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Not even the Statue of Liberty is safe from brands

Not even the Statue of Liberty is safe from brandsIn the early 1900s, the Statue of Liberty changed from a dull copper hue to the green tint we know today, because by then green was in style and dull copper was basically passé (also because of oxidation). At 8AM this Halloween, the Statue of Liberty is getting outfitted with designer bow ties in the name of fashion. ... Or so #brands would like you to believe — specifically Joe Boxer founder Nick Graham, who's decided to use helicopters to fly 60-foot wide, 35-pound bow ties in front of lady liberty in celebration of the launch of his new brand, "Nick Graham."


Apple defeats GPNE’s $94M patent-infringement claim

From left to right, the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Air.A San Jose jury rules against the nonpracticing entity, which had accused Apple of infringing its mobile device technology.>


Vintage Apple computer built by Woz sells for whopping $750,000

Vintage Apple computer built by Woz sells for whopping $750,000One of the 50 original Apple-1 computers built by Steve Wozniak himself sold for a whopping $750,000 at an auction Wednesday.>


That iPad Air 2 can be yours — today, even

Sarah Tew / CBS InteractiveApple simply said the tablet would launch later this week, but it actually will be available as soon as stores receive their supply over the coming days. All stores in Manhattan already have the WiFi models of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.>


Camera made from one tiny Lego brick actually works

This Lego brick is also a camera.A simple hack turns an itsy-bitsy Lego brick into a working pinhole camera that turns out photos minifigs can enjoy.>


Sonos sues Denon for ‘copying’ its wireless products

Sonos sues Denon for 'copying' its wireless products​Sonos has announced it is suing competitor Denon as it says the company's HEOS products are too similar to Sonos' own and infringe on at least four of its patents.>


Rhapsody revives CEO position, hires mobile vet as interim chief

Wayne Cunningham/CNETThe streaming-music forefather, often overshadowed by flashier rivals like Spotify or Apple's Beats Music, says growth is gangbusters enough to revive the position of CEO after a four-year absence.>


Cyberbullying, Online Abuse or Political Scandal: 41-Year-Old Monica Lewinsky Ought to Know the Difference

Cyberbullying, Online Abuse or Political Scandal: 41-Year-Old Monica Lewinsky Ought to Know the DifferenceThis past Monday, Monica Lewinsky took center stage at the Forbes Under 30 Summit to speak to Millennials who were at most 14 years old when she made global headlines. She told them that she was the first to have her reputation ruined on the Internet; announced her intention to lead an effort "to end cyberbullying and today's toxic culture of...


AT&T third-quarter profit falls short even as it adds 2M wireless customers

AT&T third-quarter profit falls short even as it adds 2M wireless customersThe company's growth was driven largely by connected devices like the connected car, but there was also a healthy mix of smartphone and tablet growth.>


Apple Pay sees problems as users get charged twice

Apple Pay sees problems as users get charged twiceBank of America apologizes for a glitch that's causing duplicate Apple Pay charges. Also, Google creates a new app for organizing email, and Google users can give their accounts extra protection with USB security keys.>


Ebola travel bans are ‘irrational,’ says head of Red Cross

Ebola travel bans are 'irrational,' says head of Red CrossImposing travel bans that prevent people from Ebola-stricken countries from leaving those countries would be "irrational," said Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, during a press conference earlier today. The measure — one that would be borne out of fear and panic — simply wouldn’t curb Ebola infections. "[Travel bans] are not solutions," Sy told reporters in Beijing, according to Reuters.


Beyond tweets: Twitter weaves new approach to mobile apps

Beyond tweets: Twitter weaves new approach to mobile appsThe social network wants developers to use its tools to make mobile apps, while also integrating its service along the way.>


Using Google Inbox: this feels like the future of email

Using Google Inbox: this feels like the future of emailMy favorite thing about Inbox, Google's radical new email app for Android, iOS, and the web, is that it's perfectly happy to have you use your email as a to-do list. Rather than try to turn your inbox into nothing more than a series of letters and conversations, or help you clear your messages out as soon as possible, Inbox makes use of the fact that your email is full of receipts and notes-to-self. As soon as you log in to Inbox (with an email that ends in @gmail.com — no Google Apps support yet), Google starts to crawl all of your messages.


