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  • China denies hacking involvement uncovered in US committee report

    18 September 2014, 11:26 pm

    In a press conference today Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei responded to the government sponsored hacking allegations from the United States. In an unclassified report from the Senate Committee on Armed Services, the body accused the Chinese…
  • Twitpic staves off impending shutdown with acquisition announcement

    18 September 2014, 10:27 pm

    It turns out that Twitpic won't be forced to shut down after all, according to a tweet sent out on the official Twitpic Twitter account. Apparently, an interested party came to the rescue by acquiring the company, allowing it to fight off its recent conflict…
  • Home Depot reveals more details on breach, 56M credit cards at risk

    18 September 2014, 9:19 pm

    More information on the breach of home improvement retailer Home Depot was announced today. While the company still states only stores in North America are affected by the breach, it adds that the information from 56 million unique payment cards was at risk.…
  • Australia opens iPhone 6 sales to 'massive' crowds

    18 September 2014, 8:40 pm

    While buyers in North America must wait until tomorrow for the launch of Apple's new iPhone 6 lineup, Australia -- by dint of being on the other side of the international date line -- becomes the first country in the world to launch the new iPhones. A MacNN…
  • Briefly: Tylt iPhone 6 Energi case, protector, Booq Taipan shock bag

    18 September 2014, 6:40 pm

    Ahead of the release of the new family of iPhone 6 smartphones, Tylt has announced that it's coming out with three new products by the end of the year for the devices. Two different screen protectors are rolling out, including a new version of the Alin screen…
  • Briefly: Tesoro Shrike mouse update, New Lian Li case options

    18 September 2014, 5:28 pm

    Tesoro officially announced the update to the Shrike laser gaming mouse today, a new version that the company had on display at Penny Arcade Expo earlier this month. The mouse retains the same styling and some of the features of the original Shrike, including…
  • Larry Ellison steps down as CEO of Oracle, retains board chairman spot

    18 September 2014, 5:20 pm

    Surprisingly, Oracle has announced that founder and CEO Larry Ellison will be stepping down, effective immediately. The outgoing CEO will be replaced by Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, who will both be named CEO of the company, but not be named co-CEOs. Ellison is…
  • Virtually 'no chance' of finding iPhone 6 Plus at retail on Friday

    18 September 2014, 4:42 pm

    People trying to buy an iPhone 6 Plus at a third-party retailer tomorrow may be out of luck, sources at carrier stores and Apple's retail partners say. Although outlets are said to be receiving shipments all day today, only 2 to 3 percent of iPhone 6 units are…
  • Microsoft sheds 2,100 jobs in second wave of employee layoffs

    18 September 2014, 4:33 pm

    Microsoft moved into phase two of its previous announcement to part ways with 18,000 employees. Today the company released an additional 2,100 employees in order to move closer to the July 2015 deadline that's been laid out. It's unknown which sections of the…
  • Apple 'warrant canary' gone from transparency report

    18 September 2014, 4:10 pm

    Apple's transparency report on governmental information requests has had a minor change, but a significant one. Language saying that "Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if…
  • Toshiba cuts 900 jobs as part of PC business restructuring effort

    18 September 2014, 3:53 pm

    Toshiba is preparing to eliminate a chunk of its workforce as part of its PC business restructuring, the manufacturer has advised. Approximately 900 positions will be culled globally, representing more than 20 percent of its computer production arm, excluding…
  • Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders begin tomorrow, sales start October 17

    18 September 2014, 2:03 pm

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is being made available for pre-order in the United States tomorrow, with shipments expected to start on October 17th, though AT&T plans to ship the smartphone earlier on October 14th. In the United Kingdom, pre-orders also begin…
  • iOS 8 no longer stores encryption keys, Apple document says

    18 September 2014, 11:50 am

    Part of Apple's new approach to privacy involves stricter encryption in iOS 8, according to the Washington Post, as well as an Apple PDF document. The latter notes that Apple no longer stores encryption keys for devices as of iOS 8, meaning that even if a…
  • Netropolitan social network launches with $9,000 sign-up fee

    18 September 2014, 11:47 am

    A new social network for affluent individuals has launched, with an unusual membership strategy. Netropolitan is billed as the "world's most exclusive online community," with new users looking to sign up to the service required to pay $9,000 for the first…
  • Apple, U2 collaborating on 'new digital music format'

    18 September 2014, 11:02 am

    Irish band U2 is collaborating with Apple on a "new digital music format" designed to entice people into buying more recorded music, according to Time. The band claims that the point isn't just to help its own sales, but artists that can't make money from live…
  • Alibaba commences trading Friday, shares worth up to $25 billion

