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Apple's iPhone 6 still one license away from elusive China launch

Apple's iPhone 6 still one license away from elusive China launch

By Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc is still awaiting a critical license from Chinese regulators before it can sell its new iPhone 6 in one of the company's most important markets. The official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday that Apple's new iPhone had been given regulatory approval for use on domestic frequencies, but the phone cannot be sold in China until a key network license is granted. The Xinhua report did not indicate when this is likely to happen. Speculation and uncertainty have surrounded the iPhone's status in China. ...

Alibaba set to price IPO shares amid investor frenzy

Alibaba set to price IPO shares amid investor frenzy

(Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is set to sell some $22 billion of shares on Thursday, capping a two-week road show that drew frenzied interest from investors worldwide and may be the world's largest ever initial public offering. The shares are expected to be priced after the markets close at 4 p.m. Thursday and start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday under the ticker "BABA. ...

Alibaba cash could fund small spending spree at Yahoo

Alibaba cash could fund small spending spree at Yahoo

By Alexei Oreskovic and Ross Kerber SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s upcoming public offering will give Yahoo Inc billions of dollars for a potential shopping spree that investors hope will jumpstart its comeback. But with numerous holes to fill and soaring tech company valuations, Yahoo will have to make tough choices with any acquisitions. Yahoo is expected to sell about $9.5 billion in stock of the Chinese e-commerce company. After giving at least half back to investors and paying taxes, Yahoo's cash stockpile, currently $4.2 billion, may swell by $3.1 billion. ...

Virtual meets real in Media-Saturn's new store

Virtual meets real in Media-Saturn's new store

By Emma Thomasson INGOLSTADT Germany (Reuters) - Europe's top electronics retailer Media-Saturn unveiled a new store with access to more products via a giant video wall and a drive-in collection point for online orders, aiming to better link online and offline shopping and fight back against internet specialists. Media-Saturn, whose sprawling stores selling everything from washing machines to laptops generate about a third of the revenues of retail group Metro, has seen online competition from the likes of Amazon steadily erode its business in recent years. ...

Kinnevik CEO says lessons from first Internet bubble to curb tech froth

By Mia Shanley and Helena Soderpalm STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Painful memories of the Internet bubble more than a decade ago are likely to cut the risk that tech stocks get too frothy as online newcomers Zalando and Rocket Internet prepare to make market debuts, the CEO of Sweden's Kinnevik said. The Swedish company is the biggest investor in German online fashion retailer Zalando and has an 18.5 percent stake in venture capital company Rocket Internet, which has ambitions to be the largest Internet business outside the United States and China. ...

Toshiba says to cut 900 jobs in PC restructuring

Toshiba says to cut 900 jobs in PC restructuring

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp said it would cut 900 jobs in a restructuring of its PC business that will include an exit from business-to-consumer operations in some regions. The Japanese electronics conglomerate expects the PC restructuring to cut operating profit by 45 billion yen ($414 million) but did not change its earnings forecast for the current year to March, as better-than-expected earnings in electricity and other operations offset the impact. ...

French group develops mass electric car charging stations

By Geert De Clercq PARIS (Reuters) - A consortium of French companies led by construction firm Bouygues has developed an electric car charging system based on old batteries that helps smooth out power demand when dozens of cars simultaneously recharge. A typical charging station of the popular Paris Autolib self-service rental cars has four to five charging plugs, which each make no more demand on the power grid than an average home. But imagine a firm or institution where dozens of employees arrive in the morning and all start recharging their cars at the same time. ...

EU regulators agree on guidelines for 'right to be forgotten' complaints

EU regulators agree on guidelines for 'right to be forgotten' complaints

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European regulators have agreed on criteria for judging appeals for the "right to be forgotten", taking into account public profiles or crime for example, when search engines such as Google turn down requests to have information deleted from search results. But regulators made no mention of two thorny issues: whether search engines ought to inform publishers when articles have been delisted from search results, and whether links ought to be removed from all versions of Google, such as Google.com. ...

The Assassin's Creed curriculum: can video games teach us history?

The Assassin's Creed curriculum: can video games teach us history?

In Level Five, a movie first released in 1997 by the experimental French filmmaker Chris Marker, a young woman replays a World War II strategy game on an outdated computer again and again, working through various combinations of keystrokes in search of a different outcome, though it seems the game is hard-wired to only allow her one option.

Phony cell towers are the next big security risk

Phony cell towers are the next big security risk

Last month, a Mr. Li in Shenyang, China, received a text from his bank's customer service number, notifying him that his credit card had accumulated reward points and telling him how to cash them in. When he followed the link and logged in, the site went dead. An hour later, he noticed more than $650 missing from his account. Only then did he realize he'd been scammed. The text had come from his bank's number, but it didn't come from his bank.

What happens to literacy when the internet turns into a giant TV station?

What happens to literacy when the internet turns into a giant TV station?

Video is the future of the web. You can no longer launch a new smartphone, inaugurate a Kickstarter campaign, or even announce a business partnership without accompanying it with a slickly produced video teaser. Video is the destination point for a grand shift toward more visual communication online — one that makes the web accessible to more people than ever, but also risks losing one of its most fundamental benefits.

Yelp pays $450,000 in FTC lawsuit after letting children sign up for accounts

Yelp pays $450,000 in FTC lawsuit after letting children sign up for accounts

Yelp is the latest company to settle a children's privacy case with the Federal Trade Commission. The agency posted a settlement today, saying Yelp would pay $450,000 for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a rule that limits how sites can collect information from people under 13. In its original complaint, the FTC said that while Yelp's website screened users when they signed up, from 2009 to 2013, Yelp's mobile app let anyone, regardless of age, register for an account. ...

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 launching in US on October 17th, pre-orders start tomorrow

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 launching in US on October 17th, pre-orders start tomorrow

The Galaxy Note 4 will launch in the United States beginning October 17th, Samsung announced today, and pre-orders for the company's latest phablet kick off tomorrow. AT&T has separately announced that it will start shipping pre-orders on October 14th, though the carrier isn't specifying a date for widespread retail availability just yet. It's selling the Note 4 for $299.99 on-contract, $34.42 per month with AT&T Next 18, or $41.30 per month with AT&T Next 12. Unsubsidized and contract-free, the device runs $825.99.

Darrell Hammond will take over for Don Pardo as the voice of 'Saturday Night Live'

Darrell Hammond will take over for Don Pardo as the voice of 'Saturday Night Live'

It seemed like the inevitable choice. When Don Pardo, the longtime voice of Saturday Night Live since the very beginning, passed away last month, speculation over his successor by and large pointed towards the one man who has professionally imitated Pardo in the past, former SNL cast member Darrell Hammond. Today NBC announced (via USA Today and the New York Times) that Hammond will, in fact, take over as the show's new announcer.

When Apple says no ... before saying yes

When Apple says no ... before saying yes

The iPhone 6 continues Apple's history of embracing technologies it once derided. Far from fickle, the company has many reasons for changing its mind about what features it supports.>

The time for the Galaxy S6 is now

The time for the Galaxy S6 is now

The new iPhone is here and it’s amazing. The new Moto X is here and it’s brilliant. But where’s Samsung? The Korean company that still sells the most smartphones worldwide seems to be off in the corner, doodling on its Galaxy Note 4 and muttering under its breath about how it invented the big-screen smartphone. Samsung can feel justifiably proud for showing the way, but its lead has been undermined by its American competitors who can now claim to have the two best phones on the market. ...

Anki Drive drops price of its racing game and announces Android app

Anki Drive, the robot racing game that launched just under a year ago, is dropping its prices ahead of the holidays. The starter kit, which includes a race track and two toy cars enhanced by artificial intelligence, is now $149 , down from $199. Expansion cars continue to cost $69.99, and the company is selling a new one for the holidays: Spektrix, a "trickster" car whose weapon scrambles the traffic in front of it.

iOS 8 brings big boost for Web programmers

iOS 8 brings big boost for Web programmers

Apple's newest operating system supports WebGL and IndexedDB, two standards that'll make websites much more capable on its mobile devices. Also new: a faster Web with SPDY.>

43 accused of running cybersex ring in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide, officials said Thursday.

Sony hopes for PlayStation profit boost as smartphones struggle

Sony hopes for PlayStation profit boost as smartphones struggle

By Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - The head of Sony Corp's PlayStation division hopes to raise its profit outlook for this year, in stark contrast to the Japanese electronics firm's mobile business which has forecast deep losses and sent Sony's stock reeling. With Sony's three core electronics businesses - the third is imaging - looking increasingly lopsided, the company is having to shrink and restructure in mobile, and focus its growth hopes on image sensors and the 20-year-old PlayStation games console. ...

News Corp opposes Google in EU antitrust case

BRUSSELS (AP) — The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch is joining the fray in Google's protracted European antitrust case, saying the technology company unfairly distorts competition.

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Stoners get high on love with marijuana dating sites

Stoners get high on love with marijuana dating sites

By Mary Papenfuss SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dinner and a movie make for a typical date night but dinner followed by a joint could raise some eyebrows or be a turn-off despite increasing acceptance of marijuana use across the United States. So now, tuned-in stoners and users of medical pot are turning on to dating websites that cater exclusively to tokers or, at the very least, the “cannabis friendly” to avoid experiencing what they describe as all-too-frequent shock and rejection on the dating circuit. ...

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors: Senate panel

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors: Senate panel

By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year. ...

San Francisco drag queens meet with Facebook over name policy

San Francisco drag queens meet with Facebook over name policy

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco drag queens and a city lawmaker met with Facebook on Wednesday demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online, but said they were rebuffed. Facebook, the world's largest social media network, has cracked down on users with fake names by locking scores of accounts in recent weeks, including hundreds owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the company said in a statement. ...

Online volunteers map uncharted Ebola zones to help save lives

By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Donating to disasters used to mean writing a check to Oxfam or the Red Cross. These days in the Internet age, for the Ebola crisis, citizens from all over the world are donating their time by going online to build maps for relief workers. Call it crowd-sourced cartography that can save lives. ...

Banks spend more on IT, hoping the cloud is silver-lined

Banks spend more on IT, hoping the cloud is silver-lined

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Two-thirds of banks are planning to spend more on information technology this year, the highest proportion since before the start of the financial crisis, according to an annual survey published on Wednesday. The survey of 198 senior bankers by banking software firm Temenos also found only 11 percent anticipated spending less on IT this year, the lowest since 2008. ...

Top U.S. security threats: lone wolves, Syria fighters : officials

Top U.S. security threats: lone wolves, Syria fighters : officials

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans radicalized by online propaganda from Islamic State and other militant groups pose the main terrorist threat to the United States, which is especially vulnerable to foreign fighters returning from Syria, senior U.S. security officials said on Wednesday. While there is no evidence that the radical Islamist group plans an attack on U.S. soil, its vigorous propaganda machine and sophisticated online recruitment efforts created a clear potential threat, they said. ...

Air strikes not enough to destroy Islamic State: U.S. general

By Adrian Croft WIESBADEN Germany (Reuters) - Air strikes alone will not be enough to destroy Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, and Baghdad will need training to rebuild ground forces capable of “going after them and rooting them out,” the U.S. Army Chief of Staff said on Wednesday. Three years after U.S. forces pulled out of Iraq, President Barack Obama has ordered air strikes to halt Islamic State fighters who made rapid advances earlier this year as Iraqi forces melted away. General Ray Odierno, who commanded U.S. ...

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate panel finds

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate panel finds

By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year. ...

German judge lifts temporary ban on Uber ride-sharing

German judge lifts temporary ban on Uber ride-sharing

By Eric Auchard and Harro Ten Wolde FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A Frankfurt judge granted a reprieve to Uber, the online transportation service, setting aside a temporary injunction issued two weeks ago against the Silicon Valley company from operating a novel car-sharing service across Germany. Frankfurt Regional Court Judge Frowin Kurth said on Tuesday that the issues in the case brought against Uber by German taxi operator group Taxi Deutschland deserved a fuller airing in court, but lacked the urgency for a temporary injunction. ...

Source denies report that IAC offered to buy Israel’s Perion

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli financial news website on Wednesday reported that New York-based media and Internet company IAC/Interactive Corp has offered to buy Israel-based Perion Network, but a source with knowledge of the matter later said the report was untrue. Israel's Calcalist, quoting unnamed market sources, said that IAC has offered more than $500 million for Perion, whose technology helps developers distribute apps and make money off them through advertising. IAC had no official comment, and an official at Perion also said the company was not commenting on the report. ...

Germany to toughen penalties against child porn

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is seeking to widen its definition of child pornography and jail people for up to three years for owning or trading photographs of naked children that are considered pornographic, according to a new draft law. "The new rules will improve the protection of victims of sexual offences," said Justice Minister Heiko Maas, presenting the bill which was approved by the cabinet on Wednesday. "Child pornography is sexual abuse. Children are not able to defend themselves against such violence and are traumatized," he said. ...

Tiger Global leads $60 million investment in India's Quikr

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian online classifieds portal Quikr has secured $60 million from backers led by U.S. investor Tiger Global Management LLC to boost product development and expand its mobile business, the company said on Wednesday. Indian online businesses, especially e-retailers, have been a favorite for global investors who are betting on the segment's growth in a country which already has the world's third-largest population of Internet users, even though less than a fifth of its 1.3 billion people have access to the web. ...

Yelp, TinyCo to settle U.S. charges of improperly collecting kids' data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The online review site Yelp and mobile app developer TinyCo have agreed to settle separate charges that they improperly collected children's online information, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. Under the terms of the settlements, Yelp will pay a $450,000 civil penalty, while privately held TinyCo will pay a $300,000 civil penalty. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, requires that companies collecting information about children under 13 online follow a number of steps to ensure that children’s information is protected. ...

Scout24 owners set to announce IPO in October: sources

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The owners of classified ad firm will announce plans in October to list part of their holdings in an initial public offering in Germany, two sources familiar with the transaction said. According to the sources, the owners plan to float about 25 percent of Scout24 shares, with a potential value of 500-700 million euros ($648-907 million). The IPO comes only months after private equity firm Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone closed a deal to acquire a 70 percent stake in Scout24 from Deutsche Telekom for about 1. ...

German brothers to make billions from Rocket e-commerce empire

By Emma Thomasson BERLIN (Reuters) - Oliver Samwer and his brothers Marc and Alexander are on the brink of becoming Germany's newest billionaires with the flotations of Rocket Internet and the European online fashion site Zalando it helped launch in 2008. The sons of a lawyer who encouraged them to read Germany's Handelsblatt finance daily, they want to make Rocket the world's biggest e-commerce platform outside the United States and China by conquering markets that Amazon or Alibaba have yet to dominate. ...

Alibaba options expected to be listed on September 29: exchanges

Alibaba options expected to be listed on September 29: exchanges

By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors looking to hedge their bets or speculate on the direction of Alibaba Group's stock after its expected public sale of shares on Friday, will be able to trade its options in two weeks, as U.S. options exchanges are expected to list contracts on the company. The Chinese e-commerce company's options will be listed on CBOE Holdings Inc and International Securities Exchange Holdings' options exchanges on Sept. 29, pending the company's public sale of shares this week, the exchanges said on Tuesday. ...

U.S. NSA chief says monitoring tech-savvy Islamic State

U.S. NSA chief says monitoring tech-savvy Islamic State

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As U.S. military leaders outlined their strategy before Congress to fight Islamic State militants on the battlefield, the National Security Agency chief said on Tuesday he was watching the media-savvy group's cyber capabilities. Asked whether the Sunni Muslim group was planning cyber attacks on U.S. interests, Admiral Mike Rogers said he could not discuss specifics of the organization's technical capabilities. ...

