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Alibaba, China Telecom tie up to sell phones

Alibaba, China Telecom tie up to sell phones

Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and state-owned China Telecom Corp Ltd have tied up to sell inexpensive smartphones aimed at boosting mobile commerce in smaller cities and rural areas. The phones, dubbed "Tianyi Taobao Shopping Handsets", will come installed with either an app for easy access to Alibaba's flagship Taobao online shopping platform or its home-grown YunOS mobile operating system, it said in a statement late on Friday. The partnership is a bid to deepen Alibaba's e-commerce base in less developed parts of the country and promote its mobile operating system in a shrinking, cut-throat handset market. Mobile Taobao is China's most popular mobile shopping app with more than 200 million monthly active users, it said.

Orange boss sees end to French telecom price war

Orange boss sees end to French telecom price war

The chief executive of France's telecom leader Orange said on Saturday he believed the price war in the national telecoms sector was coming to a close. Stephane Richard also argued in a radio interview for consolidation in the French telecoms sector, saying a market with three operators would function better than with four. "In France we have among the lowest prices in the world for both fixed and mobile telecoms. In France the entry of low-cost player Iliad into the mobile market in 2012, has put pressure on prices, which Richard said fell by around 45 percent over three years.

Sony raises FY 2015 profit forecast to $2.5 billion: Nikkei

Sony raises FY 2015 profit forecast to $2.5 billion: Nikkei

Japanese consumer electronics firm Sony Corp has raised its operating profit estimate for fiscal 2015 to 300 billion yen ($2.52 billion), or four times its previous estimate, the Nikkei reported on Saturday. Expectations for higher sales of display sensors used in mobile phones and the Playstation gaming console were the reason Sony raised its forecast, the Nikkei reported without citing sources. No one from Sony was available to comment. Sony also expected earnings in the fiscal year that ends in March 2016 to improve as restructuring costs had been declining, the Nikkei said.

EU antitrust case against Google based on 19 complainants: sources

EU antitrust case against Google based on 19 complainants: sources

By Foo Yun Chee and Eric Auchard BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union's decision to take on Google last week stems from official complaints by 19 companies in Europe and the United States, including Microsoft and a number of small firms, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The list of complainants in the European Commission's charge sheet, which includes companies not directly involved in the charges around Google's shopping service, would make it easier for the regulator to expand the case beyond its preliminary focus on price-comparison shopping sites. Being an official party to the case gives the companies an insider track on the regulatory proceedings as they will be able to get a copy of the detailed EU charge sheet and argue their case at a hearing of competition experts should Google ask for one. While around 30 firms have since gone public with their complaints, to date no one other than the EU enforcer and Google knows exactly which parties have been included as official complainants on the charge sheet.

BlackBerry considers closing Sweden operations

BlackBerry considers closing Sweden operations

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is considering closing its offices in Sweden, a move that would result in the loss of up to 100 jobs, a company spokesperson told Reuters. "At this time, we are considering the closure of our offices in Sweden. BlackBerry had about 7,000 people as of Sept. 2014, according to the its website.

Samsung hints at new smartwatch on Apple Watch launch day

Samsung hints at new smartwatch on Apple Watch launch day

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd teased the market with hints of a new version of its Gear smartwatch on Friday, the same day that rival Apple Inc's long-awaited wearable devices went on sale. The South Korean tech giant's official blog post showed images of smartwatch with a round face - which would be a first for Samsung - and naming several partners, including Baidu Inc, Yelp Inc and CNN. Samsung also said it would release a wearable software development kit for third-party developers ahead of the launch. The blog post came as the Apple Watch went on sale without the fanfare typical of the U.S. firm's major product rollouts.

Russian hackers reportedly read some of Obama's emails last year

Russian hackers reportedly read some of Obama's emails last year

Last year, some of President Obama's emails were exposed to Russian hackers during a White House computer system breach. Servers that control the traffic to Obama's BlackBerry also remained secure. Obama's personal email account was not affected, rather, much of his correspondence was culled from the accounts of people with whom he communicated frequently. The White House is hit with cyberattacks every day, the Times reports, but this was an advanced, highly targeted attack.

Hackers temporarily take control of Tesla’s website, Elon Musk's Twitter account

Hackers temporarily take control of Tesla’s website, Elon Musk's Twitter account

Earlier today, Tesla's Twitter account and website were taken over by some nefarious jokesters. Around 5 PM ET,  a strange tweet popped up on the company's official Twitter account, suggesting the company was no longer in control of what was being posted. The Tesla account name was changed to #RIPPRGANG. The person behind the @rootworx account tweeted several times he was not responsible for the hack, although it was his phone number that was leaked.

Quiksilver designed a wetsuit that looks like an actual suit

Quiksilver designed a wetsuit that looks like an actual suit

If you're a surfer, and you love the feel of salty sea mist on your skin, and the threatening billow of a forming wave, and the rush of gliding on water, but your preferred look is business formal, I've got good news for you. Quiksilver in Japan and the ad agency TBWA\HAKUHODO have designed the True Wetsuit, a wetsuit that looks like an actual suit.

Robert Downey Jr. says Apple Watch is meh

Robert Downey Jr. says Apple Watch is meh

Technically Incorrect: In another exciting interview to promote the new Avengers movie, Iron Man says Apple's new watch is small and not terribly interesting. He prefers his Omega.

Tony Hawk shares a cheeky video of a Pro Skater character in real life

Tony Hawk shares a cheeky video of a Pro Skater character in real life

In advance of the Pro Skater 5 release, Tony Hawk has been having a little fun on the internet. Earlier this week, he shared a clip on Instagram created by skater Rob Wootton that cheekily nods to classic Pro Skater games. Wootton imagines himself as an animated character from the menu screen, spinning his board and bobbing around with a blank look on his face while changing outfits. The attention to detail is intense: the music playing in the clip was even used in Pro Skater 2, Polygon reports.

Google opens its Person Finder tool to aid earthquake relief efforts in Nepal

Google opens its Person Finder tool to aid earthquake relief efforts in Nepal

In an attempt to aid rescue efforts, Google has once again opened up its Person Finder tool — a simple crowd-sourced missing persons database. Google first launched the application in 2010, following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, and has since deployed the tool several times after natural disasters. Person Finder gathers information from emergency responders and individual users who can enter information for a missing person or someone who has been found.

Can one woman change the way Uber operates?

Can one woman change the way Uber operates?

After allegedly being raped by her Uber driver in Delhi, an Indian woman sues the US-based ride-hailing service on its home turf. She's asking Uber to "overhaul" its safety measures around the world.

You can now send directions and notes to your phone via Google search

You can now send directions and notes to your phone via Google search

Google's taking small steps to more intimately connect your Android phone and desktop computer. The search company has rolled out a new feature that lets you send directions, notes, reminders, and more directly from your browser to your phone. If your Android device is updated and has the right settings enabled (see this help article for details), you can simply type "send a note to my phone" or "send directions to my phone" directly into the search bar. Doing so will open up a little Google Now-style card that will let you type in your note or specify the directions that you're looking for.

An engineer has come up with a brilliant new cooler design that beer lovers will adore

With summer less than two months away, you’re probably thinking about going on some fun outdoor excursions that involve taking some beer with you in a cooler. However, the current coolers on the market are something of a bummer since they tend to be both heavy and unwieldy. Denver-based engineer Scotty Allen is trying to change all that, however, with a brilliant new cooler design that will make bringing beer along with you to picnics and hikes easier than ever before. The BevPod, which is now trying to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter, is a cooler that’s only three inches thin but that nonetheless holds 10 cans or 6 bottles and makes sure they’re cold when you’re ready to crack them

Google's Nexus 7 tablet has been discontinued

Google's Nexus 7 tablet has been discontinued

It was only a matter of time, but now it's official: the Nexus 7 has left us for greener pastures. The Asus-made tablet was certainly long in the tooth — it first launched in July 2013 — but it remained attractive because Google has consistently kept it up-to-date with the latest versions of Android. Nevertheless, its time has come and gone, and the tablet has been officially replaced by the newer Nexus 9.

The Weekender: Rube Goldberg, Age of Ultron, and MDMA

The Weekender: Rube Goldberg, Age of Ultron, and MDMA

This week, we met college kids channeling wacky inventor Rube Goldberg, we finally saw Age of Ultron, and we learned it's harder than we thought to set up a weed dispensary in Vegas. Rube Goldberg became famous for his comically complicated machines well over 50 years ago, but his inventions may be more popular today than ever before. Now Goldberg's descendants are staging increasingly grand competitions around these machines, and competitions are just the start. You'd think that weed would be easy to come by in Vegas, but the town has been surprisingly tough on it.

Comcast and TWC lit $32 million on fire lobbying the government to pass their merger

This will be heartbreaking for many of you to hear, but it seems that Comcast and Time Warner Cable spent a total of $32 million lobbying the government to sign off on their merger and they still didn’t get what they wanted. In a big Politico report called “Collapse of Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger shows limits of lobbying,” we learn that Comcast and TWC pulled out all the stops to get their merger approved but that it still wasn’t enough. FROM EARLIER: Don’t celebrate yet: Comcast will find new ways to take revenge on America This is a change for Comcast, which is used to getting what it wants from the government. However, this time there was not just antipathy to the merger

Robots and dinosaurs as Japan holds 'Niconico' offline gala

Robots and dinosaurs as Japan holds 'Niconico' offline gala

Robots and dinosaurs mingled with cosplayers as Japan's largest video-sharing website Niconico on Saturday opened its two-day meet-up gala which is expected to attract more than 100,000 fans for the offline get together. The annual offline meet-up, at which display booths and stages are aired live online for those who can't make it in person, last year drew about 125,000 visitors, with some 7.6 million viewers logged on to watch through the Internet, the organiser said.

Turn your iPhone or Android smartphone into a satellite phone

Turn your iPhone or Android smartphone into a satellite phone

The modern smartphone is a wonder of modern technology, and in combination with the carrier network can allow you to make calls from the densest urban jungle to Mount Everest. But despite the amazing global coverage of the carrier networks, sometimes it just isn't enough.

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Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails last year: NYT

Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails last year: NYT

Russian hackers who penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system last year read President Barack Obama's unclassified emails, the New York Times reported on Saturday, quoting U.S. officials. "There is no evidence that the president's email account itself was hacked, White House officials said. Still, the fact that some of Mr. Obama's communications were among those retrieved by hackers has been one of the most closely held findings of the inquiry," the paper said. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on the report but the White House earlier this month confirmed the breach, saying it took place last year and that it did not affect classified information.

Grooveshark copyright violations 'willful,' judge says before trial

By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online music streaming service Grooveshark could potentially have to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to major record labels after a U.S. judge ruled ahead of its trial starting on Monday that Grooveshark's copyright violations on nearly 5,000 songs were "willful" and made "in bad faith." U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa, who will preside over the trial in federal court in Manhattan, said in a court order on Thursday that because of Grooveshark's actions he will tell jurors they can choose to award the statutory maximum of $150,000 in damages per song. Last September, Griesa ruled that Escape and its founders, Samuel Tarantino and Joshua Greenberg, were liable for the illegal uploads of thousands of recordings by artists such as Madonna, Eminem, Bob Marley and Jay-Z. Griesa said the defendants had directed their employees to make the uploads in spite of the legal risk.

EU antitrust case against Google based on 19 complainants: sources

EU antitrust case against Google based on 19 complainants: sources

By Foo Yun Chee and Eric Auchard BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union's decision to take on Google last week stems from official complaints by 19 companies in Europe and the United States, including Microsoft and a number of small firms, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The list of complainants in the European Commission's charge sheet, which includes companies not directly involved in the charges around Google's shopping service, would make it easier for the regulator to expand the case beyond its preliminary focus on price-comparison shopping sites. Being an official party to the case gives the companies an insider track on the regulatory proceedings as they will be able to get a copy of the detailed EU charge sheet and argue their case at a hearing of competition experts should Google ask for one. While around 30 firms have since gone public with their complaints, to date no one other than the EU enforcer and Google knows exactly which parties have been included as official complainants on the charge sheet.

Infosys bets on new services to push sales to $20 billion by 2020

Infosys bets on new services to push sales to $20 billion by 2020

By Aman Shah and Devidutta Tripathy MUMBAI (Reuters) - Infosys Ltd, India's second-largest software services exporter, on Friday posted quarterly net profit that lagged most analyst expectations, dampening hopes of a quick turnaround after top management changes. Bengaluru-based Infosys, once seen as the bellwether of India's $150 billion IT services industry, has in recent years struggled to innovate and retain market share due to a staff exodus that also impacted its ability to win lucrative deals. Infosys, however, said it was on track to revive growth and expected its revenue to rise to $20 billion by 2020 up from $8.7 billion now, as it focuses on acquisitions and wins more new technology services. Under Chief Executive Vishal Sikka, brought in last year to chart a new strategy, Infosys has been making bets on automation and other high-margin services like artificial intelligence to regain some ground lost to rivals including sector leader Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. "It's a long-drawn initiative ... it's not going to come in immediately, said Sarabjit Kour Nangra, vice president of IT research at Angel Broking.

India's Paytm adds mobile marketplace app for e-merchants

Paytm, an Indian online payments platform backed by China's Alibaba, is pushing deeper into India's booming e-commerce industry with a zero-commission mobile app marketplace targeted at small and medium-sized firms, the mainstay of the country's economy. "This is our move into mobile commerce," said Paytm Chief Executive Vijay Shekhar Sharma, adding the mobile app was designed to connect small businesses and consumers.

Former NSA head Alexander asks agency to review patents

Former NSA head Alexander asks agency to review patents

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander has asked the U.S. intelligence agency to review patent filings by his company to make sure that they do not reveal any secrets or misappropriate any government work. Alexander told Reuters he took the step to head off additional controversy about IronNet Cybersecurity, a startup he announced after leaving the NSA last year. "We think it's a good idea that the government review them," Alexander said in an interview ahead of an appearance at the RSA Conference on cyber security in San Francisco. Alexander said his company had already applied for some patents, which should eventually become public record.

House passes second 'threat-sharing' cybersecurity bill

House passes second 'threat-sharing' cybersecurity bill

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass a bill that extends liability protection for companies that share information about cyber attacks, if they give the data to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The House voted 355 to 63 in favor of the bill, a companion to a measure the chamber passed on Wednesday making it easier for private companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with each other and the government without fear of lawsuits. The legislation must still be passed by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama to become law. The White House has said it had some concerns about the bill but supported its passage and believed it could be fixed as the legislation is finalized in Congress.

Amazon revenue beats, cloud computing more profitable than expected

Amazon revenue beats, cloud computing more profitable than expected

The e-commerce company for the first time broke out financial details of its secretive cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services, on Thursday, saying revenue jumped almost 50 percent to $1.57 billion, or about 7 percent of total revenue. The unit's operating income grew 8 percent to $265 million. Amazon shares rose $26.01 to $416 in extended trading, after closing slightly higher at $389.99 on Nasdaq. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos revealed in a statement that Amazon Web Services is a $5 billion business and its growth is accelerating.

Microsoft profit, revenue beats Wall Street view; shares up

Microsoft profit, revenue beats Wall Street view; shares up

Microsoft Corp on Thursday reported revenue and profit above Wall Street expectations, as sales of its hardware and cloud-computing services helped to offset a decline in the company's core Windows business. "The Street will cheer these results as it appears Microsoft is back on the right track after a head-scratching performance last quarter." Sales of Windows to computer manufacturers to install on new PCs fell 19 percent in the quarter, reflecting a sharp dip from a year ago when Windows got a brief boost from consumers rushing to buy new machines after Microsoft stopped support for the 14-year-old XP operating system. Microsoft's overall revenue rose 6 percent to $21.7 billion, above Wall Street's average forecast of $21.1 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Taking out the effects of the strong U.S. dollar on currency rates, Microsoft said revenue would have risen 9 percent.

