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Uber drivers granted class action status in lawsuit over employment

Uber drivers granted class action status in lawsuit over employment

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber drivers are entitled to class action status in litigation over whether they are independent contractors or employees, a key development in a case threatening Uber's business model and that of other hot startups dependent on similar service workers. Three drivers sued Uber in a federal court in San Francisco, contending they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. The results of Uber's legal battle could reshape the sharing economy, which is built around Internet companies that serve as marketplaces matching people who provide a service with others looking to pay for it.

CBS bringing limited live NFL to portable devices

CBS bringing limited live NFL to portable devices

(Reuters) - CBS Corp-owned CBS Sports said it will allow viewers to live stream two regular NFL season games, in addition to AFC coverage, on their portable devices, expanding its services to the fast-growing Internet viewer base. Viewers will be able to stream games from the regular season and playoff of the National Football League on the CBS Sports website and on television via select connected TV, including Xbox One, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku players, CBS said on its website. (http://cbsprt. ...

Millions hit by personal data hack still have not been told

Millions hit by personal data hack still have not been told

The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday. The agency whose data was hacked, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), said the Defense Department will begin "later this month" to notify employees and contractors across the government that their personal information was accessed by hackers.

Florida county sweetens bid for Jeff Bezos' rocket company

Florida county sweetens bid for Jeff Bezos' rocket company

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - Jeff Bezos' space transportation company, Blue Origin, won another round of incentives on Tuesday to build and fly rockets near NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Commissioners in Brevard County, home of the space center, approved by a 4 to 1 vote adding an $8 million grant for the project, bringing the total value of state, regional and local incentives to lure Blue Origin to about $40 million.

Instagram adds features to keep up with young, messaging users

Instagram adds features to keep up with young, messaging users

Facebook Inc's Instagram added new features on Tuesday allowing users to exchange messages in private and group conversations as the photo and video-sharing service aims to keep up with growing messaging service Snapchat. The upgrade by Instagram, which has more than 300 million users, is the latest move in the escalating battle for a young audience addicted to messaging with younger and hipper rival Snapchat, which has 100 million users and growing. The new features mean Instagram users can share pictures directly with one friend or a group of people and send back text responses or pictures, which Instagram hopes will make users want to stay on its mobile app or web site longer.

New SAP software aims to help companies make sense of data deluge

New SAP software aims to help companies make sense of data deluge

By Eric Auchard TUEBINGEN (Reuters) - SAP unveiled a new product on Tuesday that promises to help businesses make sense of a deluge of real-world data from retail transactions, transport systems and social media, hoping to persuade customers to switch from rival database suppliers.SAP HANA Vora, as the database query software will be known, aims to give businesses greater insights into the vast volumes of data organizations are collecting from customer feedback, along with sensors installed in products, vehicles and networks. HANA Vora will work along with Apache Hadoop, an open source framework popular with serious software developers for handling huge sets of data, from government statistics to scientific results to shopping or credit data. "The new datasets that are emerging are going to have a profound impact on how a business is going to function, and what its options are," said SAP Chief Technology Officer Quentin Clark, who until last year was in charge of rival Microsoft Corp's data product business.

The latest Waze update brings Stephen Colbert’s soothing voice to you daily drive

Every once in a while, we’ll discuss the ongoing battle between Google Maps and Apple’s Maps app, but there’s an alternatively that many of you probably prefer. Waze is one of the best GPS apps on the market, and on Tuesday, it added a few familiar voices to its rolling selection of celebrity guests. READ MORE: Video of an enormous shark leaping out of the water left this news anchor speechless First up we have New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, also know as “Gronk.” As this is a partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts, Gronk will not only tell you which way to turn or when you’ve reached your destination — he’ll also alert you to any nearby Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, just in

LVMH hires former Apple executive as digital director

LVMH has hired Ian Rogers, an Apple Inc iTunes senior director, to be its new head of digital, as part of the luxury group's drive to more fully embrace the Internet. Previously, transfers went the other way around as Apple poached several luxury executives including Angela Ahrendts, former Burberry Chief Executive, and Paul Deneve, former boss of Saint Laurent, owned by Kering. Rogers ran Beats Music before the company was bought last year by Apple and then joined its iTunes team as a senior director.

Windows 10 and Skylake processors were ‘designed together,’ says Intel’s Kirk Skaugen

Windows 10 and Skylake processors were ‘designed together,’ says Intel’s Kirk Skaugen

Intel makes a habit of announcing its new processor generations in gradual steps. A month ago, it introduced the first members of its sixth-gen Core family — better known by the codename Skylake — in the form of the overclocking-ready Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K, a pair of desktop chips primarily aimed at gamers. Intel will have Skylake processors going from a 4.5W TDP designed for ultrathin, fanless machines all the way up to 91W for workstation and enthusiast gaming purposes.

Sony's next big PS4 update adds YouTube streaming and increases cloud storage

Sony's next big PS4 update adds YouTube streaming and increases cloud storage

Sony's next PlayStation 4 system update will bring increased cloud storage, the ability to stream game footage live on YouTube, a new hub for in-game events, and a host of other upgrades. The version 3.00 update — one of the biggest in the console's lifespan — was detailed on Sony's PlayStation blog today. Core among the new features is the increase in online storage capacity, bumped from the current 1 GB to 10 GB as standard for all players when the update rolls out.

How many Ashley Madison users were flirting with fembots?

Ashley Madison is claiming that millions of real women regularly use its website to help them have affairs. But if that’s the case, why do so many of the website’s robo-users disproportionately send messages to male users? Gizmodo’s Annalee Newitz has done some more detective work on the leaked Ashley Madison data and has discovered that the website has had its bots send more than 20 million messages to men while sending less than 2,000 such robo-messages to women. Meanwhile, Ashley Madison’s bots engaged in instant message chats with men more than 11 million times and chatted with women on the site just 2,400 times. MUST READ: Enough: It’s time for major tech companies to take a stand against ISP data caps

How Successful Product Managers Avoid Burnout

How Successful Product Managers Avoid Burnout

I recently spoke with multiple former PMs who needed to take year-long sabbaticals to get themselves back on track. They were tired. Their anxiety was running high. They could not seem to get any of their goals accomplished. They were in a funk. Sound familiar?Every product manager goes through this each day. Some find their way out...

Google’s third-gen Nest thermostat is here: Same price, smarter software

Google quietly released its third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat on Tuesday. The device is smart enough to learn what you like, and should pay for itself during its lifetime while helping you cut down on your energy bill. DON’T MISS: Video of an enormous shark leaping out of the water left this news anchor speechless According to the company, the Nest thermostat saved people an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills, which means it pays for itself in under two years. The third-generation device is just as big as its predecessors and it costs the same $249 from Nest.com and Amazon. That also means second-generation Nest thermostats now cost just $199, as long as supply lasts.

Nintendo starts selling Wii U and 3DS game downloads on Amazon

Nintendo starts selling Wii U and 3DS game downloads on Amazon

Nintendo has begun selling digital versions of its video games through Amazon's online marketplace starting today. Amazon only just this year resumed selling Nintendo hardware directly following a mysterious rift between the companies. Amazon will offer 61 digital download codes for the Wii U game console and 3DS handheld, including classic games like the original The Legend of Zelda that were previously only available through Nintendo's Virtual Console.

Samsung Galaxy users are getting an exclusive news app

Samsung Galaxy users are getting an exclusive news app

Samsung today announced that it is partnering with European publisher Axel Springer to develop a news platform called UPDAY. The aggregated news content platform will offer ‘Need to Know’ information curated by a local editorial team and ‘Want to Know’ information which will be generated automatically by an algorithm. The announcement follows Apple's unveiling of its own news app, Apple News, which will debut in iOS 9.

Tesla is now taking orders for its $29,000 Roadster 3.0 upgrade

Tesla is now taking orders for its $29,000 Roadster 3.0 upgrade

Tesla's commitment to its first car — the aging Roadster — is admirable: even as it's refreshing the Model S, rolling out the Model X, and working on the Model 3, it's upgrading the tiny sports car that put it on the map. The company is finally taking orders for the Roadster 3.0 upgrade that it announced late last year, which runs $29,000 including a $5,000 deposit upfront.

Former Apple engineer creates incredible new furniture design

When former Apple engineer Brad Sewell moved from California to Boston to attend Harvard Business School, he quickly became frustrated with the state of the furniture market. “I had this taste in quality, Sewell told Entrepreneur, “but a budget that was like ‘graduated IKEA’. There wasn’t much between your disposable furniture and the really high-end stuff.” So like many ambitious go-getters, Sewell dropped out of Harvard and created a company to address his furniture concerns. The result? An innovative new company called Campaign. DON’T MISS: What it’s like to spend a week using both the Galaxy Note 5 and iPhone 6 Plus What makes Campaign’s furniture so intriguing is that its design puts the often convoluted furniture assembly process to shame. “IKEA leaves

Rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Coming This Month

Rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Coming This Month

The cosmic event will take place on the night of Sept. 27 when two periodic events -- supermoons and lunar eclipses -- will happen at the same time, making for a rare coincidence. A supermoon occurs when a full moon happens when it is at the closest point in its elliptical orbit around Earth, making the full moon appear up to 14% larger and brighter than usual. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes into Earth's shadow, often turning a blood red color.

Google Maps for Android gets a welcome navigation UI change

Google continues to release new features for the Android version of its Google Maps application. After bringing Street View to Google Maps on Android only a few days ago, the company is out with software version 9.14, which includes a welcome update to the navigation user interface that should further improve your overall Google Maps experience. DON’T MISS: This versatile 15-in-1 Travel Jacket is Kickstarter’s most funded piece of clothing at $7.2M As you can see in the image above, via Android Police, Google’s minor UI change is pretty significant. In the navigation screen, the small map that’s used to show you departure and arrival points has been blown up significantly. Now you can zoom in on it, and seek alternative routes, just

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Uber drivers granted class action status in lawsuit over employment

Uber drivers granted class action status in lawsuit over employment

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber drivers are entitled to class action status in litigation over whether they are independent contractors or employees, a key development in a case threatening Uber's business model and that of other hot startups dependent on similar service workers. Three drivers sued Uber in a federal court in San Francisco, contending they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. The results of Uber's legal battle could reshape the sharing economy, which is built around Internet companies that serve as marketplaces matching people who provide a service with others looking to pay for it.

For many refugees, journey to Europe begins on Facebook

By Naline Malla, Ayla Jean Yackley, Marton Dunai and Aleksandar Vasovic BEIRUT/ISTANBUL/BUDAPEST/BELGRADE (Reuters) - Would-be refugees hoping to flee war in the Middle East are using Facebook as their compass for finding the people smugglers they hope will get them to a better life in Europe. The U.S.-based website and other social media that were once used to help mobilize the "Arab Spring" uprisings now host information services for those escaping the Syrian civil war and other conflicts in the region. In Facebook groups set up in Arabic, users post phone numbers of contacts they say can take refugees from the Turkish coast to nearby Greek islands or even further into Europe, a continent struggling to cope with the migration crisis.

New SAP software aims to help companies make sense of data deluge

New SAP software aims to help companies make sense of data deluge

By Eric Auchard TUEBINGEN (Reuters) - SAP unveiled a new product on Tuesday that promises to help businesses make sense of a deluge of real-world data from retail transactions, transport systems and social media, hoping to persuade customers to switch from rival database suppliers.SAP HANA Vora, as the database query software will be known, aims to give businesses greater insights into the vast volumes of data organizations are collecting from customer feedback, along with sensors installed in products, vehicles and networks. HANA Vora will work along with Apache Hadoop, an open source framework popular with serious software developers for handling huge sets of data, from government statistics to scientific results to shopping or credit data. "The new datasets that are emerging are going to have a profound impact on how a business is going to function, and what its options are," said SAP Chief Technology Officer Quentin Clark, who until last year was in charge of rival Microsoft Corp's data product business.

Instagram adds features to keep up with young, messaging users

Instagram adds features to keep up with young, messaging users

Facebook Inc's Instagram added new features on Tuesday allowing users to exchange messages in private and group conversations as the photo and video-sharing service aims to keep up with growing messaging service Snapchat. The upgrade by Instagram, which has more than 300 million users, is the latest move in the escalating battle for a young audience addicted to messaging with younger and hipper rival Snapchat, which has 100 million users and growing. The new features mean Instagram users can share pictures directly with one friend or a group of people and send back text responses or pictures, which Instagram hopes will make users want to stay on its mobile app or web site longer.