Alibaba options expected to be listed on Sept. 29: exchanges

Alibaba options expected to be listed on Sept. 29: exchanges

By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors looking to hedge their bets or speculate on the direction of Alibaba Group's stock after its expected public sale of shares on Friday, will be able to trade its options in two weeks, as U.S. options exchanges are expected to list contracts on the company. The Chinese e-commerce company's options will be listed on CBOE Holdings Inc and International Securities Exchange Holdings' options exchanges on Sept. 29, pending the company's public sale of shares this week, the exchanges said on Tuesday. ...

U.S. court throws out VirnetX $368 million patent award vs Apple

U.S. court throws out VirnetX $368 million patent award vs Apple

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a jury order requiring Apple Inc to pay VirnetX Holding Corp $368.2 million in damages for infringing four patents concerning technology for providing security over the Internet. Shares of VirnetX plunged as much as 59.8 percent after the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington ordered a new trial, and said the damages award was based on defective jury instructions. VirnetX derives most of its revenue from patent licensing. ...

Russia's Mail.Ru ends VKontakte dispute with $1.5 billion deal

Russia's Mail.Ru ends VKontakte dispute with $1.5 billion deal

By Maria Kiselyova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mail.Ru Group , majority-owned by Russia's richest man Alisher Usmanov, has resolved a shareholder dispute over the country's biggest social network VKontakte (VK), buying out a rival co-investor for $1.47 billion. The deal could clear the way for a revival of plans for a stock market listing of VKontakte, scrapped in 2012 because of poor market conditions. VK, known as Russia's answer to Facebook , has been the focus of an ownership battle since April 2013 when investment fund United Capital Partners (UCP) bought a 48 percent stake. ...

Deadline near, net neutrality comments top 3 million at U.S. FCC

Federal Communications Commission has received a record 3 million comments from consumers, advocates, companies and lawmakers on proposed new Internet traffic, or "net neutrality," rules as the deadline to formally weigh in approached on Monday. The comments, whose flow has tested and at times overwhelmed the FCC's systems, continued to be received as the deadline for submissions to the official record approached at the end of the day, said FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in April revealed his proposal to set new Open Internet rules that regulate how Internet service providers (ISPs) manage traffic on their networks. Under the proposal, ISPs such as Comcast Corp would be prohibited from blocking users' access to websites or applications but could charge content companies, such as Netflix Inc, to ensure quick and reliable delivery of their traffic to users, as long as such deals are deemed "commercially reasonable." Consumer advocates pounced on proposed rules they saw as creating fast and slow "lanes" on the web.

Governments pressure Google for more user information

Governments pressure Google for more user information

(Reuters) - Google Inc said it was facing increasing pressure from governments around the world to reveal user information in criminal investigations amid ongoing revelations about national surveillance programs. The number of requests increased 15 percent sequentially in the first half of this year and 150 percent in the last five years, the company said in its semi-annual transparency report on Monday. (http://bit.ly/1saSddE) In the United States, demand for information jumped 19 percent in the first six months of 2014 and more than tripled since 2009, when it started publishing the report. ...

Rosetta team picks spot for historic comet landing

Rosetta team picks spot for historic comet landing

By Victoria Bryan and Tim Hepher BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - A team of scientists identified on Monday the point on the surface of a comet, known as "Site J," where they aim to land a probe in what would be a historic breakthrough for their decade-long project. The probe or lander will be dispatched from the Rosetta spacecraft, which was launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2004 and has been tracking comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on its trip around the sun. ...

Deutsche Telekom says finds no evidence of NSA, GCHQ surveillance

Deutsche Telekom says finds no evidence of NSA, GCHQ surveillance

Deutsche Telekom said it had found no indication that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain's GCHQ had obtained access to its computer network, but said it was investigating the matter following a report in Sunday's Der Spiegel magazine. "We are looking into every indication of possible manipulations but have not yet found any hint of that in our investigations so far," a Telekom spokesman said in a statement on Sunday. Der Spiegel said it had seen information suggesting the NSA and GCHQ had gained access to the networks of Deutsche Telekom and smaller German provider Netcologne.

Islamic State's Twitter silence raises questions

Islamic State's Twitter silence raises questions

By Alexei Oreskovic and Lesley Wroughton SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State's Twitter users, which have trumpeted the group's violent acts and world view on the social media service, have gone abruptly quiet in past days. The sudden silence also came days after reports about Islamic State-linked accounts threatening action against Twitter employees, though there was no evidence to link the two episodes.

China shuts newspaper website amid extortion scandal

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has shut a respected business newspaper's website and opened an investigation, state media said on Friday, after executives confessed they extorted "huge payments" from companies in exchange for quashing critical stories. The official Xinhua news agency reported last month that eight suspects, some working at the 21st Century Business Herald and others at public relations firms, were under investigation. ...

Professor who lost job over Gaza tweets rebuffed by Illinois university trustees

University of Illinois trustees voted overwhelmingly on Thursday not to reinstate Steven Salaita, whose Twitter postings about Israel caused him to lose a promised faculty job, sparking debate about academic freedom and the use of social media. Salaita, a former tenured professor of English at Virginia Tech, accepted a tenured professorship in October 2013 to teach at University of Illinois' American Indian Studies program but it was revoked in early August after Salaita posted tweets denouncing Israel's military strikes in Gaza. Many of the Twitter messages were inflammatory and in justifying its decision not to give him a job, the university said they were demeaning and uncivil.

Cyber breaches rare among U.S. state-registered investment advisers -study

Cyber breaches rare among U.S. state-registered investment advisers -study

Cyber security breaches are rare among investment advisory firms registered with U.S. Just 4 percent of advisers reported having a "cyber security incident" during the years in which they have been registered in their respective states, according to a study by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). Theft and unauthorized use of confidential data were problems for 1 percent of advisers, NASAA said. Also, fewer than half of the firms surveyed, or 44 percent, had policies, procedures and training in place related to cyber security.

Detroit IT systems 'fundamentally broken': city's tech officer

By Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - (This version of the story corrects reference to Unisys, coding problems in 5th paragraph) Detroit relies on antiquated and dilapidated information technology for basic city administration, which puts citizens' safety at risk, makes simple administrative tasks impossible, and creates opportunities for security breaches, the city's information officer testified at a bankruptcy hearing on Monday. Beth Niblock, who was hired as Detroit's chief information officer after she assessed the city's technology as part of a White House-appointed team, frequently used the words "atrocious" and "unreliable" to describe the computers and network that the city uses for everything from managing email to supporting fire stations.

Washington state teenagers arrested in school shooting threats

Friends of a Washington state man accused of threatening a shooting rampage at his former high school have been arrested on charges of intimidating witnesses who brought the alleged plot to the attention of police, officials said on Wednesday. Matthew Smiley, 18, was charged on Monday with felony harassment and ordered held on $2 million bail for making multiple threats to "shoot up" his former high school in Kingston, on the Kitsap Peninsula, west of Seattle, court officials said. "Witnesses also reported the young man had access to firearms and had displayed these weapons as a point of emphasis," the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said. All four were awaiting arraignment on a single count of witness intimidation, a court official said on Wednesday.

Danish reformer gets EU antitrust stick; German to police the Internet

Danish reformer gets EU antitrust stick; German to police the Internet

By Foo Yun Chee and Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's incoming competition and telecoms chiefs will have their plates full for the next five years as one tackles global companies suspected of acting unfairly while the other seeks to keep the Internet open and let online services flow freely. Denmark's Margrethe Vestager, a former economy minister who steered her country through austere reforms in recent years, takes on a post with the power to veto state aid granted unfairly to companies and to block multi-billion euro mergers. A career politician who started off as a stagiaire" (intern) in the European Parliament, 46-year-old Vestager has been considered by Danish media and pollsters as the most powerful person in government, even above Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Having forced through deep cuts in unemployment benefits, a jewel in Denmark's generous social welfare crown, she stands out as almost dogmatic in a country where politics are marked by consensus and compromises.

Denmark's TDC to launch unlimited business calls in Europe

TDC, battling to attract new customers and retain market share, will offer unlimited mobile phone calls in Europe for its business customers from October, the Danish telecom company said in a statement on Wednesday. TDC shares have fallen 18 percent since Aug. 7 when it told investors it had lost two local government service tenders, which count as business mobile phone clients, and indicated it would have to offer cheaper broadband services next year. It has a market share of about 40 percent in Denmark's mobile market. On Thursday, TDC said calls to Danish business mobile phones while holders are in any European Union or Nordic countries will be unlimited, while those businesses paying for the highest level service would also be able to call non-Danish numbers for free.

Apple to charge banks in new payment system: Bloomberg

Apple to charge banks in new payment system: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Apple Inc will charge fees from banks every time consumers use their iPhone to make purchases, a move that will give the company a cut of the growing mobile payments market, Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the arrangement. Apple unveiled a watch, two larger iPhones and the mobile payments service Apple Pay on Tuesday. The new iPhones will come equipped with the payments service, which launches in the United States next month and allows users to pay for items in stores with their phones instead of physically presenting their credit or debit cards. Under the deals struck individually with each bank, Apple will collect a fee for each transaction, the report said.

Professor seeks reinstatement after losing job over Gaza tweets

A professor who lost a promised job over his tweets on the recent seven-week Israel-Palestine war demanded on Tuesday that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) reinstate him, citing free speech and academic freedom. The termination of Salaita in August, two weeks before he was to start teaching, has ignited debate and protests at UIUC and other universities over academic freedom and politics. Salaita tweeted heavily during the war, including this message on Aug. 1: "Supporters of #Israel should be forced--A Clockwork Orange style--to view pics of smiling children who were killed on endless repeat. On Tuesday, a number of UIUC students walked out of classes to listen to Salaita's first public comments since the university rescinded his appointment to the department of American Indian Studies.

Jack Ma, 'capital-lite' model impress at Alibaba's Boston IPO event

Jack Ma, 'capital-lite' model impress at Alibaba's Boston IPO event

By Tim McLaughlin and Ross Kerber BOSTON (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has two major things going for it as it prepares for an initial public offering that could raise more than $21 billion: founder Jack Ma and a "capital-lite" business model. While corporate governance remains a concern, several fund managers and analysts said Ma gave an impressive performance during the company's pitch in Boston on Tuesday for what stands to be the largest-ever U.S. They also said the Chinese e-commerce company's business model features strong cash-flow generation and low capital intensity similar to U.S. Internet stars Facebook Inc and Google Inc. "He's executed well," said Will Danoff, who runs the $111 billion Contrafund for Fidelity Investments.

With no bank in charge, Alibaba's bankers learn to work together

With no bank in charge, Alibaba's bankers learn to work together

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's desire to keep tight control over its $21.1 billion share sale has left a vacuum at the helm of its banking syndicate, leading underwriters to take unusual steps to manage the offering, according to sources familiar with the situation. Facebook Inc, for example, had Morgan Stanley in that role, while Twitter Inc used Goldman Sachs Group Inc for the job. Alibaba, however, decided to do without one bank in charge of its IPO, and instead is seeking advice from all its major bookrunners. The move gives Alibaba control of the process as no one bank has a complete picture of what is going on.

Turkey tightens Internet controls, weeks into new government

Turkey tightens Internet controls, weeks into new government

By Ozge Ozbilgin ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's parliament passed a law tightening Internet controls and expanding the powers of its telecoms authority late on Monday, weeks after a new government took office pledging the beginning of a "new Turkey". The move comes on top of legislation passed in February that made it easier for the authorities to block access to web pages without a prior court order, prompting public anger and raising concern about free speech. The new law expands those powers, allowing the TIB telecoms authority to block sites if it is deemed necessary for matters of "national security, the restoration of public order and the prevention of crimes". The new legislation also gives the TIB, which reports to the prime minister's office, access to individuals' browsing history without a court order.

Tinder, former marketing executive settle sexual harassment case

By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A former executive who accused popular dating-app company Tinder of sexual harassment and discrimination has settled her lawsuit with the startup, ending a dispute that cast a spotlight over the treatment of women in the technology industry. Lawyers for the plaintiff, former marketing vice president Whitney Wolfe, said on Monday the lawsuit had been resolved but did not provide details. IAC/InterActiveCorp owns a majority stake in Los Angeles-based Tinder and was also named as a defendant, along with fellow dating site and IAC portfolio company Match.com. Among the allegations was that Chief Executive Officer Sean Rad and the company's chief marketing officer, Justin Mateen, removed her title as co-founder because of her gender.

Home Depot confirms payment systems were breached

Home Depot confirms payment systems were breached

(Reuters) - Home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc confirmed on Monday that its payment security systems have been breached, which could impact customers using payment cards at its stores in the United States and Canada. Home Depot, however, said it has found no evidence that personal identification numbers (PINs) have been compromised, it said in a statement. The breach was first reported by security website KrebsonSecurity on Sept. 3, which had said the problem could extend back to April and affect all of Home Depot's 2,200 stores in the United States. Home Depot said it is focusing its investigation from April this year, after its banking partners and law enforcement agencies first notified them of the breach last week.

Netflix joins online protest on U.S. net neutrality

Netflix joins online protest on U.S. net neutrality

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Video streaming service Netflix Inc will join Reddit, Kickstarter and thousands of other websites on Wednesday in an online protest that calls for strong U.S. rules to ensure equal treatment of Internet traffic. The Federal Communications Commission is considering "net neutrality" rules that critics worry could lead to fast lanes for websites that pay broadband providers for quicker delivery, and slow lanes for companies that do not pay. ...

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Upgrade to iOS 8 now or wait?

Upgrade to iOS 8 now or wait?

Apple's iOS 8 software update for iPhones and iPads is worth getting — but not necessarily right away. Those with an older device, such as an iPhone 4s or an iPad 2, might want to wait to see whether others ...

Amazon debuts new e-readers, kid-friendly Fire

Amazon debuts new e-readers, kid-friendly Fire

Amazon keeps rolling out the devices. The largest U.S. e-commerce company is introducing two new e-readers and new styles of its Kindle Fire HD tablet as part of a fall lineup of Kindle devices. The new ...

Amazon expands Kindle lineup, boosts price of basic e-reader

Amazon expands Kindle lineup, boosts price of basic e-reader

By Jennifer Saba and Deepa Seetharaman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc ramped up its push into hardware on Wednesday with the debut of six new or upgraded devices, including a high-end $199 e-reader called the Kindle Voyage and its cheapest-ever touch-screen tablet. The No. 1 U.S. online retailer also revamped its basic Kindle e-reader to include a touch screen. It will cost $79, about 15 percent more than the current basic model. ...

Apple Might Bestow More New Toys Next Month

Apple Might Bestow More New Toys Next Month

As if the iPhone 6, Plus and Apple Watch did not drum up enough new product excitement for Apple enthusiasts, we might also be getting the next generation iPad this fall. Sources tell The Daily Dot that on October 21st, Apple will launch two new versions of the iPad, iPad 6 and iPad Mini 3, along with the newest Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite. This would be in line with Apple's other iPad launches. Last October 22nd, they launched the iPad Air and iPad Mini 2. The first iPad, however, had a spring launch date. ...

Apple to unveil new iPads, operating system on Oct. 21 : report

Apple to unveil new iPads, operating system on Oct. 21 : report

(Reuters) - Apple Inc is set to launch two new iPads and release the next version of its Mac operating system at its next event on Oct. 21, a Daily Dot report said, citing sources familiar with the matter. The company plans to unveil the sixth generation of its iPad and the third edition of the iPad mini, as well as its operating system OS X Yosemite, which has undergone a complete visual overhaul, the Internet news website said. Trudy Muller, a spokeswoman for Apple, declined to comment. The iPad is expected to have a 9.7 inch screen, while the new version of the iPad mini will have a 7. ...