Samsung enables 1-click purchases for app store

Josh Miller/CNETSmartphone giant now lets users pay via their phone bills. No credit card necessary.>


Sprint undercuts AT&T, Verizon with $20, 1GB family data plan

SprintAt $20, Sprint is offering twice as much data as Verizon and more than three times the data as AT&T.>


The 404 Show 1,569: ApplePay double-charging, Hendo hoverboard, Breaking Bad toys (podcast)

The 404 Show 1,569: ApplePay double-charging, Hendo hoverboard, Breaking Bad toys (podcast)Bridget Carey returns to the show to talk about ApplePay double-charging some Bank of America customers, a new Kickstarter for a company that created a working hoverboard and the recent controversy over Toys R Us selling Breaking Bad action figures.>


This is how NASA banishes odors in space

This is how NASA banishes odors in spaceHow do space agencies keep the International Space Station from smelling like a sweaty locker room? NASA engineer Robert Frost and retired astronaut Clayton C. Anderson reveal a few secrets.>


The ‘Red Velvet’ Oreo is a fake, and here’s why

The 'Red Velvet' Oreo is a fake, and here's whyThis tweet from @chevroletgirl, posted on October 18th, showed a picture of an alleged new limited edition flavor of Oreo, Red Velvet, complete with cream cheese flavored creme. Hey @kcmoore51 my nabisco rep friend just sent me this pic.twitter.com/IdK31En6DP — Down Home Girl (@chevroletgirl) October 18, 2014 The Watermelon, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, Limeade, and many other variants come in 12.2-ounce packages, compared to the 14.3-ounce package that standard Oreo cookies come in.


Hearing the Voice of the Deaf Community

Hearing the Voice of the Deaf CommunityOften, people ask me "what is going on?" with deaf culture. More than ever, we are seeing deaf individuals on TV, in the news, and other mainstream sources. For thousands of years, deaf people were silent members of society, sometimes denied basic rights simply because they could not hear. But with new communication technologies emerging each...


Google unveils Gmail alternative: ‘Inbox’

Google unveils Gmail alternative: 'Inbox'Google revitalized webmail in 2004 when it debuted Gmail, and now it's trying to do it again with a new take on the old Web stalwart, called Inbox.>


Pioneering procedure helps paralyzed man walk again

Pioneering procedure helps paralyzed man walk againCells harvested from a patient's nose helped return function to a damaged spinal cord. Now he is able to walk with help from ropes and guide bars.>


Some early Apple Pay users hit with duplicate charges

Some early Apple Pay users hit with duplicate chargesLarge-scale consumer launches are rarely perfect, and Apple Pay isn't proving to be an exception. Plenty of people using Apple's mobile payments feature over the last few days have reported successful results. Apparently it's not Apple that's to blame, though who knows if consumers are making that distinction.


PreTweet saves you from looking like an idiot on social media

PreTweet saves you from looking like an idiot on social mediaNo more "amazeballs"! Avoid looking like a twit on Twitter by using the PreTweet service to scrub out overused words everybody is tired of seeing on social media.>


Torch through stuff on the fly with portable laser cutter

Torch through stuff on the fly with portable laser cutterCrave writer Michael Franco catches up with one of the creators of the Origami laser cutter, now blasting through a campaign on Kickstarter.>


Almost half of adults on the Net have experienced online harassment — survey

Online gaming is disproportionately more welcoming to men than women compared with other online spaces, the Pew research found.A new study from Pew Research shows just how widespread online abuse has become.>


Get an HP Pocket Playlist for $19.99

Get an HP Pocket Playlist for $19.99Could you use an extra 32GB of media storage for your phone or tablet? This handy gizmo slings over Wi-Fi.>


The PlayStation TV is a waste of money for Vita fans

The PlayStation TV is a waste of money for Vita fansPeople love to say that the PlayStation Vita has no games. I'm the guy who tells them they're wrong. Though Sony's handheld hasn't been a huge success, it's one of my personal favorite devices. I love the form factor and the diverse line-up of games, from the charming Tearaway to music games like Sound Shapes and Hohokum. It's amazing that I can take classics like Vib-Ribbon or Final Fantasy VII with me wherever I go.


Watch the live-action world of ‘Halo: Nightfall’ come to life in this new trailer

Watch the live-action world of ‘Halo: Nightfall’ come to life in this new trailerMicrosoft is going all in with the Halo series this holiday season. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is clearly the centerpiece, but the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta and Halo: Nightfall, a live action TV series set in the Halo universe, are sure to draw plenty of attention as well. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced HaloFest, a celebration of the series and all of its upcoming entries. The first full length trailer for Halo: Nightfall was published alongside the announcement. Live action adaptations of video games have traditionally been critical and commercial flops, but with Ridley Scott signed on as executive producer and a rich universe to draw from, Nightfall has as good of a chance as any game adaptation before it. The


Why Boomer Aging Means Trillions of Dollars for Business

Why Boomer Aging Means Trillions of Dollars for BusinessThere's something happening hereWhat it is ain't exactly clear.Through their cautionary protest song, "For What It's Worth," Buffalo Springfield and rock legend Stephen Stills reflected and amplified the zeitgeist of 1967: the social and cultural turmoil surrounding the Vietnam War era. This stanza addresses confusion and trepidation over...


‘IMDb for cars’ exists, and it’s an incredible time-waster

'IMDb for cars' exists, and it's an incredible time-wasterWhich episode of Doogie Howser, M.D. featured a Peterbilt 359? Just this morning, I would've assumed that there was absolutely no way of answering that without watching all of Doogie Howser, M.D. (complication: it's not on Netflix, and the last thing you have time for is another series binge, anyway). You'd also need complete confidence in your ability to identify a Peterbilt 359 through the fuzzy standard definition and big hair of an early-’90s television program.