Google redesigns iconic logo for the fifth time

Google redesigns iconic logo for the fifth time

(Reuters) - Google Inc unveiled a redesign of its iconic logo on Tuesday, the fifth such modification since the search engine giant started in 1998, the company said in a blog post. The revamped logo, displayed as a Google Doodle on its homepage, spells 'Google' in a sans-serif typeface, similar to the one being used by Google's newly created holding company, Alphabet. The new brand identity "aims to make Google more accessible and useful to our users", the company said in a blog post explaining the logo.

Icelanders tell government to take in more Syrian refugees

Four percent of Iceland's population has joined a Facebook page seeking to have the country take in more people escaping the Syrian conflict, prompting the government to consider it. The government had earlier announced plans to take in 50 refugees from the Syrian conflict. Prime Minister Sigmund David Gunnlaugsson now says a special council comprised of several ministers will map Iceland's resources to see how many refugees could be taken and said the government now had no fixed number.

LinkedIn rolls out overhauled messaging service

LinkedIn rolls out overhauled messaging service

(Reuters) - LinkedIn Corp on Tuesday rolled out a revamped messaging service along the lines of modern chat apps, departing from its unpopular design that resembled email. LinkedIn, which operates the biggest social networking site for professionals, has started to roll out the new messaging service to English-language users accessing its platform via a desktop or through an app. LinkedIn plans to make the revamped messaging feature available in other languages in the coming weeks.

Law firm targets Google foes for private damages claims

Law firm targets Google foes for private damages claims

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. law firm and class action specialist Hausfeld launched a platform on Tuesday to help pursue claims against Google, posing a potential headache for the world's No. 1 Internet search engine amid its regulatory troubles in Europe. Hausfeld has coordinated various high-profile class action cases, including for companies affected by an air cargo pricing cartel, investors impacted by currency-rigging by banks and firms fighting fees levied by MasterCard and Visa Europe. The law firm said the Google Redress & Integrity Platform (GRIP) is aimed at those affected by alleged anti-competitive behavior by Google in Europe.

Springer, Samsung to partner in mobile media

Springer, Samsung to partner in mobile media

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Bild tabloid publisher Axel Springer and Korean electronics group Samsung announced a partnership in mobile media including news. The two companies said on Tuesday they would collaborate to produce digital media exclusively for Samsung customers, beginning with a news platform in Germany and Poland that will be rolled out in other European markets next year. Newspaper publisher Springer, which owns several publications in Poland, now makes about two thirds of its sales and three quarters of its core profit from digital offerings. ...

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sanctioning Russia as well as China in cyber attacks

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sanctioning Russia as well as China in cyber attacks

By Arshad Mohammed, Matt Spetalnick and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials said on Monday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no final decision had been made on imposing sanctions, which could strain relations with Russia further and, if they came soon, cast a pall over a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September. It did not mention Russia.

Ashley Madison owner says website still adding users after data hack

Ashley Madison owner says website still adding users after data hack

Hundreds of thousands of people signed up for infidelity website Ashley Madison in the last week, parent company Avid Life Media said on Monday, even after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients. "Recent media reports predicting the imminent demise of Ashley Madison are greatly exaggerated," the company said in a statement. "Despite having our business and customers attacked, we are growing." On Aug. 18, hackers who claimed to be unhappy with Avid Life's business practices released Ashley Madison customer data.

Kanye West gets political action committee, presidential jokes go viral

Kanye West gets political action committee, presidential jokes go viral

Images of Kanye West's face on Mount Rushmore and a potential White House takeover by the Kardashian reality TV clan fired up social media on Monday, a day after the rapper virtually hijacked a rambunctious MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) show as he declared he planned to run for U.S. president in 2020. West, who is married to Kim Kardashian, sparked dozens of satirical memes on social media after his rambling, 13-minute speech on Sunday - when he admitted he had "rolled up a little something earlier in the night - while accepting the Video Vanguard award for lifetime achievement. Although most viewers saw West's presidential declaration as a joke, a Maryland college student on Monday filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to set up a political action committee called Ready for Kanye.

Dating site eHarmony aims to mix work with pleasure

As a marriage counselor years ago, Neil Clark Warren saw first-hand how incompatibility led to unhappy matches. "(The career market) is such a big market that we do expect it to grow faster than our core product," the octogenarian clinical psychologist and eHarmony CEO said in an interview. The market is dominated by Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, owner of Match.com as well as other sites for the lovelorn.

U.S. considering sanctions over Chinese cyber theft: Washington Post

U.S. considering sanctions over Chinese cyber theft: Washington Post

The White House is considering applying sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from Chinese hacking of U.S. trade secrets, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. The newspaper, citing several unidentified Obama administration officials, said a final determination on whether to issue the sanctions was expected soon, possibly as early as the next two weeks. Suspicions that Chinese hackers were behind a series of data breaches in the United States have been an irritant in relations between the world's two largest economies as President Xi Jinping prepares to make his first visit to the United States next month.

Hulu to become Epix's streaming partner after Netflix opts out

Hulu to become Epix's streaming partner after Netflix opts out

(Reuters) - Major films such as Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z, and Transformers: Age of Extinction will move to online video service Hulu from Netflix starting in October when cable network Epix switches streaming partners. Hulu and Epix said on Sunday they had signed a multi-year deal that would bring Epix films to Hulu from Oct. 1. Netflix Inc said earlier on Sunday it had decided not to renew its agreement with Epix when it expires at the end of September as it focuses more on original programming and exclusive rights to movies, and less on non-exclusive content.

Paypal seen rising 40 percent from post spinoff lows: Barron's

Paypal seen rising 40 percent from post spinoff lows: Barron's

NEW YORK (Reuters) - PayPal Holdings Inc , the e-commerce group trading sharply off its recent offering price, could rise 40 percent to $46 a share if it succeeds with investments tied to payments systems innovation, the Aug. 31 edition of Barron's said. Spun off in July by auctioneer eBay Inc , PayPal is now clear to do deals with big vendors like Staples and move into back office operations and other services, according to Barron's. PayPal shares last week traded at $34.60, or over $4 less than its offering price in July, Barron's said. ...

To regulate or not to regulate? EU to launch study on Uber

To regulate or not to regulate? EU to launch study on Uber

By Julia Fioretti , Brussels (Reuters) - - The European Commission will launch a study in September of the ride-hailing app Uber in an effort to settle legal disputes that have pitched the U.S. start-up against conventional taxis across Europe, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Since opening in Paris in 2011, San Francisco-based Uber has run into vehement opposition from taxi drivers, who complain it competes unfairly by bypassing local laws on licensing and safety. Uber has responded by submitting complaints to the European Commission against German and Spanish court bans, as well as a new French law on taxis.

Man linked to JPMorgan hacking in talks to resolve U.S. case: filing

Man linked to JPMorgan hacking in talks to resolve U.S. case: filing

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Florida man accused of running an unlicensed bitcoin exchange and who is among five defendants linked to last summer's massive data breach at JPMorgan Chase & Co is in talks to resolve his criminal case, according to court papers filed Friday. In a court filing in federal court in Manhattan, a prosecutor said Yuri Lebedev, one of two men charged with operating the bitcoin exchange service, was in discussions "regarding a possible disposition of this case." The filing used language that is usually indicative of plea talks, though cases in some instances can be resolved with deferred prosecution agreements or with charges being dropped. Eun Young Choi, a prosecutor under Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara who made the submission, said negotiations were not yet complete and sought an extension until Sept. 28 for when a grand jury would need to indict Lebedev.

Ashley Madison parent CEO quits after huge infidelity data hack

Ashley Madison parent CEO quits after huge infidelity data hack

By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - The chief executive of infidelity website Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media has left, just over a week after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients in a massive cyber assault. Avid Life said on Friday the departure of Noel Biderman was by "mutual agreement" and its existing senior management team would take over until a new CEO is appointed. On Aug. 18, hackers who claimed to be unhappy with its business practices released the Ashley Madison customer data, and police probing the breach said it had sparked extortion attempts and at least two unconfirmed suicides.

Angry Birds maker's float seen less likely despite mobile games growth

Angry Birds maker's float seen less likely despite mobile games growth

By Liisa Tuhkanen LONDON (Reuters) - The often touted but regularly delayed stock-market listing of Rovio, creator of the hugely popular "Angry Birds" mobile game, could be even more distant after this week's warning of lower earnings and a planned cull of more than a third of its staff. While the mobile games market as a whole is thriving and looks set to grow to more than $35 billion in 2017, according to research firm Newzoo, Rovio's woes typify the difficulty established players have in changing with the times. "They lost their moment ... You need to list when your games are working well," said Thomas Alzuyeta, analyst at Gilbert Dupont, noting a drop in interest in the game franchise that debuted in 2009.

Facebook must obey German law even if free speech curtailed: minister

Facebook must obey German law even if free speech curtailed: minister

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Facebook will have to abide by German laws banning racist sentiment even if it might be allowed in the United States under freedom of speech, Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with Reuters. Maas, who has accused Facebook of doing too little to thwart racist and hate posts on its social media platform, said that Germany has zero tolerance for such expression and expects the U.S.-based company to be more vigilant. "One thing is clear: if Facebook wants to do business in Germany, then it must abide by German laws," Maas told Reuters.

Russia's MTS teams up with Google to promote mobile Internet

Russia's MTS teams up with Google to promote mobile Internet

Russia's biggest mobile phone operator MTS said on Friday it had teamed up with Google Inc to help grow the use of mobile Internet and will get a share of the search site's advertising revenues in Russia. Under a strategic agreement, MTS will feature Google's voice search in its ad campaigns and retail stores, and a relevant application will be pre-installed on the main screen of Google's Android-based smartphones sold in the MTS retail chain. "MTS will share with Google the cost of mobile Internet promotion and get money from Google's search services under a revenue-sharing scheme," an MTS spokesman said.

Investors still in the dark as cyber threat grows

Investors still in the dark as cyber threat grows

By Simon Jessop and Ross Kerber LONDON/BOSTON (Reuters) - Investors are being poorly served by a haphazard approach from fund managers to the growing threat of cyber crime damaging the companies in which they invest, with a lack of clarity from the businesses themselves compounding the problem. Banks have led the way in developing cyber defenses and some top fund managers have ramped up pressure on companies to do more, but the broader picture is less encouraging. "I don't see any visible stand asset managers are taking, like they do on other social responsibility items," said Malcolm Harkins, information security chief at U.S. cyber security start-up Cylance Inc. The soft underbelly of companies outside the banking sector was exposed again this month when hackers leaked details of nearly 37 million clients of Ashley Madison.

Father of Virginia TV reporter slain on air vows to fight for gun control

Father of Virginia TV reporter slain on air vows to fight for gun control

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The father of a Virginia journalist killed in an on-air shooting said on Thursday he would become a crusader for gun control, but analysts said there was little likelihood of legislation on the federal level any time soon, despite changes in some states. Two journalists, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward of Roanoke CBS affiliate WDBJ7, were shot during a live interview on Wednesday by a disgruntled former station employee who later killed himself. Parker's father, Andy Parker, urged state and federal lawmakers to take action on gun control, especially to keep firearms out of the hands of people who were mentally unstable.

Google rejects 'unfounded' EU antitrust charges of market abuse

Google rejects 'unfounded' EU antitrust charges of market abuse

Google Inc has rejected EU antitrust charges that it abused its market power, exposing the company to the risk of a hefty fine if it does not alter its business practices. The company's comments came after the European Commission in April accused it of distorting internet search results to favor its shopping service, harming both rivals and consumers. "Economic data spanning more than a decade, an array of documents and statements from complainants all confirm that product search is robustly competitive," Kent Walker, Google's general counsel, wrote in a blog on Thursday.

Manspreading, hangry, Grexit join Oxford online dictionary

(Reuters) - Feeling hangry? Can't find a seat on the subway because of manspreading? Annoyed by people butt-dialing you? All three slang words officially joined OxfordDictionaries.com on Thursday in a quarterly update of popular phrases that also included Grexit (a potential Greek exit from the Eurozone) and brainfart (a momentary mental lapse). Manspreading was coined to describe men who take up extra room on public transport by sitting with their legs wide apart. Last year, New York City transport authorities launched a poster campaign on the subway in a bid to discourage it. ...

