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  • Google's Android 5.0 Full Disk Encryption hindering NAND speed

    22 November 2014, 10:13 am

    While initial reviews of the anticipated Google Nexus 6 device were decent, a few reviewers pointed out some confusing performance metrics. Initial examiners of the device are reporting that implementation of Android 5.0 Lollipop's Full Disk Encryption (FDE)…
  • FCC Chairman sees Net Neutrality lawsuits by 'big dog' ISPs coming

    22 November 2014, 9:40 am

    US Federal Communications Commission head Tom Wheeler said that there is a specific reason why the regulatory group is taking its time with the net neutrality discussion. Speaking at a meeting on Friday, the chairman said that caution was prudent, and that the…
  • European parliament wants to break Google search from rest of company

    21 November 2014, 5:42 pm

    The European Parliament is looking to break Google apart into multiple sections, according to a draft motion discovered by the Financial Times. The proposal seeks to separate Google's "search engines from other commercial services," in an attempt to curb the…
  • Judge approves $450M e-book settlement between Apple, states [u]

    21 November 2014, 4:06 pm

    [Updated with additional background information, details on "escape clause"] Federal court Judge Denise Cote has approved Apple's $450 million e-book suit settlement offer with US states. The agreement, proposed in June, will settle allegations made in 33…
  • Briefly: Google Drive Chromebook offer, AT&T Nexus 6 issue

    21 November 2014, 2:42 pm

    Google is giving potential Chromebook users an incentive to pick up the notebook before the end of the year. The search company is providing new Chromebook purchases worth $199 or more with 1TB of Google Drive storage for two years as a free bonus. The offer…
  • British regulator urges Russian authorities to shut down webcam site

    21 November 2014, 1:54 pm

    A Russian website showing live video feeds from unsecured webcams has come under fire from a British government regulator. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) of the United Kingdom has called for Russian authorities to take action against the site,…
  • Amazon reportedly preparing advertising-supported Prime Instant Video

    21 November 2014, 11:33 am

    Amazon customers wanting to experience Prime Instant Video may soon be able to view some content without subscribing to the Prime delivery service. The retailer will reportedly be launching an advertising-supported video streaming to its online services roster…
  • (Black) Friday Deals: And so it begins!

    21 November 2014, 10:33 am

    Black Friday is just one week away, and veteran shoppers are probably dreading the prospect of facing off against a deal-seeking mob shouting at each other over discounted electronics in the near future. Today's Friday Deals post, just as with previous Fridays…
  • Streaming TV service Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    21 November 2014, 10:07 am

    Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, following the high-profile shutdown of the service via a ruling from a New York court. The cloud-based TV rebroadcasting and DVR service made the filing just under two weeks after it was forced to lay off a…
  • Amazon reportedly preparing to launch hotel booking service

    21 November 2014, 7:10 am

    Amazon is said to be close to expanding its retail ambitions, into the travel market. A report claims the online retailer is preparing to open a travel department, and has apparently been working with independent hotels and resorts close to major cities in…
  • Briefly: YouTube videos in Google Play Music, Washington Post app

    21 November 2014, 6:04 am

    Google has rolled out its YouTube Music Key service to existing Google Play Music All Access subscribers. While the YouTube Music Key launch revealed its users automatically enrolled into the Google Play Music subscription, Google revealed yesterday that Music…
  • AMD unveils new Carrizo system-on-chips for first half of 2015

    21 November 2014, 12:19 am

    Confirming previous leaks, AMD announced that the next generation of of chips in its APU lineup are coming in the first half of 2015. During the Future of Compute event in Singapore, the graphics card and processor manufacturer detailed the new Carrizo…
  • AMD working with Samsung, Capcom on 4K gaming monitors

    20 November 2014, 10:31 pm

    During the Future of Compute event in Singapore, AMD announced that it's working with Samsung to put the first monitors on the market that support its FreeSync technology in ultra high-definition (UHD) 4K monitors. To go along with the gaming-focused monitor…
  • Ship times for iPhone 6 models now dropping in time for holidays

    20 November 2014, 10:12 pm

    The US online Apple Store has recently revised the wait time for an online-ordered iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, just in time for the holiday buying season. The units are still very constrained, but are slowly catching up with demand, based on changes to ship…
  • Billboard, Nielsen tipped to track streaming music, video services

    20 November 2014, 9:53 pm

    The way the popularity of content is measured may be seeing some changes in the coming weeks, both for audio and video. Billboard will start to include streaming and digital track sales as part of the Billboard 200 albums chart, while Nielsen is said to be…
  • Amnesty International launches surveillance detection tool, Detekt