Fund 3D horror film, get rare ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ rewards

It took two years to make this movie and now the director wants to give fans the horror movie they deserve.Crowdfund fear with an indie horror film that wants to scare you in more than one dimension. Backers of the film are offered "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" collectibles from the co-creator himself.>


This awesome interactive tool will help you improve any phone’s battery life

This awesome interactive tool will help you improve any phone’s battery lifeAsk a smartphone user what aspect of his or her phone is most in need of improvement, and “battery life” will be the answer you hear more often than not. Whether it’s a brand new iPhone 6 or any recent Android smartphone, battery performance is never quite where we want it to be. The simple fact of the matter is battery technology just isn’t progressing quickly enough to keep up with all of the new technology vendors are now stuffing into their smartphones. Of course, there are plenty of ways to help squeeze as much battery life as possible out of each charge. FROM EARLIER: This secret trick will dramatically improve your iPhone’s battery life We always try to share helpful tips and tricks


Meet the robot actor starring in a play inspired by Kafka

Meet the robot actor starring in a play inspired by KafkaUp-and-coming android performer Repliee S1 stars alongside well-known French actors in a piece based on Franz Kafka's absurdist classic "The Metamorphosis.">


Flying car crashes and burns in Florida

Flying car crashes and burns in FloridaPolice in Marion County say two people were hurt after a Maverick flying car crashed and caught fire.>


Girls in Tech Ask Tech Companies to Close the Gender Pay Gap Through Their “Raise Awareness” Campaign #RAISETECH

Girls in Tech Ask Tech Companies to Close the Gender Pay Gap Through Their There has been much backlash in the press towards Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella who told women at a tech conference last week, that they should not ask for a raise, rather let 'karma' take care of it for them. He has since publicly retracted this disastrous comment, but the impact of it lingers on. So much for reducing the 'brogrammer' culture...


Form a new political party, fight zombies with the CraveCast crew

Form a new political party, fight zombies with the CraveCast crewHalloween and elections are approaching, and sometimes it's tough to tell which is scarier. Join the CraveCast cabal Wednesday at noon Pacific when we'll talk about remaking democracy in our own image and siccing bears on the undead.>


Microsoft Garage gives early look at emerging apps

Microsoft's Torque takes on Google in Android Wear.Now consumers can see what's coming from folks tinkering on apps inside Microsoft -- on everything from Android Wear to Xbox One.>


Sony to slash its smartphone forecast, again — report

Sony's Xperia Z3 has won critical praise, but it ostensibly hasn't helped boost Sony's total sales.The company had planned to ship 50 million smartphones this year, but that figure has been falling and will drop even more, according to Bloomberg.>


British comedy ‘IT Crowd’ gets another shot at US remake

British comedy 'IT Crowd' gets another shot at US remakeGeeky Brits Moss, Roy and Jen will return to TV -- but this time as unappreciated American computer nerds. Can Internet, soccer and quizmaster jokes translate from across the pond?>


Inside Twitter’s ambitious plan to kill the password

Inside Twitter's ambitious plan to kill the passwordAs he traveled the world last year as part of a user research project, Michael Ducker noticed a problem. Ducker, a senior product manager at Twitter, was part of a team that visited Brazil, India, and Indonesia to learn about how people use mobile devices around the world. Twitter is courting new users aggressively, and like most tech companies it signs them up with a combination of an email address and password. ...


This is how to pop the question if you’re a ‘Doctor Who’ fan

I think it's safe to say she said yes, and now has the key to the TARDIS.This redditor and fan of BBC series "Doctor Who" figured out the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend. Of course, she said yes.>


Now the FBI is asking Congress to weaken iPhone and Android security

Now the FBI is asking Congress to weaken iPhone and Android securityApple's new encryption standards, Comey has argued, are an unnecessary hurdle to law enforcement — and the FBI needs an easy way to bypass them. Now Comey is bringing the argument straight to Congress, asking them to update a law to allow backdoors in smartphones. Comey is asking Congress to update CALEA


Apple CEO meets with Chinese official following iCloud attacks

Apple/screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNETThe meeting follows a notice from Apple that iCloud has been targeted by network attacks in an attempt to gain user information. But are the Chinese behind it?>


Scientists sequenced the genome of a man who lived 45,000 years ago

Scientists sequenced the genome of a man who lived 45,000 years agoScientists have successfully sequenced the genome of a man who was alive 45,000 years ago, which makes the resulting sequence the oldest one researchers have ever obtained from a modern human.


US will monitor travelers for three weeks when arriving from Ebola-stricken countries

US will monitor travelers for three weeks when arriving from Ebola-stricken countriesThe US is going to begin monitoring all travelers who enter the country from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea for three weeks after landing to detect symptoms of Ebola. Time reports that the program will begin on Monday in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia, which is where most travelers coming from these countries end their trips. As was previously announced, travelers will also be required to go through one of just five airports that will pass them through an enhanced screening process.


