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  • China again blames US for disrupted cybersecurity talks

    19 October 2014, 10:25 pm

    China claimed on Sunday the U.S. has derailed cybersecurity cooperation between the two countries and that it doesn’t tolerate hacking.The statement came a day after Yang Jiechi, a state councilor who deals with foreign affairs, held discussions on Saturday…
  • Is your Ethernet fast enough? Four new speeds are in the works

    19 October 2014, 9:05 pm

    ethernet’s future is now about much more than the next top speed: The engineers charting a path for the ubiquitous networking protocol are looking at several new versions to serve a variety of applications.At a meeting last Thursday of the ethernet Alliance,…
  • Dropbox used for convincing phishing attack

    19 October 2014, 8:00 pm

    Dropbox’s file storage service was used for a tricky phishing attack, although the service was quick to shut down it down, according to Symantec.The security vendor said it detected a batch of phishing emails advising recipients that they’ve been sent a…
  • IBM 'major announcement' points to deal on chip manufacturing

    19 October 2014, 7:50 pm

    Under pressure to boost margins, IBM is set to make what it calls a “major business announcement” Monday morning, raising the possibility that it has finalized a deal to transfer chip-making operations to GlobalFoundries.IBM announced Sunday that it would…
  • Report: Microsoft is about to jump into the smartwatch fray

    19 October 2014, 6:55 pm

    Apple’s got a smartwatch. A number of Google’s Android hardware partners have smartwatches too. Now Microsoft wants a piece of the action, if a new report is any indication.…
  • Snapchat begins serving up in-app ads

    19 October 2014, 5:22 pm

    It was bound to happen sooner or later: Snapchat has begun serving up ads in its app, according to a post published to the company’s blog Friday. The reasoning, of course? To make money.According to Snapchat, its goal is to make ads that don’t get in the…
  • Vietnam-based Viettel enters East African market

    19 October 2014, 2:15 pm

    Vietnam-based mobile telecom operator Viettel is set to start operations in Tanzania, aiming to expand into other countries in the East Africa region.The Tanzanian government last week announced that it had awarded Viettel a license to build and operate a 3G…
  • Tor-based anonymizing router gets pulled from Kickstarter for rules violations

    18 October 2014, 5:50 pm

    Anonabox, a piece of home networking equipment designed to allow you to connect to the Internet anonymously, had raised nearly $600,000 in pledges on Kickstarter—blowing its $7500 goal out of the water. But on Friday, Kickstarter suspended the project,…
  • LG G Watch R: My first 12 hours with the best-looking Android Wear watch of all

    18 October 2014, 7:00 am

    A tweak here and a tweak there. The mobile manufacturers are slowly honing in on better-looking Android Wear watches, and now the final, shipping version of the G Watch R has arrived in stainless-steel and leather flesh. I’ve been using LG’s Android Wear…
  • Spoiler Alert review: This game starts at the end and goes backward from there

    18 October 2014, 7:00 am

    Dante had it wrong. (Be warned: I'm about to spoil an 800-year-old piece of literature.) In The Divine Comedy Dante tells us there are seven circles of hell, increasing in severity of punishment as you delve deeper. Clearly he missed the special eighth circle…
  • Obama orders chip-and-PIN in government credit cards

    17 October 2014, 9:05 pm

    President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Friday to have secure chip-and-PIN technology embedded into government-issued credit and debit cards as part of a broader move aimed at stemming payment data breaches.Under the order, government-issued cards…
  • Apple SIM has great potential, but widespread changes will take time

    17 October 2014, 6:40 pm

    New Apple iPads allow users to choose between data plans offered by different cellular carriers without having to obtain a separate SIM from each. But that’s only the beginning as embedded SIMs like the new Apple SIM have the potential to change the way all…
  • Snapchat rolling out non-'creepy' ads that still might get creepy

    17 October 2014, 6:30 pm

    Ads are officially coming to Snapchat, in a form the company says is not “targeted,” but Snapchat’s own terms of service suggest it could do something very much like that.The first ad will appear this weekend in the U.S., in the “recent updates”…
  • Apple's iPad Air 2 chip paves the way for new devices

    17 October 2014, 6:25 pm

    Apple’s iPad Air 2 is faster than its predecessors thanks to the A8X chip, which could pave the way for the company to put its homegrown silicon in large-screen tablets, TVs, cars and even laptops.The A8X, an ARM architecture chip built by Apple, has enough…
  • Startup offers a big-data storyteller

