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  • Obama: Sony hack not act of war; Anonymous promises attacks on NK

    21 December 2014, 11:55 am

    In an interview recorded on Friday, President Obama clarified his remarks last week regarding the Sony Pictures hack. The president denies swirling discussions about the hack being an act of war, and called it "an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly,…
  • Friday Deals: Ultra HD monitor, Game and console bundles, more [U]

    20 December 2014, 9:15 pm

    [Updated with more deals!] There is less than a week until Christmas, and depending on where you live, approximately four days available for deliveries of presents. If there are more presents to get before the big day, you're likely to be spending a lot on…
  • BlackBerry creeping closer to profit with $148 million quarterly loss

    20 December 2014, 3:20 pm

    Cellphone manufacturer BlackBerry has published its most recent quarterly results. While the company is trumpeting a return to profitability, it still incurred a fair value debenture charge, forcing the company to post a $148 million loss on the quarter, or…
  • Judge completely denies HP's Autonomy buy class action suit settlement

    20 December 2014, 2:45 pm

    A US district judge in San Francisco has outright rejected HP's settlement offer to settle the Autonomy acquisition class action suit in the US. Saying that "the shareholders appear to be relinquishing a whole universe of potential claims regarding HP…
  • Google sues MPAA-driven Attorney General, Hood calls for 'time out'

    20 December 2014, 12:48 pm

    Google has launched its own legal effort to stop Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood's effort with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to pin the search engine as the cause of the world's piracy problem. Google claims in the court filing…
  • NK demands joint Sony hack investigation; Sony pulls movie promos

    20 December 2014, 11:03 am

    North Korea has verbally fired back at allegations that it is behind the Sony Pictures attack. Calling the recent FBI statement identifying the country as the culprit "groundless slander," the country is demanding a joint investigation into the hack, with the…
  • Halo studio giving ODST, free month of Live to compensate for issues

    20 December 2014, 10:00 am

    Microsoft game studio 343 Industries has spelled out a compensation package for users affected by the matchmaking flaws that Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been plagued with since launch. The package includes Halo 3 adjunct title ODST, which was not…
  • Apple Pay already accounting for one percent of all digital payments

    19 December 2014, 10:45 pm

    A study by research firm ITG suggest that Apple Pay -- introduced in October -- is already accounting for one percent of all digital payments - for comparison purposes, the three-plus-year-old Google Wallet system holds about four percent of digital payments.…
  • Briefly: Always-on voice search on Chrome OS, Amazon 4K video in UK

    19 December 2014, 9:22 pm

    Google is bringing the always-on "Ok Google" voice command to Chromebooks. Spotted in the Dev Channel version of the operating system by Francois Beaufort, the function lets users perform a search verbally at any time, in a similar manner to some Android…
  • DirecTV users get access to Fox Now, FX Now, Nat Geo app content

    19 December 2014, 3:39 pm

    DirecTV has announced a partnership with Fox Networks, giving subscribers to the satellite-based TV service access to all the content in the Fox Now, FXNow, and Nat Geo TV apps on multiple platforms. This includes iOS, Apple TV, Android, and Windows devices.…
  • T-Mobile settles FTC 'cramming' lawsuit, agrees to pay $90M

    19 December 2014, 2:29 pm

    T-Mobile has settled a lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over complaints the carrier allowed third-party companies to place unauthorized charges to customer bills. As part of the "cramming" settlement, T-Mobile has agreed to pay out at least $90…
  • FBI: North Korea responsible for Sony Pictures hack, leaks [u]

    19 December 2014, 1:21 pm

    [Updated with comments from President Barack Obama] North Korea is responsible for the attack on Sony Pictures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has now announced. The statement about the agency's investigation into the intrusion of the movie studio's…
  • CalDigit reveals $200 Thunderbolt Station 2

    19 December 2014, 12:41 pm

    CalDigit has launched the Thunderbolt Station 2, a new Thunderbolt 2 dock. Like some alternatives, the dock includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three powered USB 3.0 ports, and connections for HDMI, Ethernet, and audio input/output. Two eSATA 6G ports are also…
  • Friday Deals: Ultra HD monitor, game console bundles, Steam Sale

    19 December 2014, 12:15 pm

    There is less than a week until Christmas, and depending on where you live, approximately four days available for deliveries of presents. If there are more presents to get before the big day, you're likely to be spending a lot on quicker deliveries, so why not…
  • Apple's Cook, Williams 'deeply offended' by BBC supply chain expose

    19 December 2014, 10:48 am

    In a new email memo to the company's UK workforce, Apple's Senior VP of Operations Jeff Williams claims that he and CEO Tim Cook were "deeply offended" by a BBC Panorama documentary exposing labor abuses in the company's supply chain. Specifically, Williams…
  • Samsung shutting down ChatOn cross-platform messaging service in 2015