Watch the full-length trailer for Ridley Scott’s live-action ‘Halo: Nightfall’

Watch the full-length trailer for Ridley Scott's live-action 'Halo: Nightfall'Here it is, the first full-length trailer for Halo: Nightfall, the live-action series executive produced by Ridley Scott (i.e. not the Steven Spielberg one). We got a tease in late July, but this video expands on that with a stronger glimpse at the characters and the world.


Inbox is a total reinvention of email from Google

Inbox is a total reinvention of email from GoogleThe new Gmail app from the Gmail team isn't technically just an email app, at least if you ask them. It's called "Inbox," and it's being released as an invite-only system that works on the web, Android phones, and iPhones. It feels completely native and fast on all of those systems. But it's a native and fast app that does something 10 degrees away from what you'd expect an email app to do. My first impression of Inbox is that it's really great, but a little weird.


Apple Pay needs US credit card but can work elsewhere — report

Apple Pay needs US credit card but can work elsewhere -- reportA video posted by blog site TechSmartt shows how to "trick" Apple Pay into working on NFC terminals outside the US.>


A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips

A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic stripsApple fans breathed a sigh of relief this past summer when Nikkei, typically a reliable source of accurate early information on unreleased Apple devices, issued a report stating that the white plastic strips we had seen on countless iPhone 6 mockups would not be part of the final design. Those strips, which many people found to be quite an eyesore, reportedly stemmed from a misunderstanding of some iPhone 6 schematics that had previously leaked. Instead, the Nikkei claimed that those areas would actually be covered by glass panels similar to the ones on the back of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Unfortunately for people who think those plastic strips ruin the sleek look of the phone, they were still present when


3D Systems cuts revenue forecast due to production issues

By Abhirup Roy (Reuters) - 3D Systems Corp slashed its full-year revenue forecast that fell short of analysts' expectations as it struggles to capitalize on demand for 3D metal printers due to manufacturing constraints. 3D Systems, whose shares fell as much as 16.6 percent, has been investing heavily in increasing capacity at metal printer maker Phenix Systems, which it acquired in July last year. "We are disappointed that we failed to fully capitalize on the robust demand for our direct metal and consumer products during the quarter," Chief Executive Abraham Reichental said in a statement. ...

Survey: Harassment a common part of online life

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 file photo, 22-year-old Catherine Devine reads instant messages on her laptop screen at her home in Kings Park, N.Y. Devine had her first of several brushes with online harassment in seventh grade, before she'd even ventured onto the Internet. A report released Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty percent have experienced it themselves. (AP Photo/Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life.


Strategic Plans Are Obsolete!

Strategic Plans Are Obsolete!Strategic planning is extremely important, but the way we plan, and the plan we create, do not provide the dynamic roadmap everyone in the organization needs in order to shape the best future possible.Today's traditional strategic plan is a static plan. The plan exists as a document, either digital or printed, that is published in some way,...


Video: MasterCard is doing for Apple what Google can only dream of

Video: MasterCard is doing for Apple what Google can only dream ofOn Tuesday during the first game of  the World Series, MasterCard ran two new commercials that focused on its support for the newly launched Apple Pay service. As part of its new “Priceless Surprises” promotion, Apple Pay users will be eligible to win prizes every time they use their MasterCard to buy something through Apple’s mobile payment platform. Since the ads ran during the World Series, MasterCard used Hall of Famers Tommy Lasorda and George Brett, and recently retired great Mariano Rivera to promote the new service. MasterCard noted that the contest for cardholders will run to the end of the year as long as you use Apple Pay. It goes without saying that this is the kind of promotion that Google wishes it would have


Is Technology Taking the Romance Out of Weddings?

Is Technology Taking the Romance Out of Weddings?Remember the days when couples anxiously awaited pictures from their photographer for their first glimpse of the special day when they exchanged vows? Ya, me neither. For better or worse, it seems like cell phones and selfies have been woven into the fabric of wedding day celebrations. Don't get me wrong, I love a good selfie, but I can't help...


Microsoft’s $50 adapter makes your Xbox One Kinect compatible with Windows

Microsoft's $50 adapter makes your Xbox One Kinect compatible with WindowsXbox One owners with a Kinect could soon get more use out of Microsoft's powerful camera — assuming those same people are also Windows users. Today Microsoft launched a $49.99 adapter that will make the Xbox One version of Kinect fully compatible with Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs and tablets. Performance is identical between the repurposed Xbox sensor and the standalone Kinect v2 for Windows unit, but this option could save you some money if you bought Microsoft's console before the big decoupling.