Malaysia to block websites promoting anti-government rally

Malaysia to block websites promoting anti-government rally

Malaysia will block websites attempting to spread information about a two-day rally due to be staged in three cities this weekend by a pro-democracy group demanding Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said in a post on its official Facebook page on Thursday that it would block websites that "promote, spread information and encourage people to participate" in the protest organized by the civil society group Bersih. Najib has been embroiled in a political storm amid allegations of graft and financial mismanagement at debt-laden state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), whose advisory board he chairs.

Gunman in Virginia TV shooting had history of workplace issues

While authorities said they had not determined a motive, perceived racism appeared to be a factor in the shootings, according to posts on social media attributed to the shooter and a fax that ABC News said had been sent by the gunman. Vester Flanagan, 41, who went on the air under the name Bryce Williams, was a former employee of WDBJ7 in Virginia, where both of the slain journalists worked.

Virginia TV journalists killed by suspect with 'powder keg' of anger

Virginia TV journalists killed by suspect with 'powder keg' of anger

By Gary Robertson MONETA, Va. (Reuters) - Two television journalists were shot to death during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday, slain by a former employee of the TV station and who called himself a "powder keg" of anger over what he saw as racial discrimination at work and elsewhere in the United States. The suspect, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, shot himself as police pursued him on a Virginia highway hours after the shooting. Flanagan, who was African-American, died later at a hospital, police said.

Dead rats anyone? Hollywood gets creative to promote movies

Dead rats anyone? Hollywood gets creative to promote movies

Hollywood studios are going to ever more creative lengths to attract attention in a jam-packed entertainment market where social media plays a key role in promoting content. For Matt Damon's October film "The Martian," in which an astronaut is stranded on Mars, 20th Century Fox Studios hosted a media day last week at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California just to promote a trailer. Journalists got a sneak peek at the first 50 minutes of the film, toured the lab and interviewed Damon at its Mission Control which is usually reserved for scientists working on operations such as landing the Curiosity rover on Mars in 2012.

Suspect in Virginia TV shooting had history of workplace issues

By Brendan O'Brien and Letitia Stein (Reuters) - The suspected gunman in the shooting deaths of two television journalists in Virginia on Wednesday was a veteran anchorman with a history of workplace grievances who had previously sued a Florida station alleging discrimination because he was black. Vester Flanagan, 41, who went on the air under the name Bryce Williams, was a former employee of WDBJ7 in Virginia, where both of the slain journalists worked.

Facebook testing personal digital assistant inside Messenger

Facebook testing personal digital assistant inside Messenger

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is testing a personal digital assistant called "M" within its Messenger service that can answer questions with live human help and perform tasks such as buying gifts online and booking restaurants. M is "powered by artificial intelligence that's trained and supervised by people," David Marcus, vice president of Messaging products, wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. Rival services like Apple Inc's Siri, Google Inc's Google Now and Microsoft Corp's Cortana rely entirely on technology to answer questions.

Obama will raise cyber security concerns with China's Xi: White House

Obama will raise cyber security concerns with China's Xi: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama will "no doubt" raise concerns about China's cyber security behavior when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping next month. Obama will host Xi at the White House in September for a state visit. The United States has alleged Chinese hackers have stolen information from U.S. computer servers. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)

Barcelona mayor's tourism crackdown puts Airbnb in firing line

Barcelona mayor's tourism crackdown puts Airbnb in firing line

By Adrian Croft BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona's new mayor is picking a fight with home rental websites as she tries to crack down on uncontrolled tourism that she fears could drive out poor residents and spoil the Catalan capital's charm. Ada Colau is threatening to fine firms like Airbnb and Booking.com if they market apartments from tourists without a number showing that they are on the Catalan tourism register. "Everybody must comply with the same game rules," Colau told Reuters in Barcelona's city hall.

Velostrata introduces public/private cloud software; takes funds

By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Velostrata, a year-old start-up founded by a successful Israeli software entrepreneur, on Wednesday revealed plans to offer hybrid cloud software that lets organizations offload local business data more securely to public cloud services. In addition, Velostrara said it had raised $14 million in early stage, Series A funding from established venture financers Norwest Venture Partners and 83North, which previously operated as the Israeli arm of Greylock Partners. Velostrata said its software promises to remove barriers to adopting Internet-based storage by combining elements of lower-cost off-site cloud services with the control of keeping business data secured on local datacenters.

U.S. arrests CEO, employees of largest online male escort service

U.S. arrests CEO, employees of largest online male escort service

U.S. authorities on Tuesday announced the arrests of the chief executive officer and six employees of Rentboy.com for promoting prostitution through what prosecutors described as the largest online male escort service. Rentboy.com CEO Jeffrey Hurant and the employees were charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, as authorities moved to seize bank accounts holding $1.4 million and the website's domain name. During a midday operation, U.S. Homeland Security Department agents along with members of the New York Police Department could be seen carrying computers and boxes labeled evidence out of Rentboy.com's Manhattan offices.

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy used personal email for official business: audit

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy used personal email for official business: audit

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy used her personal email for official business despite a State Department policy advising employees generally to avoid this, an internal audit released on Tuesday said. The State Department's Office of Inspector General made the finding in a routine report on the Tokyo embassy as the agency is under scrutiny for Hillary Clinton's use of a private email address and server when she was secretary of state. "Senior embassy staff, including the ambassador, used personal email accounts to send and receive messages containing official business," the report said, saying it found "instances when emails labeled 'sensitive but unclassified'" were sent and received on private email addresses.

Caitlyn Jenner costume for Halloween sparks social media outrage

Caitlyn Jenner costume for Halloween sparks social media outrage

By Katie Reilly NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retailers selling Caitlyn Jenner costumes for Halloween sparked a social media firestorm on Tuesday from critics who say the get-up insults transgender people and promotes stereotypes. Jenner, a former Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star known as Bruce, came out as transgender this year and introduced herself in a Vanity Fair cover story that earned international attention. A change.org petition launched on Monday is demanding that Spirit Halloween, a costume company with over 1,100 locations in the United States and Canada, stop producing and selling the costume, which includes a brunette wig, shiny white padded bustier and shorts resembling the outfit Jenner wore in the Vanity Fair cover photo.

Fox News: Republican Trump should apologize after latest Twitter outburst

Fox News: Republican Trump should apologize after latest Twitter outburst

The head of Fox News on Tuesday called on Donald Trump to apologize after a string of posts on Twitter lambasting Fox anchor Megyn Kelly, the latest in an ongoing flap between the network and the leading Republican presidential candidate. Kelly was one of the moderators at the network's recent Republican presidential debate, where Trump claimed she asked him unfair questions. On Monday night, Trump took to Twitter to say Kelly, who had just returned from vacation, was "off her game" and Fox's nightly news program was better without her.

Alibaba drop leaves stock pennies above IPO price

Alibaba drop leaves stock pennies above IPO price

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd fell 3 percent on Friday and were perilously close to breaking below the price set in the largest IPO in history as fears of a China-led global slowdown rattled investors. A potential move below $68 would make China's largest e-commerce firm the second high-profile tech company to fall below its IPO price this week after Twitter Inc on Thursday dropped below its 2013 IPO price. It would also be a potential embarrassment to founder Jack Ma and the underwriters who engineered Alibaba's market debut last September.

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I think I’ve figured out how much the new Nexus 5 will cost

Recent leaks have suggested that Google’s 2015 Nexus 5 handset will be a lot more affordable than last year’s pricey Nexus 6. While actual pricing details have not been offered by sources familiar with Google’s plans, there have been indications the phone will have sub-flagship specs, which generally means it’ll be friendlier to your wallet just as the original Nexus 5 was back in 2013. However, a brand-new smartphone announcement made earlier today has given me a pretty good idea of what the new Nexus 5’s pricing structure will be. Why, you ask? Because this new phone has the exact same specs that are rumored for the next Nexus 5. DON’T MISS: How one $37 gadget can save you thousands

NASA posts amazing New Horizons Pluto flyby video on Instagram

After one space aficionado created a gorgeous timelapse video a few weeks ago that showed us NASA’s entire New Horizons’ Pluto mission fly by in 16 seconds, the space agency posted an actual video of the historic event on Instagram that is even more impressive. DON’T MISS: How one $37 gadget can save you thousands of dollars New Horizons needed just two hours to approach, fly over and surpass Pluto a few weeks ago. For the first time, we reached the most distant planet in our galaxy and obtained a treasure trove of information about it. NASA’s Instagram video is made from real images that were taken during the journey and they show what it really looks like to fly over Pluto. In addition

7 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

Welcome to Tuesday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free, where you’ll find seven premium iOS apps that can currently be downloaded without paying a dime. As always, these sales could end at any minute so be sure to hurry! DON’T MISS: Meet the Nextbit Robin, a sleek new smartphone that uses cloud magic to solve storage limitations These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the

Longtime Apple user explains why he ‘hates’ the company now

For more than a decade, Mother Jones political writer Kevin Drum was a loyal Apple user. However, over the years he’s found that the company’s control-freak nature has left him feeling more and more annoyed, to the point where he’s now dumped both his iPhone and iPad. MUST READ: Video of an enormous shark leaping out of the water left this news anchor speechless Drum’s “hate” for Apple was reinforced when he learned about the company’s plans to block ads by default in Safari even though in the past it has stopped users from installing ad blocking technology. What made Drum even more annoyed by this was a recent Wall Street Journal report that Apple will only block ads on Safari and that it

Apple partners with Cisco to boost enterprise business

Apple partners with Cisco to boost enterprise business

(Reuters) - Apple Inc on Monday teamed up with network gear maker Cisco Systems Inc to improve the performance of its iPad and iPhone devices on Cisco's corporate network. Cisco will provide services specially optimized for iOS devices across mobile, cloud, and on premises-based collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence and Cisco WebEx, the companies said in a statement. Apple is expanding its foothold in the enterprise arena at a time when iPad sales are shrinking.

Apple teams with Cisco in another major bid to conquer the workplace

After the huge IBM deal Apple inked not too long ago, the company has struck a similar deal with another gigantic corporation, Cisco Systems, which should help it further increase iPhone and especially iPad sales. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: Leaked pricing paints grim picture for your wallet Cisco and Apple announced Monday that they’ll work on making iOS devices even more accessible to business users, The Wall Street Journal reports. With Cisco’s help, Apple’s mobile devices should communicate “more effectively on corporate networks where Cisco gear is widely used,” the Journal notes. Additionally, the two companies will create technologies that will let iPhone and iPad owners who use iOS devices for work-related purposes to better exploit

Video reveals how claw machines are rigged to steal your money

Most people, I think it’s fair to say, have something of a love/hate relationship with claw machines. Typically overflowing with plush stuffed animals and even some nifty gadgets from time to time, mastering a claw machine seems easy but, more often than not, leads to endless frustration. Now you might know someone who claims to be a claw machine master. Perhaps you even fancy yourself something of a claw machine sensei. Alas, skill has a lot less to do with successfully landing that stuffed animal than you think. In short, claw machines are rigged. DON’T MISS: What it’s like to spend a week using both the Galaxy Note 5 and iPhone 6 Plus Vox recently took a look at the software that

Our best look yet at BlackBerry’s first Android phone

For the first time in years, BlackBerry will actually launch handsets that will actually appeal to someone beyond BlackBerry diehards. After trying various things to make its phones popular with consumers again, the former king of the smartphone business is finally willing to admit defeat – well, sort of – and use Google’s hugely popular operating system for new devices. One such model is the BlackBerry Venice, and this might be our best look yet at the unannounced device. DON’T MISS: Leaked iPhone 6s photos show two important new features Even though it’s going with Android for this particular handset, BlackBerry still thinks that we need physical keyboards. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised to see BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard pop

8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

All good things must come to an end, and this was a good week for paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. There are still a few freebies in yesterday’s post if you hurry back to grab them, and today we have eight fresh new paid iOS apps that are now on sale for a very limited time. MUST READ: A new revelation from that leaked iPhone 6s box (no, it’s not good news) 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 —

A new revelation from that leaked iPhone 6s box (no, it’s not good news)

Earlier this week, a photo of purported retail packaging for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6s was posted on a Chinese gadget blog. The leak was dismissed at first — just as the iPhone 6’s retail packaging was dismissed when it first leaked last year — but then people realized that the photo was likely genuine. Who cares? It’s just a box, right? Not quite. The leaked retail packaging actually revealed a few important things about Apple’s upcoming new iPhones, and now the leak has offered one more revelation. DON’T MISS: New free iPhone app will change the way you use email – watch the video if you don’t believe us First, let’s recap what we learned from the initial leak. If the packaging

Apple schedules new product event for Sept. 9

Apple schedules new product event for Sept. 9

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets.

