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PayPal spawn have advanced where PayPal stood still

PayPal spawn have advanced where PayPal stood still

By Sarah McBride and Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - PayPal's biggest threat as it prepares to split from eBay next year may come from former employees who back a crop of new businesses serving shoppers who increasingly prefer to pay with mobile phones rather than personal computers. Though none of the new companies have the breadth of services offered by PayPal, which has more than 152 million users and deep ties to merchants like Home Depot both online and off, they are entering areas that the once-nimble online-payments service should own - but doesn't. ...

HP sees low-power servers making inroads in niche data centers

HP sees low-power servers making inroads in niche data centers

By Noel Randewich SAN JOSE California (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co's vice president of server engineering expects new lower-power servers made with technology from ARM Holdings to make inroads in niche data centers over the next year in a market dominated by Intel Corp. "Penetration is very low right now because we're starting from zero. But the take-up is pretty encouraging," Tom Bradicich said. ...

Philips Electronics loses $467 million patent verdict to Masimo

Philips Electronics loses $467 million patent verdict to Masimo

(Reuters) - A federal jury on Wednesday said Philips Electronics NA should pay $466.8 million to Masimo Corp for having infringed two patents for technology used to help measure blood oxygen and track pulse rates. Shares of Masimo closed 12.9 percent higher, rising $2.74 to $24.02 on the Nasdaq. Jurors in Wilmington, Delaware needed less than a day of deliberations before ruling in favor of Irvine, California-based Masimo, following a two-week trial. ...

WiLan says loses LTE patent case against Apple

WiLan says loses LTE patent case against Apple

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian patent licensing company WiLan Inc on Wednesday said a U.S. judge had ruled in favor of Apple Inc in a litigation case against it. "WiLan has been advised that Judge Dana M. Sabraw has issued a ruling today that grants Apple's motion for summary judgment," the company said in a statement, referring to Apple's move to have two patent infringement claims relating to LTE wireless telecom technologies ruled invalid and not infringed. WiLan said it is currently reviewing the ruling from the U.S. ...

Large U.S. wireless carriers, Dish to bid in airwaves auction

Large U.S. wireless carriers, Dish to bid in airwaves auction

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three of the four largest U.S. wireless carriers and satellite provider Dish Network Corp plan to bid in the Federal Communications Commission's November auction of airwaves, according to initial applications released on Wednesday. As expected, the largest U.S. wireless carrier Verizon Communications Inc, No. 2 AT&T Inc, No. 4 T-Mobile US Inc and Dish appeared to be the largest companies to indicate an interest in bidding in the upcoming auction of frequencies known as AWS-3. A total of 80 entities submitted initial applications. ...

Apple's iOS 8 causing Bluetooth connectivity issues: MacRumors

Apple's iOS 8 causing Bluetooth connectivity issues: MacRumors

(Reuters) - Apple Inc's new mobile operating system iOS8 is causing significant issues for some users who connect their phones to cars via Bluetooth, reports Apple news blog MacRumors, citing reports on Apple's Support forums and its own user forums. It appears that following an upgrade to iOS 8, or after purchasing a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, users seem to be having trouble pairing their phones to their car audio systems, MacRumors posted in a blog. (http://bit. ...

Awesome iPhone time lapse video shows you a beautiful London afternoon in 21 seconds

Awesome iPhone time lapse video shows you a beautiful London afternoon in 21 seconds

We absolutely love the new time lapse video feature that Apple has added to its iPhone cameras if for no other reason than it’s enabling iPhone users around the world to take some incredible videos and share them with everyone. One such video was uploaded onto Vimeo recently and it shows what a gorgeous afternoon in London looks like when it’s speeding by in the span of 21 seconds. DON’T MISS THESE: The 4 most impressive videos we’ve seen that were filmed with the iPhone 6 This beautiful video was filmed at Canary Wharf in London overlooking the River Thames using an iPhone 6 Plus. Of course, this is just one of many great videos we’ve seen that takes advantage of

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Twitter-funded lab to seek social media insights

Twitter-funded lab to seek social media insights

Washington (AFP) - A new Twitter-funded research project unveiled Wednesday, with access to every tweet ever sent, will look for patterns and insights from the billions of messages sent on social media.

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Ebola isn't the only public health emergency, British Medical Journal tells WHO

Ebola isn't the only public health emergency, British Medical Journal tells WHO

The British Medical Journal called on the World Health Organization today to declare a public health emergency. Not because of any specific disease, but because climate change will cause an additional 250 000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050, by the WHO's own estimate. "WHO has shown important leadership on climate change but has stopped short of declaring a global public health emergency," writes BMJ editor-in-chief Fiona Godlee, in an editorial.

US orders airlines to replace cockpit computer screens that could break from Wi-Fi

US orders airlines to replace cockpit computer screens that could break from Wi-Fi

The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered airlines to replace cockpit displays in over 1,300 Boeing aircraft that may go blank when interfered with by Wi-Fi signals. The screens at issue are used to display airspeed, altitude, and other navigation information to pilots, which the administration says could lead to a crash should it happen during takeoff, approach, or landing. The displays are made by Honeywell, and it turns out that they don't meet the FAA's required tolerance levels for Wi-Fi.

Adorable library robots will teach patrons to code

Adorable library robots will teach patrons to code

Everyone wants kids to learn to code, but the message seems somehow more meaningful coming from adorable knee-high robots. Next week, Westport Library in Connecticut will introduce Vincent and Nancy, a pair of autonomous robots that can walk, dance, kick small balls, carry on conversations in 19 languages, and recognize faces. The $8,000 machines (purchased with money from private donations) are made by a French robotics company called Aldebaran and better known as Nao robots.

'The Twilight Saga' is back from the dead, thanks to feminism

'The Twilight Saga' is back from the dead, thanks to feminism

Since in this day and age nothing good — or mediocre, even — should have to end, Lionsgate has just announced it'll be digging up its $3.3 billion Twilight franchise and dragging it through a social media-assisted victory lap. The series, called "The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga" will air exclusively on Facebook sometime next year. The participating directors will be chosen and, once anointed, mentored by a group of panelists which are reported to include Twilight's leading lady, Kristin Stewart;

Surprise: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus launch led to huge trade-in surge in September

Surprise: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus launch led to huge trade-in surge in September

Buying a smartphone in 2014 is an expensive endeavor. Even on a two-year contract, you’re still going to spend around $200 for a flagship device from Apple, Samsung or any of the other major vendors, but there’s one easy way to counteract the bite out of your bank account: trade-ins. A week before the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus officially launched, we published an article about the best trade-in deals in order to help Apple fans get their new phones as cheaply as possible. Now that September is over, let’s look at how the launch of the iPhone 6 affected the trade-in market. TRAITORS: Android users are deserting in droves ahead of iPhone 6 launch, trade-ins up 200% According to a survey taken by

The stunning sights and sounds of the Sonos art exhibit

The stunning sights and sounds of the Sonos art exhibit

Apart from the obvious tourist attractions, New York City is full of smaller experimental art exhibits, and this week the speaker company Sonos has created one in the form of a short exhibit at the NeueHouse workspace in Manhattan's Flatiron district. The company worked with musicians like Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, Best Coast, and Danny Brown as well as art collectives like The Principals, Big Noble, and Perfect Fools to set up a week-long experience full of interactive installations.

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Australia clears Expedia's $610 million Wotif.com takeover

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's antitrust regulator on Thursday cleared online travel giant Expedia Inc to buy local rival Wotif.com Holdings Ltd, saying it did not expect the A$699 million ($610 million) deal to substantially lessen competition. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which had earlier raised concerns about the deal, said it had noted some accommodation providers' concerns about higher commissions if the deal went ahead. ...

Sirius XM will appeal copyright ruling in $100 million lawsuit

Sirius XM will appeal copyright ruling in $100 million lawsuit

By Andrew Chung (Reuters) - Satellite radio provider Sirius XM Holdings Inc will appeal a California federal judge's decision finding it liable of copyright infringement for airing pre-1972 songs by the band, The Turtles, and failing to pay royalties. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez found that California law gave the 1960s band copyright protection for its music, including the right of public performance, even though federal copyright only applies to recordings made after February 1972. ...

PayPal spawn have advanced where PayPal stood still

PayPal spawn have advanced where PayPal stood still

By Sarah McBride and Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - PayPal's biggest threat as it prepares to split from eBay next year may come from former employees who back a crop of new businesses serving shoppers who increasingly prefer to pay with mobile phones rather than personal computers. Though none of the new companies have the breadth of services offered by PayPal, which has more than 152 million users and deep ties to merchants like Home Depot both online and off, they are entering areas that the once-nimble online-payments service should own - but doesn't. ...

Online auctioneer Liquidity Services to cut 130 jobs

(Reuters) - Online auctioneer Liquidity Services Inc said it will cut about 130 full-time and temporary jobs through 2015 after it paid more for a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to auction goods such as field gear and boats. Losing a contract to auction DoD vehicles also led to the job cuts, spokeswoman Julie Davis said. "When you lose a portion of business that we are conducting today ... we have less need for the full number of employees we have today." The company has about 1,300 employees, she said. ...

WiLan says loses LTE patent case against Apple

WiLan says loses LTE patent case against Apple

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian patent licensing company WiLan Inc on Wednesday said a U.S. judge had ruled in favor of Apple Inc in a litigation case against it. "WiLan has been advised that Judge Dana M. Sabraw has issued a ruling today that grants Apple's motion for summary judgment," the company said in a statement, referring to Apple's move to have two patent infringement claims relating to LTE wireless telecom technologies ruled invalid and not infringed. WiLan said it is currently reviewing the ruling from the U.S. ...

Apple's iOS 8 causing Bluetooth connectivity issues: MacRumors

Apple's iOS 8 causing Bluetooth connectivity issues: MacRumors

(Reuters) - Apple Inc's new mobile operating system iOS8 is causing significant issues for some users who connect their phones to cars via Bluetooth, reports Apple news blog MacRumors, citing reports on Apple's Support forums and its own user forums. It appears that following an upgrade to iOS 8, or after purchasing a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, users seem to be having trouble pairing their phones to their car audio systems, MacRumors posted in a blog. (http://bit. ...

Twitter grants $10 million to MIT for social data analysis, new tools

Twitter grants $10 million to MIT for social data analysis, new tools

By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Wednesday gave $10 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for research that would explore how people use and achieve shared goals using social networks. Over five years, the university's researchers will organize a vast quantity of content from Twitter, Reddit and other online forums and build new communication tools that journalists, policy experts and researchers can use to uncover new patterns and trends. The new MIT lab is called the "Laboratory of Social Machines. ...

New York Times to cut jobs as new products disappoint

New York Times to cut jobs as new products disappoint

By Subrat Patnaik and Jennifer Saba (Reuters) - The New York Times Co said it would cut jobs, including about 7.5 percent of its newsroom positions, as advertising revenue dwindles and new digital products fail to live up to expectations. The publisher plans to eliminate 100 newsroom jobs and a smaller number of positions elsewhere, offering buyouts and resorting to layoffs if enough employees do not leave voluntarily, according to a letter to staff. ...

GTECH to repurchase shares for up to 9.5 percent of capital

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian gaming group GTECH on Wednesday announced a plan to buy back shares for up to 9.5 percent of its capital. In a statement the Italian lottery operator said its board had also approved its planned cross-border merger of GTECH into Georgia Worldwide plc. The merger is part of plans by GTECH to acquire U.S. slot machine maker International Game Technology, it said. Georgia Worldwide plc will become the parent holding company for the combined operations of the two groups when the acquisition is completed. ...

Rocket Internet prices share sale at top of range

Rocket Internet prices share sale at top of range

By Arno Schuetze FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Rocket Internet , the global e-commerce investor, is selling its shares at 42.50 euros apiece, or the top of the price range, as investors flock to tap into a new wave of Internet start-up listings. The Rocket flotation comes hot on the heels of the blockbuster debut of China's Alibaba and just a day after the listing of Zalando , a European fashion site that Rocket helped found. ...

Online fashion retailer Zalando rises in stock market debut

Online fashion retailer Zalando rises in stock market debut

By Arno Schuetze FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Shares in Europe's largest online fashion retailer Zalando rose on their Frankfurt stock market debut on Wednesday, one of a flood of internet start-ups hoping to ride the coattails of China's Alibaba. Zalando's shares had been priced at 21.50 euros each but the shares began trading up 12 percent at 24.10 euros. In the afternoon they pared gains to trade just above the offer price valuing the retailer at about 5.3 billion euros ($6.7 billion), almost the same as national flagship carrier Lufthansa. ...

