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  • Ebola in your inbox: email spammers using virus to trick users

    25 October 2014, 2:00 pm by: Adam Westlake

    Despite much of the hysteria in the headlines these days, the American people have little chance of catching the Ebola virus. Our computers on the other hand, need to be careful. Email spammers are increasingly relying on Ebola scare-tactics in an effort to…
  • Tor router TorFi pulled from Kickstarter

    25 October 2014, 1:00 pm by: Adam Westlake

    Another one bites the dust. Crowdfunding project TorFi, a Wi-Fi router that is built to run all internet traffic through Tor, or "the onion router," in an effort to ensure privacy, has been removed from Kickstarter only days after a similar listing for the…
  • Sprint updates ‘iPhone for Life’ plan to include iPhone 6, 6 Plus

    25 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: Adam Westlake

    Good news if you're one of the many Apple customers who upgrade to the new iPhone every year, if you're a Sprint customer that is. The carrier has announced it is expanding its 'iPhone for Life' plan to include the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting…
  • Fitbit Surge appears on Brookstone store before official announcement

    25 October 2014, 11:00 am by: Adam Westlake

    Whoops! Not even official announced yet and Fitbit's Surge fitness watch is already listed for pre-order on Brookstone's online store. Expected to cost $250, this isn't the Surge's first leak, with promotional images appearing earlier this week, but this…
  • NYPD to equip every officer with Windows smartphone

    25 October 2014, 10:00 am by: Adam Westlake

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed on Friday that all 35,000 of the city's police officers were going to be issued smartphones as part of a $160 million technology initiative. While it wasn't officially stated, a glimpse at some of the devices, which…
  • Uber service launches in Las Vegas & Monterrey, Mexico

    25 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Adam Westlake

    Spend a little too much time on the casino floors and forget where you parked, or have a few too many drinks while partying on the Strip? Well, fear not, as your options for getting home safely have now increased, as the taxi-alternative ridesharing service…
  • Netflix reveals “F is for Family” animated series inbound

    25 October 2014, 6:57 am by: Brittany Hillen

    Did you expect anything less? Netflix has announced yet another upcoming show, this one being Bill Burr's animated series "F is for Family." The show is said to revolve around Burr's comedy, taking place in the 70s when all sorts of things banned today were…
  • Google nabs six office buildings in California

    25 October 2014, 5:30 am by: Brittany Hillen

    Google has grabbed a bunch of new real estate in Redwood City, California, according to Bloomberg, which spoke to a couple of people "with knowledge of the matter". According to the two sources, the Internet giant nabbed half a dozen office buildings for a…
  • Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet arrives at MetroPCS

    25 October 2014, 12:37 am by: Brittany Hillen

    MetroPCS users have gotten a new prepaid tablet option, with T-Mobile announcing that the budget-range Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 slate has arrived at its prepaid stores. This brings a prepaid option for those who want a tablet with a data plan sans contract, and…
  • Yardarm Sensor brings real-time tracking to police firearms

    24 October 2014, 11:42 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Connected technology largely focuses on the average consumer, being used with devices that monitor homes, keep track of kids, locate lost pets, wake us up and lull us to sleep. Some companies are looking outside of those typical realms into other areas that…
  • Elon Musk warns artificial intelligence is “summoning the demon”

    24 October 2014, 11:06 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Elon Musk is all about keeping the human race alive, even if that means abandoning Earth at some point. He went into details about this not long ago when discussing Mars colonies and things of an existential nature. Any number of technologies could prove a…
  • B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

    24 October 2014, 10:40 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Bang & Olufsen has introduced its first portable Bluetooth speaker, marking its entrance into yet another segment of the audio industry. Called the BeoPlay A2, this new speaker is a stylish, relatively compact offering that is -- as those familiar with the…
  • Oculus Rift’s first feature film is now available

    24 October 2014, 9:46 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Halloween is upon us, and so many people are pulling out their favorite scary movies for a night or two of frights. Those who own an Oculus Rift will be able to take this to a whole new level, however, with the device's first feature length movie launching…
  • Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight doubles as digital ears

    24 October 2014, 9:06 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    If you haven't yet found a connected device that suits your tastes, there's another contender on the market -- one that is available now, not at some point in the future after a funding project ends. It's called the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight, and as its name…
  • PENTAX K-S1 Sweets Collection adds rainbow of colors

    24 October 2014, 8:32 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    The Pentax K-S1 camera Ricoh introduced in late August will be arriving again in a new collection called the Sweets Collection. Under this, the camera will stay exactly the same in terms of hardware and features, instead arriving with a colorful makeover in…
  • Samsung taps Joseph Gordon-Levitt to film 4K short

    24 October 2014, 7:46 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Samsung is looking to show off what its NX1 camera can do by tapping Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his production company HitRECord, which will use the new camera to film a short 4K film. The movie will be called In a City, and it will be filmed entirely with the…
  • Pichai running Google sounds like the best thing ever