7 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

You want paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free? We’ll give you paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Wednesday’s list included eight solid apps that included a little something for everyone, and there are still a few freebies in there if you hurry. Today, of course, we have a fresh list for you. This one includes seven paid iOS apps that are normally all paid downloads, but right now you won’t pay a cent. DON’T MISS: Does iOS have a bloatware problem? 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

Ultimate guide: 10 ways to improve battery life on your smartphone and laptop

To be perfectly frank, battery technology is infuriating. Think about how different the world would be if improvements to battery tech progressed as quickly as other areas. Unfortunately… science. It’s annoying that we even have to think about battery life as often as we do, but the fact of the matter is if we spend some time making a few key tweaks and optimizing things, it can have a significant impact on battery performance in our laptops and smartphones. DON’T MISS: How to access Windows 10’s secret Start Menu We constantly post guides that focus on milking the batteries in your gadgets for all they’re worth. A few simple changes can mean the difference between making it home just in time to charge

8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free today only

Paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free are a dime a dozen, but weeding through all the iOS apps that go on sale each day is a huge pain. Of course, that’s where we come in. BGR scours the App Store for the best app sales each day, and today we’ve come up with a solid list of eight paid iPhone and iPad apps that are all on sale for free right now. Of course, if eight aren’t enough, you can always head back to yesterday’s post where you’ll find a few more apps that are still on sale. DON’T MISS: How to access Windows 10’s secret Start Menu These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made

Go get your $900 flamethrower now before the government bans them

Last month, we brought you exciting news that a company called XMatter has started selling flamethrowers on the consumer market for surprisingly affordable prices. What made this even more amazing was the fact that selling such flamethrowers to Ma and Pa America is 100% legal and without restrictions in all but two states. However, Ars Technica reports that some governments have suddenly realized that giving people unrestricted access to flamethrowers that can spit fire 50 feet in the air might not be a great idea… and this revelation has only sparked more people to pick up flamethrowers while they’re still legal. RELATED: Meet the amazing $174 gadget that lets you shoot fireballs from your wrists “Business is skyrocketing higher than ever due to

10 awesome paid apps that are all on sale for free for a limited time

Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was a solid one indeed, and you can still find a few great freebies in that post if you hurry back. Today might only be Tuesday, but we’ve already got a massive list for you: 10 paid iOS apps that are all on sale for free for a limited time. As always, these sales could be over at any minute, so be sure to grab anything that looks appealing right away. DON’T MISS: Major technological advancement yields a printer that could change the face of 3D printing These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no

Samsung is reportedly working a truly massive iPad Pro rival

Samsung is reportedly working on a tablet so big that it may even make Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro seem minuscule by comparison. According to SamMobile, the company that popularized the phablet is now hard at work on a tablet with a gargantuan 18.4-inch display. Based on information obtained by the site, the rumored tablet will sport a TFT LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, an octa-core 64-bit 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 processor, 2GB of RAM, a respectable 32GB of storage, and to top it all off, a microSD card slot. Rumored to run Android 5.1 Lollipop, the device will reportedly feature an 8 megapixel rear facing camera and a front facing 2.1 megapixel camera. DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy Note 5

7 awesome iPhone apps on sale for free right now – save $39!

It’s that time of day again. Today we have a terrific batch of seven paid iPhone apps that would normally cost you a total of $39 but that are all completely free to download if you act right now. Check them out below! MUST READ: Insanely simple iPhone trick lets you instantly free up iCloud storage space These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post

7 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now – save $39!

It’s that time of day again. Today we have a terrific batch of seven paid iPhone apps that would normally cost you a total of $39 but that are all completely free to download if you act right now. Check them out below! MUST READ: Insanely simple iPhone trick lets you instantly free up iCloud storage space These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post

Don’t overpay for RAM: Here’s the most amount of memory your computer needs

If you’re building your own PC, you’ll definitely want to give it sufficient RAM to run all your favorite apps and games. But in all likelihood your PC doesn’t need 16GB of RAM, as it seems 8GB of RAM is enough to handle most computing tasks right now. FROM EARLIER: Could BlackBerry be back? Gorgeous leaked phone to run Android LifeHacker points us to some test results posted by TechSpot that show running even resource intensive programs on machines with 16GB of RAM doesn’t noticeably improve their performance over how they run on machines with 8GB of RAM. In this example, TechSpot ran Adobe Premier CC on computers with 4GB, 8GB and 16GB and found the improvement in speed between 8GB and 16GB was basically

Apple’s MacBook killer to finally enter production this fall

Reports have claimed for years that Apple is working on a new bigger iPad, but the company has yet to actually launch the device. However, one of the most accurate Apple analysts in the world now says the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will finally enter production this fall. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 5 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: Showdown between the world’s two best camera phones The iPad Pro might be exactly what Apple needs to reboot iPad sales, as a bigger tablet with updated software and better productivity apps that can take advantage of more screen real estate might become more attractive to some consumers who would otherwise prefer laptops over tablets. Such an iPad could be even more appealing to certain businesses

Could BlackBerry be back? Gorgeous leaked phone to run Android

OK, so we’ve seen plenty of leaked renders of BlackBerry’s Android phone but they’ve all been missing something: The iconic BlackBerry physical keyboard. Worry not because @evleaks on Wednesday posted a new leaked press render of the upcoming BlackBerry Android device that gives us a terrific view of the device’s slide-out keyboard. MUST READ: Microsoft just released an emergency fix for a critical bug – here’s how to get it right away As you can see, the physical keyboard comes right out of the bottom of the device, which is something that we don’t see much of anymore in Android phones. The original Motorola Droid had a slide-out physical keyboard, although it was notably very poor for typing and we imagine BlackBerry’s

8 best paid iPhone apps on sale for free today only

If you missed out on the nine paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free we showed you yesterday, don’t despair: we’ve got eight more great paid apps on sale for free to share with you today. Wednesday’s list includes a wide range of apps spanning all different categories, so there should be something for everyone. There are also still a few freebies to be found in yesterday’s post, so be sure to check that one out if you missed it on Tuesday. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 5 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: Showdown between the world’s two best camera phones These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is

Nintendo NX: Here’s what we can expect to see from Nintendo’s next-gen console

No one would blame you if you (incorrectly) assumed that the Wii U would be Nintendo’s last traditional home console. After gambling on the Wii, Nintendo decided to take another huge risk by releasing a majorly underpowered console with a controller as large as an iPad, but this time it didn’t pay off. Third party developers vanished, first party developers ran out of gimmicks and everyone moved on to the PS4 and Xbox One. But it’s not the end of the road for Nintendo. A new console is coming, but how will it compare to the Wii U? DON’T MISS: OnePlus 2 review: There can be only one Over the weekend, GamingBolt put together a thoughtful, comprehensive and well-researched article on

9 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free is going to be a tough act to follow, but we think we may have pulled it off. Today’s list of paid iOS apps on sale for free includes nine solid apps, and there’s something for everyone on Tuesday. Of course, if nine free apps aren’t enough, you can still grab a couple of the apps in yesterday’s post for free if you hurry. DON’T MISS: 15 of the best movies on Netflix that you’ve probably never heard of 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

The world’s smallest drone gets ready to take flight

Drones have gone from geeky dream to mainstream gadget in a shockingly brief amount of time. The remote-controlled airborne devices were once expensive tools reserved for businesses with a real need for them. Construction companies, for example, used them to survey and film sites, while video companies used them to capture aerial footage at a fraction of the cost of renting a helicopter. Today, you can walk into any toy store, spend less than $50 and leave with a recreational drone in your shopping bag. Drones have flooded the market to the point that it’s getting difficult to distinguish between them, but one company is getting ready to launch a drone that you won’t soon forget: Meet the world’s smallest quadcopter.

Breakthrough tech could quadruple your smartphone’s total battery life

Battery life and charging are constantly on our minds. We’re always looking for power sources to make sure our smartphones don’t die, and battery performance is always one factor worth considering when purchasing a new gadget. Many companies are looking at ways of improving batteries, and researchers from China and America had a breakthrough finding that might lead to longer-lasting, better-performing batteries in the future. DON’T MISS: Best Buy leak may have revealed iPhone 6s launch timing The new technology can prolong the life of a battery by up to four times the current lifespan. This doesn’t mean they’ll be able to hold a charge four times longer than existing batteries, but that their chemical components won’t be depleted as fast as

Huge leak: The first real photo of the new Nexus 5

We read the numerous reports that pretty much offered us all the details of Google’s upcoming new Nexus handsets for 2015, and we saw plenty of renders that were supposedly created using leaked documentation from accessory makers. But now it’s time to check out the first real image of LG’s new Nexus 5 smartphone, which was leaked online by a reputable source. DON’T MISS: Leak: This is (probably) Google’s Nexus 6 successor Well-known YouTube gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee shared a picture of what seems to be the new LG handset on Twitter. The back of the device has Nexus branding and clear prototype markings, including a “not for sale” warning. More importantly, the back of the handset also shows the exact same design elements that recent renders featured, including

10 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free today only

We usually start slow and build moment as the week progresses, but we’ve decided to start things off with a bang this week. With that, today you’ll find a huge list of 10 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for a limited time, and you won’t want to miss out on any of these great sales. DON’T MISS: A $150 iPhone 6 case that’s worth every penny? 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

Amazon CEO responds to bombshell report about how miserable it is working for Amazon

Amazon is an awesome company to its customers. To its employees, however, it’s anything but. The New York Times over the weekend released a bombshell report detailing what it’s really like to work for Amazon and it seems that being on the payroll of Jeff Bezos is a miserable and soul-draining experience. FROM EARLIER: Leak: This is (probably) Google’s Nexus 6 successor These weren’t just a couple of anecdotes from a small handful of ex-employees, either — the Times interviewed over 100 former employees who described some truly wretched practices and a terrifying lack of empathy from their managers. Here are some samples: “Molly Jay, an early member of the Kindle team, said she received high ratings for years. But when she began

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Google Maps for Android gets a welcome navigation UI change

Google continues to release new features for the Android version of its Google Maps application. After bringing Street View to Google Maps on Android only a few days ago, the company is out with software version 9.14, which includes a welcome update to the navigation user interface that should further improve your overall Google Maps experience. DON’T MISS: This versatile 15-in-1 Travel Jacket is Kickstarter’s most funded piece of clothing at $7.2M As you can see in the image above, via Android Police, Google’s minor UI change is pretty significant. In the navigation screen, the small map that’s used to show you departure and arrival points has been blown up significantly. Now you can zoom in on it, and seek alternative routes, just

Newly Announced Red Tornado Storms His Way Into Supergirl's City

Newly Announced Red Tornado Storms His Way Into Supergirl's City

This article, Newly Announced Red Tornado Storms His Way Into Supergirl's City, originally appeared on CBS.com.Look out, Supergirl! There's a new villain in the city, and he's here to stir up some major drama.  Israeli actor Iddo Goldberg—who is known for his work in Defiance, The Tourist, and Salem— will guest star as the wickedly powerful Red Tornado in the upcoming season of Supergirl. Designed for the army by scientist T.O. Morrow, Red Tornado is the world's most nefarious android who is capable of devastating National City.  Once free from the U.S. ...

Amazon adds offline viewing to Prime video service

Amazon adds offline viewing to Prime video service

Amazon on Tuesday added offline viewing of films or television shows to its Prime subscription video service. The feature breaks the tether of Internet streaming by allowing Prime members to download films or television show episodes to Apple or Android smartphones or tablets for viewing when devices are offline. "There's no doubt that the way people watch entertainment is changing — anytime, anywhere viewing is important and we are excited to provide our Prime members with offline viewing capabilities on iOS and Android platforms starting today," Amazon vice president of digital video Michael Paull said in a release.

