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2k Games tries to save Civilization, Borderlands from GameSpy server shutdown

2k Games tries to save Civilization, Borderlands from GameSpy server shutdownGamespy's impending server shut-down might be cutting off Wii and DS multiplayer at the head, but not all games have to suffer this fate: PC publishers are starting to migrate their multiplayer servers to new platforms. Three of EA's ...


Whatsapp now has 500 million active users to offer its new social overlord

Whatsapp now has 500 million active users to offer its new social overlordSome companies lose their following after an acquisition, but not Whatsapp -- apparently, its userbase just continued to grow after Facebook bought it for $19 billion. The FB-owned entity has revealed that it now has 500 million active users, up 50 million from the time the social network snapped it up. According to Whatsapp CEO Jan Kuom, the app has seen the fastest growth in Brazil, India, Mexico and Russia in recent months.


Samsung patent reveals a wild new smartphone design

Samsung patent reveals a wild new smartphone designSamsung loves to experiment with different types of designs for its gadgets and a new patent flagged by Galaxy Club shows that the company has come up with some truly wild smartphone designs that go well beyond anything it has released so far. The new smartphone design patented by Samsung reveals a device with an oval-shaped frame and a wraparound display that puts key function buttons on the back of the device. The patent is only for a design concept, so it’s going to be a long time (and maybe forever) before we see anything like it hit the market. The design shown in the patent is actually similar to a design patent that Apple won earlier this year for an


Google offered to help Samsung with Apple patent battle costs

Google offered to help Samsung with Apple patent battle costsConfirming what a lot of us thought already, Google is more than a little interested in Apple and Samsung's continuing court battle. New evidence revealed by Apple's lawyers outlines emails from Google that offered to foot some of the damages (if Samsung lost), as well as cover part of the legal costs in the current trial. This would cover two of the five patents that Apple is fighting over.


Japan’s not getting the Xbox One until this September

Japan's not getting the Xbox One until this SeptemberIf we're being civil, Japan's relationship with the Xbox could be described as "tenuous" at best, and the release date for Microsoft's latest game console probably won't do much to change that. Come this September 4th, gamers in the country will finally be able to claim an Xbox One for themselves. Yes, that's around 10 months after it launched in the US and other "first tier" countries, and seven months after the PlayStation 4's Japanese debut.


Comcast lashes out at Netflix over opposition to TWC merger

Comcast lashes out at Netflix over opposition to TWC mergerGee, do you think that Netflix publicly coming out against the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger has struck a nerve with Comcast? Within hours of Netflix declaring its opposition to the proposed $45 billion merger, Comcast came out with a statement that accused Netflix of relying on “inaccurate claims and arguments” to make its case. In particular, Comcast accused Netflix of conflating net neutrality issues with the kinds of peering agreements that Comcast recently reached with Netflix to ensure higher streaming quality over Comcast’s network. The cable giant then went on to tout its own commitment to the “open Internet” by declaring that “there has been no company that has had a stronger commitment to openness of the Internet than Comcast


China’s Huawei says investment in information technology to rise 14 percent in 2014

To match Analysis HUAWEI-CHINA/SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No.2 telecoms equipment maker, expects investment in information technology to rise 14 percent in 2014, a senior executive said on Wednesday. "Our investment focus will be in LTE (Long-Term Evolution), 5G and cloud computing," Fan Chen, vice president of accounting, told an analyst conference on Wednesday in Shenzhen, China, where the company is headquartered. ...


You can take your Sprint phone to other US carriers next year

You can take your Sprint phone to other US carriers next yearIf you're with Sprint, you don't have many options for unlocking your phone's SIM card slot; if you can do it at all, you're limited to service on foreign networks. You'll have far more flexibility in the near future, though. The carrier has revealed that it will unlock devices for American use starting with those launched on or after February 11th, 2015.


Google’s new mobile ads help find apps that fit your daily habits

Google's new mobile ads help find apps that fit your daily habitsAds for mobile apps are rarely personal; they're more often based on search keywords than your actual habits. Google is fixing this today with new ads in search and on YouTube that reflect your day-to-day app uses and purchases. If you regularly track your runs with fitness software, for instance, you may get ads offering to install a companion diet app.