London designers target fashion-hungry shoppers with 'tech firsts'

London designers target fashion-hungry shoppers with 'tech firsts'

By Li-mei Hoang LONDON - Fueled by the boom in online sales for the latest trends, London's designers are finding new ways to deliver instant gratification to fashion hungry shoppers, amid high hopes of boosting growth in the sector. British retailer Topshop, whose website attracts an average of 4.5 million hits a week, launched a new digital "first" on Sunday by letting shoppers buy six ready-made items from its latest collection immediately after its show at London Fashion Week. "As we know, everyone spends all their waking moments on all these new platforms, gadgets, Instagram and Twitter,” said Philip Green, the owner of Topshop brand and retail conglomerate Arcadia.

Report: Jihadi Cell More Direct Threat Than ISIL, Say Intelligence Officials

Report: Jihadi Cell More Direct Threat Than ISIL, Say Intelligence Officials

A group of jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe may be more of a direct and imminent threat to the United States than ISIL, say intelligence officials. According to a report from the Associated Press, a cell with al-Qaida links known as the Khorasan group is at the center of the organization — a division known to be working with Yemeni bomb-makers with plans to target U.S. This is why, for example, the TSA decided in July not to allow uncharged cell phones and other devices to pass through security. "The group's repeated efforts to conceal explosive devices to destroy aircraft demonstrate its continued pursuit of high-profile attacks against the West, its increasing awareness of Western security procedures and its efforts to adapt to those procedures that we adopt," Nicholas Rasmussen, deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told a Senate panel this week.

Ethan Hawke 'Seymour' documentary is intimate portrait of pianist

Ethan Hawke 'Seymour' documentary is intimate portrait of pianist

By Solarina Ho TORONTO (Reuters) - The interview was supposed to start, but pianist Seymour Bernstein was not quite ready. He held up his iPad to take one more picture of actor-director Ethan Hawke before he was satisfied. "I think that captures the part of you that I'm very fond of: unassuming and full of affection," Bernstein told Hawke, showing him the photo.

BlackBerry is ‘researching’ wearables but don’t expect a BerryWatch

BlackBerry is ‘researching’ wearables but don’t expect a BerryWatch

Is the world ready for a smartwatch with a full physical QWERTY keyboard? Probably not but that’s the first thing that popped into our heads when we read this report from Computerworld in which John Sims, president of BlackBerry enterprise solutions, says that the company is doing research into wearable computers. However, from the sound of his comments, it seems that BlackBerry is only looking for a way to bring BBM to wearable computers such as smartwatches and smart glasses. “We’re doing internal research on different wearables,” Sims said. “I would love to have…BBM on a wearable. It’s definitely an area of research for us.” While some BlackBerry diehards might love the idea of a BlackBerry watch, it would probably not be wise

Silicon Valley struggles to speak FDA's language

Silicon Valley struggles to speak FDA's language

WASHINGTON (AP) — From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar — Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing their own unexpected disruption: regulation.

TSX gains as resource shares rebound

TSX gains as resource shares rebound

By John Tilak and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday as energy producers and other resource stocks bounced back from a recent slide despite lingering weakness in the price of underlying commodities. Major gold miners gained even as bullion neared a three-month low, while BlackBerry jumped 6 percent to C$11.91 after saying it would buy a small tech company that enables a single device to use multiple phone numbers. The precious metals and materials sectors got a bit oversold," said Youssef Zohny, a portfolio manager at Stenner Investment Partners of Richardson GMP. So that's helping the TSX." The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended the day up 62.43 points, or 0.40 percent, at 15,534.32.

BlackBerry buys UK mobile technology start-up Movirtu

BlackBerry buys UK mobile technology start-up Movirtu

By Euan Rocha and Alina Selyukh TORONTO/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - BlackBerry has acquired a U.K-based mobile technology start-up whose software allows users to have multiple phone numbers on the same device, the Canadian tech firm said on Thursday. The purchase of Movirtu helps BlackBerry ramp up its portfolio of services to cater to the needs of its core base of corporate and government clients. Movirtu's virtual SIM technology allows an individual to have both a personal and business number on a single mobile device, with separate billing for voice, data and messaging usage on each number. We are building recurring revenue streams in value-added services and providing more value to enterprises," the head of BlackBerry's enterprise unit John Sims said in an interview.

The Google Nexus 9 has just been confirmed, and you can thank Samsung for that

The Google Nexus 9 has just been confirmed, and you can thank Samsung for that

You know that company that keeps getting sued by all sorts of competing companies that accuse it of copying their technology? Well, it was recently sued by NVIDIA, and in the process the upcoming Google Nexus 9 tablet has been confirmed, Bright Side of News has discovered. FROM EARLIER: The Nexus 9’s special keyboard case mixes the best of iPad and Surface Pro accessories Earlier this month, NVIDIA filed a lawsuit against Samsung and Qualcomm, alleging that its patented GPU technology was copied. In the legal documents it has provided (now no longer available online), the chipmaker revealed the various devices powered by its latest Tegra K1 processor, including the unreleased HTC-made Nexus 9. Many reports and leaks have so

Samsung and Diesel Black Gold team up to make the wildest looking smartwatch yet

Samsung and Diesel Black Gold team up to make the wildest looking smartwatch yet

It seems that the Apple Watch’s design has been somewhat polarizing so far — indeed, our own unscientific poll of our readers showed roughly a 50-50 split between readers who loved it and readers who thought it was hideous. However, you can leave it to Samsung to take design choices for its gadgets to crazy new levels, as we can see from the new Diesel Black Gold editions of Samsung’s Gear S. TAKE OUR POLL: What do you think of the Apple Watch’s design? SamMobile says that these new leather-and-metal Gear S bands “have been inspired by highly stylized New Wave rock stars and ‘tough rockabilly heroines.'” In our minds, however, when we look at them we can only think of the Daleks

In search of the missing 'i' in Apple's Watch

In search of the missing 'i' in Apple's Watch

By Christina Farr and Jennifer Saba SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc's Tuesday launch was a marketing extravaganza stuffed full of gadgets, corporate hyperbole and celebrities of every stripe. Apple's prefix has anchored the brand names of generations of products, from its phone to the iPad. Some branding experts say Apple chose that foreshortened appellation both to distinguish its first new device in four years and send a message to the public that it was moving into new territory. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

Swiss watch industry denies 'Nokia moment' from new Apple Watch

Swiss watch industry denies 'Nokia moment' from new Apple Watch

By Silke Koltrowitz and Eric Auchard ZURICH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iPod upended the music industry, and its iPhone knocked Nokia off its smartphone perch, but Swiss watch makers breezily dismissed warnings that the technology giant's new wristwatch gadget could do something similar to them. "They are essentially transient products rather than items of enduring value," one Swiss watch industry expert sniffed. Franz Tuerler, owner of a luxury watch store on Zurich's main shopping boulevard, Bahnhofstrasse, said the appeal of Apple watches would be to a different class of customer who prizes technology over prestige and emotional attachment. "I think the Apple Watch will be successful.

Video: Check out Apple’s iOS 8 tricks that will let you easily use the iPhone 6 with just one hand

Video: Check out Apple’s iOS 8 tricks that will let you easily use the iPhone 6 with just one hand

Apple’s “bigger than bigger” iPhone 6 models will soon be available in stores, and while many potential buyers have been waiting quite a while for Apple to release bigger iPhone handsets, some people might find it difficult to adapt to a bigger display, even if it’s just a 0.7-inch increase (diagonally). For them, Apple has created a special new iOS gesture to improve one-handed operation, giving it a fancy name in the process – Reachability. FROM EARLIER: How to install iOS 8 GM on your iPhone or iPad right now without a developer account As the marketing name suggests, the feature is meant to make it easier for iPhone 6 users to reach the top section of the screen. To

The Apple Watch has a major pricing problem

The Apple Watch has a major pricing problem

When Apple announced its first iPad in 2010, the Wall Street consensus expected the price to be above $900. The device that gave birth to the modern tablet industry instead debuted at $500, shocking many observers. Yet despite the notably low initial price, Apple’s iPad sales lost their growth momentum in 2013 and by the beginning of 2014, Apple was reporting declining sell-through volumes. What happened? The flood of $200 Android tablets and phablets sucked the growth out of iPad sales in about three years, largely because Apple refused to offer substantial price cuts to even the most basic iPad. Obviously, Apple prioritized profit margins. It’s also speculated that since many Apple fans splurge on upgrading to a new iPhone every 12 months and/or

$76 worth of paid iPhone apps you can now download for free (7 apps total)

$76 worth of paid iPhone apps you can now download for free (7 apps total)

We showed you more than $50 worth of paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free for a limited time on Tuesday — in fact, a few are still free if you hurry — and now we’re back with another seven apps. Today’s batch is worth a combined $76 based on regular prices, but you won’t have to pay a single cent if you hustle. 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

These are Apple’s first official promo videos for the Apple Watch

These are Apple’s first official promo videos for the Apple Watch

Apple on Tuesday finally unveiled a brand new product, the highly anticipated “iWatch” that’s now officially known as the Apple Watch. During the event, the company played several Apple Watch introduction and demo videos, and the company has now published three of them on YouTube. FROM EARLIER: Watch Apple show off the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in first official video The most interesting of them is the 10-minute long “Introducing Apple Watch” clip, in which Apple’s senior vice president of design Jony Ive explains everything there is to know about the gadget when it comes to hardware and software design. “Apple Watch is the most personal product Apple has ever made, because it’s the first one designed to be

BlackBerry tries to combat the iPhone 6 with one of its patented ‘fact checks’

BlackBerry tries to combat the iPhone 6 with one of its patented ‘fact checks’

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a lot of media hype surrounding a little device called the iPhone 6 that was just unveiled, but BlackBerry wants you to know that you shouldn’t even bother to get it, especially with the BlackBerry Passport just around the corner. In a new “BlackBerry Fact Check” post that went live on Tuesday, BlackBerry tried to give enterprise customers the facts why they should stick with their BlackBerry devices instead of moving over to iOS 8. CATCH THE BLACKBERRY PASSPORT FEVER: Here comes the BlackBerry Passport: BlackBerry announces major September 24th event “BlackBerry will remain the device of choice for those who value security and productivity,” wrote BlackBerry. “Our legacy is in enterprise-grade secure devices, and with BlackBerry

$52 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total)

$52 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now (8 apps total)

Apple’s huge iPhone event was obviously the biggest news of the day, but the dust has now settled and it’s time to move on. On Monday, BGR shared a list of eight nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps worth a combined $87 that were made available for free for a limited time, and now we’re back with eight more apps that would typically cost a combined $52. Nearly $140 worth of apps for free in just two days? That’s right, but you’d better hurry if you want to snag them all. 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

iOS 8 Gold Master now available to download

iOS 8 Gold Master now available to download

Apple has had its work cut out for it this summer. The first few beta releases of iOS 8 seemed rushed and buggy, but Apple engineers have clearly pulled things together in the past few betas. The result is a mobile operating system that is almost ready for prime time, but there were a few more wrinkles to iron out before iOS 8 reaches the public next week. Now, Apple has released the Gold Master version of iOS 8 as it prepares to finalize its code and issue the final version of iOS 8. FROM EARLIER: Cutting through the hype: The 5 best new features in iOS 8 The iOS 8 GM is available right now for developers with compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. It can be downloaded from

Apple just unveiled its Apple Watch – here’s its release date and price

Apple just unveiled its Apple Watch – here’s its release date and price

So Apple just unveiled the Apple Watch, its first major new product category since the release of the first iPad in 2010. But when will you be able to get this device and at what price? Apple says pricing for the watch will start at $349 and will be available starting in early 2015. This lines up with earlier rumors we’ve heard about the watch not being ready for mass production until later this year. With a $349 starting price point, the device is more expensive than other smartwatches on the market, including the recently released Moto 360. But given that Apple products are more expensive than other products as a rule, this shouldn’t be at all surprising. For the

Photos: This is the giant facility Apple built for today’s big iPhone 6 event

Photos: This is the giant facility Apple built for today’s big iPhone 6 event

After 30 years, Apple has decided to return to the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus to host what could be the company’s most important event since it unveiled the first iPad four years ago. But with a completely redesigned iPhone 6, a brand new iPhone 6 phablet, a wearable device referred to as the “iWatch,” a new mobile payments platform and more set to be unveiled on Tuesday, the facility at the Flint Center apparently wasn’t the right fit for Apple’s press conference. So what did the company do? Apple built its own facility to house the event, of course. FROM EARLIER: Everything you can expect from today’s big iPhone 6/iWatch event Apple has been constructing a massive

How Apple plans to make iPhone 6 and iWatch must-have devices

How Apple plans to make iPhone 6 and iWatch must-have devices

Apple will introduce at least two new products during its Tuesday event, including the 2014 iPhones and its first smartwatch, devices that will be closely connected to offer users fast access to notifications, fitness stats and health info. The latter has been seen as a major feature for the iWatch, which could help it standout from the plethora of similar smart wearable gadgets, and Star Tribune reports that the Mayo Clinic will appear on stage during Apple’s event to further detail the health abilities of the company’s newest gadgets. FROM EARLIER: This might be Apple’s secret sauce for the iWatch “The combination of Rochester-based Mayo, one of the best-known names in health care, and Apple could be a major boost to the

Showtime for Apple: Big phones, smart watches and high expectations

Showtime for Apple: Big phones, smart watches and high expectations

It has been four years since Apple Inc introduced a completely new gadget and the pressure is on for the world's largest tech company to wow at its "special event" in Cupertino, California, on Tuesday. Apple has fed the high expectations, with promises by executives that the company's best product pipeline in 25 years is being readied inside its secretive facilities. Those now ubiquitous gadgets were created under the innovative and famously meticulous eye of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in 2011. When Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook takes the stage on Tuesday, technology aficionados, investors and rivals will be watching closely to see whether Jobs' handpicked successor inherited the magic touch or whether Apple's winning streak is coming to an end.

Jawbone's activity-tracking wristbands to accept data from rivals

Jawbone's activity-tracking wristbands to accept data from rivals

Jawbone said on Monday it is opening its software to other device-makers in hopes of accelerating sales of its activity-tracking wristbands, in a move that comes a day before Apple Inc is expected to unveil a smartwatch of its own. Jawbone said its software, called UP, can now incorporate health and fitness data from any gadget, whether it be an Apple iPhone, Fitbit, or Google Android Wear device. It will also pull in data from Apple's anticipated wearable device, dubbed the iWatch by the press. Jawbone's UP can be used to track workout activity, sleep patterns, and food and drink consumption Jawbone hopes to “lead people to the Jawbone hardware” by taking a more open approach, company spokesman Jim Godfrey said.

This might be Apple’s secret sauce for the iWatch

This might be Apple’s secret sauce for the iWatch

Apple’s first wrist-worn wearable computer, a.k.a. the iWatch, is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday during a special media event and launch at some point in early 2015. The device won’t be the first such gadget – in fact, Samsung has flooded the market with no less than six models in the last year alone – and will have some of the same features other smartwatches already offer, including fitness, notifications, apps integration and even support for wireless payments but The New York Times also speculates that the iWatch might have a secret weapon under its belly that could be instrumental for its success. FROM EARLIER: Apple’s iWatch may have just been leaked – here are the first pictures The

Study: Millions of Android users will jump ship and buy the iPhone 6

Study: Millions of Android users will jump ship and buy the iPhone 6

A new study from research company Survata looked at whether current iPhone and Android users are likely to switch to the iPhone 6 once it launches in the coming weeks, with CNET reporting the study reveals that “only” 5% of Android users are “very likely” to switch to Apple’s upcoming iPhone. However, what seems like a small percentage could actually be a huge deal for both Apple and Google. FROM EARLIER: Here’s one more way the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 might be a better choice for you Looking at percentages alone isn’t enough, as the same study shows that a “mere” 6% of existing BlackBerry users are going to move to an iPhone 6 according to the same study. Does that mean

Microsoft’s Surface is still getting mistaken for an iPad by NFL announcers after a $400M deal

Microsoft’s Surface is still getting mistaken for an iPad by NFL announcers after a $400M deal

It’s no secret that Microsoft has struggled to gain significant momentum with its Surface line of tablets, but it certainly doesn’t help when paid professionals can’t even get the name right on national television. Over a year ago, Microsoft announced a $400 million partnership with the NFL which would bring interactive content exclusively to the Xbox One. It also put Surface Pro 2 tablets into the hands of coaches and players on the sidelines, but there’s one thing Microsoft didn’t account for: none of the announcers seem to know what a Surface is. As the camera focused in on the sideline during Sunday’s matchup between the Saints and the Falcons, the commentators mentioned that Drew Bress wasn’t “watching movies on his iPad.” Instead,

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HTC One (M8) gets Champions League collector's edition

HTC One (M8) gets Champions League collector's edition

The Taiwanese manufacturer HTC, a sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, has unveiled a special collector's edition of its One (M8) dedicated to the tournament. Not made for retail, the smartphone will be given away in online competitions this October.

