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  • Twitter makes random tweets, favorites on timelines official feature

    20 August 2014, 8:50 pm

    Twitter users may have seen a number of items showing up in their feeds from users they don't follow for the last few weeks. In what was thought to be one of the company's experiments, tweets from users that aren't followed and random favorites from others…
  • Report: Digital downloads now make up 92 percent of PC game sales

    20 August 2014, 7:45 pm

    A report from tech site PCR indicates that PC games are now almost entirely purchased through digital channels. Analyst firm DFC Intelligence told the publication that in 2013 digital games made up 92 percent of all computer games sales worldwide. The trend…
  • Heartbleed suspected to be point of entry for CMS records breach

    20 August 2014, 6:15 pm

    Security firm TrustedSec says that it learned how hackers were able to obtain records from Community Health Systems (CHS). According to a statement released by the firm yesterday, the initial attack occurred through an OpenSSL vulnerability. An anonymous…
  • Reports of Verizon's return to app sales refuted by carrier [u]

    20 August 2014, 5:18 pm

    [/strong]Updated with Verizon statement[/strong] Verizon is allegedly in discussions with other carriers and Android device manufacturers to launch its own app store. According to sources familiar with the matter, the carrier is building up the store, similar…
  • Symantec condenses security line-up into one suite, Norton Security

    20 August 2014, 5:15 pm

    Symantec announced earlier this week that it would be issuing a sweeping change to its line of antivirus software to offer consumers a single solution. Starting September 23, the company will begin offering Norton Security for around $80 per year. The change…
  • Second-gen iPad Air could upgrade to 2GB of RAM

    20 August 2014, 4:30 pm

    The second-generation iPad Air should switch from 1 to 2GB of RAM, according to a Taiwanese site, TechNews. The third-gen iPad mini, however, will allegedly retain 1GB. That would be a reversal of last year, when the Mini was made equivalent to full-sized…
  • Stealth Computer releases new mini PC models with 4 Gigabit ports

    20 August 2014, 4:15 pm

    Stealth Computer announced four new compact PCs today, all of which include four Ethernet ports to give consumers options for connectivity in rugged, industrial and embedded applications. Mini PCs from Stealth Computers offer consumers customizable small…
  • Skype chat notifications updated, will only display on active device

    20 August 2014, 3:58 pm

    Microsoft has updated the way Skype handles some of its notifications for multiple devices. As part of wider ongoing effort to improve the way Skype synchronizes messages between clients on different devices and systems, the Active Endpoint feature will only…
  • AT&T bringing gigabit Internet to Silicon Valley with Cupertino push

    20 August 2014, 3:14 pm

    AT&T has become the first major telecommunications provider to declare it will offer a gigabit Internet service in Silicon Valley in the future. The high-speed service will roll out in Cupertino, Apple's base of operations, though the company has not yet…
  • Cambridge Audio launches Go, Bluetone 100 Bluetooth streamers

    20 August 2014, 2:53 pm

    Audio purveyor Cambridge Audio has revealed its new Bluetooth speaker line. Replacing the original Minx Go Bluetooth streamer, launched today are the Go and the Go Radio with similar stylings to the predecessor. Also released is the 100-watt Bluetone 100…
  • Apple's iMessage accounts for 30 percent of all mobile spam messages

    20 August 2014, 2:28 pm

    Over 30 percent of all mobile spam messages are now being sent through Apple's iMessage system, claims Tom Landesman, a security researcher at Cloudmark. Many of the messages are pushing fake luxury products such as sunglasses and handbags. Landesman explains…
  • ZTE Nubia 5S mini LTE heads to United States with IGZO display

    20 August 2014, 1:22 pm

    ZTE has unveiled a new mid-range smartphone it will be shipping to the United States. The Nubia 5S mini LTE, originally launched in China late last year, offers a 4.7-inch 720p IGZO display, backed by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305…
  • EPEAT tablet registry lists almost nothing but iPads

    20 August 2014, 1:12 pm

    The Apple iPad is overwhelmingly dominant in a new EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) category covering tablets and slates. Out of 135 devices currently registered, 134 are simply different configurations of the iPad Air, iPad mini, and…
  • iPad claims 134 out of 135 spots on EPEAT tablet registry

    20 August 2014, 1:12 pm

    The Apple iPad is overwhelmingly dominant in a new EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) category covering tablets and slates. Out of 135 devices currently registered, 134 are simply different configurations of the iPad Air, iPad mini, and…
  • Sandisk launches value-oriented Ultra II SSD with TLC media

    20 August 2014, 12:26 pm

    Sandisk today announced the new SanDisk Ultra II SSD with enhanced SSD Dashboard. The new SATA-3 2.5-inch drive ships in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities, and is the first SSD outside of those manufactured by Samsung to use TLC flash media....
  • Uber launches API enabling third-party app integration