Putin rules out Internet curbs despite cyber attacks

Putin rules out Internet curbs despite cyber attacks

By Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he would not restrict Internet access for Russians but Moscow must protect state domains against a surge of cyber attacks since the Ukraine crisis began. His remarks were intended to douse speculation that he plans a crackdown on use of the Internet, which he has called a "CIA project" used to organize protests against him, as tensions mount with the West over the Ukraine crisis. ...

Rocket Internet likely to IPO at the upper end price range: sources

Rocket Internet likely to IPO at the upper end price range: sources

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Rocket Internet , the global e-commerce investor, will likely price its flotation at the upper end of the 35.50 euros ($44.75) to 42.50 euros a share price range, three people familiar with the deal said. "Books for retail investors are still open until 5 o'clock (German time), and no final price has been set. But it certainly looks like the price will be 42.50 euros," one of the people said. The shares are poised to be priced Wednesday night with trading to start on Thursday. ...

Larry Ellison still the top draw at Oracle's mega-convention

Larry Ellison still the top draw at Oracle's mega-convention

By Noel Randewich and Bill Rigby SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Larry Ellison was the main draw for tens of thousands of technology professionals at Oracle Corp's annual conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, where he joked about losing his name after relinquishing his role as the company's CEO. Ellison, who this month gave up his position as chief executive of the enterprise software behemoth he co-founded 37 years ago, stuck to his tradition of delivering the main presentation at Oracle OpenWorld. Oracle surprised Wall Street on Sept. ...

Reddit raises $50 million in funding

Reddit raises $50 million in funding

(Reuters) - Social news site Reddit Inc said it raised $50 million in funding in a deal that would see investors giving back 10 percent of their shares back to the site's user community. The funding was led by Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, the incubator that originally helped launch Reddit, with participation from Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital and Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz, Reddit said in a blog post. (http://bit. ...

Microsoft names next operating system 'Windows 10'

Microsoft names next operating system 'Windows 10'

By Bill Rigby SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp announced its 'Windows 10' operating system on Tuesday to replace the largely unpopular Windows 8, skipping a number to mark a leap toward unifying the way people work on tablets, phones and traditional computers. The next version of Microsoft's flagship product, which still runs the vast majority of personal computers and is used by 1.5 billion customers worldwide, is aimed at recapturing the lucrative business market, which generally ignored the new-look Windows 8. ...

Factbox - EBay CEO's comments since January on PayPal spinoff

(Reuters) - EBay Inc agreed on Tuesday to spin off its payments unit, PayPal, in the second half of 2015, after rebuffing activist investor Carl Icahn's proposal in January. Following are comments by eBay Chief Executive John Donahoe on PayPal spinoff since then: Jan. 22 - During fourth-quarter earnings call "PayPal and eBay make sense together for many reasons. First, eBay accelerates PayPal's success. Second, eBay data makes PayPal smarter. And third, eBay funds PayPal's growth." Feb. ...

EBay follows Icahn's advice, plans PayPal spinoff in 2015

EBay follows Icahn's advice, plans PayPal spinoff in 2015

By Deepa Seetharaman and Supantha Mukherjee (Reuters) - EBay Inc's agreement on Tuesday to spin off PayPal next year will give the unit more flexibility to strike deals in the rapidly evolving payments space as growth at the company's traditional e-commerce business slows. The surprise move is a huge about-face for eBay's leadership, including Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe, who resisted shareholder activist Carl Icahn's calls for a split earlier this year and led a months-long campaign to convince investors that eBay should remain intact. ...

U.S. charges four with stealing $100 million in software, data

U.S. charges four with stealing $100 million in software, data

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four members of an alleged international computer hacking ring were charged with stealing more than $100 million worth of software and data - some of it used to train military pilots and some related to Microsoft Corp's Xbox gaming console - the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Two of the four - a 28-year-old New Jersey man and a 22-year-old Canadian man - pleaded guilty to charges contained in an indictment unsealed earlier in the day, the agency said. ...

German privacy watchdog tells Google to restrict use of data

German privacy watchdog tells Google to restrict use of data

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A German data protection watchdog told Google Inc on Tuesday to seek users' permission for creating data profiles from its various services, adding to pressure on the U.S. technology giant in Europe over its privacy policy. "Google is ordered to take the necessary technical and organizational measures to guarantee that their users can decide on their own if and to what extend their data is used for profiling," the data protection commissioner for the German city state of Hamburg said in a statement on Tuesday. ...

FCC look into treating Internet TV like cable

FCC look into treating Internet TV like cable

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission is considering a change in how it regulates Internet TV, potentially putting it on the same footing as traditional cable and satellite television, an FCC official familiar with the idea said on Tuesday. If formalized and approved, the change would help Internet TV services, such as ones being developed by Dish Network Corp, Sony Corp and Verizon Communications Inc, compete with traditional pay-TV for digital rights to major network programming. ...

U.S. attorney general criticizes Apple, Google data encryption

U.S. attorney general criticizes Apple, Google data encryption

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Joining a cry from law enforcement officials concerned about data encryption on Apple's newest operating system, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday that officers should not be blocked from the information they need to investigate a crime. Apple's new iPhone 6, released this month, and Google's coming update of the Android smartphone have data encryption so sophisticated that only the user may unlock it. Even law enforcement officers with search warrants would not have access. ...

Apps re-invent smartphone keyboards to reduce typing frustration

By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - New smartphone apps aim to solve the problem of keyboards causing aching fingers or auto-correct resulting in embarrassing blunders. The apps replace Qwerty keyboards with alternatives designed to provide better auto-correct and more seamless typing. Minuum, which launched for the iPhone and is available for Android devices, converts the keyboard into a single staggered line of characters and learns users’ typing habits to predict what they will type next. ...

News Corp to buy real estate website operator Move for $950 mln

News Corp to buy real estate website operator Move for $950 mln

By Soham Chatterjee and Lehar Maan (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp will buy Move Inc , the owner of property websites such as realtor.com, for about $950 million to expand its digital marketing business as advertising revenue from its print business dwindles. The deal is the second large acquisition in the online real estate market this year as property website operators struggle to turn rising revenue into consistent profitability. Top U.S. real estate website operator Zillow Inc bought smaller rival Trulia Inc for $3.5 billion in July. ...

America Movil's Brazil unit wins first new 4G license

America Movil's Brazil unit wins first new 4G license

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Claro, the Brazilian mobile operator run by Mexico's America Movil SAB de CV, won a new national broadcast license for fourth-generation (4G) cell spectrum in the 700 MHz range with a bid of 1.947 billion reais ($795 million) on Tuesday. Rivals Telefonica Brasil SA and TIM Participações SA, the country's two biggest carriers, remained in the dispute for two other national 4G licenses. Fourth-place mobile operator Grupo Oi SA said last week it would not participate in the auction. (Reporting by Leonardo Goy Editing by W Simon)

Google searches for right note in online music business

Google searches for right note in online music business

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is planning new and revamped streaming-music services in coming weeks, searching for a way to stand out in an increasingly crowded field of rivals from Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc to Spotify. Nailing music is one way for Google to raise chances of continued success as people spend more time on mobile devices. Google's YouTube service has become a low-profile titan in streaming through the popularity of music videos. Currently, videos must be chosen one track at a time. ...

Supervalu says malware affects four stores in Minnesota

(Reuters) - Supermarket chain Supervalu Inc reported on Monday a second attack against its payment systems barely two months after it said it was investigating a potential data breach. The company said it found malicious software on a part of its network that might have affected payment cards used at four of its Cub Foods franchise stores in Hastings, Shakopee, Roseville and White Bear Lake, Minnesota. ...

EU telecoms nominee stands up for net neutrality

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Telecoms operators should not be allowed to strike lucrative deals with bandwidth-hungry content providers such as Netflix and Google to provide them with quicker Internet access, the incoming EU telecoms commissioner said on Monday. Net neutrality, the principle that all internet traffic should be treated equally, has emerged as the main sticking point in discussions on a legislative package to overhaul Europe's ailing telecoms sector, which Germany's Guenther Oettinger will inherit from his predecessor Neelie Kroes. ...

New documents show legal basis for NSA surveillance programs

New documents show legal basis for NSA surveillance programs

By Nate Raymond and Aruna Viswanatha NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Documents released by the U.S. government show it views an executive order issued in 1981 as the basis of most of the National Security Agency's surveillance activities, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Monday. The NSA relied on Executive Order 12333 more than it did on two other laws that have been the focus of public debate following the leaks exposing U.S. surveillance programs by former agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to the papers released by the ACLU. ...

Europe's police need data law changes to fight cybercrime: Europol

Europe's police need data law changes to fight cybercrime: Europol

By Eric Auchard LONDON (Reuters) - Law enforcers in Europe need greater powers to retain data for longer in order to catch cybercriminals selling discrete services that police cannot trace under existing regulations, according to a Europol report published on Monday. Cybercrime is increasingly conducted by a highly specialized chain of software break-in experts, underground market-makers and buy-side fraudsters who convert stolen passwords and identities into financial gains. Criminals can keep data for months or even years before using it to defraud victims. ...

Uber to use regular taxi drivers in Germany

Uber to use regular taxi drivers in Germany

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Online transportation company Uber said on Monday it would offer services using regular, licensed taxi drivers in Germany, where taxi associations have been trying to stop it operating. Uber said it would start its UberTaxi service -- which uses regular taxi drivers to pick up rides in their down time -- in Berlin and Hamburg before rolling it out in other cities. ...

Belgacom strikes deal to offer Netflix in Belgium

Belgacom strikes deal to offer Netflix in Belgium

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian telecom operator Belgacom will begin distributing the content of Netflix this year after striking a deal with the U.S. video streaming service which launched in Belgium earlier this month. Belgacom, which rebranded its products as "Proximus" on Monday, said in a statement that the Netflix application would be on its new generation of decoders by the end of 2014. When it launched in Belgium on Sept. ...

SimilarWeb unifies mapping of mobile and computer Web

By Eric Auchard LONDON (Reuters) - The mobile Internet economy remains mostly uncharted territory for app publishers, their competitors, the advertisers who support them, and investors deciding where to place their bets. Now Israeli start-up SimilarWeb Ltd. is expanding its service for measuring computer usage into the mobile Internet realm and the apps where users spend the overwhelming bulk of their time on smartphones. Apps are the dedicated applications users have come to rely on rather than surfing the web for information. ...

BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu

BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German luxury carmaker BMW is teaming up with Chinese internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of highly automated driving have already undergone thousands of kilometers of trials on German autobahns. The project will now be expanded to include other large cities in China, BMW said on Monday. "BMW is embarking on a further research project which will pave the way for highly automated driving in China as well," the Munich-based automaker said in a statement. ...

Phoning 'home': what your mobile may be giving away

Phoning 'home': what your mobile may be giving away

By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - When popular Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Inc admitted that its devices were sending users' personal information back to a server in China, it prompted howls of protest and an investigation by Taiwan's government. The affair has also drawn attention to just how little we know about what happens between our smartphone and the outside world. In short: it might be in your pocket, but you don't call the shots. ...

Romania seeks probe into ex-ministers in school software deal

Romania seeks probe into ex-ministers in school software deal

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's anti-corruption prosecutor's office, or DNA, is seeking to launch a criminal inquiry against nine ex-government ministers suspected of money laundering, abuse of office and bribery related to Microsoft educational licenses from 2004 to 2009. Some officials backed the closing of a 2004 leasing contract for licenses and its extension to educational Microsoft products for schools in terms that were onerous for the state, the DNA said in a statement. ...

Austria's foreign minister brings Facebook age to U.N. stage

Austria's foreign minister brings Facebook age to U.N. stage

By Rodrigo Campos UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Austria's youthful foreign minister began his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday by acknowledging his place in the world and offering something rarely seen during the annual meeting of world leaders. "I look a bit younger than most of the other speakers before," said Sebastian Kurz. "Indeed, I believe I am the only person under the age of 30 who has the privilege of speaking here this week. ...

China urges global crackdown on extremists' use of Internet

China urges global crackdown on extremists' use of Internet

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China called on Saturday for a worldwide crackdown on the use of the Internet by religious extremists and terrorists to stamp out their ability to communicate their ideas and raise funds. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks during the annual gathering of the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly in New York. "As new developments emerge in the global fight against terrorism, the international community should take new measures to address them," Wang said. ...

Colorado detective accused of tipping off suspect in luring case

By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A police detective in Colorado has been arrested on charges that he tipped off a suspect in a sex crimes investigation that the 13-year-old girl he had been emailing was actually an undercover officer, prosecutors said on Friday. The detective, Jack Gardner, 56, who investigates Internet crimes against children, is accused of having emailed the suspect from a laptop at the Boulder Police Department, warning him not to attend a meeting with the "girl" because he faced arrest. ...

