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Facebook to scale up free mobile Internet service to boost usage

Facebook to scale up free mobile Internet service to boost usage

By Aman Shah MUMBAI (Reuters) - Facebook Inc plans to scale up its service to offer free basic Internet on mobile phones, an executive said, after introducing the application in 17 developing countries over the past year. In a blog post released to mark the first year of the initiative, Facebook said it will open a portal allowing any mobile operator to offer the service under its Internet.org platform. Facebook currently partners with specific operators to launch the service in different countries.

Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy stores from August

Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy stores from August

(Reuters) - The Apple Watch will be available at stores of Best Buy Co Inc , the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, starting Aug. 7. The Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models will be sold at more than 300 Best Buy stores in time for the holiday shopping season, a spokeswoman for Apple Inc said. "Customers love Apple Watch, and we are thrilled to begin offering it at Best Buy," she said in an email.

Toshiba interim CEO Muromachi to stay on in role: media

Toshiba interim CEO Muromachi to stay on in role: media

Toshiba Corp has decided to propose interim President Masashi Muromachi as a more permanent chief executive officer beyond September after a slew of executives resigned over their roles in the country's biggest accounting scandal in years, Japanese media said on Tuesday. The Japanese computers-to-nuclear conglomerate had said last week that then-chairman Muromachi would temporarily assume the CEO role after an independent probe found that former CEO Hisao Tanaka had been aware the company had inflated its profits by $1.2 billion over a period of several years. A Toshiba spokesman said nothing had been decided.

Bolivia is tripling the size of its subway in the sky

Bolivia is tripling the size of its subway in the sky

By Sarah Marsh LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivia already has the largest urban cable car system in the world. Now the booming country is tripling the size of the network and will soon have nine lines whizzing above the administrative capital of La Paz. State company "Mi Teleferico" ("My Cable Car") now operates three lines, including two linking La Paz with the satellite city of El Alto.

Taxi laws need post-Uber rethink, French economy minister says

Taxi laws need post-Uber rethink, French economy minister says

Uber has had a rough ride in France to date. A law passed in October last year attempting to address the issues it raised restricts the use of the localization software Uber uses. The law is being challenged by Uber, which faces similar opposition in other countries around the world.

Chi-X founder in blockchain trading technology venture

By Lionel Laurent LONDON (Reuters) - One of the founders of trading venue Chi-X Europe is joining the race to bring "blockchain" technology, the system that tracks and identifies transactions in digital-currency bitcoin, to the wider financial world. A venture called SETL, led by former Chi-X head Peter Randall and hedge-fund investor Anthony Culligan, said on Monday its blockchain-inspired technology would simultaneously transact real-world currencies or assets and provide a "golden record" of the trade, which takes days on some financial markets. "We want to unlock the power of the blockchain for financial markets," said Randall in an interview.

This music video from Microsoft is pure Windows 10 hype

This music video from Microsoft is pure Windows 10 hype

Unless you don't have the internet (you do, you're reading this) then you'll know Windows 10 is launching tonight. Alongside any major release of Windows comes a lot of marketing and hype, but this time it has been slightly different. Microsoft is keeping things relatively low-key with smaller launch parties for fans.

Microsoft's free Windows 10 giveaway: What that means

Microsoft's free Windows 10 giveaway: What that means

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software hopes that giving the upgrade away for free will help it carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.

T-Mobile will give you a free upgrade to the next iPhone if you buy an iPhone 6

T-Mobile will give you a free upgrade to the next iPhone if you buy an iPhone 6

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is doing the unthinkable. Starting today, T-Mobile customers who buy an iPhone 6 on the company's $15-a-month Jump! On Demand plan can swap the phone out for the new iPhone when it comes out without paying for anything more. ...everyone who already got an iPhone 6 for $15 per month automatically gets this deal.

Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G hands-on: The pure Android phones you’ve been waiting for

Google’s Nexus program is great. It sets the stage for Android and gives hardcore Android fans a selection of great pure devices that are free of vendor tweaks and carrier bloat. If pure Android is what you’re looking for, however, there’s a new smartphone duo that just rocketed to the top of your list. Motorola on Tuesday unveiled the brand new Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G, and we just spent some time with both new smartphones. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without Beginning with the flagship model, the Moto X Pure Edition is the U.S. version of the “Moto X Style.” Neither name really rolls off of the tongue, but that obviously

Moto G hands-on: Motorola's most popular phone gets a premium upgrade

Moto G hands-on: Motorola's most popular phone gets a premium upgrade

Motorola's "cheap" phone can't really be called low-end anymore. Like a car that got introduced as a value machine, it has steadily increased in power and features until it's become solidly a mid-range Android phone now — one that's still impressive. The ever-changing and ever-more-complicated striations in the Android market are hard to keep track of, so let's break it down.

Amazon launches its second mini-store for hardware startups

Amazon launches its second mini-store for hardware startups

There's a new way for hardware startups to get their goods onto Amazon. Today, the company unveiled Amazon Launchpad, a new digital storefront devoted entirely to hardware startups and crowdfunded products. The purpose of the new store is to level the playing field for hardware startups, giving them access to Amazon's shipping and inventory infrastructure, as well as the company's significant internal marketing systems.

This Russian fighter jet has the most insane vertical takeoff we’ve ever seen

Just a few weeks ago we highlighted an incredible video showcasing a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner taking off at what’s almost a 90 degree angle. But extreme and harrowing takeoffs get pushed to an entirely new level when we’re talking about military grade fighter jets. Built for speed and for air to air combat, the average fighter jet can perform feats that are absolutely mesmerizing and might even dissuade you from air travel for a few weeks. Earlier this month we highlighted what it looks like from within a cockpit when an F-16 fighter jet takes off at breakneck speed. And now we have even more crazy and stress-inducing footage to show you. DON’T MISS: Boeing 777’s insane landing in a 75MPH windstorm is almost

These stickers will not save the New York Subway

These stickers will not save the New York Subway

New York's huge subway system includes the notorious Lexington Avenue Line that runs along Manhattan's East Side, which has the distinction of serving more riders than the entire Washington Metro. The MTA is pilot testing stickers on the floors at one of the Lexington Avenue Line's stations, 51st Street, that will urge the hundreds of sweaty commuters attempting to pile through each door of the overcrowded train to get out of the way so others can get off first.

NTSB reveals cause of Virgin Galactic’s deadly SpaceShipTwo crash

NTSB reveals cause of Virgin Galactic’s deadly SpaceShipTwo crash

Last year's crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was caused by a premature repositioning of the vehicle's tail wings, an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found. The findings confirm a preliminary investigation made by the NTSB, which found that SpaceShipTwo's wings had shifted before the spaceplane broke apart. The NTSB found that the co-pilot Michael Alsbury — who died in the crash — unlocked the feathering system early, doing so at Mach 0.92 instead of the intended speed of Mach 1.4.

Hands on with Motorola's new Moto X Style

Hands on with Motorola's new Moto X Style

Motorola just announced the latest version of its flagship Moto X, which is now called the Moto X Style. Motorola is making a big bet and some weird branding decisions with the Style. In the US, at least, the bet is that consumers will spring to buy it directly from Motorola, Amazon, or Best Buy.

How Uber uses free rides as a lobbying tool

How Uber uses free rides as a lobbying tool

Uber's rapid rise has spawned one of America’s most heated urban policy debates. Uber has supplemented its more traditional lobbying tactics with the creative use of its customer base, which it mobilizes to pressure officials who seek regulations that the company opposes. Uber has also made extensive political use of its arguably largest asset: its own drivers.

Moto X Pure Edition will sell for $399 in the US this fall

Moto X Pure Edition will sell for $399 in the US this fall

Motorola is pushing off-contract phones in a big way this year. It's a surprisingly low price for one of Motorola's typically high-quality phones, especially since the Moto X is a pretty powerful device. The Pure Edition is designed to work on any US carrier, but because it comes straight from Motorola, it comes without carrier branding or bloatware.

Galaxy Note 5 leak: High-quality pictures offer our best look yet

Samsung has already confirmed it’s hosting its second Unpacked event of the year on August 13th where it’ll likely unveil both the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge Plus. Meanwhile, more and more leaked images are showing what seems to be the final design of the handsets, including some new pictures that offer us our best look yet. DON’T MISS: Boeing 777’s insane landing in a 75MPH windstorm is almost too unnerving to watch Obtained by NowhereElse, these high-quality images show a handset that resembles the Galaxy S6 when it comes to overall design, but the device is definitely a Note phablet, as the S Pen stylus is clearly shown in some of the images. Interestingly, the design of

Delta will now let you upgrade your flight to a private jet, if you're extremely lucky

Delta will now let you upgrade your flight to a private jet, if you're extremely lucky

Private aircraft are typically the exclusive playground of millionaires and billionaires, but Delta is rolling out a new program that might — might — put them within reach of the normals. The airline is going to start offering private jet upgrades for $300 to $800 to Medallion members (Delta's name for its frequent flyers), but only if the stars align: there needs to be an aircraft that's going to be sitting unused near their starting point, which can happen if, say, someone takes a chartered flight and there's no return flight planned. The upgrade "includes transportation to the airport's private aviation area and complimentary on-board catering," which presumably means something slightly better than a bag of peanuts.

All the news from Motorola's Moto X event

All the news from Motorola's Moto X event

Motorola held a global event from New York City, London, and Sao Paulo to unveil three new smartphones today: the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and third-gen Moto G. Each phone builds on the successes of previous iterations, all with improvements on battery life and camera — areas where Motorola has struggled in previous years. This new Moto smartphone has a 21-megapixel image sensor and comes with a bold promise from Marketing VP Adrienne Hayes, who says that Motorola "can guarantee the cameras in our phones will now be best in class." Beyond the camera, the Moto X Style also has very small bezels around the screen, making it feel smaller than its large screen would suggest, and it has "the world's fastest turbo charging" plus LTE compatibility with all US carriers. A few more of the Moto X Style specs: 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon processor, 3GB of RAM, 3,000mAh battery, up to 64GB of built-in storage as well as microSD expansion, and a new water repellant coating.The display has been upgraded to Quad HD resolution and Motorola cites a laudable 76 percent screen-to-body ratio, meaning that three quarters of the phone's front are occupied by the display.

Formula 1 CIO: 11 Ways to Build a High Performance IT Organization

Formula 1 CIO: 11 Ways to Build a High Performance IT Organization

Anybody can make a quick car for half a race. You've got to get to the end. - Fernando Alonso, F1 DriverIn Formula 1 racing the difference between a champion and a second place finish can be a matter of seconds of indecision, imprecise execution, or error in judgement. To win, the entire Formula 1 racing team, including the information...

Motorola unveils the new Moto G

Motorola unveils the new Moto G

It is the best-selling Motorola smartphone in history, the most popular phone in Brazil, and the new, third iteration of the model, unveiled at events in India, Brazil, the UK and the US on Tuesday, continues to build on the initial winning formula.

You can customize and buy the new Moto G with LTE today

You can customize and buy the new Moto G with LTE today

This year's Moto G may have been one of Motorola's worst kept secrets, but it's still taking the time to formally announce the new smartphone on stage today. With this new model, which Motorola is releasing today, the Moto G becomes an even more compelling choice for people looking for a cheap smartphone. On the inside, this year's Moto G switches over to a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 410 processor, which is what's allowing it to have LTE.

Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.

The Moto X Play is cheaper than the competition and has a massive battery

The Moto X Play is cheaper than the competition and has a massive battery

In addition to the third-gen Moto G and Moto X Style, Motorola today unveiled the new Moto X Play, a new, bigger Moto X that's cheaper than the competition and has an absolutely massive battery. In addition, the Play will also have a 21MP rear-camera and a 5MP front-facing camera — which Motorola was quick to boast about — and we'll have to put the camera through its paces to determine if its a welcome improvement over previous versions.

Moto X Style and Moto X Play: Full specs and pricing information

Motorola on Tuesday took the wraps off its Moto X Play and Moto X Style flagship phones that promise to be big upgrades over last year’s impressive version of the Moto X. For those interested in just the hardware, here are the full specs for the Moto X Style and the Moto X Play. FROM EARLIER: OnePlus 2 offers cutting-edge hardware for under $390… and Android fanboys are still whining about it Moto X Style: 5.7-inch quad-HD display Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 1.8GHz hexa-core processor 3GB of RAM A 21-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera Universal LTE banding 3,000 mAh battery microSD support up to 128GB Android 5.1.1 2015 Moto X Play: 5.5-inch 1080p display Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.7GHz octa-core processor

Google will now let cloud partners hold their own encryption keys

Google will now let cloud partners hold their own encryption keys

Google is adding another layer of protection for its cloud computing customers. Starting today, the company will let users hold their own encryption keys for Google Compute Engine, the company's cloud processing platform. Google already encrypts data on the platform, but it manages the keys itself, leading to concern among some that the company could be compelled to decrypt the data without the user's permission. Under the new system, Compute Engine users will be able to manage their own keys, preventing Google or any other party from decrypting the data without somehow obtaining the offsite keys.