Google shares rise after online ad sales drive revenue higher

Google shares rise after online ad sales drive revenue higher

Google Inc reported higher quarterly revenue and profit as rising online ad volume offset a hit from the strong dollar, sending the Internet company's shares higher in after-hours trading. While revenue and profit missed the forecasts of Wall Street analysts, many investors had been bracing for a weaker report, said BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis. The company has faced challenges in mobile advertising and is running up more expenses as it invests in new businesses. Analysts on average had expected revenue of $17.5 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The rising dollar took a toll on results at Google, which generates about half of its revenue overseas.

Microsoft coy on cloud profit after Amazon delivers

Microsoft coy on cloud profit after Amazon delivers

By Bill Rigby and Nandita Bose SAN FRANCISCO/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc surprised investors on Thursday by disclosing for the first time that it makes a profit from its fast-growing cloud-computing business. Microsoft, its closest rival in that arena, also touted a fast-growing cloud business, but held back on key numbers, leaving investors with as many questions as answers. Analysts honed in on Azure, Microsoft's cloud-computing platform, in a conference call on Thursday after earnings, but Microsoft executives avoided specific answers. "The lack of disclosure on Azure profitability is conspicuous by its absence," said Todd Lowenstein, a portfolio manager at HighMark Capital.

Factbox: Nasdaq's 'Cubes' ETF reaps Nasdaq's big run

The QQQ exchange-traded fund, often called the "Cubes" or the "Qs," tracks the Nasdaq 100, the index of the biggest 100 non-financial companies listed on the Nasdaq and is a proxy for the much broader Nasdaq Composite Index. * Since its 1999 launch with fewer than $15 million in assets, the QQQ has grown 2,645-fold in assets, making it larger now than the entire U.S. ETF industry was then. * The fund started as a side project for a handful of Nasdaq employees seeking to bring mom-and-pop investors into the dotcom boom, but it is now widely held by many large long-term investors, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Japan's Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co Ltd. Its typical penny bid/ask spread was barely affected last year, when a single Middle Eastern sovereign fund pulled $10 billion out of the fund, according to John Jacobs, founding father of the QQQ and a former Nasdaq executive who retired in January.

Turner Broadcasting, Hulu sign exclusive video streaming deal

(Reuters) - Turner Broadcasting System Inc, part of Time Warner Inc, said it granted exclusive subscription video-on-demand rights to its programs from Cartoon Network and Adult Swim to video-streaming service Hulu. The multi-year licensing agreement, which also includes selected series from Turner channels TNT and TBS, allows Hulu to stream all episodes from select Cartoon Network's original series such as The Amazing World of Gumball, Steven Universe and Clarence. The deal marks the first-ever licensing agreement between Turner Broadcasting and Hulu, the companies said. ...

As Amazon parties on, some large fund managers take their leave

As Amazon parties on, some large fund managers take their leave

The average large-cap fund that holds Amazon has 1.4 percent of its assets in the stock, down 23 percent from this time last year, according to the latest available Lipper data. They include such well-known names as Fidelity Contrafund, Washington Mutual Investors Fund, Touchstone Sands Select Growth fund and the T. Rowe Price Growth fund. Some investors and analysts said that a drop in aggregate fund ownership - in a period when Amazon's shares have been climbing - suggests that large-cap managers increasingly see the company as over-valued, particularly at a time when it is spending tons of cash branching off into everything from selling its own smartphone to producing a Woody Allen TV series. Reuters contacted the 25 mutual fund managers who sold the greatest number of Amazon shares over the last year, and none of them were willing to be quoted by name for this story.

Yelp wins dismissal of lawsuit over quality of its reviews

Yelp wins dismissal of lawsuit over quality of its reviews

Yelp Inc has won the dismissal of a lawsuit that claimed it deceived shareholders by overstating the authenticity and quality of consumer reviews on its website, and thereby enabled insiders to sell company stock at inflated prices. In a decision made public on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco said reasonable investors would know that not all reviews posted on Yelp were "firsthand," this being a "common-sense understanding of what it means for a website to host user-generated content." Tigar also said Joseph Curry, who is the named plaintiff and seeks class-action status, did not show that Yelp tried deliberately to extort businesses into buying ads or making payments before it would suppress bad or fake reviews. "A reasonable investor during the class period was aware that some businesses maintained that Yelp tried to coerce businesses into advertising by manipulating reviews," Tigar wrote.

As YouTube marks tenth year, Facebook emerges as video threat

As YouTube marks tenth year, Facebook emerges as video threat

It's 10 years to the day since the first clip ("Me at the Zoo") was uploaded on YouTube, and the service - now owned by Google Inc - has dominated online video-sharing ever since. Facebook Inc said on Wednesday that its users were watching 4 billion videos a day, compared with 3 billion in January and just 1 billion in September. Almost all analysts saw video advertising as one of Facebook's most promising areas for revenue growth. "The Internet is experiencing something of an inflection point in terms of demand for video and mobile advertising, and FB may well be the single biggest beneficiary of this inflection," RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney said.

Indian jeweller pulls 'racist', 'slave-child' ad with Bollywood actress

Indian jeweller pulls 'racist', 'slave-child' ad with Bollywood actress

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A major Indian jewellery chain has withdrawn an advert featuring Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with a dark-skinned boy holding a parasol over her after it was slammed by activists and on social media for being racist and promoting child slavery. Kalyan Jewellers, which employs about 4,000 people across India, said the advertisement featured in a national newspaper on April 17 was intended to present "royalty, timeless beauty and elegance". The ad shows Rai Bachchan, 41, a former Miss World and goodwill ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, in regal Indian attire and adorned with jewellery, reclining under a parasol held by a boy of darker skin. In an open letter to Rai Bachchan published on Indian website Scroll, a group of social activists said the image reflected 17th and 18th century European paintings of noblewomen with their child servants and was "insidiously racist".

Facebook revenue growth slows, costs weigh on profit

Facebook revenue growth slows, costs weigh on profit

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc posted its slowest growth in quarterly revenue in two years and higher spending on research and development ate into profits. Facebook has warned of heavy investments in 2015 as it steps up efforts to expand a collection of products that include messaging service WhatsApp, photo-sharing service Instagram and virtual reality headset maker Oculus Rift. As a result, Facebook's operating expenses rose 83 percent in the first quarter as R&D costs jumped 133 percent and marketing and sales spending nearly doubled. The cost rise is one thing that can derail this story," said Macquarie Research analyst Ben Schachter.

House passes cyber-threat information bill

House passes cyber-threat information bill

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it easier for private companies to share information about cyber security threats with each other and the government without fear of lawsuits. Several previous bills addressing the issue had failed, partly because of concerns that they might lead to more of the surveillance exposed two years ago by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. "At some point, we need to stop talking about the next Sony, the next Anthem, the next Target, the next JP Morgan Chase and the next State Department hack, and actually pass a bill that will help ensure that there will be no next cyber attack," said Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

Active online, foreign women become Islamic State widows

By Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At least 15 young Western women who joined Islamic State and married jihadi fighters are now widows after the militant group suffered losses in clashes in Syria and Iraq, according to researchers who closely monitor Islamist radicals online. The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) think tank in London gave Reuters access to its database of 106 foreign women it says have moved to IS territory and are active online. Fifteen of the women have either mentioned on social media that they lost their husbands in fighting, or other known IS supporters have announced the men's deaths online, said ISD researcher Melanie Smith. Although Reuters could not independently confirm the identities of the women, many of them have been said by relatives to have left their home countries for Syria and Iraq.

Google rolls out new U.S. wireless service

Google rolls out new U.S. wireless service

By Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc on Wednesday launched a new U.S. wireless service that switches between Wi-Fi and cellular networks to curb data use and keep phone bills low. The service, Google's first entry into the wireless industry, will work only on the company's Nexus 6 phones and be hosted through Sprint Corp and T-Mobile's networks, Google said in a statement. Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of products, said at a Barcelona conference last month the company was preparing to experiment with a mobile network, but that it did not intend to disrupt the wireless industry. The service will be available on only one device and has limited carrier coverage, so it will not make Google a major wireless industry player, said Brian Blau, research director at Gartner.

Russia cuts space funding as economic crisis bites

Russia cuts space funding as economic crisis bites

By Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is cutting spending on its space program by more than a third over the next 10 years because of the country's economic crisis, forcing it to scrap plans to develop a super-heavy launch rocket. Space exploration is a subject of national pride in Russia, rooted in the Cold War "space race" with the United States that saw Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin become the first man in orbit. The collapse of the Soviet Union starved the program of funds, but President Vladimir Putin has nurtured plans for a revival. Russia is planning to develop its own space station by 2023 but economic constraints are growing.

Angie's List posts surprise profit helped by higher ad sales

Angie's List Inc , operator of a website that allows users to review local businesses, reported a surprise quarterly profit as it earned more from advertising contracts. Shares of the company, which competes with Yelp Inc and TripAdvisor Inc , rose as much as 20 percent in early trading on Wednesday. Angie's List expects marketing expenses to keep falling as a percentage of revenue, Chief Marketing Officer Angie Hicks said on a post-earnings call. Angie's List will return to a normalized growth rate in the long-term without a significant increase in marketing costs, Chief Executive Bill Oesterle said.

Uber returning to Portland under city-approved regulations

Uber returning to Portland under city-approved regulations

By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A divided Portland City Council on Tuesday voted to allow ride-sharing companies to operate in the city under a four month pilot program, which includes certain regulations and requires the firms provide access to disabled riders. After a more than four-hour special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to allow app-based ride hailing services Uber and Lyft to operate in Portland. Uber has been fighting with cities across the country, contending it is not a taxi service and should not be required to adhere to existing taxicab regulations. The firm agreed in December to halt services in Portland until the city could draft regulations.  "This is a change that none of us wanted.

BlackBerry introduces security offering for IoT devices

BlackBerry introduces security offering for IoT devices

BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it is launching a new certificate service that will help bring the security level it offers on smartphones to a slew of devices from cars to smart meters. Certicom, a subsidiary of BlackBerry and an industry pioneer in elliptic curve cryptography, announced a new offering that it contends will secure millions of devices, expected to be part of the growing Internet of Things (IoT) sphere. The company said it has already won a contract in Britain to issue certificates for the smart meter initiative there with more than 104 million smart meters and home energy management devices. Separately, BlackBerry also outlined a plan to expand its research and development efforts on innovation and improvement in computer security.

U.S. House seen passing cyber threat information bill Wednesday

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider, and pass, on Wednesday a long-awaited bill that would make it easier for companies to share information about cyber security threats with the government without fear of lawsuits. Congressional aides said on Tuesday they expected lawmakers would take up the bill during Wednesday's House session and that it would pass with support from both Republicans and Democrats. The House Intelligence Committee approved the bill unanimously last month. Similar legislation has stalled in the past, but the issue has taken on more urgency following high-profile cyber attacks on major corporations, including Sony.

White house supports House cyber threat bill, but notes concerns

The White House said on Tuesday that it has some concerns about a bill to make it easier for companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with the government, but supports its passage by the U.S. House of Representatives. The White House said it has concerns about the "sweeping liability protections" in the bill, approved by the House Intelligence Committee, but said in a statement that it hoped privacy protections could be strengthened as the House and Senate work together to finalize the legislation.

U.S. Homeland Security to set up cyber security office in Silicon Valley

U.S. Homeland Security to set up cyber security office in Silicon Valley

By Bill Rigby SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is in the final stages of planning to set up a satellite office in California's Silicon Valley, aiming to build relationships with the technology industry and scout for talent there, the department's secretary said on Tuesday. The move would be unprecedented and signals the intent of government to smoothe relationships with tech companies in the wake of damaging revelations over digital surveillance by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. "We want to strengthen critical relationships in Silicon Valley and ensure the government and the private sector benefits from each other's research and development," said U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson at a presentation at the RSA conference on computer security in San Francisco. "We want to convince some of the talented workforce here in Silicon Valley to come to Washington.

EU Google probe encourages investors in Russia competitor Yandex

EU Google probe encourages investors in Russia competitor Yandex

By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - The European Union's antitrust probe into Google sparked a big rally in Russian search engine Yandex NV last week, even though the "Russian Google" still faces significant challenges, competitive and otherwise. Yandex has amassed a $6.54 billion market capitalization, mainly by selling advertising against the web browser used on 64 percent of Russian desktop computers. With Russian stocks recovering and the EU looking into whether Google has an unfair competitive advantage, some investors hope Yandex can win more screen space and advertising revenue.

France, Sweden, Italy accept booking.com antitrust proposals

By Dominique Vidalon PARIS (Reuters) - France's competition watchdog said on Tuesday that in coordination with the European Commission, and Swedish and Italian regulators it had accepted sweetened commitments from online travel agent booking.com to address competition concerns. These will go into effect in France, Italy and Sweden from July 1 for five years and will allow hotels to offer lower prices on other booking websites, the French regulator said. In December, booking.com, owned by U.S-based Priceline Group, proposed scrapping the so-called pricing parity clause in its contracts preventing hotels from giving discounts to its rivals. Booking.com came up with improved commitments following third-party feedback and market tests conducted by the regulators.

Some tech firms being 'friendly to terrorists' says UK police chief

Some tech firms being 'friendly to terrorists' says UK police chief

Some technology and communication firms are helping militants avoid detection by developing systems that are "friendly to terrorists", Britain's top anti-terrorism police officer said on Tuesday. Mark Rowley, the national police lead for counter-terrorism, said companies needed to think about their "corporate social responsibility" in creating products that made it hard for the authorities to access material during investigations. "It can be set up in a way which is friendly to terrorists and helps them ... and creates challenges for law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Or it can be set up in a way which doesn't do that." Ever since former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed the extent of surveillance by U.S. and British security agencies in 2013, intelligence chiefs have said the authorities' ability to monitor terrorism suspects had been severely degraded.

Hewlett-Packard teams with FireEye, Mandiant on cybersecurity

Hewlett-Packard teams with FireEye, Mandiant on cybersecurity

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co will team with prominent cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc to offer services including assessments and incident response, bringing one of the most sophisticated security teams to a much broader market. In an interview ahead of the announcement, FireEye Chief Executive David DeWalt described the deal as "capability meets scale." HP has 5,000 security consultants, many of whom manage security operations on an outsourced basis for large corporate clients. Those consultants can now bring in FireEye's technology, which tests computer commands before they are executed, and the investigators at Mandiant, which FireEye acquired last year. Besides serving government and private clients who have been breached, Mandiant is known for research reports such as one naming a specific unit in the Chinese People's Liberation Army for breaching major companies.

Uber must face lawsuit claiming bias against blind riders

Uber must face lawsuit claiming bias against blind riders

Uber Technologies Inc must defend against a lawsuit accusing the popular ride-sharing service of discriminating against blind people by refusing to transport guide dogs, a federal judge ruled. In a decision late Friday night, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in San Jose, California, said the plaintiffs could pursue a claim that Uber is a "travel service" subject to potential liability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The judge rejected Uber's arguments that the plaintiffs, including the National Federation of the Blind of California, lacked standing to sue under the ADA and state laws protecting the disabled. Aaron Zisser, a lawyer for Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, California, which helped bring the case, said the plaintiffs are pleased with the decision.