    20 August 2014, 11:54 am

    Uber has released an anticipated API that will let third-party developers integrate its ridesharing services. The company says it is already working with 11 high-profile partners, including Starbucks, United, OpenTable, TimeOut, Tempo, Hinge, Tripadvisor,…
  • Barnes & Noble puts Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook on sale

    20 August 2014, 11:48 am

    Samsung and Barnes & Noble has released its first co-branded tablet, as the retailer migrates away from hardware production and into partnering with other manufacturers. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a rebranded version of Samsung's existing Tab 4 tablet, though…
  • Netflix signs interconnectivity deal with Time Warner Cable

    20 August 2014, 10:53 am

    Netflix has signed a new peering deal, this time with Time Warner Cable. The deal now gives the video streamer interconnection deals with Internet service providers that cover about 68 percent of all the broadband customers in the US. Notably, the 32 percent…
  • LG takes on Sonos with Music Flow wireless multi-room audio system

    20 August 2014, 10:19 am

    LG is attempting to take on Sonos in the networked speaker market, with the launch of a new range of speaker components. The LG Music Flow collection consists of three Music Flow Speakers, a Sound Bar, and a Network Bridge, with a central Music Flow Player app…
  • Brazilian judge orders deletion of Secret app from mobile devices

    20 August 2014, 8:30 am

    A Brazilian judge has ordered Apple, Google, and Microsoft to remove Secret, an app used for anonymously sharing information with others, from citizen's phones. The unusual ruling requires both Apple and Google to delist Secret from the App Store and Google…
  • Twitter will remove images of deceased by family member requests

    20 August 2014, 7:12 am

    Twitter is now accepting requests to remove images and videos of the deceased. In a change of policy, the service announced it will take down photographs and other materials "in certain circumstances," with requests from immediate family members and other…
  • Briefly: Sharp Aquos Crystal on Sprint, Sony Xperia M2 Aqua launch

    20 August 2014, 6:20 am

    Sprint has confirmed it will carry the recently-announced Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone on its network. Boasting a 5-inch 720p display with minimal bezel and mid-ranged specifications, Sprint will be selling the Aquos Crystal for $240 off-contract and $10 per…
  • Review: Life n Soul 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones

    20 August 2014, 3:01 am

    When it comes to music on the go, consumers generally have some options to consider when looking for the best experience. While Bluetooth speakers are good in a large number of situations, in some place they just aren't practical. This leaves consumers to look…
  • Briefly: Genius HS-920BT headphones, Tylt Syncable-Duo cable

    19 August 2014, 9:39 pm

    Genius announced a new set of stereo headphones today, giving consumers another option in the world of Bluetooth listening devices. The HS-920BT on-ear headphones feature 40mm drivers with a sensitivity of 116dB, an impedance of 32ohms and a frequency response…
  • RootMetrics: Verizon top carrier in performance, speed, reliability

    19 August 2014, 8:50 pm

    A new study of wireless carriers for the first half emerged today, putting Verizon at the top of the pile in five categories, marking it as the best overall carrier in the United States. Market research firm RootMetrics announced its findings, showing that…
  • Rightscorp wants to halt Internet browsing for repeat piracy culprits

    19 August 2014, 7:30 pm

    It appears that the piracy enforcement group Rightscorp has been looking into a new strategy when it comes to repeat infringers of its client's intellectual property. In an earnings conference call last week, the company revealed a new strategy that it was…
  • TV broadcasters file petition against FCC over 2015 spectrum auction

    19 August 2014, 6:05 pm

    The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, seeking a review of the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) 2015 spectrum auction. In the filing, the NAB states…
  • Steve Ballmer departs from Microsoft board after 34 years of service

    19 August 2014, 5:41 pm

    Steve Ballmer has stepped down his position as Microsoft board member, six months after being replaced as CEO by Satya Nadella. In a letter to the current CEO, the former leader advises that he is departing "effective immediately," citing his involvement with…
  • Latest Xcode 6 SDKs hint at possible iPhone 6 resolutions

    19 August 2014, 5:16 pm

    A PLIST file in the past two Xcode 6 beta SDKs may point at more possible resolutions for the iPhone 6. Specifically the file is connected to the iOS 8 homescreen, and refers to a 16:9 resolution of 414x736. Because the iPhone SDK handles hardware resolutions…
  • EA adds PS4 CoachGlass, but drops Madden 15 demo, limits early access

    19 August 2014, 5:00 pm

    Electronic Arts (EA) pulled an interesting move with the upcoming Madden 15 and its EA Access program recently, making the subscription program the only way gamers can try out the football title before it releases. The company is abandoning its yearly demo…

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