Motorola announces 5.7-inch Moto X Style with 'best-in-class' camera

Motorola announces 5.7-inch Moto X Style with 'best-in-class' camera

The new Moto X is now official: it's a 5.7-inch Android Lollipop smartphone with "one of the best cameras in the world" and it carries the title of Moto X Style. This new Moto smartphone has a 21-megapixel image sensor and comes with a bold promise from Marketing VP Adrienne Hayes, who says that Motorola "can guarantee the cameras in our phones will now be best in class." Beyond the camera, the Moto X Style also has very small bezels around the screen, making it feel smaller than its large display would suggest, and it has "the world's fastest turbo charging" plus LTE compatibility with all US carriers. A few more of the Moto X Style specs: 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon processor, 3GB of RAM, 3,000mAh battery, up to 64GB of built-in storage as well as microSD expansion, and a new water-repellent coating.The display has been upgraded to Quad HD resolution and Motorola cites a laudable 76 percent screen-to-body ratio, meaning that three quarters of the phone's front are occupied by the display.

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Mystery lion sightings captivate Milwaukee residents

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Nicole Anderson rode along a busy Milwaukee thoroughfare where she got plenty of stares, double takes and fingers pointing at her not only because she was nude, but because she was painted head to toe like a lion. Interest in all things lions has reached new heights in Milwaukee as the city's fixation with its feline version of Bigfoot - does it exist and is it really a lion? - has dominated local news, water-cooler talk and social media.

Planned Parenthood investigating claims of website hack

Planned Parenthood called on the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday for help managing cybersecurity, following a report that the reproductive healthcare group's website had been hacked by anti-abortion activists. The organization has come under scrutiny since the release of two secretly recorded videos earlier this month that critics said showed it was involved in the illegal sale of aborted fetal tissue for medical research. The Daily Dot online newspaper reported Monday that a hacking group had gained access to Planned Parenthood's website databases and the names and email addresses of its employees.

Baidu profit weighed down by offline mobile services push

Baidu profit weighed down by offline mobile services push

(Reuters) - Baidu Inc's quarterly profit missed analysts' estimates as China's biggest Internet search company spent heavily to diversify away from its core search advertising business, which is becoming less profitable and more competitive.

Canadian venture capital, private equity deals surge in 2015

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - Deal-making activity in Canada's venture capital and private equity arena surged in the first half of 2015, driven by a spate of financings in the tech start-up space and large investments in energy assets, data from Thomson Reuters showed on Monday. The data indicates there was C$636 million ($488.48 million) in venture capital invested in 143 deals in the second quarter, a sum that was 15 percent higher than that invested by VC firms in the first quarter. This propelled VC investments in the first half of this year to C$1.19 billion, a 33 percent increase from the first half of last year and the strongest first half for VC funding in Canada since 2002.

U.S. TV networks court YouTube crowd in quest for digital viewers

U.S. TV networks court YouTube crowd in quest for digital viewers

By Lisa Richwine ANAHEIM, California (Reuters) - For the first time, cable TV network Nickelodeon staged a casting call at VidCon, a convention that draws stars of YouTube and social media like Vine, Instagram and Snapchat and their passionate followers. The Viacom-owned channel's talent search is one way traditional TV networks are recruiting Internet personalities to build audiences. YouTube stars include comedians, beauty gurus, product reviewers, gamers, musicians and fitness buffs who post videos of themselves, often looking directly into the camera.

Clinton, congressional Benghazi panel at odds over appearance date

Clinton, congressional Benghazi panel at odds over appearance date

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign said on Saturday the former secretary of state will testify on Oct. 22 before a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks, but a spokesman for the panel said no date had been set. Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Benghazi investigation committee, had sought to hear from Clinton on the attacks, in which four Americans were killed, and her use of a private email account while she was America's top diplomat. A spokesman for Clinton, the front-runner in polls for the Democratic nomination in next year's presidential election, said she had accepted an offer from the committee to testify on Oct. 22.

House Benghazi panel says no date set for Clinton testimony

The U.S. House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, said on Saturday that no date has been set for Hillary Clinton's testimony before the panel, contradicting a Clinton campaign spokesman who said the former secretary of state would appear on Oct. 22. "Secretary Clinton's campaign may want to reach out to her lawyer, Mr. David Kendall, with whom the Committee has had ongoing conversations. As of last night, Mr. Kendall was still negotiating conditions for her appearance," the committee said in a statement.

Colorado cop's cute encounter with baby owl posted online

Video of a Colorado deputy's encounter with a curious, clicking baby owl delighted animal-lovers on Friday after authorities posted footage of the unusual meeting in the mountains to the Internet. The deputy was driving near the small town of Nederland when she and a colleague were stopped in their tracks by the young northern saw-whet owl, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office said.

Competitive video-gaming organization to start drug testing

A competitive video-gaming organization will begin testing players for performance-enhancing drugs next month, as the field of so-called eSports moves further into the mainstream and prize pools climb. The announcement by the Electronic Sports League came just weeks after one gamer admitted to using the stimulant Adderall at a tournament, sparking discussion around an issue that has long plagued traditional sports. The ESL said in a statement on Thursday it would start administering randomized skin tests for the drugs at its ESL One Cologne event in Germany in August, a tournament for the first-person shooting game "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" that boasts a $250,000 prize pool.

WTO slashes tariffs on IT goods but implementation held up

WTO slashes tariffs on IT goods but implementation held up

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization finalised a list of 201 information technology products to be freed from import tariffs in a $1.3 trillion deal on Friday, but said it was still short of the critical mass of countries needed to put it into force. “Today's agreement is a landmark,” WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said in a statement, adding that the value of trade involved was worth 7 percent of the global total, more than world trade in cars. The product list includes new-generation semi-conductors, GPS navigation systems, medical products which include magnetic resonance imaging machines, printed circuits and satellites, the WTO said.

Taxi drivers block streets of Rio in protest against Uber

Taxi drivers block streets of Rio in protest against Uber

Uber Technologies Inc responded by offering free rides to customers to help alleviate transport issues on what it called a "difficult day for getting around." The company has come under fire in countries around the world, with local taxi drivers complaining that Uber drivers are not properly regulated and have fewer overhead costs, which makes them unfairly competitive. Lawmakers in Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city, and capital city Brasilia have already voted to ban Uber after protests by local taxi drivers. In Rio, cabbies parked their yellow taxis in a chain stretching for 5 kilometers (3 miles) along one of the city's main thoroughfares that connects the affluent south zone with the central business district.

Website linked to Tennessee shooting denies it sells guns

Website linked to Tennessee shooting denies it sells guns

"We'd like to make it clear that Armslist does not sell guns," Jonathan Gibbon, owner of the website, said in the video. The statement appeared on the website a day after the FBI said it knew where the suspect, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, obtained his guns but would withhold the information for now. Two friends of Abdulazeez told Reuters on Saturday that he had purchased three guns on armslist.com after returning from a 2014 trip to Jordan.

Pennsylvania professor's social media comments condemned as offensive

Kaukab Siddique, a literature professor at Lincoln University, made derogatory comments toward women regarding rape in a Facebook post earlier this month. "We strongly condemn Professor Kaukab Siddique's reported remarks targeting the LGBT community, the Jewish community, and women," said Nancy Baron-Baer, ADL regional director, in a statement.

Connecticut teen of gun-firing drone video charged for assaulting police

A Connecticut teenager who drew national attention this week for a viral Internet video showing a drone he had modified to fire a handgun was charged on Thursday with assaulting police officers in an unrelated incident. Austin Haughwout, 18, was charged with refusing to obey police orders on Wednesday when he was summoned to the Clinton police station in connection with an incident that occurred Sunday night, when he drove away from officers trying to question him in a library parking lot, according to police and court officials. When police attempted to arrest Haughwout on charges of interfering with an officer and failure to obey an officer's signal, he became violent and attempted to flee the police station, the Clinton Police Department said in a statement.

Airbnb hires Blackstone CFO Tosi: Bloomberg

Airbnb hires Blackstone CFO Tosi: Bloomberg

The San Francisco-based company, one of Silicon Valley's most successful start-ups since it was founded five years ago by a trio of graduates, has so far snubbed an initial public offering in favor of ever-larger private fundraising rounds. Tosi's appointment, however, would better position the company to go public. The 47-year-old executive joined Blackstone in 2008, one year after the private equity firm went public.

Toronto cab drivers sue to halt Uber; seek C$400 million in damages

Toronto cab drivers sue to halt Uber; seek C$400 million in damages

By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto taxi drivers are launching a class-action lawsuit against ride-sharing company Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], seeking more than C$400 million ($307.27 million) in damages and an injunction to stop it operating in the Canadian province of Ontario. Law firm Sutts, Strosberg LLP, which is representing the taxi drivers, said in a statement on Thursday that the named plaintiff, cab driver Dominik Konjevic, alleges that "Uber X and Uber XL have created an enormous marketplace for illegal transportation in Toronto".

BlackBerry to buy messaging alerts firm AtHoc to expand software base

BlackBerry to buy messaging alerts firm AtHoc to expand software base

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said on Wednesday it is buying privately-held AtHoc, a provider of secure, networked crisis communications, as it moves to broaden its software offering and generate revenue from its BBM messaging service. San Mateo, California-based AtHoc's services are used by a number of top clients including the U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security and a host of blue-chip companies, to provide software that seamlessly allows them to reach staff via their smartphones, or via digital displays, radios, and even sirens, in times of crisis. "AtHoc is an alerts system, but it also needs richer content and that can be provided by BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), which offers not just text, but voice, picture and video sharing, so we can provide a much richer experience to their clients," said BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen in an interview.

Herbalife files petition to seek user information from Twitter

Herbalife files petition to seek user information from Twitter

The petition for "discovery before suit" seeks to identify the person against whom a lawsuit can be filed. Herbalife said it wants Twitter to provide information such as IP addresses and account details of the user who vilified the company and its management as "thieves, pill pushing frauds and bullies". "The twitter feed of @AfueraHerbaLIES contains not only defamatory, disparaging, and deceptive posts about Herbalife and its products, but also contains numerous insulting and offensive statements about Herbalife's management team, its members, and even federal regulators," the company said in the petition filed on Monday in Illinois.

Mike Lynch-backed Darktrace valued at $100 million in new funding

Mike Lynch-backed Darktrace valued at $100 million in new funding

Darktrace, a cyber-security firm backed by former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch, said it had raised $22.5 million from U.S.-based venture capital company Summit Partners in a funding round that valued the company at more than $100 million. The company was one of Lynch's first investments after he left Hewlett-Packard Co in 2012 in an acrimonious split over the $11 billion acquisition of Autonomy. HP is suing Lynch and a former colleague for more than $5 billion over their management of Autonomy.

Contractor that built flawed Maryland health exchange website to pay $45 million

By Donna Owens BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The prime contractor hired to build Maryland's flawed health exchange website will pay $45 million to the state and federal governments to avoid legal action over its performance, the state's attorney general said on Tuesday. Maryland’s health exchange program made national headlines last year when the state had one of the worst sign-up rates for state-run exchanges set up under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Noridian Healthcare Solutions LLC has agreed to pay $20 million up front and an additional $25 million in annual installments of $5 million over five years, state officials said.

Microsoft posts $3.2 billion loss as it writes down Nokia phone business

Microsoft posts $3.2 billion loss as it writes down Nokia phone business

Microsoft Corp reported a $3.2 billion quarterly net loss as it wrote down its Nokia phone business and demand fell for its Windows operating system. The company took a charge of $7.5 billion in the fourth quarter related to the restructuring of its Nokia handset business, which it acquired last year. Microsoft's shares fell 3 percent to $45.80 in extended trading on Tuesday.

Hackers threaten to leak data of 37 million clients of cheating website

Hackers threaten to leak data of 37 million clients of cheating website

Hackers threatened to leak details including the credit card information, nude photos and sexual fantasies of as many as 37 million customers of a dating website that caters to cheating spouses, the KrebsOnSecurity blog reported. The dating website AshleyMadison.com's Canadian parent, Avid Life Media, confirmed the breach on its systems, and said it had since secured the site and was working with law enforcement agencies to trace those behind the attack. Following the breach, Avid Life said in a statement it would offer the function free of charge.

WTO negotiators agree tariff cuts on more IT products

WTO negotiators agree tariff cuts on more IT products

World trade negotiators seeking to eliminate tariffs on information technology (IT) products agreed over the weekend to expand the list of items covered. Participants said the 54 nations had struck a tentative deal to expand to about 200 the IT products on which tariffs would be dropped. The list had an annual trade value of some $1 trillion, the World Trade Organization said late on Saturday.