Raytheon to buy cybersecurity firm Websense in $1.9 billion deal

Raytheon to buy cybersecurity firm Websense in $1.9 billion deal

U.S. arms maker Raytheon Co is buying network security provider Websense Inc from private equity firm Vista Equity Partners LLC in a $1.9 billion deal, the latest in the fast-growing cybersecurity market. Several companies, including Sony Corp , Staples Inc , Home Depot Inc and Target Corp , have been targets of high-profile data thefts over the past two years. "We're seeing an exponential increase in the number of attacks by ultra-sophisticated attackers," Raytheon Chief Executive Thomas Kennedy told Reuters.

Groupon to sell 46 percent stake in Ticket Monster for $360 million

Groupon to sell 46 percent stake in Ticket Monster for $360 million

(Reuters) - Groupon Inc said it would sell a 46 percent stake in Ticket Monster, its South Korean e-commerce business, for $360 million amid efforts to turn itself around. The daily deals and online retail company, which will sell the Ticket Monster stake to a partnership formed by KKR and Anchor Equity Partners, will retain 41 percent in the unit after the deal closes. The company, which once dominated the fast-growing online coupons arena, has been struggling to rev up sales and profit as it battles stiff competition from smaller companies as well as online giants such as Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc. Groupon, which bought Ticket Monster from rival LivingSocial Inc about a year ago for $260 million, said the deal is expected to close in the second quarter. Groupon will receive $285 million in cash, with the rest paid to Ticket Monster, Groupon said.

EU to investigate transparency of Internet search results: document

EU to investigate transparency of Internet search results: document

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Internet platforms such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! will be the subject of a widespread inquiry by European regulators to determine whether they are transparent enough in how they display search results. In a draft of the Commission's strategy for creating a digital single market, seen by Reuters, it says it will "carry out a comprehensive investigation and consultation on the role of platforms, including the growth of the sharing economy." The investigation, expected to be carried out next year, will look into the transparency of search results - involving paid for links and advertisements - and how platforms use the information they acquire. European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip is expected to formally announce the new strategy on May 6. The transparency of search results came under particular scrutiny this week when the European competition chief accused Google of cheating competitors by distorting web search results to consistently favor its own shopping service.

China's PICC gets approval to set up online payment firm

A unit of People's Insurance Company of China Co (PICC), one of China's biggest insurers, has received regulatory approval to set up a third-party payment firm, challenging banks for control of the crucial market. The China Insurance Regulatory Commission said on Monday it granted PICC Life Insurance Co permission to invest 200 million yuan ($32.3 million) to establish a wholly-owned subsidiary, Beijing Baofutong Ltd, according to an online notice posted by the insurance regulator. The PICC unit still requires to get approval from the central bank and comply with legal procedures to set up a third-party payment service, the notice said. "Each year we pay a substantial amount to third-parties as customers buy and pay for insurance products through banks," said a PICC spokesman.

DigitalGlobe unveils new tools for troops, others to use imagery

By Andrea Shalal COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - DigitalGlobe Inc this week unveiled new Web-based tools that could help military troops, relief workers and others use its high-resolution satellite images, social media feeds and other data without needing massive bandwidth. The tools, which are in beta-testing now, give users access to complex data processing done in the cloud, including rapid analysis about everything from helicopter and paratrooper landing sites to social media usage in a specific area. Accessible on any cellphone, iPad or other portable device, the analytical tools can also be downloaded and cached for later use, even when there is no connectivity, DigitalGlobe Chief Technical Officer Walter Scott said.

Indonesia's Lippo appoints banks for initial $200 million e-commerce funding

Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group has appointed Credit Suisse and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to lead its first round of funding, worth $200 million, for its e-commerce push. Lippo, controlled by the Riady family, has also chosen Rothschild as its financial adviser for the transaction. The funding will be used to "dominate e-commerce in Indonesia," it said in a statement on Monday. Lippo plans to launch payment, chat and other online services early next year as it expands in the nascent e-commerce industry of the world's fourth most populous country, director John Riady told Reuters last month.

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Apple aims to ship more than 20 million smartwatches in 2015: sources

Apple aims to ship more than 20 million smartwatches in 2015: sources

Apple Inc aims to ship at least 20 million Apple Watches this year, well above many analysts' forecasts, according to supply chain sources. Shipment estimates for the smartwatch, Apple's first wearable gadget that went on sale on Friday, vary widely as it's a relatively new type of consumer product and the market is largely untapped. Firms in the supply chain estimate Apple will ship 2 million watches per month in the current quarter, said one of the sources. Another source said Apple is planning to ship 26 million watches this year.

BlackBerry considers closing Sweden operations

BlackBerry considers closing Sweden operations

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is considering closing its offices in Sweden, a move that would result in the loss of up to 100 jobs, a company spokesperson told Reuters. "At this time, we are considering the closure of our offices in Sweden. BlackBerry had about 7,000 people as of Sept. 2014, according to the its website.

The secret ordeals Apple puts developers through so they can make amazing Watch apps

App developers are Apple’s secret MVPs. Without applications, the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch would be immensely boring devices. Apple knows this, and that’s why it always tries to outshine the competition when it comes to app availability for its products, including the newly launched Apple Watch. DON’T MISS: Google Maps trolls Apple in the most unbelievably inappropriate way To ensure it has decent Apple Watch apps at launch, Apple invited various developers to its secret Watch lab in Sunnyvale, California, Business Insider has learned. There, they were able to test their apps on the Watches before the wearable device was officially launched, although developers also had to agree to Apple’s harsh security conditions. “The event started at 9am,

Watch: First Apple Watch teardown reveals an incredible piece of engineering

It’s the Apple Watch’s official launch day and it wouldn’t be the launch of a new Apple gadget without the folks at iFixit cracking it open and seeing what’s inside. They didn’t disappoint us on Friday and have already posted a terrific new video that shows you the remarkable engineering that went into Apple’s first wearable computer. FROM EARLIER: How to use all of the Apple Watch’s cool new features So what did iFixit find? Here are the highlights: The watch comes with a 205mAh battery, which is actually smaller than the batteries found in devices like the Moto 360. iFixit theorizes that Apple’s Watch OS may be more power efficient than Android Wear, which means you shouldn’t panic because the

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

Welcome to our last list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free this week. We’ve done our best to go out with a big, and we’ve trimmed the 150 or so paid iOS apps that have gone on sale for free today to just eight apps that will hopefully appeal to a wide range of iPhone and iPad users. Of course, there are also still a free paid apps on sale in yesterday’s post, so be sure to head back and check them out. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6 face off in performance tests – and the results may shock you These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by

Sony's Hirai faces attack from activist 'old boys': sources

Sony's Hirai faces attack from activist 'old boys': sources

By Ritsuko Ando and Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - A group of former top Sony Corp executives has delivered an unusually blunt critique to the firm's chief executive Kazuo Hirai, accusing him of losing sight of innovation by focusing on cost-cutting. At a meeting at Sony's Tokyo headquarters last Thursday, five former executives, including PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi, took Hirai to task for failing to encourage the kind of creativity that helped produce iconic gadgets such as the Walkman, according to three people familiar with the meeting. This sharp, behind-the-scenes criticism by alumni, known in Japan as "old boys" who can retain influence long after retirement, represents a new test for Hirai just as he has fended off pressure from activist investor Daniel Loeb to sell off part of Sony's entertainment business. The move threatens to undermine him at a time when he is trying to show investors and employees that he can lead Sony back to growth after the restructuring that cut around 15,000 jobs.     "Sony is like a ship that has set sail in the stormy weather of the electronics business, led by a captain who's using a flawed nautical map," Tamotsu Iba, a former Sony CFO and vice chairman, said in a letter sent to board members and management ahead of the meeting, which he attended.     "He doesn't have the sensibility or intellect to notice it's wrong.

Apple thwarts geeks, investors probing smartwatch components

Apple thwarts geeks, investors probing smartwatch components

By Melanie Burton MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Apple Inc managed to frustrate gadget lovers and investors desperate to find out the components of its new smartwatch on Friday, encasing its chips in tough resin and using rare screws to thwart people trying prise it apart. Gadget repair firm iFixit, which has carried out "teardowns" on Apple products from iPhones to MacBooks, said the U.S. company also appeared to be promoting its brand on the watch's inner workings, complicating detailed analysis of the parts' origins. News that a supplier has been chosen - or rejected - for one of Apple's products can cause drastic swings in stock prices, so huge are the iPhone maker's orders. The iFixit team, which traveled from San Luis Obispo to Australia to get its hands on one of the first Apple Watch deliveries after the gadget's global launch on Friday, began by blasting the screen with a heat gun to prise it off.

Every single Apple Watch app in the App Store, all in one place

Are you one of the select few people who are actually going to get your hands on a shiny new Apple Watch tomorrow? Once you’re done marveling at its splendor and, if the reviews are any indication, figuring out the device’s confusing interface, it’ll be time to start loading up on nifty third-party Watch apps. Now for the good news: You don’t have to wait for your Apple Watch to arrive to check out third-party Watch apps. In fact, every single Apple Watch app in the App Store can be found in one place right from your computer, iPad or iPhone. DON’T MISS: Watch an angry Robert Downey Jr. walk out of the worst Avengers interview ever The Apple Watch App

Logitech moves away from computer mouse, looks to wireless

By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Gadget maker Logitech International SA said on Thursday quarterly operating profit fell 34 percent on steep currency declines and shrinking demand for accessories like the computer mouse on which it built its global brand name. Logitech has refocused on new lines like wireless music speakers, videoconferencing and video game controllers, offsetting a decline in personal computers and demand for the mice and keyboards it has made since the dawn of the PC age. Towards that end, Logitech said it will exit a low-margin business that mainly makes computer mice for PC makers to sell as their own. Logitech has at best managed slow sales growth for six of the past seven years.

7 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

We always spend time digging through all of the paid iPhone and iPad apps that go on sale for free each day, in an effort to pick out the cream of the crop and share them with you. Yesterday’s list of iOS apps on sale was a great one, and several of those apps are still available as free downloads if you rush back to that post and snag them quickly. If you’ve missed the ones you wanted though, don’t worry — there are seven fresh new paid iOS apps on sale for free in today’s list. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6 face off in performance tests – and the results may shock you These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that

Some Apple Watch buyers to get shipments sooner than expected

Some Apple Watch buyers to get shipments sooner than expected

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Some Apple Watch buyers who thought they would have to wait until June to receive their new gadgets will get them sooner, Apple Inc said on Wednesday. When online pre-orders for Apple's first smartwatch started on April 10, many customers were surprised to see delivery times as far out as June instead of on April 24, when the devices officially go on sale. On Wednesday, Apple notified some buyers that they would not have to wait so long after all. "Our team is working to fill orders as quickly as possible based on the available supply and the order in which they were received," Apple said in a statement.

BlackBerry introduces security offering for IoT devices

BlackBerry introduces security offering for IoT devices

BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it is launching a new certificate service that will help bring the security level it offers on smartphones to a slew of devices from cars to smart meters. Certicom, a subsidiary of BlackBerry and an industry pioneer in elliptic curve cryptography, announced a new offering that it contends will secure millions of devices, expected to be part of the growing Internet of Things (IoT) sphere. The company said it has already won a contract in Britain to issue certificates for the smart meter initiative there with more than 104 million smart meters and home energy management devices. Separately, BlackBerry also outlined a plan to expand its research and development efforts on innovation and improvement in computer security.

Mosaic aims to bring color to cheap 3D printers

By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian tech start-up Mosaic is putting color into low-end 3D printers in a move to make the technology more accessible for everything from architectural modeling to medical training. Mosaic is one of the latest in a slew of Canadian start-ups to jump into hardware, as the tech landscape, especially in the hardware segment enjoys a revival in Canada. Canadian hardware, once dominated by BlackBerry Ltd and its devices, has been relatively quiet over the last decade. Companies like Aeryon Labs, which makes drones, to Clearpath Robotics, which makes mobile robots and Nymi, the maker of a wristband that authenticates a person's identity by using their cardiac rhythm are among the firms leading the Canadian resurgence.

BlackBerry to buy WatchDox to bolster data security

BlackBerry to buy WatchDox to bolster data security

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it is acquiring privately-held U.S. tech company WatchDox, which makes software that secures files for clients ranging from private equity firms to Hollywood studios, in a bid to boost its security offerings. The Wall Street Journal, citing an unnamed source, said BlackBerry was paying $70 million for the Palo Alto, California-based company. Some of WatchDox's 85-member team is based at its research and development facilities in Petah Tikva, Israel. "Israel's widely known as a very innovative security market, and we believe the team there is excellent," Jim Mackey, BlackBerry's head of corporate development, said in an interview.

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now (save $41!)

Monday’s post was packed full of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free for a limited time. In fact, some of them are still free, and you can grab them by heading back to yesterday’s post. Today we have a fresh list for you though, and it includes seven paid iOS apps that can all be downloaded for free if you hurry. DON’T MISS: Reports that iPhone 6 sales declined because of the Galaxy S6 are ridiculous 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

How to make sure one of Apple Watch’s key health features works

In addition to providing notifications, the Apple Watch is also supposed to be a powerful fitness and health gadget designed to both motivate you and record a variety of parameters related to your daily activities and workout sessions. One of the things the Watch can record is your heart rate, and Apple has put together a special page on its support website that details how the sensor on the back of the Watch works and how to get better results from it. DON’T MISS: How to install ‘Netflix for pirates’ on an iPhone 6 without jailbreaking The heart rate sensor on the back of the device consists of four LED lights that can measure the blood flow through your skin, and record

The clever way Netflix determines subscription rates in each country

History has shown that any effort aimed at eradicating piracy via brute force is destined to fail. Arguably, the only way to truly stem piracy is to, quite simply, embrace the notion that piracy exists and subsequently do everything in your power to deliver a product or service that’s fundamentally more appealing than scouring the depths of BitTorrent. Apple successfully implemented this strategy when it introduced the iTunes Music Store, instantly making the digital download experience a much safer and simpler endeavor than acquiring music through illicit means. DON’T MISS: New leak reveals how gigantic the 12-inch iPad may be compared to the iPad Air 2 In a similar vein, the way that Netflix sets up its pricing structure across different territories  is quite brilliant.