IPhone emerges from 'bygone era', reviewers hail bigger handset

IPhone emerges from 'bygone era', reviewers hail bigger handset

(Reuters) - Bigger is better and Apple Inc has finally realized that and given iPhone users a product that may be low on novelty but high on improvements, reviewers wrote. Most reviewers say that the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone available or "ever made", while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has been described as a "phablet" that will give competition to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy S line of 'big' Android phones. "I think it's a terrific phone. ...

2K Sports brings back NHL 2K — on mobile platforms

2K Sports brings back NHL 2K — on mobile platforms

Four years after it was mothballed, 2K Sports' ice hockey series will return. NHL 2K — undated — will skate back to iOS and Android devices this fall, hoping that the emergence of tablets and controller support since its last appearance in 2010 will make it a fuller partner in the simulation sports video game market. "Returning to the space four years later is a good opportunity to bring a new game to the fans, one that's worthy of them and one that they'll enjoy playing with a bunch of new modes," Chris Snyder, the vice president of marketing for 2K Sports, told Polygon.

First Ubuntu Touch smartphone due before 2015

First Ubuntu Touch smartphone due before 2015

Mozilla, with its Firefox OS, isn't the only player aiming to offer a reliable, competitive and affordable alternative to Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Ubuntu Touch, the mobile operating system developed by Canonical, will make its debut this December on a version of the forthcoming Meizu MX4 smartphone, according to a post on the Chinese manufacturer's Italian blog.

Asian shares slip ahead of US Fed decision

Asian shares slip ahead of US Fed decision

Asian bourses mostly slipped Tuesday before the US Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting, and as lingering concerns over Chinese and US economic data weighed on global markets.

Google debuts $105 Android One smartphone in India

Google debuts $105 Android One smartphone in India

Google on Monday launched a $105 smartphone in India, taking aim at emerging markets as part of an initiative called Android One. "With Android One, we not only want to help people get online, we want to make sure that when they get there, they can tap into the wealth of information and knowledge the Web holds for everyone," said Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai. The smartphone was available in major shops in India starting at 6,399 rupees ($105). California-based Google announced new Android One partnerships with an array of handset makers including Acer, ASUS, HTC, and Lenovo, saying that the variety of low-cost Android One smartphones should expand.

Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion

Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion

By Mia Shanley and Bill Rigby STOCKHOLM/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has agreed to acquire the Stockholm-based developer of the wildly popular Minecraft video game for $2.5 billion, as it tries to lure a new and mostly young audience into its mobile world. Minecraft - a construction game in which players can build nearly anything imaginable, block by block, in a digital, Lego-like world - has spread like wildfire since its full release by developer Mojang in 2011. Minecraft is the top paid-for app both on Apple Inc's iOS and Google Inc's Android systems and helped Mojang, which employs just 40 people, bring in 2.05 billion crowns ($287 million) in revenue in 2013, giving it an 896 million crown ($126 million) operating profit for the year. Director of website Gamesbrief Nicholas Lovell described Minecraft as a hugely successful product which has "captured the imagination of pretty much everybody under the age of 15", saying the game could help Microsoft broaden its appeal.

YouTube to go offline in India on Android phones

YouTube to go offline in India on Android phones

YouTube users in India will soon be able to save videos from the Google-owned service, making it possible to watch them offline, and the feature will eventually be available globally, the company said Monday. The feature will be available through the YouTube app on Google's new $105-Android One smartphones unveiled in New Delhi on Monday. "YouTube will be available offline soon, starting with India," Google India communications manager Gaurav Bhaskar told AFP. Smartphones using Google's Android operating system are used by more than one billion people globally and the new Android One phone is part of the company's drive to reach out to billions more.

Google Reveals Sub-$100 Android Phones

Google Reveals Sub-$100 Android Phones

Android phones are ubiquitous in big markets like the U.S. and the U.K., and now Google is making sure the rest of the world can get its hands on them. The company officially launched its Android One initiative, which will bring entry-level, $100 Android devices to India starting today (Sept. 15).

Google launches $105 Android One; eyes low-price smartphone boom

Google launches $105 Android One; eyes low-price smartphone boom

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee and Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Google Inc launched in India on Monday a $105 smartphone, the first device from its "Android One" initiative which is aimed at boosting sales in key emerging markets through cheaper prices and better quality software. The Mountain View-Based company tied up with Indian handset makers Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles to launch the 6,399 rupees phone, which is powered by Google's operating system and targets the booming low-cost segment of the world's fastest growing smartphone market. After launching in India, Google said it plans to expand Android One to Indonesia, Philippines and other South Asian countries by the end of 2014 and in more countries in 2015.

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Don't Underestimate Smartwatches

Don't Underestimate Smartwatches

It's important to understand that like the iPhone before it, the Apple Watch isn't at all what its name would imply. Just as smartphones have become supercomputers in our pockets, the Apple Watch and its many competitors, including Android-powered devices from Motorola and Samsung Electronics, are poised to become something more. "There's so much [the Apple Watch] can do that we haven't really even talked about," Tim Cook told USA Today on the day of the announcement. When a company like Google or Apple deliberately creates a place for other companies to sell their own, complementary wares, it is called a platform.

Apple a decade behind Japan mobile payment curve

Apple a decade behind Japan mobile payment curve

Apple's proud announcement that its new iPhone could be used to buy goods in a single swipe left customers non-plussed in Japan, where mobile contactless payments have been normal fare for a decade. A type of Near Field Communication (NFC) chip, known in Japan as FeliCa, was introduced to the Japanese mobile market in June 2004 and has been been implanted in almost all phones sold in the country since. Ten years ago the charismatic Takeshi Natsuno, who was then multimedia services director of Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo, extolled the benefits of swapping cash for cell phones. FeliCa was conceived by Sony way back in 1989 and first used in the Hong Kong underground railway system in 1997 -- in a card known as Octopus -- inspiring cities around the world to use similar technology in their own contactless transport cards.

Report: Jihadi Cell More Direct Threat Than ISIL, Say Intelligence Officials

Report: Jihadi Cell More Direct Threat Than ISIL, Say Intelligence Officials

A group of jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe may be more of a direct and imminent threat to the United States than ISIL, say intelligence officials. According to a report from the Associated Press, a cell with al-Qaida links known as the Khorasan group is at the center of the organization — a division known to be working with Yemeni bomb-makers with plans to target U.S. This is why, for example, the TSA decided in July not to allow uncharged cell phones and other devices to pass through security. "The group's repeated efforts to conceal explosive devices to destroy aircraft demonstrate its continued pursuit of high-profile attacks against the West, its increasing awareness of Western security procedures and its efforts to adapt to those procedures that we adopt," Nicholas Rasmussen, deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told a Senate panel this week.

Is HTC planning an action cam?

Is HTC planning an action cam?

The company, better known for its premium Android smartphones, is rumored to be launching a competitor to the GoPro. HTC has sent out media invites to a special event on October 8 and, until now, the consensus has been that the company would be unveiling a new tablet. Although the company's phones boast impressive imaging technology, if the report is true, the device would be HTC's first standalone camera. Bloomberg's sources claim that as well as being waterproof it will have a 16-megapixel image sensor, be tube-shaped and would be able to work with both iPhones and Android devices via an app.

Microsoft needs Minecraft to boost mobile ambitions

Microsoft needs Minecraft to boost mobile ambitions

By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft’s impending purchase of Mojang, the Swedish developer with 100 million players of its open world Minecraft game, is more aimed at pulling users onto the software company's obscure mobile platform than its better known PC system or Xbox game console. The software company's Windows Phone system has only 2.5 percent of the world's smartphone market, and its Surface tablet barely more, according to tech research firm IDC. Enter Minecraft, which is the top paid app both on Apple Inc's iOS and Google Inc's Android systems. Microsoft will unveil a $2.5 billion deal to buy its owner on Monday, according to a source briefed on the matter.

tTorrent Lite review

tTorrent is a torrent client for Android based devices***Paypal customers If you don't receive the serial in 10 minutes after you pay, please

Will BlackBerry be the next company to launch a smartwatch?

Will BlackBerry be the next company to launch a smartwatch?

The company is examining the potential of both BlackBerry smartwatches and smart glasses. Speaking to the press at Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas, Nevada this week, John Simms, the company's president of enterprise solutions was quoted as saying: "We're doing internal research on different wearables," and confirmed that the research wasn't limited to wrist-worn tech devices.

Halal tourism explained in six questions

Halal tourism explained in six questions

The first-ever Halal Tourism Conference (HTC) is set to take place on September 22 and 23 in Granada, Spain. At the event, hospitality and travel professionals will examine how to better attract Muslim tourists, especially those of the high-income variety. Here is the lowdown on Halal tourism. The phrase was coined to refer to the specific traveling habits and expectations of Muslim tourists.

Zimbabwe taxes mobile phones, call time to boost state coffers

Zimbabwe taxes mobile phones, call time to boost state coffers

Zimbabwe's finance minister announced taxes on mobile phones and on the charges for using them on Thursday and raised the levy on fuel in an increasingly desperate bid to boost state revenues in the face of stagnating domestic growth. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said economic growth would be dragged down by weaker performances in the mining, tourism and manufacturing sectors, although he kept his 2014 forecast at 3.1 percent. The southern African country's economy has been squeezed by a lack of foreign investment, power shortages and company closures, all of which has hurt government finances. To raise more funds for a government that spends more than 70 percent of its budget on salaries, Chinamasa said the state would impose a 5 percent levy on making mobile phone voice calls and sending data.

You now have 2 hours to get a refund from the Google Play store

You now have 2 hours to get a refund from the Google Play store

Although many smartphone users scoff at the idea of paying for apps when there are so many free alternatives, some of the most worthwhile apps on your app store of choice will cost you a dollar or two. Still, there’s always a chance that once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll realize that it wasn’t what your were expecting. On the Google Play store, you previously had just 15 minutes to get a refund before the app was yours forever, but Android Community discovered on Thursday that Google has recently altered its policy. According to the support page: “After purchasing an app or game on Google Play, you can return it within two hours for a full refund.” In order to return an

BlackBerry is ‘researching’ wearables but don’t expect a BerryWatch

BlackBerry is ‘researching’ wearables but don’t expect a BerryWatch

Is the world ready for a smartwatch with a full physical QWERTY keyboard? Probably not but that’s the first thing that popped into our heads when we read this report from Computerworld in which John Sims, president of BlackBerry enterprise solutions, says that the company is doing research into wearable computers. However, from the sound of his comments, it seems that BlackBerry is only looking for a way to bring BBM to wearable computers such as smartwatches and smart glasses. “We’re doing internal research on different wearables,” Sims said. “I would love to have…BBM on a wearable. It’s definitely an area of research for us.” While some BlackBerry diehards might love the idea of a BlackBerry watch, it would probably not be wise

TSX gains as resource shares rebound

TSX gains as resource shares rebound

By John Tilak and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday as energy producers and other resource stocks bounced back from a recent slide despite lingering weakness in the price of underlying commodities. Major gold miners gained even as bullion neared a three-month low, while BlackBerry jumped 6 percent to C$11.91 after saying it would buy a small tech company that enables a single device to use multiple phone numbers. The precious metals and materials sectors got a bit oversold," said Youssef Zohny, a portfolio manager at Stenner Investment Partners of Richardson GMP. So that's helping the TSX." The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended the day up 62.43 points, or 0.40 percent, at 15,534.32.

Facebook’s Messenger App Has More Spyware Than Products Designed Specifically For Surveillance

Facebook was the recipient of sharp criticism from Android users last month when the company released its new mandatory Messenger app, which collected an unprecedented amount of private information about its users — now it seems the iOS version for iPhone users could give it a run for its data. “Messenger appears to have more spyware type code in it than I’ve seen in products intended specifically for enterprise surveillance,” security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski tweeted after digging through the app’s iOS binary earlier this week. According to an email from Zdziarski to Motherboard, Facebook Messenger for iPhone logs almost all activity a user executes on the app, down to every individual tap, screen turn and time used. (RELATED: Facebook’s New Messenger App Can Invade Your Privacy, But It’s Android’s Fault) “[Facebook is] using some private APIs I didn’t even know were available inside the sandbox to be able to pull out your WiFi SSID (which could be used to snoop on which WiFi networks you’re connected to) and are even tapping the process list for various information on the device,” Zdziarski said in the report.

Cash-strapped Zimbabwe to tax mobile phones

Cash-strapped Zimbabwe to tax mobile phones

Zimbabwe's finance minister on Thursday announced a raft of tax hikes, including on mobile phones, in a bid to boost dwindling government revenue as economic growth stalls. Harare is facing a revenue crisis so severe it has been forced to stagger civil servants' pay days as businesses have closed, foreign investment has slumped and imports have risen. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa cut his output for economic growth to 3.1 percent this year, from a previous forecast of 6.1 percent, "in view of under-performance in manufacturing". To boost government coffers, Chinamasa announced a five percent increase in mobile phone airtime and a 25 percent import duty on mobile phone handsets.

Side-by-side comparison shows Google may have designed a cleaner watch UI than Apple

Side-by-side comparison shows Google may have designed a cleaner watch UI than Apple

One thing that Apple has always done exceptionally well is to make clean, intuitive user interfaces that don’t overload you with too many unnecessary distractions. That’s why it’s somewhat surprising to see, at least at first glance, that Apple’s Watch UI looks much busier and cluttered compared with the more minimal approach taken by Google with Android Wear. Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo, who created the infographic earlier this week that mocked the iPhone 6’s 2012-era specs, has done an extensive side-by-side comparison of both the Apple Watch’s user interface and Android Wear’s user interface as shown on the Moto 360. Although Amadeo’s sympathies do typically lie with Android, his comparison still makes a persuasive case that Google and Apple have

The tablet-based Skylanders is a grand experiment, and may be the future of gaming

The tablet-based Skylanders is a grand experiment, and may be the future of gaming

The tablet version of Skylanders is trying something different for the series. Vicarious Visions is bringing the full version of Skylanders: Trap Team to certain iOS, Android and FireOS tablets, complete with a dedicated controller and a portal that doubles as a stand for your screen. "We’ve been wanting to do this for some time," Karthik Bala, the co-studiohead of Vicarious Visions told me over the phone.

New Nexus tablet coming in time for Christmas: report

New Nexus tablet coming in time for Christmas: report

An accidental leak by chipmaker Nvidia in a US International Trade Commission filing indicates that HTC is building the next Google tablet and that it will be out in the third quarter of 2014.  What with secret drone projects, autonomous cars, digital health platforms and a smartwatch operating system, Google has been extremely busy this year. A filing made by Nvidia and spotted by Droid Life indicates that the tablet will not only be built by HTC but that it will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. In the document, the link to which has now been pulled, Nvidia states: "The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1."

