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  • Meet Project Naptha, an amazing Chrome extension for modifying text in web images

    23 April 2014, 11:56 am

    Oh wow, this Google Chrome extension feels like magic.Project Naptha, a Chrome extension made by developer Kevin Kwok, uses optical character recognition technology whipped up by several sources—including Microsoft Research and Google—to automatically…
  • Toshiba, SanDisk start producing smaller, faster 15nm NAND flash memory

    23 April 2014, 11:43 am

    Partners Toshiba and SanDisk have developed 15-nanometer process technology for NAND flash memory widely used in smartphones and tablets.The development is the first in the world and will replace the second-generation 19-nm process technology when production…
  • Watch out Nexus: Cyanogen-powered, $299 OnePlus One finally revealed in full

    23 April 2014, 10:29 am

    We already know a lot about the device, but the OnePlus One smartphone running CyanogenMod is finally here.
  • Microsoft opens ad-free Bing for Schools search engine to all U.S. schools

    23 April 2014, 10:09 am

    Microsoft is throwing open an advertisement-free version of its Bing search engine to all eligible kindergarten to 12th grade schools in the U.S., after completing the pilot stage of this program that was first run in five large public school districts.The…
  • U.S. to vote on $1.8 billion proposal to bring broadband to rural areas

    23 April 2014, 10:04 am

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote Wednesday on a proposal to pump $1.8 billion into a fund that subsidizes broadband deployments in rural communities.It would be the second investment for the FCC’s Connect America Fund and should bring…
  • The right kind of wrong: Coding error protects some Android apps from Heartbleed

    23 April 2014, 9:59 am

    Some Android apps thought to be vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug were spared because of a common coding error in the way they implemented their own native OpenSSL library.FireEye scanned 54,000 Android applications in Google’s Play store on April 10 to see…
  • Google's new, highly targeted app ads react to how you use Android apps

    23 April 2014, 9:47 am

    The next time you open a podcasting app on your Android phone you're not just catching up on your favorite radio shows: You're also sending Google valuable data the company can turn into advertising dollars.Google recently announced some new updates to its…
  • Dorian Nakamoto thanks users for $23k donation, denies being Bitcoin creator

    23 April 2014, 9:22 am

    The cash-strapped man Newsweek magazine named as the creator of Bitcoin has thanked supporters who donated over $23,000 of the virtual currency to him.…
  • It's the little things that matter in Amazon Redshift upgrade

    23 April 2014, 8:45 am

    Amazon Web Services has increased the number of simultaneous queries its hosted data warehouse Redshift can handle, improving performance in cases where many small queries are now forced to wait.Amazon contends that Redshift lowers the bar for implementing and…
  • Google AdWords cleared in geotagging patent lawsuit

    23 April 2014, 7:05 am

    Google AdWords does not infringe a location-based search patent owned by a company called GeoTag, a U.S. judge ruled in a case in which Google and Microsoft teamed up to come to the aid of customers who use their mapping services.Google’s advertising system…
  • Dell Inspiron 15 7000 review: A discrete GPU makes it better at play than work

    23 April 2014, 6:30 am

    Dell’s Inspiron 15 7000-series Ultrabooks, as represented by the 15.6-inch model 7537 Dell sent for this review, are a mixed bag. This model—let’s just call it the Inspiron 7537—looks great, has a nice display, and renders games well. Its ergonomics,…
  • Word’s secret design sizzle: Learn the built-in tools for better-looking documents

    23 April 2014, 6:00 am

    Microsoft Word can do more than bang out simple letters and plain text. Delve into its Design and Layout tools, and you'd be surprised at how much it can help even novices produce attractive layouts for brochures, flyers, and newsletters. …
  • China's Xiaomi targets ten markets in international expansion

    23 April 2014, 5:45 am

    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi plans to enter ten foreign markets later this year, including Brazil, Mexico and Russia, in a bid to expand globally with its low-cost but cutting-edge phones.Having risen to become a top smartphone maker in its home market,…
  • AT&T: Phone buyers are hanging up on subsidies

    23 April 2014, 3:28 am

    Installment plans for cellphones are starting to squeeze out the time-honored practice of paying a subsidized price up front, AT&T says.…
  • NSA spying revelations have tired out China's Huawei

    23 April 2014, 3:00 am

    Revelations about U.S. secret surveillance programs have left China’s Huawei Technologies exhausted on the public relations front, a top company executive said Wednesday.“It hasn’t had much affect on our company’s growth, but it’s definitely…
  • Brazil's senate passes Internet legislation ahead of NETmundial conference