Why the Apple Watch might be Apple’s most profitable product ever

For a long time, Apple has made ungodly sums of money from the iPhone, which has traditionally been its most profitable product. However, the launch of the Apple Watch may be about to give Apple an even more lucrative cash cow. 9to5Mac points us to a new research note from Think Big Analytics principal analyst Carl Howe, who believes that the Apple Watch is on track to be the most profitable Apple product ever with average gross margins of more than 60%. FROM EARLIER: New leak reveals how gigantic the 12-inch iPad may be compared to the iPad Air 2 The major driver for this high profitability is unsurprisingly the Apple Watch Edition, which Howe notes really doesn’t cost Apple that much

The custom smartphone keyboard is here to stay… and it’s only getting smarter

The one smartphone feature we take for granted every day, one that has evolved into an app category of its own, is the virtual keyboard. There are various custom keyboard apps listed in app stores waiting to offer smartphone users a better experience than default options. In fact, many of them extend across platforms, bringing the same features to users no matter what devices they own. The better and smaller these gadgets get over time though, the better the virtual keyboards must get as well. At least, that’s what Fleksy’s Ashley Eleftheriou assured me in a virtual sit down over the weekend about the past and future of the virtual keyboard app. DON’T MISS: How to install ‘Netflix for pirates’ on an

Gorgeous virtual Apple Watch teardown shows the insane amount of technology Apple packs into a tiny device

You might not be able to buy an Apple Watch in Apple retail stores until June and the device you preordered may not arrive for many more weeks to come. But at least you can now check out a virtual teardown of the device, even before the gadget is available to early buyers. DON’T MISS: Microsoft demos another important Windows 10 feature for phones Designer Martin Hajek, who has created amazing renders of unreleased Apple products in the past, created a “detailed 3D model of the inner components of the Apple Watch.” The renders might not be able to provide the same level of detail that you can expect from actual teardowns that will undoubtedly come from iFixit and Chipworks, but they still provide an

This is the most useful Apple Watch app we’ve seen so far – and it’s on sale for free

The Apple Watch isn’t even available for purchase yet, but we’re already seeing the App Store flooded with updates and new apps that are focused on the Apple Watch. The device’s official release date is this coming Friday but as we all know, that “release date” is a misleading joke. Most Apple fans won’t get their hands on a new Apple Watch until sometime in May or June, but you should prepare for your new gadget’s eventual arrival right now by downloading the most useful Apple Watch app we’ve seen so far — which also happens to be on sale for free right now. DON’T MISS: 8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a limited time Ever since Apple first

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

The weekend is over and you’re back in your office or in school, sitting there reading BGR while you should probably be getting things done. Don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss or your professor… instead, we’ll reward you with a great list of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free for a limited time. As always, be sure to grab anything of interest as soon as possible — especially the versatile widgets app that’s first on our list — because these sales could end at any moment. DON’T MISS: 5 great free Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time

How to install ‘Netflix for pirates’ on an iPhone 6 without jailbreaking

In case you happen to be a fan of the torrent streaming service called Popcorn Time, often referred to as “Netflix for pirates,” you should know there’s also an iOS app for it, and it can be installed on any device running iOS 8.x including the iPhone 6, without a jailbreak. Now, there’s a quick guide detailing exactly how to install the app. DON’T MISS: New leak reveals how gigantic the 12-inch iPad may be compared to the iPad Air 2 The procedure is rather simple, as Phone Arena notes, and it doesn’t involve the App Store, as Apple would never support such an app in the official store. What you have to do is download the latest iTunes version on your Windows computer (this is a

Watch the all new action-packed ‘Fantastic Four’ trailer right here

After the Batman v. Superman trailer that was supposed to air in IMAX cinemas leaked last week, a new trailer for a hot upcoming superhero blockbuster hit YouTube during the weekend — also earlier than it was supposed to. Posted by YouTube user lioonelx, the leaked trailer for the new Fantastic Four movie was then pulled at the request of 20th Century Fox, CNET reports, but not before it was able to post the clip on its own YouTube channel. DON’T MISS: New leak reveals how gigantic the 12-inch iPad may be compared to the iPad Air 2 The almost three-minute-long trailer shows much more action than the first teaser trailer, revealing more details about the story in this new Fantastic Four movie. We also get

LG already has an incredibly hot G4 offer… but not for U.S. buyers

In just over a week, LG will finally unveil its 2015 flagship handset, but the company has already revealed many details about the upcoming Android device, including a hot offer for certain buyers, one that many fans of the G line won’t be able to enjoy. DON’T MISS: New leak reveals how gigantic the 12-inch iPad may be compared to the iPad Air 2 South Korean G4 buyers who purchase the device from one of the local mobile operators through May 31 will get a variety of interesting perks, including a free screen replacement and a free 64GB memory card. The device is supposed to have an amazing 2K display, according to recent leaks, and the free replacement offer is

Sony’s hottest Android handset yet is official, but you can’t really buy it

Sony on Monday unveiled its next flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia Z4 that appeared in a plethora of rumors so far. Unfortunately, the company has only announced the handset for its home market, meaning that Android fans from countries other than Japan won’t be able to really purchase it yet. However, Sony has planned a flagship announcement for international markets for late May, according to Russian publication Hi-Tech.mail.ru. DON’T MISS: New leak reveals how gigantic the 12-inch iPad may be compared to the iPad Air 2 Meanwhile, Japanese customers will be able to purchase a brand new high-end Android smartphone from Sony in the near future, a device that should be even lighter (144g) and slimmer than predecessors (146 x 72

DigitalGlobe unveils new tools for troops, others to use imagery

By Andrea Shalal COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - DigitalGlobe Inc this week unveiled new Web-based tools that could help military troops, relief workers and others use its high-resolution satellite images, social media feeds and other data without needing massive bandwidth. The tools, which are in beta-testing now, give users access to complex data processing done in the cloud, including rapid analysis about everything from helicopter and paratrooper landing sites to social media usage in a specific area. Accessible on any cellphone, iPad or other portable device, the analytical tools can also be downloaded and cached for later use, even when there is no connectivity, DigitalGlobe Chief Technical Officer Walter Scott said.

New leak reveals how gigantic the 12-inch iPad may be compared to the iPad Air 2

After a new series of leaked images showed various case designs for the upcoming 12-inch iPad Pro tablet earlier this week, a new set of pictures featuring some of the same iPad cases has hit the web via French publication Nowhereelse. And this time around, the cases have been compared to the iPad Air 2 to give us an idea of just how big the new tablet will be. DON’T MISS: Esteemed Apple blogger: Third-party Apple Watch apps ‘suck’ and are ‘really slow’ The French publication revealed on Twitter back in March that the iPad Pro would measure 305.7 x 222.6 x 7.2 millimeters. The new measurements performed by German site arktis, which apparently got a hold of these iPad Pro cases,

Microsoft unveils touch-friendly Office apps for Windows phones

Microsoft unveils touch-friendly Office apps for Windows phones

Microsoft Corp on Friday unveiled a long-awaited suite of touch-friendly Office apps that allow Windows phone users to work on Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents on their phones with touch commands and to transfer them easily between devices. Test versions of what Microsoft is calling its Office Universal apps are available to download immediately and full versions will be available by the end of the month, Microsoft said. Many Office users have waited months for Microsoft to introduce the apps, which adapt their look and commands to the device being used, whether Windows Phone or tablet. Microsoft, in a departure from tradition, has already released similar touch-friendly Office apps for Apple Inc's iPad and iPhone, and for tablets running Google Inc's Android.

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free to download right now

It’s Friday and what better way to kick off your weekend than by installing some paid iPhone apps that you can get for free right now for a limited time! In our latest list, we’ve brought you some great games, photo filter apps and productivity apps. Let’s get started! DON’T MISS: 5 great free Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free

SEC questions LA Unified on use of bonds for iPad project

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission recently questioned Los Angeles Unified School District officials as part of informal inquiry into whether they properly used bond funds for a beleaguered $1.3 billion project to provide an iPad for every student.

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'Map spam' puts Google in awkward place

'Map spam' puts Google in awkward place

Google was re-evaluating its user-edited online map system Friday after the latest embarrassing incident -- an image of an Android mascot urinating on an Apple logo. The image, part of a crowd-sourced edit on Google Maps, appeared briefly at a Pakistani location before it was removed by the online giant Friday. In a statement to US media, Google apologized for the inappropriate image and said it was working to step up verification of user edits on its Map Maker platform. "Handling spam is a complex issue and we’re continuously working on ways to improve our systems, including new ways of preventing, detecting and taking down incorrect edits," Google told the news website TechCrunch.

BlackBerry considers closing Sweden operations

BlackBerry considers closing Sweden operations

(Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is considering closing its offices in Sweden, a move that would result in the loss of up to 100 jobs, a company spokesperson told Reuters. "At this time, we are considering the closure of our offices in Sweden. BlackBerry had about 7,000 people as of Sept. 2014, according to the its website.

Watch: First Apple Watch teardown reveals an incredible piece of engineering

It’s the Apple Watch’s official launch day and it wouldn’t be the launch of a new Apple gadget without the folks at iFixit cracking it open and seeing what’s inside. They didn’t disappoint us on Friday and have already posted a terrific new video that shows you the remarkable engineering that went into Apple’s first wearable computer. FROM EARLIER: How to use all of the Apple Watch’s cool new features So what did iFixit find? Here are the highlights: The watch comes with a 205mAh battery, which is actually smaller than the batteries found in devices like the Moto 360. iFixit theorizes that Apple’s Watch OS may be more power efficient than Android Wear, which means you shouldn’t panic because the

Swallowable gadget in the works to fight obesity

Swallowable gadget in the works to fight obesity

An electronic pill that enables you to enjoy your meal without giving you the urge to overeat is in the works at an Israeli start-up and making headlines in the medical community. A wireless remote control that's compatible with iOS and Android devices delivers electronic stimulation to the digestive tract to quell the appetite. The startup, called MelCap, was granted a patent from the US Patent Office for its technology in June of 2014. "This pill is like an imaginary meal," says Ronald Evans, director of Salk's Gene Expression Laboratory and senior author of the new paper, published January 5, 2014 in Nature Medicine.

This free Android app is packed with more than 3,000 Material Design wallpapers

Some people are perfectly happy to use one of the few stock wallpapers that came preinstalled on their smartphones. But you’re not “some people.” You’re a savvy Android user and you’ve gone to great lengths to personalize your device with the right apps, widgets and even launchers, in order to ensure that your device is set up exactly how you want it. Are you going to mar all of that hard work by using a boring stock wallpaper on your Android phone? No, of course not… and that’s where Walloid comes into play. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6 face off in performance tests – and the results may shock you Walloid by Android app developer HashCode is a simple

Grey's Anatomy "How to Save a Life" Review: He Will Haunt You... the Hard Ones Always Do

Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy S11E21: "How to Save a Life" Thanks to an ill-timed news leak, many of us knew that "How to Save a Life" wasn't going to end well for Dr. Derek Shepherd. But just how bad did it get? The short answer: Pretty bad. Get your tissues ready. We began with Meredith flashing back, as she did earlier this season, to her mom losing her in the park, intercut with memories of saying goodbye to Derek, before his recent trip to D.C. and earlier on in their relationship. On the morning he left for Washington, as luck—or fate—would have it, Meredith missed a call from Derek because she was rushing off with the kids, but later in the morning, he chatted via speakerphone with Amelia, April, and Bailey while driving to the airport, until the call cut out. Moments later, a reckless driver zoomed past Derek, lost control, and crashed, causing another driver to do the same. Derek stopped to tend to the injured, a group that included Sidney from Parenthood and Lisa Shay from Suburgatory. And of course nobody had cell service. Over the next few... minutes? Hours? It's hard to tell for sure, but Derek basically had a worse day than he'd probably ever experienced back at Grey Sloan. He fixed someone's dislocated leg, dragged a couple away from their car seconds before it exploded, and used dry cleaning bags to hold a young woman's intestines in place, all while (somewhat unconvincingly) reassuring everyone that he doesn't let people die. "It's a beautiful day to save lives," Derek mumbled before thankfully hearing sirens in the distance. All the patients were safely loaded into ambulances and a fireman shook Derek's hand, sending him on his merry way. (Side note: Wouldn't he have been taken in for questioning after having witnessed an accident? The rules are different in Shondaland, I suppose.) Whew! And everyone lived happily ever after. Oh wait... the episode is only halfway over? Oh no. As Derek reached over to the passenger seat of his car to grab his buzzing cell phone, a tractor-trailer came flying around the curve and plowed into him at a speed I don't even want to contemplate. Derek was taken to an overcrowded hospital, but was awake and conscious, even talking himself through his multitude of injuries—albeit just mentally, as he'd lost the ability to speak. Then Shonda Rhimes dialed the heartbreak factor up a notch, having Derek mentally coach the doctors while diagnosing his own injuries, recognizing the mistakes they were making, and being unable to do anything about it. As Derek futilely tried to will the ER team into ordering a head CT, they instead rushed him to an operating room, and Derek realized he was probably going to die—because "these people weren't trained properly." (If only he'd gone to Grey Sloan! Cruelest of ironies.) Sure enough, the neurosurgeon took an hour and a half to arrive because he was at dinner, dismissed the only doctor who knew what she was talking about, and eventually discovered that it was too late to save Derek. Time for Grey's to tease us with false sense of security! After we saw police show up at Meredith's house, the next scene revealed her talking to a bandaged Derek in a hospital room. But alas, it was only a fantasy. Meredith was really still back at the house, where the cops were telling her there'd been an accident. Shortly after arriving at the hospital with Bailey and Zola in tow, Meredith was informed by the lackluster surgeons that there was nothing they could've done to save Derek's life. False! Meredith pointed out that they should have ordered a head CT—and later witheringly corrected a doctor who called her "Mrs. Shepherd." Dark and Twisty Meredith was back in full force! She condescendingly reviewed all of her options with said doctor before demanding that he give her the papers so she could sign off on pulling the plug. That's when the hospital's one good doctor tearfully apologized and was met with a "you can't win 'em all" talk from Meredith—who was acting remarkably level-headed and calm by that point, no? Meredith told the doctor to get back on that surgical horse the next day, and then promptly threw up next to a tree. When Meredith returned to the hospital room to say a final goodbye to her husband, we were treated to another knife-twisting montage of the sweetest MerDer moments from Grey's Anatomy's 11 seasons—all the glances, hugs, kisses, sex, and witty banter that defined their roller coaster of a relationship, set to a piano version of Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars." "Ready?" the attendant said. "No, but go ahead," Meredith responded. Cue the sound of Derek's monitor flat-lining. What did you think of "How to Save a Life"? Are you shocked that Derek is dead? Did you have the luxury of watching the episode without being spoiled? Where will Meredith go from here? And can Grey's go on without MerDer?

Meet the Turing Phone, a secure smartphone that’s stronger than steel

Every once in a while you see a phone that’s so impressive you can’t ignore it, even if you know it’s not going to be your next phone. Such is the case with the Turing Phone, a Lollipop-powered Android handset that’s not only supposed to be more durable than any other smartphone on the planet, it’s also seemingly far more secure than rival handsets. DON’T MISS: How to sign up for Google’s daring ‘Project Fi’ wireless service right now As CNET reports, the Turing Phone, made by Turing Robotic Industries, is made by liquidmorphium and it features advanced data security. Liquidmorphium isn’t the metal injected into Wolverine’s body. It’s an “amorphous alloy of zirconium, copper, aluminum, nickel and silver,” and it has an atomic structure that’s more like

Facebook intros a calling app for Android phones

Facebook intros a calling app for Android phones

Facebook has launched Hello, a new app that manages incoming and outgoing calls using data from its vast social network. Currently available for Android in a public test version, the app can be used to block calls from commonly blocked numbers or to search Facebook for the numbers of people and businesses. Hello automatically syncs with the user's previously recorded contacts and call history, making it an attractive alternative to the default dialer app in Android. The app matches incoming calls to Facebook data in order to display any details the person or business in question has made public (name, profile picture, birthday, location, profession, etc.), regardless of whether the caller is in the Hello user's Facebook network.