    20 November 2014, 8:24 pm

    For those concerned that their computer activities are under the watch of the government, a new free scanning tool is now available to search Windows-based PCs for surveillance spyware. Amnesty International, in a partnership with the Electronic Frontier…
  • Google, Rockstar Consortium submit filing to end legal battle

    20 November 2014, 6:32 pm

    Google's legal battle with the Rockstar Consortium over claims that the search company infringes upon seven patents with the Android operating system appears to be coming to an end. According to a filing submitted to the US District Court of the Eastern…
  • Uber hires former IBM Chief Privacy Officer to review privacy policies

    20 November 2014, 4:57 pm

    Uber is forming a privacy team by bringing onboard a number of experts, as it attempts to secure its customer's data. The hiring of a team, including former IBM Chief Privacy Officer Harriet Pearson, comes shortly after reports claimed one of the app-based cab…
  • Moleskine takes hand-drawn sketches digital with new notebook, app

    20 November 2014, 4:15 pm

    Where other companies are shifting drawing focuses to tablets or digital-capture methods, Moleskine is trying to keep the drawing experience analog. However, instead of foregoing digital workflows entirely, the company is offering a new notebook and app that…
  • Google Contributor lets public pay to remove ads from select websites

    20 November 2014, 3:50 pm

    Google has launched a new service called Contributor, allowing people to pay to remove ads from participating websites. At the service's portal, visitors can pick which sites they want to contribute to, and whether to donate $1, $2, or $3 per month. Once a…
  • Corning launches Gorilla Glass 4 with improved drop protection

    20 November 2014, 1:59 pm

    Corning has introduced the fourth generation of its hard-wearing glass, used by a large proportion of smartphone and mobile devices. Gorilla Glass 4 is said to be twice as resistant to damage compared to its competitors, and with initial shipments of the new…
  • Foxconn's Innolux to build $2.6B factory to supply displays

    20 November 2014, 12:38 pm

    Foxconn's display unit, Innolux, will be spending about NT$80 billion ($2.6 billion US) during the next two years on a new Taiwanese factory meant to supply an exclusive but unnamed client, says Innolux PR representative Sophia Cheng. The statement was in…
  • Basis Peak fitness tracker adds smartwatch notifications, more straps

    20 November 2014, 12:02 pm

    The Basis Peak, a fitness tracker launched in September, will soon gain some extra smartwatch-style functionality. The tracker from the Intel-owned company will be able to show notifications from a connected smartphone on its monochrome display, while another…
  • Cisco preparing to pay $188M to Apple-led Rockstar Consortium

    20 November 2014, 9:24 am

    Cisco is said to be preparing to pay a $188 million pre-tax charge to settle a lawsuit brought against it by Rockstar, the Apple-led patent holding firm born out of the remains of Nortel Networks. The company recent mentioned a $188 million payout in an…
  • Briefly: Starbucks rolls out Powermat, Sony offers free movies

    20 November 2014, 8:25 am

    Starbucks is expanding its wireless charging efforts, by adding more Duracell Powermat charges to 200 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, ahead of plans to offer it across the United States and possibly in Europe and Asia by next year. For customers…
  • Chinese developers able to sign up for Google Play Store app sales

    20 November 2014, 7:30 am

    Google is now accepting apps created by developers based in China on the Google Play Store. While the change now allows for developers in the country to sign up as merchants for Google's Android app marketplace, distributing the apps to users in more than 130…
  • Sony A7 II launches in Japan with five-axis image stabilization

    20 November 2014, 6:14 am

    An updated version of the Sony Alpha 7 has been launched in Japan. The A7 II is a 24.3-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera and the first of its kind to have a five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system, one which is said to reduce shake by up to 4.5…
  • Zalman to carry on after Moneual's $3B fraud, restructuring underway

    20 November 2014, 1:13 am

    After years of corporate fraud carried out by high-level executives in its parent company Moneual, there was concern that computer cooler manufacturer Zalman Tech could go under. However, it appears that the company will undergo several changes in order to…
  • Detroit targeted by hackers, city database held ransom in April

    19 November 2014, 11:59 pm

    In a speech on Monday, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan revealed some of the recent technical problems the city is facing. As if bankruptcy and other financial woes from the recession weren't enough for the city, Duggan said that Detroit has been a target for various…
  • Mozilla, Google break up, Yahoo now the default Firefox search

    19 November 2014, 10:49 pm

    Mozilla made a major announcement today, letting the world know that its 10-year default search relationship with Google is coming to an end. However, that doesn't mean...

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