The TV.com Staff Takes on the New Fall Dramas: Gotham, Gracepoint, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, and More

The TV.com Staff Takes on the New Fall Dramas: Gotham, Gracepoint, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, and More

The fall TV season is upon us, and right now you may be wondering what's worth watching and what's not worth your time. Which new shows look the most promising, and which ones deserve a spot on your Dead Pool. TV.com is here to help. We've screened the inaugural episodes of nearly every new fall series and compiled multiple (and sometimes contradictory) opinions of each network newbie. Pilots will be pilots, of course, and lots of shows get better once they've had a chance to settle in. But for now, first impressions are all that matter. Earlier this week, we weighed in on the new network comedies, and below, you'll find our take on which new network dramas are looking good, bad, average, and just plain ugly. Red Band Society Premieres Wednesday, September 17 at 9pm on Fox TIM: It's not about dying, it's about living, man. This heart-puncher will exercise your emotions with all the right kinds of manipulation and characters you can't help but like. It has the potential to be too sappy for weekly viewing, but the pilot gets the series off to a good-enough start that it's worth sticking around for Episode 2. Good soundtrack, too. KAITLIN: For me, this was the most surprising pilot of the season, because it was so difficult to gauge what it was supposed to be—all we had to go on were the vague title and short "kids become friends in a hospital" synopsis. But it made me feel things where my heart is supposedly located, it was often funny, and Dave Annable is lookin' good , y'all. The kids are enjoyable and often admirable, which is probably the highest compliment I can pay to a show in which most of the cast is under the legal drinking age. JEN: Perhaps you've already heard that Red Band Society is like The Breakfast Club but in a hospital; that element is definitely present, and while the pilot is fine to good, I'm not quite sold on the show overall. I think this one's going to need at least a few episodes to convey what we're in for every week—will one of the kids suffer a crisis in every episode? Is the show going to focus on the day-to-day life in a hospital as seen through the eyes of young patients? Is Octavia Spencer going to administer a lot of tough love but then soften up as she learns important life lessons from these kids whose days are numbered? All of the above? At the outset, the cast breakdown is a little too formulaic/familiar for my liking, even if the characters are generally likable. Or maybe I'm just uncomfortable with the promise of emotion. It won't be for everyone, is what I'm saying. The Mysteries of Laura Premieres Wednesday, September 17 at 10pm on NBC** ** After debuting with a special sneak preview on Wednesday, September 17 at 10pm, The Mysteries of Laura moves to its regular timeslot of Wednesdays at 9pm starting September 24. TIM: Look, I think we are all rooting for Debra Messing, right? Which is why it's sad that even she can't save this ham-fisted, dual-life, tonally schizophrenic series that's both a cop show and a lighthearted family dramedy. The Mysteries of Laura is indeed a mystery, and not in a good way. JEN: I did not hate this pilot! But a lot of people will. Based on the first case of the week, seasoned procedural aficionados won't be impressed; make no mistake, the people who end up watching this show will be tuning in for Debra Messing, not for the police work. And while the Laura Diamond character is charming enough, she's technically just another trope-y TV woman who's oh-so-good at her job but can't keep it together in her personal life, even though her heart is in the right place and her intentions are "Mother of the Year"-worthy and all that. Though I did find the "twin hellion children" stuff funny. And I was weirdly impressed that in the opening scene, when Laura was chasing a suspect, she was wearing practical sneakers instead of heels, as TV's lady detectives and doctors so often do. All told, Laura is probably going to fail and I wouldn't recommend a major time investment—but you could certainly do worse. It's Mrs. Columbo , basically. Madam Secretary Premieres Sunday, September 21 at 8pm on CBS KAITLIN: Madam Secretary is probably going to do very well for CBS, but it feels too preachy at times, as if it's not confident in its own ability to make us like Tea Leoni's lead character and/or the show itself. Leoni is technically fine, but I think the show's casting director could've found someone else to more convincingly play a character who's supposed to be ballsy and self-assured, but also empathetic and passionate, like a younger Stockard Channing maybe? Actually, can we have The West Wing back instead? CORY: There's something to be said for getting a slew of professional actors together and letting them just to go to work. I had high hopes for Madam Secretary and while the pilot didn't quite meet expectations, it's still an efficient, effective piece of storytelling. Tea Leoni's somewhat odd energy might not be for everyone, especially over the course of 22 or 100 episodes, but this is the kind of show that could resuscitate her career just as The Good Wife did for Julianna Marguilies. And though there are a few overly gooey moments in the opening episode's "case," there's also a surprising (for CBS) interest in a more serialized story. I have a feeling this one will be significantly improved by March. Gotham Premieres Monday, September 22 at 8pm on Fox TIM: The idea of a Batman series without Batman probably sounded good to someone at some point, but I'm guessing that person was really high at the time. There's nothing special about Gotham —at all—and aside from a few obviously pandering references and heavy-handed winks to Caped Crusader canon, it's nothing but a bad cop show that tries too hard to be gritty. I am sorry I've insulted all you Batmaniacs out there, but it's the truth. KAITLIN: After seeing the cool trailer that Fox released at the Upfronts in May, I was like "Hell yeah, this is going to be fun! Kid Chino and Hank Dolworth kicking ass and being awesome!" But the pilot, while cool-looking and noir-y, is burdened by overacting, weird direction, and far too many winks and nods to the Batman universe for a series that's actually supposed to be about Jim Gordon, not the Dark Knight. I wanted to like Gotham so much given the talent involved, but I kind of feel like the Joker because I just keep yelling, "Why so serious?" JEN: I'm not a comics/superhero person, so there's very little chance that Gotham will ever be my kind of show. With that said, the pilot is very pilot-y and simultaneously way too serious and on-the-nose for my liking. Our two main players, Ben McKenzie's James Gordon and Donal Logue's Harvey Bullock, are an obvious Odd Couple of furrowed brows and good vs. evil—or at least good vs. lazy—gruffness. Meanwhile, the girl who's gonna grow up to be Catwoman moves like a cat! The dude who's gonna become the Riddler likes puzzles! Whereas The Flash and even Arrow have a sense of humor and some lightness, Gotham feels like a slog. I do like its noir look, though, even if its bizarre timeline mash-up of old ('70s cars) and new (cell phones) is disconcerting and weird. NOEL: Gotham 's first episode is weighed down by bad gimmicks—especially the pre-villain villain cameos—that distract from what could actually be a good origin story about Jim Gordon surviving in Gotham City. There's a kernel of an interesting show buried in the pilot as the city's gangs prepare for war—Jada Pinkett Smith's Fish Mooney is a highlight—but when a show somehow makes Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue seem adrift, there are problems. CORY: Guys, what the hell is this? No pilot from the last few years is as overstuffed and weird as Gotham 's. Clearly a victim of various network and studio interference, Bruno Heller's script spends so much time winking at the audience and retelling the staid Bruce Wayne origin story that Ben McKenzie's Jim Gordon doesn't entirely stick. Jada Pinkett Smith and Robin Lord Taylor are having fun, but McKenzie and Donal Logue alternate between very solid, kind of bad, and in a few moments, something confusing in between. While I've only seen the one episode, I get the sense that Gotham won't be able to resist so many of the obvious indulgences. That's not a good sign. ANDY: My doubts about this show have grown with nearly every new thing I've learned about it, and the pilot did nothing to reverse that trend. I've never been sure of what Gotham wants to be, and I'm not convinced the show knows, either. Dark crime/conspiracy procedural populated by "realistic" characters like the Penguin and the Riddler? Slightly heightened comic-book universe populated by people with names like "the Penguin" and "the Riddler"? Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue are clear bright spots, but almost everything else either left me flat or made me bristle, not least the leaden dialogue (even by pilot standards) and the characterizations (in both writing and performance) of Montoya and Allen, two of my favorite characters from the Gotham Central comic series. MARYANN : The pilot isn't perfect, but I liked a lot about it. Gotham definitely has the "look," and I like that it draws on the animated series with the "timelessness" that kind of makes it hard to pin to a certain era. While some might find the peek-a-boo references to future Gotham rogues gallery members annoying, I think it'll be fun to go Easter egg hunting every Monday. I'll be watching. Next: Page 2, featuring Scorpion , Shonda Rhimes' How to Get Away With Murder , and more (Continued from Page 1) Scorpion Premieres Monday, September 22 at 9pm on CBS TIM: The amount of technical jargon that gets thrown out by the team of super nerds will either make you want to jump out a window or enroll at your local ITT, but before you change the channel due to the sheer arrogance of the "genius" dialogue, stick around for one of the most ridiculous endings to a pilot you'll ever see. It helps that the action is directed by Justin Lin ( Fast & Furious, Community 's paintball episodes)... but for all the smarts onscreen, Scorpion is a stupid show. NOEL: Tim says "stupid" and I say "silly." Scorpion 's basically what you would get if you mixed Leverage with The Big Bang Theory , except that everyone works for the government. It's by no means a bad premise—though I wonder how the world's best psychologist is going to be of assistance every single week—and the pilot zips along at a nice pace. It's probably never going to be Person of Interest , but if Sleepy Hollow 's crazy fantasy doesn't work for you and you're not willing to give Jane the Virgin a chance, you could do worse than this. Forever Premieres Tuesday, September 23 at 10pm on ABC** ** After debuting in a special time period on Monday, September 22 at 10pm, Forever moves to its regular time period on Tuesday, September 23 at 10pm. KAITLIN: There's nothing special or remarkable about this show, and yet it works and is wholly likable. The characters all work well together, and the show promises an interesting take on mortality and immortality. Plus, accents! JEN: Pro: Ioan Gruffudd as immortal 200-year-old medical examiner Henry Morgan. Con: Both the pilot and the overall premise involve a certain degree of "duh"-ness and predictability. Pro: Judd Hirsch, looking spry. Maybe pro, maybe con, I'm not sure yet: A few "larger serialized story" hints in the first episode that call to mind the 2000 M. Night Shamawhatever film Unbreakable . Pro: Lots of potential for creative deaths due to the lead character's inability to bite it, plus the ridiculous fact that every time he comes back to life, he's naked and in water. Con: Forever 's writers are clearly going for a Sherlock Holmes feel with Morgan's powers of deduction, which are stupidly emphasized in the pilot and sure to disgust fans of Sherlock and/or Elementary . Pro if you like your crime procedurals with a side of romance, con if you don't: The seeds of inevitable will-they-or-won't-they sexual tension between the two leads, à la early Bones or Castle . Verdict: Forever 's not a must-see, but it's got potential. How to Get Away With Murder Premieres Thursday, September 25 at 10pm on ABC TIM: Yo, you like your shows CRAZY with a capital CRAZY? How to Get Away With Murder should be renamed How to Get Away With Making an Insane TV Show , because this one will blow your hair back with its twists, turns, and flat-out bonkers pacing. The pilot for How to Get Away With Murder makes Scandal seem like Ambien; that's not necessarily a good thing. I'll watch it when I'm drunk, maybe. KAITLIN: Shonda Rhimes' shows aren't bad except for when they're totally blind to how ridiculous they are, and even though Rhimes is just an EP here ( the series creator credit goes to ShondaLand writer Peter Nowalk), How to Get Away With Murder is already guilty of being too convoluted. The pilot is full of characters you can't connect with, including Viola Davis's lawyer/professor protagonist, Annalise Keating, who's so harsh that it's difficult to feel any sympathy for her. Some viewers will love the "shocking" twists and the over-the-top drama, but I don't. In fact, I'm pretty sure I already hate this show. JEN: Everything you already know about Shonda Rhimes and ABC primetime soaps applies. The pilot is indeed nutso and full of "Um, what ?" moments, but there's enough fun potential that I'll be back for at least a few more episodes. NOEL: The pilot is overstuffed, introducing too many characters as well as the big central plot/mystery, but I really didn't care. How to Get Away With Murder is Shonda-tastic. It zigs and zags in all the right ways, and at only 15 or 16 episodes, it (hopefully) won't burn itself out over the course of a full-length season. Also: Viola Davis is great (don't listen to Kaitlin). Stalker Premieres Wednesday, October 1 at 10pm on CBS TIM: This is the worst piece of shit you'll see on television all year unless you enjoy seeing women set on fire, in which case you have severe mental problems and will probably one day be a character on a future Kevin Williamson series. JEN: Bring on the backlash, because Kevin Williamson is straight trolling people now. Stalker is essentially a 44-minute trigger warning; the most entertaining aspect of its pilot is the inevitable internet uproar it's going to incite. If you're into that sort of thing, consider watching the first episode just so you can follow along with the fray. Otherwise, run for the hills. CORY: Good for Maggie Q for moving up the CBS corporate ladder, but she can't save Stalker from being pure exploitative trash of the highest order. The series isn't quite peak Dylan McDermott (his character doesn't simultaneously cry and masturbate, after all), but it's another entry on a long list of supposedly sympathetic pieces of garbage he's smarmed his way through. All you need to know about Stalker is that it's the kind of show that ends its pilot with a melancholy cover of Radiohead's "Creep," with absolutely no irony in mind. Please, do not watch. NOEL: NOPE NOPITY NOPE NOPE. Stalker is a waste of Maggie Q, and while the pilot wants to balance its obvious "women in danger" plot with a "man in danger" plot, it then goes on to neglect the latter so that it can continue to exploit the former in boring, tired, and meaningless ways. There's nothing remotely interesting or redeemable about this show. KAITLIN: Pretty sure Kevin Williamson might just have a thing for murderers in masks. LOOK AT THE GROWING PILE OF EVIDENCE, PEOPLE. Next: Page 3, featuring Gracepoint , The Flash , Constantine , and more (Continued from Page 2) Gracepoint Premieres Thursday, October 2 at 9pm on Fox KAITLIN: Having watched and enjoyed the original Broadchurch , which also starred David Tennant, I was hesitant to try Gracepoint , especially after learning that the first few episodes were shot-by-shot remakes. Stop trying to fix what isn't broken, you know? But Gracepoint 's first episode is well-done, it features plenty of staggeringly beautiful shots, and Anna Gunn and Tennant (who masks his natural Scottish accent fairly well here) pair nicely together as the lead detectives on the central murder case. I'll probably still tell people to just watch Broadchurch , but if you're thinking about watching Gracepoint , there's no reason you shouldn't. JEN: I did not watch Broadchurch , so the fact that the first two episodes of Gracepoint are apparently near shot-for-shot remakes of the first two episodes of Broadchurch doesn't bother me. Anna Gunn and David Tennant are great, and they play nicely off each other as the tough-guy detective who's new in town and the respected, well-liked detective who just lost a promotion to the tough-guy detective who's new in town (and has just become her new boss). The series' early set-up is predictable—a young boy was shockingly murdered in a sleepy seaside community, and now everyone who lives there is a suspect!—but if you're in the market for of a well-acted, open-and-shut, 10-episode murder mystery, Gracepoint should do just fine. CORY: As a big fan of ITV's Broadchurch , it's kind of difficult to evaluate Gracepoint , at least early on. The shot-for-shot remake chatter is no lie; the pilot is the same deal from beginning to end, extended tracking shot through the town's main street included. But the good news is that the first episode of Broadchurch was pretty good, so Gracepoint 's is as well. David Tennant manages his accent fine, and while it's going to be hard to imagine anyone else but Olivia Colman as the second lead, Anna Gunn is as close as we yankees are going to get. Like Tennant, director James Strong is mimicking himself here, but the pilot still looks goregous and lush. Whether the ending changes or not, Gracepoint is worth sticking with for 10 weeks. The Flash Premieres Tuesday, October 7 at 8pm on The CW TIM: Guess what!? You'll know exactly what's going to happen in this pilot because it's a superhero origin story. But you won't care because it carries a lighter tone than its more serious tights-wearing brethren and features some dazzling special effects. It's not amazing, but in comparison to the rest of the new fall shows, it's one of the better options out there. KAITLIN: The Flash is lighter than Arrow , but its first episode also feels extremely pilot-y. Right now it's more Smallville than Arrow , and yes, that's a burn. It'll be interesting to see what the show can do with its special effects without the money it clearly had for the pilot. Regardless, I do think it's going to be a big hit, because it's got superheroes, attractive people, and Arrow crossovers. NOEL: The Flash 's pilot is fine, just fine. I have concerns about the show delivering the special effects every week, especially given the source material's flashy rogues gallery (everyone's got powers, yo), but I enjoy the lighter tone, and the cast is top-notch. Comic book fans will enjoy early Easter Eggs and the potential for future storylines while non-comic book readers will find plenty of intrigue in those same plots. ANDY: The Flash has long been one of my favorite superheroes, and this pilot captured many of the reasons why. Like the best moments of its parent series Arrow (and unlike DC's recent cinematic output), The Flash 's first episode embraces the fun, imagination, and adventure of cape comics, and the show clearly isn't afraid of taking those possibilities a little over the top. But there's still a lightness and a warmth throughout the proceedings that befits the Fastest Man Alive. I have high hopes for this one. Jane the Virgin Premieres Monday, October 13 at 9pm on The CW TIM: Maybe it's because so many of the new fall shows are such a mess, but Jane the Virgin comes off as the most competent of them all. The premise is simple and absurd: Jane the Virgin gets artificially inseminated by accident, because her gynecologist is having a bad day. But the execution is complex and grounded: Each character—and there are many—has a tangible arc, and the show's message is honorable and at times profound. With a fast pace that adds layers to the soapy fun, it's hard not to fall for Jane . Who knew? KAITLIN: I already love this show. Despite its silly title and a premise that sounds more than a little insane (if not a lawsuit waiting to happen), Jane the Virgin is surprisingly endearing. Breezing in like a blast of air conditioning in Miami, the series is fully formed at the outset with instantly likable characters and a lot of heart; it actually feels reminiscent of that old "feel good" WB style. Plus, the cast is nearly flawless, with sure-to-be-a-breakout Gina Rodriguez leading the way as Jane (she's gonna be huge, y'all). If there's one element of the show that trips me up, it's the boyfriend character, but the show still has time to work on him. Give it a chance. CORY: BEST. PILOT. Gina Rodriguez is a revelation, and both the storytelling and the tone are confident and unabashed. So much of this could have been a disaster, particularly on The CW, but it works. It's tricky to evoke the generic conventions of a telenovela while also commenting on them, and Jane the Virgin 's pilot surprisingly stays upright in that regard. And while it couldn't be called a "religious" show, the first episode treats faith and its role in the family with real care. Best pilot! Constantine Premieres Friday October 24 at 10pm on NBC TIM: I haven't read the Hellblazer comics that Constantine is based on, but Constantine himself seems like a cool guy and Matt Ryan didn't bother me in the lead role. I liked this pilot a lot more than I expected to, but I also went in with gutter expectations thanks to comic-adaptation fatigue. With its focus on demonology, it's more Supernatural than Superman, right down to the surprising humor which should make it a great partner for Grimm in NBC's Friday-night lineup. KAITLIN: I also haven't read the Hellblazer comics; my only point of reference for Constantine is the 2005 Keanu Reeves movie with TILDA SWINTON. I kind of wish Swinton was in this, actually, because she makes everything better—even stuff that's already pretty cool—and Constantine is definitely already pretty cool. It's got a supernatural element that takes it beyond the basic comic stories we've seen everywhere else; NBC is actually pretty brilliant for capitalizing on the comic book/supernatural craze in one project. NOEL: I'm also not particularly familiar with the titular John Constantine (only the New 52 version), so I don't have a real sense of the character's adaptation between mediums. I wasn't particularly grabbed by the pilot, but if you want to know my favorite part, it was seeing the skyline of Atlanta (my current city of residence) get torn up in the climax of the episode. "I work in one of those buildings!" I said, more excited than I was at any other point in the episode. State of Affairs Premieres Monday, November 17 at 10pm on NBC TIM: This mess doesn't know what it wants to be. It has the worst tonal whiplash of any of the new series—bouncy and light in one moment, stone serious the next. For example, Katherine Heigl literally makes a vagina joke with a cackle to a coworker, and then one second later, she's dead-eyed and talking about killing the most dangerous terrorist on the planet. Avoid! Avoid! Avoid! KAITLIN: There's a line in the pilot: "Isn't it great when you can hate someone for no real reason right off the bat?" And I admit that I totally hated this show before I even sat down to watch it. Now that I've seen it, I'm confident that my snap judgment was correct. It's all over the place, and Heigl is clearing grasping at straws trying to shake her rom-com image in a role that's just not suited to her talents. CORY: The crop of new fall shows is so uninspiring that the trio of Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard, and Joe Carnahan goes a long way toward earning my shrugging approval, but State of Affairs is fatally flawed. Part Homeland , part Scandal , part deleted scenes from Heigl's flatlining rom-com career, the pilot's interest in its lead character's sexcapades undermines her professional legitimacy. I think Heigl's gotten a bad rap in recent years and she really is a perfect television star, but this isn't her lane. She doesn't do "tough exterior, but secretly a mess" well, like Kerry Washington or Claire Danes. Instead, Heigl's much better as a ball of emotion and a full-on trainwreck. I'll watch for a while, but I don't imagine State of Affairs will ever overcome this singular problem, and that's too bad. Editors' Note: We did not include the upcoming NCIS spin-off NCIS: New Orleans in this preview because CBS hadn't released an official pilot as of our publication deadline—we've seen the same episodes as everyone else who watched NCIS 's "Crescent City" Part 1 and Part 2 , which aired at the end of March and the beginning of April, respectively. Those "planted" installments introduced NCIS: New Orleans ' main cast; the series premiere on September 23 will be a brand-new episode. TV.com's 2014 Fall Preview: New Shows, Network Schedules, Trailers, and More

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Dude! Wanna go bowling? Dating sites for stoners catch fire

Dude! Wanna go bowling? Dating sites for stoners catch fire

By Mary Papenfuss SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dinner and a movie make for a typical date night but dinner followed by a joint could raise some eyebrows or be a turn-off despite increasing acceptance of marijuana use across the United States. So now, tuned-in stoners and users of medical pot are turning on to dating websites that cater exclusively to tokers or, at the very least, the “cannabis friendly” to avoid experiencing what they describe as all-too-frequent shock and rejection on the dating circuit. ...

'It's not nice being the father of a mass murderer'

'It's not nice being the father of a mass murderer'

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - The father of Anders Behring Breivik, who massacred 77 people in central Oslo and at an island summer camp in 2011, said on Thursday his son's fascist, anti-immigrant views seemed to be getting ever more extreme in jail. "It's not nice being the father of a mass murderer," former diplomat Jens Breivik, 78, told a news conference to launch an autobiography entitled "My Fault?". He said the discovery that his son was the killer exceeded a parent's worst nightmares. ...

Wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada menaces 2,000 homes

Wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada menaces 2,000 homes

By Alex Dobuzinskis and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. The so-called King Fire, the most menacing of 11 major wildfires raging across the drought-parched state, has scorched nearly 28,000 acres (11,331 hectares) of state land and the El Dorado National Forest since it erupted Saturday, fire officials said. ...

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors: Senate panel

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors: Senate panel

By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year. ...

Pakistani woman embraced by Islamic State seeks to drop US legal appeal

Pakistani woman embraced by Islamic State seeks to drop US legal appeal

By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistan-born neuroscientist has become a rallying cry for militant groups demanding her release from a U.S. prison. But in a little-noticed move she is trying to abandon her legal fight for freedom, saying the U.S. court system is unjust. Islamic militants in Syria, Algeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan have made Aafia Siddiqui's release a condition for freeing certain foreign hostages. Islamic State, for example, proposed swapping American journalist James Foley for her, but he was executed after their demands, which also included an end to U.S. ...

Economy improves: Unemployment claims drop, housing market gains

Economy improves: Unemployment claims drop, housing market gains

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting that a sharp slowdown in job growth last month was probably an aberration. While other data on Thursday showed some weakness in home building and factory activity, the underlying trend remained supportive of solid economic growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 36,000 to a seasonally adjusted 280,000 for the week ended Sept. 13, the lowest level since July, the Labor Department said. ...

Australia detains 15, charges one in major anti-terrorism raid

Australia detains 15, charges one in major anti-terrorism raid

Australian police detained 15 people and charged one on Thursday, September 18, in what they described as the biggest anti-terrorism operation in the country’s history. More than 800 officers, from the New South Wales and Australian Federal Police forces, took part in the operation in Sydney and Brisbane. According to a statement issued by the Australian Federal Police, “The operation follows the Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigation of a group of people located in Sydney alleged to have the intent to carry out random attacks on individuals here in Australia. Police believe this group was actively preparing for the attacks however there is no information regarding a specific attack, including dates, time or location. The warrants were undertaken today to prevent the group’s planning activities at the earliest opportunity, and collect further evidence.” Credit: Courtesy of the Australian Federal Police

S.C. dad feared 5 slain kids would kill him: warrant

S.C. dad feared 5 slain kids would kill him: warrant

A South Carolina father who authorities said killed his five children believed the kids "were going to kill him, chop him up and feed him to the dogs," according to an unredacted arrest warrant released Wednesday.

Obama, Ukraine president to meet at White House

Obama, Ukraine president to meet at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a symbolic show of support for Ukraine's fledgling government, President Barack Obama is meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office on Thursday after the leader of the former Soviet republic speaks to a rare joint session of Congress.

Scots decide whether to declare independence

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Scots held the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands Thursday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage with England that built an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided.

Netanyahu rival shocks Israel with sudden plan to quit cabinet

Netanyahu rival shocks Israel with sudden plan to quit cabinet

Israel's interior minister, seen as a rival and potential successor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announced on Wednesday he was quitting the government, in a move that stunned the political right. Gideon Sa'ar, 47, widely viewed as a favorite to one day challenge Netanyahu for the leadership of the ruling Likud, told party faithful that he would step down from both the cabinet and parliament after the Jewish New Year later this month.

Panthers remove Hardy from active roster

Panthers remove Hardy from active roster

The Panthers announced they've placed Greg Hardy on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, meaning the Pro Bowl defensive end has been removed from the team's active roster until his domestic violence case is resolved.

Northern Calif. wildfire rips through 150 homes

Northern Calif. wildfire rips through 150 homes

Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. The day-old blaze, one of about a dozen major fires raging across the drought-parched state, prompted authorities to order the evacuation of about 1,000 households in and around the Northern California town of Weed, which has a population of about 3,000. ...

15 killed in college shooting in Nigeria's Kano

15 killed in college shooting in Nigeria's Kano

Gunmen stormed a higher education college in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, firing on fleeing students and setting off an explosion in an attack that killed at least 15 people and wounded 35, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in the region's main city of Kano, but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has repeatedly targeted civilians in the north, is likely to be a prime suspect. A police spokesman added that officers arrived on the scene and killed two of the attackers. ...

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San Francisco drag queens meet with Facebook over name policy

San Francisco drag queens meet with Facebook over name policy

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco drag queens and a city lawmaker met with Facebook on Wednesday demanding the site change its policy banning users from using aliases online, but said they were rebuffed. Facebook, the world's largest social media network, has cracked down on users with fake names by locking scores of accounts in recent weeks, including hundreds owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the company said in a statement. ...

Drag queens dress down Facebook over names

Drag queens dress down Facebook over names

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules.

Twitterrific 5 for Twitter review

Now with live streaming of tweets, Twitterrific is the award-winning, elegant Twitter client thats easy to understand and a delight to use The

Scotland's 'Yes' campaign winning Facebook battle

Scotland's 'Yes' campaign winning Facebook battle

London (AFP) - Scotland's "Yes" campaign appears to have the edge online, figures released by Facebook on Tuesday showed, even though it is still trailing slightly in the polls despite a late surge.

Oligarch buys Russia's most popular social media

Oligarch buys Russia's most popular social media

MOSCOW (AP) — A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, bringing an end to a months-long dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court.

Facebook Wants To Know If I Trust It

Facebook Wants To Know If I Trust It

Last week, my email address and a very old email password appeared on a list of about five million compromised accounts that was leaked onto a Russian Bitcoin forum. I hadn't used that password in ages, and thought I was safe. As it turns outs, I was wrong.

Fraud trial of NY man who claimed Facebook stake delayed to May

Fraud trial of NY man who claimed Facebook stake delayed to May

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The trial of an upstate New York man accused of attempting to defraud Facebook Inc and billionaire founder Mark Zuckerberg of half of the company was delayed by six months on Monday after the defendant hired a new lawyer. Paul Ceglia, 41, had been scheduled to go to trial in Manhattan federal court on Nov. 17 after prosecutors accused him of forging a 2003 contract with Zuckerberg, who is expected to testify as the government's star witness. U.S. ...

Alibaba worried about Facebook IPO as considered Nasdaq versus NYSE

Alibaba worried about Facebook IPO as considered Nasdaq versus NYSE

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd could have sold nearly $2 billion worth of stock without lifting a finger. All it had to do was list its shares on Nasdaq. The other said Nasdaq executives believed that Alibaba decided that the possibility of a botched IPO, however small, outweighed the possible benefits of being in the index.

NYPD Gets Training on How to Gain Followers and Influence on Twitter

NYPD Gets Training on How to Gain Followers and Influence on Twitter

For a department that's still trying to figure out how to recover from the #MyNYPD debacle, the New York Police Department should be commended on their perseverance to learn the Twitterverse — and now they're doing it in the classroom with course materials and everything. The New York Post got its hands on the NYPD's new social media handbook which, among other things, coaches officers to use humor to gain followers and interest.   Top brass is expected to tweet at least four time a day — and not everybody is happy about the additional requirements. “It’s a lot more work … Now I have to worry about social media on top of everything else I have to do,” one police source told the Post. If they can get it right, police departments report that social media definitely helps them in their work and in building good relations with their community.

Islamic State's Twitter silence raises questions

Islamic State's Twitter silence raises questions

By Alexei Oreskovic and Lesley Wroughton SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State's Twitter users, which have trumpeted the group's violent acts and world view on the social media service, have gone abruptly quiet in past days. The sudden silence also came days after reports about Islamic State-linked accounts threatening action against Twitter employees, though there was no evidence to link the two episodes.

Grownup Congressman Mark Sanford Announces Breakup on Facebook

Grownup Congressman Mark Sanford Announces Breakup on Facebook

Mark Sanford is over-sharing again. The former South Carolina governor who nearly had to resign after disappearing for a romantic getaway with his Argentinian girlfriend has deigned to update the public on his latest personal foibles with a 2,346-word Facebook post. Sanford (R), who won election to the House again in 2013 after defeating Stephen Colbert's sister, buries the lede a bit, but the gist is that his ex-wife, Jenny, is taking him to court again, and he also has decided to break off his engagement to the Argentinian woman, Maria Belén Chapur.

What Twitter could do with $2B in cash

Twitter sold $900 million in convertible bonds Thursday even though the company has yet to turn a profit. StockTwits co-founder Howard Lindzon weighs in on what Twitter might do with the money and whether or not this is one more sign of a tech bubble.

Twitter to raise $1.3 billion through debt offerings

Twitter to raise $1.3 billion through debt offerings

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said it plans to raise $1.3 billion by issuing convertible senior notes, its first debt offering since its market debut in November. Twitter shares fell about 1.5 percent in extended trading on Wednesday. Twitter will also grant initial purchasers an option to buy up to $100 million in each of the offerings.

