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Microsoft reportedly working on a Chromecast-like streaming device

Microsoft reportedly working on a Chromecast-like streaming deviceMaking a cheap video streaming stick has worked out pretty well for Google; Now it seems Microsoft may be making its own play to build a similar device tailored for Windows users, according to recent FCC filings. Windows Phone Daily spotted documents that indicate Microsoft's upcoming streamer will feature Wi-Fi, HDMI compatibility, and a USB port — so the hardware sounds not unlike Chromecast (or any other set-top box for that matter). Obviously Microsoft won't be using Google's Cast technology to stream video on your TV;


Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The ultimate showdown continues

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The ultimate showdown continuesAll three major mobile operating systems now have a virtual assistant, but there still isn’t a final verdict on which is the best. In fact, with such frequent updates, it might be impossible to ever declare a winner, but that doesn’t mean we can’t constantly compare the three anyway. Earlier this year, WPCentral posed the same questions to all three assistants at once in order to see which was more effective. In another series of videos stretching all the way back to last November, Phonebuff has been testing each assistant individually to see how they respond to 50 unique voice commands. Google Now was the first candidate, then came Siri, and now it’s Cortana’s turn. Even though Cortana is still technically in beta


U.S. undercover investigators among those exposed in data breach

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Jim Finkle and Mark Hosenball BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cyber attack at a firm that performs background checks for U.S. The breach at Falls Church, Virginia-based US Investigations Services (USIS) exposed highly personal information of workers at the Department of Homeland Security's headquarters as well as its U.S.


Here’s why you should be grateful for online advertising

Here’s why you should be grateful for online advertisingOnline advertising is annoying but the Internet wouldn’t be nearly as great without it. Fast Company directs our attention to a study from U.K. video ad platform Ebuzzing that claims it would cost each of us around $232 extra per year to get all of the stuff on the web we now enjoy for free if we eliminated online ads. IN CASE YOU STILL AREN’T GRATEFUL FOR ONLINE ADS: How to stop Google ads from tracking you on the web Of course, Ebuzzing’s study is self-serving since the company makes its money primarily from serving online ads. That said, all of the incredible information that we have for free at our fingertips thanks to the web really does seem like a bargain. The ability to


Obama tech policy maven moves to Silicon Valley role

By Mark Felsenthal and Edwin Chan WASHINGTON D.C./SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Todd Park, President Barack Obama's chief technology officer who played a role in fixing the flawed Healthcare.gov website, is moving to a new job recruiting top Silicon Valley talent to government, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Park, a successful tech entrepreneur who became a top adviser to Obama, will move to the West Coast at the end of the month as part of a White House team, the source said on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public. His move to California signals a growing effort by the government to try to recruit from Silicon Valley.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes during ‘particularly complex’ Texas test flight

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes during 'particularly complex' Texas test flightSpaceX's rocket program suffered a setback today, with one of its three engine Falcon rockets exploding in mid-air during a test flight in McGregor, Texas. Nobody was injured, local Central Texas news station KXXV reports. According to SpaceX, the rocket's systems detected "an anomaly" that led to an automatic termination of the test. A company spokesperson added that it's analyzing the data for more information on what the anomaly was, and how it occurred.


Samsung’s virtual reality plans are finally taking shape

Samsung’s virtual reality plans are finally taking shapeAs the wearable market continues to heat up, tech companies around the world are looking to expand into every relevant category of the fledgling industry. We’ve seen smartwatches, smart glasses and even smart shoes, but the sector of the wearable field that has us most excited is virtual reality. Sony and Oculus have taken most of the spotlight up until now, but Samsung is preparing an entry of its own to reveal at IFA 2014. Now, just two weeks from the event, new photos of the Gear VR have leaked. The photos on Naver show off a headset with a markedly different look than the “Project Moonlight” leak from earlier this month, but the leaker notes that these are the actual production units


Amazon developing own online advertising software: WSJ

A zoomed illustration image of a man looking at a computer monitor showing the logo of Amazon is seen in Vienna(Reuters) - Amazon Inc is planning to develop its own software for placing advertisements online, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. While the in-house platform is initially planned to replace ads supplied by Google Inc on Amazon's own website, the new system could challenge Google and Microsoft Corp's advertising business in the future, the newspaper cited the people as saying. Amazon's system would resemble Google's AdWords, and is planned to make it easier for marketers to reach the company's users, the newspaper reported the people as saying. The retailer is also building a tool that would help advertising agencies buy in bulk for thousands of advertisers, the Journal said, citing the people.


How Technology Is Being Used to Hunt James Foley’s Executioner, ‘Jihadist John’

How Technology Is Being Used to Hunt James Foley's Executioner, 'Jihadist John'This week, ISIL released a video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley. The executioner in the video has already been identified as a British ISIL leader, known only as "John" or "Jihadist John." Several of his past hostages recognized him from the video, and as lead hostage negotiator for ISIL's division in Syria, conducting negotiations online with families.


The biggest reason Microsoft has started targeting the MacBook Air

The biggest reason Microsoft has started targeting the MacBook AirIn case you haven’t been paying attention, there’s been a noticeable shift in the way Microsoft has been promoting its Surface line of tablets — instead of pitting it against the iPhone like it’s traditionally done, it’s started pitting it against the MacBook Air. This may seem a bit puzzling since Apple sells more iPads every year than it does MacBook Airs but it actually makes all the sense in the world, as an excellent analysis by ZDNet’s Ed Bott makes clear. While Apple doesn’t sell very many MacBooks per year when compared to Windows PCs, the ones it does sell are hugely profitable for the company. MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros are pricey items but Apple fans have shown


Tech chief during Healthcare.gov rollout leaves White House: source

Todd Park, a successful tech entrepreneur who became a top adviser to President Barack Obama, will move to the West Coast at the end of the month as part of a White House team, the source said on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public. The move signals a growing effort by the government to try to recruit from Silicon Valley.

Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday.

Despite Apple’s efforts, the iPhone 6 won’t be Samsung-free

Despite Apple’s efforts, the iPhone 6 won’t be Samsung-freeApple may be desperately trying to reduce its reliance on Samsung-made components for its devices, but that’s not an easy process, and its largest supplier/rival will have a presence in the iPhone 6, Digitimes reports. FROM EARLIER: Huge leak shows the 5.5-inch iPhone’s rear shell side-by-side with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 Apparently, Samsung is selling Apple RAM memory for the new iPhone, alongside other suppliers including SK Hynix and Elpida Memory. Apple removed Samsung from the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c supply line last year when it came to RAM and relied solely on components from the other two firms. However, it looks like SK Hynix and Elpida have both been “reluctant” to increase chip production at the request of Apple this


Apple is replacing some iPhone 5 units over battery life issue

Apple is replacing some iPhone 5 units over battery life issueIf your iPhone 5's battery life suddenly took a turn for the worse, it may not just be you. Apple today launched a battery replacement program for some iPhone 5 devices sold between September 2012 and January 2013. According to the company, these devices may "suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently." As with other voluntary repair efforts, Apple's put up a serial number validator for people to check if they have one of the affected units.


Walgreen stores go offline due to technical glitch

A Walgreens logo is seen outside its store in New York City(Reuters) - Pharmacy chain Walgreen Co suffered a system outage for several hours on Friday, taking all of its 8,200 pharmacy outlets offline and delaying prescription orders. The company faced a "technical issue" during a system update and had to bring the entire system offline to resolve it, spokesman Michael Polzin said. Some prescription orders may have been lost as a result of the outage, Polzin said, but most were queued and processed when the system was restored. Shares of Walgreen closed at $61.05 on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.


Marvel’s movie business is crushing DC’s and it’s not close

Marvel's movie business is crushing DC's and it's not closeI recently had a conversation with a friend about where Marvel and DC stand as far as how much money they pull in at the movies. I said, "Well, obviously Marvel. Hollywood has been making adaptations for DC comics characters for years longer than its main rival. Meanwhile, Marvel's characters (regardless of studio licenses) have taken in a cool $17.7 billion in a much shorter timeframe. Marvel's more than doubled DC's adjusted box office gross


See the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s next movie, The Hateful Eight

See the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s next movie, The Hateful EightAs with any Tarantino flick, there’s been plenty of drama surrounding The Hateful Eight, but not for the reasons you might suspect. Shortly after Quentin Tarantino revealed in January that he would be working on another Western, the script for the film leaked online. Tarantino was so furious that he considered canceling the project altogether and writing a novel instead. A few months later, the frustration had finally subsided and the filmmaker confirmed he would be making The Hateful Eight after all. Last week, Slashfilm was the first to report that the first teaser trailer for the movie would be attached to Sin City 2, but would not appear online. In a fateful turn of events, the trailer made its


This is what the future of a drone-filled America could look like

This is what the future of a drone-filled America could look likeThe laws governing drone use in the US right now are relatively black and white. Mitchell Sipus, an urban planner doing doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon, has mocked up one idea that might be able to start to resolving some of that.


U.S. undercover investigators among those exposed in data breach

Canada's National Research Council hackedA cyberattack at a company that performs background checks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security compromised data of at least 25,000 government workers, and that number could rise, an agency official said on Friday.


Gov’t warns US retailers about hacking software

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is warning that more than 1,000 retailers could have a new malicious software program lurking in their cash registers that allows computer hackers to steal financial data about their customers.

Oregon sues Oracle, claiming fraud over failed Obamacare website

By Teresa Carson PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - The state of Oregon sued Oracle America Inc. and six of its top executives Friday, accusing the software giant of fraud for failing to deliver a working website for the Affordable Care Act program. The 126-page lawsuit, filed in Marion County Circuit Court, claims that fraud, lying and "a pattern of racketeering" by Oracle cost the state and its Cover Oregon program hundreds of millions of dollars. Oregon paid Oracle about $240.3 million for a system that never worked, the suit said. Oracle issued a statement saying the suit "is a desperate attempt to deflect blame from Cover Oregon and the governor for their failures to manage a complex IT project.

Fitbit: We don’t sell personal data

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Fitbit, the maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices, said Friday that it does not sell personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

Disney thinks it could turn drones into flying TV screens and puppet masters

Disney thinks it could turn drones into flying TV screens and puppet mastersDisney has never lagged in animatronics or high technology for its shows and theme parks — they're more or less tiny, high-tech surveillance dystopias with classic rides, exorbitantly expensive food, and all your favorite TV and movie characters from childhood. Each of the patents outlines uses for synchronized swarms of tiny quadcopters or multicopters, which could either supplement or replace its existing light shows, fireworks displays, and parade balloons. The first two patents cover different methods of producing light shows, either with large, flexible screens lifted by small remote-controlled craft or swarms of drones that are each fitted with a light and act as "flixels" or floating pixels. In one, the screens could be large projection surfaces made of mesh that would allow wind to pass through, or they could actually produce their own images: Disney's application suggests loosely woven strips of LEDs.


Google buys product design firm Gecko

The Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California on September 02, 2011San Francisco (AFP) - Google on Friday confirmed that it bought Gecko Design to bolster its lab devoted to technology-advancing projects such as self-driving cars and Internet-linked Glass eyewear.


New details leak for Motorola’s sweet-looking new flagship phone

New details leak for Motorola’s sweet-looking new flagship phoneNow that we know exactly what the Moto X+1 will look like, it seems some more details are starting to trickle out for Motorola’s next flagship phone. Droid Life notices that Brazilian retailer Livraria Logos has posted some fresh information about the Moto X+1 a little bit early, including all the different options we’ll have for rear casing materials on the new device. FROM EARLIER: This is the Moto X+1 Per Droid Life, it seems that Motorola will be selling at least three different versions of the Moto X+1: One with a standard black rear casing, one with a “bamboo” casing that will likely resemble the wood-patterned shell option we got with the original Moto X, and one with a leather rear


The Verge Playlist: I made this mix just for you

The Verge Playlist: I made this mix just for youI haven't done a Verge Playlist yet, which seems a little odd considering how obsessed I am with music. (I think a solid 10 percent of my tweets are to Spotify tracks.) I wanted to mix it up a little bit, though — instead of doing a normal playlist, I thought I'd link you to an actual mixset I've made. This example, one of my longest at nearly an hour and a half, is from a couple years ago.


Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

FILE - This Jan. 15, 2014, file photo shows a test drone as it is is launched by catapult as a trail plane follows on a ranch near Sarita, Texas. Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone operators and investors have filed lawsuits challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens a ban on commercial drone flights. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency's ban on commercial drone flights.


Texas governor wants more drones to guard the US–Mexico border

Texas governor wants more drones to guard the US–Mexico borderTexas Governor Rick Perry wants more drones over the US–Mexico border in order to catch undocumented immigrants and potentially even terrorists trying to make their way into the US, according to Bloomberg. At an event in New Hampshire today — the home of killed journalist James Foley — Perry said that there could be members of ISIS who have made it in to the US. "They may have used our southern border, because it’s porous." To prevent something like that from happening — or, at the very least, to crack down on issues of undocumented immigration — Perry reportedly said that the US needs more troops and military-style drones guarding the border.


This robotic suit lets you sit in mid-air instead of a chair

This robotic suit lets you sit in mid-air instead of a chairFactory workers who do rote work through long shifts risk developing back pain or other problems, and a Swiss company called Noonee has developed a solution: the "Chairless Chair," an exoskeleton for your legs that lets you sit at the push of a button. You wouldn't be wrong to wonder why the Chairless Chair is better than a regular chair.


The awesome smart payment card Coin is looking for 10,000 more beta testers

The awesome smart payment card Coin is looking for 10,000 more beta testersCoin, the popular smart payment card that can store data for multiple credit cards, gift cards and loyalty cards for convenient use, is looking for even more beta testers in order to further improve itself, The Next Web reports. The smart card already has 1,000 testers in San Francisco, but that’s not enough, as the company plans to enlist 10,000 more users from its Kickstarter backers who have already ordered one, to iron out existing bugs. The company says that Coin currently works in 85% of locations in San Francisco, which is why it needs more testing. Also, that means backers that agree to take part in CoinBeta should expect usage hiccups. Coin buyers who agree to take part in the extended beta by


Your Gmail App Is Shockingly Easy to Hack

Your Gmail App Is Shockingly Easy to HackResearchers at the University of Michigan and the University of California, Riverside, say they discovered a phone hack that allows them access to mobile Gmail accounts with a 92 percent success rate. The researchers detailed a new type of hack, which they call a UI [user interface] state interference attack.


Samsung’s most interesting Gear smartwatch yet reportedly coming soon

Samsung’s most interesting Gear smartwatch yet reportedly coming soonSamsung is not done spamming the market with smartwatch designs – after all, it’s a policy that’s worked well for the company in the smartphone business – as it’s about to launch yet another a brand new device, PocketNow has learned. FROM EARLIER: Best Buy reveals everything there is to know about the gorgeous Moto 360 Not including the Gear Fit, which is more of a fitness band, Samsung has already released four smartwatches that run various operating systems: the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Life. The publication has learned that the company is working on a Gear 3 gadget that might be a bit more interesting than all the aforementioned models, as it could feature


Oregon sues Oracle over failed health care website

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon filed a lawsuit Friday against Oracle Corp. and several of its executives over the technology company's role in creating the troubled website for the state's online health insurance exchange.

There’s a stupidly simple but tedious trick to identify your friends on Secret

There’s a stupidly simple but tedious trick to identify your friends on SecretPopular app Secret may offer you a way to publicly and anonymously share some of the things you’re really not supposed to tell or you wouldn’t want to otherwise share with others, but that doesn’t mean your identity remains concealed at all times. In fact, Wired reveals that there’s actually a stupidly simple way of tracking someone on Secret to see what they have to say. In short, what you have to do is create a bogus contacts list to replace your actual contacts. This new list will containcontacts made up by you, and each one will be associated to its own bogus Secret account. Once you’ve done this, you then add one single contact entry (real this time) for the


The photographed world: How our generation is redefining the art of documentation

The photographed world: How our generation is redefining the art of documentationIt was November of 2006, and while many were stuck in a food coma and/or preparing to zone out for the holidays, Flickr was launching a new tool. “Camera Finder,” it was dubbed, and its purpose was immediately clear: To allow viewers an insider’s look as to what digital imaging tools were making the biggest splash across the network. Even in 2006, consumers adored trends. As it turns out, Nikon even took out a sponsorship to trumpet its mighty D80 DSLR — after all, what camera company wouldn’t want such a tool to showcase its wares on? In that month, the camera delivering the highest amount of shots to Flickr was the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT — a game-changing


Over 1,000 US businesses are affected by the attack that hit Target, says Secret Service

Over 1,000 US businesses are affected by the attack that hit Target, says Secret ServiceThe hack that cost Target and its partners more than $200 million may have caused even more damage than we thought. The New York Times is reporting that the same malware used in the attack also targeted more than a thousand other US businesses, based on a new assessment from the Secret Service. Known as Backoff malware, the attack allows hackers to monitor all the information passing through checkout computers, including customer credit cards. UPS and Supervalu have both announced they were affected by the attacks, but many others have yet to come forward.


You’ll be very lucky to get your hands on a 5.5-inch sapphire iPhone this year

You’ll be very lucky to get your hands on a 5.5-inch sapphire iPhone this yearA new report from Asia claims that Apple will indeed use sapphire glass covers for some of its iPhone 6 models, but that the sapphire iPhone 6 will be a rarity this year. Digitimes says that GT Advanced Technologies, Apple’s sapphire-making partner, will not reach full capacity in 2014 and adds that sapphire screen covers will be extremely expensive this year. FROM EARLIER: Huge leak shows the 5.5-inch iPhone’s rear shell side-by-side with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 The publication expects GTAT to only mass-produce enough sapphire crystal for 1.35 million to 2.25 million 5.5-inch iPhone 6 units this year, suggesting that only Apple’s upcoming phablet, or at least a version of it, may receive such durable display panels. Various reports claim


What’s in your bag, Verge Readers?

What's in your bag, Verge Readers?Just lay out your essential gear, take a picture and upload it to the tool below. Thanks to our photo tool, you'll see it pop up alongside dozens of other bags, combining into a glorious tapestry of stuff.


People stick with favorites in sea of mobile apps

There may be a growing number of applications for smartphones, but people in the US tend to cling to the few they like and shun the rest, an industry tracker saysThere may be a growing number of applications for smartphones, but people in the US tend to cling to the few they like and shun the rest, an industry tracker says. Nearly two-thirds of US smartphone owners download no applications monthly, comScore said in its Mobile App Report. Nearly half of all app -- mini-programs -- downloads were done by just seven percent of smartphone owners in any given month, according to the report that was released Thursday. Fun, functional or hip apps for smartphones or tablets are seen by analysts as key to the popularity of the devices, and rivals such as Apple, Google and Microsoft work hard to get developers to tailor apps to devices powered by their software.


You now have 10,000 more chances to get the smartphone of Android fans’ dreams

You now have 10,000 more chances to get the smartphone of Android fans’ dreamsThe OnePlus One might not have the best smartphone name you’ve ever seen, but just about everything else about it is tremendously appealing — especially if you’re a hardcore Android fan. The handset runs a heavily customized version of Android known as CyanogenMod, and it’s just begging to be hacked to your heart’s content. It also features a sleek design, surprisingly solid specs and an off-contract price that starts at just $299. The problem, of course, is that it’s incredibly difficult to purchase a OnePlus One because the phone is in such high demand. Now, however, OnePlus is giving Android fans 10,000 more chances to buy a One. “Bummed that summer is almost over? Reminiscing about all the good times in the


The genius of Pluto.TV

The genius of Pluto.TVWelcome to the first annual Verge Hack Week. We're totally blowing up our site: we've given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. Learn more.


More evidence that we won’t see the iWatch until 2015

More evidence that we won’t see the iWatch until 2015A 2014 release date for Apple’s wearable device is looking less and less likely as new reports continuously reaffirm that manufacturing issues are holding back mass production of the iWatch. Speaking with China’s Economic Daily News, sources say that although suppliers are set to begin assembling the units in September, they will only be able to produce around 1 million per month. This wouldn’t be enough for a full retail release before the end of the year. FROM EARLIER: The best evidence yet that Apple is finally ready to mass produce the iWatch Furthermore, the time it takes from the moment the components hit the assembly line to the time the final product is ready to be shipped could be up to two months.


The future of self-driving cars: welcome to Autocon 2035

The genius of Pluto.TVAs part of Verge Hack Week, we've invited great minds from around Vox Media to contribute their thoughts on the future of everything — from food to fashion to the written word. In this installment, we welcome Vox Media's director of user experience Ryan Gantz.


Apple’s two iPhone 6 models shown off in another possible Foxconn leak

Apple's two iPhone 6 models shown off in another possible Foxconn leakJust like last year's iPhone 5S and 5C, there have been numerous parts floating around that may or may not be (but probably are) the iPhone 6. The latest comes from French Apple blog iGen, which has posted shots of what appears to the two new iPhone 6 variations, right next to last year's iPhone 5S. It looks like the camera in both iPhone 6 models might jut out, similar to on Apple's iPod touch, instead of being flush like every other iPhone model so far.


The greatest film debate of our generation: 1993 or 1994?

The genius of Pluto.TVOne of The Verge's video producers, Nathan Cykiert, thinks 1994 was the best year in film, whereas reporter Arielle Duhaime-Ross is adamant that 1993 was the most epic year of all. It's a close call — one year had Mrs. Doubtfire and Jurassic Park, while the other featured The Lion King and Shawshank Redemption — but it's not so close that a web-wide poll can't settle the argument once and for all. John Williams redefined the musical score in Schindler’s List that year and Spielberg won his first Oscar for Best Director. Tom Hanks delivered what is arguably one of his most powerful performances in Philadelphia and Bruce Springsteen’s song for the movie still makes us cry.


Take that, Galaxy S5: iPhone survives being dropped while skydiving

Take that, Galaxy S5: iPhone survives being dropped while skydivingIn case you plan to go skydiving in your friends and for some reason you’ll want to pull out your iPhone after you have jumped off the plane, then you really need to know what happened to @lloyddobbler’s friend Patrick, who’s both a skydiver and an iPhone user. FROM EARLIER: How to revive your iPhone after dropping it into water Patrick had his iPhone in his hands before he opened the parachute only to drop it from what looks like quite a considerable altitude, and @lloyddobbler was lucky enough to capture one of the best photos ever – the moment his friend actually dropped the device. Even more interestingly, the handset, which did not have a protective case on top, survived


In the future, we’ll all be like my grandfather

In the future, we'll all be like my grandfatherAs part of Verge Hack Week, we've invited great minds from around Vox Media to contribute their thoughts on the future of everything — from food to fashion to the written word. What still stands out to me, though, is the degree to which he was blown away by how clear Arizona Wildcats basketball games were on my family’s relatively ordinary 32" CRT standard definition TV. I’m not here to eulogize Grandpa Ben, though.


Exclusive: Phone registry company Neustar weighs sale – sources

By Greg Roumeliotis, Nadia Damouni and Liana B. Baker NEW YORK (Reuters) - Neustar Inc, a company which helps North American telecommunication carriers route calls and text messages, is considering a potential sale amid interest from private equity firms, according to people familiar with the matter. No formal sale process is currently underway but Neustar is working with investment bank JPMorgan Chase & Co as it reviews possible options following a more than 40 percent drop in its share price year-to-date, the people said this week. Neustar shares were trading up 10 percent on the news at $31.5 in afternoon trading in New York. Much of Neustar's woes stem from a major government contract it stands to lose to Ericsson AB subsidiary Telcordia Technologies.

Oregon files lawsuit against Oracle Corp. over state’s troubled health exchange website

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon files lawsuit against Oracle Corp. over state's troubled health exchange website.

Time to Rethink Technology at Summer Camp?

Time to Rethink Technology at Summer Camp?Sitting with my wife by the lake in Northern Michigan at the beginning of the summer I listened as the director of our family camp, Camp Michigania, recited the rules for the week. "One final thing we ask everyone to abide by," he said to the assembled adults, "please keep your children from using any technology this week and try not to use...


Patrick Stewart does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge the right way

Patrick Stewart does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge the right wayWhen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge first started, the rules were simple: donate money toward fighting ALS or dump a bucket of ice on your head. It was meant as an incentive to be charitable — not, as it later evolved, to be both charitable and cold.


You can now buy the best flagship phone Samsung has ever made for just $79

You can now buy the best flagship phone Samsung has ever made for just $79Samsung’s Galaxy S5 might not be the most exciting smartphone the world has ever seen, but it’s still easily the best flagship phone Samsung has ever made. It has a gorgeous full HD display, a lightning-fast processor, a shockingly good camera and plenty more that make the Galaxy S5 one of the most capable handsets to date. Sales haven’t been terribly impressive and Samsung’s stock is down more than 12.5% over the past 3 months as a result, but that certainly doesn’t make the device any less appealing to smartphone buyers — and if you’re in the market for a new smartphone, now is the perfect time to consider the S5. Starting Friday, RadioShack is offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 for just $79 on


‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ review

'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' reviewWhen Sin City debuted in 2005, it hit like a sledgehammer. Frank Miller, a legend in the comics world, had teamed up with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino to produce a neo-noir fantasy world tailor-made for the 21st century. Rodriguez took Miller’s original graphic novel series and faithfully brought it to life on screen, using only black, white, and splashes of bright color as his palette. It may have lacked for substance, sure, but the movie — full of brutal anti-heroes and sexy femme fatales straight out of Mickey Spillane — dripped with a singularly bloodsoaked style that was hard to ignore.


Unlimited two-day shipping has made it hard to wait for anything

Unlimited two-day shipping has made it hard to wait for anythingA few years ago, I was “that guy” — the one searching for fillers to boost my online shopping cart to $25 so that I could have the lot of it shipped to my place gratis. It wasn’t glamorous, but it worked. At the time, it felt like moving entirely unrelated products from Points A, B, and C to my home (let’s call that Point Z) in 5 to 7 business days was acceptable. In fact, it was remarkable. I clicked a few buttons, went about my day, and stuff just showed up a week later in a box I could either re-use or recycle. It was the future. At some point, I was having a conversation with a dear


We Now Spend More Time on Apps Than PCs

We Now Spend More Time on Apps Than PCsOf all that time glued to smartphones and tablets, 7 out of 8 minutes are taken up by apps, as opposed to surfing the Web. It appears people are not getting tired of those apps, with the average smartphone user (out of the entire smartphone-using population) downloading about one app a month. MORE: 15 Best iPhone Apps You're Not Using


Just Touching a Laptop Can Reveal Secret Data

Just Touching a Laptop Can Reveal Secret DataIt's the most "current" news you'll read all day: The pattern of the electric currents that pass through your laptop computer can be used to determine your encryption keys, as a group of three Israeli researchers at Tel Aviv University have shown. By measuring the electric potential running through a laptop's casing, or through a cable attached to the machine, or even by measuring the electric potential of a human touching the casing, the researchers were able to extract two different types of encryption keys used in the open-source encryption hardware known as GnuPG. When the computer's owner accessed GnuPG software and entered the decryption key, the pattern of electrical potential that flows through the laptop's metal parts was enough to let the researchers determine 4096-bit RSA keys and 3072-bit ElGamal encryption keys.


‘The Simpsons’ jumped the shark in one of its best episodes

'The Simpsons' jumped the shark in one of its best episodesThe Simpsons jumped the shark in one of my favorite episodes. The term is named after the notorious episode of Happy Days in which Arthur Fonzarelli literally jumps a shark. In this episode, Fonzie is the coolest dude on the show — on television, really — and jumping a shark is actually a parody of coolness. By this logic, the moment The Simpsons jumps the shark should be a creative high point, an episode in which a main character becomes a caricature, that they untether themselves from the reality and logic established until that point.


New Samsung promo teases the one Galaxy Note 4 feature you’ll never see on any iPhone

New Samsung promo teases the one Galaxy Note 4 feature you’ll never see on any iPhoneSamsung is getting ready to announce the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA 2014 in Germany early next month, and the company on Friday released a teaser video that highlights one of the iconic features of the Galaxy Note series and its advantages – the S Pen stylus. FROM EARLIER: Samsung sees an ALS charity campaign as the perfect opportunity to troll Apple again Each Galaxy Note phablet model to date has come with its own built-in stylus, a characteristic not shared by any other Samsung flagship phone. The short 75-second teaser ad focuses on the Galaxy Note’s stylus as a device that offers a unique ability to take handwritten notes on your smartphone. “Handwriting is extremely important,” Samsung wrote on YouTube. “However,


Yet another hugely popular gaming franchise spurns the Wii U

Yet another hugely popular gaming franchise spurns the Wii UNintendo has always thrived on the strength of its first-party games, from Super Mario Bros. to the The Legend of Zelda, but a modern game console can’t survive without support from third-party developers. Worryingly, Nintendo doesn’t seem to be getting any this generation. Michael Condry, co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, revealed on Twitter this week that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will not be coming to the Wii U. Not this fall, not ever. It was apparently Activision’s decision to focus on the PS4, Xbox One and PC releases instead, so yet another major third-party franchise will be skipping Nintendo’s home console this year. Other third-party titles that we won’t be seeing on the Wii U: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity,


Yes, you can definitely find out what your friends are posting on Secret

Yes, you can definitely find out what your friends are posting on SecretThe attack is simple: researchers at Rhino Security created a network of dummy accounts and left the target's email as the only real name in their contact list. From afar, it looked like they had a big group of friends, so Secret let them use the app normally, but really it was one real person surrounded by dummies.


Samsung explains how hard it is to make an iPhone 6 ‘killer’

Samsung explains how hard it is to make an iPhone 6 ‘killer’Samsung has already announced one of its two iPhone 6 “killers,” the Galaxy Alpha that’s supposed to compete against the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and the company’s marketing department is already hard at work trying to explain how awesome the somewhat metallic design of the Galaxy Alpha is. At the same time, Samsung also seems to reveal how incredibly hard it is to create a high-quality device. FROM EARLIER: This is what the iPhone 6 might look like compared to Samsung’s iPhone 6 ‘killer’ “Here is something you already know, the Galaxy Alpha features a metal frame with curved corner,” Samsung starts its essay on the Galaxy Alpha’s build quality. “The Galaxy Alpha has redefined Samsung’s design aesthetics in many ways; and


Some Chinese movie theaters are covering their screens in text messages

Some Chinese movie theaters are covering their screens in text messagesMaking comments during a movie usually earns you the scorn of the audience, unless, of course, you're in a more social environment, trying to shout out zingers at the screen with friends. Companies have been trying to recreate that social experience in theaters for several years now, and apparently one social screen is seeing some success in China. According to The New York Times, theaters have been filling seats by running special screenings on what are known as "bullet screens" — screens that will display streams of text messages sent in by the audience.


GM opens IT center in Phoenix, Arizona

File photo of General Motors logo outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit(Reuters) - General Motors Co said it opened a fourth IT center in the United States in Phoenix, Arizona as it aims to improve performance and cut operational costs. The automaker said it expects to hire 1,000 employees at the center over the next five years. It already has about 500 employees at the site. GM's three other IT centers are in Warren, Michigan, in Austin, Texas and in Roswell, Georgia. (Reporting by Sagarika Jaisinghani in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D'Souza)


CounterSpy review: Your mission, should you choose to accept it

CounterSpy review: Your mission, should you choose to accept itI’ve never been particularly good at stealth games. Either I don’t have the patience or I’m just not savvy enough to pick up on important cues from the bad guys, but my experiences have been repeatedly soured by my lack of skill. Fortunately, CounterSpy is a very different kind of stealth game, but all of the best aspects from the genre have been carried over. It’s a thoughtful, fast-paced game with impeccable style and enough collectables to keep you coming back for more even after you’ve saved the world once or twice. CounterSpy caught me off guard (if you’ll excuse the pun). I was expecting a 4-6 hour side-scroller with a clear-cut beginning and end, but what I got instead was a 2-hour-long


Digital credit card replacement Coin is almost ready to swipe

Digital credit card replacement Coin is almost ready to swipeTo improve Coin's two-year battery life, the device's magnetic strip now only turns on at the millisecond it's being swiped. The device was set to ship this summer, but as of today, Coin only works at 85 percent of credit card terminals. As of today, Coin only works at 85 percent of credit card terminals The opt-in "Coin Beta" program has an interesting wrinkle, however.


Most People Can’t Be Bothered to Download Apps

Most People Can't Be Bothered to Download AppsIt's largely thanks to social networking platforms, mobile games, and radio apps, which in total account for nearly half of all app activity: comScore In addition, the biggest brands—Facebook, Google, Apple, Yahoo, Amazon, and eBay—make up for nine of the top 10 most used apps.


That time Bane crashed a wedding in Pittsburgh

That time Bane crashed a wedding in PittsburghAnd oldie but a goodie that resurfaced this week. The scene is Pittsburgh, 2011, and the happily married couple had just exited the Heinz chapel and headed outside for some photos to capture their magic moment. Suddenly shots rang out. Explosions shattered the quiet morning. Bane crashed their wedding. He waved to the lonely bridesmaids. "You can watch me torture an entire city," he may have told the groom. "And when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, you have my permission to kiss the bride."


These are the 23 most viral cats of all time

Will owning a FitBit finally make me cool?Carl Franzen: cat lover since 1987, human cat companion since 2012 (it would have been sooner, but his dad was "allergic").


Google wins victory in row with German publishers

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, CaliforniaA German regulator handed Google Inc a victory on Friday as it said it would not pursue a complaint brought against the internet search engine operator by a group of publishers for giving users access to their news articles. Several publishers including Axel Springer SE and Burda had banded together in a group called VG Media to demand Google pay them for making their online articles available to the public. The complaint from VG Media did not establish this," Andreas Mundt, president of Germany's Federal Cartel Office, said in a statement on Friday. Under German legislation that came into effect just over a year ago, publishers can prohibit search engines and similar services from using their news articles beyond very short excerpts.


Will owning a FitBit finally make me cool?

Will owning a FitBit finally make me cool?In the early 1990s, the power of the slap bracelet was unquestioned. You see, I do not have a FitBit. In the early 1990s, the power of the slap bracelet was unquestioned The FitBit seemed to be built around encouraging the sedentary to start moving, or the already-exercise-obsessed to proclaim to the world how impressive they are.


An Apple carrier partner just confirmed the iPhone 6

An Apple carrier partner just confirmed the iPhone 6Just about everyone who cares at all about smartphones knows that Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 is just weeks away from being announced during a huge press conference on September 9th. Even still, Apple generally likes to be the first company to announce its new devices and make them official before its carrier partners and distributors start sharing their plans for new iPhones. At least one wireless carrier didn’t get that memo, however, as China Telecom has apparently just confirmed the iPhone 6 publicly and shared a few details about the device. FROM EARLIER: Huge leak shows the 5.5-inch iPhone’s rear shell side-by-side with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 Apple’s various carrier and retail partners tend to walk on eggshells in an effort to keep


Check out the first generation of your favorite websites

Check out the first generation of your favorite websitesWelcome to the first annual Verge Hack Week. We’re totally blowing up our site: we’ve given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. Learn more.


Pandora is better than most tech companies at hiring women

Pandora is better than most tech companies at hiring womenPandora joined the growing list of tech companies releasing figures on employee diversity this week, and it's one of the few companies that's actually looking kind of good in some ways. Overall, the company has a very nearly even split of male and female employees (50.8 percent men to 49.2 percent women), whereas other companies have employed far more men — the ratio at both Apple and Twitter is 70/30. There, women only account for 17.9 percent of the roles, which is about as bad as everyone else. Leadership roles are better, but still predominantly male, with women only holding 38.8 percent of the roles.


Microsoft hints at 24-hour game trials on Xbox One

Microsoft hints at 24-hour game trials on Xbox OneXbox One owners may soon be able to try out games for an entire day. A Redditor taking part in Microsoft's preview program has posted an image revealing the so-far unannounced "Free Play Day with Gold" feature. As with most good things on Microsoft's console, the name suggests you'll need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access 24-hour demos. Microsoft hasn't yet officially announced Free Play Day with Gold — even for those in the preview program — but the official Xbox support Twitter account seemed to confirm its existence on Wednesday.


This Guy Should Be On Fire

Proof That Hollywood Doesn't Understand TextingBaby, you're a firework -- literally.Or, at least inventor Colin Furze is. In this video, Furze dons a self-made steel suit and steps safely inside a fireworks display.Furze creates the suit using a process called hydroforming, in which high-pressure water bends metal into new shapes. He demonstrates the technique in this video, but it looks...


8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can now download for free (a huge $41 value!)

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can now download for free (a huge $41 value!)We always do our best to share solid paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free for a limited time, but today we might have outdone ourselves. With the weekend finally almost here, BGR has another reason for you to celebrate: a list of eight iOS apps worth ore than $40 combined that can all be downloaded for free right now if you move quickly. 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 tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee


It’s all in the details: these miniatures changed movies

It's all in the details: these miniatures changed moviesPerhaps it’s having grown up in the ’80s and a hearty dose of nostalgia in the face of overwrought visual effects in modern movies, but there’s something indescribably powerful about the special effects in films like Blade Runner, Alien, and Dark City. It was an era before CG took over, a time when nearly a century of practical special effects culminated in whole armies of craft workers and artists that knew how to bring the audience to another world or dimension. Visual effects masters like Douglas Trumbull, the mind behind the visual effects in Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Blade Runner pushed the limits of filmmaking in the blockbuster era and beyond. In a welcome change from the prequels — and trends in big-budget Hollywood effects — Looper director Rian Johnson recently told The Hollywood Reporter that the new Star Wars films would return to some of the practical effects that the originals used so effectively to help you suspend disbelief.


The best vines from space (so far)

Will owning a FitBit finally make me cool?Unlock that lock that stops you from leaning back in your chair, put on either that song from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure or "Powerhouse" (trust me, you know it), and watch these cube satellites get ejected from the International Space Station over and over. I would pay good money for a series of time-lapses like these that showed the ISS bustling along like a factory from the turn of last century. This vine is absolute confirmation that no matter how many hours I would have spent training in the Air Force or studying for high-level degrees, the first thing I'd do after getting on-board the ISS would be to find this clone of the training droid from A New Hope, put on a helmet — with the blast shield down — and start swinging at it with a broom handle (actually I doubt they have brooms on the ISS, so maybe a flashlight? There's a 100 percent chance that, were any of us to get the chance to float around the ISS, we would be tempted to play with this experiment that the astronauts use to study combustion in a zero gravity environment.


The Verge reviews ‘The Simpsons’ seasons one and two

The Verge reviews 'The Simpsons' seasons one and twoEvery Simpsons episode ever, as reviewed by you This is a review of every Simpsons episode for the first 25 seasons — that's 552 episodes in all! We've asked The Verge community to sign up to review up to four episodes of the show each during FXX's 12-day marathon. Having worked out its kinks on The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons arrived fully realized in its solo debut. The only scripted TV show that came before the modern internet and is still running today, The Simpsons opened its second episode with two proto-memes.


Incredible easter egg reveals Steve Jobs’s most amazing speech hidden in your Mac

Incredible easter egg reveals Steve Jobs’s most amazing speech hidden in your MacLate Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was a man of many talents, and among them was his uncanny ability to motivate people. Privately, numerous accounts suggest much of his motivating was brought about by striking fear into employees. Publicly, however, Jobs was an amazing speaker and he proved it time and time again during Apple keynotes and other events. But Jobs’s most amazing speech was likely the commencement speech he gave in 2005 at Stanford University — and as it turns out, an awesome easter egg hides that very speech in your Mac. As noted by OS X Daily earlier this week, Apple has hidden an awesome easter egg in Mac computers and it takes just a few seconds to uncover. Simply press Command +


George Lucas blew up the galaxy, but I still remember it

These are the 23 most viral cats of all timeI'm not sure why George Lucas hates his own creations. Lucas added aliens to Indiana Jones. He shoehorned CGI monsters into every Star Wars scene, he made Greedo shoot first, and he invented Jar Jar Binks. For George Lucas would stop at nothing short of blowing up the universe.


Screw perfection: the new normal on social media is just normal

Screw perfection: the new normal on social media is just normalAs part of Verge Hack Week, we've invited great minds from around Vox Media to contribute their thoughts on the future of everything — from food to fashion to the written word. Aesthetically driven, the fashion, beauty, and health industries have glommed on to Instagram and other visual-sharing platforms, with users uploading streams of inspirational, FOMO-inducing photos.


Samsung couldn’t resist turning the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge into an ad

Samsung couldn't resist turning the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge into an adSome unscrupulous marketer was always going to try and capitalize on the global popularity of the Ice Bucket Challenge — whose goal is to raise money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — as a cheap ploy to sell you more stuff. In this case, it's Samsung, whose Galaxy S5 shows off its water-resistant design by taking a cold shower and calling out the iPhone 5S, HTC's One M8, and the Lumia 930 to try and do the same. Oddly enough, the waterproof Xperia Z2 doesn't seem to make Samsung's list.


New trailers: ‘Outcast,’ ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,’ ‘On The Run,’ and ‘Memphis’

New trailers: 'Outcast,' 'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,' 'On The Run,' and 'Memphis'The new Sin City hits theaters today and Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem debuted on-demand a few days ago, so you should have plenty to watch going into the weekend. I could not have less of an idea as to what's happening in this trailer, but there’s really only one thing that you need to know: it inexplicably stars Nicolas Cage as a guy named "The White Ghost." So yeah. This definitely doesn’t look like the Studio Ghibli films that you’re used to, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t look just as gorgeous. Memphis doesn’t look or sound like an easy film, dreamily sketching out the life of a singer (played by Willis Earl Beal) as he drifts around town.


Are video game art galleries art?

Are video game art galleries art?When you're done pondering, writing furious essays about, and ultimately denouncing this question, you might want to check out Gallery404, an oddly compelling vast white space where you can run around under Louise Bourgeois' 30-foot metal spider, turn Andy Warhol's Brillo boxes into a jump puzzle, clip through Constantin Brâncuși's Endless Column, and ultimately back out of the gallery until it disappears into mist and leaves you stuck in an entirely featureless void. You know, sort of like the MoMA.


HTC’s hot Nexus 9 tablet might launch sooner than you think

HTC’s hot Nexus 9 tablet might launch sooner than you thinkGoogle is expected to unveil two Nexus devices this year – at least according to some recent reports – including the HTC Nexus 9 tablet and the Motorola Nexus 6 smartphone. The Nexus 9 has been found listed in code as the “HTC T1″ according to some leaks and it may launch a lot sooner than people expect, @upleaks says. FROM EARLIER: The Nexus 9’s beastly 64-bit processor may have just been unveiled “HTC T1 will be released before Oct. 9,” the Chinese leaker tweeted, without revealing any other details about it. The same source has, however, shared Nexus 9 specs and features in past leaks, revealing that the HTC tablet is also known as the HTC T1 internally. Assuming the tablet will launch on


Inside The Onion’s ridiculous Photoshop team

Inside The Onion's ridiculous Photoshop teamDan Nosowitz profiles the art department of The Onion for Co.Design, which manages to pump out hundreds of absolutely perfect images per year to match its side-splitting satirical news articles. Even more amazing, they do it with just three people.


This is the Moto X+1

This is the Moto X+1Motorola is reportedly going to launch up to eight devices this year, including the company’s upcoming flagship that will be known as the Moto X+1. While we’ve seen plenty of purported leaked pics of the X+1 in the past, the best Moto X+1 leak came on Thursday from @evleaks, who posted it as a retirement gift from his leaking career. FROM EARLIER: The Nexus 6 might be one of eight hot new phones Motorola launches this fall The image, available below, shows what look like press renders of the Verizon-branded Moto X+1. From the looks of it, the top phone will be available in a variety of options including plastic and wood when it comes to rear shell options. The phone will also


Apple is going to extreme lengths to make sure your iPhone 6 is just perfect

Apple is going to extreme lengths to make sure your iPhone 6 is just perfectHow much does Apple want to make sure the iPhone 6 is the best it can be? So much that it’s willing to make a last minute change just weeks before its launch that has apparently left its supply chain partners “scrambling.” According to a new report from Reuters, Apple this month sent a key iPhone 6 component “back to the drawing board” for a redesign after the company found that it didn’t make the device’s display bright enough to meet its exacting standards. “Two supply chain sources said display panel production suffered a setback after the backlight that helps illuminate the screen had to be revised, putting screen assembly on hold for part of June and July,” Reuters explains.


IBM to help China’s Inspur to design servers

A man passes by an illuminated IBM logo at the CeBIT computer fair in HanoverBy Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - IBM will help China's largest server vendor Inspur International design server systems, the two companies said on Friday, an unexpected development in what has been a politically charged rivalry in the Chinese technology market. Since last year Inspur has aggressively marketed its servers to Chinese state-owned firms as a replacement for IBM (International Business Machines Corp) systems while U.S.-China relations have worsened dramatically over mutual suspicions of cyber-spying. Inspur shares soared in late May after it told Chinese news outlets that its servers had begun to replace the U.S. The Chinese firm has coined the term "I2I" - IBM to Inspur - as a marketing catchphrase.


Women venture capitalists underperform men, say Harvard academics

kit-RebeccaLynnBy Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Women venture capitalists underperform their male counterparts by some 15 percent, according to a new Harvard University study, but the performance differences have narrowed over time and in firms that employ more than a single female venture partner. “We find that female venture capitalists significantly underperform their male colleagues,” wrote Paul Gompers, Vladimir Mukharlyamov and Yuhai Xuan of Harvard and Emily Weisburt of the University of Texas at Austin in their study, “Gender Effects in Venture Capital.” They blamed the performance difference in part on a lack of mentoring by male colleagues.


iPhone 6 Screen Snafu May Limit Availability

iPhone 6 Screen Snafu May Limit AvailabilityIf you're thinking of picking up a shiny new iPhone 6 on launch day, you may have to reset your expectations. According to a new report, Apple's suppliers are having trouble producing enough screens for at least one of the two expected devices, which could seriously limit availability. Based on what two supply chain sources told Reuters, Apple wanted to initially use only one layer of backlight film on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in order to make it as thin as possible.


Research reveals there are almost 19,000 different kinds of Android devices in use

Research reveals there are almost 19,000 different kinds of Android devices in useNo wonder you may be having trouble buying the right Android smartphone and/or tablet for you, as there are simply so many devices to choose from. OpenSignal has released its “Android Fragmentation Visualized” report for August 2014, revealing there are 18,796 distinct Android devices this year, a significant increase from last August, when 11,868 devices were registered. FROM EARLIER: Here’s how to make sure you get Android L before everyone else The company says that of all those devices, 43% are made by Samsung. What’s more, just 20.9% of current Android users are on KitKat – something Google revealed in its own report for early August. “Fragmentation” is probably one of the most hated words in the Android ecosystem, right next to “Apple”


How does the iPhone hold up against a serious camera?

How does the iPhone hold up against a serious camera?Welcome to the first annual Verge Hack Week. We're totally blowing up our site: we've given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. Learn more.


The app has overtaken the internet

The app has overtaken the internetConsumers now spend more time consuming digital content via smartphone and tablet apps than they do via surfing the web -- either on a handset or on the desktop. The average US smartphone user now spends 88 percent of his or her time when using a handset within an app and just 12 percent using the web browser. ComScore's latest report into US mobile app use also reveals that 60 percent of all media consumption is mobile -- 52 percent via apps and 8 percent via the browser -- with desktops making up the remaining 40 percent. Over half of all US consumers access their smartphone's apps every single day of the month, and, while more than one third of all smartphone owners download at least one new app a month, 42 percent of all app time spent is within that person's favorite app.


Microsoft’s plan to rescue Windows RT: Give everyone more Metro

Microsoft’s plan to rescue Windows RT: Give everyone more MetroMicrosoft is getting ready to unveil the Windows 9 preview, but that’s not the only Windows product the company is working on. Myce has learned from a source that Windows RT is also being tweaked, as Microsoft is not ready to give it up just yet, and it could get a significant update. FROM EARLIER: Good riddance to Windows 8: Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 next month Apparently, Microsoft wants to remove desktop functionality from Windows RT, and instead offer users only access to a Metro-based Windows experience where they can access apps only from the Windows Store. In such a case, Windows RT will offer a tablet-specific user experience that’s closer to Windows Phone than usual Windows, something Microsoft


Computers reshaping global job market, for better and worse: paper

People use computers at a job fair in Detroit(Reuters) - Automation and increasingly sophisticated computers have boosted demand for both highly educated and low-skilled workers around the globe, while eroding demand for middle-skilled jobs, according to research to be presented to global central bankers on Friday. "(W)hile computerization has strongly contributed to employment polarization, we would not generally expect these employment changes to culminate in wage polarization except in tight labor markets," Autor wrote. Any long-term strategy to take advantage of advances in computers should rely heavily on investments in human capital to produce "skills that are complemented rather than substituted by technology," he said. Recounting the long history of laborers vilifying technological advances, Autor argues that most such narratives underestimate the fact that computers often complement rather than replace the jobs of higher-skilled workers.


China regulators says Qualcomm seeks to end anti-trust probe

File photo of visitors walking past the Qualcomm stand at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaThe National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), in a statement on its website, said its officials had met on Thursday with a delegation from Qualcomm which included company President Derek Aberle. "Qualcomm executives discussed with NDRC officials several topics in an effort to reach a comprehensive resolution," the company said in an e-mailed statement. "We are continuing to cooperate with NDRC and cannot comment further." The NDRC gave no further details.


Philippines makes arrests in online extortion ring

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate accused of blackmailing more than 1,000 Hong Kong and Singapore residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcam, an official said Friday.

Aiming virtual guns becomes a lot more fun with the Oculus Rift

Aiming virtual guns becomes a lot more fun with the Oculus RiftJust watch New Zealander Goldfish's face as he plays Half-Life 2 using the Oculus Rift headset and Razer's Hydra motion controller to see how exciting the dawn of virtual reality gaming is going to be. Like most of the gamesplaying public, the YouTuber will be intimately familiar with the critically-adored FPS, but the simple act of moving and shooting in the modded version of the game makes him grin uncontrollably. ...


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