Oracle warns more than 30 products vulnerable to 'Shellshock'

Oracle warns more than 30 products vulnerable to 'Shellshock'

BOSTON (Reuters) - Oracle Corp warned customers on Friday that more than 30 products are vulnerable to the "Shellshock" bug, including its high-end Exadata computer systems. Oracle said it has only prepared fixes to address the Shellshock vulnerability in two products, the Oracle Linux and Solaris operating systems. (Reporting by Jim Finkle)

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BlackBerry fanboy rips into everyone for being too stupid to understand the Passport’s greatness

BlackBerry fanboy rips into everyone for being too stupid to understand the Passport’s greatness

BlackBerry unveiled its new Passport flagship smartphone last week and media reaction so far has been decidedly mixed. In particular, many reviewers took issue with the Passport’s more square design and its boxy frame that they said made the device difficult to hold. BerryFlow’s Jubei Raziel isn’t hearing any of it, however, and he’s written a long tirade that rips into both the media and the average consumer for not being smart enough to comprehend the BlackBerry Passport’s true greatness. RELATED: I have no idea whether BlackBerry’s new strategy will work… but I like it anyway “Amidst the iCloud hacking scandal, the iPhone 6 Bluetooth connectivity issue with cars, Apple pulling back its faulty software update which left phones unusable,

7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free for a limited time ($37 value!)

7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free for a limited time ($37 value!)

Another day, another batch of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are now free downloads for a limited time. Tuesday brought a batch of six solid apps worth nearly $50 combined (some of them are still free), and now we have seven more paid apps worth $37 altogether that are all completely free right now — but only if you hurry! 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 are free at

You can finally buy Motorola’s beautiful Moto 360 smartwatch again

You can finally buy Motorola’s beautiful Moto 360 smartwatch again

The only watch that seems to have customer demand enough to sell out is back in stock. The Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch — which sold out quickly at the beginning of September — is now available for people to buy and wonder if it’s worth it. Sure, the jury is still out as to whether smartwatches can become practical and ubiquitous gadgets, but that won’t stop the big companies from investing in their production. Apple is coming out with one, Samsung has one, and people seem to be wary on whether they should get one. What makes the Motorola’s Moto 360 different is that it doesn’t look like a smartwatch. It looks like a fancy watch which is probably why they’re selling out

Apple Watch production reportedly starting sooner than you might think

Apple Watch production reportedly starting sooner than you might think

When unveiling the Apple Watch during its big iPhone 6 event, Apple offered only a mysterious “early 2015” launch window for its first wearable computer, without committing to a specific release date for the gadget. Meanwhile, Taiwanese publication Apple Daily has found out the iPhone maker will start Apple Watch mass production as soon as January 2015, with Quanta Computer being the only company making the device for Apple. FROM EARLIER: The Apple Watch makes a surprising first public appearance The report says that Apple and Quanta may have reached a deal that prohibits the latter from manufacturing any other smartwatch model from competitors. Furthermore, Quanta has apparently also started hiring more workers to meet Apple’s future Watch demands. The report

Advanced iOS virus targeting Hong Kong protesters: security firm

Advanced iOS virus targeting Hong Kong protesters: security firm

BOSTON (Reuters) - Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a computer virus that spies on Apple Inc's iOS operating system for the iPhone and iPad, and they believe it is targeting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The malicious software, known as Xsser, is capable of stealing text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from Apple mobile devices, researchers with Lacoon Mobile Security said on Tuesday. They uncovered the spyware while investigating similar malware for Google Inc's Android operating system last week that also targeted Hong Kong protesters. ...

This social network wants to kill Facebook by putting your privacy first

This social network wants to kill Facebook by putting your privacy first

Ever since MySpace fell off and Facebook took control of social media, people have waited for the next big social media empire to rise and give them a new reason to keep their eyes glued to their gadgets. That day may have finally arrived with a new social network called Ello. According to BBC News, it started as a small network for a group of friends. Now it has exploded and is getting at least 31,000 requests an hour from people looking to join. Starting a new social network doesn’t come without start-up problems. “We’re learning as we go but we have a very strong tech crew and back-end,” Ellofounder Paul Budnitz told the BBC. “It’s in beta and it’s buggy and it does weird stuff – and it’s

‘Netflix for pirates’ app Popcorn Time finally hits the iPhone and iPad

‘Netflix for pirates’ app Popcorn Time finally hits the iPhone and iPad

Movie and TV show pirates, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for: Popcorn Time is finally available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Of course, there’s a catch… you’ll need a jailbroken device in order to access and install it. Popcorn Time started as a desktop app that offered a unique twist on video torrents. Instead of using one piece of software to find torrent files, another to download them and a third to watch whatever movie or TV show was downloaded, Popcorn Time offered users a sleek Netflix-style app that was able to search, download and view videos all in one tidy package. Then, Popcorn Time went mobile this past summer with a great Android app that took all of

This might be Apple’s most incredible iPhone invention yet

This might be Apple’s most incredible iPhone invention yet

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a recent interview that the company is working on products that haven’t been covered in rumors yet, and a patent recently awarded to the company serves as a great reminder. Called Interactive holographic display device, the patent describes ways to show interactive holograms using an advanced touchscreen display on certain devices, a technology that could someday be included in future iPhone, iPad or Mac products. As noted by Patently Apple, Apple’s invention doesn’t require a special medium such as spinning mirrors, steam or hot air to display 3D holographic images, as other devices do. Instead, Apple uses a complex optical system that would let certain devices project holographic images the user could interact with, supporting multitouch-like gestures.

$47 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free (6 apps total)

$47 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free (6 apps total)

Yesterday’s batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free had a few solid options on it, and some of them are still available for free if you hurry. Today, however, we have a fresh batch of nifty apps — six in total — that are normally worth a combined $47 but are all free downloads for a limited time. 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 are

Another huge iOS 8 bug could delete your iCloud Drive files

Another huge iOS 8 bug could delete your iCloud Drive files

Apple was quick to release an updated version of its latest mobile operating system after the iOS 8.0.1 rollout proved disastrous, but it appears that the company is still quite a ways from ironing out all the bugs. Last week, security research Stefan Esser noted that QuickType was offering up his unique passwords as autocorrect suggestions, and now MacRumors forum users are reporting that the ‘Reset All Settings’ feature on iOS 8 is deleting iWork documents from the newly-implemented iCloud Drive service. iOS 8 FAR FROM FLAWLESS: Massive iOS 8 flaw suggests parts of your password in autocomplete One third-generation iPad user was less than satisfied with the performance of their tablet after updating to iOS 8. In order to fix the

This is by far the most depressing BlackBerry analysis you’ll read this week

This is by far the most depressing BlackBerry analysis you’ll read this week

BlackBerry has been looking a lot livelier lately, thanks in no small part to the 200,000 preorders the company reported for its BlackBerry Passport smartphone. While we offered a cautiously optimistic take on BlackBerry’s strategy, however The Monday Note’s Jean-Louis Gassée isn’t having any of it — in fact, he still thinks that BlackBerry CEO John Chen will have no choice but to sell the company off for parts somewhere down the line. RELATED: I have no idea whether BlackBerry’s strategy will work… but I like it anyway Why does Gassée think that BlackBerry has no chance to regain its footing and become a force in the mobile world again? Mostly because the company’s smartphone strategy is to cater almost exclusively to its

BlackBerry teases new device plans as turnaround takes shape

BlackBerry teases new device plans as turnaround takes shape

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - Even as BlackBerry pivots to focus more on software and services, the company that gained fame for its smartphones is not giving up on its handset business, two senior executives said. After recording a gross profit from its weakened handset operation and with roughly 50 million people globally still using its older-generation BlackBerry phones, there is potential in that business, the executives said. Their remarks came during a frenetic week when BlackBerry reported a much smaller-than-expected loss and launched its square-screened Passport device. ...

$70 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can now get for free (7 apps total)

$70 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can now get for free (7 apps total)

Another week, another slew of awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that will go on sale for free for a limited time. How can you find the best ones out there without having to sift through all the junk? Why, that’s our job, of course. To make Monday slightly less painful for you, we’ve scoured the app store and put together a list of seven nifty apps worth a combined $70 that can all be had for free if you hurry. 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

Watch this video before you update your iPhone 4S to iOS 8

Watch this video before you update your iPhone 4S to iOS 8

If you’re still using an iPhone 4S, odds are fairly good that you’ve learned to hold off on installing major software updates on your iPhone. While new versions of iOS bring great and exciting new features, they also can bring slowed performance or even bogging to older Apple devices. Early reports suggested that this was indeed the case for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 when Apple’s iOS 8 update was released earlier this month, and we even shared a way to roll back to iOS 7.1 for users who couldn’t deal with the performance issues. Now that two updates have been released for iOS 8, however, it may finally be safe to update those older devices. As shared by

TSX snaps back on U.S. data as BlackBerry, Bombardier rise

TSX snaps back on U.S. data as BlackBerry, Bombardier rise

By John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index jumped in choppy trading on Friday, recovering from a sharp selloff the previous session, as U.S. economic data helped drive gains. Advances in shares of Bombardier Inc and BlackBerry provided further support. BlackBerry shot up 5.2 percent after the company reported a much smaller-than-expected quarterly loss and flashed encouraging signals about its hard-pressed smartphone business as well as its software and services sales. Bombardier jumped 3. ...

BlackBerry cuts loss and sees rising sales; shares jump

BlackBerry cuts loss and sees rising sales; shares jump

By Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd reported a smaller quarterly loss on Friday and flashed encouraging signals about its hard-pressed smartphone business as well as its software and services sales, spurring a more than 4 percent jump in its shares. The Canadian company, a smartphone pioneer pushed to the margins by Apple's iPhone and devices running Google's Android software, is now focusing more on software and services than on hardware as it works through a long turnaround. ...

How to dump your iPhone or Android phone for the BlackBerry Passport

How to dump your iPhone or Android phone for the BlackBerry Passport

Tired of hanging around with iSheep and Fandroids and want to try something new? No problem — BlackBerry has just posted a handy tip sheet for anyone who wants to dump their iPhones and Android phones for a shiny new BlackBerry Passport. FROM EARLIER: BlackBerry has received 200,000 Passport preorders in just two days The first thing you should do, says BlackBerry, is to download ‘Discover BlackBerry Passport: Your Guide to Working Wide,’ the company’s huge 100-page eBook dedicated solely to the Passport. BlackBerry notes that this should be of particular interest to people switching from rival platforms because it “details numerous productivity tips and tricks for those new to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, with details of what their iOS or

Constant phone calls allowed on European flights

Constant phone calls allowed on European flights

BERLIN (AP) — European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights.

$41 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get free right now (7 apps total)

$41 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can get free right now (7 apps total)

Another week is drawing to a close, but we can’t let our readers start their weekends without one last round of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are currently available for free for a limited time. Beyond the few apps from yesterday’s post that can still be downloaded at no charge, we have a fresh batch of seven apps worth a combined $41 that are all absolutely free for a limited time. 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,

BlackBerry has received 200,000 Passport preorders in just two days

BlackBerry has received 200,000 Passport preorders in just two days

Will the BlackBerry Passport prove to be BlackBerry’s big comeback device? That’s still in question but the device has definitely generated some solid early interest — per Counterpoint Research analyst Neil Shah, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said on Friday that the company has received 200,000 Passport preorders over the last two days. While those obviously aren’t Apple or Samsung-type numbers, BlackBerry doesn’t need them to be since the Passport was designed to be much more of a niche device aimed squarely at corporate power users. RELATED: I have no idea if BlackBerry’s strategy will work… but I like it anyway Elsewhere, we see that BlackBerry is also boasting that the Passport has become “the number one selling unlocked phone on

BlackBerry reports $11 million Q2 loss, but crushes Wall Street’s estimates

BlackBerry reports $11 million Q2 loss, but crushes Wall Street’s estimates

BlackBerry on Friday reported earnings for the fiscal second quarter of 2015, crushing Wall Street’s estimates and sending the stock soaring in pre-market trading on Friday. The struggling mobile pioneer couldn’t quite swing to a profit in the second quarter, posting a non-GAAP loss of $11 million, or $0.02 per share. Wall Street had expected a much larger loss of $0.16 per share, however, and BlackBerry’s stock shot up more than 8% as a result. The company said that revenue for the fiscal second quarter was $916 million, which breaks down as approximately 46% for hardware, 46% for services and 8% for software and other revenue. BlackBerry said it shipped just 2.4 million smartphones during the quarter. BlackBerry’s full press release follows

BlackBerry reports $11 million Q2 loss, crushes Wall Street’s estimates

BlackBerry reports $11 million Q2 loss, crushes Wall Street’s estimates

BlackBerry on Friday reported earnings for the fiscal second quarter of 2015, crushing Wall Street’s estimates and sending the stock soaring in pre-market trading on Friday. The struggling mobile pioneer couldn’t quite swing to a profit in the second quarter, posting a non-GAAP loss of $11 million, or $0.02 per share. Wall Street had expected a much larger loss of $0.16 per share, however, and BlackBerry’s stock shot up more than 8% as a result. On a GAAP basis, the company posted a $207 million loss, a huge improvement from the $985 million loss BlackBerry posted in the year-ago quarter. The company said that revenue for the fiscal second quarter was $916 million, which breaks down as approximately 46% for hardware, 46%

After a bad rollout for iOS 8.0.1, Apple has released iOS 8.0.2

After a bad rollout for iOS 8.0.1, Apple has released iOS 8.0.2

Just a week after the launch of iOS 8, Apple pushed out an update that was meant to fix several minor bugs that had been discovered following its release. Unfortunately, many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users who downloaded iOS 8.0.1 soon discovered that the update included a few additional unwanted features: the inability to place phone calls or use Touch ID. PREVIOUSLY: iOS 8.0.1 has been released for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch About an hour after the reports began to spread, Apple pulled the update from its servers. The company then provided BGR the following statement: “We have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update. We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as

Bash is even worse than Heartbleed, and you can’t do anything about it

Bash is even worse than Heartbleed, and you can’t do anything about it

A few months ago, a serious security issue affecting millions of websites was discovered – Heartbleed – and subsequently patched by many of them, but it looks like that wasn’t the worst security scare for Internet users this year. CNET reports that a new security vulnerability has been found, the “Bash” or “Shellshock” bug, which could be even more serious than Heartbleed because it can affect a variety of Internet-connected devices, from computers to Internet-of-Things gadgets. And apparently, this huge flaw will not be easily fixed. FROM EARLIER: Heartbleed showed us how shockingly lazy people are with their passwords The Bash bug can be used by attackers to take over an operating system and steal confidential information, and it appears the

BlackBerry Blend wins plaudits as Passport grabs headlines

BlackBerry Blend wins plaudits as Passport grabs headlines

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd's launch of its square-screened Passport device may have grabbed headlines this week, but it was the tech company's lower-profile roll out of the new Blend feature that appears to be garnering the plaudits. Even as reviewers and analysts were torn on the prospects of the unconventionally shaped Passport, they were brimming with praise for Blend, which lets users seamlessly bridge messaging and content between a host of devices irrespective of operating systems. ...

$71 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can now download for free (7 apps total)

$71 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can now download for free (7 apps total)

Another day, another batch of great paid iPhone and iPad apps that are now available for free for a limited time. Following the six apps we shared with you on Wednesday — some of which are still free if you hurry — we now have another seven apps to tell you about that are worth a combined $71. As always, you can get each and every one without paying a cent if you get a move on. 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

NY City mayor says son takes phone to school, recommits to lifting ban

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's teenage son, who helped his father's election campaign with a sentimental commercial, may now be influencing his dad to move forward with a new policy for cellphone use in the city's public schools. While de Blasio ran for mayor on a promise to allow students to carry cell phones to school, after parents complained of not being able to reach their children and of kids scrambling to find places to store their phones, the policy remains in place almost nine months after he took office. ...

BlackBerry’s secret weapon

BlackBerry’s secret weapon

The new BlackBerry Passport has received some notably snarky, even sneering reviews in the United States media. The Wall Street Journal plastered a square of American cheese on top of its display to demonstrate its size. Mashable branded the square build and relatively thin keypad design downright bizarre. But interestingly enough, BlackBerry’s share price ticked up another 2.5% the device’s launch day and it has now doubled from the dark days of December 2013. For some reason, investors are getting increasingly excited about the company, even as the latest smartphone gets a bewildered critical response. The price of the device is close to $6oo without contract, so this is not exactly a natural fit with BlackBerry’s loyal core audience in Africa and

BlackBerry launches square-screen Passport in turnaround push

BlackBerry launches square-screen Passport in turnaround push

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd's unconventional square-screened smartphone, the Passport, earned mixed reviews at its launch on Wednesday as the company's turnaround push moved into a critical phase in which it must prove its handsets are still desirable. BlackBerry showed off the new device at events in Toronto, London and Dubai. The smartphone, which has a large touchscreen and a modified version of the company's well-known keyboard, comes to market as the phones of BlackBerry's rivals all converge on a tall, rectangular profile. ...

iOS 8.0.1 has been released for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

iOS 8.0.1 has been released for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Well that was fast… Apple just released iOS 8 to the public last week and on Wednesday, just one week since the new software’s initial release, Apple has issued its first update. iOS 8.0.1 is available immediately on all compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models as an over the air (OTA) update or as a download through iTunes. Apple’s full change log can be seen below. UPDATE: It would be wise to hold off on installing this update — hundreds of users are reporting major issues with cellular network connectivity and Touch ID failing to work after iOS 8.0.1 is installed. UPDATE 2: Apple has pulled the update. Here’s how to fix your phone if you installed iOS 8.0.1

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Surprise: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus launch led to huge trade-in surge in September

Surprise: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus launch led to huge trade-in surge in September

Buying a smartphone in 2014 is an expensive endeavor. Even on a two-year contract, you’re still going to spend around $200 for a flagship device from Apple, Samsung or any of the other major vendors, but there’s one easy way to counteract the bite out of your bank account: trade-ins. A week before the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus officially launched, we published an article about the best trade-in deals in order to help Apple fans get their new phones as cheaply as possible. Now that September is over, let’s look at how the launch of the iPhone 6 affected the trade-in market. TRAITORS: Android users are deserting in droves ahead of iPhone 6 launch, trade-ins up 200% According to a survey taken by

WiLan says loses LTE patent case against Apple

WiLan says loses LTE patent case against Apple

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian patent licensing company WiLan Inc on Wednesday said a U.S. judge had ruled in favor of Apple Inc in a litigation case against it. "WiLan has been advised that Judge Dana M. Sabraw has issued a ruling today that grants Apple's motion for summary judgment," the company said in a statement, referring to Apple's move to have two patent infringement claims relating to LTE wireless telecom technologies ruled invalid and not infringed. WiLan said it is currently reviewing the ruling from the U.S. ...

BlackBerry fanboy rips into everyone for being too stupid to understand the Passport’s greatness

BlackBerry fanboy rips into everyone for being too stupid to understand the Passport’s greatness

BlackBerry unveiled its new Passport flagship smartphone last week and media reaction so far has been decidedly mixed. In particular, many reviewers took issue with the Passport’s more square design and its boxy frame that they said made the device difficult to hold. BerryFlow’s Jubei Raziel isn’t hearing any of it, however, and he’s written a long tirade that rips into both the media and the average consumer for not being smart enough to comprehend the BlackBerry Passport’s true greatness. RELATED: I have no idea whether BlackBerry’s new strategy will work… but I like it anyway “Amidst the iCloud hacking scandal, the iPhone 6 Bluetooth connectivity issue with cars, Apple pulling back its faulty software update which left phones unusable,

Leaked pic gives us a fresh look at Google’s hugely anticipated Nexus 6

Leaked pic gives us a fresh look at Google’s hugely anticipated Nexus 6

Apple’s newest iPhones aren’t the only hugely anticipated devices that feature the number “6” to launch this fall. We’re also really looking forward to Google’s new Motorola-manufactured Nexus 6 that will serve as a showcase device for the company’s big Android L update later this month. Android Police has now obtained yet another picture of the Nexus 6, and this time it appears to be a photo of the device snapped while an early adopter was using it in public. MORE NEXUS 6 PICTURES: Leaked pic may show us just how massive the Nexus 6 will really be The device in the picture certainly appears to be much larger than any Nexus device yet released and it matches up well with

This could be our first look at HTC’s gorgeous new phone with a hugely improved 13-megapixel camera

This could be our first look at HTC’s gorgeous new phone with a hugely improved 13-megapixel camera

Whether it’s running on Android or Windows Phone software, the HTC One (M8) is one of the best smartphones currently on the market. It’s sleek, it’s powerful and it looks great, but it has one major issue: the camera just isn’t up to snuff. It might look the part, but the UltraPixel camera doesn’t stack up against most flagship devices. That’s where the One (M8 Eye) comes in. LAST TIME: Is HTC about to finally deliver the killer smartphone camera its fans deserve? Late last month, reports of a new phone from HTC began to surface. The new phone would apparently fix our biggest problem with the original HTC One (M8) and would be unveiled before the end of October. We still don’t have

Advanced iOS virus targeting Hong Kong protesters: security firm

Advanced iOS virus targeting Hong Kong protesters: security firm

BOSTON (Reuters) - Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a computer virus that spies on Apple Inc's iOS operating system for the iPhone and iPad, and they believe it is targeting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The malicious software, known as Xsser, is capable of stealing text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from Apple mobile devices, researchers with Lacoon Mobile Security said on Tuesday. They uncovered the spyware while investigating similar malware for Google Inc's Android operating system last week that also targeted Hong Kong protesters. ...

Seizing ex-NFL player Hernandez's phone was legal: prosecutors

Seizing ex-NFL player Hernandez's phone was legal: prosecutors

By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER Mass. (Reuters) - Authorities lawfully seized the cell phone of ex-National Football League star Aaron Hernandez days before he was arrested and charged with murdering a man hear his Massachusetts home, a prosecutor testified on Tuesday. The claim came in response to a charge by attorneys for the former New England Patriots tight end that investigators had no authority to seize the phone from Hernandez's attorneys' office the day after police found semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd's bullet-riddled body in an industrial park. ...

‘Netflix for pirates’ app Popcorn Time finally hits the iPhone and iPad

‘Netflix for pirates’ app Popcorn Time finally hits the iPhone and iPad

Movie and TV show pirates, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for: Popcorn Time is finally available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Of course, there’s a catch… you’ll need a jailbroken device in order to access and install it. Popcorn Time started as a desktop app that offered a unique twist on video torrents. Instead of using one piece of software to find torrent files, another to download them and a third to watch whatever movie or TV show was downloaded, Popcorn Time offered users a sleek Netflix-style app that was able to search, download and view videos all in one tidy package. Then, Popcorn Time went mobile this past summer with a great Android app that took all of

U.S. attorney general criticizes Apple, Google data encryption

U.S. attorney general criticizes Apple, Google data encryption

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Joining a cry from law enforcement officials concerned about data encryption on Apple's newest operating system, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday that officers should not be blocked from the information they need to investigate a crime. Apple's new iPhone 6, released this month, and Google's coming update of the Android smartphone have data encryption so sophisticated that only the user may unlock it. Even law enforcement officers with search warrants would not have access. ...

Can Microsoft stop Windows’ slow slide into irrelevance?

Can Microsoft stop Windows’ slow slide into irrelevance?

Windows is still by far the most widely used desktop OS in the world but things are decidedly trending downward. The most recent numbers from NPD showed that while “U.S. consumer retail PC sales grew almost 3% during the 10 week Back-to-School period (week of July 4th through Labor Day week),” Windows device sales actually fell by 3% over the same period. Instead, NDP found that all growth in PC sales came from Macs and Chromebooks. Microsoft’s struggles in the mobile market are even worse — while iOS and Android dominate the smartphone market, Microsoft’s own Windows Phone has been a bust so far and has actually seen both its market share and total shipments decline over the last year.

Apps re-invent smartphone keyboards to reduce typing frustration

By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - New smartphone apps aim to solve the problem of keyboards causing aching fingers or auto-correct resulting in embarrassing blunders. The apps replace Qwerty keyboards with alternatives designed to provide better auto-correct and more seamless typing. Minuum, which launched for the iPhone and is available for Android devices, converts the keyboard into a single staggered line of characters and learns users’ typing habits to predict what they will type next. ...

This might be our best look yet at Google’s next Nexus smartphone

This might be our best look yet at Google’s next Nexus smartphone

Following the many rumors detailing the 5.9-inch Motorola Nexus 6 (also known as the Nexus X or its codename, “Shamu”) smartphone, Android Police managed to confirm the existence of the handset, and many of its characteristics, providing more details about the device in the process, including a mockup image supposedly based on the phone’s design (available below). FROM EARLIER: Leaked pic may show us just how massive the Nexus 6 will really be According to the publication, the Shamu will be called Nexus 6 – not Nexus X as the more recent rumors suggested – and will run Android 5.0 L out of the box. Android Police is apparently able to confirm that with Android L, Google is moving to Android 5.0,

Selfie Series Premiere Review: Poor Title, Possibly Okay Premise

Selfie Series Premiere Review: Poor Title, Possibly Okay Premise

Selfie S01E01: "Pilot" When ABC first announced that it had ordered a pilot called Selfie, I rolled my eyes so hard that I fell over. I think I even felt a little piece of my soul turn black and die, as if it was a Horcrux that Harry Potter had stabbed with a basilisk fang. After all, my hatred for the word "selfie" is rivaled only by my dislike for the actual thing. It seems that my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds are constantly clogged by arm's-length photos of my friends, family, and the cast of Teen Wolf, and maybe I have the temperament of a 65-year-old man (which I don't think would surprise anyone), but that's not what I want to see when I log in to social media (I want to see snarky one-liners and videos of baby farm animals). Wait, don't go! Hear me out! The reason I'm telling you all this isn't that I think you care about my internet habits, it's so that you'll believe me when I say that, buried somewhere beneath Selfie's superficial surface is a story with potential. A couple months ago, series creator Emily Kapnek—who also created the late ABC comedy Suburgatory—told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that she chose the title Selfie because "it speaks to the disease that Eliza has, in that she's consumed by this world." And while it's likely that I'll never come around on the title, the pilot itself at least showed promise once it removed its too-thick makeup and allowed its real story to shine. Hey, that's just like what happened to Selfie's heroine, Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan)! Gillan's Eliza is a self-obsessed American who, after suffering a humiliating public breakdown on a flight full of her co-workers, asks Henry (John Cho), the new marketing genius at her pharmaceutical company, to help her rebrand herself. The show is loosely based based on My Fair Lady and Pygmalion, and the Eliza we meet at the outset of the pilot thinks being friended is the same thing as having friends, and that happiness stems from the instant gratification of someone liking one of her photos on Instagram. She's self-centered to the point that she doesn't even know how to have conversations with people in real life (or IRL, as Eliza would say), quickly dismissing their stories as boring before launching into another one of her own. She almost always has a cell phone in hand, and has little to no tact. She's basically the living, breathing embodiment of everything Kapnek thinks is wrong with our internet-obsessed culture, and it's clear that Kapnek wants to showcase that behavior as a means of calling us all out for sometimes spending so much time online that we forget how to behave like actual human beings. However, I'm concerned that Selfie might never get to where it needs to be. On Suburgatory, Kapnek was able to highlight similar societal flaws by uprooting Jane Levy's Tessa and dropping her into a heightened suburban reality of Chatswin. In the show's early episodes, Dallas and Dalia Royce were comparable to Eliza in that they were extremely exaggerated characters who prioritized material possessions above almost all else, they were prone to gossip, and they cared deeply about their image. As Suburgatory progressed, we were able to see how ridiculous Chatswin looked through Tessa's eyes, and over time, the Royces felt more and more "human," if you will. Meanwhile, the show was grounded by Tessa's relationship with her father, and thus was able to tell emotional stories alongside all the satire. I can imagine a similar trajectory for Selfie, though the show isn't quite there yet. Episode 1 made a nice effort to soften up both Eliza and Henry by the end of its 22-minute runtime, as Eliza enlisted the help of her neighbors to help her get ready for a wedding she was attending with Henry. But since Eliza and Henry are both starting out as fairly harsh characters, and neither one of them seems to have any existing close relationships, it's going to be at least a few episodes before we'll know whether Selfie can truly succeed on an emotional level. If Kapnek can continue to scrub away at her characters' sharper angles while highlighting the faults that plague our superficial society, Selfie stands a chance of becoming more than just a punchline. But it's got a lot of work to do. Gillan and Cho are quite charming in their roles, and I think part of the reason the show has any life at all is due to the chemistry they share, but the story needs to support them, too. Right now they're all that's holding Selfie together, and that doesn't make for a very solid foundation. But I'm willing to stick around to find out whether the series can strike the right balance between humor and emotion. I'm not saying Selfie and I will ever really be friends, but maybe we can be acquaintances who check each other's feeds from time to time. NOTES – If this is your first introduction to the talents of Karen Gillan—she also starred on Doctor Who for two and a half seasons, and she later shaved her head for her role as Nebula in this summer's Guardians of the Galaxy—I should point out that she's actually Scottish. And while her American accent (which she said she perfected after visiting SoulCycle in LA) isn't awful, I do think Eliza would be a lot more likable if Gillan had been able to use her natural brogue. However, that might be exactly why Kapnek and the rest of Selfie's producers thought it was a bad idea. For what it's worth, Kapnek has said that the American accent was necessary to sell the real essence of Eliza's character, and I understand that on some level, so I'll allow it.

Asian shares mostly lower, China PMI weighs

Asian shares mostly lower, China PMI weighs

Asian markets mostly slipped Tuesday, with Hong Kong hit for a second day as a pro-democracy protest showed no signs of abating and a gauge of Chinese manufacturing came in below forecast.

OnePlus’s One sequel set for mid-2015 launch

OnePlus’s One sequel set for mid-2015 launch

There weren’t many smartphones that received even a fraction of the buzz that the iPhone 6 did this year, but the OnePlus One somehow managed to find its way on to that list. With an aggressive marketing campaign and an air of mystery surrounding it, the CyanogenMod handset piqued the interest of the Android community right away, but nine months later, the phone still isn’t available to the public. Nevertheless, OnePlus doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. In a recent Reddit AMAA (Ask Me Almost Anything), Carl and David of OnePlus answered a series of questions about the future of their company and their upcoming products. When asked about whether or not Android L would make its way on to

New HTC phablet’s monster specs detailed in new report

New HTC phablet’s monster specs detailed in new report

We don’t know if HTC is still even planning on releasing its hotly anticipated phablet at all, but if it ever does release we expect it will have killer specs. Android Headlines points us to a new report from Chinese website My Drivers that claims the so-called HTC One (M8) Max will feature a 5.5-inch 2K display, a Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7MHz processor, 3GB of RAM, a massive 3,000mAh battery, an 18-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and Android L. RELATED: Did HTC just cancel its plans to launch the flagship phablet we’ve been waiting for? Interestingly, these specs largely match specs for a device that was tentatively named the HTC One (M8) Prime that HTC reportedly shelved earlier this

This is by far the most depressing BlackBerry analysis you’ll read this week

This is by far the most depressing BlackBerry analysis you’ll read this week

BlackBerry has been looking a lot livelier lately, thanks in no small part to the 200,000 preorders the company reported for its BlackBerry Passport smartphone. While we offered a cautiously optimistic take on BlackBerry’s strategy, however The Monday Note’s Jean-Louis Gassée isn’t having any of it — in fact, he still thinks that BlackBerry CEO John Chen will have no choice but to sell the company off for parts somewhere down the line. RELATED: I have no idea whether BlackBerry’s strategy will work… but I like it anyway Why does Gassée think that BlackBerry has no chance to regain its footing and become a force in the mobile world again? Mostly because the company’s smartphone strategy is to cater almost exclusively to its

GoPro unveils three new models, including $130 action cam

GoPro unveils three new models, including $130 action cam

Hoping to maintain its edge in the face of increasing competition, GoPro is launching the HERO4 Silver and Black, both able to shoot in 4K resolution, as well as an aggressively priced entry-level model, the HERO. The new action cams go on sale from October 5.

Smartwatch, or wearable smartphone?

Smartwatch, or wearable smartphone?

Debuting conveniently in time with the first smartwatches, the Portal is a malleable Android smartphone that can take a beating, giving sporty types the durability and convenience they seek without sacrificing screen size.

Motorola’s beautiful Moto 360 just got even better

Motorola’s beautiful Moto 360 just got even better

The biggest knock on the Moto 360 since it launched has definitely been its battery life, which many reviewers have singled out for being subpar. According to some Moto 360 owners, however, it seems Motorola has heard these complaints loud and clear because they’re reporting the latest update to the device has brought a significant improvement to the device’s battery life. RELATED: The biggest reason to hold off on buying the Moto 360 Over at Reddit’s Android Wear page, Reddit user jaesin claimed that after installing the latest Moto 360 update, he was able to wear the device for 14 hours and still have 70% battery life remaining, whereas before the device would be at under 50% over the same timeframe. Later

BlackBerry teases new device plans as turnaround takes shape

BlackBerry teases new device plans as turnaround takes shape

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - Even as BlackBerry pivots to focus more on software and services, the company that gained fame for its smartphones is not giving up on its handset business, two senior executives said. After recording a gross profit from its weakened handset operation and with roughly 50 million people globally still using its older-generation BlackBerry phones, there is potential in that business, the executives said. Their remarks came during a frenetic week when BlackBerry reported a much smaller-than-expected loss and launched its square-screened Passport device. ...

This is the most secure way to keep your private data safe on Android

This is the most secure way to keep your private data safe on Android

When it comes to mobile security, you can never be too safe. As the recent leak of hundreds of nude photos of female celebrities has reminded us, hackers are always working on new and unexpected ways to steal our private data, and a simple PIN on a smartphone just isn’t enough to ensure that our private files are kept secure. There are several options when it comes to mobile device security, and their effectiveness ranges pretty dramatically. For Android users, however, there is one app in particular that likely keeps files safer than anything we’ve seen before. DON’T MISS: Here’s how to give your Android phone a huge speed boost, just like Apple sped up iOS Some apps hide your private photos and other data

Lenovo looks to expand after IBM acquisition

Lenovo looks to expand after IBM acquisition

BANGKOK (AP) — Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday.

Phoning 'home': what your mobile may be giving away

Phoning 'home': what your mobile may be giving away

By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - When popular Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Inc admitted that its devices were sending users' personal information back to a server in China, it prompted howls of protest and an investigation by Taiwan's government. The affair has also drawn attention to just how little we know about what happens between our smartphone and the outside world. In short: it might be in your pocket, but you don't call the shots. ...

New leaked photo reveals the Nexus smartphone you’ve been waiting for

New leaked photo reveals the Nexus smartphone you’ve been waiting for

October is going to be a huge month for Android — not only is Google going to release the highly anticipated Android L update but it’s also likely going to release two flagship Nexus devices to show off its newest version of Android. Earlier this week we got what might have been our first closeup look at one of them, a massive phablet manufactured by Motorola called the Nexus 6. And now Android Police has published a leaked picture that purportedly shows the front of the Nexus 6 for the first time. FROM EARLIER: Leaked pic may show us just how massive the Nexus 6 will really be Sadly, this new leaked picture really doesn’t show us all that much about the

Consumer Reports offers the definitive take: ‘Bendgate’ is overblown

Consumer Reports offers the definitive take: ‘Bendgate’ is overblown

So we know that the iPhone 6 Plus will bend if given enough force. The more important question is whether it will bend as part of your everyday use. Consumer Reports, which wasn’t afraid to slap Apple around over the iPhone 4’s flawed antenna placement, delivers what looks like the definitive take on the issue and the answer is, “No.” RELATED: Apple responds to ‘Bendgate,’ says only 9 customers have complained about the iPhone 6 Plus The widely respected product testing magazine put the iPhone 6 Plus and several other smartphones through a “‘three-point flexural test,’ in which the phone is supported at two points on either end, then force is applied at a third point on the top.” The result

Blast Off! NASA App Teaches Kids About Rocket Launches

Blast Off! NASA App Teaches Kids About Rocket Launches

NASA has developed apps to track shooting stars and iPhone games to hunt comets, but its latest app is an educational project aimed at teaching kids all about rocket launches. The agency's Launch Services Program (LSP) released the new free app called "LSP Activity Book" available for iPad and Android users. Kids can learn about the mission planning process and the precise measurements behind creating the right kind of launch vehicle. LSP prepares NASA's unmanned spacecraft for launch.

TSX snaps back on U.S. data as BlackBerry, Bombardier rise

TSX snaps back on U.S. data as BlackBerry, Bombardier rise

By John Tilak TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index jumped in choppy trading on Friday, recovering from a sharp selloff the previous session, as U.S. economic data helped drive gains. Advances in shares of Bombardier Inc and BlackBerry provided further support. BlackBerry shot up 5.2 percent after the company reported a much smaller-than-expected quarterly loss and flashed encouraging signals about its hard-pressed smartphone business as well as its software and services sales. Bombardier jumped 3. ...

BlackBerry cuts loss and sees rising sales; shares jump

BlackBerry cuts loss and sees rising sales; shares jump

By Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd reported a smaller quarterly loss on Friday and flashed encouraging signals about its hard-pressed smartphone business as well as its software and services sales, spurring a more than 4 percent jump in its shares. The Canadian company, a smartphone pioneer pushed to the margins by Apple's iPhone and devices running Google's Android software, is now focusing more on software and services than on hardware as it works through a long turnaround. ...

‘Bendgate’ is driving some people to believe insane ‘9/11 Truth’-style conspiracies

‘Bendgate’ is driving some people to believe insane ‘9/11 Truth’-style conspiracies

Listen up, people: The videos of bent iPhone 6 Plusses will do very little damage to Apple’s long-term reputation. So long as Apple is correct when it says that your iPhone 6 Plus isn’t likely to bend under normal usage, this issue will go away very quickly, just as “Antennagate” went away quickly when Apple gave out free bumpers and just as “Mapsgate” went away very quickly once Tim Cook apologized for it and recommended that people download different mapping apps. That said, there are some iPhone fans out there who are so irate over the whole issue that they’ve seemingly lost their minds about it. FROM EARLIER: Ranking the biggest iPhone ‘scandals’ of all time Earlier this week, we

How to dump your iPhone or Android phone for the BlackBerry Passport

How to dump your iPhone or Android phone for the BlackBerry Passport

Tired of hanging around with iSheep and Fandroids and want to try something new? No problem — BlackBerry has just posted a handy tip sheet for anyone who wants to dump their iPhones and Android phones for a shiny new BlackBerry Passport. FROM EARLIER: BlackBerry has received 200,000 Passport preorders in just two days The first thing you should do, says BlackBerry, is to download ‘Discover BlackBerry Passport: Your Guide to Working Wide,’ the company’s huge 100-page eBook dedicated solely to the Passport. BlackBerry notes that this should be of particular interest to people switching from rival platforms because it “details numerous productivity tips and tricks for those new to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, with details of what their iOS or

Constant phone calls allowed on European flights

Constant phone calls allowed on European flights

BERLIN (AP) — European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights.

BlackBerry narrows loss, sees turnaround progress

BlackBerry narrows loss, sees turnaround progress

Ottawa (AFP) - BlackBerry on Friday reported it narrowed its loss in the latest quarter, and expressed optimism that its major restructuring and new business-friendly devices would help fuel a turnaround.

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The reporter behind Secret Service chief's ouster

The reporter behind Secret Service chief's ouster

Behind the shocking revelations of incompetence and unprofessionalism that rocked the Secret Service this week is a longtime reporter who's been diligently uncovering the agency's secrets for years.

Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheading

Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheading

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor said Wednesday he will seek the execution of a man accused of beheading a co-worker in a fit of rage after being suspended from his job at a food processing plant.

Secret Service director resigns under fire

Secret Service director resigns under fire

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, in her position for just 18 months, faced mounting calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a September 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife scaled the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before an off-duty agent stopped him. ...

Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital

Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance. "His whole family was screaming. He got outside and he was throwing up all over the place," resident Mesud Osmanovic, 21, said on Wednesday, describing the chaotic scene before the man was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday where he is in serious condition. ...

Judge rules loss could be imposed on Calpers in Stockton bankruptcy

Judge rules loss could be imposed on Calpers in Stockton bankruptcy

By Robin Respaut SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing Stockton, California's municipal bankruptcy trial on Wednesday ruled that the state's public employee retirement system, known as Calpers, could be forced to absorb losses along with other creditors. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said the city's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System could be rejected. While the judge ruled the city may impose losses on Calpers, he has not yet ruled that it must do so as part of its financial restructuring. ...

US, India to Team Up on Mars Exploration

US, India to Team Up on Mars Exploration

India's recent Mars success appears to have turned some heads. NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will investigate ways to collaborate on future missions to Mars, officials said Tuesday (Sept. 30). The announcement comes just one week after India put its first-ever Mars probe in orbit around the Red Planet, becoming just the fourth entity — after the United States, the Soviet Union and the European Space Agency — to do so. NASA and ISRO also signed an agreement Tuesday that lays out their respective roles on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, which is scheduled to launch to Earth orbit in 2020 to study the consequences of climate change on a fine scale.

Nationality trumps race in sentencing gap

Nationality trumps race in sentencing gap

Study after study has shown that black men do more time in jail than white men who commit similar crimes — an entrenched racial disparity in the nation’s justice system that Attorney General Eric Holder has decried as “shameful” and unacceptable.

No country for old men, or women: Afghanistan

No country for old men, or women: Afghanistan

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Afghanistan is the worst country to live in as an older person, an annual index on the wellbeing of the elderly showed on Wednesday. The Asian country was ranked bottom for the second consecutive year in HelpAge International's Global AgeWatch Index, its health situation in particular the poorest in the world. Norway topped the index - up one place from last year - followed by Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Germany, all of which remained in the top 10. ...

Rhode Island child dies of infection related to Enterovirus D68

Rhode Island child dies of infection related to Enterovirus D68

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A Rhode Island child hospitalized with Enterovirus D68 has died of a bacterial infection, in what state public health officials described on Wednesday as an unusual and dangerous combination. The child, a 10-year-old girl who was not named, died last week as a result of a staphylococcus aureus sepsis alongside the respiratory virus, the Rhode Island Department of Health said in a statement, calling it a "very rare combination that can cause very severe illness in children and adults. ...

Corruption allegations deep-freeze Greenland's government

Corruption allegations deep-freeze Greenland's government

By Teis Jensen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Three Greenlandic ministers stepped down from the government on Wednesday to press Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond to quit after she was accused of misuse of state money on private flights and hotels for family members. Hammond, premier since April last year, temporarily left office on Tuesday to wait for the results of an inquiry into her use of state funds, naming Kim Kielsen as her acting head of government. ...

700-year-old tomb may decide Turkey's role in IS fight

700-year-old tomb may decide Turkey's role in IS fight

By Dasha Afanasieva and Selin Bucak ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against Islamic State. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday that the militants were advancing on the white stone mausoleum, guarded by several dozen Turkish soldiers and perched on a manicured lawn under a Turkish flag on the banks of the Euphrates. ...

Two Colorados, two visions, one tight race

Two Colorados, two visions, one tight race

No one expected the 2014 Colorado governor's race to be tight — or even much of a race. Now the contest between Gov. John Hickenlooper and former dairy farmer, community banker, and Congressman Bob Beauprez is a textbook tossup.

More bodies found on Japanese volcano; toll now 47

More bodies found on Japanese volcano; toll now 47

OTAKI, Japan (AP) — One body recovered near the volcano's peak was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash. Another was caught between boulders bigger than large refrigerators. Police who recovered the bodies Wednesday portrayed a painful scene of death around the summit where hikers enjoying an autumn weekend hike were caught by the mountain's surprise eruption.

3 charged in Mexico army killing of 22

3 charged in Mexico army killing of 22

Three soldiers have been charged with homicide in the June killings of 22 suspected gang members in southern Mexico, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam announced on Tuesday.

25 killed in Baghdad car bomb, mortar attacks

25 killed in Baghdad car bomb, mortar attacks

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 35 people were killed in a wave of car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police and medical sources said. It was one of the most violent days the capital has witnessed since U.S.-led forces began bombing Islamic State insurgents in Iraq last month. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks but Islamic State, ultra-radical Sunni Muslim militants who seized swathes of northern Iraq in June, claimed several suicide bombings in the capital earlier this year. ...

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Facebook makes peace with gays over 'real names'

Facebook makes peace with gays over 'real names'

San Francisco (AFP) - Facebook on Wednesday vowed to ease its "real names" policy that prompted drag queen performers to quit the social network and sparked wider protests in the gay community and beyond.

Twitter-funded lab to seek social media insights

Twitter-funded lab to seek social media insights

Washington (AFP) - A new Twitter-funded research project unveiled Wednesday, with access to every tweet ever sent, will look for patterns and insights from the billions of messages sent on social media.

Twitter grants $10 million to MIT for social data analysis, new tools

Twitter grants $10 million to MIT for social data analysis, new tools

By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Wednesday gave $10 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for research that would explore how people use and achieve shared goals using social networks. Over five years, the university's researchers will organize a vast quantity of content from Twitter, Reddit and other online forums and build new communication tools that journalists, policy experts and researchers can use to uncover new patterns and trends. The new MIT lab is called the "Laboratory of Social Machines. ...

'Twilight' short films to debut on Facebook

'Twilight' short films to debut on Facebook

It's been two years since the fifth and final "Twilight" film appeared in cinemas, but there's just a year to go until Stephanie Meyer's book series gets another audiovisual update, this time through Facebook.

This social network wants to kill Facebook by putting your privacy first

This social network wants to kill Facebook by putting your privacy first

Ever since MySpace fell off and Facebook took control of social media, people have waited for the next big social media empire to rise and give them a new reason to keep their eyes glued to their gadgets. That day may have finally arrived with a new social network called Ello. According to BBC News, it started as a small network for a group of friends. Now it has exploded and is getting at least 31,000 requests an hour from people looking to join. Starting a new social network doesn’t come without start-up problems. “We’re learning as we go but we have a very strong tech crew and back-end,” Ellofounder Paul Budnitz told the BBC. “It’s in beta and it’s buggy and it does weird stuff – and it’s

Trump lampooned over British killers Twitter gaffe

Trump lampooned over British killers Twitter gaffe

New York (AFP) - Donald Trump, one of America's most flamboyant billionaires, was lampooned on Twitter Monday after being tricked into posting a picture of notorious British serial killers by a comedian.

Austria's foreign minister brings Facebook age to U.N. stage

Austria's foreign minister brings Facebook age to U.N. stage

By Rodrigo Campos UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Austria's youthful foreign minister began his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday by acknowledging his place in the world and offering something rarely seen during the annual meeting of world leaders. "I look a bit younger than most of the other speakers before," said Sebastian Kurz. "Indeed, I believe I am the only person under the age of 30 who has the privilege of speaking here this week. ...

Facebook's strategy for dealing with mobile-first games

Facebook's strategy for dealing with mobile-first games

When gaming took off on mobile devices and developers shifted their focus from browser-based desktops to mobile-first, Facebook had a problem: You couldn't play a game through Facebook on a mobile device. "It's really not an either-or choice at all," says Facebook's North American lead on the games partnerships team, Dan Morris. Prior to joining Facebook, Morris worked at mobile game developer DeNA.

Sin City emerges honeymoon capital of the world for Facebook couples

Sin City emerges honeymoon capital of the world for Facebook couples

The most popular honeymoon destination for international newlyweds isn’t on a secluded, tropical beach and doesn't boast watery, romantic sunsets. But it is home to a whole lot of Elvises and replicas of some of the most romantic cities in the world, including Paris and Venice.

Social media's Hootsuite joins $1bn club

Social media's Hootsuite joins $1bn club

San Francisco (AFP) - Hootsuite, a Canada-based social media consulting and analytics firm, said Thursday it raised a fresh $60 million in investments, giving it a reported value of $1 billion.

Md. to review OKCupid, Facebook consumer studies

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said Wednesday his office will review allegations by a University of Maryland law professor that Facebook and OKCupid violated a state law by manipulating customer ...

Facebook to win EU approval for $19 billion WhatsApp bid: sources

Facebook to win EU approval for $19 billion WhatsApp bid: sources

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook , the world's leading social network, will win unconditional EU approval for its $19 billion offer for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp in a deal pitting it against telecoms operators, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The landmark acquisition, the largest in Facebook's 10-year history, will give the company a firm foothold in the fast-growing mobile messaging market. ...

Separatist Takes Credit for MH17 Shooting with Suspicious Social Media Post

Separatist Takes Credit for MH17 Shooting with Suspicious Social Media Post

Earlier this week, someone appearing to be a pro-Russian separatist posted a very peculiar, now viral, post on Russia's version of Facebook, VK.com. In the equivalent of a status update, the user "Vadim Khoma" claimed he was the one firing the BUK missile launcher that took down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine on July 17. However, this profile may not be what it seems.

#FreeBillSimmons: ESPN suspension explodes on Twitter

Proving that Twitter users love a good controversy, basketball and a hashtag, ESPN's decision to suspend Bill Simmons for calling out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell exploded on the social media platform Wednesday night, with Simmons' supporters imploring the network to free him.

Amazon expands services for Twitter users

Amazon is adding more services for Twitter users ahead of the busy holiday shopping season. The online retailer said Wednesday that Twitter users can now add Amazon.com products to their wish list without ...

Hemorrhaging talent, Infosys' new CEO allows staff to use Twitter, Facebook

Hemorrhaging talent, Infosys' new CEO allows staff to use Twitter, Facebook

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Infosys Ltd's new CEO has come up with a novel approach to reviving the financial fortunes of India's trailblazing outsourcing firm: use Facebook at work, tweet, but get the job done. Infosys has long been run as a conservative company known for keeping strict tabs on work hours and sometimes fining employees for not wearing ties on specific days. Such cheerless self-regard could not have come at a more challenging time, analysts say. ...

Want to Bolster Professional Relationships? Ignore Social Media

Of course that got your attention. For a fleeting moment, let's imagine a world without Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. It's a predigital age, if you will, in which emails didn't rule the roost, and fax machines -- the type with shiny paper bound to curl after a fax was sent -- were heavily relied upon. A world full of typewriter ribbons, Wite-Out and snail mail résumés sent to personnel departments ...

Campfire Tales Served as Early Human Social Media

Campfire Tales Served as Early Human Social Media

Telling stories around a campfire may have served as one of the first forms of "social media," helping humans create and spread culture, reports a new study on the Kalahari Bushmen in Africa. "At night, things mellow out," said the study's author, Polly Wiessner, a professor of anthropology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Wiessner began recording conversations among the !Kung bushmen as a graduate student in the 1970s. The !Kung, also known as Ju/'hoansi Bushmen, consist of about 3,000 members living in the Kalahari Desert of northeast Namibia and Botswana.

Murray disappointed over Scottish independence Twitter row

Murray disappointed over Scottish independence Twitter row

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, who was abused on social media for tweeting his support for Scottish independence last week, was disappointed over the matter but did not "regret giving an opinion" he told the BBC on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Scot tweeted his support for the Yes campaign a few hours before the polls opened last Thursday, but told the BBC he thought the United Kingdom was now going to be stronger after Scottish voters rejected independence. ...

Facebook to introduce new advertising platform : WSJ

Facebook to introduce new advertising platform : WSJ

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc is set to unveil a new advertising platform to improve effectiveness of online ads, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday citing people with knowledge of the matter. The product is a redesigned version of Atlas Advertiser Suite, an ad management and measurement platform that Facebook bought from Microsoft Corp last year. It is expected to help marketers target Facebook users more effectively by measuring which users have seen, interacted or acted upon ads that appear on Facebook's services and on third-party websites and apps. ...

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ARM expands software to manage security for Internet of Things

By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - ARM Holdings Plc said on Wednesday it was introducing software to make the proliferating number of Internet-connected devices many consumers surround themselves with more manageable and secure. The Cambridge-based chip designer said it was looking to expand dramatically the lifespan and manageability of the many network-connected products running its embedded microprocessors -- from home appliances to car features to wearable devices. ...

Exclusive: U.S. to pay $300 million to end Brazil cotton trade dispute - officials

Exclusive: U.S. to pay $300 million to end Brazil cotton trade dispute - officials

By Alonso Soto and Krista Hughes BRASILIA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will pay Brazilian cotton producers $300 million to settle a decade-old dispute over cotton subsidies, two officials familiar with the settlement said on Tuesday, the first concrete step to repair ties hurt by an espionage scandal. The agreement will be formally signed on Wednesday morning in Washington after Brazilian Agriculture Minister Neri Geller and Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo traveled to the U.S. capital to finalize details. ...

Advanced iOS virus targeting Hong Kong protesters: security firm

Advanced iOS virus targeting Hong Kong protesters: security firm

BOSTON (Reuters) - Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a computer virus that spies on Apple Inc's iOS operating system for the iPhone and iPad, and they believe it is targeting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The malicious software, known as Xsser, is capable of stealing text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from Apple mobile devices, researchers with Lacoon Mobile Security said on Tuesday. They uncovered the spyware while investigating similar malware for Google Inc's Android operating system last week that also targeted Hong Kong protesters. ...

This social network wants to kill Facebook by putting your privacy first

This social network wants to kill Facebook by putting your privacy first

Ever since MySpace fell off and Facebook took control of social media, people have waited for the next big social media empire to rise and give them a new reason to keep their eyes glued to their gadgets. That day may have finally arrived with a new social network called Ello. According to BBC News, it started as a small network for a group of friends. Now it has exploded and is getting at least 31,000 requests an hour from people looking to join. Starting a new social network doesn’t come without start-up problems. “We’re learning as we go but we have a very strong tech crew and back-end,” Ellofounder Paul Budnitz told the BBC. “It’s in beta and it’s buggy and it does weird stuff – and it’s

U.S. charges four with stealing $100 million in software, data

U.S. charges four with stealing $100 million in software, data

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four members of an alleged international computer hacking ring were charged with stealing more than $100 million worth of software and data - some of it used to train military pilots and some related to Microsoft Corp's Xbox gaming console - the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Two of the four - a 28-year-old New Jersey man and a 22-year-old Canadian man - pleaded guilty to charges contained in an indictment unsealed earlier in the day, the agency said. ...

Feds say hackers targeted Microsoft, game makers

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two members of an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday in federal court in Delaware.

China approves iPhone 6 after security assurances

China approves iPhone 6 after security assurances

BEIJING (AP) — China's phone regulator said Tuesday it has approved Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 for use on Chinese networks after the company promised never to install "backdoors" to give other governments access to users' information. Apple said sales start Oct. 17.

Online abuse of women in Pakistan turns into real-world violence

By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Internet abuse of women in Pakistan is triggering real world violence against them, but large social media companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, are moving too slowly to stop it, internet rights group Bytes for All said. Women face online threats globally, but they run a unique risk in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where there is a tradition of men killing women seen as having injured a family's honor, besides punitive laws against blasphemy. ...

HK protests' 'Umbrella Revolution' tag escapes China's censors - so far

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - China's censors, who have barred most online discussion of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, have so far not blocked searches for the movement's "Umbrella Revolution" nickname, although it may not survive much longer. Chinese Internet users were still able to post under the hashtag "Umbrella Revolution" in Chinese and English on Sina Weibo, China's popular Twitter-like microblogging service, on Monday and Tuesday. ...

Another card system hack at Supervalu, Albertsons

Card data of Supervalu and Albertsons shoppers may be at risk in another hack, the two supermarket companies said Monday. The companies said that in late August or early September, malicious software was ...

Supervalu says malware affects four stores in Minnesota

(Reuters) - Supermarket chain Supervalu Inc reported on Monday a second attack against its payment systems barely two months after it said it was investigating a potential data breach. The company said it found malicious software on a part of its network that might have affected payment cards used at four of its Cub Foods franchise stores in Hastings, Shakopee, Roseville and White Bear Lake, Minnesota. ...

Europe's police need data law changes to fight cybercrime: Europol

Europe's police need data law changes to fight cybercrime: Europol

By Eric Auchard LONDON (Reuters) - Law enforcers in Europe need greater powers to retain data for longer in order to catch cybercriminals selling discrete services that police cannot trace under existing regulations, according to a Europol report published on Monday. Cybercrime is increasingly conducted by a highly specialized chain of software break-in experts, underground market-makers and buy-side fraudsters who convert stolen passwords and identities into financial gains. Criminals can keep data for months or even years before using it to defraud victims. ...

This is the most secure way to keep your private data safe on Android

This is the most secure way to keep your private data safe on Android

When it comes to mobile security, you can never be too safe. As the recent leak of hundreds of nude photos of female celebrities has reminded us, hackers are always working on new and unexpected ways to steal our private data, and a simple PIN on a smartphone just isn’t enough to ensure that our private files are kept secure. There are several options when it comes to mobile device security, and their effectiveness ranges pretty dramatically. For Android users, however, there is one app in particular that likely keeps files safer than anything we’ve seen before. DON’T MISS: Here’s how to give your Android phone a huge speed boost, just like Apple sped up iOS Some apps hide your private photos and other data

Phoning 'home': what your mobile may be giving away

Phoning 'home': what your mobile may be giving away

By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - When popular Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Inc admitted that its devices were sending users' personal information back to a server in China, it prompted howls of protest and an investigation by Taiwan's government. The affair has also drawn attention to just how little we know about what happens between our smartphone and the outside world. In short: it might be in your pocket, but you don't call the shots. ...

Palo Alto Networks unexpectedly gets low score on firewall test

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Palo Alto Networks Inc's flagship next-generation security firewall ranks as the least effective in a new test of such equipment by NSS Labs, results that surprised some analysts because the product is widely considered an industry leader. NSS, which reviews technology products for Fortune 500 companies, gave Palo Alto's firewall a "caution" rating in a survey released to clients Tuesday. It had rated the product "recommended" in its last survey, released in February 2013. ...

Apple says 'Shellshock' no risk to vast majority of Mac users

Apple says 'Shellshock' no risk to vast majority of Mac users

BOSTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc said the vast majority of Mac computer users are not at risk from the recently identified "Shellshock" computer bug, which security experts have warned affect operating systems, including Mac's OS X. "The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk," Apple spokesman Bill Evans said late Thursday evening. "Shellshock" is a vulnerability in Bash, a piece of software packaged with Mac OS X, which is based on the Unix operating system. ...

China's communist party expels senior internet regulator for graft

BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior Chinese internet regulator has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party on graft charges, China's top anti-graft body said on Friday, as it works to crack down on corruption in media and the internet. Gao Jianyun, an official of the International Communication Office of the party's Central Committee, which is charged with regulating the Internet, including censorship, was placed under investigation in April, state media reported. ...

Hackers exploit 'Shellshock' bug with worms in early attacks

Hackers exploit 'Shellshock' bug with worms in early attacks

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Hackers have begun exploiting the newly identified "Shellshock" computer bug, using fast-moving worm viruses to scan for vulnerable systems and then infect them, researchers warned on Thursday. "Shellshock" is the first major Internet threat to emerge since the discovery in April of "Heartbleed," which affected encryption software used in about two-thirds of all web servers, along with hundreds of technology products. ...

Q&A: Experts warn of Bash Bug, what are the risks?

Q&A: Experts warn of Bash Bug, what are the risks?

NEW YORK (AP) — Internet security experts are warning that a new programming flaw known as the "Bash Bug" may pose a serious threat to computers and other devices such as home Internet routers. Even the systems used to run factory floors and power plants could be affected.

Hacking suspect's lawyers: no conflict of interest

SEATTLE (AP) — Lawyers for a Russian man charged with hacking into businesses across the U.S. filed new motions in federal court insisting that they don't have a conflict of interest and should remain on the job.

Lawyer for hacking suspect say no disqualification

SEATTLE (AP) — Lawyers for a Russian man charged with hacking into business across the U.S. filed new motions in federal court insisting that they don't have a conflict of interest and should remain on the job.

Motorola boss says people will stop buying devices like the iPhone 6 soon

Motorola boss says people will stop buying devices like the iPhone 6 soon

When you look at the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales figures, it’s hard to believe that the high-end smartphone business is drying up, but that’s exactly what Motorola President Rick Osterloh argued in an interview with Re/code earlier this month. “The days of the $600-$700 smartphone are numbered,” Osterloh told Re/code. “People are realizing they don’t need to pay that much money.” Osterloh’s confidence is due in part to Motorola’s momentous success with the Moto G, which quickly became the company’s best-selling smartphone of all time. In developing markets, affordable devices are gaining a nearly immeasurable amount of traction as low-end first-party vendors begin to pull the rug out from under the biggest names in the industry. Rather than attempt to beat Huawei, ZTE

Hands on: Samsung’s iPhone 5 is absolutely beautiful

Hands on: Samsung’s iPhone 5 is absolutely beautiful

Some hailed Samsung’s new Galaxy Alpha smartphone as an “iPhone killer” ahead of its debut last month. Since Samsung’s smartphones had all been made out of somewhat flimsy feeling plastics prior to the Alpha’s unveiling, it was understandable that some fans would get overly enthusiastic about what, at the time, was rumored to be the first Samsung smartphone to feature a beautiful aluminum housing. Of course, now that the phone has been made official, we know that it’s most certainly not an iPhone killer. Instead, it’s a three-year-old iPhone. While chatter has died down over the past year or so, Samsung had a huge image problem to overcome as it rose to the top of the smartphone market. The South Korea-based

Huawei to invest $4 billion in fixed broadband R&D in next three years

Huawei to invest $4 billion in fixed broadband R&D in next three years

BEIJING (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd , the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker, said it would invest more than $4 billion in fixed broadband technology research and development (R&D) in the next three years. Huawei, which has shifted its focus to the mobile device market in recent years, said in a statement on Thursday that fixed broadband - the pipes connecting homes and offices - remained a "key direction for strategic investment. ...

New 'Bash' software bug may pose bigger threat than 'Heartbleed'

New 'Bash' software bug may pose bigger threat than 'Heartbleed'

A newly discovered security bug in a widely used piece of Linux software, known as "Bash," could pose a bigger threat to computer users than the "Heartbleed" bug that surfaced in April, cyber experts warned on Wednesday. Bash is the software used to control the command prompt on many Unix computers. Hackers can exploit a bug in Bash to take complete control of a targeted system, security experts said. ...

Some banks reissuing cards over Home Depot breach

Some banks reissuing cards over Home Depot breach

Some lenders are preparing to reissue credit or debit cards to customers to head off possible losses following the breach of customer data at Home Depot. Capital One Financial and JPMorgan Chase & Co. ...

Your medical record is worth more to hackers than your credit card

Your medical record is worth more to hackers than your credit card

By Caroline Humer and Jim Finkle NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) - Your medical information is worth 10 times more than your credit card number on the black market. Last month, the FBI warned healthcare providers to guard against cyber attacks after one of the largest U.S. hospital operators, Community Health Systems Inc, said Chinese hackers had broken into its computer network and stolen the personal information of 4.5 million patients. Security experts say cyber criminals are increasingly targeting the $3 trillion U.S. ...

Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov

Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability — but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features.

