can. There is no end in sight for the battle between security researchers and hackers, and now things have gotten even scarier thanks to a new service that makes it shockingly

British police arrest man over Christmas Xbox, Playstation hacks

British police arrest man over Christmas Xbox, Playstation hacks

British police said on Friday they had arrested a man in northwest England following the 2014 cyber attacks on Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox systems. Both systems suffered long outages over Christmas after a major distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. A hacking group calling itself Lizard Squad, which had attacked the two networks earlier last year, claimed responsibility. "Officers ... have arrested a man in Southport, Merseyside this morning as part of an investigation into ‘swatting’ and computer hacking offences," Merseyside police said in a statement.

UK arrests man in Sony Playstation and Xbox attack

LONDON (AP) — Authorities in Britain have arrested an 18-year-old man accused of computer hacking offenses related to days of disruption on Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live services last year.

Saudi Arabia postpones activist's flogging: source

Saudi Arabia has postponed Friday's public flogging of activist and blogger Raif Badawi on medical grounds, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. Badawi was subjected to the first 50 lashes a week ago and was due to be flogged again after Friday prayers, although Saudi authorities had come under Western pressure to call off the punishment. Political stakes over Badawi's case, which included a charge of insulting Islam, have been heightened by the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo newspaper and its subsequent publication of more cartoons lampooning Islam's Prophet Mohammad. Rights watchdog Amnesty International said in a statement that a medical examination found that Badawi's earlier "wounds had not yet healed properly and that he would not be able to withstand another round of lashes at this time." The doctor who carried out the medical check-up recommended that the flogging be postponed until next week, Amnesty said, adding "it is unclear whether the authorities will fully comply with this demand." Badawi, who set up the "Free Saudi Liberals" website, was arrested in June 2012 for offences which also included cyber crime and disobeying his father - a crime in Saudi Arabia.

open-source

Microsoft acquires Revolution Analytics

Microsoft acquires Revolution Analytics

Microsoft has acquired Revolution Analytics, a company that develops R programming-language-based analytic solutions for open-source and proprietary big data platforms.

Human 'Atlas' Reveals Where Proteins Reside in the Body

Human 'Atlas' Reveals Where Proteins Reside in the Body

A new, detailed map of the proteins found in human tissues reveals exactly which proteins are special to organs such as the liver or brain, and which ones are common across all tissues in the body. Understanding how protein production varies across different tissues in the body, and which proteins are made in each organ will help scientists better study cancer and other diseases in which proteins don't function properly, the researchers said. The findings could also "help explain some side effects of drugs and thus might have consequences for future drug development," said Mathias Uhlén, who led the work and is a professor of microbiology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Other proteins were found in specific organs.

Weekend Viewing: Catch up on LCA 2015

Weekend Viewing: Catch up on LCA 2015

With many of the videos from linux.conf.au now available, and a three-day weekend about to hit Australia, there's no excuse not to watch the best talks from last week.

Barbie Rides To Battle on 3D-Printed, Cat-Pulled Chariot

Barbie Rides To Battle on 3D-Printed, Cat-Pulled Chariot

This 3D-printed Roman-style chariot, currently on Kickstarter, is open-source and can be pulled by cats. On the Kickstarter, which launched this week, the 3D-printable digital files for the chariot and all of Barbie's accessories cost $25, which you can then create on your own 3D printers. The chariot and Roman accoutrements are designed by Jim Rodda, also known as Zheng3. Last year he designed 3D-printed battle armor for Barbie dolls, called Faire Play, and ran a successful Kickstarter selling both 3D prints and the 3D files that users could create on their own 3D printers.

Researchers take a bite out of malware

Researchers take a bite out of malware

A research team from the University of Utah and Raytheon BBN Technologies have created a software suite that detects never-before-seen malware and stops it dead in its tracks.

gaming

Microsoft to roll out Xbox app, Xbox One streaming on PC

Microsoft to roll out Xbox app, Xbox One streaming on PC

Forming part of Microsoft's plans for Windows 10 on PC, an Xbox app will help unify the gaming experience across the two platforms, while a streaming service will allow Xbox One games to show up on network-connected computers. A statement published by Xbox's wire service promised "the same game, in the same world, on the same map" for players on Windows 10 and Xbox One machines. Keen to take advantage of interest in gameplay recording, Windows 10 will integrate a straight-to-DVR function allowing users to record, edit and share, inviting them to use Microsoft's baked-in alternatives to popular free or low-budget software solutions in use today.

Here’s how Microsoft is bringing Xbox One games to Windows 10

Here’s how Microsoft is bringing Xbox One games to Windows 10

Microsoft is getting serious about gaming on PC in 2015. Every Windows 10 PC and tablet will have an Xbox app once the operating system launches later this year. Within the app, you’ll find the same activity feed that exists on your Xbox One, showing you everything that your Xbox Live friends have been up to lately. MORE WINDOWS: Microsoft unveils Project Spartan, its completely redesigned next-generation web browser Many of the features that you know and love from the Xbox One will also appear on Windows 10 devices, including Game DVR, allowing players to record clips of their games. There’s even an option to capture the last 30 seconds of gameplay in case you missed something incredible before you could hit

Upcoming video games: 'Life is Strange,' 'Gravity Ghost,' 'Dying Light'

Upcoming video games: 'Life is Strange,' 'Gravity Ghost,' 'Dying Light'

The house behind "Dead Island" takes its evolved vision of zombie apocalypse survivorship to next-gen consoles and PC, leveraging a newfound appreciation for freerunning as players seek to recover valuable parts and equipment in a bid to craft tools and weaponry inside a quarantine zone before night falls and the infected look for fresh meat. Step into the 17th century boots of Christopher Raven, an unsavory, hook-handed antihero of the open wave, consumed by motives of revenge for the ship sinking he survived in younger years, and on an adventure that takes him through Port Royal, Havana, and deep into South America.

PlayStation Now Review

PlayStation Now Review

PlayStation Now allows you to stream PlayStation 3 games directly to your PlayStation 4, and it's almost as good as the real deal.

Predicting failure: 5 highly anticipated video games that could flop in 2015

Predicting failure: 5 highly anticipated video games that could flop in 2015

I think it’s fair to assume that most gamers are glad to see 2014 in the rear-view mirror. There were a few incredible successes in the video game industry, but 2014 will be remembered for its disappointments. We certainly hope that 2015 can pick up the slack, but, inevitably, there will be a few stinkers deposited on to store shelves. FROM EARLIER: 2015 is the year that we stop preordering video games once and for all These are the games that we think have a decent chance of flopping in 2015. Here’s hoping we’re wrong: Assassin’s Creed Victory Despite the fact that, historically, Ubisoft has a pretty great track record, it’s becoming exceedingly easy to pick on the supersized studio. 2014 was