Apple iPhone 5S ad uses the Pixies to promote a new tagline: ‘you’re more powerful than you think’

Apple iPhone 5S ad uses the Pixies to promote a new tagline: 'you're more powerful than you think'An Apple advertisement airing on major networks tonight uses an alternative-rock classic to promote a new tagline for the iPhone 5S. A crowdsourced version of the Pixies' "Gigantic" plays in the ad, which unveils a new tagline: "You're more powerful than you think." The ad itself shows off the iPhone's content creation features — music is a major part of the commercial, but gaming, photography, videography, and even a language translation app are also highlighted. You can watch the commercial below.


Video: ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ shows off a gorgeous, treacherous world

Video: ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ shows off a gorgeous, treacherous worldOne of the most iconic RPGs of the last generation will return to consoles and PCs this fall. BioWare announced on Tuesday that Dragon Age: Inquisition, the third entry in the series, will release on October 7th of this year. As the sole survivor of a cataclysmic blast that killed thousands, your character is tasked with the responsibility of leading the Inquisition, a force that aims to vanquish evil from the land of Thedas. Dragon Age has always threaded the needle between turn-based strategy and live action combat, and that trend looks to continue in Inquisition. Players will be able to rush into combat, swords swinging and magic charged if they like, or pause the action and designate specific tasks to characters in their party.


YouTube cat videos can finally play on most Roku devices

YouTube cat videos can finally play on most Roku devicesRoku has just announced that the YouTube app, once exclusive only to the Roku 3, is now available to all of the company's "current-gen" players. That includes the Roku LT, Roku 1, the Roku 2, the Roku HD, the Roku Streaming Stick... and, well, pretty much all of them.


The Supreme Court heard Aereo’s case, whether they understood it could mean everything

The Supreme Court heard Aereo's case, whether they understood it could mean everythingWe have no doubt the justices of the Supreme Court are well versed and prepared for any copyright law, but do they understand TV or the hows and whys it can be so frustrating sometimes? Like many of us, possibly not that well -- like why HBO can't keep its streaming service up during Game of Thrones? -- which could make reaching a decision in the case between Aereo and the broadcasters seeking to put it out of business especially difficult.


Apple mends a Heartbleed security bug in its latest WiFi routers

Apple mends a Heartbleed security bug in its latest WiFi routersApple has largely avoided the wrath of the Heartbleed security flaw, but it now appears that the company's products aren't completely immune. The crew in Cupertino just updated its most recent AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule WiFi routers ...


Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is working on a new series for Netflix

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is working on a new series for NetflixThere's no word on another new season or movie for Arrested Development, but now the show's creator Mitch Hurwitz is working with Netflix on something new. As first reported by Deadline Hollywood, Hurwitz has signed a multi-year deal to ...


Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 9PM ET

Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 9PM ETIt's Tuesday, which is time for the Engadget HD Podcast and we hope you'll join us for the live recording at 9PM. The big news we kick this week's show off with is from Time Warner Cable in the way of a Fan TV box that delivers content from multiple sources. The Aereo case has finally had its, so we'll discuss the latest news from the Supreme Court.


Dish reportedly launching internet TV service this summer

Dish reportedly launching internet TV service this summerHow do you fight cord-cutters? Offer an internet streaming service with all of cable TV's best content. It sounds like a bit of a stretch, but it could be happening: the distribution deal that settled Disney and Dish's ad-skipping dispute also gave the TV-provider the rights to stream Disney-owned channels over the internet. Sources close to Bloomberg are now saying that Dish is hoping to launch the service before the end of the summer.


YouTube App Comes to More Roku Set-Top Boxes

YouTube App Comes to More Roku Set-Top BoxesRoku is recognized as the set-top box with the most online video content (now about 1,500 channels). But until today most of its devices were missing one of the world's biggest video providers, YouTube, which was available only on the Roku 3 and Roku streaming stick. Now the firehose of video — from best to worst — is available as an app on all of what Roku calls its "current generation" boxes —those made after July, 2011 (more details on that in a moment).


Yes, it looks like the Apple smartwatch will be called the ‘iWatch’

Yes, it looks like the Apple smartwatch will be called the ‘iWatch’Now that Apple has been seen further extending its company trademark to cover Class 14 devices including watches, a new piece of evidence seems to indicate that there’s apparently little doubt as to what Apple’s smartwatch will be called. French publication Consomac has discovered that Apple has quietly applied for “iWatch” trademarks in many markets around the world, including the U.S., by using a discrete dummy company called Brightflash. Registered in Delaware, Brightflash USA LLC has filed for iWatch trademark registrations in the U.S., European Union, U.K., China, Australia and many other countries. Apparently Brightflash has the same address Apple is suspected to have used in the past for a similar company to covertly register potential iPad name iSlate. Similarly, a “Carplay


Chipmaker Skyworks forecasts upbeat quarter; shares up 12 pecrent

Chipmaker Skyworks Solutions Inc's second-quarter results and current-quarter forecast beat Wall Street estimates, helped by strong sales of chips used to connect machines to the Internet. Shares of the company, whose radio frequency analog chips connect electronic devices to a network, rose 12 percent in extended trading on Tuesday. Skyworks, whose chips connect smartphones and tablets to a telecom network, expects revenue from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to rise this year, driven by the use of its chips in the South Korean company's wide range of smartphones, including the successful Galaxy S5. Besides Samsung, Skyworks also supplies chips to Apple Inc's largest contract manufacturer, Foxconn Technology Group.

Splashy plan for pool in NYC’s East River unveiled

This artist's rendering provided by Plus Pool, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, shows the proposed floating pool which is to be positioned in New York's East River close to the Brooklyn shore. The pool, which is scheduled to open in 2016, would be the first of its kind because it's made of filtration material designed to make dirty river water safe for swimming. The Manhattan skyline is in the background. (AP Photo/Plus Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — Forget schlepping to Jones Beach or down the Jersey Shore. A Brooklyn design team said Tuesday that New York's East River could be the next great place for a summer swim.


Music video hub Vevo monthly viewership up nearly 50 percent to 6 billion

Caraeff, President and CEO of VEVO, gestures as he takes part in a panel discussion at The Cable Show in BostonBy Kevin Gray MIAMI (Reuters) - Vevo, the online music video hub that is a joint venture of two of the world's biggest music labels, has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of music videos streamed each month from its platform, the company's top executive said on Tuesday. The company, which is controlled by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, hit a monthly average of nearly 6 billion views in December, a 46 percent rise from a year earlier, said Rio Caraeff, the chief executive officer. "Mobile and tablet and television are where the majority of the views are happening." A growing number of people watch music videos from the platform on smartphones, tablets or web-connected TVs using Apple TV, Roku and XBox devices. Google Inc is a minority stakeholder in New York-based Vevo, which was founded in 2009.


VMware revenue beats estimates, but shares dip on sales delays

Virtualization software maker VMware Inc reported better-than-expected first-quarter revenue and forecast current-quarter revenue largely above analysts' average estimate as more customers opt for its cloud infrastructure services. VMware has not lost any of those deals to competitors, Chief Operating Officer Carl Eschenbach said on a conference call with analysts. VMware, in which data storage equipment maker EMC Corp holds an 80 percent stake, forecast current-quarter revenue of $1.43 billion to $1.47 billion. Analysts on average were expecting revenue of $1.44 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. "We're off to a solid start in Q2 and have already closed a number of ELAs in April," Eschenbach said.

Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned

A videojournalist sets up outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 22, 2104. The court is hearing oral arguments between Aereo, Inc., an Internet startup company that gives subscribers access to television on their laptops and other portable devices and the over-the-air broadcasters. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.


Sony’s found the perfect use for its $1,100 Digital Paper: HR forms

Finally, you can customize the face on your Sony Smartwatch 2In case you were wondering who would splurge for Sony's $1,100 Digital Paper, it looks like the company has found another suitor: movie and television studios' HR departments. Sony has already targeted lawyers with the 13.3-inch E ...


AT&T had strong 1Q on wireless installment plans

FILE - This Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, file photo shows an AT&T logo on an AT&T Wireless retail store front, in Philadelphia. AT&T reports quarterly earnings on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T's wireless business had a strong first quarter as the company added more than 1 million subscribers and benefited from an installment plan that permits frequent phone upgrades.


HTC’s Droid DNA will get updated to KitKat this week, despite its age

HTC's Droid DNA will get updated to KitKat this week, despite its ageDon't worry, Droid DNA fans -- HTC may have given the One series its first batch of Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades, but it still has plenty of love for Verizon's late 2012 flagship. Mo Versi, Executive Director of ...


New Apple recycling program will pay you for your old gadgets

New Apple recycling program will pay you for your old gadgetsApple cares about the environment and it really, really wants the world to know it. The company is making its renewed efforts to be more environmentally conscious known and in the process, Apple launched a new website and a used gadget recycling program. “We want to leave the world better than we found it,” Apple stated at the top of its new site. As part of that effort, the company will immediately begin accepting any and all old Apple devices at its retail stores to be recycled. The company also said that if the devices being traded in appears to be resaleable, Apple will give customers a store credit in exchange for the gadget. No details were provided as far as


NYPD’s Twitter photo contest backfires with images of aggressive police force

NYPD's Twitter photo contest backfires with images of aggressive police forceThe New York Police Department attempted to harness Twitter to drum up support today, but things haven't exactly gone as planned. Earlier today, the official NYPD Twitter account asked followers to tweet photos of themselves with NYC police officers under the hashtag #myNYPD — but so far, many users have jumped on that hashtag to flood it with images of police aggressively apprehending apparent suspects. So far, these are hardly the friendly images the NYPD was hoping for. Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD?


Attacks on payment systems trail other cybercrimes

NEW YORK (AP) — While the theft of millions of credit card numbers from Target customers last year drew attention to Internet crime, a new study finds that breaches of retail payment systems are less common than other kinds of attacks.

AOL chief communications officer leaves after one year

The AOL logo is seen at the company's office in New York(Reuters) - AOL head of communications Peter Land left the company on Tuesday after a year working there, marking the latest public relations executive to depart the company. AOL Inc attributed Land's departure to a reorganization of the communications department. "We are investing in our communications function by promoting two of our most talented up and coming leaders - connecting the entirety of our internal and external communications," an AOL spokeswoman said in a statement. Eoin Ryan, currently head of investor relations, will become senior vice president of investor relations and communications.


Lytro unveils a more sophisticated ‘light-field’ camera

By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In 2011, Lytro Inc dazzled the consumer gadget world when it introduced a pocket flashlight-sized gizmo that could take "living" pictures - images that could be refocused after the shutter clicked. The Lytro Illum, priced at $1,599, is marketed as a legitimate tool for commercial photographers and advanced amateurs who want to differentiate their work in an age of Instagram and "commodotized imaging," Lytro founder Ren Ng said. The original camera, which was priced at $399, was mostly a niche product that sought to prove the viability of light-field photography. Unlike the original Lytro camera, however, the Illum resembles a traditional DSLR, featuring a 30- to 250-mm equivalent F/2 lens, a 1-inch sensor and a sleek black body with a shutter button, SD memory cards and a 4-inch touchscreen display.

T-Mobile trolls BlackBerry again, offers BlackBerry users a sweet deal on Samsung phones

T-Mobile trolls BlackBerry again, offers BlackBerry users a sweet deal on Samsung phonesT-Mobile under CEO John Legere never, ever stops trolling. Now that BlackBerry has decided to completely cut the “Uncarrier” off from selling its devices, 9to5Google points out that T-Mobile has decided to hit back by giving yet another special offer to BlackBerry fans by offering them gift cards of up to $200 if they switch to a new Samsung smartphone such as the Galaxy S5 or the Galaxy Note 3. This isn’t a short-term offer, either: Any T-Mobile customers who bought a BlackBerry at any time up until April 3rd this year can take advantage of this deal from now until the end of the year. This direct targeting of BlackBerry customers with offers for rival phones was what got T-Mobile


In honor of Earth Day, Google expands ‘Giving through Glass’ program

In honor of Earth Day (today, that is), Google's announcing another wave of its Giving through Glass program for non-profit organizations. The program, originally launched late last year, equips groups including the World Wildlife Fund and Give ...

Video: Samsung proves the Galaxy S5 can survive almost anything in new ad

Video: Samsung proves the Galaxy S5 can survive almost anything in new adSamsung’s ad blitz for its latest flagship smartphone has begun in earnest and the company is producing TV spots for just about every notable feature of the Galaxy S5. The latest commercial shines a spotlight on the S5′s water and dust resistance, taking direct hits from watering cans, squirt guns, baking powder, a bottle of juice and a few other potentially ruinous substances without sustaining any harm whatsoever. We’ve already seen third-party torture tests that have literally put the Galaxy S5 through the ringer without causing any permanent damage, so it’s no surprise that Samsung would want to boast about the survivability of the device. That said, it remains to be seen whether or not the durability of the S5 will give it


Amazon’s Smartphone May Use Tilt Gestures

Amazon's Smartphone May Use Tilt GesturesNo one likes finger prints and smudges all over their smartphone screen. Amazon might have a solution, if you believe the latest reports. Amazon's hotly rumored smartphone may sport a combination of cameras and sensors that let you navigate the device by tilting.


Lytro’s Illum Light Field Camera Fixes Focus After Capture

Lytro's Illum Light Field Camera Fixes Focus After CaptureLytro today unveiled its second so-called light field camera, a system that lets you refocus a picture after it has been taken. The Illum is an upgrade from its predecessor, and you can pre-order it now for $1,499 (retail $1,599 after July 15). You may never have heard of light field cameras, since the technology has mostly been limited to labs and specialized studios until Lytro brought it to consumers in 2011.


Digital Shadow Mines Facebook to Learn Your Secrets

Digital Shadow Mines Facebook to Learn Your SecretsThe "Watch Dogs" know — or at least they want you to think they do. "Digital Shadow" is a website, and accompanying Facebook app, that analyzes your Facebook posts and pictures, then presents that information as part of a promotion for the upcoming video game "Watch Dogs."  Set to be released May 27 on PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and One, and PC for $59.99 (Wii U release date coming later), "Watch Dogs" is an action/adventure game in which players take the role of a rogue hacker who exploits the social networks, databases and surveillance equipment around him to achieve his own goals. 


Security Takes the Stage at SXSW: Key Takeaways

Security Takes the Stage at SXSW: Key TakeawaysI want to share with you my top SXSWi security takeaways, gathered from some interesting and engaging panels and discussions at the festival.


Inside the Supreme Court for Aereo’s last stand

Inside the Supreme Court for Aereo's last standThe Supreme Court heard arguments today for and against Aereo, the startup that streams broadcast television to subscribers over the internet without paying copyright fees to broadcast networks. The court didn't give many indications of which way it will rule, but the questions centered around a few themes: the impact of the ruling on cloud computing, whether Aereo is transmitting content or merely providing equipment, and whether the company's antenna farm is more than a sleight of hand to skirt copyright law. Broadcasters including ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox sued Aereo two years ago, alleging that the company should have to pay fees to deliver their content, just as cable and satellite networks do. Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor seemed most concerned that a ruling against Aereo would endanger cloud services such as Google Music or Dropbox, a question that remained unsettled by the close of the arguments.


Time Warner Cable will sell a $99 Fan TV box that streams cable TV and internet video

Time Warner Cable will sell a $99 Fan TV box that streams cable TV and internet videoLast summer Fanhattan showed off its Fan TV box that promised to put cable TV on the same level as internet streaming services, but with the odd twist that cable TV providers would be the ones to sell it. ...


LG G3 home screen, killer new features revealed in new leak

LG G3 home screen, killer new features revealed in new leakIf you want a new Android phone but aren’t interested in either the Galaxy S5 or the HTC One (M8) then you might want to check out LG’s upcoming G3 flagship device. Digital Trends has scored some leaked pictures showing off the G3′s revamped home screen that the publication says features “flatter and brighter icons, a revamped weather widget with built-in suggestions, a much cleaner looking notifications screen, and circular icons.” In addition to the leaked home screen pictures, Digital Trends also lays out some cool-sounding new software features LG is planning to add to the G3, such as the Concierge feature that will give you suggestions on your home screen for how to dress given current weather forecasts; a


In Internet TV case, justices show concern

WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

Syria speeds up chemical weapon handover days ahead of deadline

With its deadline closing in, Syria has significantly sped up the rate at which it's been handing over chemical weapons for destruction, having now delivered 86.5 percent of its declared stockpile to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Though Syria's deadline is this Sunday, it's been quickly speeding toward it, bringing the delivery total up from around a quarter of its declared stockpile in early March to 65 percent just a week ago. "We hope that the remaining two or three consignments are delivered quickly to permit destruction operations to get underway in time to meet the mid-year deadline for destroying Syria’s chemical weapons." Despite its progress in removing weapons, there are signs that chemical weapons are still in use within Syria.

Leaks hint at a sleeker UI and a Google Now-like service on the LG G3

The latest rumors about LG's G3 handset have mentioned a Quad HD display, but now it's time to take a look at what you'll see on that screen. According to leaked screenshots acquired by Digital Trends, the upcoming smartphone ...

Fan TV’s new set-top box will connect with Time Warner Cable

The sleek hockey puck, designed by Yves Behar, combines the functions of a traditional cable box with media streaming boxes like Apple TV and Roku. Today, Fan TV has finally reached an agreement with a national cable company — and as a result, its set-top box will soon be available in some of the country's biggest markets. Time Warner Cable, which serves 30 million customers across the country, said today that it will be compatible with Fan TV when the device ships at the end of this quarter. "The Fan TV experience is a leap forward for the cable industry," said Mike Angus, a senior vice president at Time Warner, in a statement.

Nest Learning Thermostat now available on Google Play

With a $3.2 billion hole to fill, Google's opened up yet another avenue for you to acquire Nest. The company's smart thermostat can now be had via Google Play, available for the standard retail price of $249. The Protect smoke detector is currently off the market following a bug that popped up earlier this month, so it's not available through Play, but the connected temp controller sure is, earning the top promo slot on Google's online store.

Google Play is now selling the Nest thermostat

Google spent a hefty $3.2 billion on Nest back in January, so it only makes sense that the company would want to sell Nest's signature thermostat through its own storefront. And it's doing just that starting today, with the $249.99 Nest Learning Thermostat now listed on Google Play. That's the same price you'd pay Amazon, Best Buy, Apple (yes, it's still selling Nest for now), or Nest itself for the thermostat, so don't expect any savings from Google. Since Nest's mission is to help consumers use energy more efficiently, Google is tying its latest store addition to Earth Day.

Apple Found A Way To Mock Samsung And Help The Earth At The Same Time

Apple doesn’t usually take public shots at its competitors, but for Earth Day it seems to be making an exception. The Cupertino, Calif., company released full-page ads in several newspapers encouraging the promotion of solar energy while also taking a shot at Smasung. Apple ad on back cover of this morning's Metro: 'There are some ideas we want every company to copy'. pic.twitter.com/RNbgBNtjHZ— David McClelland (@DavidMcClelland) April 22, 2014 Apple and Samsung have been locked in an ongoing legal battle since 2011 over trademark patents that Apple claims Samsung infringed upon. ...

Withings Pulse O2 monitors blood oxygen levels for climbers, asthmatics

Withings released its Pulse tracker late last summer, and now the outfit has announced it's successor: the Pulse O2. Just like that first fitness gadget, the new model keeps tabs on heart rate, sleep and activity (steps, ...

High court hears streaming TV case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can side with broadcasters in a copyright challenge to an Internet startup company without threatening the burgeoning world of cloud computing.

10 apps cord cutters can’t live without

So let’s say you’ve decided to cut the cord on your expensive pay TV service and get all your favorite shows over the Internet. Which apps will you need the most on your connected television? NPD Group has just come out with a new survey of connected TV users and has unsurprisingly found that viewers see Netflix as their most essential app for TV watching. However, Netflix isn’t the only TV app that cord cutters love and the rest of NPD’s survey on popular TV apps contains some surprises. One such surprise is the fact that connected TV users rate The Weather Channel as the third-most important TV app, just behind YouTube and in front of popular content streaming services such as

AT&T wants to power the next big video streaming service

AT&T has a new way to take on TV-threatening internet video services like Netflix: it's going to offer a few services of its own. The telecom is teaming up with the Chernin Group -- previously a bidder in ...

Apple releases iOS 7.1.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Apple on Tuesday issued a new update for its wildly popular mobile operating system. iOS 7.1.1, which is available immediately over the air (OTA) and should show up soon as a download through iTunes, is a minor update with bug fixes that follows Apple’s last major release, iOS 7.1. The update is compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and iPhone 4, as well as recent iPad and iPod touch models. Apple’s brief change log for the iOS 7.1.1 update follows below. - Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition - Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness - Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled

For More Internet, and More Democracy, Forget NetMundial and ICANN

As the Netmundial conference on the future of Internet governance starts, rather than asking "What can we expect from it?", we might ask instead whether this future might be more promisingly reformed by political, technical and architectural innovations than by a preach to a so-called multistakeholder choir convened in Sao Paulo.

Here’s how the Xbox One can finally catch up to Sony’s PS4

The Xbox One has a major PS4 problem, recent sales numbers have revealed, with sales of Sony’s new console sales seriously outpacing Microsoft’s. While Sony has recently announced that it sold 7 million PS4 units, Microsoft was only able to say it shipped over 5 million units to stores, without saying how many of them have actually been sold. Forbes says that in order to prevent Sony from further widening the gap, and winning the early Xbox One vs PS4 war, Microsoft has to cut the price of the Xbox One. The publication argues that both consoles are more or less equals when it comes to performances and games availability – although another recent report says Sony has a lot more PS4-ready games –

Aereo CEO speaks on company, Supreme Court case

NEW YORK (AP) — Television broadcasters face off at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday with Aereo, a company that offers live TV over the Internet. The case hinges on whether the service constitutes a public performance in violation of copyright law.

Orange cuts broadband tariffs in Spain

The Spanish division of French telecoms group Orange said it would cut the price of a package that includes broadband and fixed calls by 23 percent to 38.10 euros ($52.56) per month. Industry sources say Orange, the third-largest mobile operator in Spain, is looking at acquisitions to bolster its business, including broadband specialist Jazztel. Vodafone, the largest mobile operator in Spain after Telefonica, earlier this year agreed to buy local cable company Ono, upping the heat on Orange to increase market share in Spain.

Bloomberg invests $5M in solar-powered lamp

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation on Tuesday announced a $5 million investment in an artsy-looking solar-powered lamp designed for use in off-grid populations in Africa.

Report Shows Cyber Crime is on the Rise

"The bad guys are winning," according to Verizon's 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) that says there's large increase in cyber crime. d the report's lead author Wade Baker says " But somehow that's not all bad news?  According to the authors, this year more than 63,000 security incidents were analyzed, but the high figure shouldn't be too intimidating:  This evolution  of the DBiR reflects the experience of many security practitioners and executives who know that an incident needn’t result in data exfiltration for it to have a significant impact on the targeted business. The report, which has been compiled by Verizon's security arm every year for the last decade, finds that 97 percent of crimes fall into nine categories of security breaches, including point of sales intrusions, web app attacks, cyber espionage, insider misuse, card skimmers, DoS attacks, crimeware, miscellaneous errors and physical theft. 

7 awesome HBO Go ads you really have to watch right now

7 awesome HBO Go ads you really have to watch right nowHBO is looking to convince even more people to watch its TV shows by promoting HBO Go as a solid way to avoid all those awkward moments that may pop up while watching TV with the whole family. The company released seven short ads centered around various popular HBO shows including Game of Thrones, True Detective, True Blood, Girls and Curb Your Enthusiasm, highlighting certain scenes that may spark unusual family conversation. The fix, in all those cases, is HBO Go, which would let users watch any HBO programs on other devices instead of the TV, thus leaving them undisturbed by potentially annoying conversations. What the ads don’t really say is that users will need an active HBO subscription in order to actually


(VIDEO) Ericsson Taps Elemental Technologies for “Virtualized Encoder”

LAS VEGAS  - As part of Ericsson's expansion into cloud-based video encoding with its "Virtualized Encoder Solution," it has tapped Portland, Oregon-based Elemental Technologies, the companies announced at the NAB Show. We sat down with Ericsson's Giles Wilson, Head of TV Compression, for an overview the company's expanding role in video encoding and how it is responding to the needs of 4K and HEVC standards and the alliance with Elemental.

Download: Show your friends you’re smarter than them with QuizUP

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