One way Amazon Prime Video just became more appealing than Netflix

Not many people would argue that Netflix offers the most comprehensive content lineup of any streaming service on the Internet, but the ubiquitous provider isn’t perfect. To that point, years into its successful run, the company still hasn’t made any tangible strides on offering customers the ability to play shows and movies offline, so Amazon went ahead and beat Netflix to the punch. READ MORE: Meet the Nextbit Robin, a sleek new smartphone that uses cloud magic to solve storage limitations On Tuesday, Amazon announced that Prime members in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Austria can now download movies and TV shows from Prime Video to iPhones, iPads and Android devices for offline viewing at no extra cost. Once you’ve downloaded the

Texas county to buy more body cameras after deputies shown shooting suspect

Texas county to buy more body cameras after deputies shown shooting suspect

County commissioners in the San Antonio area on Tuesday approved funds for additional body cameras for sheriff's deputies, a move that comes hours after the release of a video showing two deputies appearing to fatally shoot a man who had his hands up in the air. Bexar County Commissioners also asked the sheriff's department to review the department's "use of force" policy following the release of the cell phone video shown on local TV that shows Gilbert Flores, 41, being fatally shot in an incident on Friday with two deputies. The Texas shooting came after questions have been raised about racial bias in U.S. policing due to incidents that sparked protests nationwide, including the killing of an unarmed black teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, about a year ago by a white officer.

Robin Smartphone Promises to Never Run Out of Storage

Robin Smartphone Promises to Never Run Out of Storage

The market for sub-$400 Android phones has become quite saturated, but the team at Nextbit, which includes execs from Google and HTC, believes it has something that will set it apart from the pack. Thanks to the way it works with the cloud, the new Robin phone promises that you'll never hit a wall when it comes to storage space. On the outside, the Robin has a bold, minimalist design featuring a 5.2-inch full-HD display, but the real trick is what goes on in the OS.

Amazon now offers downloading through Prime Video, your move Netflix

Amazon now offers downloading through Prime Video, your move Netflix

The Sept. 1 update to the Amazon Prime Video app on iOS and Android includes the ability to download movies and television shows from the Prime Video catalog for later play. The new feature sets the streaming service apart from its closest competitor, Netflix, by cutting the very last cable holding cord-cutters back. Amazon Prime is a $99 annual subscription service that allows for free two-day shipping on 20 million Amazon products, free music streaming from Prime Music, unlimited photo storage as well as other benefits.

Meet the Nextbit Robin, a sleek new smartphone that uses cloud magic to solve storage limitations

The smartphone space is quite cluttered right now. It might not seem like it in major markets, since Apple and Samsung dominate the smartphone industry, but there are dozens of companies around the world fighting for space in consumers’ pockets. Different companies use different strategies to try to separate their products from the pack, but by and large, most companies hit the same notes. Since Samsung and Apple dominate the high end, other companies compete on price. Interestingly, no smaller smartphone makers have made a real effort to break through by addressing one of smartphone users’ top pain points in a new and creative way… until now. DON’T MISS: It’s not just Windows 10, Windows 7 and 8 are also tracking you

New Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 cases leak, seem to confirm one major new feature

Thanks to numerous leaks we already know a lot about Google’s upcoming new Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 devices. They’re made by LG and Huawei, and they should be launched this fall as soon as Android 6.0 Marshmallow is ready for mass consumption. Considering that Google’s new mobile operating system brings support for some major new features, it seemed obvious long before leaks actually started coming in that the new Nexus handsets would pack specific hardware to take advantage of the new Marshmallow features, and a pair of new leaks have confirmed the presence of a fingerprint scanner on both devices. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: Leaked pricing paints grim picture for your wallet Specifically, photos from MKBHD and Steve

Android smart watches get in time with iPhone

Android smart watches get in time with iPhone

Google on Monday broke down the wall between Android smart watches and iPhones, taking on Apple Watch on its home turf. A version of Android Wear smart watch software tailored for Apple's mobile operating system made its debut, paired for now only with LG Watch Urbane, according to a Google blog post. "Today, Android Wear for iOS works with the LG Watch Urbane," Google said.

Major new Nexus 5 leak claims specs are at ‘sub-flagship’ level

The 2015 Nexus 5 is likely going to be an exciting device for Android fans looking to run Marshmallow as soon as possible after release and without any kind of OEM and/or carrier customization. After a variety of leaks pretty much revealed everything there is to know about the new Google handset, a new report seems to reinforce them, but it suggests that the new Nexus handset will be a “sub-flagship” device. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: Leaked pricing paints grim picture for your wallet That’s not a bad thing, considering what the new Nexus 5 is expected to pack under the hood. In fact, this might be further indication that the newest Nexus won’t burn a hole in

Largest Apple account theft ever discovered – how to tell if you’re affected

Apple’s walled iOS garden is more resistant to malware than Android, though there are still malware apps that can take advantage of Apple’s mobile operating system. A security company found what’s believed to be the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware, and it’s developed an online tool that can help you check out whether you were affected already exists. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: Leaked pricing paints grim picture for your wallet The first thing you need to know about this malware threat is that it affected just over 225,000 accounts originating from 18 countries including China, France, Russia, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Israel, Italy, Spain, Singapore, and South Korea. Furthermore, only jailbroken

Are Cell Phones Making College Students Unhealthy, Unwealthy and Unwise?

As a university professor, I typically preface each lecture with, "It's time to put your cell phones away for the next 50 minutes." Reluctantly, and sometimes with what appears to be great difficulty, the students put their phones out of reach. Indeed, the cell phone's popularity is increasing along with its functionality in all populations, including college students. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, more than 90 percent of college-aged adults own a cell phone.

LG promotes new Watch Urbane Luxe

LG promotes new Watch Urbane Luxe

LG has come out with a limited edition 23-karat gold version of its Watch Urbane in partnership with US jewelry company REEDS Jewelers. The Watch Urbane Luxe, LG's newest Android Wear smartwatch, offers the same technical options as the original Urbane.

Our best look yet at BlackBerry’s first Android phone

For the first time in years, BlackBerry will actually launch handsets that will actually appeal to someone beyond BlackBerry diehards. After trying various things to make its phones popular with consumers again, the former king of the smartphone business is finally willing to admit defeat – well, sort of – and use Google’s hugely popular operating system for new devices. One such model is the BlackBerry Venice, and this might be our best look yet at the unannounced device. DON’T MISS: Leaked iPhone 6s photos show two important new features Even though it’s going with Android for this particular handset, BlackBerry still thinks that we need physical keyboards. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised to see BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard pop

At a virtual reality expo, VR comes in many forms

At a virtual reality expo, VR comes in many forms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few inches above the floor, a man is suspended from a swing-like apparatus pretending he's flying over a mountain. Around the corner, a woman is defending herself against a horde of zombies with a make-believe gun. Several feet away, two guys are seemingly racing in cars over 100 mph while both sit still.

Mutant League Football successor keeps churning with another pre-alpha trailer

Mutant League Football successor keeps churning with another pre-alpha trailer

Nothing is going to kill the spiritual successor to Mutant League Football. Digital Dreams Entertainment, the studio helmed by the creator of the original game, showed off another two-minute trailer of pre-alpha gameplay for Mutant Football League, giving the most current picture possible of where it stands in development. Mutant Football League is being developed on the Unity Engine for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices.

New leak may reveal the 2015 Nexus 5’s official release date

Android fans have been patiently waiting for Google to release a followup to 2013’s Nexus 5, which has become one of the most beloved Android phones ever made. A new report claims that Google is finally going to fulfill their wishes by launching a proper Nexus 5 successor just over a month from now, presumably to coincide with the official launch of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. FROM EARLIER: LG launched an awesome iPhone keyboard and I want it right now G for Games directs our attention to a new report from Korean website MKPost that claims the new Nexus 5 will officially launch on September 29th, or roughly 11 days after Apple is reportedly releasing the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The

NYC taxis to compete with Uber

NYC taxis to compete with Uber

New York cab companies are set to launch an app of their own, one billion people visit Facebook in a day, Chrome sets end date for Flash support, and HTC's Vive VR headset is delayed.

Why Android 6.0 Marshmallow is an even bigger deal than Google’s letting on

Both iOS 9 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow have been tagged as incremental upgrades that are mostly looking to add stability improvements without overwhelming us with new features. But Android fan Salman Ahmad makes the case that Marshmallow is actually a bigger deal than a lot of people — including Google — are giving it credit for being. FROM EARLIER: If Apple had released the flawed Galaxy Note 5… To back up his point, he lists dozens of new features that are coming to Marshmallow that should have Android users excited. Here they are: • Now on Tap • Permissions Management • SD Cards can be “merged” with internal storage • Android Pay • Native fingerprint authentication • Automatic app data backups • App Links (you’re going to see less

Dark Matter Season 1 Finale Review: The End?

Dark Matter Season 1 Finale Review: The End?

Dark Matter S01E12 / S01E13: "Episode Twelve" / "Episode Thirteen" That's it for Dark Matter, guys! At least for 2015. We still don't know if Space and Syfy will be bringing the series back for Season 2, but the way the first season ended, they had better or I will march on down to their offices and then turn right around because I am scared of conflict. But my intentions are there! Dark Matter needs another season not just because the last handful of episodes of the were an improvement over the rest of the season, but because you CANNOT END A SEASON LIKE THAT. It should be illegal and punishable with a wet-noodle slapping. Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, I'm looking at you, and I'm about to drop a whole package of uncooked spaghetti into this pot of boiling water. I say that as a fair-weather fan of Dark Matter—because I genuinely want to know what's next for the Raza crew, especially after THAT—and as a critic, because the way Season 1 ended was kind of a ripoff in that there's absolutely zero closure in "Episode Thirteen." If Dark Matter doesn't get a second season, we'll just have to guess what Six's motives were for turning the rest of the crew over to the Galactic Authority. And frankly, I'm still busy writing my own fanfic endings for Deadwood, FlashForward, The Event, Alcatraz, and Alphas. I don't have time to add another. (Knowing my luck, Space and Syfy will renew the series before this gets published and I'll sound like an idiot.) But before we get to the ending, let's quickly talk about everything else that happened. I liked "Episode Twelve" more than the finale; it felt like an extension of whatever was going on behind the scenes in "Episode Eleven," as things felt bigger and better from a production standpoint. There was also the planet-destroying white-hole technology as a doomsday weapon, another great addition to any science fiction story. Let's also remind ourselves that once again, the guys were cooped up in the ship while the women took care of business—this time Android joining Two instead of Five—and it worked again, probably because the female characters are more interesting than the males. And Two kicking butt and chopping scientists into pieces is always fun to watch, but Android's initial ass-thumping of some drones was the highlight. The stuntwork continued to impress. Even though "Episode Twelve" was just a fun rescue mission with some details on Two's background—she was created by Alexander Rook (Wil Wheaton) and killed a bunch of scientists escaping her creators—it wisely put us in a place where harmony ruled the Raza crew, and the late scene of everyone having a grand old time around the dinner table was a pleasant picture we didn't see much of in Season 1. So of course it was set up to yank all the pleasantries away for the finale. But all in all, another good hour of Dark Matter. "Episode Thirteen" was a whodunnit that pit the crew against each other, a mechanic that Dark Matter should be exploring as often as it can seeing how these six (well, five because Five) strangers are wanted criminals who don't know each other well at all. There was a feeling that intergroup eyebrow-raising was going to happen in the finale right from the get-go, so the set-up of getting there was a little exhausting (did we really have to spend all that time with Five going through the vents to see if the culprit was in there?) and the first third of the episode amounted to very little. It wasn't until 15 minutes of clearing the ship had passed that the Raza crew realized that one of them was responsible for knocking out Android and was a threat to everyone else. Once that got started, One and Two did the name-calling thing that they've been doing all season long, Five was scared of Two because of a secret pre-stasis recording she dug up of Two talking to Four (I think?) about killing someone else, and Four and Six got knocked out early. There wasn't as much tension as there should have been as there was hardly any evidence to hold against any individual character, and wild accusations from old grudges or unconfirmed evidence formed the basis of most of the suspicions. But "Episode Thirteen" did a splendid job of keeping the big secret—who was the rat?—until the very end as an army of Galactic Authority soldiers boarded the ship and gassed everyone else. And out of the smoke was Six walking with the GA while his fellow crew members were hauled off. That's it! That's how it ended. Dark Matter never had any shame about ending episodes on cliffhangers, a technique that is both thrilling and frustrating, but tacking one on to the season finale is another story. Especially when the show's future is in the air. Knowing that Six was the culprit wasn't enough. We need an explanation about why he did it, and where the crew members were being taken to. But instead, "Episode Thirteen" was handled in the same way other episodes were. We can guess about why Six did it—he bargained his own freedom, he made a deal to clear him of his blame for blowing up all those people, he was always a secret member of the GA—but all we got was a fact rather than a feature. That's a tough way to leave Dark Matter for nine months. DARK MATTERS – Four is going to take back his throne once all his affairs are in order. Do we really need that episode? – Three: "I hate cake." – That old man Alex was talking to at the end of "Twelve" wants the Raza crew dead now. They're just making friends all over space!