Felon seen on Twitter holding guns gets 18 months

Felon seen on Twitter holding guns gets 18 months

BOSTON (AP) — In a photo he posted on Twitter, Kwmaine Davis had a big smile on his face as he held one gun in each hand at a shooting range. His message to his followers: "Yes, I'm really bout that action."

Facebook Dabbles in Self-Destructing Posts

Facebook Dabbles in Self-Destructing Posts

Facebook may be applying the theory behind Snapchat clone Slingshot onto, well, Facebook itself. The option popped up in some users' Facebook iOS apps this week, and The Next Web first reported the anomaly. In a statement to the site, a Facebook spokesperson said: We're running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance.

10 Reasons Job Seekers Should Embrace Social Media

Consider this: A June CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals revealed that 43 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates. While the report discusses the negative repercussions of social media, it also illustrates how a positive online impression can sway employers. The report states: "One third (33 percent) of employers who research candidates on social networking sites say they've found content that made them more likely to hire a candidate. If you've been avoiding social networks, perhaps this is enough to convince you to build a positive, professional online presence to help you stand apart from the average candidate.

Facebook group on trial in France for speed trap tip-offs

Facebook group on trial in France for speed trap tip-offs

Members of a Facebook group that tipped off motorists about speed traps in southern France slammed the "hypocritical" nature of the case against them as their trial opened on Tuesday. The case, the first of its kind in France, targets 15 suspects, including the group's co-founder. "Here are the Internet terrorists," their lawyer Remy Josseaume told the court sarcastically in the southern city of Rodez. The Facebook group "Which Tells You Where The Police Are In (the southern French town of) Aveyron" was created in 2012 and has more than 10,000 members.

'Harvest supermoon': From Sydney to Chicago, people tweet their photos

A rare lunar magic trick stole the night sky Monday, as the so-called harvest supermoon wowed Earthbound stargazers from Sydney, Australia, to Chicago. A supermoon is an illusion of perspective presented by overlaps in the lunar orbit and the phases of the moon. A few times every year, the full moon occurs at the same time as the perigee, the point in the moon's orbit that comes nearest to Earth. Spectacular photos of a supermoon in 2013 caught the attention of the media, which have since spread the word about subsequent supermoons.

ISIS Is Now Threatening to Assassinate Twitter Employees

ISIS Is Now Threatening to Assassinate Twitter Employees

ISIS has already broadly threatened the United States for its airstrikes against the group, infamously killing two American journalists, and threatening to behead a British citizen for the United Kingdom's participation in the efforts to stem ISIS's growth. Here is a translation of a tweet from a since-banned Twitter account, which employed a specific hashtag in its repeated calls for violence. “#The_Concept_of_Lone_Wolf_Attacks The time has arrived to respond to Twitter’s management by directly attacking their employees and physically assassinating them!! Those who will carry this out are the sleepers cells of death.” Writing in Politico, Jacob Silverman outlined how the group uses Twitter and other social media sites to recruit new members, boast of its activities, and make ISIS-related hashtags trend.

Amazon’s Fire Phone is officially as big of a flop as the Facebook phone

Amazon’s Fire Phone is officially as big of a flop as the Facebook phone

We already knew that Amazon’s Fire Phone was doing very poorly but now it’s reached a grim milestone that’s reminiscent of the HTC First, a.k.a., the Facebook phone. Per Business Insider, Amazon has now slashed the price of the Fire Phone down to just $0.99 with a two-year contract with AT&T. This price cut comes less than three months after its official release, when it came out priced at $199.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T. For perspective, the HTC First got slashed from $99.99 on contract to $0.99 on contract just a month after its unveiling, so at least the Fire Phone hasn’t bombed quite that quickly. RELATED: A flop for the ages: Fire Phone estimated to have sold

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Factbox: Key trade, business announcements during China Xi's India visit

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Thursday to invest $20 billion in India and give its companies greater access to key Chinese markets following talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The world's two most populous nations used the summit to sign agreements to boost their commercial and trade ties, even as a dispute over their shared border overshadowed Xi's three-day visit to India that ends on Friday. ...

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors: Senate panel

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors: Senate panel

By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year. ...

Bug delays Apple's HealthKit availability on iOS 8

Bug delays Apple's HealthKit availability on iOS 8

By Christina Farr and Abhirup Roy (Reuters) - Apple Inc said a bug in its HealthKit health and fitness application platform prevented its release along with the launch of its iOS 8 operating system for iPhones and iPads. HealthKit gathers data such as blood pressure and weight from various health apps on Apple devices, and can be viewed by doctors at one place. Regulated medical devices, such as glucose monitors with accompanying iPhone apps, can send information to HealthKit. ...

5 things small businesses need to know this fall

5 things small businesses need to know this fall

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet Security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the ...

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate panel finds

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate panel finds

By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year. ...

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate probe finds

By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other firms involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, details of which were made public on Wednesday, found that the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year. ...

Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security

Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security

WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.

Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

DENVER (AP) — The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family.

Exclusive: Two Apple medical trials shed light on how HealthKit will work

Exclusive: Two Apple medical trials shed light on how HealthKit will work

HealthKit, which is still under development, is the center of a new healthcare system by Apple. Regulated medical devices, such as glucose monitors with accompanying iPhone apps, can send information to HealthKit. With a patient's consent, Apple's service gathers data from various health apps so that it can be viewed by doctors in one place. Stanford University Hospital doctors said they are working with Apple to let physicians track blood sugar levels for children with diabetes.

JPMorgan hackers accessed servers but stole no money: report

JPMorgan hackers accessed servers but stole no money: report

BOSTON (Reuters) - Hackers accessed dozens of servers at JPMorgan Chase & Co in a cyberattack launched in June, though no money was taken, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the investigation into the case. “We are confident we have closed any known access points and prevented any future access in the same way," the paper quoted JPMorgan spokeswoman Kristin Lemkau as saying. ...

Canada ratifies China deal, may help smooth relations

By Randall Palmer OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada has finally ratified a foreign investment protection agreement with China after a two-year delay in a step that may help ease tensions between the two countries and smooth the way for a possible visit to China by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. International Trade Minister Ed Fast announced the ratification on Friday and said the agreement, designed to give investors greater legal certainty, would come into effect on Oct. 1. Relations between Ottawa and Beijing have been strained by China's detention last month of Canadians Kevin and Julia Garratt on suspicion they stole state secrets and for threatening national security. The Canadians were detained less than a week after Canada accused Chinese hackers of breaking into a government computer network, a charge Beijing denied.

Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal prosecutors.

Iran's president has not delivered on pledges of more freedom: U.N.

Iran's president has not delivered on pledges of more freedom: U.N.

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's promises of greater freedoms for the Islamic Republic have not resulted in any major improvements regarding human rights and freedom of expression, the U.N. chief said in a new report on Iran. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's annual report to the General Assembly on human rights in Iran, obtained by Reuters on Friday, also expressed alarm at the reported recent increase in executions in Iran. "President Rouhani has pledged to decrease restrictions on freedom of expression and to ensure security for the press," the report said. Rouhani, who took office in August 2013, promised in April that religious and ethnic minorities "must feel justice." Also in April, the head of Iran's High Council for Human Rights said members of the Baha'i community, which has been persecuted, were entitled to the same rights as all Iranian citizens.

Huawei Technologies uncovers corruption in internal probe

Huawei Technologies uncovers corruption in internal probe

By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], China's largest telecom equipment maker, found four employees in violation of the company's policies on corruption as part of an internal inspection, a source familiar with the matter said. In response to the findings, Huawei has held discussions with employees on what constitutes graft and affirmed the company's zero-tolerance on bribery, the source said, declining to be identified because he was not authorized to speak about the matter to the media.

Ex-tech officer at indicted money exchange pleads guilty to U.S. charge

By Bernard Vaughan and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former technology officer at indicted former digital currency exchange Liberty Reserve pleaded guilty on Thursday in New York to a federal charge of conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business. Mark Marmilev, 35, became the third employee of Liberty to strike a deal with prosecutors. At a hearing in Manhattan federal court, Marmilev, who was responsible for designing and maintaining Liberty's technological infrastructure, said he was trying to protect the company from "hackers and identity thieves." Marmilev said he suspected a substantial amount of the funds Liberty Reserve processed were obtained fraudulently but that he "consciously avoided" confirming it. Liberty Reserve was indicted in May 2013.

Hackers can steal an astonishing amount of personal information in iCloud ‘Nudegate’ type hacks

Hackers can steal an astonishing amount of personal information in iCloud ‘Nudegate’ type hacks

During Tuesday’s big keynote address, Apple never once mentioned the iCloud-related scandal that occurred in the week before its iPhone 6 announcement. But although Tim Cook vowed to improve iCloud security in an interview soon after those celebrities’ nudes popped online, it looks like there’s still reason to worry. Ars Technica has published an extremely detailed look at how hackers can, or were able to, attack an iOS device without the user suspecting anything and retrieve a horde of personal data from iCloud backups. With the help of simple software tools that are believed to have been used in “nudegate” attacks, Ars managed to hack into iPhones and retrieve personal data from iCloud accounts of family members. The tools work best on older devices running

Cyber breaches rare among U.S. state-registered investment advisers -study

Cyber breaches rare among U.S. state-registered investment advisers -study

Cyber security breaches are rare among investment advisory firms registered with U.S. Just 4 percent of advisers reported having a "cyber security incident" during the years in which they have been registered in their respective states, according to a study by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). Theft and unauthorized use of confidential data were problems for 1 percent of advisers, NASAA said. Also, fewer than half of the firms surveyed, or 44 percent, had policies, procedures and training in place related to cyber security.

5 million stolen Gmail user names and passwords have leaked online

5 million stolen Gmail user names and passwords have leaked online

No, iCloud isn’t the only popular online service that runs into security problems every now and then. FreedomHacker brings us word that roughly 5 million different Gmail user names and passwords have been posted online on a Russian Bitcoin forum and it looks like phishing scammers are already using the leak to lure in unsuspecting users to enter in their user names and passwords into websites that purport to help them figure out if their passwords have been compromised or not. FROM EARLIER: Apple provides key new details on the massive iCloud hack of nude celebrity pics The origin of the email addresses and passwords still isn’t known although FreedomHacker writes that “many are speculating the email addresses were leaked

Home Depot stock dips on data breach fallout

Shares of Home Depot are under pressure Wednesday as the home improvement retailer contends with the fallout of a data breach at its more than 2,000 U.S. and Canadian stores. Attorney generals for Connecticut, ...

No sapphire on your new iPhone? China's Huawei has you covered

No sapphire on your new iPhone? China's Huawei has you covered

By Se Young Lee and Michael Gold SEOUL/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Apple Inc may have disappointed many consumers by not putting sapphire glass covers on its new iPhone, but the scratch-resistant material is gradually making its way into mobile devices despite manufacturing challenges and high costs. Speculation had been rife in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's unveiling of the iPhone 6 that some models would have the extra protection after Apple partnered in November with U.S.-based GT Advanced Technologies Inc , a mineral crystal specialist, to make sapphire materials for its devices. Apple said sapphire glass would be used on its first smartwatch. It also continues to use the durable material to cover the iPhone's camera lens and home button, but gave no hints as to if, or when, the glass would be used on iPhone screens.

Asian stock markets sink after Wall Street decline

Asian stock markets sink after Wall Street decline

Asian stock markets sank Wednesday following Wall Street's decline and weak Japanese machinery orders while investors mulled the timing of a possible U.S. interest rate hike. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei ...

U.S. states probe Home Depot breach, senators seek FTC investigation

U.S. states probe Home Depot breach, senators seek FTC investigation

By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two senators asked the federal government to investigate a data breach on the payment-card processing systems of Home Depot Inc and five U.S. The retailer has yet to say what was stolen, though experts fear the attackers may have gotten away with more than 40 million payment cards, which would exceed the number taken in last year’s unprecedented attack on Target Corp . Home Depot said customers who shopped at its stores as far back as April were exposed, meaning the breach extended for more than four months including the busy summer season. An Illinois customer sued Home Depot saying the company failed to properly safeguard customer data from hackers, a lawsuit filed in a Chicago federal court showed on Tuesday.

Home Depot sued by customer over data breach

(Reuters) - Home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc has been sued over data breach by a customer, saying the company failed to properly safeguard customer data from hackers, a lawsuit filed in a Chicago federal court showed on Tuesday. The lawsuit comes a day after Home Depot confirmed that its payment security systems have been breached, potentially impacting its customers in stores across the United States and Canada. Illinois resident Kelsey O'Brien filed the lawsuit, seeking class-action status, compensatory and punitive damages and credit card monitoring services for a period of three years. O'Brien said he used his credit card at two Home Depot stores on May 19 and June 2 and had his personal financial information exposed.

Home Depot’s massive credit card data breach may be even bigger than attack on Target

Home Depot’s massive credit card data breach may be even bigger than attack on Target

Home Depot already confirmed a few days ago it has been the victim of an elaborate cyber attack, without providing specific details about the number of users that may have been affected in this new credit and debit card data heist. The company on Monday again confirmed that hackers managed to get in its in-store payment systems, The New York Times reports, and the new attack may be even bigger than the similar breach that occurred in late 2013 at Target. FROM EARLIER: Your credit card might already be for sale on the black market According to a person close to the investigation, more than 60 million credit card numbers may have been stolen from Home Depot’s payment system. Comparatively,

Home Depot confirms security breach following Target data theft

Home Depot confirms security breach following Target data theft

By Nandita Bose CHICAGO (Reuters) - Home Depot Inc confirmed on Monday its payment security systems have been breached, a data theft analysts warn could rival Target Corp's massive breach last year. Home Depot said the data theft could impact its customers in stores across the United States and Canada, but there was no evidence that online customers were affected or debit personal identification numbers (PINs) were compromised. "It is important to emphasize that no customers will be responsible for fraudulent charges to their accounts." The breach was first reported by security website KrebsOnSecurity almost a week ago. It said the problem could extend back to April and affect all of Home Depot's 2,200 stores in the United States.

Iran arrests suspected nuclear plant saboteur

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have arrested a Ukrainian national suspected of sabotage at the country's sole nuclear power plant, an Iranian newspaper reported on Sunday.

Apple to tighten online security after recent hack

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple plans to tighten its online security measures to reduce the chances of its users being victimized by intrusions like the ones that stole nude photos from actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities.

Tim Cook vows to improve iCloud security, prevent future ‘nudegates’

Tim Cook vows to improve iCloud security, prevent future ‘nudegates’

One of the downsides of so many celebrities using your devices is that you’ll share the blame when anything privacy-related affects them. Apple’s iCloud services have been blamed for the hack that resulted in multiple celebrities having their nude pictures leaked all over the Internet, although Apple later revealed that it wasn’t a widespread iCloud hack that’s actually to blame for the huge personal data leak, but rather other factors that are independent from Apple’s iCloud security measures. FROM EARLIER: Law enforcement iCloud hacking tool used in Jennifer Lawrence nude photos theft However, this particular picture leak has hit Apple a few days before its most important announcement of the year, prompting Tim Cook to step in and promise in

Apple to add security alerts for iCloud users, says Cook: WSJ

Apple to add security alerts for iCloud users, says Cook: WSJ

(Reuters) - Apple Inc is planning additional steps to keep hackers out of user accounts in the face of the recent celebrity photo scandal and will aggressively encourage users to take stricter security measures, CEO Tim cook told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. Apple will alert users through email and push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time, the report said. Cook said Apple will broaden its use of the two-factor authentication security system to avoid future intrusions, the Journal reported.

