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Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'

Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'

(Reuters) - Google Inc launched an email service called "Inbox" on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way. Google said it was sending out invitations to selected Gmail users to try out the new service. Users can also email the company at inbox@google.com to get an invitation. For now the new service is being provided alongside Gmail, which was launched in 2004. It will be available on the Web as well as on Android smartphones and iPhones. ...

Microsoft looks set to drop Nokia name from phones

Microsoft looks set to drop Nokia name from phones

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp looks set to ditch the Nokia name from its Lumia range of smartphones just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business. According to a post on Nokia France's Facebook page on Tuesday, the page will change its name to Microsoft Lumia "in the coming days." Microsoft declined comment. Under the terms of the $7.2 billion deal - struck in September 2013 and completed in April - Microsoft acquired Nokia's handset business, though not the name of the company itself. ...

Lufthansa close to deal with IBM for IT infrastructure unit

Lufthansa close to deal with IBM for IT infrastructure unit

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa is close to a deal to sell its IT infrastructure unit to IBM , including an outsourcing agreement for the services, as part of a shake-up of its technology activities, it said on Wednesday. Europe's largest airline by revenue is undergoing restructuring and cost-cutting efforts to better position itself to compete with low-cost carriers and Gulf rivals. ...

Apple CEO discusses security with top Chinese official amid hacking claims: Xinhua

Apple CEO discusses security with top Chinese official amid hacking claims: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government official in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The meeting comes days after a Chinese web monitoring group published a report saying Apple users in China have been targeted in a sophisticated and widespread attack by hackers seeking private user data stored on the iCloud service. The group, Greatfire.org, has alleged Chinese government involvement in the hack, a claim the government has strongly refuted. ...

Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls'

Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls'

By Andrew Chung and Dan Levine (Reuters) - For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars. But now the trolls are in retreat from the tech titans, interviews and data reviewed by Reuters show. In the wake of several changes in U.S. ...

Ikea hopes its new motorized standing desk will get you out of your chair

Ikea hopes its new motorized standing desk will get you out of your chair

Study after study reveals the same thing: it simply isn't healthy to sit for extended periods of time every day. But making the switch and buying a standing desk is a big commitment. That's where Ikea comes in: the company has brought its stylish looks, reasonable prices, and goofy Swedish names to its very own adjustable standing desk. The "Bekant" isn't terribly special, but it's the company's first line of automatically adjustable standing desks. That means you can go from sitting to standing with the press of a button. Maybe that convenience will be enough to get you out of that chair. ...

Come to Daddy: here's the only Aphex Twin playlist you need

Come to Daddy: here's the only Aphex Twin playlist you need

If you told me Richard D. James — better known as Aphex Twin — was an alien, I’d believe you. With Aphex Twin, the bass isn't "dropped," it's swung, torn, spun, fermented, and sent into space. Here's a bite from a recent interview with Richard: "My 5-year-old's made loads of totally insane music on his computer, and I'm just like, 'What the fuck is that?

Hackers target Ukraine's election website

Hackers target Ukraine's election website

Hackers attacked Ukraine's election commission website Saturday on the eve of parliamentary polls, officials said, but they denied Russian reports that the vote counting system itself had been put out of action. "There is a DDoS attack on the commission's site," the government information security service said on its Facebook page. Separately, a report on Russia's state news agency RIA Novosti quoted a statement on the personal website of the Ukrainian prosecutor general saying that the electronic vote counting system was out of order. Ukraine's commission spokesman, Kostyantyn Khivrenko, called the RIA Novosti report a "fake".

Twitpic saved by Twitter just hours before planned shut down

Twitpic saved by Twitter just hours before planned shut down

Twitpic has reached its final chapter. The once-popular image sharing service announced today that it has reached an agreement to be acquired by Twitter, saving millions of photos that were set to go up in smoke later today. In a blog post, founder Noah Everett said "we have reached an agreement with Twitter to give them the Twitpic domain and photo archive, thus keeping the photos and links alive for the time being." He added, "Twitter shares our goal of protecting our users and this data."

Wi-Fi hotspots turn New York subway musicians into a wireless orchestra

Wi-Fi hotspots turn New York subway musicians into a wireless orchestra

Wi-Fi in New York City Subway stations makes it easy to burn through your inbox during your commute, but did you know it can also be used to make some great music? Director Chris Shimojima paired eleven musicians in different subway stations with composer and conductor Ljova using the public Wi-Fi hotspots for his latest video. Each of the musicians were set up with a music stand and an iPhone, while the conductor stationed himself in Bryant Park with nearly a dozen MacBooks to receive all the different video streams. ...

Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay

Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay

There's a lot of hype around Apple Pay right now, but not everyone is on board with the new mobile payments system. In fact, a significant number of merchants, including heavyweights like Walmart, Kmart, 7-Eleven, and Best Buy, are in outright competition with Apple Pay. The retailers, through a joint venture formed in 2012, are building their own mobile payment app, called CurrentC. It's expected to launch next year. In the meantime, these retailers have no intention to support Apple Pay.

Italian lawmakers plan free Wi-Fi to bridge digital gap with Europe

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers have put forward a proposal for free Wi-Fi in thousands of public places to bridge a gap with other European countries in broadband penetration, e-government and other digital services that is dragging on the economy. Under the plan, large shops, taxis, airports, law courts and other public places would have to set up an Internet connection and offer no-password wireless access free. "We are really badly placed when it comes to Internet access," Sergio Boccadutri, a member of the ruling Democratic Party and sponsor of the proposal, said. ...

Air New Zealand's epic, 'Hobbit'-themed safety video is the most fun you'll have finding your exit row

Air New Zealand's epic, 'Hobbit'-themed safety video is the most fun you'll have finding your exit row

New Zealand's tourism industry has benefited greatly from Peter Jackson's films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, so it was natural for airline Air New Zealand to partner up with Jackson, branding itself as the "official airline of Middle-earth." Alongside its plans emblazoned with imagery from Jackson's films, the airline also produced a Hobbit-themed air safety video in 2012 to go along with the first Hobbit film.

Until Dawn brings hokey teen horror to the PlayStation 4

Until Dawn brings hokey teen horror to the PlayStation 4

I only jumped once. Honestly, just once while I played through a demo of Until Dawn, the first major title from developer Supermassive Games. Until Dawn is less psychological thriller and more schlocky horror, but there isn’t nearly enough of that on the home consoles. Alien: Isolation, The Evil Within, Daylight — there are plenty of survival horror games that take themselves seriously, some more effectively than others. It’s about time we had a wacky offshoot. The short demo that I played during a recent PlayStation event in New York left me intrigued. Until Dawn is a PS4 exclusive third-person adventure game, putting the player in control of one of the unfortunate teens that ended up in a rundown, haunted hotel. As

6 Reasons Travelers Are Upgrading to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

6 Reasons Travelers Are Upgrading to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

My husband just purchased an iPhone 6 Plus in anticipation of a long trip next month, and I'm pondering whether to get that version, or the slightly smaller iPhone 6. For the past couple of weeks, I've been writing down questions, and talking with my friendly local geniuses and not-quite-geniuses-but-smarter-about-devices-than-I-am, and they're...

Run the Jewels 2 can cause spontaneous combustion (according to Twitter)

Run the Jewels 2 can cause spontaneous combustion (according to Twitter)

At 1:28AM ET Thursday night (technically Friday morning), El-P and Killer Mike released Run the Jewels 2, the followup to their critically-acclaimed 2013 album, as a free download — a tweet and a zip file. And while we're loving the album a lot so far, our favorite part so far has been fan reactions on Twitter. Turns out listening to the album — or maybe even just downloading it — can cause spontaneous combustion of excitement*.

The Weekender: on Siri, 'Civilization,' and saving Sarah Connor

The Weekender: on Siri, 'Civilization,' and saving Sarah Connor

Good morning, and welcome back to the Weekender. Our weekend journey is just now starting, so thank you for choosing us for your travels. As you may recall, this was the 43rd week of the year 2014 on the planet known colloquially as Earth, otherwise known as Terra in other inhabited star systems. It was not a quiet week, as you might imagine. Below you'll find your itinerary, carefully crafted for your pleasure; stories from the week passed and recommendations for the days ahead. Now. Please sit back and relax as we take you on a journey through time and space. ...

Meet Night Cable, the only iPhone charging cable made for your bedroom

Meet Night Cable, the only iPhone charging cable made for your bedroom

Many people charge their smartphones every night because most handsets can’t yet offer the battery life we expect. And many tablet users also charge their devices at night as well, which is the most convenient time to do it anyway since they might want to simultaneously use it for some quick content consumption before sleep. But using the device while it’s plugged in and charging, whether it’s a smartphone or a tablet, might be a seriously annoying endeavor because charging cables are usually rather short. FROM EARLIER: This tiny smartphone charger might be exactly what we’ve been waiting for For all these reasons, Native Union, the company that came up with the extremely popular Jump Cable 2-in-1 cable and battery solution

Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement gets computer game makeover

Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement gets computer game makeover

How do you defend yourself against scores of tear gas wielding police while manning the barricades at Hong Kong's protest camps? "Yellow Umbrella" has been downloaded more than 40,000 times from Google Play's store since its release on Monday, the game's developers told AFP, although it has yet to receive approval from Apple and is noticeably absent from Google's online store in mainland China. "They (the protesters) like Guan Yu very much because they want to resolve the problem but they don't know how to do it.

Brookstone puts up pre-order page for Fitbit Surge before it's been announced

Brookstone puts up pre-order page for Fitbit Surge before it's been announced

Fitbit still hasn't gotten around to officially announcing its new $250 Surge fitness watch, but the company's retail partners are no longer waiting around. An apparent mixup has led Brookstone to prematurely publish a pre-order page for the "super watch." A friendly tipster clued us in on the mistake. And the page (still live as of this writing) confirms everything we've already told you: Surge is a fitness watch — not a smartwatch — with built-in GPS and a variety of sensors that can record your workouts and overall activity regardless of whether it's linked up to a smartphone.

Google exec sets records with leap from near-space

Google exec sets records with leap from near-space

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space.

Watch a 'Game of Thrones' star create planets in this sci-fi short film

Watch a 'Game of Thrones' star create planets in this sci-fi short film

Aiden Gillen is by now best known for playing ambitious men, particularly on critically acclaimed HBO series. On Game of Thrones, he plays the conniving Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, and on The Wire, he played conflicted politician Tommy Carcetti. So Polish digital effects company Platige Image and the European Space Agency probably figured he was uniquely suited for their new short film Ambition. ...

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Wall St. finally turning on Amazon as Bezos magic fades

Wall St. finally turning on Amazon as Bezos magic fades

By Deepa Seetharaman and Ross Kerber SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's once fairy-tale ride on Wall Street has hit its most jarring bump yet. The company that for years enthralled investors with improbable growth and earned one of the technology sector's highest valuations drew widespread ire after a spectacular results letdown on Thursday. Amazon missed expectations across the board - on margins, on its net loss and on revenue. An unaccountably poor 7 to 18 percent revenue growth forecast for the typically strongest holiday quarter was the final straw for some. ...

Google's Pichai to oversee major products and services

Google's Pichai to oversee major products and services

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Officer Larry Page has put Sundar Pichai, one of his key lieutenants, in charge of the Internet company's products. The India-born executive will have oversight over products such as search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure, according to a Google spokesman. Six executives who previously reported to Page, including the heads of research, social media and search, will now report to Pichai, according to Re/code, which first reported the change on Friday, citing an internal memo. ...

Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends her first tweet

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter. "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," the 88-year-old monarch tweeted at the opening of a new gallery at London's Science Museum. The message, sent at 10.35 GMT (6.35 a.m. EDT), had already been re-tweeted more than 4,000 times less than 45 minutes later. ...

The Queen sends her first tweet

The Queen sends her first tweet

LONDON (Reuters) - The Queen made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter. "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," the 88-year-old monarch tweeted at the opening of a new gallery at London's Science Museum. The message, sent at 10.35 GMT (11.35 a.m. BST) , had already been re-tweeted more than 4,000 times less than 45 minutes later. ...

Fewer-than-expected listeners tune in to Pandora in third quarter

Fewer-than-expected listeners tune in to Pandora in third quarter

(Reuters) - Pandora Media Inc, operator of the leading Internet radio service, reported a lower-than-expected increase in listeners in the third quarter, sending the company's shares down 8 percent in extended trading on Thursday. Pandora said it had 76.5 million active listeners as of Sept. 30, an increase of 5.2 percent from a year earlier. Analysts, on average, had expected 76.7 million, according to market research firm StreetAccount. "In an increasingly competitive environment, driving monthly active user growth will be more challenging particularly given our already significant market position," Chief Executive Brian McAndrews said on a call with analysts.

U.S. National Park graffiti vandal spotted through social media

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - The National Park Service said on Thursday it was investigating a New York artist as a suspect for graffiti vandalism in parks across the Western United States after she posted at least one picture of herself defacing a protected park on social media. One photo obtained by the blog Modern Hiker and shared with the National Park Service shows the artist putting the finishing touches on an acrylic drawing of a cigarette-smoking woman at Utah's Canyonlands National Park in June. ...

Options investors see good times rolling for Facebook

Options investors see good times rolling for Facebook

By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc investors used to wild swings in the company's shares following its earnings reports are looking for relative calm on Tuesday, after the social media company posts results. Facebook, whose shares rose 3 percent to a new year-high of $80.63 on Thursday, is scheduled to report third-quarter results on Oct. 28. The cost of a Facebook straddle, in which an investor buys an at-the-money put option and a similar call option, suggests a move of about 7 percent in either direction by Oct. 31. ...

U.S. broadcasters win preliminary injunction against Aereo

U.S. broadcasters win preliminary injunction against Aereo

By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York federal judge on Thursday barred embattled video streaming company Aereo from transmitting the programs of television broadcasters as they are being shown, blocking its bid to operate like a traditional cable system. The ruling was another win for major broadcasters, whose copyrights the U.S Supreme Court in June said Aereo violated in retransmitting the programming to subscribers' devices via the Internet. Aereo shuttered its service three days after the high court's decision and has since been pushing the courts and regulators to see it as analogous to cable, eligible for a license under the Copyright Act. "Doing its best to turn lemons into lemonade, Aereo now seeks to capitalize on the Supreme Court's comparison of it to a (cable) system," U.S.

Sweden's Eniro gets respite from lenders - report

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish web search engine group Eniro has reached a deal with its banks giving it more time meet its debt covenants, Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet reported on Thursday. Eniro in September cut its 2014 profit forecast for the second time in two months, after finding accounting inaccuracies which led it to ask police to investigate its former chief executive. Eniro shares were halted for trading earlier on Thursday after another media report saying negotiations between Eniro and lenders were heading for failure. ...

U.S. senator asks Internet providers to commit to no 'fast lanes'

U.S. senator asks Internet providers to commit to no 'fast lanes'

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday pressed large Internet providers to pledge that they will not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than others or give similar "fast lanes" to affiliated services. As regulators work on new so-called "net neutrality" rules, Leahy wrote to chiefs of AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Time Warner Cable Inc and Charter Communications Inc. ...

Google bolsters artificial intelligence efforts, partners with Oxford

Google bolsters artificial intelligence efforts, partners with Oxford

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is expanding its artificial intelligence initiative, hiring more than half a dozen leading academics and experts in the field and announcing a partnership with Oxford University to "accelerate" its efforts. Google will make a "substantial contribution" to establish a research partnership with Oxford's computer science and engineering departments, the company said on Thursday regarding its work to develop the intelligence of machines and software, often to emulate human-like intelligence. ...

GrubHub revenue jumps as more customers order food online

GrubHub revenue jumps as more customers order food online

(Reuters) - GrubHub Inc reported a more than five-fold jump in quarterly profit as more consumers used the online food-order-and-delivery company to order meals. The company's shares rose as much as 6 percent to $39.50 in early trading on Thursday. GrubHub, which delivers everything from expensive steaks to bento boxes, receives a commission from restaurants on orders booked through its website and mobile application. Online food delivery companies have been benefiting as more people use smartphones and other devices to order online. ...

Canadian MPs in lockdown tweet of terror fears, toilet line ups

By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian lawmakers locked down inside parliament for up to 10 hours turned to Twitter to send messages to their friends and families letting them know they were safe albeit exhausted. Politicians across the political spectrum, often at odds over serious issues, were united in their concern and dismay after a gunman launched an attack on the building. ...

Yelp.com owner 4th-qtr revenue forecast misses expectations

(Reuters) - Yelp Inc, operator of consumer review website Yelp.com, forecast current-quarter revenue below analysts' average estimate, sending its shares down as much as 14 percent after the bell. The company forecast revenue of $107 million to $108 million for the fourth-quarter. Analysts on average were expecting $111.0 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. However, Yelp reported a better-than-expected 67.5 percent rise in third-quarter revenue as its business customers spent more on advertising. ...

Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'

Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'

(Reuters) - Google Inc launched an email service called "Inbox" on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way. Google said it was sending out invitations to selected Gmail users to try out the new service. Users can also email the company at inbox@google.com to get an invitation. For now the new service is being provided alongside Gmail, which was launched in 2004. It will be available on the Web as well as on Android smartphones and iPhones. ...

Angie's List adds fewer members; shares plunge

By Sai Sachin R (Reuters) - Angie's List Inc, which operates a website that allows users to review local businesses, reported a bigger-than- expected quarterly loss as it added fewer paid members. The company's shares fell as much as 20 percent, adding to their steady decline through the year. Up to Tuesday's close, they had nearly halved in value this year. The company has been losing market share and subscribers because it charges customers membership fees to access reviews and ratings on its site that Yelp Inc, TripAdvisor Inc and others provide for free. ...

Pope Francis plays long game to reform Catholic Church

Pope Francis plays long game to reform Catholic Church

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - After winning praise around the world for his fresh and open style, the honeymoon period seems to be over for Pope Francis. A tumultuous two-week Vatican synod exposed polarization in the Catholic Church over his push to reform its traditional approach to sexual morality by becoming more welcoming to gays and easing restrictions on divorced and remarried Catholics. A Jesuit unafraid of frank debate, Francis has set off a clash of opinions not seen since the reformist Second Vatican Council of 1962-1965. ...

EMC to buy much of Cisco's stake in joint venture VCE

(Reuters) - Data storage products maker EMC Corp said it will buy much of Cisco System Inc's stake in their joint venture VCE for an undisclosed sum. VCE, set up in 2009 as a one-stop shop for data centers, bundles Cisco's networking equipment and servers with EMC's storage gear and software from EMC's virtualization software unit VMware Inc. Reports of EMC and Cisco encroaching on each other's turfs had sparked speculation that the partnership was fraying. Cisco, which had a 35 percent stake in the joint venture, will retain a 10 percent stake in VCE. ...

Hungary plans new tax on Internet traffic, public calls for rally

By Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary plans to impose a new tax on Internet data transfers, a draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late on Tuesday showed, in a move that could hit Internet and telecoms providers and their customers hard. The draft tax code contains a provision for Internet providers to pay a tax of 150 forints (60 US cents) per gigabyte of data traffic, though it would also let companies offset corporate income tax against the new levy. ...

Hungary ruling party proposes cap on planned Internet tax: statement

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's ruling Fidesz party on Wednesday proposed setting a cap on a planned Internet tax that led to an outcry from the Internet and telecommunications sectors, which could face bills for hundreds of billions of forints under the original plan. "We think it is practical to introduce an upper limit in the same fashion and of the same magnitude that applied to voice-based telephony in the previous tax code," Fidesz parliament group leader Antal Rogan said in an emailed statement. Previously, private individuals' tax payments were maximized at a monthly 700 forints ($2. ...

New York financial regulator pushes banks to plug gaps in cybersecurity

(Reuters) - Following the massive cyber attack on the biggest U.S. bank JPMorgan Chase & Co disclosed in August, and other financial institutions, government authorities in United States are pushing financial institutions and brokerage houses to close glaring gaps in cybersecurity. In a letter sent to many banks on Tuesday, the New York State Department of Financial Services superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky, expressed concern about the "level of insight financial institutions have into the sufficiency of cybersecurity controls of their third-party service providers. ...

Exclusive: Ex-spy chief's private firm ends deal with U.S. official

Exclusive: Ex-spy chief's private firm ends deal with U.S. official

By Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former National Security Agency director Keith Alexander has ended a deal with a senior U.S. intelligence official allowing the official to work part-time for his firm, an arrangement current and former officials said risked a conflict of interest. Reuters reported on Friday that the U.S. National Security Agency had launched an internal review of the arrangement between NSA Chief Technical Officer Patrick Dowd and IronNet Cybersecurity Inc, which is led by Alexander, his former boss. ...

Yahoo in talks to buy ad service BrightRoll: TechCrunch

Yahoo in talks to buy ad service BrightRoll: TechCrunch

(Reuters) - Online search and advertising company Yahoo Inc is in talks to buy digital video advertising service provider BrightRoll for around $700 million, tech blog TechCrunch reported. Term sheets have been signed and the price, if the deal is completed, looks likely to be in the region of $700 million–$725 million, the blog reported, without citing sources. BrightRoll, which helps advertisers to publish ads on websites, mobiles and connected TVs, raised over $40 million from investors and had over $100 million in revenue in 2013, according to the report. (http://tcrn. ...

U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber

U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands, as American business and government agencies face more intrusions. The revamp, led by Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, also marks a recognition that national security threats have broadened and become more technologically savvy since the 9/11 attacks against the United States. ...

Israel's ThetaRay turns to maths to detect cyber threats

By Tova Cohen HOD HASHARON Israel (Reuters) - As businesses face a growing threat of cyber attacks, Israeli start-up ThetaRay is betting on maths to provide early detection, enabling the shutdown of systems before damage can be done. The year-old company's first investor was venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners. It is now also backed by heavyweights like General Electric, which uses ThetaRay to protect critical infrastructure such as power plants, and Israel's biggest bank, Hapoalim, which deployed the technology to detect bank account anomalies. ...

Mystery startup Magic Leap raises $542 mln from Google, others

(Reuters) - Magic Leap Inc, a startup focused on augmented reality technology, said it raised $542 million in a funding round led by Google Inc. Little is known about Magic Leap's product, but founder and CEO Rony Abovitz said in February that his company's mission was to "develop and commercialize.. the most natural and human-friendly wearable computing interface in the world." (http://bit.ly/ZEocLU) Investors in the latest round included Qualcomm Inc, the world's No.1 mobile phone chipmaker, Andreessen Horowitz, KKR and Legendary Entertainment. ...

Djibouti Internet start-up aims to boost broadband speeds across east Africa

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Internet access in east Africa is still relatively slow and costly but a Djibouti-based technology start-up company has ambitions to help change that. Djibouti Data Center (DDC), set up by a group of local and international investors 18 months ago, is the first data center and Internet exchange in east Africa connected to eight fiber optic cables that are part of the main Internet route from Europe to Asia. ...

Russia ruled out as culprit in Chase cyber security breach, U.S. officials say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Russian government has been ruled out as sponsor of a cyber attack on JPMorgan Chase & Co disclosed in August, U.S. law enforcement officials said on Monday.Officials from the FBI and Secret Service told a news conference at the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington that authorities believe the attack was the work of cyber criminalsEarly news reports in August said that investigators feared the attack was conducted on behalf of the Russian government as retribution for economic sanctions imposed by the United States. ...

China-backed hackers may have infiltrated Apple's iCloud: blog

China-backed hackers may have infiltrated Apple's iCloud: blog

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iCloud storage and backup service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials and other information, a cyber security blog charged on Monday, saying it believes the country's government is behind the campaign. Unknown "Chinese authorities" interposed their own website between users and Apple's iCloud, intercepting instructions and messages while the user believes he or she is communicating directly with Apple's site, Greatfire.org wrote in its blog post. ...

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. ...

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One big reason not to use your iPad Air 2 on AT&T

One big reason not to use your iPad Air 2 on AT&T

Are you excited about the new multi-carrier SIM cards that are coming with the iPad Air 2? If so then you won’t want to hook it up to AT&T’s network. RELATED: Apple never mentioned this key iPad Air 2 feature during its big event Ars Technica reports that while both T-Mobile and Sprint have decided to allow iPad Air 2 models on their network to run with SIM cards that are compatible with multiple carriers, AT&T has decided to lock down this feature on the new iPads that run on its network. “When you set up cellular data on a new iPad with the multi-carrier SIM, you’ll get this screen, which lets you choose a carrier,” Ars explains. “Click on AT&T and you’ll see this

Showing cell phone callers the road might improve driver safety

By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Providing a caller with views of the driver and the road ahead might reduce cell phone distraction for the driver, suggests a new study. Researchers used a driving simulator and video phones to examine how a driver’s conversation partner – either on the phone or in the car – could affect their safety on the road. At any given time, about 5 percent of drivers in the U.S. are using their cell phones, but the devices are cited as a cause of distraction in 18 percent of crashes, say the authors. ...

9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $36!)

9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $36!)

This has been a great week for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free, but we have a few more gems to share with you before the week is done. Thursday’s list included seven great paid iOS apps that were made available for free for a limited time (a few of them are still free if you hurry), but today we have nine apps regularly worth a combined $36 and each and every one is free for a short time. DON’T MISS: This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google’s game-changing email app ‘Inbox’ These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers.

Video: The iPad Air 2 withstands a ‘bend test’ about as well as you’d expect

Video: The iPad Air 2 withstands a ‘bend test’ about as well as you’d expect

The reason the “bend test” videos for the iPhone 6 Plus went viral is that they raised questions about whether the device would bend just from carrying it around in your pants pocket. This shouldn’t be a concern for anyone who owns an iPad Air 2, since the tablet was never intended to be carried around in your pants pocket and we can’t imagine any reason for a sane person to do so. All the same, that hasn’t stopped YouTuber Marvin Macht from putting the iPad Air 2 through a bend test of his own and the tablet predictably did not hold up well under pressure. READ OUR iPAD AIR 2 REVIEW: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone The

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that are free right now (save $42!)

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that are free right now (save $42!)

The week is almost over but there are still plenty of awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps to be enjoyed for free. Wednesday’s list had eight nifty apps — some of which are still on sale if you hurry — and Thursday brings another seven apps regularly worth a combined $42. For a limited time, however, each and every one of them is completely free to download. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an

This might just be the most amazing thing about the iPad Air 2

This might just be the most amazing thing about the iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 is officially available in stores, so it’s not really surprising to see the guys over at iFixit publish their official iPad Air 2 teardown. The slimmer-than-ever iPad Air 2 can be easily torn apart if you’ve got the right tools, but it’s not easy to repair, receiving a 2 out of 10 repaiarability score from the teardown experts. However, iFixit did manage to shed more light on the internal components of the iPad Air 2, many of which have been detailed in previous leaks and reports. In the process, however, the publication made some interesting discoveries. FROM EARLIER: iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac reviews are in: See how Apple’s best tablet and desktop performed in

Mac evolution: From Mac to 5K Retina iMac in a single image

Mac evolution: From Mac to 5K Retina iMac in a single image

Apple’s most recent OS X desktop, the 27-inch iMac with Retina display is already available for purchase and has been praised in many reviews so far for its amazing display, even though most regular users might not find any actual use for a 5,120 x 2,880 screen just yet. However, to further show how much the Mac evolved in its 30 years, Kent Akgungor posted two overlapping images on Things of Interest that show the original Mac’s display resolution on top of the current Retina iMac’s screen resolution. FROM EARLIER: iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac reviews are in: See how Apple’s best tablet and desktop performed in real tests The original Apple Macintosh shipped with a black and white 512 x 342-pixel

Why Apple needs to stop releasing 16GB iPads

Why Apple needs to stop releasing 16GB iPads

Earlier this month, we knocked Apple for releasing a new version of the Retina iPad mini that was literally the exact same as last year’s model except for the addition Touch ID and the option to buy it in gold. Now famed Apple blogger John Gruber, in his otherwise laudatory review for the new iPad Air 2, singles out another point of criticism about the company’s newest tablets: Namely, he doesn’t think there’s any reason for Apple to release larger iPads with only 16GB of storage anymore. RELATED: There is literally one reason to buy the iPad mini 3… and it’s not even a very good one “Apple should not be selling 16 GB iPads,” he states bluntly. “The starting

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads for a limited time

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads for a limited time

Another day, another batch of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are now on sale for free for a limited time. On Tuesday, BGR shared a list of seven paid iOS apps that were on sale for free, and a few of them are still free if you hurry. But now, we have eight more paid apps for you that are all available for free… but only if you hurry, because each of these sales could be over at any time. DON’T MISS: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets 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

Benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 has only one rival in terms of overall performance

Benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 has only one rival in terms of overall performance

Benchmark scores for the iPad Air 2 have started coming in and as you’d expect they’re very impressive so far. But let’s put this into context: How do the Geekbench scores for the iPad Air 2 stack up against rival tablets? As you’ll see in a comparison chart made by Laptop Mag, the iPad Air 2 really only has one rival in terms of overall performance and that’s Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. FROM EARLIER: Benchmark suggests the iPad Air 2 will be even more powerful than you imagined Source: Laptop Mag As you can see, the iPad Air 2 outscored nearly every other flagship tablet on Geekbench 3, including NVIDIA’s own Shield Tablet that was designed to be a high-powered gaming tablet.

Benchmark suggests the iPad Air 2 will be even more powerful than you imagined

Benchmark suggests the iPad Air 2 will be even more powerful than you imagined

Apple has yet to officially release the exact specifications for the pumped-up A8X processor that powers the iPad Air 2, but these new benchmarks show the immense power that iPad Air 2 will have by suggesting the device’s CPU will have 2GB of RAM and 3-core CPU. RELATED: iPad Air 2 specs and features – here’s everything you need to know! AppleInsider reports the details on the specifications of the A8X chip that were first published by iPhoneBenchmark and that seemingly show the specs for the “iPad5,4″ include a triple-core processor. A test done separately and posted to iPhoneBenchmark shows that the iPad Air 2 has 2GB of RAM (1,987 MB) — in comparison, the A8 CPU in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are dual-core processors and that

Apple Pay works in countries outside the U.S. with this simple trick

Apple Pay works in countries outside the U.S. with this simple trick

Activated via the recent iOS 8.1 update, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’ new contactless payment functionality better known as Apple Pay is only available to U.S. customers at this time, at least according to Apple. But MacRumors reveals that Apple Pay also works internationally, but a small trick is required to enable it. FROM EARLIER: A guide to setting up Apple Pay on your iPhone or iPad In order to pay for goods using a shiny new iPhone 6 in international markets where stores accept NFC payments, users have to make sure they have access to a supported U.S.-based credit card. To set it up, users also need to set the United States as their home country, at which point they’ll be

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps you can get for free right now

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps you can get for free right now

We shared a terrific list of eight paid iPhone and iPad apps on Monday that were normally worth a combined $60 but were all on sale for free for a limited time. In fact, if you hurry, you can still download a few of them for free. Tuesday brings a new batch of software sales though, and this time we have another seven iOS apps regularly worth $18 all together, but each and every one of them is free for a limited time. DON’T MISS: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets 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

Apple seen riding higher on strong iPhone demand, iPad rebound

Apple seen riding higher on strong iPhone demand, iPad rebound

(Reuters) - Strong global demand for Apple Inc's iPhone 6 will drive revenue growth through 2015, while updated models should help reverse three straight quarters of declining iPad sales, analysts said. Apple shares were set to open 2.4 percent higher on Tuesday. The company posted better-than-expected revenue on Monday on the back of a record iPhone launch that saw 39 million of the smartphones sold in the September quarter. ...

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

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

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Your Galaxy S5 may get Android 5.0 Lollipop in time for the holidays

Your Galaxy S5 may get Android 5.0 Lollipop in time for the holidays

Great news, Galaxy S5 owners: You may not have to wait that much longer to get Android 5.0 Lollipop on your favorite phone. SamMobile’s sources indicate that Lollipop will start rolling out to the Galaxy S5 sometime in December, which hopefully means you should get it on your own device before the year is over. LEARN MORE: The future of Android has arrived: Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop release details Android 5.0 Lollipop, which Google officially unveiled earlier this month, is notable primarily for 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.

New York Ebola patient is awake and talking with relatives

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The doctor being treated for Ebola in a New York City hospital is awake and talking to family and friends on a cell phone, the city's health commissioner said on Friday. Dr. Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old New Yorker who was recently working with Ebola patients in West Africa, did not have an increased temperature before Thursday morning, Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, the health commissioner, said at a news conference. (Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by James Dalgleish)

Showing cell phone callers the road might improve driver safety

By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Providing a caller with views of the driver and the road ahead might reduce cell phone distraction for the driver, suggests a new study. Researchers used a driving simulator and video phones to examine how a driver’s conversation partner – either on the phone or in the car – could affect their safety on the road. At any given time, about 5 percent of drivers in the U.S. are using their cell phones, but the devices are cited as a cause of distraction in 18 percent of crashes, say the authors. ...

The brutal numbers behind Amazon’s massive Fire Phone flop

The brutal numbers behind Amazon’s massive Fire Phone flop

We’ve known for a while that Amazon’s Fire Phone is this year’s version of the Microsoft Kin or the Facebook-centric HTC First — that is, it’s a phone that is destined to go down as one of the biggest bombs in smartphone history. CNET takes a look at Amazon’s earnings report released on Thursday and brings us some new numbers that show us just how big of a flop the Fire Phone has really been. RELATED: Amazon’s Fire Phone might be a bigger flop than anyone imagined Per CNET, Amazon CTO Tom Szkutak said during an earnings call on Thursday that the company had to take a $170 million write down on the quarter thanks to costs associated with the Fire

Google’s amazing Project Ara phone getting its own store for expansion modules

Google’s amazing Project Ara phone getting its own store for expansion modules

Google’s modular smartphone isn’t just an interesting concept anymore, as Google is very interested in offering such devices to users next year. Project Ara phones will let users build whatever smartphone they desire — provided they have access to the appropriate modules — and Google will create a special, Google Play Store-like storefront where modules developers will be able to sell their creations. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon “By following the Android model, we are creating a free and open platform…” Google’s Paul Eremenko said in an interview at Purdue University. ”The Ara MDK is free and open and available to everybody, so everybody could create a module per

You can bring Google’s gorgeous new Material Design to your Android keyboard right now

You can bring Google’s gorgeous new Material Design to your Android keyboard right now

It’s an exciting time to be an Android user, but the latest update isn’t available for your phone quite yet. In fact, most smartphones won’t be receiving Android 5.0 for at least another few months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start to experience some of what Material Design has to offer. SwiftKey revealed on Thursday two new Material Design themes for its keyboard app, both of which are available right now. PREVIOUSLY: Fantastic video tells you everything you need to know about Android L’s beautiful new design The Material Dark and Material Light themes, as seen above, were designed “in the spirit of the upcoming Android L keyboard.” Of course, both themes still include a few of the features that make

Google announces its first major update for Android Wear

Google announces its first major update for Android Wear

Google on Thursday made a few big announcements pertaining to Android Wear, one of which is the addition of a significant feature many users have been waiting for. Writing on Google’s Android blog, Android Wear product manager Kenny Stoltz revealed that Google’s first major Android Wear update adds support for devices with stand-alone GPS, meaning that Wear smartwatches finally become useful in a variety of situations without the need to tether them to a smartphone. Along the same vein, Android Wear will now be able to store music locally on supported devices so that users can connect a Bluetooth headset and listen to songs without a connected smartphone. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips

Leaked photos show the incredible new Droid Turbo for the first time

Leaked photos show the incredible new Droid Turbo for the first time

Yes, we already know just about all there is to know about Motorola’s upcoming new Droid Turbo smartphone, which will be unveiled next week by Verizon Wireless. Everything we know has leaked quite recently though, so some might consider the Droid Turbo to be the most surprising smartphone of the year. After all, no one expected one of the most sleek and powerful flagship smartphones of 2014 to come from Motorola, a company that recently turned its focus away from bleeding-edge tech and more toward customization and user experiences. Now, the world has seemingly been given its first glimpse of an actual Motorola Droid Turbo smartphone powered on and in use. DON’T MISS: Moto X review: Say hello to the best Android phone in

Asia shares slip on profit-taking

Asia shares slip on profit-taking

Hong Kong (AFP) - Asian markets slipped on profit-taking Thursday following the previous day's hefty gains while there was little positive reaction after a closely watched indicator showed a slight pick-up in Chinese manufacturing activity.

Microsoft is suddenly releasing some of the year’s coolest Android apps

Microsoft is suddenly releasing some of the year’s coolest Android apps

Microsoft is no longer all about “Windows, Windows, Windows!” as ex-CEO Steve Ballmer used to say. Instead, the company is willing to create applications and programs for any platform and recently it’s been releasing some very cool new applications for Android. Droid Life spotlights three particularly sweet apps that just came out of the Microsoft Garage project that definitely look worthy of Android fans’ time — and one of them even pulls off the incredible feat of making Bing more relevant. RELATED: The best Android Wear app we’ve seen was just released by… Microsoft? The coolest app is called Torque and it’s been designed to work with Android Wear watches. What makes this app great is that it takes away the

Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI

Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI

Apple has more than once reminded customers it values their security and privacy and has been reassuring them that they won’t become the company’s “product” and that their data will be safely encrypted. Similarly, Google also said it will encrypt Android devices by default. Since then, the FBI and others have complained that Apple and Google will be basically helping bad guys get away with bad things thanks to encrypted devices. FROM EARLIER: The FBI ratchets up its scare campaign over smartphone encryption But, as Motherboard reports, Congress isn’t likely to order these companies to decrypt their phones for FBI or other governmental agencies. “To FBI Director Comey and the Admin on criticisms of legitimate businesses using encryption: you reap what you

A mysterious second-gen Chromecast is indeed on the way

A mysterious second-gen Chromecast is indeed on the way

After having been spotted in FCC documentation, the second-generation Chromecast has been confirmed by Googlers from the Chromecast team during a Reddit ask-me-anything session, but they said the device will not have any new features for users, without revealing more details about it. Meanwhile, Gigaom has learned that a Chromecast V2 is indeed coming, as Google doesn’t plan to replace its extremely affordable and very popular dongle with Android TV just yet. FROM EARLIER: Don’t be too excited about the new Chromecast Google is going to soon launch In an interview at Gigaom’s Structure Connect conference on Tuesday, Google vice president of product management Mario Queiroz confirmed a new Chromecast model will launch, though he declined to reveal any specifics. The executive said

Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'

Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'

(Reuters) - Google Inc launched an email service called "Inbox" on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way. Google said it was sending out invitations to selected Gmail users to try out the new service. Users can also email the company at inbox@google.com to get an invitation. For now the new service is being provided alongside Gmail, which was launched in 2004. It will be available on the Web as well as on Android smartphones and iPhones. ...

This awesome interactive tool will help you improve any phone’s battery life

This awesome interactive tool will help you improve any phone’s battery life

Ask a smartphone user what aspect of his or her phone is most in need of improvement, and “battery life” will be the answer you hear more often than not. Whether it’s a brand new iPhone 6 or any recent Android smartphone, battery performance is never quite where we want it to be. The simple fact of the matter is battery technology just isn’t progressing quickly enough to keep up with all of the new technology vendors are now stuffing into their smartphones. Of course, there are plenty of ways to help squeeze as much battery life as possible out of each charge. FROM EARLIER: This secret trick will dramatically improve your iPhone’s battery life We always try to share helpful tips and tricks

A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips

A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips

Apple fans breathed a sigh of relief this past summer when Nikkei, typically a reliable source of accurate early information on unreleased Apple devices, issued a report stating that the white plastic strips we had seen on countless iPhone 6 mockups would not be part of the final design. Those strips, which many people found to be quite an eyesore, reportedly stemmed from a misunderstanding of some iPhone 6 schematics that had previously leaked. Instead, the Nikkei claimed that those areas would actually be covered by glass panels similar to the ones on the back of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Unfortunately for people who think those plastic strips ruin the sleek look of the phone, they were still present when

Android 5.0 Lollipop’s release date has just been confirmed

Android 5.0 Lollipop’s release date has just been confirmed

Although it will probably take a bit longer to get pushed out to most Android devices, we now know that Google plans to officially release Android 5.0 Lollipop on November 3rd. Android Police has flagged a new message sent out to Android developers informing them that they “can now publish apps that target Android 5.0 Lollipop,” which will be “available to consumers on November 3rd.” Google also recommends that these developers test out their apps right now to make sure they iron out any bugs before the software gets released next month. LEARN MORE: The future of Android has arrived: Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop release details None of this means that your Android device will get Android 5.0 pushed out

This app makes any Android phone look like Android 5.0 Lollipop for free

This app makes any Android phone look like Android 5.0 Lollipop for free

Google recently unveiled the finished version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is now in the hands of developers and handset vendors. The former group is busy updating the look of their apps to match Google’s beautiful new “Material Design” and the latter is hard at work readying updates for their latest phones. It will be months before those updates are finished being built and tested though, so most Android fans still have quite a wait ahead of them. Of course, thanks to Android’s open nature, there are ways to get a taste of Google’s latest and greatest software without having to wait another minute. FROM EARLIER: Here’s how to give your Android phone a huge speed boost, just like Apple sped up iOS

The Nexus 6 might be significantly delayed in certain major markets

The Nexus 6 might be significantly delayed in certain major markets

Google will start taking Nexus 6 preorders in a week in the U.S., but a launch date for the handset isn’t yet available. Furthermore, it’s not clear when the device will hit other major international markets, as MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien claims on Twitter that U.K. Android fans looking to purchase a Nexus phablet might have to wait for a long time to get their hands on one. FROM EARLIER: This is when you’ll finally be able to preorder Google’s amazing new Nexus 6 “Think you’re getting a Nexus 6 in the U.K. before December? Think again!” O’Brien wrote on Twitter. Just like other Nexus devices before it, the Nexus 6 is expected to launch in a variety of other markets. Of

Check out the gigantic Nexus 6 compared to every Nexus phone ever made

Check out the gigantic Nexus 6 compared to every Nexus phone ever made

The Nexus 6 is Google’s latest Android smartphone and its biggest handset to date, as the company has never made Nexus phablets so far. The device is almost the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus, and even bigger than the Galaxy Note 4, according to recent comparisons. To further show how big the Nexus 6 really is, Phone Arena compared it to every Nexus handset ever made, from the original Nexus One to last year’s Nexus 5. FROM EARLIER: Video shows how gigantic the Nexus 6 is, even compared with the massive Galaxy Note 4 While not all Nexus fans will fall in love with the huge device, there are plenty of handset buyers who don’t mind dealing with

Google trying to ‘fix’ email with new Gmail alternative

Google trying to ‘fix’ email with new Gmail alternative

Google is apparently not happy with all the features its email product can offer, and it’s reportedly working on a new Gmail alternative, Android Police has learned, currently known internally as project “Bigtop.” FROM EARLIER: Your first look at Google’s gorgeous new Gmail app for Android 5.0 While it’s not clear when Bigtop will be made official, and whether it’ll ever become a new Google product, the publication has already seen development versions of the Bigtop web and Android apps that suggest Google is taking a new approach to email, trying to further “fix” this daily chore. The app will also be available to iOS device users. Interestingly, the new platform doesn’t have any Google branding, suggesting the product might handle

Hearthstone for iPhone and Android phones slips to early 2015

Hearthstone for iPhone and Android phones slips to early 2015

Blizzard Entertainment's digital collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft won't make its way to mobile phones until next year, the developer confirmed today, saying the iPhone and Android phone versions of the game need more time. Hearthstone for iPhone and Android was announced at last year's BlizzCon by then-chief creative officer Rob Pardo. While the Android tablet version is still slated for a release before the end of 2014, Hearthstone fans looking for a more compact version of the game will have to wait a bit longer.

Samsung hints that a Lollipop upgrade for the Galaxy Note 4 is coming soon

Samsung hints that a Lollipop upgrade for the Galaxy Note 4 is coming soon

Motorola, HTC and Sony have already mentioned plans to upgrade some devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but Samsung, which doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to providing timely Android updates to its devices, has yet to say anything on the matter. However, in a new post on Twitter promoting the Galaxy Note 4 phablet, the company seems to be hinting at a future Lollipop update for the device. FROM EARLIER: This is Android 5.0 Lollipop’s most important new security feature “Anyway you look at it, the #GALAXYNote4 Quad HD Super AMOLED display is pretty sweet,” Samsung wrote, posting an image of the phablet with lollipops displayed on the screen (image above). The Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5, Samsung’s 2014

Switching from an iPhone to a Nexus 6? Here’s everything you need to know

Switching from an iPhone to a Nexus 6? Here’s everything you need to know

For some people, switching from Android to iOS or vice versa is a difficult thing to do, not only because they may have invested money in a certain ecosystem via apps and other digital content purchases, but also because they might find it difficult to move the data they care about most, including contacts, pictures, music and others. Luckily, there are official guides for that. After Apple put up a guide for switching from Android to iOS, Google has also set up a special iOS-to-Android page on its Android site, just in time for the arrival of the new Nexus 6 smartphone and ahead of the Android 5.0 Lollipop launch. FROM EARLIER: How to experience Android 5.0’s gorgeous Material Design on your phone right now

Here’s how to find only the best apps on the Google Play Store

Here’s how to find only the best apps on the Google Play Store

There are lots of apps on the Google Play Store but a lot of them are, quite frankly, junk. However, Android Authority points out that Google has just added a terrific new feature to Google Play that will help you weed out bad apps and only find the ones that have received high praise from Android users. FROM EARLIER: How to experience Android 5.0’s gorgeous Material Design on your phone right now When you search for an app now, you have the option of filtering out all apps that aren’t rated at least four stars or higher. This should hopefully get rid of a lot of the low-quality apps that developers spam out onto the store. Of course, there’s no

Smartphone repair company B2X steps up expansion with Indian deal

By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Smartphone users won't recognize the name B2X, but if your battery dies or your screen breaks, the odds are that the company will be working behind the scenes when you seek a repair. For customer services software provider B2X Care Solutions, which already manages repairs for many of the world's biggest phone makers, announced on Tuesday that it is buying a majority stake in an Indian phone repair specialist while receiving new funding to boost its global expansion. ...

Check out all of Android 5.0 Lollipop’s best animations in these terrific GIFs

Check out all of Android 5.0 Lollipop’s best animations in these terrific GIFs

One of the coolest features in Android 5.0 Lollipop is something that’s mostly aesthetic: The new physics-based animations made possible by Google’s new Material Design UI. Android Police has put together a fantastic collection of GIFs that show off all of the best animations in action and give you a tantalizing peak at what do expect when the newest Android software eventually makes its way to your phone. LEARN MORE: A great explanation for how Google’s awesome Android 5.0 Lollipop animations will work This first animation is particularly cool because it shows off how you’ll be able to quickly flip through all of your open notifications in Android 5.0 right from your home screen. Another great animation shows off the actionable

Here’s how you can easily get iOS 8.1’s best new features on your Android phone

Here’s how you can easily get iOS 8.1’s best new features on your Android phone

Apple finally released iOS 8.1 to the public on Monday, and OS X Yosemite was released late last week to Mac users. That means that after months of waiting, users who own both a Mac computer and an iPhone can finally enjoy the complete Continuity experience that Apple first showed off this past June during WWDC. We’ve been using and enjoying Continuity with our iPhone but the recent release of iOS 8.1 is a great reminder that Android users have had this type of functionality for years now thanks to one great free app. DON’T MISS: 10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone could do As we noted just last month, an solution app from a developer called Sand Studio

Android 5.0 will bring one of the new Moto X’s coolest features to all Android phones

Android 5.0 will bring one of the new Moto X’s coolest features to all Android phones

When we reviewed Motorola’s new Moto X last month, we didn’t mince words. All things considered, the second-generation Moto X was and still is the best Android phone on the planet. The customization options are unparalleled, the hardware and build quality are top notch, the display is beautiful and the performance is impressive. It really is the total package. The best things about the Moto X may be the great voice controls and other convenience enhancements Motorola added to Android on the Moto X, and now one of the coolest features from the Moto X is apparently coming to all top Android phones in Google’s new Android 5.0 Lollipop update. FROM EARLIER: 10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone

Verizon misses estimates in Q3, adds 1.5 million net retail customers

Verizon misses estimates in Q3, adds 1.5 million net retail customers

Verizon on Tuesday posts mixed earnings results for the third quarter. The nation’s top carrier reported earnings of $0.89 per share, missing analysts’ EPS consensus of $0.92, but revenue was up 4.3% sequentially to $31.6 billion, narrowly topping the Street’s estimate of $31.57 billion. Verizon said it added more than 1.53 million net new retail subscribers, including 1.52 million postpaid customers. The carrier’s total retail connection count rose more than 5% to 106.2 million. Verizon’s full press release follows below. Verizon Reports Strong Customer Additions and Another Quarter of Double-Digit Earnings Growth 3Q 2014 HIGHLIGHTS Consolidated ·         89 cents in earnings per share (EPS), compared with 78 cents per share (or 77 cents on a non-GAAP adjusted basis) in 3Q 2013. Wireless ·        

This is when you’ll finally be able to preorder Google’s amazing new Nexus 6

This is when you’ll finally be able to preorder Google’s amazing new Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is bigger and more expensive than any previous Nexus-branded smartphone, but that doesn’t mean certain Android fans aren’t eager to buy the Motorola-made handset. The device has already been listed on Google’s Play Store pages well ahead of its actual launch, with the company reminding potential customers they’ll soon be able to purchase it online. FROM EARLIER: Video shows how gigantic the Nexus 6 is, even compared with the massive Galaxy Note 4 The phone will be available in two storage versions, including 32GB ($649) and 64GB ($699), with buyers being able to order one directly from Google starting with October 29th, the same date Google mentioned when announcing the phone last week. The company has not yet

Google retires Nexus 7 and 10 to make way for Nexus 9

Google retires Nexus 7 and 10 to make way for Nexus 9

The arrival of the latest Nexus devices is changing the face of Google's line-up. On the Play Store, the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets have disappeared just as the Nexus 9 debuted. The same fate likely awaits the Nexus 5 smartphone on October 29, when the Nexus 6 becomes available for pre-order.

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

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Suspect in killing of deputies was twice deported

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man suspected of killing two deputies during a shooting rampage in Northern California was deported twice to Mexico and had a drug conviction, federal authorities said Saturday.

U.S. envoy travels to Ebola-stricken West Africa

U.S. envoy travels to Ebola-stricken West Africa

By Michelle Nichols WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is traveling to Guinea on Sunday and will also visit Liberia and Sierra Leone, making the trip despite calls by some U.S. lawmakers for a travel ban on the three West African countries worst-affected by Ebola. Power, a member of President Barack Obama's cabinet, left Washington on Saturday. ...

U.S. diplomat travels to West Africa as Ebola quarantine moves take hold

U.S. diplomat travels to West Africa as Ebola quarantine moves take hold

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations embarked on a trip to West Africa, new rules in three U.S. states mandating quarantine for health workers returning from the Ebola-stricken region drew criticism, even as some U.S. lawmakers called for a travel ban on the three worst-hit countries. Samantha Power, a member of President Barack Obama's cabinet, left Washington on Saturday bound for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. ...

Suspect in two California deputy deaths charged with murder, carjacking

Suspect in two California deputy deaths charged with murder, carjacking

(Reuters) - A Utah man was charged with carrying out a crime spree in Sacramento that killed two California sheriff's deputies and wounded a third, law enforcement officials said on Saturday. A fourth victim, a motorist who was shot in the head, remained hospitalized Saturday, officials said. Marcelo Marquez, 34, of Salt Lake City, was booked into Sacramento County Jail early Saturday and faces two counts of murder, two counts attempted murder and carjacking charges, a sheriff's spokesman said. ...

Hawaii officials warn of possible lava evacuation

Hawaii officials warn of possible lava evacuation

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii authorities on Saturday told several dozen residents near an active lava flow to prepare for a possible evacuation in the next three to five days as molten rock oozed across a country road and edged closer to homes.

U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

The first person quarantined under strict new rules in the New York City area for people with a high risk of Ebola tested negative, New Jersey officials said on Saturday, as President Barack Obama said the response to domestic cases of the deadly disease needs to be based on "facts, not fear." Under the new policy, anyone arriving at the two international airports serving New York City after having contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must submit to a mandatory 21-day quarantine. The requirement exceeds current federal ...

Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

TULALIP, Wash. (AP) — A newly hired teacher confronted a gunman and was being hailed as a hero on Saturday after a deadly shooting rampage in the cafeteria of a Washington state high school.

Egypt leader: 'Foreign hands' behind Sinai attack

Egypt leader: 'Foreign hands' behind Sinai attack

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday that an assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 31 troops was a "foreign-funded operation" and vowed to take drastic action against militants.

US general: NKorea may have nuke missile knowhow

US general: NKorea may have nuke missile knowhow

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea may be capable of fielding a nuclear-armed missile that could reach U.S. soil, but because it has not tested such a weapon the odds of it being effective are "pretty darn low," the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said Friday.

Deadly violence in the West Bank

Deadly violence in the West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian-American teenager was killed during clashes with the Israeli military on Friday amid heightened tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Man in NYC hatchet attack said to have Islamic 'extremist leanings'

Man in NYC hatchet attack said to have Islamic 'extremist leanings'

A hatchet attack on New York police officers was a "terrorist act" carried out by a self-radicalized Muslim convert who had been in the military and browsed Al-Qaeda websites, police said Friday. "This was a terrorist act," police commissioner Bill Bratton told a news conference on Friday, one day after the attack, saying he was "very comfortable" describing it as a "terrorist attack." Police said Zale Thompson, who was 32, unmarried and unemployed, appeared to have acted alone and was not affiliated to a particular group, but that the investigation was ongoing. A loner who spent hours locked away in his bedroom, he had looked at websites about groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, and watched beheadings and Wednesday's deadly attack in Canada.

Nurse Nina Pham Ebola-free, meets Obama

DALLAS — After nearly two weeks in isolation, Ebola patient Nina Pham walked out of a Maryland hospital on Friday free of the deadly disease that has seized the nation’s attention.

Canada tries to come to terms with capital shootings

Canada tries to come to terms with capital shootings

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada's Parliament once complained that a Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, and was kicked out after he repeatedly spent the night there even though officials told him to stop, Muslim leaders said Friday.

How N.C. Senate race became ground zero for what's wrong with 2014

How N.C. Senate race became ground zero for what's wrong with 2014

But with less than two weeks left until the midterm elections, it’s clear the Tar Heel State has indeed emerged as a ground zero — though not in the way the GOP chairman meant. The highly competitive Senate race in North Carolina is the multimillion-dollar epicenter of the negative campaigning that has come to define this election and that parties are using to try to win tight races nationwide.

Suspicious yellow powder sent to U.S., other consulates in Istanbul

Suspicious yellow powder sent to U.S., other consulates in Istanbul

By Jonny Hogg ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Packets of an unidentified yellow powder were sent to five western consulates in Istanbul on Friday, officials said, prompting security alerts following two militant attacks in Canada this week. Consulates of the United States, Canada, France, Germany and Belgium received suspicious packages, the officials said. It was not immediately clear what the powder was and Turkish officials said results of tests on them were due on Monday. ...

Hunt for missing MH370 flight to take many more months

Hunt for missing MH370 flight to take many more months

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean is progressing well but will likely take many months because of the huge area involved, an Australian official said Friday.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends her first tweet

Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends her first tweet

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter. "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," the 88-year-old monarch tweeted at the opening of a new gallery at London's Science Museum. The message, sent at 10.35 GMT (6.35 a.m. EDT), had already been re-tweeted more than 4,000 times less than 45 minutes later. ...

Police: Hatchet-wielding suspect shot by officers

Police: Hatchet-wielding suspect shot by officers

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man on Thursday after he suddenly attacked a group of patrol officers without warning in broad daylight on a busy commercial district in Queens.

China launches first mission to moon and back

China launched its first space mission to the moon and back early Friday, authorities said, the latest step forward for Beijing's ambitious programme to one day land a Chinese citizen on the Earth's only natural satellite. The unnamed, unmanned probe will travel to the moon, fly around it and head back to Earth, re-entering the atmosphere and landing, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) said in a statement. "The first stage of the first return journey test in China's moon probe programme has been successful," it said after the launch, from the Xichang space base in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The module will be 413,000 kilometres from Earth at its furthest point on the eight-day mission, it added.

Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones

Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones

By Ellen Wulfhorst and David Morgan NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday. The steps announced by the two states, which go beyond the current restrictions being imposed by President Barack Obama's administration on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, came as medical detectives tried to retrace the steps in New York City of Dr. ...

New York officials: Doctor has Ebola, 1st in city

New York officials: Doctor has Ebola, 1st in city

NEW YORK (AP) — A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said Thursday.

Clinton backs Gov. Cuomo; GOP foe claims momentum

Clinton backs Gov. Cuomo; GOP foe claims momentum

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo raced into the final stretch of his re-election bid Thursday with help from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton while Republican challenger Rob Astorino maintained their recent debate helped push momentum to his side.

NFL says it's 'on track' in 15-year plan to field London team

NFL says it's 'on track' in 15-year plan to field London team

By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Football League is "exactly on track" with its plans to field a team in London and could have a franchise there by 2022, the league's international chief said Thursday. Mark Waller said he believed in 2007 when the NFL first started playing in the British capital it would take 15 years to place a team there and, so far, he's encountered no stumbling blocks. ...

Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes.

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Social Media Couldn't Save Reyhaneh Jabbari

Social Media Couldn't Save Reyhaneh Jabbari

On Saturday, Iran hanged a woman convicted of murdering a former intelligence officer she claimed had attempted to rape her—a defense the court and the man's family ultimately rejected.

US school shooter's ominous social media posts

US school shooter's ominous social media posts

The final social media postings of the teenage gunman in Friday's US school shooting had offered a chilling forewarning of the carnage he was preparing to unleash on his classmates. The gunman, identified as Jaylen Fryberg, left a series of tortured posts on Twitter in the months leading up to his attack in Washington state, hinting that a failed romance may have been the catalyst for the shooting that left one dead and three critically wounded. Social media posts painted a portrait of a teenager well used to handling firearms, with one image on Instagram showing him brandishing a hunting rifle. In his final post on Twitter on Thursday, Fryberg stated ominously: "It won't last...It'll never last...."

Famed Physicist Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook

Famed Physicist Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook

World-renowned physicist and author Stephen Hawking has joined Facebook. Hawking became a member of the popular social networking site on Oct. 7, just weeks before the upcoming release of "The Theory of Everything," a biographical film about Hawking's relationship with his first wife Jane. Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my pursuit," the astrophysicist wrote in his first post on Facebook. The Facebook page is maintained by Hawking's team, and posts from the astrophysicist himself are signed as "SH," according to the site.

Conan O’Brien got into a Twitter battle with Madeleine Albright and it might be the best one ever

Conan O’Brien got into a Twitter battle with Madeleine Albright and it might be the best one ever

Former Secretary Of State, Madeleine Albright may be 77 years old, but that doesn’t mean she still can’t pack a punch. On Thursday, Conan O’Brien tweeted a Halloween joke about the first female Secretary Of State, but her response to that tweet won the Internet. Here’s Conan’s initial tweet: I picked out my Halloween costume. I’m going as “Slutty Madeleine Albright.” — Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) October 23, 2014 And here’s where Albright destroys him: .@ConanOBrien I’m considering going as hunky Conan O’Brien – but that might be too far fetched. — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) October 23, 2014 It was all in good fun. They later made amends and it proved that you never want to have war of words with a

Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends her first tweet

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter. "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," the 88-year-old monarch tweeted at the opening of a new gallery at London's Science Museum. The message, sent at 10.35 GMT (6.35 a.m. EDT), had already been re-tweeted more than 4,000 times less than 45 minutes later. ...

The Queen sends her first tweet

The Queen sends her first tweet

LONDON (Reuters) - The Queen made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter. "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," the 88-year-old monarch tweeted at the opening of a new gallery at London's Science Museum. The message, sent at 10.35 GMT (11.35 a.m. BST) , had already been re-tweeted more than 4,000 times less than 45 minutes later. ...

U.S. National Park graffiti vandal spotted through social media

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - The National Park Service said on Thursday it was investigating a New York artist as a suspect for graffiti vandalism in parks across the Western United States after she posted at least one picture of herself defacing a protected park on social media. One photo obtained by the blog Modern Hiker and shared with the National Park Service shows the artist putting the finishing touches on an acrylic drawing of a cigarette-smoking woman at Utah's Canyonlands National Park in June. ...

Options investors see good times rolling for Facebook

Options investors see good times rolling for Facebook

By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc investors used to wild swings in the company's shares following its earnings reports are looking for relative calm on Tuesday, after the social media company posts results. Facebook, whose shares rose 3 percent to a new year-high of $80.63 on Thursday, is scheduled to report third-quarter results on Oct. 28. The cost of a Facebook straddle, in which an investor buys an at-the-money put option and a similar call option, suggests a move of about 7 percent in either direction by Oct. 31. ...

Facebook goes retro with 'Rooms' chat app

Facebook goes retro with 'Rooms' chat app

Facebook on Thursday released an application that lets people create virtual "rooms" to chat about whatever they wish using any name they would like. "Rooms" software introduced in the US and Britain for iPhone made its debut as Facebook tries to make peace with people unhappy that real identities are mandated for profiles at the world's leading social network. "One of the things our team loves most about the Internet is its potential to let us be whoever we want to be," said a blog post from Facebook's Creative Labs. "Forums, message boards and chatrooms were meeting places for people who didn't necessarily share geographies or social connections, but had something in common," the Creative Labs message noted.

'Anti-Facebook' social network gets fresh funding

'Anti-Facebook' social network gets fresh funding

Flush with a reported $5.5 million in fresh funding, upstart social network Ello on Thursday legally changed its corporate standing to back a promise to remain ad-free. Ello converted to a public benefit corporation, which it described as "a new kind of for-profit company in the USA that exists to produce a benefit for society as a whole — not just to make money for its investors." Created last year as a "private" social network, Ello (www.ello.co) recently opened its doors on an invitation-only basis. Facebook has been criticized by some users over its privacy policies and ads that use personal information.

U.S. News Twitter Chat: Top College Application Mistakes to Avoid

On Thursday, Oct. 30, U.S. News Education will host a Twitter chat to help students and their parents avoid costly and common mistakes when applying to college. From writing college application essays to securing letters of recommendation, it's a complicated process that can be full of pitfalls.

Facebook's Zuckerberg wages China charm offensive -- in Mandarin

Facebook's Zuckerberg wages China charm offensive -- in Mandarin

Facebook is blocked in China, but its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg appears determined to win over hearts and minds in Beijing -- surprising a hall full of students by conducting a Q&A session in Mandarin. Zuckerberg charmed his audience comprising Chinese and international students when he kicked off the half-hour session at the elite Tsinghua University with the words "Hello, everyone" in heavily-accented Chinese. Facebook has been inaccessible in mainland China since 2009, one of several major global social media sites including Twitter, YouTube and Instagram that have been blacklisted by the ruling Communist Party, which keeps a tight rein on freedom of expression. Despite the measures, many Chinese state news organisations and government bodies maintain social media accounts, and Facebook officials have made frequent trips to Beijing, speaking at tech conferences and meeting with business and government leaders.

Canadian MPs in lockdown tweet of terror fears, toilet line ups

By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian lawmakers locked down inside parliament for up to 10 hours turned to Twitter to send messages to their friends and families letting them know they were safe albeit exhausted. Politicians across the political spectrum, often at odds over serious issues, were united in their concern and dismay after a gunman launched an attack on the building. ...

Oscar Pistorius gets five years: #nojustice response on Twitter

The five-year prison sentence handed down to Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend last Valentine’s Day has prompted some strong reactions from those concerned about the message it sends about domestic violence cases in South Africa and beyond.

The 'Radicalized' Tweet

The 'Radicalized' Tweet

Authorities in the United Kingdom want Google, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook to help them track down terrorists and their sympathizers. The Islamic State publishes many of its beheading videos to social media, and officials are seeking to use the group's penchant for propaganda against it, according to The Independent.

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 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 alleged document forgery. Facebook's market value is now about $200 billion. ...

Facebook sues law firms, claims fraud

Facebook sues law firms, claims fraud

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

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.

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Hacker sentenced to 21 months in U.S. prison for $15 million scheme

Hacker sentenced to 21 months in U.S. prison for $15 million scheme

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Friday for his role in a cybercrime scheme that hacked accounts at banks, brokerage firms and government agencies in an attempt to steal more than $15 million, U.S. prosecutors said. Robert Dubuc, 41, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, conspiracy to commit access device fraud and identity theft in federal court in New Jersey in April. U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan in Trenton imposed the sentence on Friday. ...

Man who was part of cybercrime ring gets prison

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for his part in an international cybercrime ring that targeted more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service.

Hacker gets prison for cyberattack stealing $9.4M

ATLANTA (AP) — An Estonian national who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a 2008 cyberattack on a credit card processing company that enabled hackers to steal $9.4 million from ATMs around the world was sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to repay most of the money, prosecutors said Friday.

Ericsson flags North America slowdown

Ericsson flags North America slowdown

By Sven Nordenstam and Olof Swahnberg STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson said on Friday a slowdown in North America created uncertainty over fourth quarter sales as operators cut spending after big investments in high-speed networks. A build-out of the newest 4G/LTE networks by operators in North America, where Ericsson makes about a quarter of its sales and Chinese rival Huawei is effectively barred from doing business, has supported the Swedish firm at a time of stagnation in much of Europe. ...

Network gear maker Nokia tops market expectations

Network gear maker Nokia tops market expectations

By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia delivered quarterly profits well above expectations on Thursday, six months after selling its struggling handset business to Microsoft in a 5.6 billion euros ($7.1 billion) deal that transformed it into a pure play network equipment maker. The Finnish company reported strong earnings from its core network gear unit and lifted the outlook for the business following large network roll-outs in North America and China. Despite concerns over lower-margin deals in China, Nokia's network unit showed a core operating profit margin of 13. ...

Check Point third-quarter profit beats estimates, raises 2014 forecast

Check Point third-quarter profit beats estimates, raises 2014 forecast

By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Network security provider Check Point Software Technologies reported quarterly profit that topped expectations and raised its full-year forecast on strong demand for its threat prevention and other software subscriptions. Check Point earned 93 cents a share excluding one-time items in the third quarter, up from 85 cents a year earlier. Revenue grew 8 percent to $370.4 million, the Israeli-based company said on Thursday. ...

Review: Another black comic blast of 'Borderlands'

Review: Another black comic blast of 'Borderlands'

Like dozens of other video games, "Borderlands" is all about killing — people, robots, monsters, whatever. But "Borderlands" has a not-so-secret weapon in its arsenal: an acidic sense of black humor that's a welcome relief from the gung-ho war-is-hell cliches of competitors like "Call of Duty" and "Halo."

Huawei says third-quarter smartphone shipments jump 26 percent, strong demand for high-end devices

By Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said third-quarter smartphone shipments jumped 26 percent year-on-year, doubling devices shipped to the high-margin premium market dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc. Shenzhen-based Huawei, the world's third-biggest smartphone supplier after the dominant pair, shipped 16.8 million smartphones globally in the quarter ended Sept. 30, according to company data. About a quarter of those were mid- to high-end models, more than twice as many as the same period last year. ...

China's Xiaomi shifts some smartphone user data out of Beijing on privacy concerns

China's Xiaomi shifts some smartphone user data out of Beijing on privacy concerns

By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Thursday it is migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations. Data belonging to the privately owned company's non-Chinese users will be moved in several phases to Amazon Inc servers in the United States and data centers in Singapore, Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra said in a Wednesday blog post on Google Plus. ...

Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI

Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI

Apple has more than once reminded customers it values their security and privacy and has been reassuring them that they won’t become the company’s “product” and that their data will be safely encrypted. Similarly, Google also said it will encrypt Android devices by default. Since then, the FBI and others have complained that Apple and Google will be basically helping bad guys get away with bad things thanks to encrypted devices. FROM EARLIER: The FBI ratchets up its scare campaign over smartphone encryption But, as Motherboard reports, Congress isn’t likely to order these companies to decrypt their phones for FBI or other governmental agencies. “To FBI Director Comey and the Admin on criticisms of legitimate businesses using encryption: you reap what you

The most disappointing video games of all-time, according to Redditors

The most disappointing video games of all-time, according to Redditors

There is no feeling like when a highly anticipated game completely disappoints after it’s released. Months or even years of buildup can lead to a game that’s such a waste of time that you may end up selling your console because of it. Reddit users have sounded off on their most disappointing games ever and while there are few surprises, the reasons for their disappointment are nonetheless interesting. MORE FROM REDDIT: The 10 best tech toys under $200, according to Redditors One of the most upvoted comments in the Reddit thread is about the game Brink. One Redditor says, “Throwing my $60 out the window would have been a smarter decision than anything Brink’s AI ever did in the game.” Another adds,

Here’s how to make sure your iCloud data is safe from hackers

Here’s how to make sure your iCloud data is safe from hackers

After reports emerged from China detailing a sophisticated iCloud phishing attack, Apple has posted instructions on its support pages to help users figure out whether they’re actually on the real iCloud page, or on a fake page meant to steal iCloud credentials from unsuspecting victims. Additionally, Reuters reports, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday met with China’s vice premier Ma Kai to discuss personal data security. FROM EARLIER: Apple falls victim to an iCloud attack from the Chinese government, servers not affected According to Greatfire’s initial report, a Chinese firewall had blocked all connections to iCloud.com, directing the traffic instead to a dummy site that mimicked Apple’s login page for the service. The same group later told Reuters that Apple rerouted

Fans go crackers for crazy Cheez-It creations

Fans go crackers for crazy Cheez-It creations

Chocolate-covered Cheez-Its, wedding cake Cheez-Its, even a Cheez-It cocktail... They're all out there. Ditto for Cheez-It jewelry and even Cheez-It tattoos (would that be Cheez-tats?).

U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. ...

Apple CEO discusses security with top Chinese official amid hacking claims: Xinhua

Apple CEO discusses security with top Chinese official amid hacking claims: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government official in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The meeting comes days after a Chinese web monitoring group published a report saying Apple users in China have been targeted in a sophisticated and widespread attack by hackers seeking private user data stored on the iCloud service. The group, Greatfire.org, has alleged Chinese government involvement in the hack, a claim the government has strongly refuted. ...

New York financial regulator pushes banks to plug gaps in cybersecurity

(Reuters) - Following the massive cyber attack on the biggest U.S. bank JPMorgan Chase & Co disclosed in August, and other financial institutions, government authorities in United States are pushing financial institutions and brokerage houses to close glaring gaps in cybersecurity. In a letter sent to many banks on Tuesday, the New York State Department of Financial Services superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky, expressed concern about the "level of insight financial institutions have into the sufficiency of cybersecurity controls of their third-party service providers. ...

Apple issues security warning for iCloud

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China.

FTC names privacy expert as chief technologist

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday named an outspoken Internet privacy expert, Ashkan Soltani, as its chief technologist in a move that signals the agency's focus on protecting consumers' online privacy.

Is Staples the latest retailer to get hit with a huge credit card breach?

Is Staples the latest retailer to get hit with a huge credit card breach?

Brian Krebs, the man who originally reported the Home Depot data breach earlier this year, now believes that Staples has been subjected to a data breach of its own. Krebs says that at least six banks noticed a pattern of debit and credit card fraud in several Staples branches, indicating that card data might have been accessed. At Krebs on Security, Krebs notes that every card that has been connected to this potential breach was used in one of seven or so stores in the Northeast, so even if Staples has been infiltrated, it looks like the range is relatively limited. Interestingly, the cards were affected by other fraudulent charges as well outside of Staples, which Krebs believes could be a sign that Staples is a victim

China-backed hackers target Apple's iCloud users: blog

China-backed hackers target Apple's iCloud users: blog

By Jim Finkle, Gerry Shih and Ben Blanchard BOSTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iCloud storage service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials, a Chinese web monitoring group said, adding that it believes the Beijing government is behind the campaign. Using what is called a "man-in-the-middle" (MITM) attack, the hackers interposed their own website between users and Apple's iCloud server, intercepting data and potentially gaining access to passwords, iMessages, photos and contacts, Greatfire.org wrote in its blog post. ...

U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber

U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands, as American business and government agencies face more intrusions. The revamp, led by Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, also marks a recognition that national security threats have broadened and become more technologically savvy since the 9/11 attacks against the United States. ...

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps you can get for free right now

7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps you can get for free right now

We shared a terrific list of eight paid iPhone and iPad apps on Monday that were normally worth a combined $60 but were all on sale for free for a limited time. In fact, if you hurry, you can still download a few of them for free. Tuesday brings a new batch of software sales though, and this time we have another seven iOS apps regularly worth $18 all together, but each and every one of them is free for a limited time. DON’T MISS: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets 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

The Tech Behind Apple Pay: Is Your Money Secure?

The Tech Behind Apple Pay: Is Your Money Secure?

Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, launches today (Oct. 20), and while some have questioned whether the technology is safe, security experts say it may actually be safer than swiping your credit or debit card. Apple Pay lets iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users make purchases in stores with their smartphones, using near-field communication (NFC) technology. A tiny antennain the phone transmits encrypted credit card data without consumers having to swipe their card. Apple Pay uses a security protocol — known as the EMV standard — that other mobile wallets don't use, Ferenczi told Live Science.

Apple Pay Q&A: What you need to know

Apple Pay Q&A: What you need to know

Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, made its debut Monday. Now you can flash your new iPhone in the checkout line to pay for food, clothing and other goods. There's no need to pull out your credit ...

Obama’s new order: U.S. government’s credit card security must be improved

Obama’s new order: U.S. government’s credit card security must be improved

In the wake of the numerous sophisticated cyberattacks that managed to steal credit and debit card data from various retail stores in the U.S., President Obama on Friday signed an executive order to improve security for credit cards and payment systems used by the government, The New York Times reports.  FROM EARLIER: Home Depot didn’t take data security seriously, report reveals “You should be able to buy the things that you need without risking your identity, your credit score or your savings,” Obama said at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau before signing the order. Government agencies and offices will have to upgrade their systems to better protect user data, and move to more secure a chip-and-PIN credit cards that are more

China-backed hackers may have infiltrated Apple's iCloud: blog

China-backed hackers may have infiltrated Apple's iCloud: blog

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iCloud storage and backup service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials and other information, a cyber security blog charged on Monday, saying it believes the country's government is behind the campaign. Unknown "Chinese authorities" interposed their own website between users and Apple's iCloud, intercepting instructions and messages while the user believes he or she is communicating directly with Apple's site, Greatfire.org wrote in its blog post. ...

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.

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Ubuntu turns 10 with its latest release

Don't look now, but one of the staples of the open source world just marked a big birthday. Canonical has released Ubuntu 14.10, officially making this friendlier Linux distribution 10 years old. The company ...

Dark Souls 2 not hard enough? Try this first-person mod

Dark Souls 2 not hard enough? Try this first-person mod

If you've ever caught yourself thinking, "Sure, Dark Souls 2 is tough and all, but what I really want is a way to trick it into believing it's a first-person shooter," then there's a mod just for you. The Dark Souls 2 first-person mod turns From Software's action role-playing game into … an FPRPG? As demonstrated by YouTube user Benzoin-Gum, it lets players freeze the camera in its zoomed state. There's a list of known issues with the mod, Benzoin-Gum admits, but the YouTuber believes the entire game should be playable.

Enterprise Forward: 3 things, 3 years – What communication sector executives need to know

Enterprise Forward: 3 things, 3 years – What communication sector executives need to know

Enterprise Forward3 things, 3 years: What communication sector executives need to know  Evolution or revolution? Near-term advances in telecommunications will come with incredible opportunities for open source platforms, heterogeneous networks, and other innovative solutions. But enterprises will also be faced with new security challenges to support the new communications environment. In this Enterprise Forward article, Chief Technologist Jeff Edlund outlines three game-changing things to know about the next three years.  

Civilization: Beyond Earth comes to Mac and Linux this holiday [update]

Civilization: Beyond Earth comes to Mac and Linux this holiday [update]

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming to Mac and Linux this holiday, according to a tweet from the official 2K Twitter account. The Mac and Linux versions don't have a specific date, just that the Mac version will be launching on Steam and the Mac App Store sometime this holiday season. The Mac version will hit first, followed by the Linux version.

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.

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Xbox's boss skeptical Minecraft needs a sequel

Xbox's boss skeptical Minecraft needs a sequel

Phil Spencer, the man in charge of Xbox, opened up about the company's acquisition of Minecraft and its maker, Mojang, announced last month, saying that he's not sure a sequel to the landmark title is "the thing that makes the most sense. "The community around Minecraft is as strong as any community out there," Spencer told an IGN podcast. Spencer reminded IGN that the deal, valued at $2.5 billion, has yet to close, though all parties expect it to do so by the end of the year.

Until Dawn brings hokey teen horror to the PlayStation 4

Until Dawn brings hokey teen horror to the PlayStation 4

I only jumped once. Honestly, just once while I played through a demo of Until Dawn, the first major title from developer Supermassive Games. Until Dawn is less psychological thriller and more schlocky horror, but there isn’t nearly enough of that on the home consoles. Alien: Isolation, The Evil Within, Daylight — there are plenty of survival horror games that take themselves seriously, some more effectively than others. It’s about time we had a wacky offshoot. The short demo that I played during a recent PlayStation event in New York left me intrigued. Until Dawn is a PS4 exclusive third-person adventure game, putting the player in control of one of the unfortunate teens that ended up in a rundown, haunted hotel. As

Google adds video games to its Knowledge Graph

Google adds video games to its Knowledge Graph

Google the title of a video game — yes, even Neverdead! — and now you'll see a thumbnail description of the game, including its Metacritic rating, release date and images, on the right of the page. That's because Google's "Knowledge Graph" has updated to include a vast database of games.

#Gamergate: Sex, lies and video games

#Gamergate has been stewing on Twitter and on message boards over the past few months. The hashtag started as way to unveil ethical problems among those who cover the gaming world. Instead it has devolved into an alleged campaign to intimidate critics of the male-dominated gaming industry. At one end of the spectrum are a few misogynistic comments on Twitter but at its worst, it has included threats of death and sexual violence.

How League of Legends is upending the video game business

How League of Legends is upending the video game business

New research from Superdata reveals just how dominant Riot's multiplayer online battle arena League of Legends has become in the MMO sector, and how its success is impacting gaming as a whole In the global MMO market, one in every eight dollars spent goes to Riot and its international partners, via League of Legends players. League of Legends has moved up the international MMO spending league, from fourth place in 2013, to first in 2014, surpassing Nexon's Dungeon Fighter Online.

PlayStation Store now offers season passes to TV shows

PlayStation Store now offers season passes to TV shows

Today the PlayStation Store will begin offering season passes to TV shows, according to the PlayStation blog. The feature launches on the PlayStation 3 and via web and mobile, while the option will be available on PlayStation 4, Sony smart TVs and Blu-ray players at a later date.

Upcoming video games: 'NBA Live 15,' 'Sunset Overdrive"

Upcoming video games: 'NBA Live 15,' 'Sunset Overdrive

Electronic Arts continues to build awareness of its "NBA Live" series after a lengthy layoff and wobbly 2013 product, "Sunset Overdrive" works to increase the appeal of Xbox One ownership, action fantasy "Lords of the Fallen" marries experienced producer with underdog studios, and wrestling abounds in "WWE 2K15."

Australia's angry birds swoop to protect young

Australia's angry birds swoop to protect young

Instead, it protects wearers from the swooping magpie, a quintessentially Australian experience where the bird flies low, clacking its beak and sometimes drawing blood by pecking the head of a human victim. While Australian native animals such as the box jellyfish, funnel web spider and several snake species continue to top the world's most deadly creature lists, the magpie also regularly hits the headlines. Claire Dunne was cycling in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney in July when she was attacked and chased by a magpie along a road for half a minute.

Nintendo confirms 8-player mode in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Nintendo confirms 8-player mode in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will allow for eight-player simultaneous play, Nintendo confirmed today. In a Nintendo Direct video (below) the company unveiled a host of features for the game. "This option appears only in the Wii U version, and lets players compete on even larger stages to accommodate all the characters."

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas HD port confirmed for Oct. 26 release on Xbox 360

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas HD port confirmed for Oct. 26 release on Xbox 360

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas publisher Rockstar Games is re-releasing the game in a high-definition port on Xbox 360 that will include Achievements, the publisher confirmed on its support site today. The port will be available Oct. 26 — 10 years to the day after San Andreas' debut. Today's announcement follows a leaked list of Achievements and the disappearance of the Xbox Originals version of the game from the Xbox Games Store on Xbox 360.

Titanfall's four-player co-op mode now available on PC and Xbox One in new update

Titanfall's four-player co-op mode now available on PC and Xbox One in new update

Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment released Content Update 8 today, adding a new four-player co-op mode to the shooter along with a host of additional features, the studio announced on Twitter. Respawn noted that Content Update 8 is currently available only for the Windows PC and Xbox One versions of Titanfall. The Xbox 360 version will get it later because it is developed by Bluepoint Games, not in-house at Respawn.

Xbox Music free streaming ends Dec. 1

Xbox Music free streaming ends Dec. 1

Xbox Music users will no longer be able to stream music for free effective Dec. 1, according to Xbox Support. Microsoft currently offers ad-supported free streaming music and radio on the web and Windows 8 devices in 15 countries. Once December rolls around, users on those platforms will have to pay for an Xbox Music Pass, which costs $9.99 per month;

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round hits PS4 and Xbox One on Feb. 17

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round hits PS4 and Xbox One on Feb. 17

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, the fourth and final iteration of Team Ninja's fighting game Dead or Alive 5, will come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Feb. 17, 2015, publisher Koei Tecmo confirmed today. As it did with Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, Koei Tecmo will also release a free-to-play version of the game on both PS4 and Xbox One. Called Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters, the free version will include four playable characters: Ayane, Hayate, Kasumi and Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hayabusa.