    19 December 2014, 7:12 am

    Samsung is shutting down its ChatOn messaging service in the next few months, the manufacturer has announced. The cross-platform messaging service will go dark on February 1 for the majority of users around the world, though apparently users in the United…
  • Uber agrees with Portland council to suspend service for three months

    19 December 2014, 6:04 am

    Uber is putting a stop to its app-based taxi service in Portland, just two weeks after it launched. The Wall Street Journal reports the company made an agreement with the city to put a hold on the service for a three-month period, while the two parties…
  • Google posts response to leaked Sony 'Project Goliath' emails

    19 December 2014, 4:41 am

    In the past weeks, quite a lot has been revealed about Sony's role in ongoing anti-piracy efforts due to the leak of emails as part of the fallout of the North Korean-based GOP attack on the studio. In a post on Thursday on the Google Public Policy Blog, Kent…
  • Hottest Apple products see improved supply for final Xmas push

    19 December 2014, 4:13 am

    In the past month, shipping times have been variable for some of Apple's most in-demand products. However, ship dates for the two new iPhone models, the 6 and 6 Plus -- along with the recently-introduced Retina 5K iMac -- have dropped just ahead of the final…
  • Misfortune Cookie exploit endangers 12 million routers

    19 December 2014, 3:06 am

    Researchers from Check Point Software Technologies released information on Thursday about an exploit they are calling "Misfortune Cookie." This bug was introduced into "RomPager" software, which is commonly embedded into residential gateway devices such as…
  • Analysis: Title II regulation, with forbearance, the best path forward

    19 December 2014, 12:18 am

    Since President Barack Obama voiced his support for reclassification of ISPs as utilities, there has been much debate back and forth, and back again on the topic of "Title II" regulation of carriers. Would it be the dystopian nightmare anti-government zealots…
  • Plaintiffs in Google antitrust lawsuit required to submit more details

    18 December 2014, 11:13 pm

    US District Judge Beth L. Freeman ruled on Thursday that she requires the plaintiffs, Gary Feitelson and Daniel McKee, in a lawsuit against Google to submit more details. The two consumers allege that Android-based smartphone prices are being negatively…
  • White House encourages US telecommunications to enter Cuban market

    18 December 2014, 9:45 pm

    In a fact sheet released on Wednesday, the White House has outlined some of the ways normalization of relations with Cuba will impact trade and travel. The document covers not only how many cigars Americans can bring home with them from trips to the island…
  • Hands On: Supreme Ruler (Steam for OS X, Windows)

    18 December 2014, 8:10 pm

    War games may have originated from the need to boost military logistics and planning, but they have since become popular with civilian gamers. Risk and Chess are two popular war games most people are familiar with, as are Civilization and Hearts of Iron. How…
  • Interview fallout continues: actors complain, Team America taken down

    18 December 2014, 7:35 pm

    The fallout from the Sony Pictures hack continues, and is now affecting more than just The Interview. Theaters planning to screen Team America: World Police instead of the James Franco movie have been stopped from doing so, while a number of celebrities have…
  • New USB thumb drive-sized device can take over computers

    18 December 2014, 7:06 pm

    A new USB microcontroller -- roughly the size of a small thumb drive -- has been demonstrated as a proof-of-concept device that leverages a serious and unfixable vulnerability in USB easily take over and install malware on any unlocked computer. Though it…
  • Intel processors rumored to appear in two Lenovo smartphone launches

    18 December 2014, 3:20 pm

    Intel is rumored to be supplying processors for two Lenovo smartphones set to launch next year. A report Lenovo is aiming to announce two new smartphones in the first quarter, possibly at CES or Mobile World Congress, with Intel providing not only its 64-bit…
  • Apple rejects conclusions of BBC expose showing supply chain abuses

    18 December 2014, 3:03 pm

    Ahead of the airing of a Panorama documentary on the subject, the BBC has published a web piece revealing the outcomes of its investigation into Apple's supply chain. The network went undercover, and charges that promises to protect the rights of workers were…
  • Jimmy Fallon gives out iPad Air 2 to Tonight Show studio audience

    18 December 2014, 1:06 pm

    On Wednesday's episode of the Tonight Show, host and paid Apple endorser Jimmy Fallon gave away an iPad Air 2 to every member of the studio audience. The segment (below) was part of a week-long series of giveaways. It wasn't identified which models people were…
  • Jawbone delays shipping Up3 fitness tracker until early 2015

    18 December 2014, 12:24 pm

    Jawbone will be missing out on the bump in revenues from holiday sales of its new flagship product entirely, it has been reported. The Up3, launched at the start of November and originally set to ship before the end of the year, will instead be delayed to…

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