This might be one of the iOS storage bugs that’s preventing you from jumping to iOS 8

This might be one of the iOS storage bugs that’s preventing you from jumping to iOS 8One of the most important reasons for some iOS 7 users not to upgrade to iOS 8 is storage space, as both the iOS 8 or the iOS 8.1 updates require plenty of storage for over-the-air upgrades. Apple enthusiast John Gruber found one potential explanation for this particular iOS problem coming from Kevin Hamm, who has figured out how the device’s storage can been taken over by “Other” files. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon In addition to seeing specifics about an iPhone’s or iPad’s contents when connecting it to iTunes — such as music, photos, movies and apps — you might also notice a yellow “Other” category in the bottom storage bar


EMC cuts profit forecast as bookings fall at VMware unit

By Anya George Tharakan (Reuters) - Data storage equipment maker EMC Corp cut its full-year profit and revenue forecast, hurt by lower bookings at its VMware Inc unit and a strong dollar. Shares of EMC, which is under pressure from activist investor Paul Singer's Elliott Management Corp to spin off VMware, fell as much as 4 percent in early trading. VMware shares declined as much as 9 percent. The unit, owned 80 percent by EMC, forecast current-quarter revenue largely below analysts' estimates on Tuesday due to a delay in the closing of a large U.S. ...

Simpsons World lets cable subscribers stream every episode of the show

Simpsons World lets cable subscribers stream every episode of the showLanding syndication rights to The Simpsons was a huge deal for the FXX network, and it's trying to make the absolute most out of them. It's now made every single episode of the show available to stream online and through apps for iOS and Android. A cable subscription with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, or several other US providers is required, but streaming episodes is free beyond that.


Google services clobbered by temporary outage

GoogleA glitch takes Gmail, Google Drive and a host of other services offline for many users late Tuesday and early Wednesday.>


Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 Nook goes big-screen

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is now available at Barnes & Noble stores.The new 10.1-inch device launches with an introductory price of $300 and includes over $200 in Nook content.>


India’s Wipro sees rosier end to year as U.S. clients spend

To match feature INDIA-EDUCATION/By Aby Jose Koilparambil and Subrat Patnaik BANGALORE (Reuters) - India's third-biggest software services firm Wipro Ltd , under pressure to improve lackluster sales growth, said it saw a rosier end to the year as more confident U.S. clients increase spending. Wipro, which provides outsourcing services for big-name clients such as U.S. bank Citigroup, posted an 8 percent increase in second-quarter net profit on Wednesday, narrowly missing expectations. It said it continued to face "headwinds" in key accounts, particularly European clients. ...


Hungary wants to tax internet data transfers

Hungary wants to tax internet data transfersLate on Tuesday, the Hungarian government proposed a controversial way of dealing with a national budget deficit: taxing internet service providers for data transfers sent over the web. Under the new tax provisions, providers would pay 150 forints — the equivalent of about 62 cents — for every gigabyte of information transferred, a cost that could quickly add up. Hungary has been taxing other private industries to make up for economic losses, but the public reaction to the tax has been negative. Although the taxes are aimed at service providers, internet users believe the costs will be passed on to them, and thousands said they would rally Sunday to protest the provisions.


Why Apple needs to stop releasing 16GB iPads

Why Apple needs to stop releasing 16GB iPadsEarlier this month, we knocked Apple for releasing a new version of the Retina iPad mini that was literally the exact same as last year’s model except for the addition Touch ID and the option to buy it in gold. Now famed Apple blogger John Gruber, in his otherwise laudatory review for the new iPad Air 2, singles out another point of criticism about the company’s newest tablets: Namely, he doesn’t think there’s any reason for Apple to release larger iPads with only 16GB of storage anymore. RELATED: There is literally one reason to buy the iPad mini 3… and it’s not even a very good one “Apple should not be selling 16 GB iPads,” he states bluntly. “The starting


Four in ten web users have experienced online harassment, according to Pew survey

Four in ten web users have experienced online harassment, according to Pew surveyThe internet is still a rough place, according to a new survey conducted in June by Pew Research's Internet Project and released today. A full 73 percent of the survey's respondents had witnessed someone being harassed online, while 40 percent had personally been the victim of harassment. Eight percent had been physically threatened, while seven percent had seen the harassment continue for a sustained period of time. Most alarming, more than a quarter of women between the ages of 18 and 24 reported some form of online sexual harassment. ...


Fake news sites are using Facebook to spread Ebola panic

Fake news sites are using Facebook to spread Ebola panicThere’s a scary story bouncing around Facebook, accruing hundreds of thousands of likes: the small town of Purdon, Texas, has been quarantined after a family of five was diagnosed with Ebola. The story is a total hoax, put out by a deeply cynical site called the National Report. But to the 340,000 people who saw it pop up in their news feed, it looked real enough to share.


An all-dog Supreme Court argues the Aereo case

We remixed John Oliver's all-dog Supreme Court footage with actual audio from the Aereo caseLast Week Tonight host John Oliver challenged news networks to use footage of an all-dog Supreme Court to make to the oral arguments "more compelling to watch." Challenge accepted. The following is actual audio recording from this year's broadcasters vs. Aereo case, wherein Aereo's lawyers spar with the canine judges over how to define technology using bizarre metaphors.