Head of Serb church denounces gay pride march

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The head of Serbia's influential Christian Orthodox church on Tuesday denounced a gay pride march planned for the weekend, adding to tensions over the event, which has faced threats from extremists.

Don’t expect the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to win any battery life contests

Don’t expect the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to win any battery life contests

Now that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are in the hands of millions of buyers, people are putting them through all sorts of experiences including accidental or intentional drop tests and detailed teardowns, but also battery life tests. In fact, Phone Arena has put both devices through its regular battery measurements that use “a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage,” publishing its findings and updating its battery life smartphone rankings to accommodate the new arrivals. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus crush rivals in performance tests despite dual-core CPU During the iPhone 6 event, Apple’s battery estimates for both devices revealed that they should offer more usage time than the iPhone 5s

European banks team up with Europol in cybercrime fightback

European banks team up with Europol in cybercrime fightback

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's banks have joined forces with Europol's cybercrime unit to try to combat the rising and increasingly sophisticated threat being posed by cyber criminals to financial firms. The European Banking Federation (EBF), which represents about 4,500 banks, and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre - known as EC3 - said on Monday they had signed a memorandum of understanding to intensify cooperation between law enforcement and the financial sector. Banks are facing frequent attacks from sophisticated hackers. Wall Street bank JP Morgan said last month it was working with U.S. ...

Home Depot didn’t take data security seriously, report reveals

Home Depot didn’t take data security seriously, report reveals

Home Depot recently confirmed that it has been the victim of the largest credit card breach in history, with 56 million payment cards having been stolen by clever hackers, who managed to access the giant retailer’s systems for more than four months. A report from The New York Times further reveals that while the recent hack was possible thanks to advanced malware programs that went undetected by existing security measures, Home Depot apparently has a history of ignoring the security of its customers’ payment data. FROM EARLIER: Confirmed: Home Depot credit card hack significantly bigger than Target’s Former employees have revealed the company has been ignoring proper security procedures for years, dismissing security concerns that may have arisen. The company

Apple’s iCloud security nightmare gets worse as more nude celebrity pics leak

Apple’s iCloud security nightmare gets worse as more nude celebrity pics leak

If you thought that the hugely successful iPhone 6 launch would help Apple move past the controversy surrounding nude celerity photos that were stolen from hacked iCloud accounts, think again. TMZ reported on Saturday that a fresh round of stolen celebrity photos popped up on 4Chan and included pictures of Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Hope Solo and Jennifer Lawrence. This marks the second major cache of nude celebrity photos that have hit the Internet following an earlier hack that included pictures of Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Jenny McCarthy, Kate Upton, Mary E. Winstead and many others. How did all this happen? We’re still not exactly sure, although earlier this month a man claiming to be the hacker behind the leaks said that it was

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Bar of Chocolate, Wharf Street's Word of Mouth Winner

Bar of Chocolate, Wharf Street's Word of Mouth Winner

Nearly ten years later, Sarah Martin's Bar of Chocolate is still standing. Originally from Huntington Beach, CA, Sarah Martin came east in 1988, where she tended bar at two of the most venerable spots in Boston: The Middle East and Ole Scollay Square's Red Hat. Sam Beringer was one of those guests.

Dreamfall Chapters — Book One will launch for PC on Oct. 21

Dreamfall Chapters — Book One will launch for PC on Oct. 21

The first episode of Dreamfall Chapters, the Kickstarter-funded episodic sequel to Funcom's The Longest Journey and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, will be released on Oct. 21, developer Red Thread Games announced today.. Dreamfall Chapters — Book One will be available to download for Linux, Mac and Windows PC. In Dreamfall Chapters, players will follow three characters journeying across a futuristic cyberpunk world and a fantasy world. Red Thread Games is developing the title under the direction of its founder Ragnar Tørnquist, who wrote and directed the Longest Journey games under Funcom.

Hackers exploit 'Shellshock' bug with worms in early attacks

Hackers exploit 'Shellshock' bug with worms in early attacks

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Hackers have begun exploiting the newly identified "Shellshock" computer bug, using fast-moving worm viruses to scan for vulnerable systems and then infect them, researchers warned on Thursday. "Shellshock" is the first major Internet threat to emerge since the discovery in April of "Heartbleed," which affected OpenSSL encryption software that is used in about two-thirds of all web servers, along with hundreds of technology products for consumers and businesses. ...

'Bash' computer bug could hit millions

'Bash' computer bug could hit millions

Washington (AFP) - The US government and technology experts warned Thursday of a vulnerability in some computer-operating systems, including Apple's Mac OS, which could allow widespread and serious attacks by hackers.

Volunteers use 3D printers to create inexpensive prosthetics

Volunteers use 3D printers to create inexpensive prosthetics

By Daniel Gaitan NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An online organization of more than 1,500 volunteers is using 3D printers to produce prosthetic hands or fingers for people around the world who need them. This Sunday, the group, called e-NABLE, will come together at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to further their goals of designing, printing and distributing their inexpensive plastic prostheses, in advance of an upcoming U.S. Food and Drug Administration public forum on 3D printing of medical devices. ...

New 'Bash' software bug may pose bigger threat than 'Heartbleed'

New 'Bash' software bug may pose bigger threat than 'Heartbleed'

A newly discovered security bug in a widely used piece of Linux software, known as "Bash," could pose a bigger threat to computer users than the "Heartbleed" bug that surfaced in April, cyber experts warned on Wednesday. Bash is the software used to control the command prompt on many Unix computers. Hackers can exploit a bug in Bash to take complete control of a targeted system, security experts said. ...

Brabham's son plans to revive racing team

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One could see the return of a Brabham team if enough fans and investors buy into a project presented by the son of late triple world champion Jack Brabham on Wednesday. David Brabham said he planned to use "crowdfunding" to build a team to compete in next year's world endurance championship and enter the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race as a full constructor in 2018. The cash-burning world of Formula One, where even the smallest teams require annual budgets of at least $60 million, may be a step too far but it remained a distant aspiration. ...

Worse than Heartbleed? Today's Bash bug could break security for years

Worse than Heartbleed? Today's Bash bug could break security for years

Linux users got a nasty surprise today, as a security team at Red Hat uncovered a subtle but dangerous bug in the Bash shell, one of the most versatile and widely used utilities in Linux. It's being called the Bash bug, or Shellshock. When accessed properly, the bug allows for an attacker's code to be executed as soon as the shell is invoked, leaving the door open for a wide variety of attacks. Worse yet, it appears the bug has been present in enterprise Linux software for a long time, so patching every instance may be easier said than done. ...

5 Cool DIY Tech Trends from World Maker Faire

5 Cool DIY Tech Trends from World Maker Faire

About 700 inventors and innovators gathered here at the New York Hall of Science last weekend (Sept. 20-21) to show off cool creations and fun DIY projects at the fifth annual World Maker Faire.

This Kenyan Teenager Made a Simple Device to Stop Elephant Poaching

When Mercy Sigey was three years old her parents would take her to safari reserves in her native Kenya. Sigey, now 19, told the crowd at the United Nations Social Good Summit on Monday about her plan to fight poaching in Kenya’s animal reserves and around the world. In May, a poacher’s poison arrow killed Satao, an elephant who was more than 45 years old. More than 20,000 African elephants were killed last year for their tusks. Satao's tucks weighed at least 100 pounds, and when poachers killed him they cut them out of his head and left his body on the ground.

Nokia saw the future, but couldn't build it

Nokia saw the future, but couldn't build it

There was once a time when my search for a new phone would start (and likely finish) with a visit to Nokia.com. The Finnish company had the widest choice, the best designs, and the most respected brand around the world, so it was pretty hard to pick a bad phone from its catalog. Try doing the same thing today, however, and you’ll find every link on the Nokia homepage pointing to Microsoft’s Mobile Devices division — the new incarnation of the Nokia most of us knew and loved. ...

Billboards That Double as Homeless Housing May Soon Pop Up in the U.S.

Whether they’re promoting the latest Hollywood film, causing controversy, or eating smog, billboards are a ubiquitous part of modern life. Earlier this summer, urban design enthusiasts from the Slovakia-based firm DesignDevelop generated international excitement when they unveiled Project Gregory, an architectural proposal that presented an innovative solution to housing for the homeless: turning the eyesore of roadside advertising into a place to live.

Why I love Linux — even if I no longer use it

Why I love Linux — even if I no longer use it

Considering the OS only holds about 1.6 percent of overall desktop marketshare, it's an important moment for those who use Linux in their home lives that Netflix's engineers are even exploring the idea. Thinking about this, I remembered how much I loved (and still love) Linux. Linux was safer, better, and cooler than the competition.

Desktop Linux is finally getting Netflix support

Desktop Linux is finally getting Netflix support

While Linux now underpins a great deal in the tech world — including the Roku and, most crucially, Android — desktop Linux to this day exists in a quiet cul-de-sac where the command line is still the preferred UI. As such, users running the likes of Ubuntu and Arch Linux have had more ready access to streaming content on their phones and TVs than on their computers. Netflix senior software engineer Paul Adolph wrote on the Ubuntu forums last night that devices running the latest version of the NSS security libraries will be able to run Netflix in Chrome without changing their browser's user-agent.

Tropico 5 on PS4 will now launch in 2015

Tropico 5 on PS4 will now launch in 2015

Tropico 5 launched for Windows PC in May and today for Linux and Mac. An Xbox 360 version is slated to launch on Nov. 11, but the PS4 version — announced earlier this year in January — needs more development time, according to Kalypso. "We want to give PlayStation owners the best possible Tropico experience so we decided to give Tropico 5 a little more time in the final stages of development," a representative for the company told Polygon.

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This is what Windows 10 will look like on smartphones and the Xbox One

This is what Windows 10 will look like on smartphones and the Xbox One

Microsoft on Tuesday gave the world a heartfelt apology for Windows 8 by unveiling Windows 10, which backs away from the “modern” interface users almost universally hated and moves toward an experience more akin to Windows 7. The new cross-device platform won’t ship until sometime next year so there’s still plenty we don’t know about it, and that includes details concerning exactly how it will work on Windows Phone devices and on Microsoft’s Xbox consoles. While desktops, laptops and tablets were the focus of Microsoft’s presentation, the company did slip in a sneak peek of its new software running on other devices. FROM EARLIER: Everything we know about Windows 10 Amid all of the new details Microsoft threw at us during Tuesday’s presentation,

Skullgirls Encore on PlayStation 4, PS Vita delayed into 2015

Skullgirls Encore on PlayStation 4, PS Vita delayed into 2015

Skullgirls Encore's release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita is being pushed into 2015 to accommodate for additional features, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog Europe. Eliza includes a story mode that Lab Zero calls its most comprehensive yet, and the character will be free to players for a three-month period. Beowulf, meanwhile, is a wrestler who can use a folding chair to attack opponents. "Beowulf will feature a ton of pro wrestling references," the post reads.

Here's the PlayStation Plus lineup for October

Here's the PlayStation Plus lineup for October

PlayStation Plus subscribers in North America will get access to seven games across three PlayStation platforms this October, including the driving game sampler DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition for PS4.

The Angry Birds movie's voice cast is filled with funny people

The Angry Birds movie's voice cast is filled with funny people

Columbia Pictures has put together a cast packed with comedic talent for Angry Birds, its upcoming movie based on Rovio Entertainment's avian/porcine video game franchise, the two companies announced today. The film will center on a furious flock of three: Red (Jason Sudeikis, Horrible Bosses), the swift Chuck (Josh Gad, Jobs) and their explosive friend Bomb (Danny McBride, Eastbound & Down).

10 Best iPhone/iPad Games for September 2014

10 Best iPhone/iPad Games for September 2014

Check out the 10 best iOS gaming apps released over the past month, including Mikey Boots, Valiant Hearts: The Great War, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic

How to choose the right video game name

How to choose the right video game name

There's an interesting story over on Gamasutra right now, written by Elyot Grant, the developer of an indie game called Prismata. Grant offers some useful pointers while also revealing the somewhat twisted path he and his colleagues at Lunarch Studios followed, in order to get to "Prismata," which is a cross between a a card game and a real-time strategy.

Quarterly Report: The 25 Best PlayStation 4 Games

Quarterly Report: The 25 Best PlayStation 4 Games

Our Quarterly Reports provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. Here are the best games available for the PS4. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic

Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Xbox 360 Games

Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Xbox 360 Games

Our Quarterly Reports provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. Here are the best games available for the Xbox 360. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic

Quarterly Report: The 25 Best PlayStation 3 Games

Quarterly Report: The 25 Best PlayStation 3 Games

Our Quarterly Reports provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. Here are the best games available for the PS3. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic

Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Xbox One Games

Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Xbox One Games

Our Quarterly Reports provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. Here are the best games available for the Xbox One. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic