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Apple's iPhone sales beat Street but iPad volumes slide

Apple's iPhone sales beat Street but iPad volumes slide

By Christina Farr and Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc forecast a strong holiday quarter after a better-than-expected 16 percent jump in iPhone sales, and the strongest growth in Mac computer shipments in years helped the company surpass Wall Street's targets. The company on Monday projected stronger-than-expected revenue of $63.5 billion to $66.5 billion in the December quarter, when new iPads and iPhones vie with rival devices from Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc for consumers' holiday outlays. Shares of Apple rose 1.3 percent to about $101.10 in after-hours trade. ...

New Microsoft CEO pay tops $80 million with big stock awards

New Microsoft CEO pay tops $80 million with big stock awards

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's new Chief Executive Satya Nadella has become one the technology industry's biggest earners, with a total compensation package worth $84.3 million this year, according to a document filed with securities regulators on Monday. The outsize number is mostly made up of the estimated value of certain one-time stock awards given to Nadella, who became the company's third CEO in February. Most of it Nadella cannot actually receive until 2019. The massive stock awards, valued at $79. ...

Texas Instruments posts solid 3rd-quarter results, says business healthy

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Texas Instruments Inc posted third-quarter results above expectations and its CFO said business was healthy, in contrast to recent concerns on Wall Street about a possible slowdown in chip demand. The Dallas, Texas-based company's growth in the third quarter was driven by demand for chips used in communications equipment, industrial markets and automotive, CFO Kevin March told Reuters in a phone interview. ...

IBM ditches 2015 operating EPS target, shares slump 7 percent

IBM ditches 2015 operating EPS target, shares slump 7 percent

By Marina Lopes and Anya George Tharakan (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp reported a marked slowdown in business in September and abandoned its 2015 operating earnings target on Monday, as weak client spending and a slumping software sector weighed down quarterly revenue. IBM shares fell nearly 7 percent to a three-year low, a blow for legendary investor Warren Buffett whose Berkshire Hathaway Inc is its top shareholder. The decline shaved more than $13 billion off of IBM's market cap, which stood at $182 billion at the stock market close on Friday. ...

Amazon signs multi-year deal with Simon & Schuster: Business Insider

Amazon signs multi-year deal with Simon & Schuster: Business Insider

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc signed a multi-year deal with Simon & Schuster Inc, the second major Big Five book publisher it has been negotiating with on the price of e-books, Business Insider reported, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. Online book retailer Amazon had been in talks with Simon & Schuster since July over pricing. Amazon had been locked in a war with publisher Hachette Book Group, the fourth-largest U.S. book publisher owned by France's Lagardere , over digital book pricing, roughly since January, leading to numerous issues for authors. ...

Amaya Gaming to explore sale of Cadillac Jack subsidiary

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - Amaya Gaming Group Inc, which has pivoted to focus on the fast-growing online gambling market, said on Monday it is exploring a sale of its Cadillac Jack subsidiary that makes slot machines and electronic bingo games for casinos. Earlier this summer, Montreal-based Amaya closed on the $4.9 billion takeover of Rational Group, operator of online gambling website PokerStars, just as several U.S. states have begun to move on legislation to legalize online gambling. ...

Here’s how Apple’s ads have evolved since the 1970s

Here’s how Apple’s ads have evolved since the 1970s

Before actor John “And I’m a PC” Hodgman turned the PC into a laughable dope, before dancing silhouettes convinced you to buy an iPod and before George Orwell’s novel came to life in a 60-second spot during the 1984 Super Bowl, Apple made posters. The history of Apple’s advertising campaigns is almost as interesting as the history of the products it advertises. On Sunday, The Loop’s Dave Mark stumbled upon an article from 2009 on Web Designer Depot which contains an extensive collection of Apple’s ads, from Apple II posters to commercials for the iPhone 3G. It’s a fascinating look back through the annals of electronics advertising. In the beginning, text was king. Posters would be covered text describing the product in detail, occasionally without even

3D-printed gun maker in Japan sentenced to two years in prison

3D-printed gun maker in Japan sentenced to two years in prison

A 28-year-old former university employee was sentenced today in Japan to two years in prison for manufacturing plastic 3D-printed firearms in violation of national weapons laws, according to The Japan News. Yoshitomo Imura is said to have created at least two plastic guns at his home in Kawaski, Japan, that were capable of firing bullets, according to the report. He appears to be the first person in world history to receive a jail sentence for making 3D-printed firearms.

Does Yosemite have a privacy problem? Not exactly

Does Yosemite have a privacy problem? Not exactly

This morning, The Washington Post called out an unexpected privacy concern in Apple's new Yosemite operating system. Apple's Spotlight application, previously used to index material on a user's hard drive, has added a new Suggestions feature that points to external sites relevant to a given search term. As the Post article points out, that means search terms have to be transmitted back to Apple with a lot of extra information, including location data that the Post found to be precise enough to pin down a specific building.

Does Yosemite have a privacy problem? It's complicated

Does Yosemite have a privacy problem? It's complicated

This morning, The Washington Post called out an unexpected privacy concern in Apple's new Yosemite operating system. Apple's Spotlight application, previously used to index material on a user's hard drive, has added a new Suggestions feature that points to external sites relevant to a given search term. As the Post article points out, that means search terms have to be transmitted back to Apple with a lot of extra information, including location data that the Post found to be precise enough to pin down a specific building.

You can finally preorder the OnePlus One on October 27th

You can finally preorder the OnePlus One on October 27th

It’s been a long, winding road to reach this point, but the OnePlus One is finally going to be available to the public next Monday. OnePlus has kept its promise to offer preorders in late October, specifically October 27th at 11 a.m. ET, which is when anyone will be able to place an order for a OnePlus One. Here’s the catch: the preorders will only be available for one hour. As long as you place your order within that hour, you will be guaranteed a OnePlus One smartphone. The shipping date will be determined by your place in line. You might get your phone next month, you might not get it until January — it all depends on how many people order

Microsoft says to provide cloud, tools for tackling Ebola

Microsoft says to provide cloud, tools for tackling Ebola

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will provide free cloud-computing and research applications to qualified medical researchers working on the Ebola virus, the software company's chief executive said on Monday. "One of the things tomorrow morning we're going to do is make available Azure computer power to the research community," Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said at a presentation in San Francisco. ...

Video: Jony Ive rips into rivals’ ‘big and clunky’ smartphones

Video: Jony Ive rips into rivals’ ‘big and clunky’ smartphones

Apple design boss Jony Ive isn’t shy about ripping into competitors’ design choices and Business Insider brings us word that he was at it again recently during the Vanity Fair Summit, where he bashed rival phones for being too bulky and unwieldy compared with Apple’s newest iPhones. RELATED: Ive slams Apple copycats and their ‘anonymous, poorly made objects’ “They were interesting features, having a bigger screen,” Ive said, referring to products such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. “But the end result was a really lousy product because they were big and clunky, like a lot of the competitive phones are still.” Ive said that Apple faced a lot of engineering challenges when it came to designing an iPhone with a larger display.

Squeezed out: as the iPhone gets bigger in size and sales, the iPad keeps slumping

Squeezed out: as the iPhone gets bigger in size and sales, the iPad keeps slumping

Apple had a major event last week, and it unveiled new versions of its iPad. Normally the world goes crazy when Apple debuts a device, but the reaction to these iPads was decidedly muted. In its earnings report today, Apple said that it sold a little over 12.3 million tablets over the last three months, a decline of 13 percent compared to the same period in 2013.

iPhone 6 owner wishes being bent was the only thing wrong with his device

iPhone 6 owner wishes being bent was the only thing wrong with his device

We’ve been through the entire Bendgate fiasco and figured out that if you intentionally bend a thin phone you paid a lot of money for it will probably bend. But one iPhone 6 owner is claiming that his new phone didn’t just bend — it also caught fire. RELATED: Yet another Apple fan who mocked ‘Bendgate’ finds himself disturbed by a slightly bent iPhone 6 Plus CNET reports that Phillip Lechter said his iPhone 6 bent so much in his pocket that it caused a puncture in the battery. When that happens, it can result in a fire, which as you imagine created quite a dangerous situation for him that required medical treatment. “The doctor’s report described a 11.5 cm x 10.5 cm burn

Apple, IBM to shed light on apps, alliance next month

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc and IBM have signed up about 50 initial corporate clients for software solutions and apps developed jointly under their recently forged strategic alliance, chief financial officer Luca Maestri told Reuters. The two companies, which in July announced they would team up to sell iPads and iPhones with specialized software to corporate and government customers, will announce the first batch of apps and software next month, he said in an interview on Monday. ...

Apple Q4 2014 earnings: revenue surges on huge iPhone 6 sales

Apple Q4 2014 earnings: revenue surges on huge iPhone 6 sales

Apple, once the darling of Wall Street with a ballooning stock price, has disappointed investors in recent quarters with slowdown on its growth. The numbers came in far above Apple's own guidance for the quarter. Wall Street analysts, on average, were expecting Apple to report earnings on the higher end of that spectrum, at earnings of $1.31 per share on revenue of $39.85 billion, up about 11 percent and 6.3 percent from the same quarter last year, respectively.

Apple crushes estimates with record Q4 profit on $42.12 in revenue

Apple crushes estimates with record Q4 profit on $42.12 in revenue

Apple shares have dipped along with the rest of the market over the past few days, though things certainly picked up during Monday’s session ahead of Apple’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report; shares closed at $99.76 on Monday, up 2.14%. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were on sale for just 12 days in the September quarter, but Wall Street is still expecting the launch to impact Apple’s results in a huge way. Of course, that notion obviously isn’t very far-fetched, considering Apple sold more than 10 million new iPhones just through the end of their first weekend on sale. DON’T MISS: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets The Street had huge expectations ahead of Apple’s Q4 report, with

Apple crushes estimates with record Q4 profit on $42.12B in revenue

Apple crushes estimates with record Q4 profit on $42.12B in revenue

Apple shares have dipped along with the rest of the market over the past few days, though things certainly picked up during Monday’s session ahead of Apple’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report; shares closed at $99.76 on Monday, up 2.14%. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were on sale for just 12 days in the September quarter, but Wall Street is still expecting the launch to impact Apple’s results in a huge way. Of course, that notion obviously isn’t very far-fetched, considering Apple sold more than 10 million new iPhones just through the end of their first weekend on sale. DON’T MISS: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets The Street had huge expectations ahead of Apple’s Q4 report, with

New apps bring kids' playtime back to real world

By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - Parents eager to get their children away from television and video screens can turn to new apps that get youngsters to learn while playing in the real world. New iPad and iPhone apps for children by companies such as Osmo and Tiggly are designed to help children learn spatial, language, counting and physics concepts while playing with tangible objects. Tangram, Words and Newton from California-based Osmo let children manipulate objects in the real world and to interact with games on the screen. ...

Mitel goes public with $540 million offer for ShoreTel

(Reuters) - Canadian telecommunications provider Mitel Networks Corp made public its about $540 million offer for smaller U.S. peer ShoreTel Inc. Mitel's cash offer of $8.10 per share represents a 24 percent premium to ShoreTel stock's closing price on Friday. Sunnyvale, California-based ShoreTel's shares were up 18 percent at $7.76 - below the offer price - in heavy volumes in mid-day trading. They touched a high of $7.80 earlier. Kanata, Ontario-based Mitel said it made its offer public after ShoreTel's board rejected an earlier proposal - also for $8.10 - sent on Oct. ...

CEO says no gender pay gap at Microsoft

CEO says no gender pay gap at Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Satya Nadella, the Microsoft Corp Chief Executive who ignited a firestorm of protest earlier this month by suggesting women should not ask for pay raises, said on Monday that men and women are paid equally at his company. Nadella's statement, made at a presentation on cloud computing in San Francisco, runs counter to some limited data made public by employees, but is unverifiable given that Microsoft does not release details of its pay structure. "I checked that it is something that we are enforcing," said Nadella, when asked about equal pay. ...

IBM 3Q disappoints as it sheds 'empty calories'

IBM 3Q disappoints as it sheds 'empty calories'

NEW YORK (AP) — IBM disappointed investors Monday, reporting weak revenue growth again and a big charge to shed its costly chipmaking division as the tech giant tries to steer its business toward cloud computing and social-mobile services. Shares fell more than 7 percent as investors sold off sharply and the stock dragged the Dow 30 into the red.

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Apple's iPhone sales beat Street but iPad volumes slide

Apple's iPhone sales beat Street but iPad volumes slide

By Christina Farr and Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc forecast a strong holiday quarter after a better-than-expected 16 percent jump in iPhone sales, and the strongest growth in Mac computer shipments in years helped the company surpass Wall Street's targets. The company on Monday projected stronger-than-expected revenue of $63.5 billion to $66.5 billion in the December quarter, when new iPads and iPhones vie with rival devices from Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc for consumers' holiday outlays. Shares of Apple rose 1.3 percent to about $101.10 in after-hours trade. ...

Oregon man said missing after answering Craigslist ad; police probing

(Reuters) - Oregon authorities are looking into the disappearance of a 19-year-old Portland man, police said on Monday, and an advocacy group said he went missing after he responded to a Craigslist job ad posted by a couple seeking a caregiver. Ian Biggs was dropped off at a downtown Portland train station by a friend on Oct. 11 as he headed to meet the couple in a large park, said Michelle Bart, a spokeswoman for the National Women's Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation, which represents the man's mother. ...

Microsoft says to provide cloud, tools for tackling Ebola

Microsoft says to provide cloud, tools for tackling Ebola

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will provide free cloud-computing and research applications to qualified medical researchers working on the Ebola virus, the software company's chief executive said on Monday. "One of the things tomorrow morning we're going to do is make available Azure computer power to the research community," Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said at a presentation in San Francisco. ...

New apps bring kids' playtime back to real world

By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - Parents eager to get their children away from television and video screens can turn to new apps that get youngsters to learn while playing in the real world. New iPad and iPhone apps for children by companies such as Osmo and Tiggly are designed to help children learn spatial, language, counting and physics concepts while playing with tangible objects. Tangram, Words and Newton from California-based Osmo let children manipulate objects in the real world and to interact with games on the screen. ...

Fidelity Contrafund loads up on Facebook and it pays off

Fidelity Contrafund loads up on Facebook and it pays off

BOSTON (Reuters) - The $108 billion Fidelity Contrafund continues to have a big appetite for Facebook Inc's stock, adding to its position in the social media company during the third quarter and praising its mobile ad revenue growth and "visionary management." The fund, which is the largest mutual fund owner of Facebook, disclosed adding to its position in its third-quarter commentary letter to investors on Monday. ...

Wall Street urges U.S. regulators' joint cybersecurity approach

Wall Street urges U.S. regulators' joint cybersecurity approach

By Sarah N. Lynch and Douwe Miedema WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wall Street's top trade group is calling for the creation of a new inter-agency working group of regulators and the White House that would be tasked with developing consistent cybersecurity rules for the financial industry. The recommendation by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) was one of several unveiled on Monday as part of a new paper that lays out proposed "principles for effective cybersecurity regulatory guidance. ...

IBM to pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion to take chip unit

IBM to pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion to take chip unit

By Abhirup Roy (Reuters) - IBM Corp said it would hive off its loss-making semiconductor unit to contract-chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc to focus on cloud computing and big data analytics. IBM will pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion in cash over the next three years to take the chip operations off its hands, the companies said in a statement on Monday. IBM took a related pre-tax charge of $4.7 billion in its third quarter. It also reported a 4 percent drop in revenue on Monday, hurt by weak sales in its software and services businesses. IBM's shares fell 8 percent to $167 in premarket trading. ...

Industry chiefs including Zuckerberg named to board of influential Beijing business school

Industry chiefs including Zuckerberg named to board of influential Beijing business school

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management has added three western business heavyweights to its advisory council including Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook Inc founder who has long sought to enter the Chinese market where his social network is currently banned. Zuckerberg - who was named to the board along with Virginia Rometty, the IBM chief executive, and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA CEO Carlos Brito - will attend the business school's annual board meeting in Beijing on Friday, Facebook said. ...

Yahoo set to outline cost-cutting efforts: WSJ

Yahoo set to outline cost-cutting efforts: WSJ

(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc is expected on Tuesday to outline cost-cutting efforts and give details of how it is evaluating possible acquisitions as it faces pressure from an activist investor, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person who was briefed on the plan. Yahoo is considering acquiring one or more large technology startups with some of the $5.8 billion it made from the initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the newspaper said. Representatives at Yahoo did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment outside regular U.S. business hours. ...

China's JD.com starts operations in $1 billion warehouse, land push

China's JD.com starts operations in $1 billion warehouse, land push

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc said it had launched its warehouse and logistics initiative, ahead of China's biggest online shopping event which produced sales of $1.6 billion for the firm last year. The initiative is part of a $1 billion push to expand storage and processing facilities in China, where JD.com presently operates 7 fulfillment centers and 97 warehouses in 39 cities. A Shanghai warehouse has started operations as part of the initiative, the firm said in a statement. The facility eventually will be able to sort 16,000 packages an hour. ...

Microsoft plans to launch smartwatch within weeks: Forbes

Microsoft plans to launch smartwatch within weeks: Forbes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. is preparing to launch a smartwatch within the next few weeks that will passively track a user's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, Forbes reported on Sunday. The wearable gadget's battery life will exceed two days of regular use, Forbes reported, citing unnamed sources close to the project. It will arrive in stores soon after being unveiled in an effort to capture the holiday season, Forbes reported. Microsoft declined to comment. Apple Inc unveiled a smartwatch on Sept. ...

U.S. Marines tap female executives for advice on growing women in ranks

U.S. Marines tap female executives for advice on growing women in ranks

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Last spring, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos did not even know who Sheryl Sandberg was. Six months later he is good friends with Sandberg, the chief operating officer of social media company Facebook Inc , a top advocate for empowering women to take on leadership roles. Amos, who retired Friday after 44 years of service, met Sandberg in March, and has since hosted her and other Facebook executives at several events aimed at brainstorming ways to boost the number of female Marines from the current 7.5 percent. ...

China says it's hard to resume cyber security talks with U.S.

China says it's hard to resume cyber security talks with U.S.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Resuming cyber security cooperation between China and the United States would be difficult because of "mistaken U.S. practices", China's top diplomat told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Cyber security is an irritant to bilateral ties. On Wednesday the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said hackers it believed were backed by the Chinese government had launched more attacks on U.S. companies, a charge China rejected as unfounded. ...

Outgoing Tennessee lawmaker ribs newly laid-off reporter

By Les Neuhaus KNOXVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - An outgoing Tennessee lawmaker representing a Knoxville district admitted on Friday to sending a ridiculing message on social media to a newly laid-off political reporter. State Senator Stacey Campfield, a Republican, confirmed that he sent a public Facebook message on Thursday that said, “so, Do YOU have any comments now?” to Cari Wade Gervin, a former government reporter for Knoxville’s Metro Pulse. Gervin, along with the entire staff of the 23-year-old alternative weekly newspaper, was laid off this week by the Knoxville News Sentinel, owned by ...

Verizon Wireless outage hits parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless customers in New York City experienced a wireless service outage on Friday that affected at least three boroughs, according to website downdetector.com and social media comments. Verizon, the largest cellular service provider in the United States, received over 700 reports of outages in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan, according to the website, which monitors disruptions. Verizon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Customers were unable to make calls or send text messages, according to online comments. ...

U.S. Air Force lands robotic X-37B space plane in California

U.S. Air Force lands robotic X-37B space plane in California

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. military landed its X-37B robotic space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on Friday, ending a classified 22-month mission that marked the third in Earth orbit for the experimental program, the Air Force said. The X-37B, a 29-foot-long (9-meter) winged craft that resembles a miniature NASA space shuttle, touched down at 9:24 a.m. local time at the coastal air base and launch facility near Lompoc, California, 160 miles (258 km) northwest of Los Angeles. ...

Google's revenue falls short despite curbing price declines

Google's revenue falls short despite curbing price declines

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's revenue fell short of Wall Street's expectations as growth in Internet advertising slowed in the most-recent quarter, offsetting a modest improvement in ad pricing, sending its shares down about 3 percent. The total number of ads, or paid clicks, expanded by 17 percent in the third quarter. That was down from the 25 percent growth rate that Google delivered in the second quarter. But online advertising rates, which have been mired in a multi-year decline, moderated slightly in the third quarter, declining 2 percent year-on-year. ...

Getty fails to get injunction on Microsoft image widget

Getty fails to get injunction on Microsoft image widget

By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Getty Images Inc has failed to convince a federal judge to halt Microsoft Corp's Bing Image Widget, which it said enabled massive copyright infringement, because the software company had already taken it down voluntarily. The multimedia photo and video agency sued Microsoft on Sept. 4 over the widget, which it said permitted the display of images without giving their owners a licensing fee or attribution. Getty owns or represents the owners of more than 80 million digital images. Getty asked U.S. ...

Twitter lets users stream music, audio via SoundCloud tie-up

Twitter lets users stream music, audio via SoundCloud tie-up

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc will allow users to play podcasts, music and other audio clips direct from their timelines, or message feeds, via a new feature designed in partnership with Berlin-based audio-streaming service SoundCloud. The online messaging service introduced on Thursday what it called "Audio Card," through which users can listen to a variety of content whilst browsing their timelines. For starters, Twitter has promised audio from SoundCloud's partners, which include such diverse sources as NASA, the Washington Post, CNN, David Guetta, Coldplay and Warner Music. ...

In bitter Florida governor's race, debate hits the fan

In bitter Florida governor's race, debate hits the fan

By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - The Republican and Democratic candidates in Florida's dead-heat race for the governorship squabbled on Thursday over what caused the bizarre delay of a live televised debate that has been dubbed "Fangate." Famously purple in presidential races, the country's largest swing state has been a bleak mid-term battleground for Democrats in the two decades since the party last won a governor's race. At the debate on Wednesday night, Republican Governor Rick Scott was missing as Democrat Charlie Crist took the stage alone. ...

'Malvertising' targets U.S. military firms in new twist on old web threat

'Malvertising' targets U.S. military firms in new twist on old web threat

By Eric Auchard AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A surge in malware disguised as online advertisements aimed at unsuspecting web users has hit major U.S. military contractors in the past few weeks, marking a dangerous twist on a decade-old scourge for advertisers, security researchers said on Thursday. Researchers from Fairfax, Virginia-based security software company Invincea said they had documented new uses of so-called "malvertising" to carry out highly-targeted cyber espionage campaigns against three firms in the military-industrial arena. ...

EU Commission sues Sweden over online betting, poker laws

EU Commission sues Sweden over online betting, poker laws

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission started legal action against Sweden on Thursday for failing to change its rules on online betting and poker games which it said breach EU law on the free movement of services. The European Union's executive referred Sweden to Europe's highest court in two separate cases related to its restriction of gambling license to domestic and state-owned operators only. ...

China blocks BBC website as Hong Kong tensions rise

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese Communist Party censors have blocked the website of Britain's national broadcaster, the BBC said in a statement, as tensions rise in Hong Kong between pro-democracy protesters and police.     The broadcaster said that the move seemed to be "deliberate censorship". It did not say what may have prompted the move by Beijing, which also blocks the websites of the New York Times, newswire Bloomberg and the BBC's Chinese-language website. ...

Publishers aim to take Chinese literature to the world

Publishers aim to take Chinese literature to the world

By Kirsti Knolle FRANKFURT (Reuters) - China, the world's second-biggest book market after the United States, has long been a consumer of works from other countries, now it is making a push to export its own literature abroad, helped by the e-book revolution. Industry players at the Frankfurt Book Fair said they had observed a change in Chinese exhibitors' focus from acquiring foreign rights to selling the products of China's developing publishing sector. With sales volumes of nearly $18 billion, China is the largest buyer of rights and licenses for books published overseas. ...

FBI warns U.S. businesses of cyber attacks, blames Beijing

FBI warns U.S. businesses of cyber attacks, blames Beijing

BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday that hackers it believes to be backed by the Chinese government have recently launched attacks on U.S. companies. The "flash" warning to businesses described tools and techniques used by the hackers and asked companies to contact federal authorities if they believe they are the victims of such attacks. The document said the agency recently obtained information regarding "a group of Chinese government affiliated cyber actors who routinely steal high-value information from U.S. ...

Netflix's U.S. growth slows, shares plunge

Netflix's U.S. growth slows, shares plunge

By Lisa Richwine (Reuters) - Netflix Inc signed up fewer video streaming subscribers than forecast for the quarter that ended in September as its U.S. growth slowed markedly, sending its shares plunging as much as 27 percent. The company, which operates in nearly 50 countries, blamed a $1 price hike, to $8.99 a month, for discouraging new sign-ups. It lured 3.02 million new streaming customers globally, versus the 3.69 million it projected in July. Netflix attracted about 980,000 new customers in the United States, its largest market, down from 1.29 million in the same period a year earlier. ...

eBay trims 2014 revenue outlook amid economic fears

eBay trims 2014 revenue outlook amid economic fears

By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - EBay Inc trimmed its full-year revenue forecast on Wednesday, signaling a weaker-than-expected holiday shopping season for the e-commerce company as it prepares to split from its fast-growing payments arm, PayPal. EBay's report comes as weak economic data from the United States and China fan fears of a global slowdown, forcing investors to re-examine the world economy only just emerging from one of the worst recessions in history. ...

'Friends' will 'be there for you' in Netflix streaming deal

'Friends' will 'be there for you' in Netflix streaming deal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Friends" may have wrapped up ten years ago, but Ross, Chandler, Monica, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey will appear on Netflix beginning in January, Warner Bros. TV and the online Internet-streaming service said on Wednesday. All 236 episodes of the popular NBC 10-season series, one of the most-watched U.S. shows of all time, will be available for streaming on the subscription service beginning Jan. 1, 2015. The show launched the careers of actors Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow, and made them household names. ...

GM sides with U.S. wireless carriers in net neutrality fight

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. automaker General Motors Co has emerged as a heavyweight ally of the wireless carriers battling against stricter Internet traffic rules, with a new letter that linked the issue to wirelessly connected cars. ...

Analysis: Department stores fight back from online challenge

Analysis: Department stores fight back from online challenge

By Emma Thomasson PARIS (Reuters) - Department stores are starting to enjoy a renaissance after finding ways to attract a new generation of consumers in an age of global fashion chains and online shopping. Retail consultancy Verdict predicts the global sector should return to growth in 2014 and expand by 22 percent to about $450 billion by 2019. The recovery will be driven by expansion in emerging markets, with China set to account for 30 percent of total spend five years from now. ...

Soccer-Ferdinand charged by FA over Twitter comment

Soccer-Ferdinand charged by FA over Twitter comment

LONDON (Reuters) - Former England centre back Rio Ferdinand has been charged by the Football Association for misconduct following a comment he made on Twitter. "It is alleged the comment posted on his twitter account was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper," the governing body said in a statement. "It is further alleged that this breach is aggravated pursuant to FA Rule E3(2) as it included a reference to gender." The Queens Park Rangers defender, 35, has until Oct. 21 to respond to the charge. ...

New Poodle web threat not seen as menacing as Heartbleed, Shellshock

New Poodle web threat not seen as menacing as Heartbleed, Shellshock

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Three Google Inc researchers have uncovered a security bug in widely used web encryption technology that they say could allow hackers to take over accounts for email, banking and other services in what they have dubbed a "Poodle" attack. The discovery of "Poodle," which stands for Padding Oracle On Downloaded Legacy Encryption, prompted makers of web browsers and server software to advise users on Tuesday to disable use of the source of the security bug: an 18-year old encryption standard known as SSL 3.0. ...

U.S. health workers rally for Dallas nurse with Ebola, students pray

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Thousands of U.S. health workers have joined social media campaigns in the past few days to support a Texas nurse who became the first person infected with Ebola in the United States, which she contracted caring for a dying African patient at a Dallas hospital. The nurse, Nina Pham, 26, was diagnosed over the weekend and is in an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where she worked. Her illness has raised questions about whether a lapse in infectious disease protocols was behind her becoming infected. ...

Mozilla to disable encryption feature in next Firefox browser due to 'Poodle' bug

Mozilla to disable encryption feature in next Firefox browser due to 'Poodle' bug

(Reuters) - Mozilla said it will disable Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption in the latest version of its Firefox web browser that will be released on Nov. 25 after a security bug called "Poodle" was discovered in a web encryption technology. "By exploiting this vulnerability, an attacker can gain access to things like passwords and cookies, enabling him to access a user’s private account data on a website," Mozilla said in its blog. (http://mzl.la/1DaxOwY) SSL 3.0 will be disabled by default in Firefox 34, Mozilla said. ...

Researchers find new web encryption bug, warn of 'Poodle' attack

Researchers find new web encryption bug, warn of 'Poodle' attack

BOSTON (Reuters) - Three Google Inc researchers have uncovered a security bug in widely used web encryption technology that they say could allow hackers to steal data in what they have dubbed a "Poodle" attack. "Poodle" stands for Padding Oracle On Downloaded Legacy Encryption. The problem is an 18-year old encryption standard, known as SSL 3.0, which is still widely used in web browsers and websites. It was disclosed in a research paper published late on Tuesday on the website of the OpenSSL Project, a group that develops the most widely used type of SSL encryption software. ...

Snapchat breach exposes flawed premise, security challenge

Snapchat breach exposes flawed premise, security challenge

By Sarah McBride and Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The prospect of tens of thousands of potentially racy Snapchat photos hitting the Internet has driven home a simple fact: the mobile app's core feature - delivering photos and videos that vanish seconds after viewing - is flawed. The negative publicity surrounding that speculation has spurred criticism about its lax security. But whether this will affect the valuation of the 3-year-old Silicon Valley start-up as it seeks another round of funding remains to be seen. ...

Tech workers ask appeals court to reject Apple, Google bid

Tech workers ask appeals court to reject Apple, Google bid

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Employees suing Apple, Google and two other tech companies over hiring practices said an appeals court should not approve a $324.5 million settlement in the case, according to a court filing on Tuesday. Plaintiff workers accused Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe in a 2011 lawsuit of conspiring to avoid poaching each other's employees. The companies agreed to a $324.5 million settlement earlier this year. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California then rejected the proposed class action settlement, saying the amount was too low. ...

Apple, Facebook will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs

Apple, Facebook will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs

By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc and Facebook Inc will help pay for female employees to freeze their eggs, signaling a willingness to spend on perks and benefits in a race to acquire top-flight talent. From January, Apple will pay both full- and part-time employees up to $20,000 for procedure and storage costs for female employees to freeze their eggs. "We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended maternity leave policy, along with cryopreservation and egg storage as part of our extensive support for infertility treatments," Apple said in a statement. ...

Hackers breach Oregon job-seeker database, official says

By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Hackers gained access to social security numbers and other sensitive information from up to around 850,000 Oregon job-seekers in a massive breach that began some time before Oct. 6, the state's employment department said on Tuesday. The security flaw that led to the breach was quickly patched without disrupting online services. But individual employment files, which can include social security numbers and other identifying information, had already been accessed, Employment Department spokeswoman Andrea Fogue said. ...

Google expands shopping delivery service in U.S.

Google expands shopping delivery service in U.S.

(Reuters) - Google Inc said it would expand its same-day shopping delivery service to three new U.S. cities and start charging customers for the service, which competes with Amazon.com Inc. The Google Express service, which was earlier only available in certain parts of California and New York City, will be expanded to Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C., Google said in a blog. Membership for the service, which was earlier called Google Shopping Express, will cost $95 a year, or $10 a month. ...

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Here’s how Apple’s ads have evolved since the 1970s

Here’s how Apple’s ads have evolved since the 1970s

Before actor John “And I’m a PC” Hodgman turned the PC into a laughable dope, before dancing silhouettes convinced you to buy an iPod and before George Orwell’s novel came to life in a 60-second spot during the 1984 Super Bowl, Apple made posters. The history of Apple’s advertising campaigns is almost as interesting as the history of the products it advertises. On Sunday, The Loop’s Dave Mark stumbled upon an article from 2009 on Web Designer Depot which contains an extensive collection of Apple’s ads, from Apple II posters to commercials for the iPhone 3G. It’s a fascinating look back through the annals of electronics advertising. In the beginning, text was king. Posters would be covered text describing the product in detail, occasionally without even

Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks

A look at Nasdaq 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading: Apple Inc. rose 2.1 percent to $99.76 with 65,012,400 shares traded. BlackBerry Ltd. rose 8.5 percent to $10.30 with 28,087,100 shares traded. ...

New apps bring kids' playtime back to real world

By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - Parents eager to get their children away from television and video screens can turn to new apps that get youngsters to learn while playing in the real world. New iPad and iPhone apps for children by companies such as Osmo and Tiggly are designed to help children learn spatial, language, counting and physics concepts while playing with tangible objects. Tangram, Words and Newton from California-based Osmo let children manipulate objects in the real world and to interact with games on the screen. ...

iOS 8.1 has been released – here’s how to download it right now!

iOS 8.1 has been released – here’s how to download it right now!

As promised, Apple has just released the latest and greatest version of its smartphone and tablet operating system, iOS 8.1. It’s not quite the tremendous leap forward that iOS 8 was compared to iOS 7, of course, but it brings a bunch of great new features and fixes with it, and it probably won’t brick your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus like iOS 8.0.1 did. FROM EARLIER: The single most important trick every iPhone 6 and 6 Plus user needs to know Downloading and installing Apple’s new iOS 8.1 update couldn’t be easier. On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, simply open the Settings app and go to General > Software Update. The follow the on-screen instructions to download and install

The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets

The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets

Home screen widget support probably isn’t anywhere near the top of most iPhone and iPad users’ wish lists in terms of missing iOS features, but a vocal minority has been begging for widget functionality ever since Android was first released. As opposed to static icons that are merely shortcuts to apps, home screen widgets offer a variety of additional functionality, namely access to zero-touch information that is updated automatically without any effort needed on the user’s part. While home screen widgets still haven’t been added to Apple’s mobile platform in iOS 8, the latest version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad OS does finally add widget support to the Today view in Apple’s Notification Center. DON’T MISS: The single most important trick every iPhone

BlackBerry shares up after unconfirmed report on possible Lenovo bid

BlackBerry shares up after unconfirmed report on possible Lenovo bid

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry shares rose more than 3 percent on Monday after a news website said Chinese computer maker Lenovo Group might offer to buy the Canadian technology company. Benzinga.com, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter, said an offer worth $15 a share could come as early as this week. Lenovo and BlackBerry said their companies did not comment on rumors and speculation. Rumors of a Lenovo bid for BlackBerry have swirled many times over the last two years. ...

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now (save $60!)

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now (save $60!)

Welcome to another week of iPhone and iPad app sales, and today we’re kicking things off with a particularly awesome batch of apps. Developers constantly offer limited-time sales on their paid apps in an effort to drum up added interest, and it’s quite difficult to find and sort through all those sales to identify the best apps out there. Luckily, BGR is here to do the dirty work for you. Monday’s list includes eight nifty apps that are regularly worth a combined $60, but you can get each and every one for free if you hurry up and download them right away. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by

Apple now makes 56 different iPads – here’s how to choose the right one for you

Apple now makes 56 different iPads – here’s how to choose the right one for you

Apple last week unveiled two new iPad models, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 — though only the iPad Air 2 received a significant upgrade — making the new devices available for purchase almost immediately. Many older models are still officially available on Apple’s site and in stores, including the original iPad mini that sells for just $249. As Forbes points out, from $249 to $829 there are 56 different iPad configurations to choose from, with users having to decide on various factors including size (two options), memory (four choices, but not available across the board), colors (up to three versions), wireless connectivity (two options), and whether they need a fingerprint scanner in their iPad or not.

Microsoft plans to launch smartwatch within weeks: Forbes

Microsoft plans to launch smartwatch within weeks: Forbes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. is preparing to launch a smartwatch within the next few weeks that will passively track a user's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, Forbes reported on Sunday. The wearable gadget's battery life will exceed two days of regular use, Forbes reported, citing unnamed sources close to the project. It will arrive in stores soon after being unveiled in an effort to capture the holiday season, Forbes reported. Microsoft declined to comment. Apple Inc unveiled a smartwatch on Sept. ...

Apple exec: Apple is ‘not that interested’ in building a touchscreen Mac

Apple exec: Apple is ‘not that interested’ in building a touchscreen Mac

In an interview with CNET following Apple’s iPad and Mac event on Thursday, Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi, who talked about Apple’s iOS 8 and OS X operating systems during the keynote, said Apple isn’t likely to make a Mac or Macbook computer with a touchscreen display anytime soon. FROM EARLIER: Check out Apple’s official introduction videos for the iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac “We don’t think it’s the right interface, honestly,” Federighi said. “Mac is sort of a sit-down experience.” “We’ve really focused on building the best track pads we can, something where it feels your posture’s relaxed, it’s a comfortable machine to use,” he added. “And, of course, over the years we’ve

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a limited time (save $35!)

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a limited time (save $35!)

Another week is almost behind us, but not before we sneak in one last round of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are currently on sale for free. Yesterday’s list brought us seven solid apps worth a combined $35 (hurry and you can still download a few of them for free), and now we have another seven apps to share with you that normally would cost you another $35 all together, but right now every single one of them can be had for free. DON’T MISS: This secret trick will dramatically improve your iPhone’s battery life 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

You can preorder the brand new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 starting right now

You can preorder the brand new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 starting right now

The leadup to iPad preorders isn’t exactly the insanity we see when new iPhones are about to go on sale, but it’s still an exciting time for Apple fans. Now, however, the wait is over and Apple’s brand new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are both available for purchase ahead of their respective launches next week. FROM EARLIER: Buying a new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini? Here’s where to sell your old iPad for the most money Apple unveiled both new iPad models during its big press conference on Thursday, and the larger new iPad was clearly the star of the show. The iPad mini 3, after all, is exactly the same as the previous-generation model with the exception of a

You’ll be amazed by how much the iPad has evolved in just four years

You’ll be amazed by how much the iPad has evolved in just four years

Remember when the first iPad came out and Steve Jobs boasted about how thin, light and, yes, “magical” it was? Well it’s now more than four years since the first iPad came out and the device that wowed the tech world back in 2010 looks positively bulky compared to what Apple just unveiled this week in the form of the iPad Air 2. RELATED: Watch the iPhone’s entire evolution unfold in one mesmerizing GIF GadgetLove has created a fantastic GIF that shows us just how much Apple has refined the iPad since its release in 2010 and you will be amazed at how insanely thin Apple has managed to make the device over that time. The first-gen iPad measured in at

This secret iOS 8 trick makes typing on the iPhone much easier

This secret iOS 8 trick makes typing on the iPhone much easier

Apple’s big iOS 8 update features hundreds of new tidbits that users will be learning for months to come, and we have tried to regularly share tips and tricks that draw attention to the best iOS 8 has to offer. Of course, as new things pop up we’ll continue to share them with you in an effort to help you get the most out of your iPhones, iPads and iPod touch handhelds running iOS 8. The latest little trick to come to our attention is one that most people definitely won’t know about, but it could help you save tons of time and aggravation while typing on an iPhone or iPad. FROM EARLIER: The most comprehensive collection you’ll find of iOS 8 tips and tricks

Apple’s best iPhones yet launched in the world’s largest market

Apple’s best iPhones yet launched in the world’s largest market

Apple on Friday officially kicked off iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales in China, following a week of preorders. Facing increased scrutiny from local regulators, the new iPhones had to be launched a month after Apple kicked off iPhone 6 sales in the U.S. and other major markets, but Apple will likely report record sales for the Chinese iPhone 6 launch, considering unofficial estimates but also Apple’s enthusiasm surrounding its iPhone 6 launch. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 preorders reportedly top a massive 20 million units in China Apple CEO Tim Cook already revealed on Thursday during its iPad and Mac event that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been selling better than any other iPhone model, specifically

Florida high court says police need warrants to track cellphones

Florida high court says police need warrants to track cellphones

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police must get warrants to track criminal suspects by monitoring their cellphone location signals. “Because cell phones are indispensable to so many people and are normally carried on one’s person, cell phone tracking can easily invade the right to privacy in one’s home or other private areas,” Chief Justice Jorge Labarga wrote in a 5-2 ruling. ...

New Apple iPad can switch wireless carriers with a touch

By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apple's new iPad Air 2, announced on Thursday, will allow subscribers to switch wireless carriers much more easily, by swiping an icon across the screen of the device. The feature, available thanks to a neutral Apple SIM card installed in the device, will allow customers to sign up for short-term service plans and switch carriers using their iPad, the company said. The SIM card supports AT&T , T-Mobile and Sprint high speed networks. For service from the largest U.S. carrier, Verizon Wireless , customers need to install a separate Verizon SIM card. ...

FBI director warns new phone encryption could thwart probes

FBI director warns new phone encryption could thwart probes

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. FBI Director James Comey on Thursday made his strongest comments yet about encryption features built into new cell phones by Google Inc and Apple Inc , warning they could hurt law enforcement efforts to crack homicide and child exploitation cases. Speaking before an audience at the Brookings Institution think tank, Comey said the new phones, which limit the ability for the companies themselves to access data stored on the units, have "the potential to create a black hole for law enforcement. ...

Check out Apple’s official introduction videos for the iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac

Check out Apple’s official introduction videos for the iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac

Apple unveiled a variety of products during its big event Thursday, but there’s no doubt that the iPad Air 2 and the iMac with Retina display were the stars of the show, at least when it comes to Apple’s hardware announcements. To further highlight these two products, Apple has published new introduction videos on YouTube for both the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iMac. In case you missed Apple’s huge event, be sure to check out our event hub! The iPad Air 2 is an even slimmer, lighter and faster than its predecessor, as Apple decided to significantly improve only the 9.7-inch iPad this year. Comparatively, the iPad Mini 3 only received a Touch ID home button and a new color

Everything you need to know about the iPad mini 3

Everything you need to know about the iPad mini 3

On Thursday, Apple unveiled the new iPad mini 3, and it seems a lot of the leaked information that we heard about the device was accurate, including support for Touch ID. For the latest breaking news from Apple’s huge event, be sure to check out our event hub! Check out the specs on the iPad Mini 3 below: Height: 7.87 inches (200 mm) Width: 5.3 inches (134.7 mm) 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology 2048-by-1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi) Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating 5MP iSight camera and 1080p HD video recording Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button Wi‑Fi (802.11a/​b/​g/​n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO The iPad mini 3 will be available to customers for pre-order on Apple’s website October 17th.

You can watch the full video from Apple’s huge iPad and Mac event right now

You can watch the full video from Apple’s huge iPad and Mac event right now

Apple dropped the proverbial mic at today’s event in Cupertino, California. After starting slow with some software demos and updates on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, the iPhone maker launched into an hour of non-stop reveals, beginning with the iPad Air 2 and ending with a surprise iPad mini announcement. All in all, five new products were announced on Thursday, so we wouldn’t blame you if you happened to miss some of the details the first time around. FROM EARLIER: Apple reveals release date and pricing for the gorgeous new iPad Air 2 Thankfully, Apple archives all of its live streams, so you can go back and watch the October 16th event from the beginning if you’d like. The archive is

Buying a new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini? Here’s where to sell your old iPad for the most money

Buying a new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini? Here’s where to sell your old iPad for the most money

Apple’s 2014 iPad models are incremental updates this year, as we have all expected for months. In fact at this point it seems like everyone knows the drill. The second-generation iPad Air 2 and third-generation iPad mini both feature upgraded specs highlighted by the new A8X processor, and they also finally include Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor that was introduced last year on the iPhone 5s. Apple fans with last year’s iPad Air or iPad mini might find it a bit difficult to open their wallets for these relatively minor upgrades, but those with a need for speed will definitely want Apple’s latest and greatest. And anyone with an older iPad model or a first-generation iPad mini will definitely want to consider a

Apple's new iPads sport modest upgrades; minis start at $399

Apple's new iPads sport modest upgrades; minis start at $399

By Christina Farr CUPERTINO Calif. (Reuters) - Apple Inc introduced a faster, slimmer iPad Air 2 on Thursday, tacking on modest improvements such as a fingerprint sensor to its mainstay tablet in time for what is expected to be a hotly contested holiday season for mobile devices. Pre-orders start Friday for the larger iPad Air 2, priced at $499 and up, with shipping beginning next week. The smaller iPad mini 3 will be about $100 cheaper. ...

Apple's new iPad Air starts at $499

CUPERTINO Calif. (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Thursday its new iPad Air will go for $499, and the smaller iPad mini will sell for $399 and above. Pre-orders begin on Friday. Executives introduced the new tablets that will lead Apple's battle for holiday-season spending. (Reporting by Christina Farr; Editing by James Dalgleish)

Apple reveals release date and pricing for the gorgeous new iPad Air 2

Apple reveals release date and pricing for the gorgeous new iPad Air 2

Thursday’s big Apple event is still going strong, and the company just announced the release date for its brand new iPad Air 2. The device is somehow even thinner than the original iPad Air, the A8X processor is more powerful, the display technology is even better, the 8-megapixel rear camera is better, it has Touch ID, and the graphics are 180x faster than the original iPad. And somehow, despite all the new technology Apple stuff into the tablet, it still gets 10 hours of battery life per charge. But when will we be able to buy one? For the latest breaking news from Apple’s huge event, be sure to check out our event hub! Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller announced

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy resigns

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy resigns

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles schools superintendent John Deasy, embroiled in controversy over the district's $1.3 billion iPad rollout and other issues, tendered his resignation on Thursday, Deasy and school board officials said in a joint statement. The statement gave no reason for the move, and said Deasy would continue working for the district in some capacity through the end of the year to aid in the leadership transition. He will be replaced on an interim basis by former Los Angeles schools superintendent Ramon Cortines, the school board said separately. ...

Apple’s big fall event is now underway: First up, Apple Pay launch info

Apple’s big fall event is now underway: First up, Apple Pay launch info

Are you ready, Apple fans? It’s finally here… the last big Apple event of the year, which just so happens to take place right ahead of the holiday shopping season. What a coincidence! Apple doesn’t like to beat around the bush, and things started strong during Thursday’s press conference as CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple has signed more than 500 partners for Apple Pay’s launch, and the service will become available to Apple customers starting this Monday. For the latest breaking news from Apple’s huge event, be sure to check out our event hub! Apple Pay allows iPhone (and iPad) users to store payment card information and pay for products with their mobile devices. It can’t quite replace your wallet

Apple’s huge iPad and Mac event is about to start – here’s how to watch live!

Apple’s huge iPad and Mac event is about to start – here’s how to watch live!

It’s no mystery that there is far less hype leading up to today’s Apple event than there was leading up the its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus unveiling back in September, but today’s special press conference is still one of the biggest events of the year for consumer tech. We won’t see any sleek new smartphones unveiled, of course, but Apple has plenty more up its sleeve for Apple fans in 2014, and the company is finally about to lay its card on the table. So what’s in store for us today? New iPad tablets will definitely make an appearance, and we’ll absolutely see some new Mac computers debut along with OS X Yosemite release details. Apple might also have

7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download free for a limited time (save $35!)

7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download free for a limited time (save $35!)

Seriously, who doesn’t love some good free apps… especially when their paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for a limited time? Wednesday brought with it a great list that included eight nifty paid iOS apps all on sale for free, and if you hurry, you can still download a few of them without paying a cent. We have a fresh new batch of iPhone and iPad apps for you on Thursday though, and they’re normally worth a combined $35 but are all free for a limited time right now. 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

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Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks

A look at Nasdaq 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading: Apple Inc. rose 2.1 percent to $99.76 with 65,012,400 shares traded. BlackBerry Ltd. rose 8.5 percent to $10.30 with 28,087,100 shares traded. ...

The real questions Google Search wants to answer, but can’t yet

The real questions Google Search wants to answer, but can’t yet

For many Internet users, Google is synonymous with online search and is seen as the go-to place to get your questions answered. However, Google is still looking for new things to add to its search capabilities, as former CEO and current chairman Eric Schmidt outlined in a speech last week in Berlin where he talked about “innovation, technology, and the future of the Internet.” FROM EARLIER: Your first look at Google’s gorgeous new Gmail app for Android 5.0 According to Schmidt, Google is “nowhere near close” to solving Internet search, as the company still can’t answer complex queries. “Try a query like ‘show me flights under €300 for places where it’s hot in December and I can snorkel,’” Schmidt said. “That’s kind of

The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets

The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets

Home screen widget support probably isn’t anywhere near the top of most iPhone and iPad users’ wish lists in terms of missing iOS features, but a vocal minority has been begging for widget functionality ever since Android was first released. As opposed to static icons that are merely shortcuts to apps, home screen widgets offer a variety of additional functionality, namely access to zero-touch information that is updated automatically without any effort needed on the user’s part. While home screen widgets still haven’t been added to Apple’s mobile platform in iOS 8, the latest version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad OS does finally add widget support to the Today view in Apple’s Notification Center. DON’T MISS: The single most important trick every iPhone

BlackBerry shares up after unconfirmed report on possible Lenovo bid

BlackBerry shares up after unconfirmed report on possible Lenovo bid

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry shares rose more than 3 percent on Monday after a news website said Chinese computer maker Lenovo Group might offer to buy the Canadian technology company. Benzinga.com, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter, said an offer worth $15 a share could come as early as this week. Lenovo and BlackBerry said their companies did not comment on rumors and speculation. Rumors of a Lenovo bid for BlackBerry have swirled many times over the last two years. ...

How to experience Android 5.0’s gorgeous Material Design on your phone right now

How to experience Android 5.0’s gorgeous Material Design on your phone right now

Google on Friday issued to developers the full release of the Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK, updating Lollipop builds for the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7 in the process, with the actual release of Android 5.0 set to follow next month. While developers can easily install these Lollipop builds on supported devices and enjoy all the new features, other Android users will still have to wait until their devices get Google’s latest OS and its gorgeous Material Design. However, until that happens, they can already download some of the Lollipop apps and resources thanks to the joint effort of various xda-developers members. FROM EARLIER: How to make your Android phone (sort of) look like Android 5.0 Lollipop right now Users can

Your first look at Google’s gorgeous new Gmail app for Android 5.0

Your first look at Google’s gorgeous new Gmail app for Android 5.0

Google is going to update its Gmail Android app to version 5.0, which will bring Material Design as well as new features. Among them, Android Police has already discovered one that may be of special interest to many smartphone users. Gmail 5.0 will not only support multiple Gmail accounts, but also email accounts from various competing companies, including Outlook or Yahoo. FROM EARLIER: How to experience Android 5.0’s gorgeous Material Design on your phone right now Thus, starting with Gmail 5.0, users will be able to get all their email in a single place, and seamlessly move from one account to the other, as shown in the video below. Obviously, the highlight of the new features in Gmail 5.0 is the gorgeous new design based

IBM to pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion to take chip unit

IBM to pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion to take chip unit

By Abhirup Roy (Reuters) - IBM Corp said it would hive off its loss-making semiconductor unit to contract-chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc to focus on cloud computing and big data analytics. IBM will pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion in cash over the next three years to take the chip operations off its hands, the companies said in a statement on Monday. IBM took a related pre-tax charge of $4.7 billion in its third quarter. It also reported a 4 percent drop in revenue on Monday, hurt by weak sales in its software and services businesses. IBM's shares fell 8 percent to $167 in premarket trading. ...

This is the new Droid Turbo, and it looks amazing

This is the new Droid Turbo, and it looks amazing

Motorola has been through a lot over the past few years as it struggled to find its place in a world after flip phones. The company’s future looked promising as it helped put Android on the map with Verizon’s original Droid, but then Samsung began throwing billions of dollars into marketing its own Android phones and Motorola was basically buried in the process. Following a sale to Google… and then another sale to Lenovo, Motorola appears to have finally hit its stride with impressive entry-level phones like the new Moto G and incredible flagship devices like the brand new Moto X. But Motorola isn’t done just yet. FROM EARLIER: Moto X review: Say hello to the best Android phone in the world

Google made its own Flappy Bird clone and it’ll soon be on every top Android phone

Google made its own Flappy Bird clone and it’ll soon be on every top Android phone

As previously expected Google on Friday made the final Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK version available to developers, who have already thoroughly inspected it, pulling out various apps and other Lollipop elements (wallpapers, fonts and boot animation) for other Android users to enjoy. Among the things users who installed the SDK looked at is the usual Easter Egg Google hides in every Android OS version, finding a pleasant, and strange, surprise. FROM EARLIER: How to make your Android phone (sort of) look like Android 5.0 Lollipop right now Google has also cloned the extremely addictive Flappy Bird mobile game, creating a version of its own, and using it as the official Easter Egg for Lollipop. That’s even though Google didn’t exactly appreciate the Flappy

Android vendors reportedly shot down Google’s bold anti-fragmentation plan

Android vendors reportedly shot down Google’s bold anti-fragmentation plan

Android Silver was supposed to be Google’s next-gen line of high-end devices that would offer users access to top hardware and a stock Android experience. While the Search giant never confirmed these plans, reports said that Google wanted to replace Nexus and Google Play Edition smartphones and tablets with Android Silver, with some people even claiming the Nexus 6 might have been sacrificed in the process. However, it turned out that Google had to postpone its Android Silver plans, and the company confirmed soon after I/O 2014 that it isn’t interested in dumping the Nexus device line. FROM EARLIER: Google reportedly clamps down further on Samsung’s ability to mess with Android Re/code has learned that Google indeed wanted to convince OEMs to take

Kentucky police say boy remains in hospital after sexual assault

By Tim Ghianni (Reuters) - A Kentucky teenager remains hospitalized but his condition is improving after he was sodomized by a group of male acquaintances at a party, an attack that was captured on cell phone video, police said on Friday. Tyler Perry, 19, Dayton Ross Jones, 20, and Samuel Miller, 18, were charged with first-degree sodomy, promoting a sexual performance by a minor and use of a minor in a sexual performance, said Chris Miller, spokesman for the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. ...

Can Social Media Save Us When ‘The Big One’ Hits?

As Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Eastern Seaboard in 2012, New York’s subway lines were flooded, power went out, and cell phone towers went down. In 2013, when chaos and panic erupted in Boston after bombs exploded during the marathon, some cell phone networks became congested and slow, while others went down completely.

République Episode 3 launches for iOS on Oct. 23 as full series hits Android

République Episode 3 launches for iOS on Oct. 23 as full series hits Android

The third episode of République — indie developer Camouflaj's episodic stealth action series — will launch on Oct. 23, the studio announced today. Episode 3: Ones and Zeroes will launch for iOS through the iTunes App Store. At the same time, the full available series — including Episode 1: Exordium and Episode 2: Metamorphosis — will launch for Android for the first time thanks to a partnership with Darkwind Media.

These are the first photos taken with Google’s hot new Nexus 6

These are the first photos taken with Google’s hot new Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is finally official, but eager Android fans can’t buy Google’s huge phablet just yet because preorders aren’t set to start until late October. Even though the handset can’t be tested in real-life situations, a select few lucky users already have access to it. FROM EARLIER: This is one way the Nexus 6 beats the iPhone 6 Plus The same person who posted a picture showing the display differences between the Nexus 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus has also taken the Nexus 6’s main camera for a spin, posting various pictures on his Google+ page. The Nexus 6 features a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization that should offer users “more epic shots” according to Google’s own marketing materials. The camera

'Big Hero 6' makes its gaming debut with mobile game Bot Fight

'Big Hero 6' makes its gaming debut with mobile game Bot Fight

A match 3 video game based on Disney's upcoming animated film, Big Hero 6, is launching for Android, iOS and Windows 8 mobile devices Nov. 3, Disney Interactive producer Scott Humphries announced during a recent event in San Francisco. Humphries said the game will involve "strategy and depth" as players customize their team. According to Humphries, Disney Interactive wanted to expand on the film's world of San Fransokyo — a mashup of San Francisco and Toyko — and allow players to explore further.

Android is getting an awesome new feature gamers will love

Android is getting an awesome new feature gamers will love

In addition to the arrival of Lollipop, Android fans have one more reason to be excited about their favorite platform — especially those people who play plenty of games on their smartphones and tablets. FROM EARLIER: Check out all the great new features Google packed into Android 5.0 Lollipop Google on Thursday announced on its Android Developers’ Google+ page that Android gamers will be able to engage in local multiplayer action following an update to the latest Play services version. “Google Play Games has added the ability for players to find each other nearby in multiplayer games with the latest Play services update,” the company said on Google+. “Through games that support Play Games multiplayer, players can now invite others nearby into the

Asia markets mixed, global fears remain

Asia markets mixed, global fears remain

Most Asian markets were mixed Friday after Wall Street and European shares stabilised in response to upbeat US data, but traders remained on edge about the global economy and fresh fears over Greece.

Florida high court says police need warrants to track cellphones

Florida high court says police need warrants to track cellphones

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police must get warrants to track criminal suspects by monitoring their cellphone location signals. “Because cell phones are indispensable to so many people and are normally carried on one’s person, cell phone tracking can easily invade the right to privacy in one’s home or other private areas,” Chief Justice Jorge Labarga wrote in a 5-2 ruling. ...

New video gives us a fantastic up-close look at the Nexus 9

New video gives us a fantastic up-close look at the Nexus 9

You won’t be able to get your hands on the Nexus 9 for another couple of weeks, which is why we’re glad that Vietnamese YouTube account SChannel has posted a new Nexus 9 hands-on video that gives us our best look yet at the soon-to-be-released tablet. Per Android Police, the video shows us just how incredibly thin the new device is at just 7.9 millimeters while also showing off some key new elements from Android 5.0 Lollipop. RELATED: The year’s most anticipated Android tablet is here: Meet the Nexus 9 “Despite repeating most of the shots and only featuring the Nexus 9 from afar or with the screen turned off most times, the video still manages to sneak in a few new bits of

These are all the Android phones scheduled to receive Android 5.0 updates

These are all the Android phones scheduled to receive Android 5.0 updates

The announcement of a new update is always bittersweet for Android users. Android 5.0 Lollipop could be the most significant visual and structural overhaul the mobile operating system has ever seen, but many users won’t have access to it for months. Fortunately, Google has been working to cull fragmentation in the Android ecosystem and it looks like the biggest smartphone vendors are jumping on board. MORE LOLLIPOP: Check out all the great new features Google packed into Android 5.0 Lollipop As Android Community points out, Motorola updated its support page on Wednesday with a list of devices that will support Android 5.0 in the future. No specific dates are given, but the list will apparently “evolve over time, so check back

FBI director warns new phone encryption could thwart probes

FBI director warns new phone encryption could thwart probes

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. FBI Director James Comey on Thursday made his strongest comments yet about encryption features built into new cell phones by Google Inc and Apple Inc , warning they could hurt law enforcement efforts to crack homicide and child exploitation cases. Speaking before an audience at the Brookings Institution think tank, Comey said the new phones, which limit the ability for the companies themselves to access data stored on the units, have "the potential to create a black hole for law enforcement. ...

8 Classic Shows You Should Binge-Watch Now on CBS All Access

8 Classic Shows You Should Binge-Watch Now on CBS All Access

Wanna watch your favorite CBS show anytime? Now you can. CBS has launched its own subscription service, CBS All Access, on Thursday, becoming the first broadcast network to offer a streaming option. You'll be able to watch HBO without a subscription in 2015For $5.99 a month, subscribers will have access to full seasons of 15 current CBS shows (with new episodes up the day after they air); previous seasons of eight current shows; more than 5,000 ad-free episodes of classic shows that aired on or were produced by the network; livestreams of 14 CBS local affiliates and the Big Brother live feed; and bonus content from such events as the Grammys, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. CBS All Access is also available through the CBS App on Apple and Android devices.Check out eight vintage shows you should binge-watch on CBS All Access now. Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Cheers Family Ties Frasier Happy Days I Love Lucy Perry Mason Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Star Trek: Enterprise Star Trek: The Next Generation Star Trek: Voyager The Andy Griffith Show Twin Peaks Andy Griffith Michael J. Fox Ron Howard Star Trek: The Original Series Star Trek: The Animated Series

New benchmark suggests the Nexus 9 is almost as powerful as a 2012 Mac Pro

New benchmark suggests the Nexus 9 is almost as powerful as a 2012 Mac Pro

Not only does the new Nexus 9 tablet look terrific but it also apparently performs terrifically as well. Geekbench developer and Primate Labs founder John Poole has just posted the Geekbench results for the Nexus 9 and the results are positively incredible for an Android tablet. The new device’s single-core score on Geekbench totals 1903, which Poole notes is only slightly less than what “an entry-level Mac Pro (2012) scores” at 1925. Poole also says that such a single-core score for a Nexus tablet is flat-out “insane.” FROM EARLIER: The year’s most anticipated Android tablet is here: Meet the Nexus 9 It’s not surprising that the Nexus 9 is a powerhouse, although we weren’t expecting the device to get quite such

Yes, there is a smaller Lollipop-running Nexus smartphone that you can buy from Google

Yes, there is a smaller Lollipop-running Nexus smartphone that you can buy from Google

Google on Wednesday announced three new Nexus devices, including a first Nexus phablet, a tablet and a media player, alongside Android 5.0 Lollipop, but the company did not launch a smaller Nexus handset that some fans would have wanted. However, that doesn’t mean that a smaller Nexus version capable of running Lollipop won’t be available from the Google Play Store this year. FROM EARLIER: Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon to the Nexus 5 and other Nexus devices Instead of launching a smaller 5.2-inch Motorola-made Nexus 6 version as some reports suggested, Google decided not to discontinue the 2013 5-inch Nexus 5 smartphone, which will still be available for purchase from the Google Play Store this year, even though it’s

What to Watch Tonight: The Vampire Diaries, How to Get Away With Murder, and Parenthood

What to Watch Tonight: The Vampire Diaries, How to Get Away With Murder, and Parenthood

What to watch on Thursday, October 16... 6:45pm, Cartoon Network Steven Universe "Secret Team" unites Steven, Amethyst, and Pearl as a covert squad. Their mission: retrieve the missing shards from the bubbled gem they accidentally popped. 8pm, Fox Bones The suspect list is lengthy when the team investigates the murder of a wealthy video game designer in "The Geek in the Guck." Meanwhile, Brennan and Booth consider Christine's future, and Jessica brings an educational cooperative to the team's attention. 8pm, ABC Grey's Anatomy Meredith unearths secrets from Ellis's past through her journals and old videos, which in retrospect Ellis should probably not have labeled "SECRETS FROM MY PAST." Elsewhere in "Only Mama Knows," Alex adds new responsibilities, Maggie drops a bombshell, and Callie devotes her attention to the veterans' project. 8pm, The CW The Vampire Diaries Elena's plans to introduce Caroline to Liam are thwarted, because that's what happens to Elena's plans. Meanwhile in "Welcome to Paradise," Tyler asks a favor of Liv, Jeremy stumbles upon a clue related to the anti-magic spell, Damon and Bonnie may have company, and Stefan returns to Mystic Falls. 9pm, ABC Scandal Fitz enlists Olivia to nip a Grant family hullabaloo in the bud in "The Bleep," while Rowan enlists an old associate for an unsavory job. In The Adventures of Huck and Quinn, new wrinkles in Catherine's case emerge. 9pm, The CW Reign "Coronation" finds Mary seeking to feed her starving people, and Plan A goes out the window when it turns out GrubHub does not deliver to 16th century France. Catherine, feeling more noblesse and less oblige, pulls out all the ritzy stops in arranging a coronation ceremony. 9pm, Fox Gracepoint The detectives bring Mark in for questioning after he's caught in a lie, while Gemma is much more forthcoming with information. 9pm, NBC Bad Judge When a sexual-harassment-prone restaurant manager escapes her court scot-free, Rebecca remands the case to her own personal jurisdiction in "One Brave Waitress." Elsewhere, Rebecca tries to get closer to a court stenographer after a social snafu, and farther away from her Fireman after he tries to escalate their relationship. 9:30pm, NBC A to Z In "C Is for Curioser and Curioser," Andrew and Zelda learn surprising things about one another via Internet research. Apparently he once cut off his nipple and she was fatally poisoned by an architect? Man, you never really know people, do you? 10pm, NBC Parenthood Max forges a deep bond with a new friend, Hank tries to be tactful, Joel and Julia fret about how their kids are handling the separation, and Crosby hunts down Oliver to prevent a crisis at the Luncheonette. Meanwhile in "A Potpourri of Freaks," Sarah reckons with her role in Ruby's life after an uncomfortable exchange with Sandy. 10pm, ABC How to Get Away With Murder The team comes across a surprise while defending a brokerage firm founder and CEO (Elizabeth Perkins) accused of insider trading. Elsewhere, "Let's Get to Scooping" divulges disquieting details about the Lila Stangard murder when Wes finds Rebecca's hidden cell phone (how many hidden cell phones does that girl have, do you reckon?). LATE-NITE: – Anthony Anderson, Jon Lovitz, and The New Pornographers on Conan, 11pm, TBS – Author and activist Bryan Stevenson on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central – Literary critic William Deresiewicz on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central – Sting, Jason Schwartzman, and a performance from Broadway's The Last Ship on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC – Edward Norton, Portia de Rossi, and You+Me on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC – Tom Selleck, Jenny Slate, and Foo Fighters on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:50pm, CBS – Rachel Maddow, Matt Ryan, and Wyatt Cenac on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35am, NBC – Josh Jackson and Kara Cooney on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:50am, CBS WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?

Google tries to upstage Apple with latest devices

Google tries to upstage Apple with latest devices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is coming out with bigger, more expensive versions of its Nexus phone and tablet to attract more of the affluent consumers who faithfully buy each new generation of Apple's iPhone and iPad. It's also releasing a new streaming video and music device, Nexus Player, to compete with Apple TV and Roku, among others.

Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon to the Nexus 5 and other Nexus devices

Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon to the Nexus 5 and other Nexus devices

Google on Wednesday quietly took the wraps off a variety of new products, including the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player and most importantly, Android 5.0 Lollipop. The company’s next-gen mobile operating system brings a new design language and a variety of features that should further improve your Android experience, assuming your device will get the Android 5.0 build eventually. Interestingly, it looks like older Nexus devices will also be making the jump to Lollipop, including the Nexus 4 and the 2012 Nexus 7 version, which have not been left out of the Android 5.0 party. FROM EARLIER: The future of Android has arrived: Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop release details The company revealed on its website that Android 5.0 Lollipop will

Amazon’s Fire Phone might be an even bigger flop than anyone imagined

Amazon’s Fire Phone might be an even bigger flop than anyone imagined

Amazon’s Fire Phone is definitely 2014’s version of the Microsoft Kin and the Facebook-centric HTC First — in other words, it will go down as one of the most spectacular mobile phone bombs the world has ever seen. RELATED: A flop for the ages — Fire Phone estimated to have sold 35,000 units at most Now Consumer Intelligence Research Partners passes on some new data that suggests the Fire Phone’s impact on the mobile market has been literally nonexistent as even dedicated Amazon customers have avoided the device like the plague. According to a recent CIRP survey of 500 Amazon Prime customers, literally none of them owned a Fire Phone. While you may just write this off as Prime customers only

These are Apple’s brand new iPads: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

These are Apple’s brand new iPads: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

While various reports are offering contradicting versions on the number of new iPads Apple is expected to launch on Wednesday, Apple has cleared the waters, as it leaked its 2014 iPad models ahead of the big reveal, 9to5Mac has discovered. FROM EARLIER: Insider reveals details about upcoming Retina iMac and iPad Air 2 Accidentally or intentionally, Apple has apparently leaked training manuals for both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 just as Google made a major Nexus and Android announcement. The documents confirm that both devices will have a Touch ID home button, just like previous rumors revealed. Most importantly, these newly discovered materials seem to indicate that Apple has chosen iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 as

These are Apple’s brand new iPads

These are Apple’s brand new iPads

While various reports are offering contradicting versions on the number of new iPads Apple is expected to launch on Wednesday, Apple has cleared the waters, as it leaked its 2014 iPad models ahead of the big reveal, 9to5Mac has discovered. FROM EARLIER: Insider reveals details about upcoming Retina iMac and iPad Air 2 Accidentally or intentionally, Apple has apparently leaked training manuals for both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 just as Google made a major Nexus and Android announcement. The documents confirm that both devices will have a Touch ID home button, just like previous rumors revealed. Most importantly, these newly discovered materials seem to indicate that Apple has chosen iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 as

The future of Android has arrived: Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop release details

The future of Android has arrived: Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop release details

The moment Android fans have been eagerly awaiting for months finally arrived on Wednesday as Google finally announced release details for Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android L’s most obvious new feature is the inclusion of Material Design, a new design interface that is notable for its flatter icons and its physics-based animations that will give both Android apps and the platform itself a smoother and more consistent user experience. Although Material Design is the most noticeable change with Android 5.0, it’s far from the only one. Google has also implemented a new lock screen that comes with notifications that won’t force you to open up an app to take action on them. So for instance, you’ll be able to delete email messages

Did a major U.S. carrier accidentally confirm the Nexus 6’s on-contract price?

Did a major U.S. carrier accidentally confirm the Nexus 6’s on-contract price?

Google is expected to unveil the Nexus 9 tablet, Nexus 6 smartphone and Android L operating system on Wednesday, according to many reports, with the company already teasing some of these products in hilarious, short promotional videos. Further confirming the fact that the Nexus 6’s launch is imminent, one U.S. carrier has already listed the device on its website, as Android Police discovered. FROM EARLIER: This could be our first look at the Nexus 6 running Android L AT&T has mistakenly listed the “Motorola Nexus 6” on its website, revealing not only its commercial name but also the on-contract price for the device. According to the listing, the phone should sell for $49.99 with a new two-year service agreement, although

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WHO chief promises transparency on Ebola failures

WHO chief promises transparency on Ebola failures

GAMMARTH, Tunisia (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization says the agency will be upfront about its handling of the Ebola outbreak, following an internal report that details failures in containing the virus.

Using military and new protocols, U.S. ramps up Ebola response

DALLAS (Reuters) - Weeks of worries about a possible Ebola infection ended for dozens of people on watch lists in the United States on Monday but scores were still being monitored after potential exposure to the virus, Texas health officials said. Forty-three people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the disease in the United States, were cleared overnight of twice-daily monitoring after 21 days of showing no symptoms, the state health department said, while another 120 were still on watch lists. ...

Indiana police say suspect may have killed for decades

Indiana police say suspect may have killed for decades

By Mary Wisniewski HAMMOND Ind. (Reuters) - A northwest Indiana man suspected of murdering at least seven women may be a serial killer who has killed others in the state as far back as 20 years ago, local police said on Monday. Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, Indiana, was in custody and police were seeking murder charges against him, said John Doughty, police chief of the neighboring city of Hammond. Vann, a registered sex offender from a 2008 assault in Texas, was arrested in Gary on Saturday, a day after police were led to the body of 19-year-old Afrika Hardy in a Motel 6 in Hammond. ...

Wyoming attorney general says gay marriages can begin on Tuesday

Wyoming attorney general says gay marriages can begin on Tuesday

By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - Gay marriages can begin in Wyoming on Tuesday after the state files a formal notice that it will not appeal a judge's order overturning a ban on same-sex matrimony, the state's attorney general said on Monday. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl struck down Wyoming's gay marriage ban last week, finding that it violated the U.S. Constitution, but stayed his ruling until Thursday, or sooner if the state indicated that it would not file an appeal. ...

43 students still missing in Mexico

43 students still missing in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government announced rewards Monday of 1.5 million pesos ($111,000) for information on 43 students from a rural teachers' college who have been missing since Sept. 26.

Clown that terrorized rural France captured

Clown that terrorized rural France captured

Béthune (France) (AFP) - The party is over for a fake clown who received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while in full circus garb, a disturbing trend terrifying towns in northern France.

Oscar Pistorius to learn his fate on Tuesday

Oscar Pistorius to learn his fate on Tuesday

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius will finally learn his fate Tuesday when a judge is expected to announce the Olympic runner's sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Another Baghdad bombing wave: 33 feared dead

Another Baghdad bombing wave: 33 feared dead

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants unleashed attacks on Iraq's majority Shiite community on Monday, killing at least 33 people, the latest in relentless assaults that have challenged the Shiite-led government as it battles the Sunni-led insurgency by the Islamic State group.

Search for mystery submarine deepens

Search for mystery submarine deepens

Stockholm (AFP) - The Swedish navy stepped up its hunt Monday for a suspected foreign submarine in its waters with fingers pointing at Moscow in a throwback to the Cold War.

Ebola-stricken nurse's family defends her Ohio trip

Ebola-stricken nurse's family defends her Ohio trip

The family of Ebola-infected Dallas nurse Amber Vinson is defending her from critics who say she was careless in traveling to Ohio knowing she might have been potentially exposed to the deadly virus — and traveling back after developing symptoms.

UN says Nigeria is Ebola-free

UN says Nigeria is Ebola-free

By Camillus Eboh and Angela Ukomadu ABUJA/LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus on Monday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain. Caught unawares when a diplomat arrived with the disease from Liberia, authorities were alerted by Doctor Ameyo Adadevoh, who diagnosed it, kept him in hospital despite protests from him and his government and later died from Ebola herself. ...

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Facebook sues law firms, claims fraud

Facebook sues law firms, claims fraud

Facebook is suing several law firms that represented a man who claimed he owned half of the social network and was entitled to billions of dollars from the company and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The case ...

Facebook sues lawyers for pursuing dubious Ceglia lawsuit

Facebook sues lawyers for pursuing dubious Ceglia lawsuit

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg have sued several lawyers who have represented Paul Ceglia, claiming they helped the upstate New York entrepreneur pursue a fraudulent lawsuit to extort a 50 percent stake in the social networking company. Monday's lawsuit was filed seven months after a federal judge dismissed Ceglia's civil case, and two years after federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged Ceglia with criminal mail and wire fraud for allegedly forging documents underlying his claim. Facebook's market value is now close to $200 billion. ...

Fidelity Contrafund loads up on Facebook and it pays off

Fidelity Contrafund loads up on Facebook and it pays off

BOSTON (Reuters) - The $108 billion Fidelity Contrafund continues to have a big appetite for Facebook Inc's stock, adding to its position in the social media company during the third quarter and praising its mobile ad revenue growth and "visionary management." The fund, which is the largest mutual fund owner of Facebook, disclosed adding to its position in its third-quarter commentary letter to investors on Monday. ...

Monica Lewinsky gives speech, joins Twitter

Monica Lewinsky gives speech, joins Twitter

New York (AFP) - Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern whose affair with Bill Clinton led to his impeachment, returned to public life on Monday, giving her first speech in 13 years and joining Twitter.

Facebook unfriends federal drug agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook wants assurances from the Drug Enforcement Administration that it's not operating any more fake profile pages as part of ongoing investigations.

Can Social Media Save Us When ‘The Big One’ Hits?

As Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Eastern Seaboard in 2012, New York’s subway lines were flooded, power went out, and cell phone towers went down. In 2013, when chaos and panic erupted in Boston after bombs exploded during the marathon, some cell phone networks became congested and slow, while others went down completely.

Twitter tweets start to sing

Twitter tweets start to sing

Twitter on Thursday began letting people instantly listen to music and other audio by clicking on tweets from the popular messaging service.

Twitter lets users stream music, audio via SoundCloud tie-up

Twitter lets users stream music, audio via SoundCloud tie-up

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc will allow users to play podcasts, music and other audio clips direct from their timelines, or message feeds, via a new feature designed in partnership with Berlin-based audio-streaming service SoundCloud. The online messaging service introduced on Thursday what it called "Audio Card," through which users can listen to a variety of content whilst browsing their timelines. For starters, Twitter has promised audio from SoundCloud's partners, which include such diverse sources as NASA, the Washington Post, CNN, David Guetta, Coldplay and Warner Music. ...

Soccer-Ferdinand charged by FA over Twitter comment

Soccer-Ferdinand charged by FA over Twitter comment

LONDON (Reuters) - Former England centre back Rio Ferdinand has been charged by the Football Association for misconduct following a comment he made on Twitter. "It is alleged the comment posted on his twitter account was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper," the governing body said in a statement. "It is further alleged that this breach is aggravated pursuant to FA Rule E3(2) as it included a reference to gender." The Queens Park Rangers defender, 35, has until Oct. 21 to respond to the charge. ...

Apple, Facebook will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs

Apple, Facebook will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs

By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc and Facebook Inc will help pay for female employees to freeze their eggs, signaling a willingness to spend on perks and benefits in a race to acquire top-flight talent. From January, Apple will pay both full- and part-time employees up to $20,000 for procedure and storage costs for female employees to freeze their eggs. "We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended maternity leave policy, along with cryopreservation and egg storage as part of our extensive support for infertility treatments," Apple said in a statement. ...

U.S. health workers rally on Facebook for Dallas nurse with Ebola

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Thousands of U.S. health workers have joined social media campaigns in the past few days to support a Texas nurse who became the first person infected with Ebola in the United States, which she contracted caring for a dying African patient at a Dallas hospital. The nurse, Nina Pham, 26, was diagnosed over the weekend and is in an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where she worked. She has been swept in questions on whether a lapse in infectious disease protocols was behind her becoming infected. ...

Ferdinand charged for sending offensive tweet

LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association charged Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand on Tuesday with misconduct for sending an offensive tweet containing a derogatory reference to women.

Facebook's Zuckerberg to donate $25 million to tackle Ebola

Facebook's Zuckerberg to donate $25 million to tackle Ebola

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, would donate $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to fight Ebola. "We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn't spread further and become a long-term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. ...

French bank turns to Twitter for money transfers

French bank turns to Twitter for money transfers

By Leila Abboud and Eric Auchard PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - One of France's largest banks launched a service on Tuesday to allow its customers to transfer money to other people via tweets on social network Twitter Inc. . The move by Groupe BPCE , France's second largest bank by customers, is an effort to attract attention and users to its S-Money mobile payments unit, which already allows people to transfer money over mobile phones via text message. ...

Twitter to be used for payments in France

Twitter to be used for payments in France

PARIS (AP) — Did someone spot you money for lunch two weeks ago? In France, Twitter users can now publicly repay debts, donate to charity or chip in for a gift with a new payment service backed by the country's second-largest banking service.

Social media: More hindrance than help in banks' cyber crime fight

Social media: More hindrance than help in banks' cyber crime fight

By Steve Slater LONDON (Reuters) - Banks are fighting an uphill battle to protect themselves and their client accounts from cyber attacks, and the sometimes careless use of social media by customers and staff isn't making the fight any easier. British police and banks this week warned customers about the rise in criminals using social media to strike up a relationship and then try to get money from them. ...

US Ebola patient re-emerges on Twitter

US Ebola patient re-emerges on Twitter

Washington (AFP) - A US photojournalist who was sickened with Ebola in Liberia and evacuated to Nebraska for treatment emerged on Twitter Monday saying he was feeling better and planned to blog about the experience.

Your Facebook Wall Just Got More Interesting

Your Facebook Wall Just Got More Interesting

Facebook’s emoji-like stickers, which have been a hit in private and group messages, can now be used in wall posts, comments and events. The update is expected to be rolled out within the next day, according to Bob Baldwin, a Facebook engineer who worked on...

Ariana Grande tops global social media chart: Starcount

Ariana Grande tops global social media chart: Starcount

US pop singer Ariana Grande takes the top spot on Starcount's global social media chart for the week of October 6-12 as her new single rises in the charts, and One Direction grabs a spot in the top ten following the release of new single "Steal My Girl" and talk of its upcoming video.

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Wall Street urges U.S. regulators' joint cybersecurity approach

Wall Street urges U.S. regulators' joint cybersecurity approach

By Sarah N. Lynch and Douwe Miedema WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wall Street's top trade group is calling for the creation of a new inter-agency working group of regulators and the White House that would be tasked with developing consistent cybersecurity rules for the financial industry. The recommendation by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) was one of several unveiled on Monday as part of a new paper that lays out proposed "principles for effective cybersecurity regulatory guidance. ...

EU and China end telecoms row as EU drops threats against Huawei

EU and China end telecoms row as EU drops threats against Huawei

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has ended a long-running telecoms row with China, the EU's trade chief said on Monday, dropping a threat to levy punitive tariffs on Chinese telecoms exports and easing tensions between two of the world's top trading powers. As Reuters reported exclusively on Oct. 8, the deal struck between Brussels and Beijing sets out a framework for China to address EU concerns about subsidies to Huawei , China's No. 2 telecoms equipment maker, and its smaller rival ZTE. ...

China says it's hard to resume cyber security talks with U.S.

China says it's hard to resume cyber security talks with U.S.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Resuming cyber security cooperation between China and the United States would be difficult because of "mistaken U.S. practices", China's top diplomat told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Cyber security is an irritant to bilateral ties. On Wednesday the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said hackers it believed were backed by the Chinese government had launched more attacks on U.S. companies, a charge China rejected as unfounded. ...

A comprehensive guide to using 2014’s coolest new iOS and OS X feature

A comprehensive guide to using 2014’s coolest new iOS and OS X feature

The coolest new feature that spans across both iOS and OS X announced this year has definitely been the Handoff feature that will let you quickly move information and data between iOS devices and your Mac. 9to5Mac’s Sarah Guarino has put together a fantastic guide for how to use this new feature, which iPhone owners can finally use now that Apple has released OS X Yosemite. RELATED: Apple announces release details and pricing for OS X Yosemite The first thing you’ll need to do is obviously have a device with iOS 8 installed that you’ll pair to your Mac via Bluetooth. Guarino also lists all the Macs that you can use to run the Handoff feature: “A 2012 iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook

Kerry seeks to warm summit mood with dinner for China's top diplomat

Kerry seeks to warm summit mood with dinner for China's top diplomat

By David Brunnstrom BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed China's top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, to his Boston home on Friday for talks aimed at warming the often strained U.S.-China relationship ahead of a summit between their leaders next month. Kerry stood outside his imposing townhouse residence in Boston's exclusive Louisburg Square to welcome Yang with smiles and handshakes. After their dinner on Friday night, the two will hold formal talks on Saturday, when Kerry also plans to show Yang some of the sights of his native city. Chinese and U.S. ...

Man sentenced for part in global cybercrime ring

A Massachusetts man who was part of an international cybercrime ring that the government says hacked into the computers of more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service ...

Exclusive: NSA reviewing deal between official, ex-spy agency head

Exclusive: NSA reviewing deal between official, ex-spy agency head

By Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has launched an internal review of a senior official’s part-time work for a private venture started by former NSA director Keith Alexander that raises questions over the blurring of lines between government and business. Under the arrangement, which was confirmed by Alexander and current intelligence officials, NSA's Chief Technical Officer, Patrick Dowd, is allowed to work up to 20 hours a week at IronNet Cybersecurity Inc, the private firm led by Alexander, a retired Army general and his former ...

Is Car Hacking the Next Big Security Threat?

Is Car Hacking the Next Big Security Threat?

"It's not hypothetical at all," said Chris Valasek, director of vehicle security research at IOActive, a global security services company that has its North American headquarters in Seattle. Valasek has conducted research on remote car-hacking with Twitter security engineer Charlie Miller. Researchers at the University of Washington and University of California, San Diego, have also examined this type of security breach. Valasek and Miller said the automotive industry needs to better prepare for potential attacks.

FBI director warns against cellphone encryption

FBI director warns against cellphone encryption

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.

FBI director warns new phone encryption could thwart probes

FBI director warns new phone encryption could thwart probes

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. FBI Director James Comey on Thursday made his strongest comments yet about encryption features built into new cell phones by Google Inc and Apple Inc , warning they could hurt law enforcement efforts to crack homicide and child exploitation cases. Speaking before an audience at the Brookings Institution think tank, Comey said the new phones, which limit the ability for the companies themselves to access data stored on the units, have "the potential to create a black hole for law enforcement. ...

'Malvertising' targets U.S. military firms in new twist on old web threat

'Malvertising' targets U.S. military firms in new twist on old web threat

By Eric Auchard AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A surge in malware disguised as online advertisements aimed at unsuspecting web users has hit major U.S. military contractors in the past few weeks, marking a dangerous twist on a decade-old scourge for advertisers, security researchers said on Thursday. Researchers from Fairfax, Virginia-based security software company Invincea said they had documented new uses of so-called "malvertising" to carry out highly-targeted cyber espionage campaigns against three firms in the military-industrial arena. ...

FBI warns U.S. businesses of cyber attacks, blames Beijing

FBI warns U.S. businesses of cyber attacks, blames Beijing

BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday that hackers it believes to be backed by the Chinese government have recently launched attacks on U.S. companies. The "flash" warning to businesses described tools and techniques used by the hackers and asked companies to contact federal authorities if they believe they are the victims of such attacks. The document said the agency recently obtained information regarding "a group of Chinese government affiliated cyber actors who routinely steal high-value information from U.S. ...

Amazon’s Fire Phone might be an even bigger flop than anyone imagined

Amazon’s Fire Phone might be an even bigger flop than anyone imagined

Amazon’s Fire Phone is definitely 2014’s version of the Microsoft Kin and the Facebook-centric HTC First — in other words, it will go down as one of the most spectacular mobile phone bombs the world has ever seen. RELATED: A flop for the ages — Fire Phone estimated to have sold 35,000 units at most Now Consumer Intelligence Research Partners passes on some new data that suggests the Fire Phone’s impact on the mobile market has been literally nonexistent as even dedicated Amazon customers have avoided the device like the plague. According to a recent CIRP survey of 500 Amazon Prime customers, literally none of them owned a Fire Phone. While you may just write this off as Prime customers only

Iran tips hand about structure of secret services

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran drew back the veil — if slightly — over its intelligence services on Wednesday, with its top nuclear security official crediting them for helping protect the Islamic Republic's atomic program from attempts at sabotage.

UK government's top lawyer backs anti-fraud police, remains open to reforms

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government's chief legal adviser has defended its structure for fighting serious financial crimes but said he was open to reforms, as published reports raised questions about whether the Serious Fraud Office would be dismantled altogether. The SFO, which has handled the criminal investigation into the Libor rate-rigging scandal along with several high-profile corruption cases, has been battling to restore faith in its crime-fighting credentials. ...

New Poodle web threat not seen as menacing as Heartbleed, Shellshock

New Poodle web threat not seen as menacing as Heartbleed, Shellshock

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Three Google Inc researchers have uncovered a security bug in widely used web encryption technology that they say could allow hackers to take over accounts for email, banking and other services in what they have dubbed a "Poodle" attack. The discovery of "Poodle," which stands for Padding Oracle On Downloaded Legacy Encryption, prompted makers of web browsers and server software to advise users on Tuesday to disable use of the source of the security bug: an 18-year old encryption standard known as SSL 3.0. ...

Mozilla to disable encryption feature in next Firefox browser due to 'Poodle' bug

Mozilla to disable encryption feature in next Firefox browser due to 'Poodle' bug

(Reuters) - Mozilla said it will disable Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption in the latest version of its Firefox web browser that will be released on Nov. 25 after a security bug called "Poodle" was discovered in a web encryption technology. "By exploiting this vulnerability, an attacker can gain access to things like passwords and cookies, enabling him to access a user’s private account data on a website," Mozilla said in its blog. (http://mzl.la/1DaxOwY) SSL 3.0 will be disabled by default in Firefox 34, Mozilla said. ...

Researchers find new web encryption bug, warn of 'Poodle' attack

Researchers find new web encryption bug, warn of 'Poodle' attack

BOSTON (Reuters) - Three Google Inc researchers have uncovered a security bug in widely used web encryption technology that they say could allow hackers to steal data in what they have dubbed a "Poodle" attack. "Poodle" stands for Padding Oracle On Downloaded Legacy Encryption. The problem is an 18-year old encryption standard, known as SSL 3.0, which is still widely used in web browsers and websites. It was disclosed in a research paper published late on Tuesday on the website of the OpenSSL Project, a group that develops the most widely used type of SSL encryption software. ...

Snapchat breach exposes flawed premise, security challenge

Snapchat breach exposes flawed premise, security challenge

By Sarah McBride and Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The prospect of tens of thousands of potentially racy Snapchat photos hitting the Internet has driven home a simple fact: the mobile app's core feature - delivering photos and videos that vanish seconds after viewing - is flawed. The negative publicity surrounding that speculation has spurred criticism about its lax security. But whether this will affect the valuation of the 3-year-old Silicon Valley start-up as it seeks another round of funding remains to be seen. ...

Digital doctors: China sees tech cure for healthcare woes

Digital doctors: China sees tech cure for healthcare woes

By Adam Jourdan HANGZHOU China (Reuters) - Liu Chunming almost died after a car crash in July in Taihe, a remote county in China's southeast Jiangxi province, but survived serious abdominal injuries thanks to specialist doctors who led his treatment from 1,000 kms (621 miles) away. From a central "operations room" in the eastern city of Hangzhou, doctors diagnosed and directed treatment for the 48-year-old using live video feeds and software that shares patient scans and files to aid consultation. ...

Hackers breach Oregon job-seeker database, official says

By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Hackers gained access to social security numbers and other sensitive information from up to around 850,000 Oregon job-seekers in a massive breach that began some time before Oct. 6, the state's employment department said on Tuesday. The security flaw that led to the breach was quickly patched without disrupting online services. But individual employment files, which can include social security numbers and other identifying information, had already been accessed, Employment Department spokeswoman Andrea Fogue said. ...

EU, China have resolved telecoms dispute: EU trade chief

EU, China have resolved telecoms dispute: EU trade chief

ROME (Reuters) - China and the European Union have found a way to end a long-running dispute over Chinese exports of telecoms equipment, resolving one of the most divisive issues between the major trade partners, the EU's top trade official said on Tuesday. EU Trade Chief Karel De Gucht told Reuters he would ask fellow commissioners to back his proposal to end the dispute over an annual 1 billion euros ($1.27 billion) of imports by Huawei and the smaller ZTE. ...

A dangerous bug in Windows 8.1 and older versions could be used to spy on you

A dangerous bug in Windows 8.1 and older versions could be used to spy on you

Russian hackers have apparently identified a previously unreported bug in Windows, also known as a zero-day attack, which was then used to spy on several Western governments, NATO and the Ukrainian government, The New York Times reports. FROM EARLIER: WSJ: JPMorgan Chase hackers failed to infiltrate other banks The news comes from security firm iSight Partners, which discovered that several European energy and telecommunications companies, as well as an academic organization in the U.S., have been targeted as well. While hacking activities have been traced back to 2009, the zero-day bug has been used starting in late summer 2013. The security issue apparently affects various Windows versions from Windows Vista to Windows 8.1, and Microsoft is expected to release an update on Tuesday to

Russian hackers target NATO, Ukraine and others: iSight

Russian hackers target NATO, Ukraine and others: iSight

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Russian hackers exploited a bug in Microsoft Windows and other software to spy on computers used by NATO, the European Union, Ukraine and companies in the energy and telecommunications sectors, according to cyber intelligence firm iSight Partners. ISight said it did not know what data had been found by the hackers, though it suspected they were seeking information on the Ukraine crisis, as well as diplomatic, energy and telecom issues, based on the targets and the contents of phishing emails used to infect computers with tainted files. ...

Social media: More hindrance than help in banks' cyber crime fight

Social media: More hindrance than help in banks' cyber crime fight

By Steve Slater LONDON (Reuters) - Banks are fighting an uphill battle to protect themselves and their client accounts from cyber attacks, and the sometimes careless use of social media by customers and staff isn't making the fight any easier. British police and banks this week warned customers about the rise in criminals using social media to strike up a relationship and then try to get money from them. ...

South Korea identity thefts forces ID overhaul

South Korea identity thefts forces ID overhaul

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea's national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says it might have to issue new ID numbers to every citizen over 17 at a possible cost of billions of dollars.

Aaron's rent-to-own business to pay $28 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's second-largest chain of rent-to-own furniture and appliance stores has agreed to pay $28.4 million to settle a case in which it allegedly violated California's consumer protection and privacy laws, attorney general Kamala Harris announced Monday.

Photo-saving service Snapsaved.com claims hackers stole Snapchat images

Photo-saving service Snapsaved.com claims hackers stole Snapchat images

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Snapsaved.com, a website which allows users to save images sent via Snapchat, claimed on Monday that hackers had breached its servers and made off with some 500 megabytes of photographs. The claim by the little-known website sheds some light on reports in past days that hackers were preparing to unleash some 13 gigabytes of photographs sent via SnapChat, a mobile app popular among teenagers that promises users that any pictures relayed to other users will be deleted in a matter of seconds. However, users can employ special websites and third-party apps like Snapsaved. ...

Danaher to combine communications unit with NetScout

By Supantha Mukherjee and Anya George Tharakan (Reuters) - U.S. healthcare technology group Danaher Corp is combining its communications unit with NetScout Systems Inc, scaling up the business at a time when companies are spending aggressively on cybersecurity. Danaher shareholders will get NetScout shares worth $2.6 billion, giving them majority stake in the company, while NetScout will have operational control. Danaher's communications business sells cybersecurity products and tools to manage networks, while NetScout makes products that monitor software applications on networks. ...

Kmart confirms month-long credit card data breach

Kmart confirms month-long credit card data breach

Kmart on Friday confirmed that its systems were breached by hackers who were able to steal credit and debit card data for customers shopping in its retail stores since early September to October 9, when the breach was discovered. It’s not clear at this time how many customers may have been affected or how many Kmart stores have been hit, as the company is yet to announce any numbers. FROM EARLIER: Home Depot didn’t take data security seriously, report reveals However, Kmart did say that “based on the forensic investigation to date, no personal information, no debit card PIN numbers, no email addresses and no social security numbers were obtained by those criminally responsible.” The company said there’s no evidence

Sears says Kmart stores hit by data breach

Sears says Kmart stores hit by data breach

By Jim Finkle and Nathan Layne (Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp said it was the victim of a cyberattack that likely resulted in the theft of some customer payment cards at its Kmart stores, the latest in a series of computer security breaches to hit U.S. companies and dealing a fresh blow to the struggling U.S. retailer. The U.S. Secret Service confirmed it was investigating the breach, which occurred in September and compromised the systems of Kmart, which has about 1,200 stores across the United States. The breach did not affect the Sears department store chain. ...

Kmart becomes latest retailer hit by data theft

Kmart becomes latest retailer hit by data theft

Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that a data breach at its Kmart stores that started last month may have compromised some customers' credit and debit cards. The data theft at Kmart is the latest in a string ...

Snapchat blames third-party apps for any leaked photos

Snapchat blames third-party apps for any leaked photos

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mobile messaging company Snapchat blamed third-party software apps for possible security lapses that may have led to its users' private photos being at risk of online publication by hackers. A file containing at least 100,000 Snapchat photos has been collected by hackers who were preparing to publish them online, according to a report on the Business Insider blog. Snapchat lets users send photos and videos that disappear in seconds. ...