Samsung will pay you $200 to dump your iPhone

For a period of time, Android seemed like an unstoppable juggernaut. The mobile platform’s global market share skyrocketed each quarter at breakneck speeds, leaving rival platforms in the dust behind it. Then, in 2014, Apple finally released iPhones with bigger displays to combat the supersized screens Android users had been enjoying for years. As a result, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Android users were switching to the iPhone faster than ever, and the company’s holiday quarter was the most profitable quarter any company has even reported. Now, Samsung is starting to fight back. MUST READ: A new revelation from that leaked iPhone 6s box (no, it’s not good news) Samsung hoped that launching new flagship phones made out of premium materials

Russia's MTS teams up with Google to promote mobile Internet

Russia's MTS teams up with Google to promote mobile Internet

Russia's biggest mobile phone operator MTS said on Friday it had teamed up with Google Inc to help grow the use of mobile Internet and will get a share of the search site's advertising revenues in Russia. Under a strategic agreement, MTS will feature Google's voice search in its ad campaigns and retail stores, and a relevant application will be pre-installed on the main screen of Google's Android-based smartphones sold in the MTS retail chain. "MTS will share with Google the cost of mobile Internet promotion and get money from Google's search services under a revenue-sharing scheme," an MTS spokesman said.

Acer brings two low-cost smartphones to the U.S.

Acer brings two low-cost smartphones to the U.S.

Acer America has announced that two unlocked Android smartphones will be available in the US by next month. Two handsets from Acer -- the Liquid Jade Z and Liquid Z410 -- will be available in the United States from September. Acer has kept costs down with inexpensive hardware, the old Kitkat version of Android and limited storage (although doubling the memory only costs $20).

Does iOS have a bloatware problem?

When it comes to tech coverage, Forbes is generally a pretty mixed bag. The site publishes content from a huge number of contributors, some of whom know their stuff, and some of whom are great for some comic relief and little else. On Wednesday morning, I read a post on Forbes that fell into the former category. It was a nice quick post about Android bloatware, and it explained why future Android devices may have less of it. The post was well written, made a few good points, and offered a good quote from a VP of engineering at Google for support. Then, Forbes’ social media editor completely ruined the post for me with a single tweet. DON’T MISS: Free app completely

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Citing God's authority, clerk defies Supreme Court on gay marriages

Citing God's authority, clerk defies Supreme Court on gay marriages

Invoking God's authority, a Kentucky county clerk defied the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday and stood by her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to any couples - gay or straight - since the court in June ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution. On Monday, the same court rejected Davis' request for an emergency order allowing her to deny marriage licenses to gay couples while she appeals a federal judge's order requiring her to issue them.

Illinois hunts for suspects in killing of veteran police officer

Illinois hunts for suspects in killing of veteran police officer

By Brendan O'Brien FOX LAKE, Ill. (Reuters) - More than 100 police officers using aircraft and canine units were searching northern Illinois on Tuesday afternoon for three suspects believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of a 30-year veteran police officer, officials said. Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was found wounded on Tuesday morning after reporting that he was pursuing three suspects on foot, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said. Officials have only described the three suspects as two white males and one black male.

Uber drivers granted class action status in lawsuit over employment

Uber drivers granted class action status in lawsuit over employment

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber drivers are entitled to class action status in litigation over whether they are independent contractors or employees, a key development in a case threatening Uber's business model and that of other hot startups dependent on similar service workers. Three drivers sued Uber in a federal court in San Francisco, contending they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. The results of Uber's legal battle could reshape the sharing economy, which is built around Internet companies that serve as marketplaces matching people who provide a service with others looking to pay for it.

Supreme Court rules against clerk in gay marriage case

Supreme Court rules against clerk in gay marriage case

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and the clerk will arrive at work Tuesday morning to face her moment of truth.

White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip

White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska.

About 150 new Hillary Clinton emails now deemed classified

About 150 new Hillary Clinton emails now deemed classified

Among the soon-to-be released emails from Hillary Clinton's private email server, approximately 150 have been deemed classified by the State Department. The roughly 150 emails are among 7,000 pages of new emails from Hillary Clinton's private server that the State Department will publish on its public records website later tonight -- part of its ongoing effort to make all of 30,000 emails public. The exact number of newly classified emails to be released tonight in redacted form is still being calculated, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said today.

Director Wes Craven dies at 76

Director Wes Craven dies at 76

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wes Craven, the prolific writer-director who startled audiences with iconic suburban slashers like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream," has died. He was 76.

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For many refugees, journey to Europe begins on Facebook

By Naline Malla, Ayla Jean Yackley, Marton Dunai and Aleksandar Vasovic BEIRUT/ISTANBUL/BUDAPEST/BELGRADE (Reuters) - Would-be refugees hoping to flee war in the Middle East are using Facebook as their compass for finding the people smugglers they hope will get them to a better life in Europe. The U.S.-based website and other social media that were once used to help mobilize the "Arab Spring" uprisings now host information services for those escaping the Syrian civil war and other conflicts in the region. In Facebook groups set up in Arabic, users post phone numbers of contacts they say can take refugees from the Turkish coast to nearby Greek islands or even further into Europe, a continent struggling to cope with the migration crisis.

How to stop Facebook from ruining the quality of your uploaded pics

Have you ever uploaded an image to Facebook and noticed that it doesn’t look as good on your timeline as it does on your hard drive? There’s a reason for that: Facebook saves space on its servers by compressing the photos you upload, which will affect a picture’s overall quality. This is a particularly bad problem for photos you’ve downloaded from elsewhere on the web that have likely already gone through at least one compression so far. Lifehacker, however, has provided us with a helpful list of tips for beating the Facebook compression system and posting photos that look almost as good as new. DON’T MISS: Here’s a look at Google’s new logo First, you should try to upload photos that are at

German minister's 'Negro' comment sparks social media storm

German minister's 'Negro' comment sparks social media storm

A German state minister sparked a social media storm Tuesday after calling a beloved German pop singer a "wonderful Negro" during a TV debate on Europe's migrant crisis. The Twitter hashtag #Neger (Negro) topped trending topics in Germany the morning after Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann used the term for Roberto Blanco, who is of Afro-Cuban origin. "Roberto Blanco was always a wonderful Negro, who most Germans thought was wonderful," Herrmann had said in a TV talk show Monday evening on public broadcaster ZDF.

Kanye West's presidential speech tops Twitter during VMAs

Kanye West's presidential speech tops Twitter during VMAs

More than 47 million tweets about the MTV Video Music Awards were sent globally in the three hours before and during the show's East Coast airing, announced Twitter on Monday. The social network revealed the VMA moments that generated the most buzz on Twitter during those hours, topped by Kanye West's acceptance of his Video Vanguard award, in which he said he planned to run for president in 2020.

Egypt muezzin suspended over 'Facebook prayer call'

Egypt muezzin suspended over 'Facebook prayer call'

An Egyptian muezzin has been suspended by the authorities after being accused of intoning "Prayer is better than Facebook" in his early morning call for people to pray. The action was taken against Mahmud al-Moghazi, who denies the charge, after devout Muslims complained that he had altered the traditional call to prayer, an official told AFP on Monday. Villagers in Beheira province north of Cairo reported Moghazi to the Ministry of Awqaf, or religious affairs, charging that he replaced the usual "Prayer is better than sleep" dawn call to the faithful with "Prayer is better than Facebook".

Facebook Adds Tool to Detect Unauthorized Posts of Video

Facebook Inc., under fire from top Web-video creators who say it fails to prevent their videos from being posted without permission, is trying to make it easier for them to protect their content, particularly when videos go viral. The social-networking giant, which is locked in a battle with Google Inc.’s YouTube unit for Web-video supremacy, is introducing a video-matching-technology product designed to quickly identify videos that are duplicates of those already uploaded directly by their creators. “This technology is tailored to our platform, and will allow these creators to identify matches of their videos on Facebook across pages, profiles, groups, and geographies,” Facebook said in its post.

Twitter sets modest goals to diversity its workforce

Twitter sets modest goals to diversity its workforce

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is setting modest goals to diversify its workforce while it fights a proposed class-action lawsuit that says the online messaging service discriminates against its female employees.

Star Wars' official Facebook account schools fan bothered by lack of 'feminine' armor

Star Wars' official Facebook account schools fan bothered by lack of 'feminine' armor

Star Wars is currently running a contest for fans to promote their own images of Captain Phasma, a somewhat mysterious character from The Force Awakens. Whoever is running the official Star Wars account didn't think this was a major concern. Captain Phasma is played by Gwendoline Christie, who you may know as Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones.

What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day

What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day

NEW YORK (AP) — A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population.

Facebook must obey German law even if free speech curtailed: minister

Facebook must obey German law even if free speech curtailed: minister

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Facebook will have to abide by German laws banning racist sentiment even if it might be allowed in the United States under freedom of speech, Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with Reuters. Maas, who has accused Facebook of doing too little to thwart racist and hate posts on its social media platform, said that Germany has zero tolerance for such expression and expects the U.S.-based company to be more vigilant. "One thing is clear: if Facebook wants to do business in Germany, then it must abide by German laws," Maas told Reuters.

Facebook Hit a Mind-Boggling Milestone This Week

In particular, Facebook has been at the forefront of the shift toward earning ad dollars via online video, the fastest-growing digital advertising category. Related: Will Facebook Kill the News Media or Save It? Instead, he wrote that he is proud of the community built by the social network and said that connecting the world is making it a better place.

Facebook just reached an amazing milestone, and you were probably a part of it

Late on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg published a post announcing that the world’s largest social network had reached an impressive new milestone: on Monday, August 24,  for the first time in site history, one billion users used Facebook in a single day. DON’T MISS: Huge leak details another new iPhone 6s feature you’re going to love To put this figure into perspective, consider these two data points. First, Zuckerberg points out that 1 out of every 7 people on earth logged into Facebook during a 24 hour period. Second, back in 2012, 1 billion users visited Facebook actively each month. In a relatively short period of time, Facebook successfully jumped from a popular social networking site into a global brand with tremendous

Facebook sees a billion users in a single day

Facebook sees a billion users in a single day

"We just passed an important milestone," chief executive and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page. It was the first time that a billion people used Facebook in a single day, according to Zuckerberg. "When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different," Zuckerberg said.

Facebook celebrates one billion users in single day

Facebook celebrates one billion users in single day

Facebook boasted of a new benchmark Thursday in its seemingly inexorable march to Internet ubiquity: a billion people used the social network in a single day. "We just passed an important milestone," chief executive and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg declared in a post on his Facebook page. "When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different," Zuckerberg added.

Demi Lovato's Twitter Tease 

Demi Lovato's Twitter Tease 

Demi Lovato may be plenty "Confident" with her new music, but the star still gets by with a little help from her friends.

Twitter tries to lure in users as it searches for CEO

Twitter tries to lure in users as it searches for CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter's most urgent task is naming a new CEO. But the most formidable one is convincing more people that its service is essential, easy to use and not just meant for celebrities, 16-year-olds and news junkies.

German justice minister takes aim at Facebook over racist posts

German justice minister takes aim at Facebook over racist posts

Germany's justice minister has accused Facebook of doing too little to thwart racist posts and hate comments on the social media platform and has proposed a meeting next month in Berlin with top officials from the company in Europe. In a letter to Facebook public policy director Richard Allan in Dublin obtained by Reuters, Heiko Maas said he had received many complaints from users that their protests on racist posts have been ignored. "Facebook users are, in particular, complaining increasingly that your company is not effectively stopping racist 'posts' and comments despite their pointing out concrete examples," wrote Maas, a member of the center Social Democrats (SPD).

Facebook to meet German government on Internet hate-mongering

Facebook to meet German government on Internet hate-mongering

Facebook on Thursday accepted an invitation from Germany's justice minister to discuss doing more to purge the social network of racist posts after widespread complaints from users. In a letter to Facebook's European subsidiaries, Justice Minister Heiko Maas suggested a meeting with company executives on September 14 to talk about "improving the effectiveness and transparency of your community standards". Facebook's German unit agreed to meet Maas, saying in an email sent to AFP it "takes his concerns very seriously".

Facebook adding virtual assistant to Messenger app

Facebook adding virtual assistant to Messenger app

Facebook on Wednesday began testing a Messenger app virtual assistant that the leading social network said goes beyond artificial intelligence programs already on the market. The personal digital assistant -- dubbed "M" -- completes tasks along with seeking out information at the behest of users. "Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf," Facebook's David Marcus said in an online post.