    17 October 2014, 5:00 pm

    Amassing a pile of big data is not sufficient to spur insight, even if you have clever ways of analyzing that data. The savvy data scientist must also find a way to make all this information tell a story so it can be understandable to others.Exploiting the…
  • Disruptive technology reaps cash as venture capital pours in

    17 October 2014, 4:20 pm

    It’s a boom year for venture capital investing, and tech companies with the potential to disrupt business-as-usual are grabbing the lion’s share of the money.By the end of the third quarter this year, venture capitalists poured US$13.9 billion into…
  • Neil Young's Pono music store has more than 600K songs 'ingested,' downloads are another matter

    17 October 2014, 4:10 pm

    Neil Young says he is making progress toward filling his online Pono store with millions of high-fidelity music files. He’s mum, though, on exactly when people can actually start downloading and listening.…
  • Why Google made such a big-ass phone with the Nexus 6

    17 October 2014, 3:51 pm

    Despite the numerous rumors that told us the next Nexus phone would be a big huge phablet, we were still taken aback when Google officially pulled the curtain off of the Nexus 6. It’s a damn big phone. Its 6-inch display is even bigger than the recently…
  • A gaggle of Gabe Newells begging for Half-Life 3 and other must-know game news

    17 October 2014, 3:23 pm

    Witcher 3. Half-Life 3. Civilization: Beyond Earth. World of Warcraft. Call of Duty. Some of PC gaming's biggest games were making headlines this week, for matters ranging from awesome to utterly bizarre. Let's dive in!How do you measure a year?…
  • Final Android 5.0 Lollipop developer preview now available

    17 October 2014, 1:51 pm

    You can get one last taste of Lollipop if you have a Nexus 5 or 7, as Google posted the final developer preview build of Android 5.0 Friday. By following our walkthrough and using some digital elbow grease, you can have Lollipop showcasing its Material…
  • Watch makers will get to tweak Android Wear... eventually

    17 October 2014, 1:37 pm

    Google is softening its stance toward customization in Android Wear, saying device makers will have more ability to tweak the software over time.Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s vice president of engineering, told Re/code that Asus’ upcoming ZenWatch will show…
  • How to install the Android L developer preview on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7

    17 October 2014, 1:00 pm

    If you just can't wait for the official release, install Android L now!
  • MasterCard demos a prototype contactless card with a fingerprint sensor

    17 October 2014, 12:27 pm

    MasterCard is testing a contactless payment card with a built-in fingerprint reader that can authorize high-value payments without requiring the user to enter a PIN.…
  • New Web vulnerability enables powerful social engineering attacks

    17 October 2014, 12:25 pm

    Users who are careful to download files only from trusted websites may be tricked by a new type of Web vulnerability: this one cons them into downloading malicious executable files that are not actually hosted where they appear to be.The attack has been dubbed…
  • Tech industry likes Obama nominee for patent office

    17 October 2014, 12:25 pm

    The U.S. tech industry scored a victory this week when President Barack Obama nominated former Google lawyer Michelle Lee to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.After the White House’s announcement Thursday, several tech groups praised the nomination.…
  • Twitter veers into Facebook territory with curated timelines for everyone

    17 October 2014, 12:20 pm

    Facebook’s News Feed is filled with posts from people you’re not friends with. You might see a photo of a stranger that your mom commented on, or a random political argument between your high school best friend and some random. The battle for a…
  • That mysterious Android 5.0 icon is an updated messaging app, but Hangouts is still there

    17 October 2014, 12:11 pm

    Google is dialing back its ambitious plans to make Hangouts the all-in-one app for text and picture messaging on Android. Lollipop 5.0 will ship with a separate Messenger app, which we first spotted in a leak of the Nexus 6 just before its announcement.The app…
  • Envious of fiber broadband? Help is on the way for copper users

    17 October 2014, 11:55 am

    A technology that delivers broadband speeds over copper lines at a speed comparable to fiber is gaining momentum.Telekom Austria said this week it had connected the first subscriber in the world to its domestic network with G.fast, which offers data rates of…
  • Univision joins HBO and CBS in hugging cord cutters

    17 October 2014, 11:42 am

    Univision is looking to make every day Sabado Gigante with plans for a standalone streaming video service, following HBO and CBS into the a la carte fray.…
  • Games worth paying for: CounterSpy heats up the Cold War with tense sneaking and shooting

    17 October 2014, 11:00 am

    With so many free and cheap Android games, it’s tough to take the risk on a game that costs even a few dollars. But with a premium price often comes a premium experience. Each week, we’ll highlight a game that costs $3 or more, but is worth every penny.…

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