Amazing Twitter account collects Amazon’s most hilarious movie reviews

Amazing Twitter account collects Amazon’s most hilarious movie reviews

Get ready to add a new account to your Twitter feed. Amazon reviews can be surprisingly helpful when making purchasing decisions, especially now that the best and most helpful reviews always seem to rise to the top thanks to Amazon’s review rating system. Some reviews, however, are written not just to help shoppers on Amazon’s website, but also to entertain them. Such was the case with Amazon’s collection of the funniest product reviews of all time, and now we have another, ever-growing batch of reviews to enjoy courtesy of an amazing Twitter account. “Amazon Movie Reviews” might sound like a pretty straightforward Twitter account, but it’s actually quite entertaining. Maintained by Joseph Grabinski, the account serves one purpose and one purpose only: to

Berkshire-owned Dairy Queen says customer data hacked in 46 states

Berkshire-owned Dairy Queen says customer data hacked in 46 states

(Reuters) - Ice cream and fast-food restaurant chain Dairy Queen has confirmed a security breach that may have compromised the payment card information of customers at several hundred locations across 46 U.S. states. Computers at Dairy Queen locations, and one Orange Julius smoothie stores, were infected by the malicious software, Backoff, which has been targeting retailers since it first surfaced a year ago, International Dairy Queen said late on Thursday. The Edina, Minnesota-based company is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. ...

Men, Women & Children : The Anti- Juno

Men, Women & Children : The Anti- Juno

What in the world has happened to Jason Reitman? The young director’s first three films charted a trajectory as promising as any in recent American cinema. His debut, Thank You for Smoking, was an uncommonly barbed and canny political satire. The follow-up, Juno, served as a genuine revelation: fresh, witty, and generous, its comic and dramatic elements in perfect equipoise. And then came the coronation/Clooneyation of Up in the Air—a somewhat more conventional film, perhaps, but a smooth and thoughtful demonstration of Hollywood craft. ...

Anonymous threatens China, Hong Kong authorities with website blackout

Anonymous threatens China, Hong Kong authorities with website blackout

BEIJING (Reuters) - Anonymous, the nebulous online activist group that uses hacking to further causes it supports, has threatened a major blackout of Chinese and Hong Kong government websites, and to leak tens of thousands of government email address details. The group, under the banner of 'Operation Hong Kong' or '#OpHongKong' and '#OpHK' on Twitter, said on Friday it will launch a mass effort against Chinese government servers to bring down their websites via Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Saturday. ...

EU says hopes to resolve China telecoms dispute next week

EU says hopes to resolve China telecoms dispute next week

By Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - China and the European Union aim to end a long-running telecoms row next week, the EU's trade chief said on Friday, potentially easing tensions between two of the world's top trading powers. Reuters reported exclusively this week that Europe was close to a deal with Beijing on defusing the issue of what Brussels says are illegal subsidies to Chinese makers of equipment for mobile telecom networks. ...

New charges filed against Russian in hacking case

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Thursday added 11 new charges against a Russian man they say hacked into U.S. businesses to steal credit-card information that was later sold on the Internet.

China angered after FBI head says Chinese hacking costs billions

China angered after FBI head says Chinese hacking costs billions

BEIJING (Reuters) - China accused the United States on Thursday of faking facts, after the head of the FBI said that Chinese hacking likely cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars every year. Charges over hacking and internet spying have increased tension between the two countries. In May, the United States charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies, prompting China to suspend a Sino-U.S. working group on cyber issues. China has denied wrongdoing. Speaking on CBS' 60 Minutes program on Sunday, FBI Director James Comey said Chinese hackers were targeting big U.S. ...

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Nigerian elders question Boko Haram 'ceasefire' deal

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

The 5 Best Free WordPress Plugins to Promote Your Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New router offers total anonymity online

New router offers total anonymity online

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

Anonabox could be the everyman's answer to internet privacy

Anonabox could be the everyman's answer to internet privacy

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

Zeiss offers a virtual reality check

Zeiss offers a virtual reality check

From the Oculus Rift to Google's quirky project cardboard by way of Samsung's Gear VR, the market for virtual reality headsets is starting to grow, and with the latest addition, it could become crowded.

Understand the research that just won Jean Tirole the economics Nobel Prize

Understand the research that just won Jean Tirole the economics Nobel Prize

French economist Jean Tirole has won the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, the Nobel Committee announced Monday. Who is Jean Tirole? Tirole won the award for his body of work in "market power and regulation," according to the Nobel Committee — work he began in the 1980s and has continued it since.

Grim Fandango returns with updated graphics, orchestral score and fan-made controls

Grim Fandango returns with updated graphics, orchestral score and fan-made controls

A remastered version of Grim Fandango coming to PlayStation and PC platforms next year feels something like a video game miracle. Thanks to developer Double Fine's efforts and some smart people at Disney and LucasArts — people who can make things happen — players will get the opportunity to play Tim Schafer's classic noir adventure game, now lovingly overhauled. At Indiecade, Double Fine and PlayStation brought the PS4 version of the game — it's also coming to PlayStation Vita and Linux, Mac and Windows — putting their remastering efforts on display. Grim Fandango's pre-rendered backgrounds have been uprezzed and textures for real-time 3D models have been wholly recreated.

Netflix support comes to Ubuntu through Chrome

We told you it was coming, and now it's here! Canonical announced today that its popular Linux distro Ubuntu now supports Netflix playback through Chrome. If you're running a fully updated install of Ubuntu ...

7 Things That Will Soon Disappear

Ten years ago, thousands of Blockbuster Video stores occupied buildings like this all over the country, renting DVDs and selling popcorn. Few things are as symbolic of farming as the moldboard plow, but the truth is, the practice of "turning the soil" is dying off.

NASA Logo Has Cameo in Disney's 1st 'Tomorrowland' Trailer (Video)

NASA Logo Has Cameo in Disney's 1st 'Tomorrowland' Trailer (Video)

NASA makes a cameo in the first teaser trailer for the new, highly secretive Disney movie "Tomorrowland." The "Tomorrowland" teaser trailer features the character Casey Newton (played by Britt Robertson) leaving a police department and taking a red hat bearing the NASA logo with her. Robertson, George Clooney and Hugh Laurie were even on-hand to reveal some never-before-seen footage from "Tomorrowland" and discuss the film under the watchful eye of producer Damon Lindelof and director Brad Bird.

Tesla Motors Announces All-Wheel Drive Model S & New Safety Tech

Tesla Motors Announces All-Wheel Drive Model S & New Safety Tech

After more than a week of anticipation, Tesla Motors finally revealed "the D" — and it doesn't stand for driverless, as had been widely rumored. Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's electric car company will now offer all-wheel-drive versions of the Tesla Model S, including one high-end option that can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a little more than 3 seconds, USA Today reported. Tesla will also introduce new autonomous safety features, including technology that can help the car park itself, and a feature that can nudge the vehicle over a lane when the driver hits the turn signal. Musk said the new safety features will be more "autopilot" than "autonomous" for now.

Wrap all your arms around Octodad's free Shorts DLC on Oct. 14

Wrap all your arms around Octodad's free Shorts DLC on Oct. 14

Octodad: Dadliest Catch will receive two new levels in the free Shorts DLC when it launches Oct. 14, developer Young Horses announced today. Shorts, which Young Horses announced back in June, expands the Octodad canon with "Dad Romance," which focuses on the early days of the relationship between Octodad and Scarlet, and "Medical Mess," in which you can find out how their children, Stacy and Tommy, spend their free time. The DLC will be available as a title update for all versions of Octodad — Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC — and will be accessible from a sub-menu on the title screen.

Kano's DIY computer teaches kids to code, and now it's available to everyone

Kano's DIY computer teaches kids to code, and now it's available to everyone

Kano, the runaway Kickstarter success that raised $1.52 million on a promise to teach kids how to code and assemble a Raspberry Pi-based computer, is now widely available to the public. Priced at $149.99, the kit includes everything you need to get started — other than a display, which you'll need to provide yourself. (An HDMI cord comes in the box.) But beyond that, it's all there: the Raspberry Pi, a custom-made Bluetooth keyboard with built-in trackpad, the plastic case that holds this mini-computer together, and plenty of stickers and colorful options for customizing your Kano. ...

This is what Windows 95 looks like running on Android Wear

This is what Windows 95 looks like running on Android Wear

Any time a new device hits the market, it’s always fascinating to see how tech-savvy developers, designers and hobbyists will tinker with it to push it to its limits. Web developer Corbin Davenport has received some attention over the last week for getting both Minecraft Pocket Edition and the original PC FPS Doom to run on Android Wear, but those were just warm-ups for the most impressive feat of all — running Windows 95 on a Samsung Gear Live. Unsurprisingly, it’s not a flawless implementation, but using the aDosBox application from the Google Play store, Davenport manages to put a Windows desktop on his smartwatch. aDosBox is one of the more basic emulators on Google Play, but Davenport notes that

The best version of 'Smash Bros.' is on the Oculus Rift

The best version of 'Smash Bros.' is on the Oculus Rift

For the last month or so, Scott Kellum — a VR enthusiast and Vox Media's senior front-end designer — has been inviting people over to try out the Oculus Rift. The first time I tried the headset was well over two years ago, and admittedly I haven't used it but once or twice since. So late last week, I re-entered the virtual world by way of an off-white desk chair in the middle of Scott's living room.

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Smash Bros. Wii U Nintendo Direct scheduled for Thursday

Smash Bros. Wii U Nintendo Direct scheduled for Thursday

The next Nintendo Direct presentation will be Thursday and it will focus on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, highlighting "50 new things," about the game, Nintendo announced. It remains to be seen what new things haven't been announced already for the brawler, which launches on Nov. 21 for Wii U (it's already out on Nintendo 3DS). The Super Smash Bros. listing on Amazon last week let slip that the game will include a stage creation mode and a board game mode that aren't present in the 3DS edition.

Why a ridiculous lawsuit, and a grandstanding defense, may do some good for video games

Why a ridiculous lawsuit, and a grandstanding defense, may do some good for video games

Rudy Giuliani — "America's Mayor!" — is the celebrity lawyer representing Activision in a weird lawsuit brought by a former banana republic dictator. Few expect the guy — Manuel Noriega — to succeed, and litigating it gives Call of Duty a great publicity vehicle, fighting in real life against the kind of villain frequently depicted in the game. "If creative rights have to be sacrificed, they shouldn't be sacrificed for someone like Noriega," Giuliani said.

Images of HBO Go on Xbox One slip out

Images of HBO Go on Xbox One slip out

Images of HBO Go on Xbox One have purportedly leaked out, indicating the service is ready to come to that console to hit an earlier announced timeframe of sometime this year. The images in question are said to be of a beta release of the HBO Go app, which has yet to release for Xbox One or PlayStation 4. A link to the images were posted in the Xbox One subreddit yesterday, and has since been removed.

Research says kids eat less after playing Angry Birds

Research says kids eat less after playing Angry Birds

The study he conducted showed that boys consumed 50 fewer calories at mealtime, following a game of Angry Birds, than they did at a meal that wasn't preceded by gaming. "This finding is the first time anyone has shown that playing video games contributes to lower energy intake at the next meal," said Bellissimo. The game in question always is important to gamers who read this stuff, and in this case it was Angry Birds.

PlayStation celebrates women with epic sale of movies and games. Interesting timing, huh?

PlayStation celebrates women with epic sale of movies and games. Interesting timing, huh?

The game industry is still sorting out its problems with helping women feel in the wake of some terrible harassment, and Sony is helping in at least a tiny way by offering a mammoth "flash" sale of games and movies. Everything from Kill Bill to Bayonetta to Beyond Good and Evil to Mirror's Edge ... wait a minute, all of these games and movies star, or have leading roles for, women! It's a pretty great gesture, and it works as a wonderful celebration of the women characters in games and film.

Angry Birds Stella review

Join Stella and her friends on a quest to protect Golden Island from the greedy Bad Princess and her clueless piggies

PlayStation TV review: The most promising set-top box on the market

PlayStation TV review: The most promising set-top box on the market

At first blush, Sony’s new PlayStation TV doesn’t make much sense. It’s a standalone console, but it has been built on the back of an existing platform. It uses a controller, but not the most recent one. It connects to your TV, but it doesn’t have any internal storage. The PlayStation TV is at odds with itself. After spending a few hours with it at home, I still haven’t found a compelling reason to use it over any of my other PlayStation branded devices. Given time, PS TV could be a major competitor in the set-top box market, but right now, it’s the cheapest console available for one very good reason — it just doesn’t work that well. After plugging in the

Super Smash Bros. Wii U may have stage creation and board game modes

Super Smash Bros. Wii U may have stage creation and board game modes

An update to the Amazon listing for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U suggests that the title will include a stage creation mode and a board game mode not present in the 3DS version. The listing mentions both the Master Hand — a longtime final boss of the Super Smash Bros. series — and Crazy Hand, the more erratic and unpredictable counterpart to Master Hand first introduced in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It looks like one of the new modes will include both Master and Crazy Hand setting up objectives for players to complete.

Candy Crush in Atlantic City?

A dream audience for global marketers these days is the billion-plus people, usually under age 30, who play digital games such as Candy Crush, Madden, or Farmville. Advertisers are first in line to tap this gaming demographic. Even social activist groups, such as the nonprofit Games for Change, are riding this wave. And then there is New Jersey.

Nintendo nostalgia gets creepy in this text adventure

Nintendo nostalgia gets creepy in this text adventure

Everyone had that one friend during their childhood. That one special little guy or gal who had all the coolest toys and gadgets as soon as they came out. The one friend whom everyone would constantly bully into hosting sleepovers so you could play their Nintendo 64 or Sega Dreamcast.