    23 April 2014, 1:40 am

    Brazil’s Federal Senate has passed a proposed Internet law that aims to guarantee freedom of expression and privacy to the country’s Internet users, and also requires foreign Internet service providers to fall in line with the country’s rules.The bill…
  • While Heartbleed distracts, hackers hit US universities

    22 April 2014, 9:20 pm

    The panic over the Heartbleed bug is proving to be a convenient distraction for hackers using standard techniques in a fresh wave of attacks targeting at least 18 U.S. universities, according to a computer security researcher.A hospital connected with a…
  • Violin and Microsoft play a duet to speed up applications

    22 April 2014, 8:50 pm

    A partnership between Microsoft and Violin Memory will let enterprises tightly tie a new all-flash storage array to their servers, speeding up popular Microsoft applications.Violin’s Windows Flash Array, introduced on Tuesday, is a version of the company’s…
  • Apple-loyal sales reps get updated CRM in Daylite

    22 April 2014, 8:29 pm

    Marketcircle’s Daylite CRM application for Macs, iPhones and iPads has been overhauled with the goal of providing a cleaner user experience and better ways to quickly bring up and view important customer data.…
  • What kind of tablet does $5,000 get you?

    22 April 2014, 7:45 pm

    Can your tablet withstand a 2-meter drop or be submerged in water for 30 minutes and keep functioning? The new $5,000 tablets from Xplore Technologies can.The DMSR and the military-focused DMSR M2 are the highest performers in Xplore’s new XC6 line, and both…
  • Reddit demotes technology subthread after posts were deleted

    22 April 2014, 7:45 pm

    Reddit has removed from its front page the popular r/technology subreddit after what it called bad editorial choices by the page’s moderators.“The subreddit was not effectively moderated,” Erik Martin, general manager at Reddit, said by telephone…
  • Google had secret pact with Samsung over some Apple patent claims

    22 April 2014, 6:52 pm

    Google agreed to take over some of Samsung’s defense against patent claims brought by Apple under a secret agreement reached in 2012, a federal court jury heard Tuesday.…
  • Wireless and broadband fuel sales growth for AT&T

    22 April 2014, 5:29 pm

    Gains from its broadband and wireless businesses have fueled AT&T’s best revenue growth in more than two years.Total wireless revenue, which includes equipment sales, was up 7.0 percent from the first quarter a year earlier, to $17.9 billion, AT&T said…
  • Sony updates Smartwatch 2 with new features, clockfaces and wallpapers

    22 April 2014, 4:25 pm

    It may not be the most talked-about wearable, but the Smartwatch 2 continues to benefit from feature updates and a growing apps ecosystem.
  • Prepare for 'fake 4K': new standard will silently compress PC, tablet video

    22 April 2014, 4:23 pm

    Two consortiums—VESA and the MIPI Alliance—published a new video-compression standard for mobile devices on Tuesday. Display Stream Compression (DSC) 1.0 is designed to extend the life of some current video connectors by reducing the bandwidth requirements…
  • Aereo argues that ruling against it could hurt cloud storage business

    22 April 2014, 2:55 pm

    If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that streaming video provider Aereo violates the copyrights of TV networks, it may also put cloud storage services at risk, a lawyer for the company argued Monday.…
  • Google will push mobile app installs in search and YouTube

    22 April 2014, 2:55 pm

    Mobile users of Google’s search and YouTube service will soon see more targeted ads that take them straight to the installation pages for advertisers’ mobile apps.Google on Tuesday announced its rollout of targeted mobile app install ads, a growing form of…
  • Salesforce at 15: Industry disruptor wards off midlife crisis

    22 April 2014, 2:50 pm

    Salesforce.com recently celebrated its 15th year in existence, and as the SaaS (software-as-a-service) vendor races toward US$5 billion in revenue its influence on the industry is being felt more than ever. At the same time, some signs indicate that…
  • Mark your calendars, RPG fans: Dragon Age Inquisition finally has a launch date

    22 April 2014, 2:13 pm

    October 7 is shaping up to be a hectic day. As if it weren't enough that Shadow of Mordor (the new Lord of the Rings game) and Alien: Isolation (the new Aliens game) were dropping, now Dragon Age: Inquisition is now slated to launch the very same morning. Yes,…
  • Micron ups endurance, capacity of SSDs to meet data center demand

    22 April 2014, 2:10 pm

    As data centers demand faster and faster storage, Micron is answering the call with long-lasting, solid-state drives that offer up to 800GB of capacity.Micron’s M500DC SATA SSDs are priced at US$1 per gigabyte and come in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB…

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