How to sign up for Google’s daring ‘Project Fi’ wireless service right now

Dedicated Android fans know by now that Google finally announced the one product many fans may have been dreaming off, a virtual mobile network that’s ready to offer affordable plans and, most importantly, cheap data. However, Project Fi, using network access purchased from T-Mobile and Sprint, won’t be immediately available to anyone looking to change carriers. Instead, an invitation system is in place, and you’ll have to wait your turn to get in. DON’T MISS: Google takes on Verizon and AT&T by unveiling its wireless service – everything you need to know The good news is that you can register for Project Fi right away – or at least ask to be allowed in – as Google has made the registration page

U.S. Marshals Service reviewing incident of deputy smashing citizen's phone

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. Marshals Service is reviewing an incident after a video posted on the Internet appeared to show one of its deputies snatching away and smashing the cell phone of a woman who was filming police and federal agents making arrests in a Los Angeles suburb. Video taken by another bystander at Sunday's confrontation in the South Gate suburb, southeast of Los Angeles, and posted on YouTube showed the woman standing on a sidewalk aiming her phone at two officers a short distance away. The woman can be heard saying, "You are making me feel unsafe, and I have a right to be here," just before a deputy marshal armed with a rifle comes into view and wrestles the device out of her hands as she protests. In the video, the officer appears to throw the phone to the ground and stomp or kick it.

Major new LG G4 details: Stunning camera quality and display secrets revealed

After a massive LG G4 leak revealed almost everything there is to know about the device, new details about the upcoming Android flagship smartphone have been unearthed, including a collection of stunning pictures that were taken with the new phone, as well as some unexpected tidbits about the phone’s gorgeous 2K display. DON’T MISS: WSJ: Google’s game-changing wireless service is launching todas Online publication BusinessKorea reports that the G4 will have a slightly curved display, although it won’t be anything like the LG G Flex 2’s flexed screen. According to the publication, the G4 will have a display with a curvature radius of 3000mm along the Y-axis, which makes it a rather subtle curve compared to the 700mm curve radius

Massive comparison pits the Apple Watch against every top rival

Choosing a smartwatch right now is a decision that’s mostly made based on the mobile operating system you currently favor. The Apple Watch only works with the iPhone, Android Wear devices only support Android smartphones, and smartwatch models running third-party operating system might work with both iOS or Android. However, if you’re still not sold on the Apple Watch – which is shaping up to be the most important smartwatch ever made – and you’re looking at options, then you might want to check out the huge comparison Italian blog MobileWorld has put together. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6 face off in performance tests – and the results may shock you As you can see in the extensive

Facebook starts testing mobile calling app 'Hello'

Facebook starts testing mobile calling app 'Hello'

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said it started testing its mobile calling app 'Hello' on Android, which allows users to connect with Facebook to see the identity and information about callers even if the number is not saved on the phone. Hello, built by the messenger team, can pull information people and businesses have shared on Facebook. (http://bit.ly/1DBdqCU) The app also gives the option of blocking calls, which then go to a voicemail feature. Facebook said in March that it would add a feature to its messaging app that allows friends to send and receive money through it. ...

Video: This concept envisions what might be in store for Android 6.0

Google’s Lollipop is the best version of Android to date, one that many users have yet to receive on their Android devices. But there’s already excitement in the air surrounding Google’s upcoming plans for the popular mobile operating system. With Google I/O conference closing in, some Android fans are already imagining ways to improve their favorite OS when it comes to design and features. That’s what designer Miroslav Vitula did in a short video posted on YouTube some time ago, and it was recently discovered by Phone Arena. DON’T MISS: How does Samsung let things like this happen? It’s far from clear whether Google will make the jump to Android 6.0 with its next major update, or whether it’ll be called “Muffin,” but that’s the

One Former Police Officer Makes the Case for Cameras

One Former Police Officer Makes the Case for Cameras

I watched the video on my iPad and could see Scott, who was apparently unarmed, running away from the officer, Michael Slager. Soon, the North Charleston Police Department released video from a camera attached to the dashboard of Slager’s patrol car. Cameras are pervasive—increasingly put in patrol cars and on police officers’ bodies, in building surveillance devices and, of course, on civilian cell phones. The pervasiveness of cameras is a great thing for modern police work.

Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6 face off in performance tests – and the results may shock you

Pitting a brand new octa-core monster of a flagship Android phone with 3GB of RAM against a dual-core iPhone with 1GB of RAM doesn’t seem like it should be a fair fight. As we saw in a number of performance tests ahead of the Galaxy S6’s debut and following its launch, Samsung’s new flagship smartphone crushes every other phone on the planet in a number of key areas. When it comes to gaming, however, performance tests paint an entirely different picture that might really surprise you. DON’T MISS: How does Samsung let things like this happen? Apple’s iPhone 6 is surprisingly scrappy, as we saw when the phone first launched. Despite only having a dual-core CPU and just 1GB of RAM, the iPhone outperformed every

WSJ: Google’s game-changing wireless service is launching today

In an unexpected move, Google may launch its wireless service on Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal has learned, confirming some of the recent details that were leaked about Google’s game-changing carrier ambition. DON’T MISS: The numbers don’t lie: Jay-Z’s Tidal music service is already a spectacular flop A recent report from Android Police revealed that Google wants to charge customers only for the data they use, and even get refunds for unused data, a practice that could further put pressure on regular mobile operators. That report also revealed the MVNO service would work only on the Nexus 6, according to information from an unreleased application for it, and that T-Mobile and Sprint will sell network access to Google. The search

BlackBerry introduces security offering for IoT devices

BlackBerry introduces security offering for IoT devices

BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it is launching a new certificate service that will help bring the security level it offers on smartphones to a slew of devices from cars to smart meters. Certicom, a subsidiary of BlackBerry and an industry pioneer in elliptic curve cryptography, announced a new offering that it contends will secure millions of devices, expected to be part of the growing Internet of Things (IoT) sphere. The company said it has already won a contract in Britain to issue certificates for the smart meter initiative there with more than 104 million smart meters and home energy management devices. Separately, BlackBerry also outlined a plan to expand its research and development efforts on innovation and improvement in computer security.

Trivia Crack gets an Apple Watch upgrade

Trivia Crack gets an Apple Watch upgrade

Trivia Crack, the popular online Android, iOS, Windows Phone and web quiz game, is coming to the Apple Watch, the developers announced today. "Trivia Crack is thrilled to be a part of the premiere of Apple Watch," said Maximo Cavazzani, CEO of developer Etermax. "The game will be formatted so it will be able to be played entirely on the new Apple Watch face. Trivia Crack has more than 150 million users worldwide and has been ranked the number one game in 25 countries.

Mosaic aims to bring color to cheap 3D printers

By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian tech start-up Mosaic is putting color into low-end 3D printers in a move to make the technology more accessible for everything from architectural modeling to medical training. Mosaic is one of the latest in a slew of Canadian start-ups to jump into hardware, as the tech landscape, especially in the hardware segment enjoys a revival in Canada. Canadian hardware, once dominated by BlackBerry Ltd and its devices, has been relatively quiet over the last decade. Companies like Aeryon Labs, which makes drones, to Clearpath Robotics, which makes mobile robots and Nymi, the maker of a wristband that authenticates a person's identity by using their cardiac rhythm are among the firms leading the Canadian resurgence.

Free-to-play EA Sports UFC launches on Android and iOS

Free-to-play EA Sports UFC launches on Android and iOS

A mobile version of EA Sports UFC, the first UFC video game from EA Sports, is now available worldwide on Android and iOS, publisher Electronic Arts announced today. EA Sports UFC on mobile was developed by EA Canada, the same studio that made the original PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game that launched last June. This isn't the first mobile version of a fighting game from EA: The company previously released iOS versions of 2010's EA Sports MMA and 2011's Fight Night Champion.

Does size really matter?

Does size really matter?

Jack Wallen challenges smartphone and tablet manufacturers to reconsider their priorities when it comes to design of mobile devices.

Google lobbying spending reached new high in early 2015

Google lobbying spending reached new high in early 2015

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google Inc , already one of Washington's biggest spenders, set a company record for its lobbying activity in the first quarter of 2015 when it spent $5.5 million, according to a government database. Google ranked ninth in terms of total lobbying spending in 2014 at $16.8 million, behind the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($124 million) and the National Association of Realtors ($55 million), according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The disclosure on lobbying expenditures comes as the company faces charges brought by the European Union that it demoted rivals in search results. Europe has also opened an investigation into allegations that Google uses Android to keep its dominance as consumers go mobile, while Google's rivals are asking the U.S. Justice Department to also open a formal probe into Android in the United States.

How to enable 13 secret hidden features on the Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge aren’t just the most impressive Android smartphones that Samsung has ever made, they’re likely the most impressive Android smartphones the world has ever seen. Featuring sleek premium designs and cutting-edge internal components, these flagship smartphones are a cut above anything else on the market right now in terms of style and performance. But as much as you’ve read about Samsung’s new flagship phones — and even if you own one yourself — there are still plenty of hidden features that you had no idea were buried in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. DON’T MISS: This amazing secret trick will give any Android phone a huge speed boost Samsung’s latest high-end smartphones are packed

BlackBerry to buy WatchDox to bolster data security

BlackBerry to buy WatchDox to bolster data security

By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it is acquiring privately-held U.S. tech company WatchDox, which makes software that secures files for clients ranging from private equity firms to Hollywood studios, in a bid to boost its security offerings. The Wall Street Journal, citing an unnamed source, said BlackBerry was paying $70 million for the Palo Alto, California-based company. Some of WatchDox's 85-member team is based at its research and development facilities in Petah Tikva, Israel. "Israel's widely known as a very innovative security market, and we believe the team there is excellent," Jim Mackey, BlackBerry's head of corporate development, said in an interview.

Reports that iPhone 6 sales declined because of the Galaxy S6 are ridiculous

Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones are fantastic handsets. In fact, they’re probably the most impressive Android smartphones the world has ever seen. As we said in our Galaxy S6 review, these are easily the most premium smartphones Samsung has ever built, and they feature performance that is miles better than any other Android phone on the market. It is entirely possible that the launch of Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge did, in fact, eat into sales of Apple’s flagship iPhone 6. But the data flying around on Tuesday morning that’s being cited in reports doesn’t actually support that theory at all. DON’T MISS: How to download your entire Google search history in 2 easy steps Let’s start from the

1,500 iPhone apps have a serious flaw that hackers can easily exploit

While security companies usually detail vulnerabilities in Android that hackers can use for malicious purposes, analytics service SourceDNA uncovered an encryption flaw that may affect as many as 1,500 applications, Ars Technica reports. Among them, you’ll find some popular titles, including Citrix OpenVoice Audio Conferencing, the Alibaba.com mobile app, Movies by Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes, KYBankAgent 3.0, and Revo Restaurant Point of Sale. DON’T MISS: Finally, a sensible explanation of why you can’t buy the Apple Watch this Friday The company looked at a specific vulnerability in open-source AFNetworking, a resource that’s widely used by app developers to “drop networking capabilities into their apps.” Since being discovered, the issue has already been corrected, with various iOS apps having been updated to also

Buy a OnePlus One without an invite starting today

One of the most exciting Android phones released in 2014 has been available only to consumers who have received invites and those who jumped on limited sales events since its launch, but on Monday, OnePlus finally announced open sales for its CyanogenMod smartphone: the OnePlus One. DON’T MISS: How to install ‘Netflix for pirates’ on an iPhone 6 without jailbreaking “In our first big celebration of the One’s successful year, we are opening up sales globally for everyone, every day of the week,” says OnePlus marketing specialist Bradon Harwood. “We have always wanted to put great products into the hands of more people. And, we now feel confident that we have matured enough to handle the increased complexity that comes along with opening up sales completely.” For

Watch: Samsung thinks these 3 features make the Galaxy S6 the ‘smartphone of your dreams’

Samsung has a lot to be proud of with the Galaxy S6 and a new video from the company highlights three key Galaxy S6 features it believes will make it stand apart from the competition. DON’T MISS: Google just unveiled a hugely ambitious Android Wear update – here are the 3 coolest features So what makes the Galaxy S6 so dreamy? Samsung starts off by crowing about how quickly the device charges thanks to its new fast charging technology that it compares to a “glorious free-flowing straw of love.” Next, Samsung highlights the S6’s wireless charging capabilities, which really are a first for major flagship smartphones. The beauty of wireless charging, of course, is that you don’t have to plug your

Android Wear Enables Wi-Fi, Gestures to Fight Apple Watch

Android Wear Enables Wi-Fi, Gestures to Fight Apple Watch

Apple Watch may be the talk of the town right now, but Google hopes that the latest Android Wear update - paired with sexy new hardware - will steal the spotlight. Google today (April 20) announced a new update to its wearable platform that enables Wi-Fi support, making Android Wear watches less dependent on a smartphone connection. In addition to Wi-Fi capability, the latest OS adds new gestures and navigation, such as flicking your wrist to scroll through the screen and tapping the watch face to launch apps and send messages. The new Android Wear will also let you draw emoji on the screen to add in your replies, and support always-on apps so the display never dims while you're navigating to your friend's house or crafting your reply to a message.

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Leaders, charities offer condolences, help after Nepal quake

Leaders, charities offer condolences, help after Nepal quake

LONDON (AP) — As world leaders and global charities tried to grasp the scope of an earthquake that devastated Nepal, they offered condolences for the more than 1,400 people killed in four countries and readied emergency aid for the survivors. Mountaineering groups struggled to check on climbers, and Nepalese abroad did their best to reach families in the stricken area.

Thousands rally for Freddie Gray; protesters become rowdy

Thousands rally for Freddie Gray; protesters become rowdy

Protesters who have been holding demonstrations almost daily this week over the death of Freddie Gray are promising their biggest march yet a day after the Baltimore Police Department acknowledged that it failed to get him the medical attention he needed after his arrest.

Photos from the ground: Devastating earthquake hits Nepal

Photos from the ground: Devastating earthquake hits Nepal

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal Saturday, causing an avalanche on Mount Everest and crumbling buildings in Katmandu, the capital. Nepal’s Home Ministry announced an initial death toll of 686, a number that is continuing to rise. We are collecting stories and photos from the ground and live updates on the death toll and damages as the story develops.

10 dead as quake and avalanche sweep Mount Everest region

10 dead as quake and avalanche sweep Mount Everest region

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Nepal's Mount Everest region on Saturday, killing at least 10 climbers and guides, slamming into a section of the mountaineering base camp, and leaving an unknown number of people injured and missing, officials said.

Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman

Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman

By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender. The 65-year-old Jenner made the declaration in a wide-ranging interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, nearly 40 years after his record-breaking Olympic gold-medal win in the decathlon that gave him the unofficial title of "World's Greatest Athlete." At the outset of the taped interview, Sawyer asked "Are you a woman?" and Jenner responded, "Yes, for all intents and purposes I am a woman." "People look at me differently," Jenner added.

Thousands march in Baltimore to protest black man's death

Thousands march in Baltimore to protest black man's death

By Lacey Johnson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - At least 2,000 people protesting the unexplained death of a black man while in police custody marched through downtown Baltimore on Saturday, pausing at one point to confront officers in front of Camden Yards, home of the Orioles baseball team. In the biggest protest since 25-year-old Freddie Gray died on Sunday, two clusters of marchers chanting "shut it down" started out at different times before merging during the afternoon into a single wave headed toward City Hall. Last year, there were weeks of protests across the country following the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the death of Eric Garner, in New York City who was placed in a chokehold during an attempted arrest. Saturday's protests came a day after Baltimore's police commissioner conceded that police had failed to provide Gray with timely medical attention for a spinal injury he had suffered sometime after he was apprehended and put inside a transport van.

Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails last year: NYT

Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails last year: NYT

Russian hackers who penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system last year read President Barack Obama's unclassified emails, the New York Times reported on Saturday, quoting U.S. officials. "There is no evidence that the president's email account itself was hacked, White House officials said. Still, the fact that some of Mr. Obama's communications were among those retrieved by hackers has been one of the most closely held findings of the inquiry," the paper said. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on the report but the White House earlier this month confirmed the breach, saying it took place last year and that it did not affect classified information.

FBI investigating possible Islamic State terrorism plot in U.S.: CNN

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a possible Islamic State-inspired terrorism plot in the United States, CNN reported on Saturday, quoting law enforcement officials. A Federal law enforcement official who asked not to be named said there was a known threat to Los Angeles International Airport, but did not say whether this was a new threat or was associated with Islamic State. The Transportation Security Administration had also alerted local law enforcement agencies responsible for security around airports in the state although the possible threat was not necessarily related to aviation, CNN said. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also declined to comment on the reported threat to Las Angeles airport.

Witnesses: Some buildings collapse in Nepal capital after 7.7 quake

Witnesses: Some buildings collapse in Nepal capital after 7.7 quake

By Gopal Sharma and Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal urged countries to send aid to help it cope with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that killed nearly 1,400 people, a toll predicted to rise as rescuers used their hands to dig for survivors among the rubble on Sunday. Thousands of people braved freezing temperatures and patchy rain to sleep on pavements, in parks or in fields in the crowded Kathmandu valley, too afraid to return to homes damaged by a 7.9 magnitude quake which struck at midday on Saturday. "Our country is in a moment of crisis and we will require tremendous support and aid," he told Indian television. Police said the death toll had reached 1,394, with about 4,700 injured.

After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.

Questions after Indiana school stage collapse injures 16

Questions after Indiana school stage collapse injures 16

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The superintendent of an Indiana school district where a stage collapsed, injuring 16 high school students when they plunged into an orchestra pit, said Friday that the section that gave way was only a few years old, but it's unclear whether it was ever subject to inspection.

Pakistan says botched strike highlights dangers of US drone war

Pakistan says botched strike highlights dangers of US drone war

Pakistan said Friday the botched US drone attack that killed two foreign hostages showed the risks of the controversial tactic, as details came to light apparently pinpointing the fatal strike. President Barack Obama admitted on Thursday that one American and one Italian hostage were accidentally killed in a counter-terrorism operation in January targeting a suspected Al-Qaeda hideout. Obama said US consultant Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto were killed along with Ahmed Faruq, an American described as a leader of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).

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Twitter unveils 'Highlights' to help users catch up

Twitter unveils 'Highlights' to help users catch up

Twitter on Thursday rolled out a new feature aimed at helping users sift through the large number of tweets on their feed each day. The new feature called "Highlights" offers a twice-daily summary "of the best tweets for you, delivered via rich push notification," Twitter's Gordon Luk said in a blog post. "We want to help you get the most out of Twitter, no matter how much time you spend with it. The move is the latest by Twitter to boost engagement for its members amid growth which is slower than some rival social networks, in a disappointment since its high-profile stock offering in 2013.

Nasdaq to settle Facebook IPO lawsuit for $26.5 million

Nasdaq to settle Facebook IPO lawsuit for $26.5 million

In a first for a U.S. stock exchange, Nasdaq OMX Group on Thursday agreed to pay $26.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit involving its bungling of Facebook Inc's $16 billion initial public offering, the plaintiffs' lawyers said. The lawsuit said Nasdaq violated federal and state laws by not disclosing technology weaknesses in its IPO systems and failing to properly design and test them for the Facebook offering. The settlement is significant because exchanges are responsible for policing their own markets and therefore are legally immune from private liability for damages incurred when they are performing regulatory functions like conducting an IPO. "This is the first case that we are aware of where a class of investors has sued an exchange for market disruption, and the court has sustained those claims," said Vincent Cappucci, one of the lawyers representing retail investors harmed in the IPO.

US astronaut launches geography quiz on Twitter

US astronaut launches geography quiz on Twitter

American astronaut Scott Kelly has launched a geography quiz on Twitter and will post a picture from the International Space Station each week so fans can guess his location. Kelly is spending one year in space along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, in an experiment to see how the human mind and body withstands long periods in space, before even longer missions to Mars in the coming decades. Kelly began the contest on Earth Day, April 22, from the Twitter handle @StationCDRKelly. Kelly is part of a six-person crew at the International Space Station, which circles the Earth 16 times per day.

As YouTube marks tenth year, Facebook emerges as video threat

As YouTube marks tenth year, Facebook emerges as video threat

It's 10 years to the day since the first clip ("Me at the Zoo") was uploaded on YouTube, and the service - now owned by Google Inc - has dominated online video-sharing ever since. Facebook Inc said on Wednesday that its users were watching 4 billion videos a day, compared with 3 billion in January and just 1 billion in September. Almost all analysts saw video advertising as one of Facebook's most promising areas for revenue growth. "The Internet is experiencing something of an inflection point in terms of demand for video and mobile advertising, and FB may well be the single biggest beneficiary of this inflection," RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney said.

Facebook intros a calling app for Android phones

Facebook intros a calling app for Android phones

Facebook has launched Hello, a new app that manages incoming and outgoing calls using data from its vast social network. Currently available for Android in a public test version, the app can be used to block calls from commonly blocked numbers or to search Facebook for the numbers of people and businesses. Hello automatically syncs with the user's previously recorded contacts and call history, making it an attractive alternative to the default dialer app in Android. The app matches incoming calls to Facebook data in order to display any details the person or business in question has made public (name, profile picture, birthday, location, profession, etc.), regardless of whether the caller is in the Hello user's Facebook network.

Big earnings day; Facebook investors 'unlike'; cable merger woes

A huge earnings day for Wall Street as more than 10% of S&P 500 companies open their books today. Plus, investors are hitting the "unlike" button on Facebook. And regulators appear ready to pull the plug on the massive Comcast - Time Warner Cable merger.

Facebook’s Price of Success

Facebook continues to dominate the moment. The question for investors is what the future will bring. The social network on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings that surpassed analyst expectations. Revenue growth of 42% fell short of the consensus estimate, but exceeded it after backing out the effects of currency exchange moves.

Revealed: This is what Twitter, Instagram and Uber will look like on the Apple Watch

While we’ve seen lots of Apple Watch apps revealed so far, we’re just today getting our first look at what some of the world’s most popular apps will look like on the device, including Twitter, Instagram and Uber. 9to5Mac has posted a fantastic gallery of Apple Watch app screenshots that show what some of the top apps around are doing to adapt themselves to your wrist. FROM EARLIER: How scratch resistant is the Apple Watch Sport? Here, for example, is Instagram on the Apple Watch. As you can see, the watch really only has room to display the photo itself and a short message detailing who posted it. There are ways to like and share photos on the watch app but those

Facebook revenue growth slows, costs weigh on profit

Facebook revenue growth slows, costs weigh on profit

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc posted its slowest growth in quarterly revenue in two years and higher spending on research and development ate into profits. Facebook has warned of heavy investments in 2015 as it steps up efforts to expand a collection of products that include messaging service WhatsApp, photo-sharing service Instagram and virtual reality headset maker Oculus Rift. As a result, Facebook's operating expenses rose 83 percent in the first quarter as R&D costs jumped 133 percent and marketing and sales spending nearly doubled. The cost rise is one thing that can derail this story," said Macquarie Research analyst Ben Schachter.

Facebook profit down but revenues, user base grow

Facebook profit down but revenues, user base grow

Facebook said Wednesday that profit in the first quarter plunged 20 percent from a year ago but revenues got a lift from robust growth in mobile advertising. The world's biggest social network also boosted the number of users to 1.44 billion, up 13 percent from a year earlier, including 1.25 billion people who access Facebook on mobile devices. Overall revenues jumped 42 percent to $3.5 billion, led by advertising gains, slightly below Wall Street forecasts, as Facebook felt the impact of a strong dollar. "This was a strong start to the year," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and chief executive.

Facebook beats 1Q profit forecasts

On a per-share basis, the Menlo Park, California-based company said it had profit of 18 cents. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense and amortization costs, were 42 cents per share. The results topped ...

Facebook starts testing mobile calling app 'Hello'

Facebook starts testing mobile calling app 'Hello'

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said it started testing its mobile calling app 'Hello' on Android, which allows users to connect with Facebook to see the identity and information about callers even if the number is not saved on the phone. Hello, built by the messenger team, can pull information people and businesses have shared on Facebook. (http://bit.ly/1DBdqCU) The app also gives the option of blocking calls, which then go to a voicemail feature. Facebook said in March that it would add a feature to its messaging app that allows friends to send and receive money through it. ...

Native Americans Are Changing Their Name to ‘Zuckerberg’ on Facebook

Native Americans Are Changing Their Name to ‘Zuckerberg’ on Facebook

For months, American Indian Facebook users have been speaking up about the fact that their accounts keep getting suspended. According to many Native American activists, it’s their names, which Facebook apparently doesn’t think are real. Users like Dana Lone Hill and Shane Creepingbear have publicly written about the issue, though Facebook has stood by its policy and denied targeting Native Americans specifically. Now, some Native American users are fighting back by using the company’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg as bait.

Facebook shifts News Feed, gives priority to friends

Facebook shifts News Feed, gives priority to friends

"The goal of News Feed is to show you the content that matters to you," said a blog post by Facebook's Max Eulenstein and Lauren Scissors. One of the key changes aims "to ensure that content posted directly by the friends you care about, such as photos, videos, status updates or links, will be higher up in News Feed so you are less likely to miss it," the blog said. To make room, Facebook will push down items such as commentary on a news story or another person's post. "Many people have told us they don't enjoy seeing stories about their friends liking or commenting on a post," Facebook said.

Mom’s Bathroom Breast-Feeding Pic Causes a Social Media Stink

Mom’s Bathroom Breast-Feeding Pic Causes a Social Media Stink

Wilson Beach says that moments before the photo was taken, her baby had worked her way across the bathroom, opened the cabinets under the sink, and pulled items out onto the floor. “And then she was ready to have her morning feed,” she says. So she asked her husband, actor Michael Beach, who has starred on shows such as Sons of Anarchy, to capture the moment. When Wilson Beach uploaded the image, she didn’t think it would go beyond her Facebook friends or the few hundred followers she has on Instagram. The relatable image was also posted Sunday on the popular Life of Dad Facebook page with the caption “Every parent knows this joy.” It’s since been liked more than 214,000 times, been shared more than 26,000 times, and received hundreds of comments.

Why LeBron James is quitting social media

With a third NBA championship ring within reach, LeBron James has no room for distractions, so he is going off the grid: no Twitter, no Facebook, no phone. As James heads to the playoffs with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he is going on a temporary social-media lockdown in order to focus on the upcoming games. "I don't have no phones, no social media, I don't have anything," LeBron told the Associated Press.

Twitter moves to stem violent threats, abuse

Twitter moves to stem violent threats, abuse

Twitter on Tuesday began implementing a new policy aimed at curbing use of the social network to incite violence, and to crack down on abuse and harassment on the service. The new rules are the latest implemented by social networks aiming to stem violence and harassment while attempting to safeguard freedom of online speech. "We need to ensure that voices are not silenced because people are afraid to speak up," said Twitter's head of product management Shreyas Doshi in a blog post. Some of the changes were outlined last week in a Washington Post column by Twitter general counsel Vijaya Gadde.

Twitter expands privacy on direct messages

Twitter expands privacy on direct messages

Twitter said Monday it was making it easier to take direct messages private, carving out a bigger space for targeted exchanges on the popular microblogging service. Previously, direct messaging could only occur between two Twitter users "following" each other, which basically allowed both parties to see whatever they posted publicly. In turn, the user can reply with a direct message to the sender, regardless of whether the sender follows the user, Twitter announced in a blog on its website. "We hope these changes help you connect more easily -- and directly -- on Twitter with the people, causes and businesses you care about most," Twitter said.

Trophy Hunter Accuses Ricky Gervais of Targeting Women on Social Media

Trophy Hunter Accuses Ricky Gervais of Targeting Women on Social Media

Ricky Gervais’ Twitter feed is populated mostly with images of two things: wild animals and the people who kill them. “What must’ve happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie next to it smiling?” Gervais recently captioned a photo that was retweeted more than 43,000 times: hunter Rebecca Francis lying in a grassy field next to a dead giraffe. “Ricky Gervais has used his power and influence to specifically target women in the hunting industry and has sparked thousands of people to call for my death, the death of my family and many other women who hunt,” Francis told the website HuntingLife.com last week. The college cheerleader and wildlife hunter Kendall Jones was called the most hated person on the Internet last summer because she posed with the wild animals she killed.

Fugitive fails to revive Facebook lawsuit, block criminal case

Fugitive fails to revive Facebook lawsuit, block criminal case

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday forcefully rejected the fugitive Paul Ceglia's effort to revive what U.S. prosecutors have called his fraudulent lawsuit to extort social media company Facebook Inc and its founder Mark Zuckerberg. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said "overwhelming forensic evidence" showed that a 2003 "Work for Hire" contract that Ceglia claimed entitled him to a 50 percent stake in Facebook was forged. Facebook's market value was about $226 billion as of Friday's market close. "We believe the facts plainly show that the Work for Hire contract is authentic." A spokeswoman for Facebook said: "We are pleased that the truth has prevailed." A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan declined to comment.

After Mom’s Facebook Plea, Hundreds Show Up to Bullied Girl’s Birthday Party

After Mom’s Facebook Plea, Hundreds Show Up to Bullied Girl’s Birthday Party

It’s the stuff of childhood nightmares: You’re so unpopular at school that no one wants to come to your birthday party. Indeed, after Moretter discovered that her daughter’s 10th birthday party invitation received no RSVPs, she took to Facebook to ask other moms in the suburban Minneapolis community to stop by with their daughters. I’m writing because I have a beautiful daughter named Mackenzie who is turning 10. Because of the disorder, which Mackenzie was diagnosed with when she was one, the little girl’s skull didn’t form completely, and she has some brain damage.

Zayn Malik Breaks Twitter Silence

Zayn Malik Breaks Twitter Silence

Zayn Malik is getting by with a little help from his friends. The departed One Direction member broke his Twitter silence on Monday – his first Tweet since leaving the band in March – offering his appreciation to those who have supported him over the past few weeks. "Wanna say thanks to everyone that's been there for me over the last few weeks, love you all.. you know who you are x," Zayn wrote. Prior to his triumphant Twitter return, Zayn – sporting a newly shaved head and a new nose piercing – spoke out at the Asian Awards on Friday, thanking his former bandmates for a lifetime of memories.

Researcher denied airline flight after tweet about hacking

Researcher denied airline flight after tweet about hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked.

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Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails last year: NYT

Russian hackers read Obama's unclassified emails last year: NYT

Russian hackers who penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system last year read President Barack Obama's unclassified emails, the New York Times reported on Saturday, quoting U.S. officials. "There is no evidence that the president's email account itself was hacked, White House officials said. Still, the fact that some of Mr. Obama's communications were among those retrieved by hackers has been one of the most closely held findings of the inquiry," the paper said. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on the report but the White House earlier this month confirmed the breach, saying it took place last year and that it did not affect classified information.

Why Groupon refused to pay a security researcher who discovered serious XSS bugs

It’s very common these days for tech companies Google and Microsoft to offer hackers and security researchers big bucks if they’re able to find security vulnerabilities that could pose serious threats to important software and services. Google in particular often hosts its own hacking competition where the search giant puts millions of dollars on the line for anyone savvy enough to skirt around Google’s built-in security schemes. Recently, one security researcher found a number of high-level vulnerabilities on Groupon’s website. Groupon promptly patched the security holes but, as it turns out, is refusing to pay him. Here’s why. DON’T MISS: Google Maps trolls Apple in the most unbelievably inappropriate way A security researcher who goes by the name BruteLogic recently uncovered upwards of 32

Amazon’s roadmap for 2015: Move fast, launch as much as possible

From the expansion of its one-hour delivery service to new cities to the testing of product deliveries directly to customer car trunks and the expansion of its ecosystem of apps and streaming content, the first quarter found Amazon on a typically productive footing. The scope of that activity – which included things like the company’s studio arm greenlighting new seasons of original shows like “Mozart in the Jungle” and launching new features around some of the company’s hardware offerings – also sheds light on how the e-commerce behemoth plans to spend the rest of 2015. Based on its at times dizzying operational pace during the just-ended three-month period for which Amazon reported earnings Thursday, which included revealing for the first time

Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as attorney general

Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as attorney general

By Lindsay Dunsmuir and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Loretta Lynch won Senate approval as U.S. attorney general on Thursday, becoming the first black woman to occupy the post at a time when deadly altercations between white police and unarmed black men are making headlines. The Senate confirmed Lynch by a vote of 56-43 to end a five-month partisan deadlock over her nomination by President Barack Obama. Obama said Lynch, the 55-year-old U.S. attorney for Brooklyn, New York, had credibility with both law enforcement and the communities they police. Taking over the Justice Department from Attorney General Eric Holder, Lynch also will face early tests on financial cases alleging some of the world's largest banks helped clients evade U.S. taxes and manipulated currency markets.

Obama says of Lynch confirmation, 'America will be better off'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that America will be better off now that the Senate has "finally" confirmed Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General, according to a White House statement. Obama cited criminal justice reform, cybercrime and national security among issues that Lynch will address. Lynch, 55, is the first black woman to become the top U.S. law enforcement official. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Pentagon says evicted Russian hackers, global cyber threat grows

Pentagon says evicted Russian hackers, global cyber threat grows

By Phil Stewart PALO ALTO, California (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday disclosed a cyber intrusion this year by Russian hackers who accessed an unclassified U.S. military network, in a episode Defense Secretary Ash Carter said showed the growing threat and the improving U.S. ability to respond. Carter cited the newly declassified incident during an address at Stanford University, in which he also warned the Pentagon was ready to help defend America's networks and to use cyber weaponry, if needed. The doctrine was articulated in a new Pentagon cyber strategy unveiled on Thursday. Carter said that sensors guarding the Pentagon's unclassified networks detected the intrusion by Russian hackers, who discovered an old vulnerability that had not been patched.

How to use free public Wi-Fi without hackers stealing your data

Free public Wi-Fi hotspots are terrific. They offer users quick and reliable Internet connections where cellular reception is spotty. And even in areas with strong cellular signals, users can connect their phones, tablets and laptops to public Wi-Fi hotspots in order to conserve data on their mobile plans and steer clear of those pesky data caps. Of course, there is one problem with public Wi-Fi networks, and it’s a big one: They’re completely open, which means any data you send or receive while connected to these networks is vulnerable and can easily be stolen by hackers. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6 face off in performance tests – and the results may shock you There are plenty of guides out

Senate finally moves to confirm Lynch as attorney general

Senate finally moves to confirm Lynch as attorney general

By Lindsay Dunsmuir and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to limit debate on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to become President Barack Obama's next attorney general in a procedural move intended to end a five-month deadlock that made her wait longer for confirmation than the last seven attorneys general combined. She has awaited confirmation since November when Obama, a fellow Harvard Law School graduate, nominated her to replace Eric Holder. He was expected to step aside early next week so Lynch can take over as head of the U.S. Justice Department. As attorney general, her earliest tests would likely include handling civil rights cases stemming from deadly altercations between police and unarmed black men in several U.S. cities.

Meet the Turing Phone, a secure smartphone that’s stronger than steel

Every once in a while you see a phone that’s so impressive you can’t ignore it, even if you know it’s not going to be your next phone. Such is the case with the Turing Phone, a Lollipop-powered Android handset that’s not only supposed to be more durable than any other smartphone on the planet, it’s also seemingly far more secure than rival handsets. DON’T MISS: How to sign up for Google’s daring ‘Project Fi’ wireless service right now As CNET reports, the Turing Phone, made by Turing Robotic Industries, is made by liquidmorphium and it features advanced data security. Liquidmorphium isn’t the metal injected into Wolverine’s body. It’s an “amorphous alloy of zirconium, copper, aluminum, nickel and silver,” and it has an atomic structure that’s more like

Pentagon chief seeks to woo Silicon Valley, eyes tech innovation

Pentagon chief seeks to woo Silicon Valley, eyes tech innovation

By Phil Stewart REDWOOD CITY, California (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in California's Silicon Valley on Wednesday at the start of a three-day trip aiming to draw in America's tech innovators despite major challenges, including making the Pentagon attractive to cyber-savvy youth. Carter plans to make several announcements during the visit, defense officials say, including establishing an outreach office in Silicon Valley focused on scouting new and emerging breakthrough technologies and building industry ties to the Pentagon. "We don't live in an era where all of the technology of importance to national security is going to come out of the Pentagon. The move is also the latest example of the U.S. government's efforts to smooth relationships with tech companies in the wake of damaging revelations over digital surveillance by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Pentagon's new cyber strategy cites U.S. ability to retaliate

Pentagon's new cyber strategy cites U.S. ability to retaliate

By Phil Stewart REDWOOD CITY, California (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to unveil an updated cyber strategy on Thursday that will stress the military's ability to retaliate with cyber weapons, a capability he hopes will help deter attacks. The strategy presents a potentially far more muscular role for the U.S. military's cyber warriors than the Pentagon was willing to acknowledge in its last strategy rollout in 2011 and singles out threats from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. The Defense Department, it said, must develop "viable cyber options" as part of the full range of tools available to the United States during heightened tensions or outright hostilities. It should be able to use cyber tools to disrupt an enemy's command of networks, military-related critical infrastructure and weapons capabilities.

Scary Galaxy S5 scanner flaw will let hackers copy your fingerprints

Well, let’s hope you never used the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner. Forbes reports that researchers from security firm FireEye have found a scary flaw in the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner that could let hackers copy your fingerprints and use them for nefarious purposes. FROM EARLIER: Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6 face off in performance tests – and the results may shock you Apparently the researchers discovered that it’s possible to create malware that only needs to gain system-level access to the Galaxy S5, where it can then collect data coming directly from the device’s fingerprint scanner. This would let hackers gain access to images of your fingerprints without having to break into the so-called “trusted zone” where the device keeps your fingerprint data

House passes bill designed to thwart cyberattacks

House passes bill designed to thwart cyberattacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday passed long-awaited legislation designed to thwart cyberattacks by encouraging private companies to share information about the attackers' methods with each other and the government.

Massive comparison pits the Apple Watch against every top rival

Choosing a smartwatch right now is a decision that’s mostly made based on the mobile operating system you currently favor. The Apple Watch only works with the iPhone, Android Wear devices only support Android smartphones, and smartwatch models running third-party operating system might work with both iOS or Android. However, if you’re still not sold on the Apple Watch – which is shaping up to be the most important smartwatch ever made – and you’re looking at options, then you might want to check out the huge comparison Italian blog MobileWorld has put together. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6 face off in performance tests – and the results may shock you As you can see in the extensive

House takes up bill designed to thwart cyberattacks

House takes up bill designed to thwart cyberattacks

The House on Wednesday is expected to pass long-awaited legislation designed to thwart cyberattacks by encouraging private companies to share information about the attackers' methods with the government. ...

Security flaw lets attackers cripple your iPhone and there’s no way to stop them

Wondering how difficult it is for attackers to cripple your iPhone? The answer isn’t going to make you happy — in a nutshell, all the have to do is create a Wi-Fi network. That’s right, thanks to a newly detailed security flaw in iOS, malicious hackers can send an iPhone into an endless reboot loop simply by creating a Wi-Fi network. And the worst part is that iPhones will connect to these networks automatically, and the only way to stop it is to disable Wi-Fi completely. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6 face off in performance tests – and the results may shock you Just days after another security flaw affecting iOS devices was uncovered, security researchers at Skycure have detailed

‘Rootpipe’ OS X Yosemite security vulnerability not as patched as initially believed

A “Rootpipe” backdoor in various Mac OS X versions, or a security flaw that could give hackers full access to a Mac without authentication, was supposedly patched by Apple in an OS X 10.10.3 update earlier that month. But it looks like the patch doesn’t quite fix the security flaw, The Hacker News reports, as Yosemite computers are still vulnerable to Rootpipe-based attacks. Furthermore, Macs running OS X 10.9 or later have not been patched, and it’s likely they won’t be. DON’T MISS: The numbers don’t lie: Jay-Z’s Tidal music service is already a spectacular flop Ex-NSA staffer and current Synack R&D director Patrick Wardle discovered a new way to use the Rootpipe attack even after the recent Yosemite patch.

Huawei CEO says Chinese cybersecurity rules could backfire

Huawei CEO says Chinese cybersecurity rules could backfire

By Gerry Shih SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - China can only ensure its information security in the long run if it keeps its market open to the best technology products, be they foreign or domestic, Huawei's rotating chief executive Eric Xu told Reuters on Tuesday. Xu's remarks are a rare example of a top Chinese CEO openly questioning the direction of Beijing's information security policy, already a source of concern for countries who fear it will limit opportunities for their technology firms. In recent months Chinese leaders have advanced, albeit fitfully, several technology "localization" measures to minimize the threat of foreign cyberspying, by encouraging or requiring use of domestic products in important systems. "If we're not open, if we don't bring in the world's best technology, we'll never have true information security," Xu said, comparing China's enterprise (corporate) computing industry to primary school students competing against foreign rivals at university level.

Standard Chartered hires former UK surveillance chief to combat cybercrime

Standard Chartered hires former UK surveillance chief to combat cybercrime

Standard Chartered has appointed the former head of Britain's security and intelligence body GCHQ to its new financial crime committee as part of efforts to strengthen its cyber defense. The Asia-focused bank said Iain Lobban would become a member and senior advisor to the committee responsible for matters including anti-money laundering, sanctions compliance and prevention of corruption. Lobban was director of GCHQ, Britain's electronic intelligence gathering agency, from mid-2008 to late 2014. Cyber criminals pose a rising threat to the public and private sector, and banks are being targeted by increasingly sophisticated criminals trying to steal money or client data, cause havoc in financial markets or score political points.

This brilliant app does the dirty work of cleaning up your iPhone’s contacts

Have you looked at your phone’s contacts list lately? If so then you may find that it’s become something of a mess that’s filled with people you’ve contacted once or twice over email who have now been imported into your master list. This problem is particularly bad if you import your contacts from multiple email accounts, which can lead to lots of duplicate entries for the same people. Thankfully, Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal has alerted us to a terrific app called Cleanup Duplicate Contacts that does a lot of the dirty work of fixing your overstuffed contacts list for you. FROM EARLIER: CNN is insane if it thinks people will want to use its Apple Watch app What makes

BlackBerry introduces security offering for IoT devices

BlackBerry introduces security offering for IoT devices

BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it is launching a new certificate service that will help bring the security level it offers on smartphones to a slew of devices from cars to smart meters. Certicom, a subsidiary of BlackBerry and an industry pioneer in elliptic curve cryptography, announced a new offering that it contends will secure millions of devices, expected to be part of the growing Internet of Things (IoT) sphere. The company said it has already won a contract in Britain to issue certificates for the smart meter initiative there with more than 104 million smart meters and home energy management devices. Separately, BlackBerry also outlined a plan to expand its research and development efforts on innovation and improvement in computer security.

U.S. Homeland Security to set up cyber security office in Silicon Valley

U.S. Homeland Security to set up cyber security office in Silicon Valley

By Bill Rigby SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is in the final stages of planning to set up a satellite office in California's Silicon Valley, aiming to build relationships with the technology industry and scout for talent there, the department's secretary said on Tuesday. The move would be unprecedented and signals the intent of government to smoothe relationships with tech companies in the wake of damaging revelations over digital surveillance by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. "We want to strengthen critical relationships in Silicon Valley and ensure the government and the private sector benefits from each other's research and development," said U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson at a presentation at the RSA conference on computer security in San Francisco. "We want to convince some of the talented workforce here in Silicon Valley to come to Washington.

CNN is insane if it thinks people will want to use its Apple Watch app

The biggest reason I’m massively skeptical of smartwatches in their current incarnations is because many companies seem hellbent on using these devices to bother us with even more annoying notifications. If you want to see an example of us, look no further than Re/code’s report detailing news organizations’ plans to deliver breaking news right to our wrists. The scariest sounding plan comes to us from CNN, which apparently has ambitions to make our wrist vibrate multiple times during the day with “important” news and information. DON’T MISS: 1,500 iPhone apps have a serious flaw that hackers can easily exploit “CNN will let people personalize their news feeds by picking from among a dozen topics and choosing how they’d like to be

Nokia bets software revolution will help avoid past merger errors

Nokia bets software revolution will help avoid past merger errors

By Leila Abboud, Jussi Rosendahl and Sven Nordenstam PARIS/HELSINKI/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Nokia's acquisition of smaller rival Alcatel-Lucent may avoid the pitfalls that befell earlier telecom network equipment marriages, thanks to a revolution over the past decade in how products are launched and developed. Nokia has promised 900 million euros ($960 million) of cost savings by 2019 from the Alcatel-Lucent acquisition, which is set to be completed in the first half of next year. Analysts believe the biggest chunk will come from the wireless business where Nokia's 4G mobile network products will eventually replace those of Alcatel, allowing it to trim expensive R&D budgets and redeploy engineers. The history of mergers in the telecom equipment sector is poor - including those that brought Alcatel together with Lucent, and Nokia with Siemens in 2006.

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now (save $41!)

Monday’s post was packed full of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free for a limited time. In fact, some of them are still free, and you can grab them by heading back to yesterday’s post. Today we have a fresh list for you though, and it includes seven paid iOS apps that can all be downloaded for free if you hurry. DON’T MISS: Reports that iPhone 6 sales declined because of the Galaxy S6 are ridiculous 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

Reports that iPhone 6 sales declined because of the Galaxy S6 are ridiculous

Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones are fantastic handsets. In fact, they’re probably the most impressive Android smartphones the world has ever seen. As we said in our Galaxy S6 review, these are easily the most premium smartphones Samsung has ever built, and they feature performance that is miles better than any other Android phone on the market. It is entirely possible that the launch of Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge did, in fact, eat into sales of Apple’s flagship iPhone 6. But the data flying around on Tuesday morning that’s being cited in reports doesn’t actually support that theory at all. DON’T MISS: How to download your entire Google search history in 2 easy steps Let’s start from the

1,500 iPhone apps have a serious flaw that hackers can easily exploit

While security companies usually detail vulnerabilities in Android that hackers can use for malicious purposes, analytics service SourceDNA uncovered an encryption flaw that may affect as many as 1,500 applications, Ars Technica reports. Among them, you’ll find some popular titles, including Citrix OpenVoice Audio Conferencing, the Alibaba.com mobile app, Movies by Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes, KYBankAgent 3.0, and Revo Restaurant Point of Sale. DON’T MISS: Finally, a sensible explanation of why you can’t buy the Apple Watch this Friday The company looked at a specific vulnerability in open-source AFNetworking, a resource that’s widely used by app developers to “drop networking capabilities into their apps.” Since being discovered, the issue has already been corrected, with various iOS apps having been updated to also

Exclusive: Huawei CEO says Chinese cybersecurity rules could backfire

Exclusive: Huawei CEO says Chinese cybersecurity rules could backfire

By Gerry Shih SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - China can only ensure its information security in the long run if it keeps its market open to the best technology products, be they foreign or domestic, Huawei's rotating chief executive Eric Xu told Reuters on Tuesday. Xu's remarks are a rare example of a top Chinese CEO openly questioning the direction of Beijing's information security policy, already a source of concern for countries who fear it will limit opportunities for their technology firms. In recent months Chinese leaders have advanced, albeit fitfully, several technology "localization" measures to minimize the threat of foreign cyberspying, by encouraging or requiring use of domestic products in important systems. "If we're not open, if we don't bring in the world's best technology, we'll never have true information security," Xu said, comparing China's enterprise (corporate) computing industry to primary school students competing against foreign rivals at university level.