    18 September 2014, 10:30 am

    Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba will officially launch its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange under symbol "BABA" Friday morning at commencement of trading. Executive chairman of the company Jack Ma will be on hand to ring the opening…
  • China issues one of two required approvals for iPhone 6 sale

    18 September 2014, 8:52 am

    Apple has obtained one approval for use of the new line of iPhones in China, moving closer to being able to sell the coveted device in the market. Another critical approval for network access is still needed, which led to concerns last week about the handset…
  • Briefly: Google Glass iOS update, Chromecast out in more countries

    18 September 2014, 8:48 am

    An update to MyGlass, the iOS Google Glass companion app, has been updated to allow users faster access to images shot using the headwear. The Next Web writes that photographs will now appear on an iPhone or iPad for editing when Photo Sync is enabled,…
  • ICANN gTLD auction sees Amazon acquire .buy domains for $4.6M

    18 September 2014, 7:45 am

    A number of notable Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) have been acquired, as part of an auction by ICANN. The auction, which took place as multiple companies applied for the same or similar gTLDs could not agree on ownership, saw three domain suffixes being…
  • BlackBerry reveals Porsche Design P'9983 premium smartphone

    18 September 2014, 6:53 am

    BlackBerry has unveiled a smartphone coming out next month, this time under the Porsche Design brand. The P'9983 follows on from the P'9982 of last year, with the smartphone taking the functionality of typical BlackBerry devices, such as the Q20, and combining…
  • Accountability Office finds government health care site isn't secure

    18 September 2014, 1:20 am

    In a report set to be delivered to Congress this week, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Healthcare.gov website has a number of security issues yet to be addressed. While a number of steps have been taken to secure the health care…
  • Amazon refreshes Kindle line; adds new HDX Fire 8.9, Fire HD Kids

    18 September 2014, 12:12 am

    Amazon has completely refreshed its Fire tablet line, and added two new Kindles as well. Leading the pack is a refreshed Fire HD 8.9, with HDX display with a more powerful processor, exclusive Dolby Atmos and the latest Dolby Audio, and all-new Fire OS 4…
  • AOC introducing technology in monitors to protect against blue light

    17 September 2014, 11:59 pm

    Display manufacturer AOC is introducing a technology that is said to protect users from the damaging effects associated with blue light from backlit LED screens. The patent-pending innovation is dubbed Anti-Blue Light (ABL), offering protection against the…
  • Chinese hackers hit government contractors 20 times in a year

    17 September 2014, 10:53 pm

    A US Senate committee discovered that Chinese hackers were able to gain access to computer systems for US Transportation Command (Transcom) contractors at least 20 times in a single year. In an unclassified report released today, the investigation focused on…
  • Pioneer sells DJ audio arm to equity firm, alters home audio deal

    17 September 2014, 9:20 pm

    Pioneer's vision for the future is shifting as it was announced this week that the company is spinning its disk-jockey audio line off into a new company. Through an agreement with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) the private equity firm will acquire a majority…
  • Briefly: KiiTag Bluetooth item finder, 'Fiber City' second phase

    17 September 2014, 8:48 pm

    Life N Soul has announced the launch of its new Bluetooth item finder, the KiiTag. Utilizing Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Technology, the KiiTag can track and locate up to 10 items within a 200-foot range. If users travel more than 200 feet away from one of their…
  • Yelp, TinyCo to settle with FTC over information collected from kids

    17 September 2014, 8:00 pm

    Popular online review site Yelp and mobile application developer TinyCo, Inc. have decided to settle their respective charges with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the collection of personal information from children. The FTC states that in both cases,…
  • WSJ: iPhone 6, 6 Plus cameras beat Galaxy S5 handily

    17 September 2014, 7:11 pm

    The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler has had a chance to take the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung's Galaxy S5 on a test run from a photographic perspective, comparing the built-in cameras on each. On paper, the iPhone models were at a serious…
  • Apple acknowledges HealthKit bug, promises fix

    17 September 2014, 6:03 pm

    Apple has confirmed the existence of a bug in HealthKit that resulted in the removal of related apps from the App Store. In an email to the Financial Times' Tim Bradshaw, the company states that it has "discovered a bug that prevents us from making HealthKit…
  • BitTorrent Chat exits private test; emerges as Bleep for OS X, Android

    17 September 2014, 5:42 pm

    Peer-to-peer protocol pioneers BitTorrent has released an Alpha version of its chat client. BitTorrent has revealed Bleep -- what used to be called BitTorrent Chat -- for Android and OSX. Bleep offers fully encrypted, end to end communications between users…

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