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How many Ashley Madison users were flirting with fembots?

Ashley Madison is claiming that millions of real women regularly use its website to help them have affairs. But if that’s the case, why do so many of the website’s robo-users disproportionately send messages to male users? Gizmodo’s Annalee Newitz has done some more detective work on the leaked Ashley Madison data and has discovered that the website has had its bots send more than 20 million messages to men while sending less than 2,000 such robo-messages to women. Meanwhile, Ashley Madison’s bots engaged in instant message chats with men more than 11 million times and chatted with women on the site just 2,400 times. MUST READ: Enough: It’s time for major tech companies to take a stand against ISP data caps

Millions hit by personal data hack still have not been told

Millions hit by personal data hack still have not been told

The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday. The agency whose data was hacked, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), said the Defense Department will begin "later this month" to notify employees and contractors across the government that their personal information was accessed by hackers.

5 things to watch at the IFA gadget show in Berlin

5 things to watch at the IFA gadget show in Berlin

Some 1,500 companies and over 250,000 people are expected to visit Europe's flagship technology show, the IFA in Berlin, when it opens to the public on Friday. The event, which runs through Sept. 9, will ...

New Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 cases leak, seem to confirm one major new feature

Thanks to numerous leaks we already know a lot about Google’s upcoming new Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 devices. They’re made by LG and Huawei, and they should be launched this fall as soon as Android 6.0 Marshmallow is ready for mass consumption. Considering that Google’s new mobile operating system brings support for some major new features, it seemed obvious long before leaks actually started coming in that the new Nexus handsets would pack specific hardware to take advantage of the new Marshmallow features, and a pair of new leaks have confirmed the presence of a fingerprint scanner on both devices. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: Leaked pricing paints grim picture for your wallet Specifically, photos from MKBHD and Steve

Web address explosion is bonanza for cyber-criminals: study

Web address explosion is bonanza for cyber-criminals: study

An explosion in the number of new Internet addresses has created a wealth of opportunities for criminals exploiting shady domains such as .zip, .kim or .party, according to an industry study published on Tuesday. An analysis of tens of millions of websites by enterprise security company Blue Coat found the most dangerous top-level domains (TLDs) were .zip, .review and .country, while the safest new ones were .london, .tel and .church. "Ideally, TLDs would all be run by security-conscious operators who diligently review new domain name applications, and reject those that don't meet a stringent set of criteria," Blue Coat wrote in its study.

Reporters cleared in Thai navy defamation case

Reporters cleared in Thai navy defamation case

By Martin Petty and Pairat Temphairojana PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - A court on the Thai island of Phuket cleared two journalists on Tuesday of defaming the Thai navy and other related charges in a report they published in 2013 on the trafficking of Muslim minority Rohingya people from Myanmar. The high-profile case was one of a number brought by authorities under Thailand's harsh defamation and cyber-crime laws that have drawn criticism from rights groups concerned about curbs on freedom of speech in the military-run country. The complaint against Australian Alan Morison and Thai national Chutima Sidasathian was filed by a naval officer based in Phuket.

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sanctioning Russia as well as China in cyber attacks

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sanctioning Russia as well as China in cyber attacks

By Arshad Mohammed, Matt Spetalnick and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials said on Monday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no final decision had been made on imposing sanctions, which could strain relations with Russia further and, if they came soon, cast a pall over a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September. It did not mention Russia.

Ashley Madison owner says website still adding users after data hack

Ashley Madison owner says website still adding users after data hack

Hundreds of thousands of people signed up for infidelity website Ashley Madison in the last week, parent company Avid Life Media said on Monday, even after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients. "Recent media reports predicting the imminent demise of Ashley Madison are greatly exaggerated," the company said in a statement. "Despite having our business and customers attacked, we are growing." On Aug. 18, hackers who claimed to be unhappy with Avid Life's business practices released Ashley Madison customer data.

DDoS attacks are getting much more powerful and the Pentagon is scrambling for solutions

No wonder the Pentagon has announced it’s working on a plan to fund tools and researchers to help organizations defend themselves against the pervasive threat of cyber assaults known as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. In recent days, the agency said it’s looking to fund researchers who can come up with tools as part of a program starting next April that would, among other things, help organizations recover from DDoS attacks in a maximum of 10 seconds. And the acknowledgement of that hunt for researchers for the program, called Extreme DDoS Defense, arguably comes not a moment too soon. DON’T MISS: It’s not just Windows 10, Windows 7 and 8 are also tracking you – here’s how to stop them A few new industry

Largest Apple account theft ever discovered – how to tell if you’re affected

Apple’s walled iOS garden is more resistant to malware than Android, though there are still malware apps that can take advantage of Apple’s mobile operating system. A security company found what’s believed to be the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware, and it’s developed an online tool that can help you check out whether you were affected already exists. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: Leaked pricing paints grim picture for your wallet The first thing you need to know about this malware threat is that it affected just over 225,000 accounts originating from 18 countries including China, France, Russia, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Israel, Italy, Spain, Singapore, and South Korea. Furthermore, only jailbroken

T-Mobile CEO declares war on ‘thieves’ who are ‘stealing’ tethered LTE data

How can someone steal something that’s unlimited? That’s a question you might ask when hearing that T-Mobile has started a war on data hogs who are taking advantage of its unlimited data plans. But the uncarrier’s CEO made it clear on Periscope and on the company’s blog on Sunday how that’s happening, as T-Mobile has had enough of people using workarounds to use their T-Mobile connections to get unlimited tethering data and mask their abuse. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: Leaked pricing paints grim picture for your wallet “Here’s what’s happening: when customers buy our unlimited 4G LTE plan for their smartphones we include a fixed amount of LTE to be used for tethering (using the ‘Smartphone

U.S. considering sanctions over Chinese cyber theft: Washington Post

U.S. considering sanctions over Chinese cyber theft: Washington Post

The White House is considering applying sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from Chinese hacking of U.S. trade secrets, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. The newspaper, citing several unidentified Obama administration officials, said a final determination on whether to issue the sanctions was expected soon, possibly as early as the next two weeks. Suspicions that Chinese hackers were behind a series of data breaches in the United States have been an irritant in relations between the world's two largest economies as President Xi Jinping prepares to make his first visit to the United States next month.

Ashley Madison courted several buyers, landed none before attack

Ashley Madison courted several buyers, landed none before attack

By Allison Martell and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - The owner of adultery website Ashley Madison had already been struggling to sell itself or raise funds for at least three years before the publication of details about its members, according to internal documents and emails also released by hackers as part of their assault on the company in recent weeks. Avid Life Media announced on Friday that CEO Noel Biderman, who founded the website in 2001, had left the company with immediate effect, the latest sign of the wrenching impact on the company of the attack that led to the disclosure of sensitive data about millions of clients.

Uber hires two security researchers to improve car technology

Uber hires two security researchers to improve car technology

By Joseph Menn and Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has hired two top vehicle security researchers, the company said on Friday, high-profile additions that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars. Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter Inc, and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm IOActive, have resigned from their jobs and will join Uber next week. Miller and Valasek won wide attention this month after demonstrating that they could hack into a moving Jeep.

Exclusive: Russia's Kaspersky threatened to 'rub out' rival, email shows

Exclusive: Russia's Kaspersky threatened to 'rub out' rival, email shows

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In 2009, Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of one of the world's top security companies, told some of his lieutenants that they should attack rival antivirus software maker AVG Technologies N.V. by "rubbing them out in the outhouse," one of several previously undisclosed emails shows. As previously reported by Reuters, the plan involved creating fake virus samples and malware identifications to fool competitors into disabling or deleting important files, thereby creating problems for their customers.

United Airlines to revamp scheduling to fight flight delays

United Airlines to revamp scheduling to fight flight delays

United Airlines plans to change the way it schedules flights and to use new technology to tackle the delays and cancellations that have hurt its competitiveness, company executives told Reuters. The new initiatives aim to narrow the gap in performance between United Continental Holdings Inc and Delta Air Lines Inc , which has the best on-time record of U.S. airlines.

Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking

Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of the company that runs adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company's computer systems and outing of millions of its members.

Ashley Madison parent CEO quits after huge infidelity data hack

Ashley Madison parent CEO quits after huge infidelity data hack

By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - The chief executive of infidelity website Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media has left, just over a week after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients in a massive cyber assault. Avid Life said on Friday the departure of Noel Biderman was by "mutual agreement" and its existing senior management team would take over until a new CEO is appointed. On Aug. 18, hackers who claimed to be unhappy with its business practices released the Ashley Madison customer data, and police probing the breach said it had sparked extortion attempts and at least two unconfirmed suicides.

Republican Rubio attacks China's Xi ahead of visit

Republican Rubio attacks China's Xi ahead of visit

By Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Friday accused Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is scheduled to make a state visit to Washington next month, of stepping up a campaign to push the United States out of Asia. Rubio, a foreign policy hawk, called on President Barack Obama "to speak bluntly to this authoritarian ruler" and downgrade Xi's visit by scrapping a planned state dinner at the White House. Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, accused Xi of trying to undermine U.S. influence in Asia by asserting Chinese control over disputed territories in the East and South China Seas.

Investors still in the dark as cyber threat grows

Investors still in the dark as cyber threat grows

By Simon Jessop and Ross Kerber LONDON/BOSTON (Reuters) - Investors are being poorly served by a haphazard approach from fund managers to the growing threat of cyber crime damaging the companies in which they invest, with a lack of clarity from the businesses themselves compounding the problem. Banks have led the way in developing cyber defenses and some top fund managers have ramped up pressure on companies to do more, but the broader picture is less encouraging. "I don't see any visible stand asset managers are taking, like they do on other social responsibility items," said Malcolm Harkins, information security chief at U.S. cyber security start-up Cylance Inc. The soft underbelly of companies outside the banking sector was exposed again this month when hackers leaked details of nearly 37 million clients of Ashley Madison.

U.S., China stress positives ahead of Xi trip

U.S., China stress positives ahead of Xi trip

China and the United States stressed the positives in their complex relationship on Friday during meetings between U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Chinese officials ahead of a U.S. visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping next month. While the world's two largest economies have important mutual interests, like trying to rein in North Korea's nuclear program, deep disagreements exist over everything from Internet security to China's claims in the South China Sea. "We have seen our bilateral relationship evolve and strengthen in recent months. And we have found areas of broadened and deepened cooperation that we are certainly looking forward to building upon," Rice told China's top diplomat, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister.

Huawei brings online smartphone brand Honor to Europe

Huawei brings online smartphone brand Honor to Europe

((This August 27 has been corrected to mention June 30 in fifth paragraph)) LONDON (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] brought its youth-focused mobile phone brand Honor to Europe on Thursday with the launch of the Honor 7, a handset that has chalked up sales of more than 1.5 million in China since June. Huawei, the world's number three smartphone maker according to Gartner, has invested heavily in the past couple of years to establish Honor as a standalone brand challenging Beijing-based Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL] in appealing to digitally savvy consumers. George Zhao, president of Huawei's Honor brand, said the handsets would be mainly promoted and sold online in Europe, as they were in China.

The most hilarious revelation about the Ashley Madison hack yet

Was Ashley Madison a website full of married guys who spent their time trying to hook up with bots and/or other guys whom they thought were women? Gizmodo has taken a look at some of the leaked data about the website and has found that the reality is it’s “like a science fictional future where every woman on Earth is dead, and some Dilbert-like engineer has replaced them with badly-designed robots.” RELATED: Things are getting worse and worse for Ashley Madison Gizmodo took a look at female profiles on the site and discovered that most of them were never used at all after they were created. In fact, the site estimates that roughly 12,000 of the 5.5 million registered female accounts are

Huge leak details another new iPhone 6s feature you’re going to love

Apple Watch users who are in love with the Motion watch face — the one where an animation of a flower, butterfly or jellyfish pops up on the screen each time you check the time — should know that Apple is reportedly bringing the same kind of animated UI to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. DON’T MISS: New free iPhone app will change the way you use email – watch the video if you don’t believe us Coming from the often accurate Mark Gurman from 9toMac, the report says Apple will offer iPhone 6s buyers a “spiced up set of animated wallpapers” that will work similarly to what’s available on the Apple Watch. Animated wallpapers have been seen by two sources who

Everything we expect to see at Apple’s big iPhone 6s event

Apple on Thursday set September 9th as the official date for its fall 2015 iPhone launch. While Apple’s newest smartphone will be the highlight of its event, we’re expecting to see a lot more from the pride of Cupertino this year than just another phone. Below we’ll go over the biggest things we’re likely to see at Apple’s event on September 9th. RELATED: iPhone 6s: New report reveals every single detail on new 12MP camera The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus These are the twin bells of the ball, although we don’t expect them to look too different from the two smartphones Apple released last year. The most recent leaks indicate both smartphones will feature 12-megapixel cameras that can

Report links hacking scheme to Iran

NEW YORK (AP) — Researchers have linked a sophisticated hacking scheme targeting Iranian dissidents and at least one freedom of expression activist back to Iran.