Chip designer ARM's Q1 gets iPhone 6 boost, shares hit a high

By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - ARM Holdings, the British chip designer favored by Apple, beat expectations for first-quarter profit thanks to demand for the iPhone 6, and said its royalties would grow as its latest technology is used in more smartphones. Shares in the Cambridge-based company rose to an all-time high of 1,233 pence after it posted a 24 percent rise in first-quarter pretax profit to 120.5 million pounds ($179.1 million). "In the second half of 2015 we expect to benefit from the increasing deployment of ARMv8-A technology, our latest generation of processors, in the newest smartphones and tablets," Chief Financial Officer Tim Score said on Tuesday.

Israel's Check Point Software steps up expansion plans

By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Network security provider Check Point Software Technologies plans to sharpen its focus on threat-prevention and mobile security, it said on Monday after posting better than expected first-quarter profit. Chief Executive Gil Shwed spoke of increased investment in new technologies and staff to cement the company's position of strength in a vibrant Israeli tech sector that accounts for about 12.5 percent of economic output and more than 50 percent of industrial exports. In February it bought cyber security start-up Hyperwise and this month acquired Lacoon Mobile Security to boost its offering for smartphones.

Researcher denied airline flight after tweet about hacking

Researcher denied airline flight after tweet about hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked.

Researcher denied flight after tweet poking United security

WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked.

Russian cyber attackers used two unknown flaws: security company

Russian cyber attackers used two unknown flaws: security company

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A widely reported Russian cyber-spying campaign against diplomatic targets in the United States and elsewhere has been using two previously unknown flaws in software to penetrate target machines, a security company investigating the matter said on Saturday. FireEye Inc , a prominent U.S. security company, said the espionage effort took advantage of holes in Adobe Systems Inc’s Flash software for viewing active content and Microsoft Corp's ubiquitous Windows operating system. The same hackers are also believed to have broken into White House machines containing unclassified but sensitive information such as the president’s travel schedule. FireEye has been assisting the agencies probing those attacks, but it said it could not comment on whether the spies are the same ones who penetrated the White House because that would be classified as secret.

Israeli military networks breached by hackers: researchers

Israeli military networks breached by hackers: researchers

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages existing attack software with trick emails, according to security researchers at Blue Coat Systems Inc. The four-month-old effort, most likely by Arabic-speaking programmers, shows how the Middle East continues to be a hotbed for cyber espionage and how widely the ability to carry off such attacks has spread, the researchers said. Waylon Grange, a researcher with the Blue Coat [PRJCBB.UL] who discovered the campaign, said the vast majority of the hackers' software was cobbled together from widely available tools, such as the remote-access Trojan called Poison Ivy. The hackers sent emails to various military addresses that purported to show breaking military news, or, in some cases, a clip featuring "Girls of the Israel Defense Forces." Some of the emails included attachments that established "back doors" for future access by the hackers and modules that could download and run additional programs, according to Blue Coat.

Ex-iOS boss Scott Forstall resurfaces in a place you wouldn’t expect

In late 2012, Apple’s iOS chief Scott Forstall was unceremoniously let go from the company he helped bring back to greatness. A longtime Steve Jobs lieutenant, Forstall was the key software head responsible for bringing the iPhone into existence, and just as importantly, for developing the first iOS SDK. Don’t Miss: The second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens just came out – watch it here now! In a story that’s been recounted numerous times, the impetus for Forstall’s dismissal was his reported refusal to sign his name to a letter apologizing for various Apple Maps glitches. Not helping matters were rumors that he also refused to attend Jony Ive’s meetings. Following his separation from Apple, Forstall completely fell off the radar,

Europol Director: hackers target banks, not customers

By Toby Sterling THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Banks, rather than their customers, are increasingly the main target of online thieves, Europol director Rob Wainwright said on Friday in an interview. "That has been an important change," Wainwright told Reuters after a conference on cyber security in The Hague.

Sony Pictures condemns Wikileaks release of documents from hackers

Sony Pictures condemns Wikileaks release of documents from hackers

Sony Corp's Sony Pictures Entertainment objected to the online release by WikiLeaks on Thursday of a searchable database of more than 30,000 documents that were obtained by hackers in a massive cyber attack last year. "The cyber-attack on Sony Pictures was a malicious criminal act, and we strongly condemn the indexing of stolen employee and other private and privileged information on WikiLeaks," the company said in a statement. Sony Pictures said it "will continue to fight for the safety, security, and privacy of our company." The documents stolen by the hackers were made available to the media last year. The release of 30,287 documents and 173,132 emails on WikiLeaks makes the information widely available and searchable.

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Ouya slavery game Thralled now coming to multiple platforms

Ouya slavery game Thralled now coming to multiple platforms

The game is a sideways-scrolling platformer that takes on the theme of slavery. Developer Miguel Oliveira this week announced that Thralled will, after all, be coming to Windows PC, Mac and Linux in 2015, as well as to Ouya. "Ouya will be working with us to release Thralled on multiple platforms because they feel, as we do, that the game should be experienced by as many people as possible," said Oliveira, in an interview with Polygon.

Twine makes game development more accessible, but to whom?

Twine makes game development more accessible, but to whom?

Twine, the browser-based tool for creating interactive fiction, is celebrated for its democratizing influence on game development. Naomi Clark (above center), a game designer and game design teacher, began the half-hour session by describing Twine as "a way of letting people make games and communicate with each other." Twine has gained a reputation for producing a genre known as "empathy games" — a phrase that references its capacity to put players into the mind of a game's creator and have them experience something personal. In particular, Twine has become popular in the queer games scene.

Eating Weeds Embraced at Hip Restaurant, Shunned by ‘Less Tony' Locals

Eating Weeds Embraced at Hip Restaurant, Shunned by ‘Less Tony' Locals

The majority of the seating at Mission Heirloom, a restaurant in North Berkeley, California, is outside in the back. We’d be dining on food grown not in the garden where we were seated but along the banks of the Yuba River. We’d be dining on weeds. Originally envisioned as a way to turn food deserts into gardens of Eden with little more than knowledgeable foraging, Berkeley Open Source Food launched as Reaping Without Sowing in 2013 with a $25,000 grant from the Berkeley Food Institute.

Axiom Verge gets a Windows release date with Mac, Linux and Vita support planned

Axiom Verge gets a Windows release date with Mac, Linux and Vita support planned

If acting as sole programmer, artist, designer, composer, animator et al. for PlayStation 4 Metroidvania title Axiom Verge wasn't already impressive enough, developer Tom Happ just announced a PC release date for the game: May 14. The game will be available on both the Humble Store and Steam for the same $19.99 price as its PS4 counterpart, and it features Steam-specific features like cloud saves and Trading Cards (yes, there are AAA titles that don't support those features). The game will also follow the lead of fellow PlayStation and PC indie Titan Souls and support the PS4's DualShock 4 on PC, Happ confirmed. If you're waiting for the PlayStation Vita version, Happ's press release notes it's still planned "to follow" and will support Cross Buy if you've already purchased the PS4 version.

Earth Day Celebrations In Denver and Beyond

Earth Day Celebrations In Denver and Beyond

A few ways to honor and acknowledge your Mother Earth. To celebrate Mother Nature's big day, True Food Kitchen will offer 25% off E-bite member's entire meal. Festivities will be held at the Denver Pavilions from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. where guests can enjoy beer, pizza and prizes. The St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder is hosting a week-long Earth Day celebration.

​Fedora 22 goes beta

​Fedora 22 goes beta

The next version, or should we say three versions, of Red Hat's community Linux, Fedora, are now in beta.

1,500 iPhone apps have a serious flaw that hackers can easily exploit

While security companies usually detail vulnerabilities in Android that hackers can use for malicious purposes, analytics service SourceDNA uncovered an encryption flaw that may affect as many as 1,500 applications, Ars Technica reports. Among them, you’ll find some popular titles, including Citrix OpenVoice Audio Conferencing, the Alibaba.com mobile app, Movies by Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes, KYBankAgent 3.0, and Revo Restaurant Point of Sale. DON’T MISS: Finally, a sensible explanation of why you can’t buy the Apple Watch this Friday The company looked at a specific vulnerability in open-source AFNetworking, a resource that’s widely used by app developers to “drop networking capabilities into their apps.” Since being discovered, the issue has already been corrected, with various iOS apps having been updated to also

Kerbal Space Program getting full 1.0 launch next week, adding female Kerbals

Kerbal Space Program getting full 1.0 launch next week, adding female Kerbals

After nearly four years in playable alpha and beta, Kerbal Space Program is getting a full 1.0 launch on April 27, developer Squad announced. Kerbal Space Program's full launch, for Linux, Mac and Windows PC, will add female Kerbals to the exploration corps (see them above). In Kerbal Space Program, players construct launch and orbital vehicles for the little green people, then attempts to fly them under the game's realistic physics model. For more on Kerbal Space Program, see Polygon's in-depth profile of the eight-man studio that built it.

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Gears of War remaster coming to Xbox One, sources say (update)

Gears of War remaster coming to Xbox One, sources say (update)

Microsoft and Black Tusk Studios are developing a remastered version of the original Gears of War for Xbox One, sources tell Polygon. The re-release of Gears of War for Xbox One will include updated visuals and reworked cutscenes, courtesy of animation studio Plastic Wax, according to a source. Stills of Gears of War's remade opening cinematic were shown to Polygon, offering a new look at the Locust invasion with updated visuals. Microsoft was previously rumored to be working on a remastered Gears of War anthology for its current console, dubbed the "Marcus Fenix Collection." But Black Tusk studio head Rod Fergusson, previously the series producer of Gears at developer Epic Games, downplayed those rumors earlier this year.

Study: Video Games Don't Trigger Aggression in Adults With Autism

Politicians pushed for a crackdown on violent video games after speculation arose that they spurred Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza -- who had autism spectrum disorder -- to commit one of the deadliest massacres in U.S. history, killing 26 children and educators before taking his own life. "We wanted to try to provide some evidence on the issue," says lead author Christopher Engelhardt, a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Missouri School of Health Professions and the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The study -- which was recently accepted for publication in the journal Psychological Science -- is the first of its kind to test the effects of violent video games on aggression in adults with autism spectrum disorder, according to Engelhardt. Researchers examined 120 young adults -- 60 who had autism spectrum disorder, and 60 who showed normal neurological development.

Marvel announces video game partnership with Telltale Games

Marvel announces video game partnership with Telltale Games

At an event in San Francisco today, Marvel discussed the company's future plans in the video game space and announced a partnership with Telltale Games to develop games based on Marvel's properties. The first of those games will come to unspecified platforms in 2017, Marvel executives said. Marvel did not disclose the name of the game or which properties Telltale might be developing games with. Marvel's Peter Phillips, executive vice president and general manager for interactive and digital distribution, and Jay Ong, vice president of games, were joined by Marvel Games creative director Bill Roseman and executive producer Mike Jones to discuss the entertainment giant's future video games.

Microsoft posts $21.7B revenue for third quarter, Xbox sales decline

Microsoft posts $21.7B revenue for third quarter, Xbox sales decline

Microsoft posted earnings for its third quarter today, announcing $21.7 billion in revenue for the three-month period that ended March 31, 2015, and net income of $4.99 billion. On the Xbox side, Microsoft said sales of its consoles and other computing and gaming hardware were down. The company sold 1.6 million Xbox consoles during the quarter, down from 2 million the same quarter in 2014. Microsoft said Xbox platform revenue decreased $306 million for the quarter, driven by a "decline in console volume and lower prices of Xbox One consoles compared to the prior year." Microsoft dropped the price of Xbox One back down to $349 in January after a holiday promotion.

Dell offering $580 PlayStation 4 bundle for $400

Dell offering $580 PlayStation 4 bundle for $400

In the market for a PlayStation 4? This bundle may be the way to go. Here's what you get for $400:PS4 The Last of Us Remastered Bundle Official Sony silver gaming headset $100 Dell eGift card  3 months of PlayStation Plus

Nintendo Direct for Xenoblade Chronicles X coming April 24

Nintendo Direct for Xenoblade Chronicles X coming April 24

Xenoblade Chronicles X, the upcoming open-world role-playing game from Monolith Soft, will be the focus of a Nintendo Direct presentation tomorrow, April 24, Nintendo announced today. The presentation will kick off with a "video showcase" of Xenoblade Chronicles X, according to Nintendo, followed by a live gameplay demo from the Nintendo Treehouse. Nintendo noted that it will present tomorrow's Nintendo Direct in English only, which makes sense, since Xenoblade Chronicles X launches next week in Japan. The Nintendo Direct will begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. PT.

Worldwide video games market will grow 9.4 percent this year, says report

Worldwide video games market will grow 9.4 percent this year, says report

The global market for video games is set to jump by 9.4 percent this year, according to research firm Newzoo. In its upcoming 2015 Global Games Market Report, the researchers estimate that the 2015 games market will jump from $83.6 billion in 2014, to $91.5 billion in 2015. Newzoo predicts that "at this pace, global revenues will reach $107 billion in 2017," according to a release today.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited beta hits PS4 and Xbox One April 23

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited beta hits PS4 and Xbox One April 23

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited publisher Bethesda Softworks is launching a closed beta for the upcoming console versions tomorrow, April 23, the company announced today. Bethesda said that although the Tamriel Unlimited beta is closed, there is no restriction on players sharing images or video from it. Players will be able to livestream gameplay using the PS4 and Xbox One's built-in sharing capabilities for Ustream (PS4 only) and Twitch (both). Bethesda also noted that the beta client is "the full console version of the game," and it's sized to match: The full game exceeds the capacity of a 50 GB Blu-ray Disc, so developer ZeniMax Online Studios will deliver a 15 GB day-one patch with the remainder of the game.

Xbox One celebrates the playoffs with free NBA 2K15 this weekend

Xbox One celebrates the playoffs with free NBA 2K15 this weekend

The NBA Playoffs enter their second week on Saturday, so Microsoft and 2K Sports figure it's as good a time as any to offer NBA 2K15 free on Xbox One from Friday through Sunday. Xbox Live Gold subscribers can get a full copy of the game and will be able to play all of its modes and features, the Xbox Wire says. An option to convert the trial access to a full purchase will be available, of course, and Microsoft is trying to sweeten that bargain with a discounted bundle that includes a wad of Virtual Currency, which is used to bling out created players in the game's MyCareer mode. Be advised that NBA 2K15 is a hefty download: 46.61 GB, one of the largest in the sports simulation genre, so plan accordingly, especially if you have slow internet.