    24 October 2014, 7:45 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Sundar Pichai was once tasked with a huge job: watch over Android, but also keep tabs on Chrome. Android One? That was his baby. Getting Android and Chrome working together in a more cohesive fashion? Also his thing. Pichai has now been tasked with heading…
  • T-Mobile complains about low-band spectrum auction

    24 October 2014, 6:45 pm by: Nate Swanner

    T-Mobile CEO John Legere talks a lot of smack. On stage, he’s a cyclone of cursing and boasting, snide remarks about the competition, as well as a complainer and apologist for T-Mobile. The company he leads seems to need all that help, too. As much as Legere…
  • Google shuffle: CEO Larry Page transfers product power to Pichai

    24 October 2014, 5:58 pm by: Chris Burns

    Sundar Pichai has been moving up in the world over the past several years. Word this afternoon is that Google CEO has done some reorganizing of staff duties, putting Pichai in charge of core Google products. While he'd had responsibilities with Android,…
  • BMW i8S and hotter i8 duo tipped to turn up EV power

    24 October 2014, 5:27 pm by: Chris Davies

    BMW's i8 hybrid sportscar is tipped to be in line for a power boost, with the Germany company said to have earmarked the eco-friendly coupe for an upgrade to both parts of its powertrain. Distinctively designed both inside and out, the current BMW i8 musters…
  • Rooms v. Room: Facebook accused of stealing

    24 October 2014, 5:13 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Have you tried Facebook’s latest app, ‘Rooms’? There seems to be a bit of turmoil about it, as a competing app claims Facebook pinched quite a bit of what Rooms is from their app, the similarly named Room. The team behind Room claims they weren’t…
  • Steam is down, and it’s a little funky

    24 October 2014, 4:34 pm by: Chris Burns

    Over the past hour or so Steam has been a bit shaky. Valve is currently working on the problem, but as this article is written, just about half of Singapore is offline (3 of 6 servers, as it were) while 59 of 62 servers are up. Of course even a single server…
  • Leaked Rite Aid docs say Apple Pay may never come

    24 October 2014, 3:58 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Earlier today, we told you about Rite Aid disallowing Apple Pay from their point of sale terminals. At the time, it seemed to be an NFC issue, wherein Rite Aid was simply not prepared to accept any form of NFC payment (news of Google Wallet not working at Rite…
  • OS X Yosemite adoption week one: slightly outpacing Mavericks

    24 October 2014, 3:27 pm by: Chris Burns

    It's been one week since Apple's desktop software OS X Yosemite has been released to the public, and adoption is taking place quick. Word comes from the folks at Chitika where they show OS X 10.10 Yosemite being present on 12.8% of the Apple computers in their…
  • Nest acquires Revolv, expands Works with Nest program

    24 October 2014, 3:26 pm by: Nate Swanner

    The connected home race is starting to tighten up. After Samsung acquired SmartThings for $200 million earlier this year, Revolv has been acquired by Nest. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This is the second big purchase for Nest this year, after snapping…
  • AT&T’s Apple SIM lock-down undermines iPad LTE flexibility

    24 October 2014, 3:13 pm by: Chris Davies

    Apple may be trying to further squeeze out the carriers with Apple SIM, its solution to allowing travelers the easiest access to iPad data plans on local networks, but that doesn't mean the carriers themselves are going to make it easy. While AT&T and others…
  • Deezer acquires Stitcher, speeds podcasting initiative

    24 October 2014, 3:01 pm by: Nate Swanner

    When it comes to streaming, Stitcher is a name you hear pop up quite a bit. The streaming audio service is a popular place for podcasters to peddle their channels and shows. Stitcher is now part of Deezer, the streaming service that concentrates on music…
  • iPad mini 3 teardown: there’s that pesky NFC again

    24 October 2014, 2:57 pm by: Chris Burns

    Immediately following the iFixit teardown of the iPad Air 2, they've moved on to the iPad mini 3. This device contains much of the same hardware included in the iPad mini 2 - originally called the iPad mini with Retina Display, but now you'll find a Touch ID…
  • Surprise: A Google exec just broke the parachute altitude record

    24 October 2014, 2:36 pm by: Chris Davies

    A senior vice president at Google has broken Felix Baumgartner's world record for a high altitude parachute jump, with Alan Eustace hurtling from 135,908 feet - in excess of 25 miles - in a special suit crafted in top secret. Eustace took around two hours to…
  • iTunes sales down 14% — it’s time for Beats!

    24 October 2014, 2:13 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Apple’s iTunes used to be one of the biggest deals in digital. Prior to streaming music apps and services, we were left to purchase music the traditional route, buying singles or albums via iTunes, which did little more than un-clutter our offices from…

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