We remixed John Oliver’s all-dog Supreme Court footage with actual audio from the Aereo case

We remixed John Oliver's all-dog Supreme Court footage with actual audio from the Aereo caseLast Week Tonight host John Oliver challenged news outlets to footage it made of an all-dog Supreme Court to make to the oral arguments "more compelling to watch."


8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads for a limited time

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads for a limited timeAnother day, another batch of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are now on sale for free for a limited time. On Tuesday, BGR shared a list of seven paid iOS apps that were on sale for free, and a few of them are still free if you hurry. But now, we have eight more paid apps for you that are all available for free… but only if you hurry, because each of these sales could be over at any time. DON’T MISS: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to


Samsung’s Nook tablet now comes in larger, 10-inch size for $299

Samsung's Nook tablet now comes in larger, 10-inch size for $299Samsung and Barnes & Noble today announced a bigger, 10.1-inch version of their Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, priced at $299.99. Despite carrying a larger display, the new Android Nook tablet still features a resolution of 1280x800, so going bigger means you'll be sacrificing on pixel density and sharpness a bit with a lowly ppi of 149. There's also been a slight change inside, with the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 borrowing the same 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor that shipped in the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 earlier this year.


Here’s how to fix iPhone 6 Plus battery problems after the iOS 8.1 update

Here’s how to fix iPhone 6 Plus battery problems after the iOS 8.1 updateEven though Apple’s recent iOS 8.1 update was supposed to fix various iOS 8 bugs and problems, OS X Daily reports that some users have run into unexpected battery issues with the new update — and that’s even if they own the iPhone 6 Plus, which has been praised so far for its extended battery life. FROM EARLIER: iOS 8.1 doesn’t seem to fix the huge issue that prevented you from updating to iOS 8 “I experienced this fast battery draining thing myself with iOS 8.1 on an iPhone 6 Plus, which after the update started to run physically warm to the touch and was losing battery at a highly unusual rate, where you can basically watch the percentage indicator tick


Pandora to musicians: Dive on into our audience data

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPandora's free AMP service pulls back the curtain on data culled from tens of billions of hours of listening to help musicians market themselves smarter.>


This app makes any Android phone look like Android 5.0 Lollipop for free

This app makes any Android phone look like Android 5.0 Lollipop for freeGoogle recently unveiled the finished version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is now in the hands of developers and handset vendors. The former group is busy updating the look of their apps to match Google’s beautiful new “Material Design” and the latter is hard at work readying updates for their latest phones. It will be months before those updates are finished being built and tested though, so most Android fans still have quite a wait ahead of them. Of course, thanks to Android’s open nature, there are ways to get a taste of Google’s latest and greatest software without having to wait another minute. FROM EARLIER: Here’s how to give your Android phone a huge speed boost, just like Apple sped up iOS


Michigan latest state to ban direct Tesla sales

Michigan latest state to ban direct Tesla salesMichigan has become the latest state to ban Tesla from selling its cars straight to consumers, with Governor Rick Snyder signing a law yesterday that prohibits direct sales. Michigan joins a growing number of states that have banned or highly limited Tesla from opening and operating its own stores, generally at the pressure of dealerships that want to maintain their dominant market position and are threatened by manufacturer-owned stores. Dealerships say this protects consumers.


Tim Cook meets with Chinese vice premier to ‘exchange views’ on data security

Tim Cook meets with Chinese vice premier to 'exchange views' on data securityApple CEO Tim Cook met with Chinese vice premier Ma Kai today, as reports circulated that Chinese authorities might be redirecting iCloud traffic within the country to a dummy site. According to a two-sentence report by the Xinhua news agency, the pair "exchanged views on protection of users' information" and "strengthening cooperation in information and communication fields." It's not clear whether the pair discussed what Apple recently confirmed as "intermittent organized network attacks" designed to collect user information by sending visitors to a copy of Apple's site. The company hasn't pinned the attacks on the Chinese government, but outside researchers have suggested that they're being carried out through the country's Great Firewall, along with similar attacks on Microsoft's Live sign-in page.


Taylor Swift hits #1 on Canadian iTunes chart with eight seconds of white noise

Taylor Swift hits #1 on Canadian iTunes chart with eight seconds of white noiseLast night, Taylor Swift used Canada in a test of her power. Be it an accident or just a show of force, the singer released eight seconds of white noise for $1.29 — and subsequently topped Canadian iTunes charts. Number one. You can listen to the song in its entirety above.


EMC to buy much of Cisco’s stake in joint venture VCE

(Reuters) - Data storage products maker EMC Corp said it will buy much of Cisco System Inc's stake in their joint venture VCE for an undisclosed sum. VCE, set up in 2009 as a one-stop shop for data centers, bundles Cisco's networking equipment and servers with EMC's storage gear and software from EMC's virtualization software unit VMware Inc. Reports of EMC and Cisco encroaching on each other's turfs had sparked speculation that the partnership was fraying. Cisco, which had a 35 percent stake in the joint venture, will retain a 10 percent stake in VCE. ...

After 25 years, Nine Inch Nails’ flawed, brutally honest debut is still worth a listen

After 25 years, Nine Inch Nails' flawed, brutally honest debut is still worth a listenNine Inch Nails’ debut album, Pretty Hate Machine, was released 25 years ago this week — October 20th, to be precise. It’s a pretty big milestone for NIN mastermind Trent Reznor — most who followed his career through the ’90s figured he would flame out in the self-destructive fashion detailed in his lyrics long before making it this far. But Reznor kept it together and has made a career out of continuously growing and mutating his act over the last few decades. ...


Microsoft attempts to improve Android with new ‘Garage’ apps

Microsoft attempts to improve Android with new 'Garage' appsGoogle might not be interested in building apps for Windows Phone, but Microsoft isn’t holding any grudges. Starting today, the software giant is expanding its Garage project to give outsiders a chance to see what Microsoft employees create inside the company during their free time. Some of those projects might be iOS, Windows, or Android apps, but the really interesting ones, and the ones Microsoft is choosing to highlight today, are for Google’s Android operating system. ...


Hungary plans new tax on Internet traffic, public calls for rally

By Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary plans to impose a new tax on Internet data transfers, a draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late on Tuesday showed, in a move that could hit Internet and telecoms providers and their customers hard. The draft tax code contains a provision for Internet providers to pay a tax of 150 forints (60 US cents) per gigabyte of data traffic, though it would also let companies offset corporate income tax against the new levy. ...

San Francisco passes ‘Airbnb law,’ one step closer to making rentals legal

Thousands of rooms in San Francisco are offered on Airbnb on any given day.The Board of Supervisors votes to allow short-term rentals, ignoring Sen. Dianne Feinstein's warning that the law could be detrimental to the city.>


Benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 has only one rival in terms of overall performance

Benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 has only one rival in terms of overall performanceBenchmark scores for the iPad Air 2 have started coming in and as you’d expect they’re very impressive so far. But let’s put this into context: How do the Geekbench scores for the iPad Air 2 stack up against rival tablets? As you’ll see in a comparison chart made by Laptop Mag, the iPad Air 2 really only has one rival in terms of overall performance and that’s Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. FROM EARLIER: Benchmark suggests the iPad Air 2 will be even more powerful than you imagined Source: Laptop Mag As you can see, the iPad Air 2 outscored nearly every other flagship tablet on Geekbench 3, including NVIDIA’s own Shield Tablet that was designed to be a high-powered gaming tablet.


Hungary ruling party proposes cap on planned Internet tax: statement

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's ruling Fidesz party on Wednesday proposed setting a cap on a planned Internet tax that led to an outcry from the Internet and telecommunications sectors, which could face bills for hundreds of billions of forints under the original plan. "We think it is practical to introduce an upper limit in the same fashion and of the same magnitude that applied to voice-based telephony in the previous tax code," Fidesz parliament group leader Antal Rogan said in an emailed statement. Previously, private individuals' tax payments were maximized at a monthly 700 forints ($2. ...

Lufthansa says winter capacity to rise by 2.9 percent

BERLIN (Reuters) - Lufthansa said it will be offering 2.9 percent more seats for the 2014/2015 winter schedule, a slight increase on previous plans for a 2 percent increase. While the number of flights is going down by 2.9 percent, employing larger aircraft has resulted in the increase in capacity - as measured in available seat-kilometers - Europe's largest airline by revenue said in a statement on Wednesday. Lufthansa had initially planned to increase capacity by 4 percent for the winter, but halved those plans after an influx of capacity in the first half put pressure on prices. ...

Lufthansa close to deal with IBM for IT infrastructure unit

Barrier tape of German airline Lufthansa is seen at Munich airportBERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa is close to a deal to sell its IT infrastructure unit to IBM , including an outsourcing agreement for the services, as part of a shake-up of its technology activities, it said on Wednesday. Europe's largest airline by revenue is undergoing restructuring and cost-cutting efforts to better position itself to compete with low-cost carriers and Gulf rivals. ...


An iOS 8.1 jailbreak is out – but you can’t download it yet

An iOS 8.1 jailbreak is out – but you can’t download it yetNew iOS jailbreaks just seem to come faster and faster these days. 9to5Mac brings us word that there is already a new jailbreak for iOS 8.1, although you won’t be able to download it just yet. RELATED: So, what’s the deal with the iOS 8 jailbreak anyway? This jailbreak comes to us courtesy of the Pangu team in China, whom we last saw this past summer developing a jailbreak that was compatible with iOS 7.1.1 and iOS 7.1.2. 9to5Mac reports that Pangu put a download link for the developers edition of the jailbreak up on the web before quickly removing it. Despite this, it seems that Pangu is on track to release the final version of the jailbreak soon, which


Big Tech winning battle with ‘patent trolls’

A visitor walks past a Cisco advertising panel as she looks at her mobile phone at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Andrew Chung and Dan Levine (Reuters) - For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars. But now the trolls are in retreat from the tech titans, interviews and data reviewed by Reuters show. In the wake of several changes in U.S. ...


China’s Baidu, Ping An invest in Israeli VC fund Carmel

People talk in front of a Baidu's company logo at Baidu's headquarters in BeijingTEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli venture capital firm Carmel Ventures said on Wednesday it raised $194 million for its Carmel Ventures IV fund with participation from new strategic investors in Asia that include Chinese Internet search engine Baidu. The new fund, like its predecessor funds, will invest in early-stage technology companies in enterprise software, data center infrastructure, big data, cyber security, financial technology, digital media and consumer applications. ...


Wi-Fi is now free when you visit the UK, if you have a MasterCard

Credit: Professional ImagesMasterCard customers can enjoy free Internet on trips to the UK without paying out a single pound, shilling or ha'penny.>


U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

Jay Radcliffe displays a Medtronic Corp insulin pump at his home in Meridian, IdahoBy Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. ...


Google trying to ‘fix’ email with new Gmail alternative

Google trying to ‘fix’ email with new Gmail alternativeGoogle is apparently not happy with all the features its email product can offer, and it’s reportedly working on a new Gmail alternative, Android Police has learned, currently known internally as project “Bigtop.” FROM EARLIER: Your first look at Google’s gorgeous new Gmail app for Android 5.0 While it’s not clear when Bigtop will be made official, and whether it’ll ever become a new Google product, the publication has already seen development versions of the Bigtop web and Android apps that suggest Google is taking a new approach to email, trying to further “fix” this daily chore. The app will also be available to iOS device users. Interestingly, the new platform doesn’t have any Google branding, suggesting the product might handle


Apple CEO discusses security with top Chinese official amid hacking claims: Xinhua

Apple Inc. CEO Cook walks down a sidewalk during the Allen and Co. media conference in Sun ValleyBEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government official in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The meeting comes days after a Chinese web monitoring group published a report saying Apple users in China have been targeted in a sophisticated and widespread attack by hackers seeking private user data stored on the iCloud service. The group, Greatfire.org, has alleged Chinese government involvement in the hack, a claim the government has strongly refuted. ...


Hitachi Maxell cuts profit forecast, reduces headcount in battery unit

TOKYO (Reuters) - Hitachi Maxell Ltd cut its annual operating profit forecast by 40 percent to 5.1 billion yen ($48 million) on Wednesday and said it would reduce headcount in its lithium ion battery business after high-end smartphone sales sagged. The Japanese electronics maker, which supplies lithium ion batteries for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's smartphones, said it would offer voluntary retirement packages to 130 staff over 40-years old at the end of Feb 2015 and outsource an increased proportion of batteries after that. ...

SoftBank leads $100 million investment in Indonesian ecommerce firm Tokopedia

A man holding an umbrella walks past the logo of Softbank Corp at its branch in TokyoBy Teppei Kasai TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Corp announced Wednesday it will lead a $100 million investment round in Indonesian ecommerce giant PT Tokopedia, the Japanese mobile carrier's third investment overseas under Vice Chairman Nikesh Aurora. SoftBank's newly formed Internet and Media Inc (SIMI), led by Aurora, will invest about $100 million in a funding round with Sequoia Capital and existing shareholder SB Pan Asia Fund in PT Tokopedia. Representatives from SIMI and Sequoia Capital will also join the Indonesian firm's board of directors, Softbank said. ...


Apple co-founder to mentor at Australian university

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks in Medellin, Colombia on August 2, 2014. He has accepted an adjunct professorship at a Sydney universitySydney (AFP) - Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has accepted an adjunct professorship at a Sydney university and will play a mentoring role at the university's innovation lab.


Scammers exploit Ebola panic with malware and spam because everything is awful

Scammers exploit Ebola panic with malware and spam because everything is awfulCybercriminals and spammers are once again taking advantage of a frightened public, unleashing malware designed to capitalize on the recent Ebola panic. The attacks include fake safety tips from the World Health Organization (WHO), an advisory from the Mexican government, and a swathe of spam with sensationalist subject lines.


Hong Kong netizens lampoon government negotiators

Democracy protesters block a street in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on October 21, 2014. Their celebrity backers may face sanctions from ChinaHong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong government negotiators who sat down to crunch talks with student leaders have become figures of online derision with netizens mocking them as empty vases, garbage bins and Teletubbies.


Take an action flight over Paris on the back of an eagle

Take an action flight over Paris on the back of an eagleAn eagle's breathtaking flight at 180km/h over the City of Light has been captured by a Sony Action Cam attached to the bird's back.>


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