Questions rage on social media over death of black woman in Texas jail

The death of Sandra Bland on July 13 in a Waller County jail northwest of Houston comes amid a national outcry over police violence toward minorities, sparked by high-profile killings of unarmed black men over the past year. The Houston Chronicle newspaper reported that several dozen people gathered at the jail in protest on Friday, while others questioned her death on social media and left instructions to friends, family and the media should they die after an arrest. Some also took issue with Sheriff Glenn Smith, who the Chronicle reported was fired as police chief of Hempstead, Texas, in 2008 after allegations arose of police misconduct toward African-Americans there.

Google gains billions in value as YouTube drives ad growth

Google gains billions in value as YouTube drives ad growth

Google's class A shares chalked up their largest single-day percentage change in more than seven years on Friday. The rise in Google's market value was more than the total market capitalization of Caterpillar Inc , the world's biggest construction equipment maker. Google's shares hit a record high of $703, valuing it at $471.50 billion and cementing its position as the world's second most valuable company after Apple Inc .

Symphony's Wall Street messaging system aims to widen reach

By Lauren Tara LaCapra NEW YORK (Reuters) - Symphony Communication Services LLC, a Wall Street-backed messaging and information startup, is about to start offering its product more widely. The company, which has more than 30,000 users in a "beta" version of its product, will roll out a new interface and iPhone application for them on Monday, Chief Executive David Gurle told Reuters in a recent interview. Most of the current users work at one of the 14 financial firms that invested $66 million in Symphony last fall.

E-commerce website Etsy shares soar after Google mention

E-commerce website Etsy shares soar after Google mention

Speaking to analysts after its second-quarter report late on Thursday, Google Chief Business Officer Omid Kordestani pointed to Brooklyn-based Etsy as a good example of web companies winning more business due to Google's recent move to index information and pages within third-party apps. "Developers like Etsy are already seeing a boost in traffic as a result of deep linking," Kordestani said. The jump in Etsy's shares pressured short sellers who recently increased bets against the company, which has grown from selling just wooden goods to include other crafts, vintage goods and recently, mass manufactured products.

Ex-employees probed in attack on Italian cybersecurity firm

Milan prosecutors are investigating six former employees of surveillance software maker Hacking Team in connection with a massive attack on the data system of the Italian cybersecurity firm, sources familiar with the case said on Friday. Its customers include the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to internal documents published online.

U.S. judge says Internet streaming service should be treated like cable

U.S. judge says Internet streaming service should be treated like cable

By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge ruled on Thursday that online television service FilmOn X LLC should be treated like a traditional cable system in order to transmit the programs of the nation's broadcasters over the Internet. The ruling, coming as consumer TV-watching habits are increasingly migrating to the Internet, is the first to first to view a streaming service like a cable provider and could have major implications for broadcasters if it is upheld by higher courts. U.S. District Judge George Wu in Los Angeles said in his ruling that FilmOn X is entitled to a compulsory license under the Copyright Act to retransmit the broadcasters' programs if it meets the law's requirements.

Bullish options bets on Google set to pay off big

Some bullish bets on Google Inc's shares, placed ahead of its second-quarter results on Thursday, look set to reap big profits with the shares up 9.5 percent in trading after the bell. Headed into the earnings report, trading in Google's call options, usually used for bullish bets on the shares, were unusually active. Calls on Google shares rising above $600, $620 and $630 by Friday were among the most heavily traded Google options contracts over the last two days.

Amazon says Prime Day orders beat last year's Black Friday

Amazon says Prime Day orders beat last year's Black Friday

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said customers ordered 34.4 million items worldwide during its highly publicized Prime Day sale, breaking the record set by last year's Black Friday sale. Amazon's shares touched a record high of $473.21 on Thursday, a day after the online retailer held the one-day event. Sellers who use Amazon's fulfillment services reported a 300 percent rise in unit sales, with one vendor saying he made $16,000 per hour.

Google wins dismissal of Android privacy lawsuit

Google wins dismissal of Android privacy lawsuit

Google Inc won the dismissal of a lawsuit by Android users who said the company violated its own privacy policy by disclosing their names, email addresses and account locations to third parties without permission, to boost advertising revenue. In a Wednesday night decision, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose, California, said the users failed to show that Google transmitted their own personal data or that they would suffer economic harm if it occurred. Last July, Grewal had let the plaintiffs pursue breach of contract and fraud claims, assuming they showed that the data-sharing caused economic harm by depleting their battery power and bandwidth.

Google unveils 'buy' button, host of new shopping features

Google unveils 'buy' button, host of new shopping features

(Reuters) - Google Inc on Wednesday unveiled a new feature called "Purchases on Google," which allows shopper to buy items directly from mobile search ads. The eagerly awaited "buy" feature, which Google said it was testing with a few retailers, uses saved payment credentials from the user's Google Account for transactions. Both Google and Facebook Inc have been stepping up efforts to advance location-based technology as consumers spend more time on smartphones.

Obama to announce project for more broadband in public housing

Obama to announce project for more broadband in public housing

U.S. President Barack Obama is set to announce a pilot project on Wednesday to expand broadband access for people who live in public housing, his administration's latest push to narrow the "digital divide" between the rich and poor. Working with mayors, Internet service providers and other companies and non-profit organizations, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will make it cheaper and easier for more than 275,000 low-income households with almost 200,000 children to get home Internet, the White House said in a statement. Private and public institutions have pledged to invest $70 million in the plan, including a $50,000 federal grant, Julian Castro, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, told reporters on a conference call.

U.S. says computer hacking forum Darkode dismantled, 12 charged

By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities working with law enforcement officials abroad have shut down the Darkode online forum used by cybercriminals around the world and charged 12 people linked to the site, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced the charges in Pittsburgh and called Darkode "a cyber hornet's nest of criminal hackers." "Of the roughly 800 criminal Internet forums worldwide, Darkode represented one of the gravest threats to the integrity of data on computers in the United States," he said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh led the investigation, known as Operation Shrouded Horizon.

Rocket Internet to close grocery delivery service in Germany

Rocket Internet to close grocery delivery service in Germany

German start-up investor Rocket Internet is closing down its grocery delivery service Shopwings in Germany due to a lack of cooperation from retailers and regulatory hurdles. A Rocket Internet spokesman said the business that only launched last year in Berlin and Munich would focus instead on expanding in Australia as well as in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. Europe's largest Internet company prides itself on needing only 100 days to go from concept to launch of a new firm, establishing dozens of start-ups from online fashion to home furnishings and food delivery since it was founded in 2007.

Uber settles wrongful death lawsuit in San Francisco

Uber settles wrongful death lawsuit in San Francisco

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ride service Uber has reached a tentative settlement in a lawsuit brought by the family of a 6-year-old girl who died in a San Francisco car accident, according to court filings. The girl, Sofia Liu, died after she, her younger brother and their mother were hit by a car in a San Francisco cross-walk on New Year's Eve in 2013. At the time of the crash, the driver was logged on to the Uber X smartphone app and was available to provide rides, the lawsuit said.

Planned Parenthood slams secret video as false portrayal of fetus tissue program

Planned Parenthood slams secret video as false portrayal of fetus tissue program

The non-profit organization said the video had been heavily edited and recorded by a group that was established to damage its reputation. The video, which has gotten widespread exposure on the Internet, was produced by the California-based Center for Medical Progress, a self-described organization of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances.

Tale of beer served for fallen U.S. soldier spreads online

The woman ordered a Blue Moon and a Corona at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Tacoma on July 9, telling a bartender the second bottle was for her fallen brother, bartender Brian Avey said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. "When I brought her bill I told her Buffalo Wild Wings will be buying that beer," he wrote.

Apple Pay launches in Britain as holdout Barclays signs up

Apple Pay launches in Britain as holdout Barclays signs up

Apple introduced its mobile payments service to Britain on Tuesday as Barclays became the last major UK bank to sign up for the U.S. tech giant's effort to capitalize on the increasing comfort among British consumers with making tap-and-go purchases. A quarter of a million outlets will offer Apple Pay, from London Underground stations to coffee shops, retailers and travel businesses, making it more widely available than when it first launched in the United States last year. The tipping point in Britain came with the London Underground's introduction of "contactless" payment methods.

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Beijing cops shut down huge $19 million counterfeit iPhone factory

Have you ever seen an iPhone on sale with a price that’s too good to be true? It turns out counterfeiting the iPhone is a profitable pastime in many parts of the world. But at least one massive counterfeit iPhone operation in China was recently shut down, as police raided a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as $19 million. DON’T MISS: Intel Skylake specs leak; Expect new laptops with 41% faster graphics and insane battery life Disguised as a gadget maintenance shop, the company operated in the northern outskirts of Beijing and was apparently the brainchild of a married couple. The couple allegedly set up the factory in January, Reuters reports, by creating six assembly

These 3 Amazon deals offer killer prices on gadgets every smartphone user needs

Yes, Amazon’s massive Prime Day sale ended up being a bust for the most part. The site is still home to some of the best deals you’ll find on the web, of course, and we’ve got three solid ones to share with you today. All three of them are limited-time sales on great gadgets that bring cheap prices to accessories every smartphone user should have. How good are these prices? One deal drops the price of a very handy accessory to just $4.99 with free shipping — there are some cups of coffee at Starbucks that aren’t even that cheap! DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without Like all sales, the sales we’ll be highlighting today

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

Welcome to the start of a brand new week, and what better way to kick things off than with a great list of seven paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for a limited time? As always, these sales could be over before you know it, so hurry up and grab anything that looks appealing before these deals are done. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without Nestor To-Do Lists Normally $0.99. Organize your life in a board. Create a Nestor and add tasks to it. Move them between three boards: – To do – Doing – Done Edit each task with a title, a description, a category and an image. Add it to

Best Buy joins the Apple Watch party, will begin selling the device next week

Despite reports that Apple Watch sales have been lukewarm, Apple CEO Tim Cook emphatically dismissed such claims during the company’s earnings conference call last week. Not only have Apple Watch sales exceeded Apple’s internal projections, but early sales of the device have already surpassed early iPhone and iPod sales. “And we were able to do that with having only 680 points of sale,” Cook further explained. Well, Apple Watch availability is about to change in a major way. DON’T MISS: Sorry, haters – Tim Cook confirms Apple Watch sales are much better than you think Best Buy on Sunday announced that it will soon begin carrying the Apple Watch at over 300 brick and mortar stores across the country, with 100 some

Tech that changed how you use your iPhone may soon help control everything in your home

Your fingerprint can already do a bunch of things on iPhones that have Touch ID sensors, including unlocking the devices, purchasing content from the App Store, logging into apps and sites, and using Apple Pay. But Apple has figured out another place where your fingerprint might be used: The connected home of the future. DON’T MISS: How have you lived this long without knowing these 10 hidden iPhone tricks? Three new Apple patent applications reveal that Apple is looking into ways to use your fingerprints at home to customize content preferences, control various connected gadgets, and secure access to personal data. The patents, discovered by Apple Insider, mention Apple TV remote controls that would have built-in Touch ID sensors. With a simple touch, users would

Kids have hilarious reactions when using the original iPod

It’s somewhat incredible that Apple is still churning out new iPod models in 2015. The iPod, after all, is nearly 14 years old. Originally released back in October of 2001, the iPod famously helped Apple reclaim its position as a tech industry leader while also padding the company’s pockets with more cash than they had ever seen before. While those of us who witnessed the digital music revolution first-hand have a special affinity for Apple’s iconic music player, kids these days understandably look at the device with bewilderment. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s: Leak gives us our first look at the new iPhone’s face The video below showcases, quite hilariously, how grade school kids react when the original iPod is put in front

Play these now: Two free iPhone games you don’t want to miss this week

Every weekday we share an updated collection of the best free iPhone and iPad apps, but there are always plenty of noteworthy apps that don’t make the list. This week, two especially interesting games launched on the App Store, and they’re both completely free to download. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, read on. DON’T MISS: 100 iPhone apps and games are on sale right now – here’s how to see them all On the surface, Cally’s Caves 3 doesn’t look like much. The 16-bit graphics are endearing, but in 2015, many smartphone gamers expect visuals to rival last-gen consoles. Admittedly, I had my doubts when I stumbled upon the game earlier this week, but it has completely consumed my

Apple removes Nest Labs thermostats from U.S. stores

Apple removes Nest Labs thermostats from U.S. stores

Apple Inc said it had removed Nest Labs' Internet-connected thermostats from its U.S. online and retail stores, a year after the home automation maker was bought by Google Inc for $3.3 billion. Nest, led by the "godfather" of iPod Tony Fadell, earned plaudits for its thermostat - a round, brushed-metal device with a convex glass screen that displays temperature and changes hue to match the color of the wall it attaches to. "We regularly make changes to our merchandise mix in stores," Apple spokesman Nick Leahy said in an email on Friday.

Every app included in Google’s huge summer Android app sale

We cover iPhone and iPad app sales every single day, but Android app sales aren’t quite as easy to come by. The reasoning is simple: Android apps don’t go on sale for free very often. Sometimes there are big Android app sales that are definitely worth noting even if there aren’t any good freebies to be found, and such is the case with the Google Play summer sale going on right now. DON’T MISS: Netflix is rolling out its first major TV app update in 2 years – here’s what’s new As is always the case with app sales, these deals could be over soon, so be sure to jump on anything that looks appealing as soon as you can. All of

Pakistan to shut down BlackBerry services by December over 'security'

Pakistan to shut down BlackBerry services by December over 'security'

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI (Reuters) - The Pakistani government plans to shut down BlackBerry Ltd’s secure messaging services by Dec. 1 for "security reasons", the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said on Friday.     Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people, is plagued by militancy, criminal gangs and drug traffickers.     "PTA has issued directions to local mobile phone operators to close BlackBerry Enterprise Services from Nov. 30 on security reasons," an official with the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said in a text message.     He asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of discussing communications and intelligence. BlackBerry was not immediately available to comment.

10 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all on sale for free today

This has been a heck of a week for paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free, but it’s not over just yet. Friday’s list includes 10 terrific apps that are normally all paid downloads, but each and every one of them is free right now for a limited time. And it 10 apps aren’t enough, there are still a few apps on sale for free in yesterday’s post. DON’T MISS: Want to lose weight? This iPhone app lets you do Weight Watchers without paying $20/month These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from

BlackBerry lays out security strategy as turnaround takes shape

BlackBerry lays out security strategy as turnaround takes shape

By Euan Rocha NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd on Thursday showcased a suite of security products that safeguard everything from medical devices to Hollywood movie scripts, though its CEO acknowledged that his effort to transform the company remains a work in progress. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company, whose smartphone market share has dwindled, is attempting to morph into a more software-focused entity. "I'm pretty satisfied with the progress on the turnaround so far," BlackBerry's Chief Executive John Chen said in an interview just before an event in New York.

Amazon shares soar on surprise profit, market value above Wal Mart's

Amazon shares soar on surprise profit, market value above Wal Mart's

Amazon also forecast third-quarter revenue above estimates, and reported strong sales in North America, and unprecedented growth in its popular Prime two-day unlimited shipping service. Prime, which for $99 a year also provides exclusive access to certain movies, music and Kindle books, is getting new subscribers at rates "higher than we've ever seen," Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky told analysts on a conference call. Membership was growing faster outside the United States than inside, helped in part by its recent one-day sale event called "Prime Day," Amazon noted.

Running low on free storage in your iPhone? This tiny charger has a brilliant fix

If you happen to run out of storage on your 16GB iPhone or iPad on a regular basis and need access to more local storage, you might consider purchasing a tiny device that’s not only going to help you charge your device when it’s running low on juice, but also provide a fix for your storage problem. DON’T MISS: 10 hidden tricks that could completely change the way you use your iPhone PhotoFast’s MemoriesCable comes with 64GB or 128GB of additional memory that can be used to store pictures, videos and other content that otherwise wouldn’t fit on your iPhone. The device is compatible with the iPhone 6, the iPad Air 2, and with any other iPhone or iPad that has a Lightning connector. The

Best Buy finally realized it’s Black Friday in July – here are some of the best deals

Amazon recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a huge Prime Day deals day that generated record sales. Walmart tried to ruin Amazon’s event by launching its own sales, and so did other retailers. Strangely, Best Buy wasn’t one of them. Now, however, the company is holding a special “Black Friday in July” event this weekend, planning to offer buyers several gadgets at discounted prices. The Black Friday in July Sale takes place on July 24th and July 25th, with deals available in Best Buy’s online store. DON’T MISS: 10 hidden tricks that could completely change the way you use your iPhone New and existing My Best Buy members can access the sales page right now by following this link — you can register

The 9 best paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

We showed you eight great paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free yesterday, and there were definitely a few particularly good options in that post. In fact, a few of them are actually still on sale for free if you hurry. Today, we’re back with nine more apps though, and you have plenty of time to browse through them and snag your favorites. But don’t wait too long, of course… DON’T MISS: 10 hidden tricks that could completely change the way you use your iPhone These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from

Logitech first-quarter revenue falls by 2 percent to $470 million

Logitech first-quarter revenue falls by 2 percent to $470 million

(Reuters) - Swiss-American gadget maker Logitech International SA on Thursday posted a 2 percent drop in quarterly revenue, hurt by a strong dollar and falling demand for its computer accessories. The Lausanne-based company reported adjusted operating profit for its first quarter ended June 30 of $31 million, or 16 cents a share, compared with 22 cents a share a year earlier. Logitech has been focusing on new lines like wireless music speakers, videoconferencing and video game controllers, to offset a decline in personal computers and weak demand for the mice and keyboards it has made since the dawn of the PC age.

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are on sale for free today only

Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was a great one, and there are still some solid freebies in there that you can grab if you hurry back to that post. Today is a new day, of course, which means we’ve got a whole new list of sales to share with you. DON’T MISS: 10 hidden tricks that could completely change the way you use your iPhone These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee

BlackBerry to buy messaging alerts firm AtHoc to expand software base

BlackBerry to buy messaging alerts firm AtHoc to expand software base

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said on Wednesday it is buying privately-held AtHoc, a provider of secure, networked crisis communications, as it moves to broaden its software offering and generate revenue from its BBM messaging service. San Mateo, California-based AtHoc's services are used by a number of top clients including the U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security and a host of blue-chip companies, to provide software that seamlessly allows them to reach staff via their smartphones, or via digital displays, radios, and even sirens, in times of crisis. "AtHoc is an alerts system, but it also needs richer content and that can be provided by BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), which offers not just text, but voice, picture and video sharing, so we can provide a much richer experience to their clients," said BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen in an interview.

BlackBerry cuts jobs as part of turnaround plan

BlackBerry Ltd. announced another round of job cuts Tuesday as it deals with weak smartphone sales and pushes ahead with a restructuring plan. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company declined to disclose how ...

Breakthrough innovation could pave the way for a radically redesigned iPhone

Apple is already looking at ways of radically changing the iPhone design, although we’re virtually certain that any big changes won’t occur this year. However, new glass technology developed by one company might come in handy if Apple is really serious about making radical changes to the iPhone’s iconic home button. DON’T MISS: Apple hires another major talent for its top-secret car project Sonovation announced on Tuesday that it can insert ultrasonic biometric sensors under a Gorilla Glass display, and the device would still be able to read a user’s fingerprints. That’s the kind of tech Apple is also studying, according to some reports, as a way to remove the Home button from the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This breakthrough innovation would

10 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

It’s that time of day again when we tell you about paid iPhone apps that are now free to download for a limited time. Following up on yesterday’s big list, we’ve come up with an even bigger list of 10 different paid apps that you can get for free if you act right now. Check them out below! FROM EARLIER: This hidden trick will make your Android phone even faster These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing

Early adopters love the Apple Watch even more than the iPhone

The Apple Watch is apparently under performing many analysts’ expectations but people who have bought the device seem to love it. A survey conducted by Wristly and Ben Bajarin of Techpinions of 1,000 Apple Watch owners shows that 66% are very satisfied with the device while 31% are somewhat satisfied. In total, the Apple Watch has a customer satisfaction rating of 97%, which is higher than earlier customer satisfaction ratings for the first-generation iPhone and iPad. ON THE OTHER HAND: The biggest indication that Apple Watch is a dud so far The most interesting thing that Bajarin found was that people who are more hardcore tech fans were much more critical of the device than people who are more casual consumers. People

Apple slyly trolls Android with new ‘If it’s not an iPhone’ ad

Apple has a new TV ad out for the iPhone and this time it’s taking an indirect shot at its biggest competitor: Android. As part of the If it’s not an iPhone series of ads, the new 30-second commercial is all about the apps. Without the App Store, the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch would be pretty much useless. Hence, Apple’s insistence on apps isn’t surprising. DON’T MISS: YouTube is back with a vengeance and is now more popular than cable In fact, Apple has constantly reminded users and developers that its App Store is superior to the competition’s because of the number and quality of apps. While Google Play certainly has a lot of apps of its own, many top developers make

World’s most accurate Apple insider reveals new details on Apple’s big fall releases

Apple will soon reveal more details about its most recent quarter, and an analyst who has usually been highly accurate with predictions about unreleased Apple devices is out with a new research note that offers sales estimates for the past quarter and an insight into Apple’s next potential steps. DON’T MISS: Watch: The best wedding toast we’ve seen all year KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note seen by MacRumors that Apple will launch cheaper “gold” Apple Watches, a new iPad mini, and a new iMac by the end of the year. The analyst also expects the iPhone 6s launch to see somewhat a slow start due to “low yield of Force Touch .” Kuo said that Apple sold roughly

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free to download right now – save $49

It’s time to start off the week with some paid iPhone apps that you can download for free right now for a limited time. Today we’ve rounded up eight different apps that would normally cost just under $49 but you can get them all right now without paying a cent. Let’s check them out! DON’T MISS: The biggest indication that Apple Watch is a dud so far These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee

DIY fertility testing goes digital with Taiwan's iSperm

DIY fertility testing goes digital with Taiwan's iSperm

By Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - Call home, check your email, count your sperm: Taiwanese start-up Aidmics is hoping to cash in on the $40 billion global human fertility market with an iPad compatible gadget it calls iSperm. Aidmics initially developed the product to help livestock farmers, but founder Agean Lin now plans to seek U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval next year to expand its use to men. Investment advisory Harris Williams estimates the global fertility market to be worth as much as $40 billion.

Some of the best Amazon Prime Day deals are still available

Amazon set a new worldwide online sales record with its special 20-year anniversary Prime Day event. The retailer offered many discounts on plenty of a huge number of products on Prime Day to Amazon Prime subscribers, though many people complained about some of the items that received substantial discounts. Even so, Prime Day came with plenty of interesting tech and gadget deals and several of them are still available to buyers. You might not be able to get the exact same Prime Day price for them, as Amazon has bumped up the prices slightly, but you’d still be saving a bunch of money by ordering them as fast as possible from Amazon – see some of these deals we’ve curated for you

Start-up VMK launches production of 'Made in Congo' phones

Republic of Congo's homegrown tech start-up VMK this week launched a production unit of its mobile phones in Congo and aims to assemble some 4 million phones annually, the company's chief executive Verone Mankou said on Thursday. VMK was started by 29-year-old Mankou in 2009 with the aim of tapping into the growing African mobile phone market with products made in the continent to challenge the likes of Apple, Samsung and Blackberry. Designed in Congo, VMK's brands includes a tablet Way-C, a smart phone Elikia and a low-end mobile phone Moke, which are priced competitively compared with others in the market.

7 best paid iPhone apps on sale for free today only

We’re not sure we can top yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free, but we’ve found seven iOS apps that are definitely worth checking out. And if seven isn’t enough, you can always head back to yesterday’s post, where you’ll find a few solid sales that haven’t ended yet. DON’T MISS: This Android app adds one simple feature I wish I could have on my iPhone These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that

Apple's updates iPod Touch amid declining sales

Apple's updates iPod Touch amid declining sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Although the iPod's popularity has waned, Apple is updating its music player for the first time in nearly three years by giving the flagship Touch model a faster processor and better cameras.

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Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G hands-on: The pure Android phones you’ve been waiting for

Google’s Nexus program is great. It sets the stage for Android and gives hardcore Android fans a selection of great pure devices that are free of vendor tweaks and carrier bloat. If pure Android is what you’re looking for, however, there’s a new smartphone duo that just rocketed to the top of your list. Motorola on Tuesday unveiled the brand new Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G, and we just spent some time with both new smartphones. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without Beginning with the flagship model, the Moto X Pure Edition is the U.S. version of the “Moto X Style.” Neither name really rolls off of the tongue, but that obviously

Indie devs scrambling as Ouya reportedly backs out of promised $1 million fund

Indie devs scrambling as Ouya reportedly backs out of promised $1 million fund

Razer acquired Ouya in an all-cash deal, it was announced this week. The Android-based micro-console was supposed to be a haven for smaller games and independent developers, but some developers who bought into that story may be harshly punished for their enthusiasm. It all began with a $1 million fund for indie games.

Moto X Style and Moto X Play: Full specs and pricing information

Motorola on Tuesday took the wraps off its Moto X Play and Moto X Style flagship phones that promise to be big upgrades over last year’s impressive version of the Moto X. For those interested in just the hardware, here are the full specs for the Moto X Style and the Moto X Play. FROM EARLIER: OnePlus 2 offers cutting-edge hardware for under $390… and Android fanboys are still whining about it Moto X Style: 5.7-inch quad-HD display Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 1.8GHz hexa-core processor 3GB of RAM A 21-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera Universal LTE banding 3,000 mAh battery microSD support up to 128GB Android 5.1.1 2015 Moto X Play: 5.5-inch 1080p display Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.7GHz octa-core processor

Live coverage: Watch live as Motorola unveils its brand new Android lineup

For a period of time in late 2014, the Moto X was the best Android phone on the planet. It wasn’t the most powerful Android flagship and it wasn’t the thinnest. It didn’t have the highest-resolution display and it didn’t have the support of a billion-dollar marketing budget. The Moto X was, however, the most well-rounded Android flagship on the market. It was sleek, it was unique, it had solid specs and it could be customized in dozens of different ways. Meanwhile, the 2014 Moto G was shockingly capable for a handset that was so affordable, offering all-day battery life, respectable specs and a surprisingly good screen for under $200 with no service contract. It was an improvement over its predecessor in every

Android flaw lets hackers break in with a text message

Android flaw lets hackers break in with a text message

Cyber security firm Zimperium on Monday warned of a flaw in the world's most popular smartphone operating system that lets hackers take control with a text message. "Attackers only need your mobile number, using which they can remotely execute code via a specially crafted media file delivered via MMS (text message)," Zimperium Mobile Security said in a blog post. Android code dubbed "Stagefright" was at the heart of the problem, according to Zimperium.

How to watch live as OnePlus unveils the phone of hardcore Android fans’ dreams

If you’ve never heard of the OnePlus One, don’t feel bad — we’re not here to judge. This oddly named smartphone isn’t a handset you’ll find at your wireless carrier’s local store, and its upcoming successor likely won’t be stocked there either. OnePlus’ One was one of the most surprising and exciting smartphones of the year in 2014 though, bringing impressive specs, an affordable price and great hackability to Android fans around the world. Or at least, it brought all that to Android fans around the world who managed to secure an invitation to purchase the phone. Now, OnePlus is back with the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the One, and it’s shaping up to once again be among the hottest Android

Most Android phones can be hacked with one text

Most Android phones can be hacked with one text

Watch out, Android owners. A security firm says it only takes one malicious text message to spy on your phone and steal personal data. Google has a fix, but when will it be coming to your phone?

Has Android growth come to a screeching halt?

When it comes to bragging about some of Android’s more impressive achievements, Google isn’t exactly shy. Over the past few years, Google has never missed an opportunity to let us know how many Android activations they’ve seen or how Android shipments have been doing. DON’T MISS: Boeing 777’s insane landing in a 75MPH windstorm is almost too unnerving to watch Curiously, though, it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything substantive about the current state of Android. As highlighted in the tweet below, Google hasn’t graced us with any compelling Android data since last summer. “Google hasn’t given a new Android statistic since last summer” –@BenedictEvans — Horace Dediu (@asymco) July 27, 2015 So what gives? Is it possible that

950 million Android users at risk as researcher uncovers massive security flaw

A security researcher has recently uncovered a worrisome new Android exploit which allows hackers to compromise a device simply by sending either an MMS message or a multimedia file. Once a device has been targeted and infected, hackers can access a user’s microphone, camera, external storage, and in some cases (depending on the device in question), even gain root access. Initially discovered by Joshua Drake from the security firm Zimperium, the exploit takes advantage of a number of vulnerabilities found within the software framework Android uses to “process, play and record multimedia files.” DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without What makes the exploit truly dangerous is that it can seemingly be triggered without any pro active

Can Samsung push wireless charging further into the mainstream?

Can Samsung push wireless charging further into the mainstream?

The Samsung SE370 is the first world's first computer monitor that can double as a wireless battery charger for a smartphone, tablet or even a smartwatch. For example, it uses AMD's FreeSync technology so that it refreshes at the same rate as the computer's graphics card (provided it's also AMD) for a smoother, more immersive gaming experience. "Technology should support, not interfere with, active lifestyles.

10 new jailbreak tweaks that are so cool, they’re actually making me a little jealous

Last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the most powerful iPhones the world has ever seen. They positively pulverized quad- and octa-core Android rivals in a number of key performance tests, and they pushed Apple’s iPhone sales to an all-time high in the holiday quarter. iOS 8 makes great use of all that power, having brought a wide range of new features to the iOS platform that make it Apple’s most capable mobile platform to date. As great as iOS 8 is — and as great as iOS 9 is shaping up to be — there are still plenty of great features that only iPhone owners who jailbreak their phones have access to. DON’T MISS: How have you lived

Widespread Android vulnerability could turn phones into spycams

While Google has released a patch for the widespread vulnerability found in its Stagefright multimedia playback engine in the Android OS, the fix won't help millions of users with older versions of the system that Google no longer supports. Android has deployed Stagefright since its 2.2 release in 2010. Recommended: Passcode How well do you know hacker movies?

What to Watch This Weekend: The Series Finale of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, the Red Dragon on Hannibal, and the Debut of I Am Cait

What to Watch This Weekend: The Series Finale of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, the Red Dragon on Hannibal, and the Debut of I Am Cait

What to watch on Friday, July 24... NEXT: Saturday, July 25 | Sunday, July 26 8pm, Syfy Defiance With Nolan, Amanda, and Irisa, and the militia attempting to hold off the besieging Votanis Collective, Datak takes decisive action of his own. The title "My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You" may provide a subtle clue as to the specific nature of said action. 8:30pm, Disney Girl Meets World It's Riley's turn to take the class pet home for the weekend in "Girl Meets Fish." But after the little bugger goes belly up soon after entering her care, Auggie believes something smells fishy. 9pm, PBS Great Performances Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrate the music of composer John Williams, including selections from his most beloved film scores. Itzhak Perlman joins for three pieces from Schindler's List. Natalie Portman hosts. SERIES FINALE, 9pm, The CW The Messengers This one's for all the existential Tostitos as the Horsemen attempt to shatter the fifth seal and the Messengers attempt to… y'know, not let them do that. Will the world end with "Houston, We Have a Problem," or just this series? 9pm, Syfy Killjoys When a legendary Killjoy goes rogue in "One Blood," the Quad's top tracking talent is in a mad, mad, mad, mad race to bring him in. Khlyen uses Dutch, so John and D'avin must join forces with a foe. 10pm, Syfy Dark Matter Having finally cracked into the ship's secret room, the crew discovers a bunch of coins and power-ups a chipper android and a severely ill woman who knows something about Three. 10pm, Pivot HitRECORD on TV With Joseph Gordon-Levitt Ben Schwartz joins for a round of secret-sharing sketches based on the confessions of real people, and an animated music video relates an unconventional romance. 11pm, Showtime SXSW Comedy With W. Kamau Bell The comedian hosts a standup showcase recorded at the South by Southwest festival, featuring Todd Glass, Wyatt Cenac, Iliza Shlesinger and more. LATE-NITE: – Rachel McAdams, Michael Peña, and Robert Klein on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT? And now, let's all vote to crown the What to Watch Tonight Episode Title of the Week! NEXT: Saturday, July 25 | Sunday, July 26 What to watch on Saturday, July 25... PREVIOUSLY: Friday, July 24 | NEXT: Sunday, July 26 9pm, Starz Power Holly goes missing and Tommy loses his cool in "You're Not the Man," while Ghost's explanation of his actions seems to satisfy Angela. 9pm, AMC Hell on Wheels While schlepping a locomotive over the Sierra Nevadas, Cullen and Fong land in a dangerous situation. Elsewhere in "Mei Mei," the Swede earns Phineas's trust. 9pm, BBC America Atlantis As Jason fights for survival in "Kin," Aeson ventures into the city to save his son's life and soul. 9pm, Discovery MythBusters Adam and Jamie head high into the skies—like really, super, "I can see my continent from up here" high—to test aviation-related myths in "Flights of Fantasy." 9pm, NBC Aquarius Hodiak comes to a fellow detective's aid in "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)," while Shafe makes headway on the heroin case. SERIES FINALE, 10pm, BBC America Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" concludes the magicians' tale with England in turmoil and the Raven King's ominous prophecy looming. Can Strange's plan restore order, rescue Arabella, and get everyone home in time for tea? 10pm, NBC Hannibal "The Great Red Dragon" opens the series' next (last?) chapter three years after Hannibal's surrender. With the good doctor now a resident of the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, Will and Jack turn their attentions to a new monster: Francis Dolarhyde, a.k.a. the Tooth Fairy (Richard Armitage). WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT? And now, let's all vote to crown the What to Watch Tonight Episode Title of the Week! PREVIOUSLY: Friday, July 24 | NEXT: Sunday, July 26 What to watch on Sunday, July 26... PREVIOUSLY: Friday, July 24 | Saturday, July 25 SERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, E! I Am Cait Caitlyn Jenner introduces her true self to the world in the pages of Vanity Fair in the opener of this reality series. Later, she sets out to learn more about transgender youths in crisis. 8pm & 8:30pm, NBC Welcome to Sweden In "Scrapbook/Skidresa," Bruce joins Emma and her parents on their annual family ski excursion, where Emma finds an old rivalry reignited. Then in "Parental Guidance/Svartsjuk," Bruce's parents visit to help plan the wedding, but not all their suggestions are warmly received. 8pm, PBS Last Tango in Halifax Greg shows a knack for dealing with both Flora and Lawrence, while Alan keeps his distance from Gary and his troubling behavior. Meanwhile, a private matter is exposed to public scrutiny. SEASON 7 PREMIERE, 9pm, TLC Who Do You Think You Are? Ginnifer Goodwin seeks to connect her father with the grandparents he never knew, and in the process learns that her family tree has its share of troubles. 9pm, HBO True Detective In "Church in Ruins," Frank confers with Mexican drug dealers in hopes of tracking down a missing woman who may know something about Caspere. In other truthful detecting, Ani insinuates herself into an exclusive inner circle as Ray and Paul keep an eye on things. 9pm, AMC Humans To elude Karen, Leo sends Niska to George's house, where a surprising friendship brews. In less amiable affairs, Joe's secret could spell doom for the Hawkins family. 9pm, PBS Poldark At the Warleggans' gala ball, Demelza shines while Ross squares off against the gambler who swindled Francis. Elsewhere, Ross and Dr. Enys try to save Jim Carter from the pestilence afflicting Bodmin Jail. 9pm, Showtime Ray Donovan "Come and Knock on Our Door" finds Ray and Mickey scheming to spring Terry from prison, apparently through an elaborate caper involving mistaken identities and butterfly-collared polyester shirts. 9pm, TNT The Last Ship The team infiltrates an Immune compound in "Alone and Unafraid." As Chandler gains Sean's trust, Danny makes a discovery about Patient Zero. SERIES FINALE, 10pm, PBS The Crimson Field Joan faces treason charges, Col. Brett faces criticism of his leadership, and Kitty faces guilt and uncertainty. In somewhat more positive developments, Flora facilitates a family reunion. 10pm, AMC Halt and Catch Fire Mutiny circles the wagons following the emergence of a new rival in "Kali." Elsewhere, Gordon's efforts to ease his paranoia carry a heavy cost. 10pm, TNT Falling Skies In "Non-Essential Personnel," the 2nd Mass sets of for a climactic confrontation against the Espheni. But unexpected dangers emerge along the way, and not just because like half of them forgot to use the bathroom before they left. 10pm, Showtime Masters of Sex Masters and Johnson leverage their growing notoriety, but Tessa endures the downside of having a famous mother. Meanwhile in "The Excitement of Release," Libby works to maintain her social life. 10pm, FX The Strain Gus and Vaun attack Palmer in "Fort Defiance," while a different sort of tension stirs between Eph and Zack. Elsewhere, Councilwoman Faraldo plans to expand her extermination efforts to other boroughs. 10pm, HBO Ballers Charles looks out for himself, Joe negotiates with Maximo, and Ricky opens up after his off-field activities come to light. Meanwhile in "Everything is Everything," Tracy gives Spencer the kick in the heinder he needs to face his fears. SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 11:30pm, Cartoon Network Rick and Morty Rick wrecks the temporal fabric in "A Rickle in Time," while Beth and Jerry get their romance on. 12am, Cartoon Network Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever "Knapsack!" finds Meatwad exploring the worlds of dog food and pornography. There may be some sort of wiki out there that can elaborate on how those two things are related, but I'm sure as heck not going to go looking for it. WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT? And now, let's all vote to crown the What to Watch Tonight Episode Title of the Week! PREVIOUSLY: Friday, July 24 | Saturday, July 25

Every app included in Google’s huge summer Android app sale

We cover iPhone and iPad app sales every single day, but Android app sales aren’t quite as easy to come by. The reasoning is simple: Android apps don’t go on sale for free very often. Sometimes there are big Android app sales that are definitely worth noting even if there aren’t any good freebies to be found, and such is the case with the Google Play summer sale going on right now. DON’T MISS: Netflix is rolling out its first major TV app update in 2 years – here’s what’s new As is always the case with app sales, these deals could be over soon, so be sure to jump on anything that looks appealing as soon as you can. All of

Fallout Shelter coming to Android on Aug. 13 with new features, update coming to iOS

Fallout Shelter coming to Android on Aug. 13 with new features, update coming to iOS

Nearly two months after its surprise E3 announcement, Fallout Shelter — the free-to-play mobile vault management sim — will make its Android debut on Aug. 13, accompanied by a host of updates to the game. At a Fallout panel at QuakeCon today, Bethesda made the announcement and detailed some of the updates, which will also come to the iOS release on the same day.

Pakistan to shut down BlackBerry services by December over 'security'

Pakistan to shut down BlackBerry services by December over 'security'

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI (Reuters) - The Pakistani government plans to shut down BlackBerry Ltd’s secure messaging services by Dec. 1 for "security reasons", the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said on Friday.     Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people, is plagued by militancy, criminal gangs and drug traffickers.     "PTA has issued directions to local mobile phone operators to close BlackBerry Enterprise Services from Nov. 30 on security reasons," an official with the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said in a text message.     He asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of discussing communications and intelligence. BlackBerry was not immediately available to comment.

Dark Matter "Episode Seven" Review: Squeezing Characters Inside the Bottle

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Dark Matter S01E07: "Episode Seven" At this point, I may as well just write these Dark Matter reviews as a place for commenters to argue over which Syfy show is better: Dark Matter or Killjoys. Based on the comments section, that still seems to be a big topic among you all. And if you're a Killjoys fan, you got some ammo from Dark Matter's "Episode Seven" (Disclaimer: I have not seen this week's Killjoys). "Episode Seven" was the kind of episode of Dark Matter that we'll all forget by Monday, a problem-of-the-week hour built around one of the dumbest revenge plots you'll ever see on television. A quick setup: Five finally remembered the code to the vault thanks to her memory vacations, and in the treasure room the crew of the Raza found guns, money, and... a disassembled, sexy pleasure bot and a woman in a stasis pod. Everyone agreed to put robot Wendy (guest star Ruby Rose) together because ROBO-SEX (but really they wanted someone to do chores and because they're bored, they'll put anything together), and she started cooking them fancy meals and had acrobatic, porno sex with One. The woman in the pod turned out to be Sarah (guest star Natalie Brown from The Strain), an old friend of Three's who was suffering from a fatal disease. She still had her memories, but her time pre-stasis with Three didn't offer up much because they didn't know each other too well. There's your setup. From there, "entertainment bot" Wendy shmoozed the crew with massages, yummy dinners, cleavage, a charming Australian accent (default settting), and sex. She was too good to be true, so obviously she was. The truth? She was planted on the ship by a man named Cyrus King, whose crew was obliterated by the Raza crew a while back. So he boxed Wendy up in a tightly locked cargo hold on the ship somehow, waited for them to find her and put her together, then had her cook for them and have sex with one of them before sending her on her real mission: lock them in the kitchen and fly the spaceship into the nearest star! I mean, as far as revenge plots go, this was very remedial movie-villain stuff. Completely convoluted, not worth the trouble, and not even close to guaranteed. How long was Cyrus waiting by the phone for word that these guys found his Trojan Deathbot? Six months? A year? This dish of revenge was served incredibly cold. I don't think I need to tell you that they killed Wendy and didn't fly into a star and die. Hooray for the good guys! Sarah's plot was pretty typical for what we can expect from Dark Matter's exploration of its characters' pasts: a thin kernel of interesting info surrounded by a lot of fat. The big news here was that Three wasn't always the awful, cocky, insensitive jerk that we love him to be. He cared for her, had romantic relations with her, and didn't even the next day. And when she first showed signs of being sick, he stayed with her, eventually hauling her onto his ship to keep her in stasis until she could get better. That's about the gist of it. Oh, and Sarah died in the end, keeping Three's pre-stasis life secret with her in heaven or wherever she ended up. I was wondering if she would be using the advantage of Three not remembering their past to her advantage and waited for the big twist, but there was none. The idea of pre-stasis romance coming back to haunt these crew members is an interesting one with lots of possibilities, but Three's time with Sarah was played straight and didn't offer a whole lot to cling on to. And because this was relegated to a very distant B-story compared to Wendy the sexy murderbot, it never took and went anywhere. "Episode Seven" was a pretty standard affair that took the series away from what it could be and what he hoped for. But at least it cleared out a room on the ship so that new characters can't just appear on the Raza anymore. That has to be worth something, right? DARK MATTERS – What's up with Two? She's just toying with One now. And no, we still don't care about this potential romance between them. – "Dunking the cosmic donut." There's your sex euphemism of the evening. – Lots of humor coming from Android! Particularly her attempt to add an accent to get attention from the rest of the crew after being jealous of Wendy. – Of course, there's no way Android would be jealous of anything since it's a very human emotion and that was totally out of character and allowed only for comedic effect. Ehh, it was pretty entertaining, but it's hard to know what the rules of the show are if they break one like this.

Keep asking Google Maps ‘Are we there yet?’ and just see what happens

Google Maps is one of the most useful apps on your smartphone, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. It turns out Google thinks about Google Maps along the same lines, as the company has added a hilarious Easter Egg to its Android app that you can use to troll everyone you’re driving with. DON’T MISS: How have you lived this long without knowing these 10 hidden iPhone tricks? What you have to do to activate it is to ask Google Maps while it’s in navigation mode whether you’re there yet. At first, the app will tell you how much is left to your destination. Repeating the “Are we there yet?” question like a child will annoy Google Maps to

YouTube just fixed the most annoying thing about your homemade videos

YouTube has just fixed the most annoying thing about your homemade iPhone or Android videos — you know, the ones you record when you are foolishly holding your smartphone vertically. Viewing vertical videos on YouTube is an unpleasant experience, to say the least, but Google has taken steps to fix it, at least for Android users. DON’T MISS: 10 hidden tricks that could completely change the way you use your iPhone YouTube on Android will now show you vertical videos properly in full screen and you won’t have to do anything to activate the feature. Just hold the phone in a vertical position when watching a vertical video, and the video will occupy the entire screen real estate (see image above). The

BlackBerry lays out security strategy as turnaround takes shape

BlackBerry lays out security strategy as turnaround takes shape

By Euan Rocha NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd on Thursday showcased a suite of security products that safeguard everything from medical devices to Hollywood movie scripts, though its CEO acknowledged that his effort to transform the company remains a work in progress. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company, whose smartphone market share has dwindled, is attempting to morph into a more software-focused entity. "I'm pretty satisfied with the progress on the turnaround so far," BlackBerry's Chief Executive John Chen said in an interview just before an event in New York.

Donald Trump Supporters: Here's What Makes Them Tick

Donald Trump Supporters: Here's What Makes Them Tick

The bump in the polls comes even as some criticized Trump for questioning whether Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is a war hero, and releasing the personal cellphone number of fellow GOP presidential candidate Lindsey Graham. These conversations with voters suggest that Trump's campaign has given a voice to real frustration and public anger, drawing support that crosses party lines and cites a range of policy concerns. If James Hollingsworth were in Trump’s shoes, he would have given out Sen. Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number, too.

Meet the app that fans are calling ‘the best thing that ever happened to Android’

We’ve written about the Nova Launcher Android app before but this in-depth review from Android Central made us want to plug it all over again. For those of you who don’t know, launchers in general are like Facebook Home but 1,000 times less terrible — they take over your phone’s main home screen and make some great improvements to the design while also giving you added customization options. Android diehards have long had high praise for Nova Launcher, which just seems to get better and better with each new release. RELATED: Android M: 5 small but important features you’re going to love The customization options, of course, are what Android fans really love about any addition to Android and Android Central’s review

Notimex, Mexico’s Official News Agency, Launches Mobile Video Feature

Notimex, Mexico’s Official News Agency, Launches Mobile Video Feature with AudioNow App Available on Android and iPhone Worldwide Mexico City & Washington D.C. – July 23, 2015 – Video news is now available for Notimex’s mobile app subscribers worldwide through their app with AudioNow Digital. Notimex, traditionally an online news agency, launched their multimedia app with topical audio podcasts for iPhone and Android earlier this year. Notimex app video news briefs, covering society, culture, education, sports and entertainment are available on-demand, by topic, and updated daily, in addition to audio podcast.

Apple's India test: how to gain volume and meet aspiration

Apple's India test: how to gain volume and meet aspiration

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - With only a tiny share of the world's fastest-growing major smartphone market, Apple Inc is stepping up its push into India, with a first targeted TV advertising campaign, expanded retail network and promotional financing schemes. For years, India has been a low priority for Apple as spending power is weaker than in China, where the company's iPhones swiftly became must-have devices after their 2007 launch. Apple has just a 2 percent share of India's smartphone market, while South Korean rival Samsung Electronics accounts for around one third of volume sales with its range of Android phones.

Opinion: Why the US government must lose cryptowars 2.0

Because I believe that strong encryption protects valuable American intellectual property from hackers and adversaries overseas – one of the most critical problems facing both startups and large corporations. Apple said that devices running its new software would be encrypted by default. Even the company itself unable to gain access to its customers' protected data. And Google made headlines last year when it announced that "full-disk encryption," which protects user information on its Android devices, would be enabled by default.

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Obama: Africa must create jobs for its next generation

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Closing a historic visit to Africa, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged the continent's leaders to prioritize creating jobs and opportunity for the next generation of young people or risk sacrificing future economic potential to further instability and disorder.

Libya court sentences Kadhafi son Seif al-Islam to death

Libya court sentences Kadhafi son Seif al-Islam to death

A Libyan court Tuesday sentenced a son and eight aides of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi to death for crimes during the 2011 uprising, in a verdict strongly criticised by rights campaigners. Seif al-Islam, the strongman's one-time heir apparent who is also wanted by the International Criminal Court, was tried in his absence because he is held by militia opposed to the Tripoli authorities. Former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi and Kadhafi's last prime minister Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi were also sentenced to death, although they can appeal to the supreme court.

Boy Scouts lift blanket ban on gay adult leaders, employees

Boy Scouts lift blanket ban on gay adult leaders, employees

By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America lifted its outright ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees on Monday, rolling back a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization. The new policy, which takes effect immediately, comes three years after the organization removed its prohibition on gay youth, but local Boy Scout units chartered by religious organizations will still be permitted to exclude gay adults from volunteering as den leaders, scoutmasters or camp counselors. The latest move was widely seen as being aimed at quelling a backlash against the Boy Scouts amid declining membership and the threat of litigation, while addressing concerns of religious institutions that account for about 70 percent of the 100,000-plus Boy Scout units nationwide.

U.S. appeals court upholds bulk of Obama air pollution rule

U.S. appeals court upholds bulk of Obama air pollution rule

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday mostly upheld a major federal environmental regulation requiring some states to limit pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states. Among the challengers were coal company Peabody Energy Corp and energy company American Electric Power Company Inc. The case was before the appeals court for a second time after an April 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision in which the justices, on a 6-2 vote, upheld the regulation. Writing for the majority, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the EPA rule a cost-effective way to allocate responsibility for emission reductions among upwind states, and that the EPA need not consider each state's proportionate responsibility for the emissions in question.

Colorado movie gunman's sister sobs, says she still loves him

Colorado movie gunman's sister sobs, says she still loves him

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The younger sister of Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes testified at his trial for the first time on Monday, telling jurors who will decide his fate that the murders were completely out of character, and she still loves him. Chris Holmes, 22, was called by the defense during the punishment phase of the trial.

Colorado theater shooter's sister says his eyes changed

Colorado theater shooter's sister says his eyes changed

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — When the younger sister of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes visited him in jail nearly two years after the attack, his eyes bulged from his head and he spoke in short, stilted phrases— a vast difference from the loving brother who protected her while they were growing up, she testified Monday.

Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad'

Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad'

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran "ridiculous if it weren't so sad."

Clinton aims high in green energy plan

Clinton aims high in green energy plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Calling climate change one of the "most urgent threats of our time," Hillary Rodham Clinton laid out elements of a sweeping plan Monday that would see every U.S. home powered by renewable energy by 2027, even as she declined to take a position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline opposed by environmental activists.

New York Gov. Cuomo announces new LaGuardia Airport

New York Gov. Cuomo announces new LaGuardia Airport

NEW YORK (AP) — A year after comparing New York's LaGuardia Airport to "some Third World Country," Vice President Joe Biden helped unveil an ambitious plan Monday to rebuild its collection of aging terminals into a modern, unified hub while easing congestion by doubling the space available for planes to operate.

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Hulk Hogan takes to Twitter after WWE cuts ties

Hulk Hogan takes to Twitter after WWE cuts ties

NEW YORK (AP) — Hulk Hogan is taking to Twitter in the aftermath of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. cutting ties with him amid a report that the wrestling star used racial slurs in a conversation captured on a sex tape.

World's busiest airport also the best for checking email and Facebook: report

World's busiest airport also the best for checking email and Facebook: report

When it comes to fast, reliable connectivity for downloading boarding passes and checking email, travelers will be most impressed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, which topped a new ranking of the best US airports for network coverage. The world’s busiest airport made an impressive leap in this year’s edition of Rootmetrics’ connectivity report, leapfrogging from seventh place in 2014 to the No. 1 spot for 2015.

Facebook to scale up free mobile Internet service to boost usage

Facebook to scale up free mobile Internet service to boost usage

By Aman Shah MUMBAI (Reuters) - Facebook Inc plans to scale up its service to offer free basic Internet on mobile phones, an executive said, after introducing the application in 17 developing countries over the past year. In a blog post released to mark the first year of the initiative, Facebook said it will open a portal allowing any mobile operator to offer the service under its Internet.org platform. Facebook currently partners with specific operators to launch the service in different countries.

Rugby-Cooper apologises for expletive-laden Twitter rant

Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper has apologised for lashing out at media criticism with an expletive-riddled post on his Twitter feed. The polarising playmaker was criticised on social media after being sin-binned during the Wallabies' 34-9 win over Argentina in Mendoza on Saturday and duly rose to the bait. Cooper's outburst sparked speculation of disharmony within the Wallabies camp but the New Zealand-born 27-year-old said he had taken issue with something he had read.

Social-Media Firms Resist Role of Policing Terror Talk

Ever since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the breadth of U.S. electronic surveillance, tensions have simmered between the government and technology companies over access to users’ online communication. The Senate Intelligence Committee included language in an annual intelligence-funding reauthorization bill last month that would require companies such as Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. to disclose any content they spot on their networks that could indicate terrorist activity. The move comes as law enforcement struggles to deal with the increased use of social networks for recruitment and planning among terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State’s use of Twitter.

How traffickers in Malaysia and Thailand used Facebook to lure victims

A Malaysian man and two Thai women were arrested Friday for using Facebook to trap women from abroad into a prostitution syndicate, the Associated Press reported. The traffickers would lure women to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by promising them work in restaurants, spas, and karaoke bars, Thai police Lt. Col. Komvich Padhanarath told the AP. The Malaysian man, Kheng Hsiang Low, and the two Thai women face charges of human trafficking, forced prostitution, and participating in a transnational crime network, the AP reported.

Facebook partnership a boon for video technology firm Bidalgo

By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Facebook marketing partner Bidalgo targets a tripling in sales in 2015 as its new technology to automate the process of making personalized online video advertising benefits from Facebook's growing share of the video market. Facebook is becoming a leader in the video market as users prefer to watch video ads over static images, said Peleg Israeli, general manager of Bidalgo's Israeli operations.

Houthi leader rejects Yemen truce: Twitter account

The leader of Yemen's Houthi movement has rejected a ceasefire planned by its Saudi-led Arab coalition adversary, saying such a truce would benefit only Islamic State and al Qaeda, according to a message posted on the group's Twitter account. "The battle goes on and the war is not over ," Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi was quoted as saying by the message. The ceasefire was due to take effect at 23.59 Yemen time (2059 GMT) on Sunday evening.

U.S. condemns Kurdish PKK attacks in Turkey: diplomat on Twitter

The United States condemns recent attacks by PKK Kurdish militants in Turkey, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Twitter, adding there was "no connection" between Turkey's strikes against the PKK and a deal to intensify the fight against Islamic State. "There is no connection between these airstrikes against PKK and recent understandings to intensify U.S.-Turkey cooperation against ISIL," Brett McGurk, the deputy special presidential envoy for the coalition to counter Islamic State, said on Twitter.

Kim K's Twitter Request 

Kim K's Twitter Request 

"I just emailed Twitter to see if they can add an edit feature so that when u misspell something u don’t have to delete and repost Let's see…" the expectant mom wrote. Twitter is the only digital platform of its kind that doesn’t allow users to alter a post after publication, a deficiency that's been noted for years. "Great idea!" co-founder Jack Dorsey replied.

Oklahoma stabbing: Why social media is so critical to investigations

Have you ever searched for a criminal’s social media trail for a glimpse into their thoughts? On Wednesday, 18-year-old Robert Brever of Broken Arrow Oklahoma allegedly stabbed his parents and three siblings in a late-night attack. Now, police are searching Mr. Brever’s social media accounts, including Facebook and Pinterest, to find clues about his motives.

Oklahoma police scour social media for clues to stabbings

Oklahoma police scour social media for clues to stabbings

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma police on Friday scoured social media posts for clues to the motive of a teenager accused of stabbing to death his parents and three siblings in a late night attack that left bodies strewn through a two-story house in a quiet neighborhood.

Blake & Miranda Tweet Each Other

Blake & Miranda Tweet Each Other

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton may be exes, but they exchanged Tweets on Friday to publically voice their support for Ashley Monroe and her new album, "The Blade."

Facebook defeats shareholder litigation over IPO

Facebook defeats shareholder litigation over IPO

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday said Facebook Inc officials including Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg cannot be sued by shareholders who said the social media company concealed threats to its growth prospects before its May 2012 initial public offering. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said investors who lost money on shares they bought after the $16 billion IPO lacked standing to sue Facebook directors and underwriters led by Morgan Stanley, over alleged inadequate disclosures made before the company went public. Shareholders said Facebook should have publicly revealed its internal projections on how increased mobile usage might reduce future revenue, rather than quietly warn its underwriters, which then cut their earnings forecasts.

Why ‘In a Relationship’ on Facebook Means More Than You Think

The study looked at 180 undergraduates who were in romantic relationships and asked them a number of questions about their relationship and looked at their Facebook profiles. The study results suggest that displaying a public commitment on Facebook, a highly public platform, is correlated with more enduring relationships between couples.

Writer claims Amazon spied on her social media profiles to invalidate her reviews

We all depend on Amazon reviews to an extent, ensuring that whatever product we’re about to buy is worth our hard-earned cash. We also naturally assume that the reviews we’re reading are legitimate, which means Amazon needs to have some process to vet reviewers. Unfortunately, that process appears to have backfired in the case of indie writer Imy Santiago. DON’T MISS: Want to lose weight? This iPhone app lets you do Weight Watchers without paying $20/month Earlier this month, Santiago attempted to submit a review for a book she’d purchased from Amazon’s online store. Having enjoyed the book, she decided to write a review, but when she went to publish it, she received a strange message. “Dear Amazon Customer, Thanks for submitting a customer review

Do Twitter, Facebook have obligation to aid terror fight?

In a bid to stop the spread of extremism in the digital sphere, members of the Senate have proposed legislation that would require social media companies to alert federal authorities of any suspicious activity related to terrorism. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California – a major supporter of the legislation – says the specific provision requiring social media companies to notify law enforcement of a pending terrorist attack is common sense. The House did not include a similar provision in its version of the bill. "The FBI and the intelligence community have made it abundantly clear that the terrorist threat is severe and increasing, and that those directing, inspiring and carrying out attacks make heavy use of social media sites," Feinstein told the Associated Press in an email.

Could Twitter stop the next terrorist attack?

Could Twitter stop the next terrorist attack?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials.

You Are What You Tweet: This Online Tool Can Tell If Your State Loves Cake

You Are What You Tweet: This Online Tool Can Tell If Your State Loves Cake

If the writing team over at the The Simpsons ever wants to bring Homer’s couch potato habits into the digital age, here’s an idea: Instead of noshing on a bag of chips while watching television, the beloved, potbellied character should probably be posting on Twitter about how he loves to eat chocolate, candy, or cake. If that change happens, Homer’s tweets can be included in the Lexicocalorimeter, an online interactive tool that analyzes 140-character musings for food- and activity-related phrases. The tool was developed by a group of researchers from the University of Vermont who wanted to see if there was any correlation between the eating and exercise habits of folks living in a specific demographic area and what they post on social media.

Pennsylvania professor's social media comments condemned as offensive

Kaukab Siddique, a literature professor at Lincoln University, made derogatory comments toward women regarding rape in a Facebook post earlier this month. "We strongly condemn Professor Kaukab Siddique's reported remarks targeting the LGBT community, the Jewish community, and women," said Nancy Baron-Baer, ADL regional director, in a statement.

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How to Save for Large Fast-Approaching Expenses

There are a lot of large expenses in life. Before the "Just Married" is washed off the car, the average married couple has dreams of multiple children, annual vacations, and homeownership in ...

Planned Parenthood investigating claims of website hack

Planned Parenthood called on the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday for help managing cybersecurity, following a report that the reproductive healthcare group's website had been hacked by anti-abortion activists. The organization has come under scrutiny since the release of two secretly recorded videos earlier this month that critics said showed it was involved in the illegal sale of aborted fetal tissue for medical research. The Daily Dot online newspaper reported Monday that a hacking group had gained access to Planned Parenthood's website databases and the names and email addresses of its employees.

Fiat Chrysler could spend billions to buy back unrepaired trucks

Fiat Chrysler could spend billions to buy back unrepaired trucks

By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could pay billions of dollars to buy back defective trucks as part of a settlement with U.S. safety regulators, but has the option to recover costs by reselling vehicles once they are repaired. FCA said on Monday that about 193,000 Ram trucks previously recalled for suspension and steering problems had not been repaired and were therefore eligible for the buyback deal negotiated with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A company representative noted on Monday that the NHTSA agreement gives FCA the option of repairing and reselling any vehicles it repurchases from owners.

950 million Android users at risk as researcher uncovers massive security flaw

A security researcher has recently uncovered a worrisome new Android exploit which allows hackers to compromise a device simply by sending either an MMS message or a multimedia file. Once a device has been targeted and infected, hackers can access a user’s microphone, camera, external storage, and in some cases (depending on the device in question), even gain root access. Initially discovered by Joshua Drake from the security firm Zimperium, the exploit takes advantage of a number of vulnerabilities found within the software framework Android uses to “process, play and record multimedia files.” DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without What makes the exploit truly dangerous is that it can seemingly be triggered without any pro active

Lawsuit points to hacking by Ethiopia as Obama makes visit

Lawsuit points to hacking by Ethiopia as Obama makes visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device.

Lawsuit reveals extent of Ethiopian hacking amid Obama visit

Lawsuit reveals extent of Ethiopian hacking amid Obama visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device.

5 Apps That Promise to Make Divorce Easier

5 Apps That Promise to Make Divorce Easier

  Got a problem? There's an app for that. Divorce is nearly always rife with problems -- a giant, expensive, painful and logistically calamitous problem that can stretch out for decades after your split. But there are apps to help! Here are five of the best: SupportPay  This app makes it easy for unmarried parents to track

7 Tips For Effective And Stress-Free Budgeting

Spending less than we make is often cited as the most important personal finance goal. It helps us get out of debt, save for emergencies, and stash money away for retirement. It's the primary habit that ...

Mr. Robot , Ms. Robot

Mr. Robot , Ms. Robot

There’s a conversation in the second episode of USA’s hacker drama Mr. Robot between the protagonist, a programmer named Elliot, and the show’s titular character. Earlier she cursed at Elliot, broke into his apartment to take a shower, and ranted to him on the subway about her ex. “What’s her deal?” Elliot asks Mr. Robot, F Society’s mysterious leader (Christian Slater).

China's Huawei to instal 4,000 km of fibre optics in Guinea

China's Huawei to instal 4,000 km of fibre optics in Guinea

Chinese technology firm Huawei will roll out 4,000 km of fibre optic cable in Guinea over the next two years to offer high-speed Internet access to most of the West African nation's people, the Guinean presidency said in a statement on Friday. Work on the $238 million project will begin this weekend and is due to be concluded by 2017, the statement said, adding that Guinea would become the first country in West Africa to benefit from such extensive coverage. Africa's largest exporter of bauxite, Guinea has seen its $6 billion economy hit by a fall in commodities prices and the worst Ebola epidemic on record, which has killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa.

Fiat Chrysler U.S. to recall vehicles to prevent hacking

Fiat Chrysler U.S. to recall vehicles to prevent hacking

By Bernie Woodall and Joseph Menn DETROIT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler will recall 1.4 million vehicles in the United States to install software to prevent hackers from gaining remote control of the engine, steering and other systems in what federal officials said was the first such action of its kind. The announcement on Friday by FCA US LLC, formerly Chrysler Group LLC, was made days after reports that cybersecurity researchers used a wireless connection to turn off a Jeep Cherokee's engine as it drove, increasing concerns about the safety of Internet-enabled vehicles. The researchers used Fiat Chrysler's telematics system to break into a volunteer's Cherokee being driven on the highway and issue commands to the engine, steering and brakes.

Winklevoss twins file paperwork to operate Gemini bitcoin exchange

Winklevoss twins file paperwork to operate Gemini bitcoin exchange

By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss earlier this week filed paperwork to operate a bitcoin exchange called Gemini for both individual and institutional investors in New York state, a spokeswoman said on Friday. The twins, best known for accusing Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea, want to make the digital currency mainstream in the United States. The Winklevoss brothers filed an application on July 21 with the New York State Department of Financial Services to operate as a trust company.

EU clears Nokia's acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent

EU clears Nokia's acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent

The European Commission said on Friday it had approved Finnish telecom equipment group Nokia's planned purchase of Alcatel-Lucent because the two were not close competitors and would still face strong global competition. "The Commission found that, despite the merged entity having combined market shares around or above 30 percent for several specific types of equipment, the overlaps between the two companies' activities are effectively limited," the Commission said in a statement. It added that Nokia had a strong presence in Europe, where Alcatel-Lucent was small, with the positions reversed in North America.

NHTSA says will assess Fiat Chrysler hacking recall fix

DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators will open an investigation to determine whether the solution proposed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be effective in keeping its vehicles from being vulnerable to computer hackers.

China's Huawei to instal 4,000 km of fiber optics in Guinea

China's Huawei to instal 4,000 km of fiber optics in Guinea

Chinese technology firm Huawei will roll out 4,000 km of fiber optic cable in Guinea over the next two years to offer high-speed Internet access to most of the West African nation's people, the Guinean presidency said in a statement on Friday. Work on the $238 million project will begin this weekend and is due to be concluded by 2017, the statement said, adding that Guinea would become the first country in West Africa to benefit from such extensive coverage. Africa's largest exporter of bauxite, Guinea has seen its $6 billion economy hit by a fall in commodities prices and the worst Ebola epidemic on record, which has killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa.

How To Get A Job At A Hedge Fund

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Three Signs You've Hit A Career Dead End

Understanding when to leave a bad job is pretty straightforward. Trying to diagnose whether you’re losing career momentum, however, is a trickier prospect that often doesn’t come with clear red flags. ...

Exclusive: U.S. Treasury's intelligence network vulnerable to hack - audit

Exclusive: U.S. Treasury's intelligence network vulnerable to hack - audit

By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lax security left the U.S. Treasury's computer system for tracking overseas threats to America's financial system vulnerable to hackers, according to a government audit prepared in late 2014 and obtained by Reuters. The Treasury Foreign Intelligence Network is used by U.S. spy agencies to share top-secret information and to keep tabs on the impact of sanctions against countries such as Iran and Russia, as well as militant groups like Hezbollah. A Treasury official said the OIG had identified a "minor issue on a very secure system." "Since the release of the audit, Treasury has remedied this matter," the official said.

U.S. Treasury's intelligence network vulnerable to hack: audit

U.S. Treasury's intelligence network vulnerable to hack: audit

By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lax security left the U.S. Treasury's computer system for tracking overseas threats to America's financial system vulnerable to hackers, according to a government audit prepared in late 2014 and obtained by Reuters. The Treasury Foreign Intelligence Network is used by U.S. spy agencies to share top-secret information and to keep tabs on the impact of sanctions against countries such as Iran and Russia, as well as militant groups like Hezbollah. A Treasury official said the OIG had identified a "minor issue on a very secure system." "Since the release of the audit, Treasury has remedied this matter," the official said.

U.S. personnel office says security clearance system restarting

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's hiring office, hit recently by a massive computer hack, said on Thursday it was restarting its online system for processing security clearance applications. Shut down in late June for "security enhancements," the Office of Personnel Management's e-QIP system was back on line, OPM spokesman Sam Schumach said in a statement. Bringing e-QIP back up incrementally means that, at first, only clearance applicants who had already started submitting data to the system for their clearance applications would be invited to start using it again.

The Cities Leading A U.S. Manufacturing Revival

The Rust Belt is resurgent, with Detroit leading a trio of Michigan metro areas that are creating the most new manufacturing jobs. But employment data also show a shift in U.S. industry to smaller cities ...

Bonds Are From Mars And Stocks Are From Venus

I have no opinion on Advanced Micro Devices as a company, but what I do know is that the stock closed on Thursday July 16th at 1.87 and closed today at 1.79 for a total return of -4.3%.  On the surface, ...

Huawei Technologies' H1 smartphone revenue more than doubles in China

Huawei Technologies' H1 smartphone revenue more than doubles in China

By Yimou Lee and Gerry Shih HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] more than doubled its China smartphone revenue in the first half of 2015, defying a slowdown in the world's biggest handset market that is enveloping rivals Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL] and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd . The fourth-largest smartphone maker globally missed shipment targets for two years, but a focus shift to high-margin premium models pushed January-June worldwide shipments to 48.2 million phones, Huawei said on Wednesday. The turnaround comes almost three years after Shenzhen-based Huawei decided to shed its budget appeal and challenge Samsung and Apple Inc at the high-end of the market, where analysts said an increasing number of previously price-conscious Chinese consumers are willing to spend their money.

Huawei says smartphone shipments jumped 39 percent in first half

Huawei says smartphone shipments jumped 39 percent in first half

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd , the world's fourth-biggest smartphone manufacturer, on Wednesday said it shipped 48.2 million smartphones globally in the first half of 2015, a 39 percent rise from a year before. Shenzhen-based Huawei, which competes with Chinese smartphone makers Lenovo Group Ltd and ZTE Corp, recorded a 69 percent increase in its consumer business group revenue to $9.09 billion thanks to strong sales from high-end smartphone models, the company said in a statement. (Reporting by Yimou Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates)

U.S., Israel make arrests related to JPMorgan hack: reports

U.S., Israel make arrests related to JPMorgan hack: reports

U.S. and Israeli authorities arrested four people in Israel and Florida on Tuesday in connection with several fraud schemes tied to last summer's massive data breach at JPMorgan Chase & Co, according to news reports. The hacking of JPMorgan's computers compromised information in 83 million household and small business accounts, making it one of the largest such breaches in history. The New York Times reported that federal authorities had identified some of the JPMorgan hackers because the attack was relatively unsophisticated but authorities were unable to collect enough evidence to charge anyone with the breach itself.

‘Fargo’ is the best show on television — here’s the trailer for season 2

In the golden age of television, there are too many incredible shows for any one person to keep up with all of them. Therefore, I’d completely understand if you happened to miss Fargo on FX in 2014, but with a second season right around the corner, I implore you to catch up as soon as possible. DON’T MISS: Hackers take over a Jeep driving down the highway at 70 mph As you might have guessed, Fargo is based on the acclaimed film by the Coen brothers, though only loosely. None of the actors from the film appear in the series, and the film’s story is only briefly alluded to, but they are set in the same universe, filled with goofy northerners committing heinous

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Digital board game Armello launching Sept. 1 on PS4 and PC with two new characters

Digital board game Armello launching Sept. 1 on PS4 and PC with two new characters

Armello, the Kickstarter-funded digital board game from League of Geeks, will be released Sept. 1 on Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, the studio announced today. League of Geeks also revealed two additional playable characters today: Zosha the female rat and Barnaby the male rabbit. Barnaby, Screwloose, from the Rabbit Clan is an impressive tinkerer allowing him to swap items in and out of his inventory depending on what any given situation calls for, making him highly adaptable to multiple strategies.

Trying to find differentiation in Hadoop soup

Every company has access to the same list of Apache Hadoop-related projects, but how does one differentiate itself from all the others? Innovation, additional functionality, or marketing?

7 Things That Will Soon Disappear Forever

Ten years ago, thousands of Blockbuster Video stores occupied buildings like this all over the country, renting DVDs and selling popcorn. Now Blockbuster (BLIAQ) is a penny stock. Obsolescence isn't always so quick or so complete, but emerging technologies and changing practices are sounding the death knell for other familiar items.

You Are What You Tweet: This Online Tool Can Tell If Your State Loves Cake

You Are What You Tweet: This Online Tool Can Tell If Your State Loves Cake

If the writing team over at the The Simpsons ever wants to bring Homer’s couch potato habits into the digital age, here’s an idea: Instead of noshing on a bag of chips while watching television, the beloved, potbellied character should probably be posting on Twitter about how he loves to eat chocolate, candy, or cake. If that change happens, Homer’s tweets can be included in the Lexicocalorimeter, an online interactive tool that analyzes 140-character musings for food- and activity-related phrases. The tool was developed by a group of researchers from the University of Vermont who wanted to see if there was any correlation between the eating and exercise habits of folks living in a specific demographic area and what they post on social media.

Programmable jewelry uses high school cliques to teach kids to code

Programmable jewelry uses high school cliques to teach kids to code

How do you get teenage girls interested in coding? Simple, give them new ways to call out friends and enemies in social scenarios. At least, this seems to be the idea behind Jewelbots, a new line of programmable friendship bracelets that light up and vibrate when other Jewelbots are near.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 just got a huge update 10 years later

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 just got a huge update 10 years later

The PC version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 — The Sith Lords, first released more than 10 years ago, just got a massive update that adds support for high resolutions, Steam Workshop and game controllers. Thanks to developer Aspyr Media, Knights of the Old Republic 2 is now also available on Linux and Mac in addition to Windows PC.

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Dragon Quest 10 and 11 are the first known Nintendo NX games

Dragon Quest 10 and 11 are the first known Nintendo NX games

Dragon Quest 10 and 11 are in development for the NX, the codename for Nintendo's next gaming system, according to a Square Enix news conference today translated by Kotaku. Dragon Quest 11, which gets its reveal about an hour into the video, is in development for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS, as well. A Square Enix slide showing platforms showed the New Nintendo 3DS, but it's unclear if that hardware will be required.

What the nostalgia for college sports video games is really all about

What the nostalgia for college sports video games is really all about

What I can't have back is that time, and I think that sentiment is what's driving this weird wave of nostalgia for NCAA Football lately. It's not just Snoop Dogg leading a Quixotic campaign for votes to make NCAA Football 14 backward compatible with Xbox One. Sportswriters, noticing this is the time of year when the series would release, are launching paeans to it even though the series was killed in September 2013 and we've already gone through a July without NCAA, like the first birthday after a relative's death.

Nintendo shutting down Wii U TVii service in August

Nintendo shutting down Wii U TVii service in August

Nintendo TVii, the service for Wii U that lets its users find, watch and interact with television content through the console's GamePad controller, is shutting down on Aug. 11, Nintendo announced in a Miiverse post today. "After almost 3 years of finding, watching and engaging with Nintendo TVii, we will be ending the service on August 11, 2015 at 3:00pm PT," Nintendo said in its announcement. "At the same time, we will be closing the Nintendo TVii Miiverse community.

'Rise of the Tomb Raider' on for PC and PS4 after Xbox debut

'Rise of the Tomb Raider' on for PC and PS4 after Xbox debut

Lara Croft's latest adventure will be on Xbox One this year, and then Windows PC and PlayStation 4 in 2016. A publishing deal with Microsoft Studios had looked like it would lock down "Rise of the Tomb Raider" as an Xbox One exclusive. Its predecessor, a rebooted "Tomb Raider" for 2013 was a hit with reviewers and the general public, serving as an origin story for the 20-year-old video game icon and an opportunity to recast her as a capable and, finally, somewhat realistically proportioned young explorer.

Play these now: Two free iPhone games you don’t want to miss this week

Every weekday we share an updated collection of the best free iPhone and iPad apps, but there are always plenty of noteworthy apps that don’t make the list. This week, two especially interesting games launched on the App Store, and they’re both completely free to download. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, read on. DON’T MISS: 100 iPhone apps and games are on sale right now – here’s how to see them all On the surface, Cally’s Caves 3 doesn’t look like much. The 16-bit graphics are endearing, but in 2015, many smartphone gamers expect visuals to rival last-gen consoles. Admittedly, I had my doubts when I stumbled upon the game earlier this week, but it has completely consumed my

Nintendo celebrates the 30th anniversary of 'Super Mario Bros.' with a new game

Nintendo celebrates the 30th anniversary of 'Super Mario Bros.' with a new game

This September, in order to properly celebrate the 30th anniversary of its cult platformer, Nintendo will release "Super Mario Maker," a new video game made for the Wii. On September 11, two days before the anniversary of the release of "Super Mario Bros.," Nintendo will release "Super Mario Maker," the latest in a long line of video games starring Mario and his brother Luigi. Beyond just creating their own levels, with the help of the Gamepad touchscreen, gamers will also travel back through time to previous Mario worlds.