Huawei unveils phone with sapphire glass, finger-sensor, just days before Apple's iPhone 6 release

Huawei unveils phone with sapphire glass, finger-sensor, just days before Apple's iPhone 6 release

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] unveiled on Friday a slate of new devices meant to showcase the Chinese company's hardware technology, just days before Apple Inc releases its highly-anticipated iPhone 6 on Sept 9. Huawei, which began as a telecom equipment company in 1987, has rapidly transformed itself in recent years into the world's No. 3 smartphone maker behind Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple. Today it markets its devices as comparable to Samsung and Apple products, which are often viewed by consumers as the technological cutting edge. Huawei said Friday it would release a limited edition of its high-end Ascend P7 phone with a sapphire glass display - the costly but durable material that's been the subject of industry chatter following reports this year that Apple would begin mass producing devices with sapphire.

Hackers break into server for Obamacare website: U.S. officials

Hackers break into server for Obamacare website: U.S. officials

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - An unknown hacker or hackers broke into a computer server supporting the HealthCare.gov website through which consumers enroll in Obamacare health insurance, a government cybersecurity team discovered last week, apparently uploading malicious files. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the lead Obamacare agency, briefed key congressional staff on Thursday about the intrusions, the first of which occurred on July 8, CMS spokesman Aaron Albright said. The malware uploaded to the server was designed to launch a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack against other websites, not to steal personal information, Albright said. In a DDoS, Internet-connected computers are so overwhelmed by malware attempting to communicate with their website that, unable to handle legitimate requests, they crash.

Barclays taps vein biometrics in bank fraud fight

Barclays taps vein biometrics in bank fraud fight

By Steve Slater and Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - Barclays is launching a finger scanner for corporate clients and will roll out voice recognition for millions of retail clients next year as it steps up use of biometric recognition technology to combat banking fraud. The British bank said it has teamed up with Japanese technology firm Hitachi to develop a biometric reader that scans a finger and identifies unique vein patterns to access accounts, instead of using a password or PIN. Vein recognition technology is used by some banks in Japan and elsewhere at ATM machines, but Barclays said it is the first bank globally to use it for significant account transactions. Barclays said it is the start of a ramp up in its use of biometrics to provide safer verification systems that cut fraud risks from customers sharing or choosing obvious passwords, or forgetting PINs.

Hackers break into HealthCare.gov

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers successfully breached HealthCare.gov, but no consumer information was taken from the health insurance website that serves more than 5 million Americans, the Obama administration disclosed Thursday.

Season's new phones are all about selfie image

Season's new phones are all about selfie image

BERLIN (AP) — Visit any tourist destination, and you're bound to see individuals and groups taking photos of themselves for sharing on social media. It's a declaration to the world that they were there.

Home Depot in contact with Secret Service over alleged breach: source

Home Depot in contact with Secret Service over alleged breach: source

Home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc has been in contact with the U.S. Secret Service about an alleged major breach of customer and credit card data that came to light this week, a law enforcement source told Reuters on Thursday. Any investigation by the Secret Service appears to be at a very early stage, the source said. The Secret Service, which declined comment, usually is the lead agency in federal criminal investigations into complex breaches of credit card and other consumer data.

It’s time to get serious about mobile security: Here’s how to protect your Android phone

It’s time to get serious about mobile security: Here’s how to protect your Android phone

Unfortunate though it may be, the simple fact is that most of us don’t take mobile security as seriously as we should. The idea of running a PC without antivirus software and malware protection is crazy to most people, but Android devices and other smartphones and tablets are the new frontier for hackers and malicious software makers looking to steal your private data. It’s time to get serious about mobile security. There are some mobile security issues that are unfortunately out of our hands. For example, we have to rely on companies to secure our data when it is stored remotely in the cloud. When companies like Apple fail to add a simple security feature to iCloud that prevents brute force attacks,

Home Depot CEO: Probe of possible breach continues

NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot's outgoing CEO Frank Blake told investors Thursday that the nation's largest home-improvement chain continues to investigate a potential breach at the company and reassured that customers will not be liable for any potential fraudulent charges.

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​Internet's security bug tracker faces its 'Y2K' moment

​Internet's security bug tracker faces its 'Y2K' moment

From critical exploits to the tiniest bug, all security holes receive a tracking number through the US government. The system is being revamped to handle the ever-growing number of bugs, but the cure could create problems of its own.>

Terraria in development for Mac and Linux

Terraria in development for Mac and Linux

Terraria, a sandbox adventure game created by developer Re-Logic, is currently in development for Mac and Linux, according to a post on the game's official site. "In full transparency, both of these versions are very much in development, so we cannot make any promises as to a launch date — or even if they will ultimately be feasible — but we wanted to make sure that our long-suffering Mac/Linux fans know that we are working diligently to bring Terraria to their platform," the post reads. It is also the developer's intent to gift the Mac and Linux versions to those who already own the Windows PC version on Steam.

Hewlett-Packard buys cloud-computing firm Eucalyptus

Hewlett-Packard buys cloud-computing firm Eucalyptus

Hewlett-Packard on Thursday announced a deal to buy business cloud-computing specialty firm Eucalyptus. HP did not disclose financial terms of the acquisition, which is aimed at ramping the California company's ability to help firms build computing homes in the Internet cloud. Eucalyptus chief executive Marten Mickos will manage the HP Cloud business and report directly to the head of HP, Meg Whitman. "Eucalyptus and HP share a common vision for the future of cloud in the enterprise," Mickos said in a release.

HP to buy cloud software startup in rare acquisition

HP to buy cloud software startup in rare acquisition

Hewlett-Packard Co plans to buy cloud software startup Eucalyptus Software, a rare acquisition for the company since its failed $11 billion purchase of Britain's Autonomy Plc in 2011. HP did not say how much it will pay for Eucalyptus, which provides open-source software for building private and hybrid clouds, or Internet-based computing services. The acquisition is expected to close in the fiscal fourth quarter, after which Eucalyptus Chief Executive Officer Marten Mickos, a proponent of open-sourced software, will join HP as senior vice president and head of its cloud business. He will report to CEO Meg Whitman.

The design company behind the Little Printer is dead

The design company behind the Little Printer is dead

BERG, a former design consultancy and developer of odd and sometimes whimsical products demonstrating the potential of internet-connected physical objects, is going into "hibernation." Co-founder Matt Webb says that BERG is "wrapping up for this incarnation. Our partnerships and our services, they're done." The only product Webb says he'll keep alive is BERG's Little Printer, the adorable device the studio hoped would turn your morning feed of news and social network messages into a tiny custom newspaper. The Little Printer was one of the most visible manifestations of our desire to create permanent, tangible reminders of our digital existence — it was announced in 2011 around the same time as Printstagram, which printed your favorite Instagram pictures in a miniature photo album. The "internet of things" had also gained traction over the preceding few years, and BERG moved away from its original design consulting work to start making its own connected products, something Webb now says it's "not reached a sustainable business in." Before this shift, Webb also produced a comic with author Warren Ellis (who named the studio), including a special device that let readers scour the pages for clues added in invisible ink.

Vietnam building deterrent against China in disputed seas with submarines

Vietnam building deterrent against China in disputed seas with submarines

By Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) - Vietnam will soon have a credible naval deterrent to China in the South China Sea in the form of Kilo-class submarines from Russia, which experts say could make Beijing think twice before pushing its much smaller neighbor around in disputed waters. A master of guerrilla warfare, Vietnam has taken possession of two of the state-of-the-art submarines and will get a third in November under a $2.6 billion deal agreed with Moscow in 2009. While communist parties rule both Vietnam and China and annual trade has risen to $50 billion, Hanoi has long been wary of China, especially over Beijing's claims to most of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea.

Smartphone makers dial up growth in India

Smartphone makers dial up growth in India

Smartphone-makers are in a race to the bottom of India's economic pyramid as they battle for customers in the fast-growing low-end market segment where analysts say opportunities are vast. India is now the quickest-expanding smartphone market globally and the third-largest market after China and the United States, according to Britain-based consultancy Canalys. India "is a market that offers huge potential as hundreds of millions of users have yet to upgrade", said Jessica Kwee, an analyst at Canalys. Local and foreign companies alike are sacrificing profit margins to build market share in India, which counts 914 million mobile users, according to government data.

DataStax raises $106 million to take on Oracle, Microsoft

DataStax, which helps companies deal with the vast troves of data scattered around the Internet, said it had raised $106 million, further enabling it take on incumbents such as Oracle Corp and Microsoft Corp . DataStax uses a technology known as Apache Cassandra, one of a new breed of so-called NoSQL databases that offer more flexibility than traditional databases. Traditional incumbents include Oracle's MySQL, Microsoft's SQL Server and IBM's DB2. "Cassandra, from the day it was created, was built to withstand unbelievable amounts of failure in the underlying system and still be available," said Billy Bosworth, DataStax's chief executive officer.

10 Reasons To Use Open Source Software Defined Networking [Slideshare]

10 Reasons To Use Open Source Software Defined Networking [Slideshare]

10 Reasons To Use Open Source Software-Defined Networking from Vala Afshar Open source software (OSS) now has a permanent role in the enterprise IT world. Gartner forecasts that open-source technology will be included in 85% of all commercial software packages by 2015 and 95% of mainstream IT organizations will leverage some element of...

Are the first Android One smartphones about to launch?

Are the first Android One smartphones about to launch?

Google has sent out invitations for "an exciting new announcement," scheduled to take place on September 15 in India. Although Google is being coy about what to expect at the event, first reported by NDTV, the timing and the location suggest that it will be for the unveiling of the first truly affordable Android One smartphones developed for emerging markets.  Android One is Google's plan to put good smartphones in the hands of the next 1 billion consumers and is essentially a hardware template that manufacturers can follow in order to make affordable phones -- i.e., roughly $100 -- that aren't overwhelmed by Android software and offer a satisfying user experience. To help keep costs down, Google is sharing its formidable resources with manufacturers that sign up to Android One and will also be working with local network providers to create affordable data plans and with local developers to support the creation of locally relevant apps.

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Filling the palmtop void

Filling the palmtop void

The palmtop has gone away, but some people could still use an integrated pocketable typing device.>

The Future of Farming: Out of the Dirt and Into the Streets

“When supply lines get stressed more, when our natural resources get stressed more, you will see a potential war over food.” That’s a widely held sentiment these days; His CityFARM project, developed at MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass., uses aeroponics and hydroponics—plants grown in air and water, respectively—to make farming possible in small, indoor, urban spaces. He imagines such a skeptic might say, “This is freaky food, this is super-freaky food, and what did you do with it, because I as a consumer feel like I have been lied to for a long time about my food, and I don’t believe you.” This is part of the reason why CityFARM is all open-source—there’s no subterfuge, no hiding what’s going into the processes behind the plants.

How to feed the cities of the future

How to feed the cities of the future

At MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Caleb Harper’s CityFARM demonstrates the future of food production. The environment nurtures plants that have twice the nutrient density of their conventional counterparts.

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PlayStation Now open beta hits PS3 today

PlayStation Now open beta hits PS3 today

PlayStation 3 owners will be able to start streaming games through PlayStation Now later today, when the service's open beta launches on the console in North America, Sony announced today.

Sony hopes for PlayStation profit boost as smartphones struggle

Sony hopes for PlayStation profit boost as smartphones struggle

By Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - The head of Sony Corp's PlayStation division hopes to raise its profit outlook for this year, in stark contrast to the Japanese electronics firm's mobile business which has forecast deep losses and sent Sony's stock reeling. With Sony's three core electronics businesses - the third is imaging - looking increasingly lopsided, the company is having to shrink and restructure in mobile, and focus its growth hopes on image sensors and the 20-year-old PlayStation games console. ...

Hands-on with Nintendo's better looking, better playing New Nintendo 3DS

Hands-on with Nintendo's better looking, better playing New Nintendo 3DS

The New Nintendo 3DS is a big improvement in many immediately noticeable ways, based on some hands-on time with the forthcoming Nintendo handheld at Tokyo Game Show 2014. It certainly makes playing Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, the Capcom game chosen to show off the New Nintendo 3DS to the public for the first time, a lot easier.

Bloodborne comes to PlayStation 4 in North America on Feb. 6, 2015

Bloodborne comes to PlayStation 4 in North America on Feb. 6, 2015

From Software's gothic, Victorian-era action role-playing game Bloodborne will come to North America on Feb. 6, 2015, Sony Computer Entertainment announced today. When Bloodborne releases stateside, PS4 owners will have the option of buying a collector's edition of the game, SCEA confirmed on the PlayStation Blog. Sony and From also released a new gameplay trailer at Tokyo Game Show, showing off teases of Bloodborne's online component, which promises cooperative and asynchronous play.

Swery's D4 comes to Xbox One on Sept. 19

Swery's D4 comes to Xbox One on Sept. 19

D4, the next game from the creator behind the bizarre Deadly Premonition, will be released for Xbox One on Sept. 19, Microsoft announced at Tokyo Game Show today. The Xbox One mystery game from Hidetaka "Swery65" Suehiro will be available for $14.99 as a download. Pitched primarily as a Kinect-controlled title when it was unveiled at E3 2013, D4 can also be played with an Xbox One controller.

These PlayStation 4 Air Jordans are $950 — but they have an HDMI port

These PlayStation 4 Air Jordans are $950 — but they have an HDMI port

The HDMI ports on the back of these shoes don't do anything, but they do complete the look of Jonny Barry's custom PlayStation 4 Air Jordans. "They actually come with a custom Jordan HDMI cable that, when attached, can act as a type of carry cord for walking around sneaker conventions or something!" Barry said in an interview with DualShockers.

World of Warcraft freeing up dormant character names ahead of Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft freeing up dormant character names ahead of Warlords of Draenor

In order to give players a wider pool of naming options when the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion launches this fall, Blizzard will free up character names that have been dormant for the past six years, according to a post on Battle.net. Characters that have not logged into World of Warcraft since Nov. 13, 2008 will have their names liberated and returned to the public pool. In order to preserve character names, player must log in with each character they want to save prior to the launch of patch 6.0.2.

WWE 2K15 delays PS4, Xbox One release until Nov. 18

WWE 2K15 delays PS4, Xbox One release until Nov. 18

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of WWE 2K15 have been delayed three weeks and will now launch on Nov. 18, 2K Sports said in a statement released this morning. The game's Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 launch is unchanged from the original Oct. 28 date. "The additional development time enables our talented teams to ensure the WWE 2K15 next-gen experience fully meets our expectations," Greg Thomas, the president of 2K Sports in-house developer Visual Concepts, said in the statement.

PS4, Xbox One made of gold will set you back more than $13K

PS4, Xbox One made of gold will set you back more than $13K

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One fans looking for a little "luxury" gaming can now sink their teeth into a console made of gold — if they have $13,699 to spare. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were created by famous Italian jeweler Gatti. The Collectors Edition Solid Gold Xbox One is made from 220 grams of 9 karat yellow gold, according to the GattiLuxury Instagram account, and is pure gold, not gold plated.

Rumor: Super Smash Bros. on Wii U launches Nov. 21

Rumor: Super Smash Bros. on Wii U launches Nov. 21

Cards printed up by the Pacific Northwest mega-mart Fred Meyer and handed out for preorders of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U say the game is launching on Friday, Nov. 21, according to a Twitter user who got his money down on Friday. Super Smash Bros. launched on the 3DS in Japan on Friday and comes to the west Oct. 3, though its demo is being offered on the eStore this coming Friday.

Who needs PlayStation when you have Messi, says Barca coach

Who needs PlayStation when you have Messi, says Barca coach

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi as capable of things impossible even on computer game PlayStation after he set up Neymar twice in his side's 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. Messi has looked back to his best after a disappointing end to last season, scoring twice and providing three assists as Barca have propelled themselves to the top of La Liga with three wins from their opening three games. "This version of Messi helps us a lot because he is a game changer. He does things in training that you can't imagine, things I haven't even seen on the PlayStation.