Scary iPhone malware can spy on you even after you close infected apps

A rather scary piece of iPhone malware would let an attacker spy on a target using an approved App Store app without the person’s knowledge. In fact, the malware app could continue to gather data for the hackers — or for a spy agency — even after the infected app is closed by the user. Apple apparently fixed this huge vulnerability beginning with iOS 8.4.1, but earlier iOS builds are still affected. DON’T MISS: New free iPhone app will change the way you use email – watch the video if you don’t believe us If you stop using an app and minimize it to the background, the app stops working after about three minutes to save processor power and thus battery life. But the Ins0mnia bug, discovered

Finland detains Russian accused of U.S. malware crimes

Finland confirmed on Thursday it has detained a Russian citizen, Maxim Senakh, at the request of U.S. federal authorities on computer fraud charges, in a move that Russia calls illegal. Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for human rights, said on Wednesday that Senakh's detention was "another demonstration of the illegal practice of detaining Russian citizens abroad launched by U.S. authorities." If Finland had suspicions that Senakh was involved in illegal activity, it would have been more logical to send such information to Russia, Dolgov added in a statement.

Exporters run for high ground as China growth story unravels

Exporters run for high ground as China growth story unravels

The alarming scale of China's economic slowdown is pushing European exporters to accelerate a move into premium goods and services, sacrificing volumes if necessary to sustain margins. The move, on the heels of a surprise yuan devaluation two weeks ago, has further unnerved investors who bought into the growth stories of European exporters dependent on China. German industrial group ThyssenKrupp , Dutch healthcare and consumer group Philips and British food ingredients group Tate & Lyle are among those adjusting for lower growth and a new intensity in price wars.

Secrets have long slipped into State Department email

Secrets have long slipped into State Department email

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, State Department officials in Washington were emailing one another with updates in real time. Embedded in those messages were nuggets of classified information, including an apparent reference to a CIA facility that was a closely guarded secret.

British hacker for Islamic State killed in U.S. drone strike in Syria: sources

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A British hacker who U.S. and European officials said became a top cyber expert for Islamic State in Syria has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, a U.S. source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. It was the second reported killing of a senior Islamic State figure in the last eight days after the group's second-in-command was killed in a U.S. air strike in Iraq on Aug. 18. The source indicated that the U.S. Defense Department was likely involved in the drone strike that killed British hacker Junaid Hussain, a former Birmingham, England, resident.

State Department officials routinely sent secrets over email

State Department officials routinely sent secrets over email

WASHINGTON (AP) — The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

Fresh leak suggests next-gen Nexus 5 might be even cheaper than you think

Google plans to release two Nexus handsets this year, according to a number of reports that have probably covered all the main details about the handsets. LG made a new Nexus 5 for Google while Huawei built a new Nexus 6. Both handsets have been featured in numerous image leaks, with reports saying the new Nexus smartphones will both bring new features including fingerprint sensors and a USB Type-C connector. Now, a new leak shows an extensive specs list for one of the handsets, seemingly confirming some of the past leaks and suggesting that the new Nexus 5 could be even more affordable than we thought. DON’T MISS: Another huge leak: iPhone 6s specs and release date detailed by wireless

Obama will raise cyber security concerns with China's Xi: White House

Obama will raise cyber security concerns with China's Xi: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama will "no doubt" raise concerns about China's cyber security behavior when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping next month. Obama will host Xi at the White House in September for a state visit. The United States has alleged Chinese hackers have stolen information from U.S. computer servers. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)

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Google logo history: the freak shows in the early years

Google logo history: the freak shows in the early years

A look behind the scenes comes courtesy of the Internet Archive, on which Google catalogued its logo history as of December 1998. Housed on a page labeled "stickers," the logo history included small versions of the Google logo for Google lovers' personal use.

New SAP software aims to help companies make sense of data deluge

New SAP software aims to help companies make sense of data deluge

By Eric Auchard TUEBINGEN (Reuters) - SAP unveiled a new product on Tuesday that promises to help businesses make sense of a deluge of real-world data from retail transactions, transport systems and social media, hoping to persuade customers to switch from rival database suppliers.SAP HANA Vora, as the database query software will be known, aims to give businesses greater insights into the vast volumes of data organizations are collecting from customer feedback, along with sensors installed in products, vehicles and networks. HANA Vora will work along with Apache Hadoop, an open source framework popular with serious software developers for handling huge sets of data, from government statistics to scientific results to shopping or credit data. "The new datasets that are emerging are going to have a profound impact on how a business is going to function, and what its options are," said SAP Chief Technology Officer Quentin Clark, who until last year was in charge of rival Microsoft Corp's data product business.

Machine learning: Mainstream tools for your business

Machine learning: Mainstream tools for your business

Machine learning technologies have become mainstream tools, building on the compute capabilities of cloud services and the API-based service development model. We examine what the leading players have to offer.

Intel camera gives robots 3D vision

Intel camera gives robots 3D vision

Bot-maker Savioke announces an open-source wrapper for Intel's RealSense Camera, adding another low-cost 3D sensing solution to the roboticist's toolkit.

High-Tech 3D Printer Makes Boats Out of Marzipan

High-Tech 3D Printer Makes Boats Out of Marzipan

Bocusini comes with retrofitting options that expand the printer's capabilities and pre-filled "natural" food cartridges that offer the correct consistency for accurate 3D printing, including liver pâté, cookie dough, chocolate, jelly, vegetable paste, mashed potatoes, and more. Entrepreneurs and food researchers see many potential applications for 3D printing technology in the dining world. A Dutch designer recently speculated that 3D printing could be the future of sustainable food.

XCOM 2 delayed three months

XCOM 2 delayed three months

Publisher 2K Games announced XCOM 2 on June 1, just five months before it was supposed to be released. The turn-based strategy game is in development for Windows PC, where it will arrive first, and then follow on Linux and Mac. With XCOM 2, we want to have more depth, more replayability, and more investment in your soldiers and this extension will give us the time we need to deliver on our promise to you.

Firefox extends itself to Chrome

Firefox extends itself to Chrome

In a move to be more like its more popular cousin, Firefox is looking to Chrome for help. Jack Wallen offers his opinion about this move.

Stocks poised for massive selloff; oil tumbles; tech punished

It's truly a manic Monday for global financial markets as the selloff that sent the Dow down more than 500 points Friday is continuing into the new week. Plus, the same fears that are sending stocks lower are driving oil prices to below $40 dollars a barrel. And tech trashed-- high-flying technology shares such as Apple and Facebook are among those taking the worst beating in this market mayhem.

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New PlayStation 4 firmware adds YouTube streaming, 10 GB of online storage

New PlayStation 4 firmware adds YouTube streaming, 10 GB of online storage

The next system software update for PlayStation 4 will bring with it a host of new features, including the option to livestream gameplay to YouTube, a tenfold increase in online storage and a new Events hub. In a post on the PlayStation Blog today, Sony confirmed previous reports that PS4 system software 3.00 will add new ways to stream and share content from the system. PS4 owners who have opted into Sony's beta testing system will get access to those new features starting today.

Nintendo games now available through Amazon digital store

Nintendo games now available through Amazon digital store

Starting today, Nintendo games are now available for digital purchase through the Amazon online store. Amazon will offer a selection of popular Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Virtual Console games, as well as some downloadable content, for purchase through its digital  marketplace.

Ace Attorney 6 coming to Nintendo 3DS, confirmed for release in West

Ace Attorney 6 coming to Nintendo 3DS, confirmed for release in West

Capcom is developing another entry in the mainline Ace Attorney series, according to a report from Famitsu. Ace Attorney 6, which is coming to Nintendo 3DS, is also making its way to the West, according to a tweet from the franchise's official Twitter account. According to Famitsu, Ace Attorney 6 will include an option for quicker gameplay.

'Deadpool' releasing on Xbox One, PS4

'Deadpool' releasing on Xbox One, PS4

The 2013 video game "Deadpool" is to see the light of day on the next generation of consoles, with releases on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 set for November 17.

Nintendo's New 3DS getting customizable NA release

Nintendo's New 3DS getting customizable NA release

The New Nintendo 3DS, with its customizable outer shell, is at last being made available in North America as part of a $219 bundle that includes the handheld console, a copy of "Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer," and two cover plates. After the larger New Nintendo 3DS XL (16cm x 9cm x 21cm) launched in February 2015, this marginally more pocketable, standard-size version (14x8x21cm) is making its debut alongside another new product inside the "Happy Home Designer" bundle.

Deadpool comes to PS4, Xbox One in November

Deadpool comes to PS4, Xbox One in November

Deadpool, the over-the-top adaptation of Marvel Comics' antihero that launched in June 2013, will get a release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Nov. 17, GameStop announced. Activision's last game to be updated for the new generation of consoles was 2012's Prototype 2. It didn't go so hot. Eurogamer took a close look and found the Xbox One version actually ran slower than the Xbox 360.

A Deus Ex developer remade Hamlet into a 'video game' ... and then back into a play

A Deus Ex developer remade Hamlet into a 'video game' ... and then back into a play

Hamlet: The Video Game (The Stage Show) is an interactive parody of video games that kicks off in a Christchurch, New Zealand theater this week. The play, turned video game, returned to play format was conceived written and directed by Simon Peacock,  the voice and motion capture director for upcoming Eidos game Deus Ex 4: Mankind Divided. In the play, the audience is meant to be the game focus group for Hamlet: The Video Game, and they have the ability to change how the play/game moves forward.

Trailer for 'Destiny' video game expansion available online

Trailer for 'Destiny' video game expansion available online

The teaser for the latest version of the Destiny video game is available for viewing online. "Destiny: The Taken King" looks to expand on previous versions, incorporating the base game "Destiny" as well as two previous add-ons for retail editions. The expansion -- coming out September 15 and available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 -- can be purchased via PlayStation and Xbox stores.

New teaser out for Xbox One's 'Halo 5: Guardians'

New teaser out for Xbox One's 'Halo 5: Guardians'

A three-minute teaser is now available for the "Halo 5: Guardians" video game, available exclusively on the Xbox One console. The video shows off one long action sequence, to highlight the power of the team. The upcoming video game, set for an October 27 release, is being developed by 343 Industries and Microsoft Studios.

The Xbox One Elite Bundle is the perfect package for hardcore gamers

Microsoft has been the king of aggressive bundles this console generation. Gamers have had countless opportunities to pick up an Xbox One and get a newly released game for free, but the latest bundle brings something new to the table. If you were paying attention during E3 2015, you might remember Microsoft announcing the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. With this new bundle, not only will you get the Elite Controller, you’ll also get a matte-finished Xbox One console with a new 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive, giving you a slight performance edge over everyone who bought the first 1TB bundle. SEE ALSO: After $2.5 billion buyout, Minecraft creator has never felt more isolated According to Microsoft, the hybrid drive will allow gamers

A History of World of Warcraft So Far

A History of World of Warcraft So Far

With Legion announced, we thought we'd take a look at each expansion in the World of Warcraft's history. Join us, as we take a look at all the great features that helped make this beloved MMORPG what it is today.

The New Nintendo 3DS is finally coming to North America this fall

The New Nintendo 3DS is finally coming to North America this fall

Nintendo will release the New Nintendo 3DS, the smaller version of its new handheld that features interchangeable cover plates, in North America on Sept. 25 as part of a special bundle with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, the company announced today. The bundle will include Happy Home Designer, two cover plates and one amiibo card and will retail for $219.99. Nintendo of America started selling the New Nintendo 3DS XL stateside in February, but unlike other regions, didn't bring over the smaller version of the new handheld — which includes colorful Super Famicom-style face buttons.

Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming

Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming

Find release dates, trailers, and scores for major upcoming and recent videogame releases for all platforms, updated weekly. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic