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Tests claim HTC One M9’s camera is worse than three-year-old iPhone 4S, Galaxy S III

The HTC One M9 is already looking like a disaster for HTC, which was seemingly caught off guard by all the major improvements that Samsung made with its Galaxy S6 line of smartphones. One of the biggest disappointments with the One M9 has been its camera, which reviewers have claimed is still miles behind flagship devices such as the iPhone 6, the Galaxy S6 and the LG G4. However, Forbes points us to a new study from the imaging experts at DxOMark showing that the One M9’s camera doesn’t even match the cameras of flagship phones released more than three years ago. RELATED: One M9 seemingly no match for Galaxy S6 as HTC sales plummet in April While DxOMark had some nice

FBI: Surveillance tools in jeopardy amid Patriot Act debate

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo of FBI director James Comey speaks at FBI headquarters in Washington. As Congress debates whether to renew a program that collects and stores American phone records, federal law enforcement officials are trying to focus public attention on the jeopardy to lesser-known surveillance tools that they consider more valuable in fighting terrorism. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress wrestles over renewing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, federal law enforcement officials are warning that legal authority is also at risk for lesser-known surveillance tools that are even more valuable in fighting terrorism.


Wearable fitness tracker maker Fitbit sued by rival Jawbone

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Wearable fitness tracking device maker Fitbit Inc is being accused by rival Jawbone of attempting to steal core confidential data about Jawbone's business, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges Fitbit engaged in a clandestine effort to steal talent, trade secrets and intellectual property. A number of recently departed employees used USB thumb drives and other tactics to take information about Jawbone's supply chain, gross margins, product lineup and market predictions, the lawsuit said. ...

Wearable fitness tracker maker Fitbit sued by rival Jawbone

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Wearable fitness tracking device maker Fitbit Inc is being accused by rival Jawbone of attempting to steal core confidential data about Jawbone's business, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges Fitbit engaged in a clandestine effort to steal talent, trade secrets and intellectual property. A number of recently departed employees used USB thumb drives and other tactics to take information about Jawbone's supply chain, gross margins, product lineup and market predictions, the lawsuit said. ...

It will soon be impossible for BlackBerry to lose more market share

BlackBerry CEO John Chen recently offered some very good reasons for BlackBerry to keep making new phones, although he acknowledged at this point that he’s making them for a tiny audience. How tiny are we talking about? The latest numbers from Gartner show that BlackBerry is somehow still losing market share in the smartphone wars despite the fact that its overall share of the market has been well below 1% for the past year. RELATED: Why the BlackBerry Storm was the single biggest disaster in smartphone history Nonetheless, Gartner said BlackBerry phones accounted for 0.4% of all smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2015, down from a share of 0.6% in Q1 2014. But wait, it gets worse: BlackBerry’s overall device sales also sank

A complete Oculus Rift setup won’t cost more than $1,500

A complete Oculus Rift setup won't cost more than $1,500This month, Oculus gave its Rift virtual-reality headset an approximate ship date: early next year. Today at the Code Conference, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe put a concrete number on a complete setup for the Rift: $1,500, which would include both the headset itself and the PC needed to run it. Oculus released its preferred specifications for a PC that works with Oculus earlier this month, and we priced it out at around $1,000.


Verge ESP: Talking to Halt and Catch Fire creators Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers

Verge ESP: Talking to Halt and Catch Fire creators Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. RogersHello, friends, and welcome to a brand new podcast experience here on The Verge. Every other week Verge science editor Liz Lopatto and I will dig into entertainment, science, and the always fascinating intersection between the two. Think of it as a chill, unpredictable, totally unaccredited online Academy of Arts and Sciences (yeah, we tried to call it that, but it didn't get by legal) — this week we talk about the unhinged beauty of Mad Max: Fury Road; the consequences of our very real, very present day dependence on oil; and drinking beer with brain-controlled prosthetics.


Meet the parasite that can burrow its way into the human eye

Meet the parasite that can burrow its way into the human eyeA 19-year-old college student in England contracted a microscopic parasite called Acanthamoeba that started eating her left eye. The other scary part: how she got it.


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Nebraska abolishes the death penalty

Nebraska abolishes the death penaltyNebraska just became the latest US state to abolish the death penalty. State lawmakers today defeated a veto from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, joining Washington, D.C. and 18 states where capital punishment is already banned. A 30-19 veto override that ends the death penalty in Nebraska.


Brilliant new Google search feature answers your questions before you’re done typing them

Google is rolling out an exciting new update to its searches that will answer your questions before you’re even done typing them. The answer will appear listed directly in the autocomplete dropdown options just like search suggestions do, The Next Web reports. That way, the user doesn’t actually need to finish the sentence, or even wait for regular search results to appear. DON’T MISS: SanDisk has lightning-fast SSD drives that are as cheap as regular hard drives For the time being, the feature only works with queries that have short answers, mostly related to dates, but it might further be expanded in the future. The feature might be even more useful on mobile devices, saving the user time by delivering answers even faster than before.

Software glitch can cause iPhones to crash

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, a customer looks at the screen size on the new iPhone 6 Plus while waiting in line to upgrade his iPhone at a Verizon Wireless store in Flowood, Miss. A newly-discovered glitch in Apple's software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)A newly-discovered glitch in Apple's software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message.


TiVo tries again with $399 all-inclusive pricing on Roamio OTA DVR

TiVo tries again with $399 all-inclusive pricing on Roamio OTA DVRTiVo is again offering reduced pricing on its Roamio OTA but it's uncertain how long the $399 price will last.


Jawbone sues Fitbit and ex-employees for stealing its biggest secrets

Jawbone sues Fitbit and ex-employees for stealing its biggest secretsJawbone is taking rival fitness accessory manufacturer Fitbit to court, accusing the company of "systematically plundering Jawbone employees" and making off with Jawbone's own "critical trade secrets and intellectual property." The full complaint, filed with San Francisco's Superior Court, attempts to paint Fitbit as a company that, even as it heads for an IPO on Wall Street, lacks any real direction or forward roadmap. Jawbone says that Fitbit's recruiters have relentlessly tried to poach its workers to help keep the business on track. This year alone, Fitbit is accused of contacting 30 percent of Jawbone's workforce.


Video suggests ‘Shawshank Redemption’ would make a sweet 8-bit video game

Video suggests 'Shawshank Redemption' would make a sweet 8-bit video gameWhoever thought that escaping the Shawshank State Penitentiary could make a fun video game? CineFix, that's who.


Turn old iPhones into useful home security devices with Presence

A new project on Indiegogo aims to improve home security by turning old iPhones and Android devices into security cameras and adding extra home sensors that can monitor certain activities. DON’T MISS: Watch a crazy iOS bug cause iPhones to crash just by receiving a text message Presence Security, available for preorder starting at $179 on Indiegogo, comes with a variety of wireless sensors that can be managed directly from a mobile app, including two entry sensors, a motion sensor, a gateway sensor and a window sticker sensor. The number of sensors can be further increased by selecting a more expensive package that can include water, touch and temperature sensors, and extra sensors should be added to Presence systems in

Microsoft’s Office Lens document-scanning app is now on Google Play

Microsoft’s Office Lens document-scanning app is now on Google PlayOffice Lens — a portable scanner for mobile devices and one of Microsoft's most impressive Office apps — is now out of preview and available on the Google Play Store. The app lets users take a photo of "any rectangular media," and then converts it into an easily shareable, searchable document, in Word, PowerPoint, or PDF — similar to what other scanning apps already offer, although Microsoft includes tighter integration with Office, and is making the app available for free. Office Lens previously launched on iPhone last month, along with the preview version for Android, and today Microsoft is releasing the final version.


Mary Meeker’s Internet report: User growth slowing, but disruption full speed ahead

Mary Meeker's Internet report: User growth slowing, but disruption full speed aheadLeading technology analyst Mary Meeker takes her 20th look into the state of the Internet.


Why the iPhone is more important to Google than Android

Though Google these days has its hand in everything, from robotics to advanced AI, the company’s billions by and large continue to come exclusively from advertising. More to the point, 90% of the $66 billion Google generated in revenue in 2014 came directly from advertising-related ventures Not surprisingly, an increasingly important part of Google’s advertising machine is mobile search. In 2014 alone, 18% of Google’s ad revenue, or about $11.8 billion, came from searches done on mobile devices. DON’T MISS: SanDisk has lightning-fast SSD drives that are as cheap as regular hard drives What’s interesting, though, is that the iPhone is responsible for 75% of Google’s mobile-based revenue, leaving Android with a surprisingly low and disproportionate 25% share. This is especially jarring given

Chevy bets big with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in 2016 line-up

Chevy bets big with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in 2016 line-upAt a press preview event in San Francisco, Chevrolet demonstrated both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and promised implementations in 10 of its models.


CA Technologies buying Rally Software for $480 million

CA Technologies buying Rally Software for $480 millionIt's a busy day in the tech world when it comes to M&A chatter.


Avago nears deal for fellow chipmaker Broadcom: sources

Broadcom's Asia operations headquarters office is seen at an industrial park in SingaporeAvago Technologies Ltd is close to an agreement to acquire fellow chipmaker Broadcom Corp, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, in a deal that could boost Avago's clientele of top-tier smartphone companies. A deal between Avago and Broadcom could come as early as this week, the people said, cautioning that the negotiations had not yet been finalised. Shares of Broadcom soared almost 20 percent to $56.40 whilst Avago's rose 9 percent to $143.29 on Wednesday afternoon after the Wall Street Journal first reported on the news.


Avago nears deal for fellow chipmaker Broadcom: sources

Broadcom's Asia operations headquarters office is seen at an industrial park in SingaporeAvago Technologies Ltd is close to an agreement to acquire fellow chipmaker Broadcom Corp, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, in a deal that could boost Avago's clientele of top-tier smartphone companies. A deal between Avago and Broadcom could come as early as this week, the people said, cautioning that the negotiations had not yet been finalized. Shares of Broadcom soared almost 20 percent to $56.40 while Avago's rose 9 percent to $143.29 on Wednesday afternoon after the Wall Street Journal first reported on the news.


Google releases short from Fast & Furious director Justin Lin

Google releases short from Fast & Furious director Justin LinGoogle is beginning to widely release its Spotlight Stories, a series of short films and animations created specifically for smartphones that it's been producing over the past year or so. The Spotlight Stories app currently includes four shorts, typically presented as a narrative that viewers can look around in 360 degrees. Until now, these movies have only been available on some Motorola devices — a holdover from when Motorola owned the experimental lab that these films are coming out of — but the release of this app signals Google's intention to open them up across Android.


Broadcom call buying surges on report of deal with Avago

By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) - News that chipmaker Broadcom Corp is in talks to be bought by Avago Technologies Ltd spurred a flurry of trades in Broadcom's short-term calls, and timely buyers of the options could reap huge gains. Broadcom shares rallied 18 percent to $55.35 and Avago rose more than 8 percent to $141.40 on Wednesday, after the Wall Street Journal reported that the two companies are in talks for a potential deal. Activity in both chipmakers' options jumped to several times the normal level, with calls betting that the stocks would rise accounting for the bulk of the trades.

AP sources: IRS believes identity thieves from Russia

FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS. The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials tell The Associated Press that the IRS believes the identity thieves who stole personal tax information from an agency website are from Russia.


Finally: Annoying Yosemite Wi-Fi bug is squashed

Many Mac users have complained about Wi-Fi issues since installing OS X Yosemite last fall, and Apple issued fixes in maintenance updates supposed to patch the wireless connectivity problems. In spite of those fixes, the problem persisted even after it became increasingly clear what Yosemite component was causing connection drops, and Apple did not publicly address the matter. However, Apple seems to be aware of the problem, and has finally fixed it in its newest Yosemite beta. DON’T MISS: SanDisk has lightning-fast SSD drives that are as cheap as regular hard drives Released on Tuesday, OS X 10.10.4 beta has dropped the discoveryd program that handles wireless connectivity on a Mac, 9to5Mac reports, replacing it with the older system called mDNSResponder.

Need a simple, instant warrant canary? Now there’s an app for that

Need a simple, instant warrant canary? Now there's an app for thatThe best way to speak out when the government gags you is before it comes knocking on your door.


Palo Alto Networks acquires cybersecurity company CirroSecure

Palo Alto Networks acquires cybersecurity company CirroSecurePalo Alto Networks also published third quarter financial results after the bell on Wednesday.


Android tips: How to use an important security feature you probably don’t know about

If your Android phone’s performance has gotten noticeably worse, it might be because it’s being plagued by a malicious app you’ve unwittingly installed. As GreenBot informs us, there’s actually a very good way to tell whether a third-party app is negatively affecting your phone’s performance by enabling a feature called Safe Mode. RELATED: Wiping your Android phone doesn’t really erase your data – here’s what you need to do All longtime PC users are likely familiar with Safe Mode, which has been a staple of PC troubleshooting for years. Safe Mode for Android works much the same way, in that it allows you to boot up your phone with a minimal amount of apps running. Enabling this feature is incredibly simple:

Ellen Pao says diversity will improve in Silicon Valley when more people tell their stories

Ellen Pao says diversity will improve in Silicon Valley when more people tell their storiesThis year, former venture capitalist Ellen Pao captivated Silicon Valley by suing her former firm, Kleiner Perkins, alleging gender discrimination. Pao lost the case, and hasn't yet said whether she would appeal. In some of her first extended comments since the trial, Pao appeared at the Code Conference today calling on other people who have experienced discrimination to share their own stories — and said doing so may help improve diversity in Silicon Valley as much as anything.


iPhone now ‘a pocket watch,’ says Apple Watch honcho

iPhone now 'a pocket watch,' says Apple Watch honchoJeff Williams says the Apple Watch could become Apple's single most important product.


Proactive for iOS 9: Apple’s challenge to Google Now

Proactive for iOS 9: Apple's challenge to Google NowSiri and iOS haven't yet been able to contend with the full range of contextual notifications Google Now provides. That's likely to change in a way that protects user privacy.


How Google and Android benefited from Microsoft and BlackBerry’s blindness

If there’s one advantage Apple didn’t have when it released the iPhone, it was a head start. Years before the idea for the iPhone even crossed Steve Jobs’ mind, BlackBerry devices were absolutely killing it in the marketplace. Even Microsoft, which tends to get laughed at for missing important trends in the tech space, had been working on various Windows Mobile devices going all the way back to 2000. DON’T MISS: Watch a crazy iOS bug cause iPhones to crash just by receiving a text message While it’s easy and perhaps simple to attribute BlackBerry’s demise and Microsoft’s string of failures in the mobile space to the fact that neither company came up with the idea for an iPhone-like device themselves, that

The Game of Game of Thrones: who will win season five?

The Game of Game of Thrones: who will win season five?Tracking the wins and losses of Game of Thrones with the Verge staff's high fantasy league


FCC looks to crack down on robocalls, robotexts

The top U.S. telecommunications regulator wants to make it harder for telemarketers and other businesses to place unwanted robocalls and text messages under changes to autodialing rules proposed on Wednesday. The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on June 18 on the proposal, which would give legal cover to telephone companies to offer consumers technologies that would block robocalls, regardless of where they originate. "The FCC wants to make it clear: Telephone companies can – and in fact should – offer consumers robocall-blocking tools," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a blog post.

FCC looks to crack down on robocalls, robotexts

The top U.S. telecommunications regulator wants to make it harder for telemarketers and other businesses to place unwanted robocalls and text messages under changes to autodialing rules proposed on Wednesday. The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on June 18 on the proposal, which would give legal cover to telephone companies to offer consumers technologies that would block robocalls, regardless of where they originate. "The FCC wants to make it clear: Telephone companies can – and in fact should – offer consumers robocall-blocking tools," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a blog post.

As TV goes online, Suddenlink latest to hook up with Hulu

NEW YORK (AP) — TV watchers are going online, and cable companies are following them there.

Crazy Video: This LEGO first person shooter video game is incredible

While LEGO themed video games already exist, they’re not really teeming with violence and action. But don’t fret, AndrewmFilms recently put together an incredible video depicting what a LEGO first person shooter would look like. The entire video is incredibly well done and should satisfy the itch for anyone longing to see what BioShock would look like with LEGO characters. DON’T MISS: SanDisk has lightning-fast SSD drives that are as cheap as regular hard drives According to the video’s YouTube page, the entire 2-minute video was put together over the course of a three month period. Overall, a very impressive job. Incidentally, AndrewmFilms’ YouTube page is chock full of interesting video game themed clips that are worth exploring if you’re looking

Judge reportedly orders Yahoo email snooping suit to move forward

Judge reportedly orders Yahoo email snooping suit to move forwardThe tech giant is accused of scanning user's emails for keywords and attachments for its "targeted advertising," according to Reuters.


Apple keynote set for 10am on June 8 at WWDC

Apple keynote set for 10am on June 8 at WWDCNot one to break tradition, Apple confirmed it will hold a two-hour keynote to kick off its yearly developer event. Software is the focus but a few hardware surprises could arrive.


Apple to issue emergency software fix for major iPhone-crashing bug

In case you haven’t already heard, a pesky iOS bug unearthed earlier this week has been causing iPhones to crash and reboot when a precise string of characters is received as a text message. Additionally, the bug can also cause the Messages app to crash repeatedly upon opening. DON’T MISS: SanDisk has lightning-fast SSD drives that are as cheap as regular hard drives Thankfully, Apple not too long ago issued a statement to CNBC indicating that they’re aware of the issue and that they plan to “make a fix available in a software update.” Though there’s no indication of when a software update might come down the pipeline, we imagine it will be much sooner rather than later before news of the

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates battle in new National Geographic series

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates battle in new National Geographic seriesThe TV channel is launching a show called "American Genius" that's about bitter rivalries, including the Wright Brothers vs. Curtiss, Colt vs. Wesson and Oppenheimer vs. Heisenberg.


Jenny Lewis makes a music video about her acting career, including Golden Girls

Jenny Lewis makes a music video about her acting career, including Golden GirlsJenny Lewis has been arrested — for excessive display of the most glorious pantsuits known to humankind, I assume! The former front woman of the cult-worshipped indie group Rilo Kiley, and star of this debatably over-acted Corn Pops commercial, has just released the music video for "She's Not Me," the second single off last year's critically acclaimed The Voyager.


Galaxy S6 will copy a great iPhone camera feature in Android 5.1 update

It looks like Samsung is going to to further improve the camera performance of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge via a software update. Interestingly, the update will to bring over one of the newest iPhone camera features exactly as Apple implemented it in iOS 8. DON’T MISS: Watch a crazy iOS bug cause iPhones to crash just by receiving a text message According to SamMobile, the Galaxy S6’s camera will soon let owners manually adjust the exposure in similar fashion to what Apple recently introduced on the iPhone. Adjusting camera exposure on Android is already possible, so the feature won’t be new to Android fans, but Samsung plans to make it even easier to use. Manually adjusting exposure on the iPhone

Chevy bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to 14 models

Chevy bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to 14 modelsChevrolet is putting big support behind both Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto for its 2016 fleet of cars and trucks. The company has announced that 14 models in all will be compatible with the in-dash software powered by iPhone and Android smartphones, respectively. Systems with the 7-inch MyLink setup will offer both CarPlay and Android Auto out of the gate.


Samsung stumbles as Apple creeps up in smartphone game

Samsung stumbles as Apple creeps up in smartphone gameApple is now within striking distance of Samsung, which saw its smartphone sales fall by more than 4 million units year over year, says research firm Gartner.


CBS would join Apple’s TV service, if price is right

CBS would join Apple's TV service, if price is rightCEO Les Moonves says his broadcast network would "probably" be part of Internet-delivered TV from Apple. The deciding factor? Cold hard cash.


Google pledges funding for 3D-printed prosthetics, other aid technology

Google pledges funding for 3D-printed prosthetics, other aid technologyIt launches a $20 million fund for nonprofits whose emerging tech could help make people living with disabilities become more independent. The first bit goes toward low-cost prosthetics and auditory therapy.


Millennials to Snake People is a Cloud to Butt whose time has come

Millennials to Snake People is a Cloud to Butt whose time has comeMillennials are gross and weird. Thankfully there's a way to filter out this internet content through obfuscation. Millennials to Snake People is a Chrome extension that, naturally, replaces all instances of the word "millennials" on the web with "snake people." It's a handy successor to its highly regarded predecessor, Cloud to Butt, which — well, you get it.


Apple SVP says car is ‘ultimate mobile device’

An employee stands in front of the Apple flagship store on 5th Avenue in New YorkA senior Apple executive said developing a car would be the "ultimate mobile device" when asked about new products at a technology conference on Wednesday. In April, analysts at investment-research firm Sanford C. Bernstein issued a report that outlined several reasons why Apple may build a car that would compete with major automakers. Apple has not commented on the rumors, but Jeff Williams, senior vice president of operations, hinted at an Apple car on Wednesday when asked on stage what Apple would do with its $100 billion in cash.


Broadcom said to be in buyout talks with Avago

Broadcom said to be in buyout talks with AvagoAvago specializes in semiconductors designed enterprise and industrial use cases, including data networking, telecommunications, factory automation, and alternative energy systems, among others.


FCC proposes new protections against spammy phone calls and text messages

FCC proposes new protections against spammy phone calls and text messagesThe Federal Communications Commission is continuing its quest to stamp out spammy phone calls and text messages, today proposing a series of new rules that could make it easier for consumers to opt out of texting lists and block unwanted callers. For the most part, this proposal is a matter of clarifying existing law and closing loopholes, but the broader impact should be strengthening what consumers and phone companies can do to fight back against robocalls and texts. The biggest piece of this proposal is a confirmation that phone carriers are allowed to offer robocall blocking tech to their subscribers.


Woman’s donated leg mummified using ancient Egyptian practice

Woman's donated leg mummified using ancient Egyptian practiceUsing two legs from a cadaver, researchers in Switzerland baked one in an oven and covered the other in a salt solution to try to re-create ancient mummification. One method was successful.


CBS CEO says the channel will ‘probably’ come to Apple’s TV service

CBS CEO says the channel will 'probably' come to Apple's TV serviceApple's long-gestating TV service is getting closer and closer to taking off. Although he was boorish on giving consumers so-called "skinny bundles," the deal isn't done: Moonves said only that CBS would "probably" be partnering with Apple on the service.


Apple’s Jeff Williams teases cars as a possible new product category

Apple's Jeff Williams teases cars as a possible new product categoryThis requires a bit of reading between the lines, but Jeff Williams, Apple's senior VP of operations, made an interesting remark about the auto industry during his chat at Code Conference today that won't do much to quell rumors of an Apple Car. Jeff Williams: Well the car is the ultimate mobile device, isn't it? Of course, Apple is already heavily engaged in expanding into the car — widely seen as one of the next battlefronts for tech giants — through CarPlay, which will be rolled out by many of the world's biggest automakers over the coming year.


Expect huge Apple Watch app improvements starting this fall

One of the early criticisms of the Apple Watch has been the performance of third-party apps on the device. However, Apple operations chief Jeff Williams told Re/code on Wednesday revealed that we should start to see some significant improvements on this front later this year because Apple is planning to unveil an Apple Watch SDK at WWDC 2015 next month that will give developers native code to use for their apps and will also give them access to the device’s native sensors, such as the Digital Crown. The plan is to have the SDK come out of preview sometime in the fall, presumably alongside the final version of iOS 9. DON’T MISS: The single most exciting iOS 9 feature that’s leaked

Yahoo must face email spying class action: U.S. judge

The Yahoo logo is shown at the company's headquarters in SunnyvaleA U.S. judge ordered Yahoo Inc to face a nationwide class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegally intercepting the content of emails sent to Yahoo Mail subscribers from non-Yahoo Mail accounts, and using the information to boost advertising revenue. In a decision late Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said people who sent emails to or received emails from Yahoo Mail subscribers since Oct. 2, 2011 may sue as a group under the federal Stored Communications Act for alleged privacy violations. Holders of non-Yahoo Mail accounts accused Yahoo of copying and then analysing their emails, including keywords and attachments, with a goal of creating "targeted advertising" for its estimated 275 million Yahoo Mail subscribers, in addition to detecting spam and malware.


Yahoo must face email spying class action: U.S. judge

The Yahoo logo is shown at the company's headquarters in SunnyvaleA U.S. judge ordered Yahoo Inc to face a nationwide class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegally intercepting the content of emails sent to Yahoo Mail subscribers from non-Yahoo Mail accounts, and using the information to boost advertising revenue. In a decision late Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said people who sent emails to or received emails from Yahoo Mail subscribers since Oct. 2, 2011 may sue as a group under the federal Stored Communications Act for alleged privacy violations. Holders of non-Yahoo Mail accounts accused Yahoo of copying and then analyzing their emails, including keywords and attachments, with a goal of creating "targeted advertising" for its estimated 275 million Yahoo Mail subscribers, in addition to detecting spam and malware.


Apple finds bug that causes iPhones to crash

An iPhone 6 phone is seen on display at the Fifth Avenue Apple store on the first day of sales in Manhattan, New York(Reuters) - Apple Inc has found a bug which can cause iPhones to crash when a message containing a specific string of text is received. The bug, which includes symbols and Arabic characters, was first reported by Apple news blog MacRumors on Tuesday night, adding that it was noticed on social news hub Reddit earlier in the day. "We are aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update," an Apple spokesperson said in an e-mail.


Apple finds bug that causes iPhones to crash

An iPhone 6 phone is seen on display at the Fifth Avenue Apple store on the first day of sales in Manhattan, New York(Reuters) - Apple Inc has found a bug which can cause iPhones to crash when a message containing a specific string of text is received. The bug, which includes symbols and Arabic characters, was first reported by Apple news blog MacRumors on Tuesday night, adding that it was noticed on social news hub Reddit earlier in the day. "We are aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update," an Apple spokesperson said in an e-mail.


CBS CEO said met with Apple to discuss TV deal

An employee cleans inside the Apple flagship store on 5th Avenue in New YorkCBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves met with Apple Inc last week to discuss a TV deal, he said at a technology conference Wednesday, and that discussions and negotiations for such a deal are ongoing. "We will probably do a deal with Apple TV," Moonves said during an onstage talk at a conference hosted by Re/code, an online-only technology publication, and added that he met last week with Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.


CBS CEO said met with Apple to discuss TV deal

An employee cleans inside the Apple flagship store on 5th Avenue in New YorkCBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves met with Apple Inc last week to discuss a TV deal, he said at a technology conference Wednesday, and that discussions and negotiations for such a deal are ongoing. "We will probably do a deal with Apple TV," Moonves said during an onstage talk at a conference hosted by Re/code, an online-only technology publication, and added that he met last week with Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.


Mice develop thinner skin after just three months in space

Mice develop thinner skin after just three months in spaceExperiencing weightlessness for prolonged periods of time may cause skin to become thinner, according to a very small study of mice that spent three months aboard the International Space Station. Scientists already know that prolonged space missions carry health risks for astronauts. "To my knowledge, there is one ongoing study on the skin of a limited number of astronauts having spent a few months on the ISS, and one publication dealing with skin in mice having spent 10 days in microgravity," says Betty Nusgens, a connective tissue researcher at the University of Liege in Belgium, and a co-author of the study published today in Microgravity.


Deal alert: Get a 15,000 mAh portable charger for just $14 on Amazon right now

Last week we told you about a killer deal on a wall charger that can potentially charge your smartphone up to 75% faster than the charger that ships with the phone. And best of all, it was just $11 thanks to a coupon. You can still purchase that nifty wall charger by following the link in our earlier post, but what happens when you need to charge your gadgets while on the go? Now, thanks to another limited-time deal, you can get a great portable charger with plenty of capacity for just $14 from Amazon (with free Prime shipping). DON’T MISS: Pirate’s paradise: cCloud TV streams HBO, ESPN and 50 other live channels for free This nifty portable charger by KMASHI has a full

Oculus’ Latest Move Will Blend Virtual and Real World

Oculus' Latest Move Will Blend Virtual and Real WorldThe Oculus Rift already has the power to immerse people in virtual worlds, but it soon might gain the ability to enhance the real one. Oculus VR has acquired 3D visualization company Surreal Vision, a group whose technology could someday allow the Rift to evolve beyond a mere virtual reality device. Surreal Vision is a UK-based company that specializes in scene reconstruction -- in other words, capturing elements of the real world and bringing them into a virtual environment.


The big drone companies are investing millions to create new drone startups

The big drone companies are investing millions to create new drone startupsThree weeks ago, DJI became the most valuable consumer drone company on earth when the venture capital firm Accel invested $75 million in the company. Today the partnership between the two parties deepens, with the announcement of the Skyfund, a joint initiative to invest in drone startups and more broadly across the booming field of robotics and intelligent machines. This morning Airware, one of the better-funded drone startups in Silicon Valley, announced it was launching its own venture, the Commercial Drone Fund, with plans to pour millions into exactly the same strategy.


RZA is directing a film about youth and hip-hop starring Azealia Banks

RZA is directing a film about youth and hip-hop starring Azealia BanksRZA is making more movies. Deadline reports that the Wu-Tang rapper is working on a new film entitled Coco, starring fellow rapper Azealia Banks in her first lead role. Banks, who just released a critically-acclaimed album in Broke with Expensive Taste, will play a young artist trying to start a career in hip-hop while still trying to balance her parents' dream that she finish college. She'll be joined by the likes of Common, Jill Scott, Pitch Perfect's Hana Mae Lee, and Orange Is the New Black's Lorraine Toussaint. Filming is said to begin soon.


Google starts answering questions on your phone before you finish asking them

Google starts answering questions on your phone before you finish asking themGoogle is rolling out an update for mobile search that displays answers to certain queries before you've finished typing them. Although instant search results have been available on desktop and mobile for a while now, this tweak puts results directly into the autocomplete bar instead of updating the whole page. The update was first spotted by The Next Web, although we've yet to hear anything official from Google itself.


Get a Dymo thermal label printer for $115.99

Get a Dymo thermal label printer for $115.99Priced at around $250 elsewhere, the LabelWriter requires no ink cartridges. Plus: four bonus deals!


Charter vows to uphold net neutrality as it seeks Time Warner Cable deal

Charter vows to uphold net neutrality as it seeks Time Warner Cable dealHaving just witnessed the sudden collapse of Comcast's Time Warner Cable takeover, Charter is already looking to assuage concerns of investors and the public about its own newly announced merger attempt. Tom Rutledge, who is Charter's current chief executive, pledged during a conference call that New Charter would keep away from data caps and some of Comcast's unpopular business tactics. "Through Charter, we’ll offer consumers a broadband product that makes watching online video, gaming, and engaging in other data-hungry applications a great experience, including at peak times," Rutledge said during a conference call yesterday. Charter will "not block, throttle, or engage in paid prioritization of internet traffic," Rutledge said during an interview yesterday.


An electric wheelchair, a drone and a 360° camera all winners at MedPi

The Nino Gyropod won the 2015 Jury Grand PrizeThe Innovation Prizes awarded Wednesday by a jury of journalists at MedPi have singled out the latest top-shelf drone by Parrot, a children's watch that doubles as a handkerchief, an innovative home alarm system, and elegant Bluetooth speaker, headphones for runners, a 360° camera and a wheelchair that uses a gyro-system for propulsion.


Brazilian government reduces scope of tech education initiatives

Brazilian government reduces scope of tech education initiativesEntry-level technical education and international scholarships suffer as a result of budget cuts


Software-defined WAN solves a big data problem

Software-defined WAN solves a big data problemInternet circuits have traditionally been considered too unreliable to replace dedicated circuits. Software-defined WAN vendors hope to change that perception.


The long-range drone that can keep up with a car and fly for an hour

The long-range drone that can keep up with a car and fly for an hourA German team are aiming to build a faster drone that can keep going for longer by adding combustion engines.


Apple Fusion Keyboard Could Make Touchpads Obsolete

Apple Fusion Keyboard Could Make Touchpads ObsoleteApplemay want to change the way we think about keyboards, mice, and touchpads. The company has been granted a new series of patents for what it calls a "fusion keyboard," which marries the functions of keys and a touchpad in one device. According to Patently Apple, the patent describes an invention that gives the keys on a keyboard dual functions depending on how much pressure is applied to them.


7 best paid iPhone and iPad on sale for free today

Our lists of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free are always wildly popular, but yesterday’s post was a particularly big one. We’re not stopping there, of course, and today we have a fresh new list of seven paid iOS apps that are all on sale for free for a limited time. If seven won’t do the trick for you though, there are still a few paid apps on sale for free in yesterday’s post. DON’T MISS: Pirate’s paradise: cCloud TV streams HBO, ESPN and 50 other live channels for free 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

7 best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today

Our lists of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free are always wildly popular, but yesterday’s post was a particularly big one. We’re not stopping there, of course, and today we have a fresh new list of seven paid iOS apps that are all on sale for free for a limited time. If seven won’t do the trick for you though, there are still a few paid apps on sale for free in yesterday’s post. DON’T MISS: Pirate’s paradise: cCloud TV streams HBO, ESPN and 50 other live channels for free 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

Splatoon review: Breathing inky new life into the Wii U

It’s been ages since Nintendo launched its last truly original property, but after spending several hours with Splatoon for the Wii U over the last few weeks, it’s clear to me that it didn’t take long to shake off the rust. Splatoon is bright, goofy, balanced and most importantly, a whole lot of fun. MORE GAMING: The latest Humble Bundle lets you pay what you want for Wii U and 3DS games When you load up Splatoon for the very first time, make your way straight to the multiplayer lobby and join a Turf War battle. These 4 vs. 4 matchups are the heart of Splatoon, and you’ll want to get your bearings as quickly as possible. The goal is to cover

U.S. Department of Justice taps Box for cloud services

U.S. Department of Justice taps Box for cloud servicesAmid serving more than 34 million users and 45,000 organizations worldwide, Box boasted it currently counts more than 40 federal government customers.


Splatoon is an online shooter for people who hate online shooters

Splatoon is an online shooter for people who hate online shootersNintendo plays it safe too often. When you buy a new piece of Nintendo hardware, you do it because you'll get to play a new Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., and (eventually) The Legend of Zelda. Splatoon is the most surprising release from Nintendo in years.


NetUSB vulnerability leaves millions of connected devices open to attack

NetUSB vulnerability leaves millions of connected devices open to attackSecurity researchers have published proof-of-concept code for a major router vulnerability leveraging a popular Linux kernel driver that could be used by hackers to compromise millions of connected devices.


Innovative smartphone design isn’t dead, it’s just taking a really long nap

Innovative smartphone design isn’t dead, it’s just taking a really long napIf it wasn’t for Samsung, this would be the most boring year for smartphone design ever. Did they all perish when Nokia made the historic decision to sell off its mobile business? This flat and featureless slab defines the comatose state of smartphone design today.


​Workday competition from Oracle ramps

​Workday competition from Oracle rampsWorkday's first quarter was solid, but showed signs of slowing growth and competition from the likes of Oracle.


Forget Android M, I can tell you when Android Z will be released

Forget for a second that Android M will be unveiled this week at Google I/O, which is a secret Google wasn’t able to really keep. There’s already better news for Android fans: In a recent interview, a Google executive confirmed that a major Android update will be released every year moving forward, so now I can tell you when Android Z will land on your phone. DON’T MISS: Netflix may soon have to stop people from sharing their logins “As we’ve grown as a platform, we realize that to some extent predictability is important for the whole industry: developers, manufacturers, operators, and consumers, frankly,” Google software engineer Hiroshi Lockheimer told Fast Company. “So we’ve landed with sort of a yearly cadence of big

Cord cutters’ dream come true: HBO is already pondering special discounted HBO Now plans

Cord cutters across the country knew they had turned a corner the moment HBO announced that it was finally placing some distance between itself and traditional pay TV with its new HBO Now service. With this new plan, households that chose not to subscribe to a pay TV service would still be able to access all of HBO’s content with a new streaming-only option. And the best part, perhaps, was that cord cutters knew HBO would be the first of several networks to offer streaming-only options to subscribers. Though the service just launched a few months ago, it looks as though HBO is already considering yet another move that will make cord cutters happy: Special discounted prices. DON’T MISS: Netflix may soon have

Altice owner says wasn’t ready for Time Warner Cable deal

Patrick Drahi, Franco-Israeli businessman, Executive Chairman of cable and mobile telecoms company Altice and founder of Numericable arrives to attend a hearing at the French National Assembly in PariBy Leila Abboud PARIS (Reuters) - Patrick Drahi, the billionaire owner of European telecoms group Altice, said he didn't bid for Time Warner Cable because his company lacked management resources to digest such a big deal in a market it had only recently entered. "I didn't follow up on the exchanges we had on Time Warner Cable (TWC) that were mentioned in the media because we were not ready," Drahi told a French parliamentary hearing on Wednesday. Instead, U.S. number three cable group Charter Communications, backed by Drahi's mentor turned rival, cable tycoon John Malone, agreed on Tuesday to buy number two TWC for $56 billion.


3 must-know Photos app tips and tricks

3 must-know Photos app tips and tricksCapturing, storing, and sharing photos on the iPhone is one of the most used aspects of the device. Cory Bohon shows you some must-know tips and tricks to make the most of the Photos app on iOS 8.


Smartwatch market still very much in its infancy

New Apple Watches are seen on display in an Apple store in Sydney on April 10, 2015.Fitness and activity trackers have however, already carved out a niche, clocking up 13.6 million sales over the past 12 months -- 44% of the entire wearables market. GfK forecasts that total sales will hit 72 million by the end of 2015 and will have almost doubled again to 114 million in 2016.


Pro tip: Get better picture quality in Lollipop with Manual Camera

Pro tip: Get better picture quality in Lollipop with Manual CameraAndroid Lollipop ups its game with far more power on the camera front. Jack Wallen introduces you to a photography app that takes advantage of all the power Android has to offer.


Steve Wozniak calls Edward Snowden a ‘total hero’

When recently asked for his opinion about Edward Snowden, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had nothing but effusive praise for the controversial NSA whistleblower. In an interview with ArabianBusiness.com, Wozniak called Snowden a hero. “Total hero to me; total hero,” Wozniak said. “Not necessarily what he exposed, but the fact that he internally came from his own heart, his own belief in the United States Constitution, what democracy and freedom was about. And now a federal judge has said that NSA data collection was unconstitutional.” DON’T MISS: Pirate’s paradise: cCloud TV streams HBO, ESPN and 50 other live channels for free Recall, a federal appeals court earlier this month ruled that the NSA’s domestic collection of bulk call data was at odds with

The less likely explanations for the bright spots on Ceres are still awesome

The less likely explanations for the bright spots on Ceres are still awesomeFor months now we've been wondering what the bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres are, as seen by the Dawn spacecraft. We've compiled some of our best reader guesses to help you place your bets.


Author Chuck Palahniuk tells us why it’s time to re-open Fight Club

Author Chuck Palahniuk tells us why it's time to re-open Fight ClubIt’s the day before Palahniuk leaves on a book tour promoting his new collection of short stories, Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread, but at the moment we’re talking about David Fincher’s aspirations for the Fight Club musical. “He’s got Trent Reznor working on the score for one year. “David is working with Julie Taymor to figure out how to create these enormous spectacles as she does, similar to The Lion King and Spiderman.


Pakistan judge orders CEO held for faked diploma allegations

A Pakistani police officer stands guard at the office of Axact software company in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Pakistani authorities on Wednesday detained the owner of a software company accused of running a global network in selling fake degrees, officials said. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani judge ordered police Wednesday to hold and question the embattled CEO of a software company for a week on allegations he oversaw a global diploma mill, as broadcasters aired images of blank degrees stacked in his firm's offices.


BlackBerry Passport and Fitbit Surge: Productivity over bling

BlackBerry Passport and Fitbit Surge: Productivity over blingThere are a number of amazing new smartphones and wearable products, but these devices - and the bells and whistles they deliver - can cause us to lose focus on what's really important to have.


11 kinds of chameleon found masquerading as a single species

11 kinds of chameleon found masquerading as a single speciesChameleons in Madagascar previously thought to all belong to a single species have actually turned out to be 11 separate ones.


Wearables drive growth in flexible AMOLED displays

Wearables drive growth in flexible AMOLED displaysDevice manufacturers are moving away from rigid organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels used in smartphones and wearable devices, to flexible active-matrix-organic-light-emitting diode (AMOLED) panels.


Dell, Intel throw in $45 million toward DocuSign Series F

Dell, Intel throw in $45 million toward DocuSign Series FThe additional funds bring DocuSign's Series F round to $278 million. In all, the company has secured more than $508 million over its 12-year history.


Watch a crazy iOS bug cause iPhones to crash just by receiving a text message

A newly discovered and potentially worrisome iOS bug has been causing Phones to crash and automatically reboot when a certain string of characters is received via the Messages app. The string in question, which consists of both english and arabic characters, was first brought to light via a Reddit thread before being corroborated by MacRumors late on Wednesday evening. “Sending the string of characters to an iPhone results in an immediate respring, causing an iPhone to crash and quickly reboot,” the report notes. “From there, if the Messages app was opened at a list view, the Messages app crashes automatically when you try to open it. If it was opened to the conversation where you received the message, the app will open, but attempting

Apple leapfrogs Google for top spot, while Microsoft rises in global brand survey

Apple leapfrogs Google for top spot, while Microsoft rises in global brand surveyThree million survey participants in 50 countries say Apple is the top global brand as Microsoft gets a leg up on IBM.


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