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It looks like Sony's commanding lead in next-gen console sales didn't last long in the US. The NPD Group reports that the PlayStation 4 was the top-selling game console in the country this February, but only just -- the Xbox One managed to get over 90 percent of the PS4's sales volume. Microsoft says that it sold 258,000 units of its flagship, which suggests that Sony moved roughly 287,000 PS4s.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Google has taken its all-seeing eyes on a trip that few experience: the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
Amazon.com Inc plans to hike the annual fee for its popular Prime service by 25 percent to $99 starting next week, a move announced on Thursday that risks losing customers for a feature that has helped drive its business. The increase comes about six weeks after Amazon warned that it may raise prices by as much as $40 to offset rising fuel and shipping costs. Later on Thursday, Amazon rival ShopRunner offered a free one-year membership to its own $79-a-year service to disgruntled Prime users who have not renewed their subscription at the higher rate. But it may temper Amazon's ability to attract new customers to Prime, seen as instrumental to boosting purchases of goods and digital media.
For a while, Microsoft experimented with selling its Xbox consoles the same way many mobile carriers sell smartphones: By offering them at a discount in exchange for signing a two-year service agreement for the Xbox Live Gold online subscription service. The Wall Street Journal reports, however, that Microsoft has quietly killed off its two-year Xbox contract plans for the Xbox 360 and has no plans to ever try them out with the Xbox One. Microsoft spokesperson David Dennis told the Journal that “this program was intended to be a pilot experiment from the start, and Microsoft routinely adjusts the mix of offers available to its customers and this change was simply standard business practice.” Under Microsoft’s original scheme, gamers could pay
A new, functional art project by Thibault Brevet that debuted this week at the South By South West festival in Austin, Texas turns ordinary receipt printers to speedy replicators of the US Constitution. Called Consti2Go, Brevet's device uses an Arduino processor hooked up to a small battery pack and serial cable that can be plugged in for "hijacking the existing network of standard receipt printers." Each time you press the button, it proceeds to print a copy of the Constitution — all 4,543 words of it — in just six seconds.
Two strangers. One room. Well they're not complete strangers. Let's start again. Two guys who work together, but don't usually hang out outside of the office. One room. What happens when they are told to kiss for the first time on camera? Some say it's going to be magical, some say it's going to be weird. Either way, it'll go viral.
As I worked through the list of techniques I'd collected, the post became so long that I had to split it in half. Here are even more suggestions to help you make your day more productive without putting in extra hours.
Mexico's government may send to the Senate as soon as Friday so-called secondary laws that lay out the fine print of a reform aimed at boosting competition in the telecommunications sector, a top lawmaker said on Thursday. The secondary laws will flesh out a constitutional overhaul approved last year to open up the country's phone and TV industries, which are dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil and the country's No. 1 broadcaster, Televisa. "It's very likely tomorrow the telecommunications secondary laws reach the Senate," Emilio Gamboa, Senate leader for the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party told local radio.
A 20-year-old Los Angeles man has been arrested after he allegedly threatened to shoot someone walking down the street in exchange for 100 retweets on Twitter, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The Los Angeles Times reports that the man, Dakkari Dijon McAnuff, posted a photo on Twitter showing a rifle pointed out at the street with the caption "100 [retweets] and I'll shoot someone walking." After being alerted to the photo, police tracked McAnuff down at his home in downtown LA and arrested him on suspicion of making criminal threats. McAnuff's Twitter account has been deleted. Threats on Twitter have resulted in arrests in Spain, the United Kingdom, and Kuwait, among other places.
Sony already has a sizable lead in the battle for top vendor in the current video game console generation, but that lead may soon be extended even further thanks to the promise of exciting new virtual reality technology for the PlayStation 4. Multiple unnamed video game developers have informed Edge Online that Sony plans to unveil its “Oculus Rift-beating” virtual reality headset next week. The reveal will apparently come during the annual Game Developers Conference, where Sony has multiple sponsored sessions planned. Sessions include “Driving the Future of Innovation at Sony Computer Entertainment,” “Creating unique interactive experiences with the PlayStation 4,” and “Panel on Indie Development Solutions for PlayStation 4.” According to the report, Sony has already provided prototypes of its
AT&T's buyout of Leap Wireless is clearly going more smoothly than its failed bid for T-Mobile. The FCC has just approved the Leap acquisition, leaving only the Department of Justice's A-OK between AT&T and its dreams of additional spectrum. However, the carrier will have to abide by some conditions if it wants all that extra bandwidth.
Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is both worried and optimistic about the future of his creation. In celebration of the WWW’s 25th anniversary on March 12, Berners-Lee took some time to answer questions in a Reddit AMA and announced his plans for an online Magna Carta to protect online privacy. He also revealed the thing about Web use today that surprises him most: kittens. Yes, the Web’s obsession with cats -- be they grumpy, heart-meltingly adorable or musically inclined -- has astounded the man who helped make it all possible. His surprise, however, might be because he's
You know Google's Search by Image feature? Well, Bing now offers the same functionality -- albeit more than two years later. Microsoft's search engine will now let you search for a particular picture, as Google has been doing since mid-2011.
When critics and analysts discuss the death of console gaming, they often hold up the iPhone as the culprit. Mobile gaming is destined to replace expensive home consoles once and for all, they say, offering comparable games for 1/60th the price. So why are the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 flourishing while Flappy Bird clones still dominate the charts on iOS devices? Edge has taken a look at the short, depressing history of the iOS App Store. Once a fertile breeding ground for original content, the App Store has been reduced to a heap of free-to-play games and clones. Anyone who attempts to stray from the beaten path is typical met with little to no fanfare, hidden in the depths
Mark Zuckerberg wants President Obama to stop the U.S. government from spying on his users, and in doing so he's totally willing to ignore that his company's own ad plan is based around doing some peeping of its own. The Facebook chief penned an angry open letter on Thursday about the president's slow response to reforming the National Security Agency. In it, he complained that the massive online spying program is sowing distrust among Facebook's 1.2 billion members.
By Jim Finkle and Susan Heavey BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Target Corp's security software detected potentially malicious activity during last year's massive data breach but its staff decided not to take immediate action, the No. 3. "With the benefit of hindsight, we are investigating whether if different judgments had been made the outcome may have been different," company spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in a statement. The disclosure came after Bloomberg Businessweek reported on Thursday that Target's security team in Bangalore had received alerts from a FireEye Inc security system on November 30 after the attack was launched and sent them to Target headquarters in Minneapolis. The FireEye reports indicated malicious software had appeared in the system and that attackers were planning to send stolen data to servers outside of Target's network, according to a person whom Bloomberg Businessweek had consulted on Target's investigation but was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Sources speaking to The Wall Street Journal say that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 maintained contact with satellites for several hours after disappearing from radar, raising new questions about where the missing 777 wide-body airliner may be. The aircraft had been on a scheduled route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing before vanishing from air traffic controllers' screens just 40 minutes into the flight last Friday. The revelation complicates a mystery that has already confounded investigators and experts for nearly a full week, an eternity by search-and-rescue standards for large aircraft. Flight 370's transponder — the device that delivers flight and altitude information to air traffic controllers — was originally believed to have simply stopped working when the flight was presumed to have crashed in the Gulf of Thailand.
Get ready: video ads are set to become a permanent fixture in your Facebook feed by late April or early May. The social network has been testing 15-second spots since December and, after a few delays, officially started offering them as an option to select advertisers today. Both mobile and desktop ads will autoplay in your feed, but won't have audio unless you click on them (so you won't have to worry about disturbing your cubemate when you're Facebook stalking your ex).
A new report reveals that Amazon is going forward with its smartphone plans, and may launch such devices in multiple markets later this year, including the U.S. The Information has learned that the phone is called “Project Aria” internally, with Amazon already exploring markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America for potential launches. Project Aria will apparently appeal to customers in emerging markets as well. However, one challenge for Amazon is providing content to customers in non-U.S. markets, as the company still lacks the licenses needed to deliver the same kind of content it offers in its home market to international customers. Meanwhile, Amazon has already negotiated with several U.S. mobile operators to launch the device, although no carrier has
By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mobile data brought U.S. wireless carriers more revenue than voice calls did for the first time last quarter, a milestone for the industry as faster network speeds are prompting Americans to consume, and pay for, more data than ever. Mobile data service revenue reached $90 billion last year and accounted for more than 50 percent of revenues for wireless companies in the final quarter of 2013, according to research published by Chetan Sharma Consulting late Wednesday. "It is a milestone in the evolution of the industry," Chetan Sharma, president of the Seattle firm, said in a phone interview. This year, Sharma predicts that the United States will become the first country to bring in $100 billion in mobile data revenue, a steep rise from the $1 billion the sector drew in 2002.
The Federal Communications Commission has approved AT&T's acquisition of Leap Wireless, the company that operates the popular Cricket brand of prepaid wireless service. Acknowledging that an unchecked deal could've harmed the public interest, the FCC says concessions and commitments made by AT&T have effectively counterbalanced any major concerns. Many of them focus on south Texas and southwestern markets where Cricket holds a strong footprint. We've gone over what the deal means for consumers previously, but in short, AT&T just picked up 5 million new customers and is expected to use Leap's assets to bolster its network capacity in larger markets.
Wanna know a secret? We're all just fighting for something we already have. Like looking for the pen that's tucked behind my own ear. I scan my page for "likes" in hopes of finding a sense of peace. To drown out the voice in my head. My voice.
Foreign data thieves may be responsible for stealing Target's customer data late last year, but it now appears that the retailer played a large part in its own misfortune. Sources speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek claim that Target not only ...
Why Microsoft has held out for so long on releasing its Office suite for the iPad is anyone’s guess but Reuters reports that the company is coming under even greater pressure to bring it to market because many businesses who use tablets are finding other ways to get productivity software. Reuters cites the example of “Artivest Holdings Inc, a New York-based financial services startup that sells alternative investment products” and that uses tablet-tailored app Quip to meet its word processing needs. Reuters‘ sources say that Microsoft has an iPad version of Office ready to go but that it’s held off on releasing it because it’s worried about hurting sales of its own Windows tablets if it makes Office available on
Spritz makers claim the app allows users to read at staggeringly high rates of speed: 600 or even 1,000 words per minute. However, when we read really fast -- especially in complex or difficult material -- our understanding of the text suffers.
We hope you weren't too attached to the Nook app for Windows, because it's going away -- well, sort of. Barnes & Noble's Nook Media subsidiary and Microsoft have amended their partnership with terms that let Nook Media stop distributing its Windows e-book software. The company won't leave bookworms completely stranded, though.
T-Mobile today announced that it will upgrade its entire 2G / EDGE network to provide faster 4G LTE service. Right now, its LTE coverage reaches 210 million Americans. But the company has largely concentrated its LTE deployment around major cities and metro areas. One of the leading complaints against T-Mobile is that service quality often takes a dive in rural and even some suburban areas.
A new screen shot reported to be from a build of Apple's upcoming iOS 8 has hit the Web, complete with an icon for the company's rumored Healthbook app. If the screen shot is real, it would all but confirm that Apple will be integrating some form of fitness app into the iPhone 6. The inclusion of Healthbook could also mean that Apple's rumored iWatch is on the way and that it will, in fact, have a major focus on fitness.Based on the screen shot, which was reported by9t05Mac, the app will be able to read your blood pressure, calories burned and heart rate.
For the past few months we’ve written a lot about two controversial potential mergers that have shaken the American Internet service and telecom landscape: A proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and a not-yet-formally-proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile. What has become fascinating to watch about each merger is the way that both Sprint and Comcast have gone about trying to convince the general public that it should support letting them become bigger and more powerful by acquiring smaller players. Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son this week began his charm offensive by doing multiple interviews with several different media outlets where he talked about his vision for the American wireless market. In one interview, Son pledged to deliver a “massive
Photography enthusiasts looking to speed up their shots will soon be able to snap at breakneck pace with the Nikon 1 V3. The camera maker says that its new flagship mirrorless camera is the world's fastest continuous shooter, with a frame rate of 20 fps. Available in April, the Nikon 1 V3 will be kitted with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm Zoom lens, a DF-N1000 electronic viewfinder and the GR-N1010 grip for $1,200.
Video streaming has grown so much in the UK that authorities are now using it to help calculate inflation rates. The Office of National Statistics announced today that it has added Netflix and Amazon Instant Video to the UK's " ...
My generation must now assume responsibility for its actions. We need to work hand in hand with lawmakers to strike a balance in which copyright law protects existing intellectual property, but doesn't stifle the creation of future intangible assets.
One big problem that cropped up for many iPhone users with the release of iOS 7 was that some of the new animations on the platform apparently made them feel motion sickness. However, The Guardian’s Craig Grannell writes that the release of iOS 7.1 has done more to fix this issue than any other update released so far. Grannell starts out by noting that Apple first tried to address this issue with a revamped Reduce Motion control option that it released with iOS 7.0.3. However, he says that 7.1 has further refined this feature to the point where it should all but end instances of motion sickness for iPhone users. “With iOS 7.1, it appears Apple is further thrashing out the
"Stop the tape. Start the tape. Wait, not actual tape, it's just an old saying. Yes, it's a hard drive. Are we recording? Is this thing on? Not just the mic specifically, I mean the whole audio input system. OK, I'll be more blunt, can you hear me? No, not in real life, I know you can hear me in real life, I mean via the mic through the system and on the tape. Sorry, not actual tape. Look, let me just get right to it, are we cool to broadcast? Yes, yes, I mean live stream. Do you really not get what we're saying? We've done over 100 of these by now."
Microsoft originally launched its subscription version of Office back in September 2012, but the company is announcing a new cheaper option for individuals today. Office 365 Personal is a $6.99-per-month (or $69.99 a year) subscription service that provides access to the Office 2013 applications for Windows, and the ability to install and use the Mac and mobile versions of the application. While the $9.99-per-month Office 365 Home Premium allows you to use the service across up to five PCs or Macs, Office 365 Personal is valid for just one computer and one tablet. Office 365 has been slowly growing its share of subscriptions, and Microsoft revealed back in October that more than 2 million people now subscribe to the service. 75 percent growth over such a short period of time is impressive, and Microsoft will be hoping that the addition of a lower price bracket will increase growth further.
When the fossils of Nanuqsaurus hoglundi were discovered in the Arctic three decades ago, scientists thought they belonged to a whale, reports the AFP. But a second, more recent look from researchers in Texas revealed that the fossils actually belonged to a diminutive Tyrannosaurus rex relative that roamed Alaska's north over 66 million years ago. Found 400 miles northwest of Fairbanks, Alaska, this miniature tyrannosaurine measured 6.5 feet at the hip and almost 23 feet from tooth to tail. This may seem rather tall, but if you compare its size with a T. rex, an animal whose hips were 13 feet above the ground, N. hoglundi — nicknamed the "polar bear lizard" — does seem just a tad tiny.
As cities grow, light pollution has spread across the night sky in America. Observatories find their views obstructed, and space-based options like the expensive, fragile Hubble telescope can't entirely replace ground-based counterparts. But Tyler Nordgren wants to remind people that the stars are still worth watching. In Nautilus, Todd Pitock profiles Nordgren, who has worked to bring astronomy programs to national parks, drawing attention to the constellations that light pollution erases. ...
Amazon just pulled the trigger -- the company raised the price of its popular Prime service from $79 to $99. Although the 25 percent price increase may drive some customers away, the move could also get others to spend even more money at Amazon. Prime offers subscribers a free Kindle e-book each month, access to Amazon's streaming video service and, most significantly, free two-day shipping on more than 20 million items.
Apple's next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, looks an awful lot like the iOS you've already got on your iDevice. At least that's according to screens leaked on Chinese microblog site Weibo and lent credence by veritable Apple site 9to5Mac, which show what is supposedly iOS 8 in action. Yes, square icons with rounded edges are back, but that design is wrapped around some new entrants in the app world: TextEdit, Preview and Tips.
To the surprise of almost no one, Amazon finally announced that it was raising prices on annual Amazon Prime subscriptions by 25%, going from $79 to $99 a year. Although Amazon is officially saying that it had to increase its Prime prices due to increased shipping costs, Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson isn’t buying it. Instead of shipping costs, Dawson thinks that Amazon is jacking up Prime prices in anticipation of its upcoming music streaming service that will put it head-to-head with Pandora, iTunes Radio and Spotify. “The real reason for Amazon’s price increase is that it has been giving away a video streaming service roughly equivalent to Netflix for free as part of Prime,” Dawson writes. “Given the rumors
Programming began to change my way of looking at poetry. To my surprise I found that writing code reminded me of writing poems. In the act of creation, you encounter the same tension of raw, boundless possibility against disciplined construction.
While the DMCA should remain undisturbed as a cornerstone of our thriving Internet economy, Congress can still shine a light on bad actors trying to snuff out competitors or lawful speech online.
Robot fish are typically pale imitations at best -- even when they move quickly, they don't move all that gracefully. MIT's new soft robotic fish should be much closer to the real animal, however. Instead of relying on rigid joints and motors to swim, the new fish wiggles its tail fin by inflating a channel with carbon dioxide.
Ever wish a suit of armor was among Barbie's many outfits? So does 3D printing enthusiast Jim Rodda, also known as Zheng3 in the hobbyist design community. Rodda says his four-year-old niece inspired him to design the Faire Play armor.
A pair of screenshots reportedly sourced from Apple's unannounced iOS 8 were posted to a Weibo account today. One of the images reveals several new apps, including the previously-rumored Healthbook and mobile versions of Preview and TextEdit — two apps that have been staples of OS X for years. The new apps are "being considered for release later in the year," according to the report. The icons appear far from finished, since they're literally the Mac icons for Preview and TextEdit thrown onto solid white and black backgrounds.
Internet service provider Time Warner Cable recently made customers an offer. In exchange for a discount of roughly $60 per year on their home Internet service, subscribers could opt for a new service plan that capped their data at 30 gigabytes each billing period. While the prospect of saving money on steep monthly cable bills is certainly appealing, TWC customers have spoken loud and clear: No, we don’t want data caps. During the recent Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom conference in Florida, Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Rob Marcus said that practically no subscribers took the ISP up on its offer for cheaper service with a data cap. Light Reading reports that Marcus confirmed the number of subscribers now on
Netflix is set to make good on its largest-ever deal for original content by launching no fewer than three new original Dreamworks series. With such varied and popular character base to choose from, the streaming giant confirmed today that it has chosen to launch spin-offs from two of the animation studio's biggest franchises. So what are they?
The last two Godzilla trailers have given us a hint of what's to come in the upcoming film, and at SXSW a small audience got the best look yet at the new monster. After a screening of the original 1954 Japanese film, director Gareth Edwards introduced an extended sequence - still with some unfinished visual effects - in which the new Godzilla lays waste to Hawaii before squaring off against another giant monster. ...
The last two Godzilla trailers have given us a hint of what's to come in the upcoming film, and at SXSW a small audience got the best look yet at the new monster. After a screening of the 1954 Japanese original, director Gareth Edwards introduced an extended sequence from the 2014 version — still with some unfinished visual effects — in which the new Godzilla lays waste to Hawaii before squaring off against another giant monster. The morning after we sat down with the filmmaker to talk about the design of the new beast, how his film ties into the rest of the franchise, and the challenge of making monster movies that mean something.
Would you ever tune into seven hours of footage of a train rolling through the countryside? Or 100 hours straight of a Norwegian grandmaster playing chess? Then you're the target audience of "Slow TV," a genre of television popular in Norway. "It has a relaxing effect," says Per Arne Kalbakk, deputy CEO of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, which has found success airing Slow TV broadcasts that last as long as five days. ...
We have been hearing plenty about Apple’s upcoming iOS 8 software this week, and the hits keep on coming. Thursday morning brought news of iCloud enhancements and new Preview and TextEdit apps, and the news closely followed the revelation that Apple’s Maps app and iTunes Radio service are going to see some big changes as well. Now, screenshots showing iOS 8 running on an iPhone have leaked for the first time. The leaked iOS 8 screenshots were posted on Chinese microblogging service Webio by a user named “360浏览器超速版,” and they were first reported on by 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac has a great track record when covering unannounced Apple plans, and it is the source of all of the iOS 8 leaks from
Apple still hasn't announced plans to release an iWatch, but the evidence of one continues to mount. The iPhone maker recently patented a special type of pedometer that can locate itself on the user's body, an invention that could find its way into Apple's first wearable device. According to a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filing from Mar. 13, Apple's "Wrist Pedometer Step Detection" patent describes "optimizations for detecting steps when a pedometer is worn at a user's wrist." The patented technology is meant to accurately track the amount of steps a user takes, whether they wear their device around their wrist, arm or ankle.
Well, this is certainly a motley crew: a variety of companies in the virtual reality space are teaming up to create the "Immersive Technology Alliance." The group is an evolution of an earlier consortium, The Stereoscopic 3D ...
Surgeon Simulator 2013 somehow managed to make the process of brutally murdering a patient hilarious, and now the experience has been translated to touch. What makes the game both challenging and funny is the delightfully difficult controls: heart surgery requires deft precision, but in the game you're only able to flail around wildly.
The hack that embarrassed U.S. retailer Target and left millions of customers' credit card information naked and exposed wasn't particularly complex or all that elaborate, according to new investigation. It only worked because, for some reason, Target didn't react to the safeguards it put in place. Bloomberg Businessweek spoke with over 10 Target employees who were privy to the company's data security protocol and eight people "with specific knowledge of the hack" and came away with a less than flattering picture of Target's approach to security. The story basically says that Target was sitting on its hands while it was being hacked to smithereens. Businessweek explains:
In the wake of the numerous Edward Snowden revelations about the extensive NSA digital spying operations, handset makers and app developers have come up with new devices and/or applications to help put a stop to all the spying. One such new app that aims to better inform users about the data their smartphone sends while they use apps or surf the web, and to better educate them on how to protect their privacy is viaProtect, PhoneArena reports. “Leaky and insecure apps pose substantial risks to personal data on mobile devices,” the app description says. “These apps may transmit information without encryption or to overseas servers which allows data to be intercepted by unwanted parties. The harsh consequences can include identity
It also introduced them to their guide through the series’ planned 13-episode run: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, a renowned astrophysicist and vocal science advocate, who will fill the shoes of Cosmos’ original host, the late Carl Sagan. For now, Tyson is happy to act as the very public face of the scientific cause — he’s recently been profiled in the New Yorker, posed for a selfie with President Obama, and was a keynote speaker at SXSW.
Keep moving. That's the message you'll get from anyone offering up fitness advice these days. It's snappy, simple and probably quite valid.
Samsung’s next-generation flagship smartphone doesn’t launch for another month, but we have already seen the Galaxy S5 star in a series of extensive written and video reviews. Beyond just looking at the device itself, however, mobile industry insider Eldar Murtazin also spent a good amount of time comparing the new smartphone to its predecessor, the Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S5 is one of the most hotly anticipated smartphones of the year despite the fact that it couldn’t live up to the crazy rumors that swirled ahead of its unveiling. No, it doesn’t have a quad HD display or an eye scanner, but it still looked like one of the best smartphones Samsung has ever built when we took a look
The moment that a notoriously pro-surveillance member of Congress spent nearly an hour excoriating the CIA for breaking into Senate computers, a Daily Show sketch became inevitable. Jon Stewart doesn't disappoint. "What's extraordinary about these accusations is they're not coming from Senator Ron 'ooh, privacy is important' Wyden or Senator Rand 'aah, don't kill me with a flying robot' Paul. And on CIA director John Brennan's pained protest that hacking Senate computers was "beyond the scope of reason":
By Emma Thomasson LONDON (Reuters) - British online grocer Ocado sees Amazon's push to sell more groceries as more of an opportunity than a threat, believing it will encourage big international retailers to look for partners to help them get set up in e-commerce. "What Amazon is clearly doing is awakening the global grocers to the online challenge they are going to face and they are accelerating the opportunities for us as a platform partner provider," Ocado Chief Executive Tim Steiner said on Thursday. Amazon plans to expand its "Fresh" grocery business within the United States this year and is reported to be considering launching in Germany, its second biggest market, prompting big retailers in the country to seek to set up online operations. Ocado expects to strike partnerships with retailers outside its home market Britain like its 200 million pounds deal with Morrisons, Britain's No. 4 supermarket group, to provide its online grocery operation.
Dish subscribers who fret over choosing shows to record can relax a little today. The satellite provider has just released its promised Super Joey, which both extends the Hopper DVR to other rooms and adds two tuners to the Hopper's already plentiful six. As the math suggests, the device combo lets you record a full eight shows at the same time -- four of your own choosing, plus four from the biggest US networks (ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC).
Google started life as a research project in 1996 to crawl the internet and create a search engine. 18 years later, Google is now removing the last of the design left over from that era. Starting today, the '90s-style underlined links are being removed from Google search results. It’s the biggest visual change today, but Google is also tweaking other parts of its desktop search results.
This access to information will help bring our world to a new and unique opportunity to share and innovate. It's going to be an exciting time in our lives.
Rumors have been swirling recently that Microsoft's Windows Phone OS may become free to some companies to help them compete with Android. Now two unnamed Indian manufacturers, part of a group of new Windows Phone partners, have said that they are, in fact, getting WP8 at no charge. One told the Times of India that it's "not paying Microsoft a license fee" through a unique, specific agreement.
Amazon is about to raise the price of its Prime membership service for the first time ever in the US, bringing the cost up to $99 per year, $20 above where it's been for nearly a decade. The price change goes into effect on April 17th, and those signing up or renewing their service before then will still be able to pay the original, less-expensive price for a final year. While Prime's offerings aren't changing alongside the price increase, Amazon is citing Prime's increasingly substantial offerings as reason for the jump. It notes that there are now more items eligible for free shipping under Prime and points to Amazon Instant Video, access to which is now included in all Prime subscriptions.
We suspected a price rise was imminent for Prime subscribers in the US, especially after recent changes in the UK, and now we have the details. When you sign up or renew, you'll be charged an annual rate of $99, versus the steady $79 charge that has been in place since the service first launched. An email to Prime members vaguely attributes the increase to rising fuel and transportation costs, as well as to the general expansion of streaming content and e-book lending.
By Stella Dawson March 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Intel Corp has spent more than five years figuring out how to rid its supply chain of minerals that finance violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo region, and now it is offering to show other companies how they can do the same. Intel's offer to "open source" its methods for verifying that none of its products contain minerals from armed groups involved in the DRC conflict could save other companies significant amounts of money and give them a head start in meeting new U.S. regulations that require them to certify their products are conflict free. "For us, this has always been about doing the right thing," Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said at a meeting in the U.S. Senate offices on Wednesday with DRC officials where he announced the move. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable and National Association of Manufacturers have sued to overturn or limit the conflict minerals rule, adopted by Congress in 2010.
After collecting viewer feedback on 10 new pilot shows, Amazon has picked four that will go on to a first season: the dramas "Bosch" and "The After" and the comedies/dramedies "Transparent" and "Mozart in the Jungle." None of the shows are groundbreaking — though some of the people behind them, like "The X-files" creator Chris Carter are. The pilots aren't so much shocking as unusual — featuring, for example, an entire scene smeared in BBQ sauce and a French actress who leads an End-Times apocalyptic survival journey.
Microsoft didn't just equip Windows Phone 8.1 with a redesigned notification center and a Siri nemesis called Cortana, it also revamped its stock camera app. While many of the current app's features remain intact, a video leaked by Unleash ...
In 1983, Nintendo introduced the Famicom, which became the Nintendo Entertainment System when it hit North America two years later. Now, a company is reimagining Nintendo's original game console as a vision clad in shining silver. Analogue Interactive, the boutique which turned the NeoGeo arcade machine into a stunning walnut game system, has just announced the Analogue Nt, a completely remastered NES crafted from a single block of solid aircraft aluminum. With four controller ports and independent slots for Nintendo and Famicom games, the company claims it can play all your old cartridges and use your original controllers, while requiring no emulation to manage the feat.
Nikon has never really aimed its mirrorless cameras at advanced users — the 1 series models mostly feature small bodies with controls that are simple to a fault, and the system uses a 1-inch sensor that struggles to compete with the larger chips in other interchangeable lens cameras. But the new V3 sees Nikon aim for that enthusiast crowd with a model that should offer more flexibility at a higher price than ever. Autofocus performance has always been one of the 1 series' strong points, along with video, and Nikon is improving the latter feature with the V3 as well. Like the other 1 cameras, the V3 can capture full-resolution photos while recording video, and the new model adds 120fps slow-motion 720p recording.
Jay Rockefeller, the Democratic Senator from West Virginia, came out strongly this week against the ‘.sucks’ top-level domain, which he described as “little more than a predatory shakedown scheme.” Some background: generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are the endings of URLs, such as .com, .edu, .gov, and of course, .biz. ICANN, the international group that administers the domain name system, is currently in the process of considering and distributing hundreds of new top-level domains. In a letter to ICANN’s chairman, he expressed worry that the .sucks domain would “be used to unfairly defame individuals, non-profit organizations and businesses,” and that people and companies would be all but forced to have to buy another domain name in order to protect themselves.
ISPs will ignore Google Fiber at their own peril. MarketWatch’s Nat Worden writes that many cable executives he talked with four years ago were openly dismissive of Google’s chances of succeeding as an ISP because the company didn’t have the experience managing a network and dealing with customer service to make it work. Now, however, Google Fiber is up and running in three markets and is considering an expansion to nine other major metropolitan areas encompassing 34 cities and towns, meaning the time for Comcast and Time Warner Cable to scoff at Google’s broadband adventure may be at an end. “Analysts have crunched numbers suggesting Google Fiber should be taken seriously,” writes Worden. “Evercore Partners, an independent investment banking firm in
Four of the biggest U.S. technology groups collectively hold an estimated $124 billion in U.S. Treasury debt, much of it offshore, earning them tax-free interest, the UK's Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) said on Thursday. The finding means Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Cisco Systems Inc hold a large proportion of the $254.9 billion held in their foreign subsidiaries in U.S. Treasuries, according to securities filings reviewed by the London-based BIJ, a not-for-profit news organization. Democratic party Senator Carl Levin, who has campaigned for years against tax avoidance, was quoted saying by the BIJ that if U.S. corporations invested offshore funds in U.S. government debt, this income should face U.S. taxes.
Tokyo police will probe a suspected leak of Toshiba Corp technology to a South Korean company that relates to the top Japanese chipmaker's flagship memory chips, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday. The paper also said police had obtained a warrant for the arrest of a former engineer at a Toshiba-affiliated chipmaker who was suspected of improperly providing technical data to SK Hynix Inc. A Toshiba spokesman said the company could not comment on the matter while it is the subject of a police investigation. Tokyo police declined to comment. This would mark Japan's first criminal investigation into a leak of advanced technology from the IT sector overseas, the paper said.
Tonight Nikon is unveiling the latest edition of its 1 series of mirrorless cameras, the Nikon 1 V3. Compact yet powerful, it follows up on the V2 by packing an 18.4MP sensor, built-in WiFi, 1080/60p video capability ...
Let's say you bought a new laptop and wanted to check out a few videos that you legally downloaded without leaving Windows 8's touch-focused UI -- until now, your options have been pretty limited. If you're feeling a ...
If you thought Mozilla importing the Unreal Engine 3 onto Firefox was impressive, just wait until you get a load of what they’ve done with Unreal Engine 4. Less than a year after Mozilla showed off its successful port of the gaming engine behind the latest Bioshock and Mass Effect games into its web browser, the organization has come back with another video that gives us the first glimpse of its port of Unreal Engine 4. The video gives a brief two-minute tour of areas in the games Epic’s Soul and Swing Ninja and they look nothing short of stunning. Of course, this trailer is only one short little demonstration and we still don’t know whether Mozilla has solved a
It seems like President Obama was pretty serious about that cyber attack list he drew up last year -- his nominee candidate for NSA Director, Admiral Michael Rogers, just told the Senate that the military is building several ...
Among the cavalcade of Apple CarPlay launch partners that demoed working implementations at last week's Geneva Motor Show, Toyota was just a name on a list of other automakers that planned to add it to vehicles "down the road," as Apple put it. Now, the company says it plans to have the first new vehicles with CarPlay out by 2015. Apple's CarPlay was first announced at the company's developer conference in San Francisco last June under the name of iOS in the Car, though was not released to the public until this week alongside iOS 7.1.
Forget bringing back the flip phone — could Samsung be trying to resurrect the old-school candy bar phone? SamMobile has spotted a newly filed Samsung patent for a smartphone that has a 21:9 aspect ratio, which would likely make it the longest smartphone ever. Although a Galaxy device with a 21:9 aspect ratio would be strange, it wouldn’t be unprecedented: SamMobile points out that LG’s 2009 LG BL40 New Chocolate feature phone also had a 21:9 aspect ratio, although as you can see from the picture below the results weren’t pretty. In all likelihood, the patent filed by Samsung is just a wacky project that it cooked up in its gadget meth lab one weekend and won’t ever see the
It sucks when you go to Starbucks for a pick-me-up and some guy's holding up the line with an overly complicated request. Thankfully, the Seattle company's testing a mobile ordering service in an effort to speed things up. To be clear, when it debuts later this year, you still won't be able to get coffee delivered, but Bloomberg reports that the service will at least let you order through the Starbucks app before you get to the store.
We've seen some overly elaborate invisibility cloaks in our day, but Duke engineers have shown that lo-fi may be best for audio. After much refinement, they've developed a shield that can hide objects from sound waves thanks to a highly engineered pyramid shape and carefully placed holes. The stacked layers retard sound coming from any angle, so that it appears to have bounced off a flat wall when picked up by a detector (see the video after the break).
Less than five months after piloting a program that put large banner advertisements on the top of some search result pages, Google's pulled the plug. The controversial practice added large photos across the top of the page, along with a selection of links directing users to the paying companies website. All this appeared farther above organic search results than typical advertising on the results page, something that garnered criticism. ...
Even if you make use of Snowden’s tips for remaining anonymous online, there might not be much you can do to escape the NSA’s latest expansion. Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept report that classified files reveal “new details about groundbreaking surveillance technology the agency has developed to infect potentially millions of computers worldwide with malware ‘implants.’” The implants will be part of a major expansion that will eliminate the need for manual intervention in the hacking process, leaving “mass scale” hacks in the hands of automated systems. The infrastructure supporting the new program will run out of the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland as well as the United Kingdom and Japan. According to the report, the implants were originally
If you're an Android user traveling to the Middle East or southern Asia, you'll likely want to grab a just-released update to Google Translate. The new app expands on a recent iOS upgrade with handwriting recognition for 13 extra languages that mostly come from the above two regions; you can now write in Arabic and Persian as well as Indian dialects like Gujarati, Kannada, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. You'll also find support for Bosnian, Cebuano, Hmong, Maltese, Mongolian and Somali.
Digital Storm took the wraps off of its new Vanquish II PC today, a desktop gaming rig with a hurricane of features designed to give you a custom-built feel without actually having to assemble your own computer. Prices start at $699 for the"Good" version, which comes with a Core i3 4330 processor, 8GB of RAM and GTX 750 graphics card with 1GB of memory. The $1,189 "Ultimate" build keeps the same RAM, and comes packing a Core i5 4570 processor and GTX 770 graphics card with 2GB of memory.
New Apple job listings uncovered by AppleInsider reveal that the company is looking to fill several positions in its Camera Software team, with some of the listings mentioning for the first time ever the Apple TV alongside other Apple products that already have cameras. These new job listings seem to suggest that Apple may be soon bringing Kinect-like gesture-based controls to future Apple TV iterations and/or to its future television set that’s reportedly in the making. “The Camera Software team provides the media and graphics foundation across all of Apple’s innovative products, including iPhone, iPad, apple TV, iPod, iTunes, and Mac OS. Combining cutting-edge software techniques with next-generation hardware, the Camera Software team takes the media experience to the next
When Tim Berners-Lee penned a memo to his boss at CERN in March 1989, he was looking for a better way to manage information about complex evolving systems. He proposed an interconnected network of information that would improve communication at the facility, but there was no way of knowing what a tangled web we would weave. That memo would eventually spawn the world wide web and the various memes, crowdfunded gadgets and user-generated porn sites that it made possible.
A new feature in Google Wallet for both Android and iOS lets shoppers track where their goods are, right inside the app. As part of an update today, Google's added a new orders section in Wallet that shows the status of everything you've ordered that's still on its way, as well as past orders. These are linked up to tracking with "primary package carriers" in the US, Google says, meaning you'll get notifications every time there's a status change. You don't need to enter in these items, as Wallet is pulling the information from receipts sent to your Gmail account.
King Digital Entertainment Plc, maker of hit mobile phone game "Candy Crush Saga", expects to be worth up to $7.6 billion when it goes public this month in the United States, amid concerns about its over reliance on the game. King will hope to benefit from its focus on the estimated $17 billion market for mobile game apps and avoid the fate of rivals such as Zynga Inc, which has struggled to make its games as popular on phones as they are online. "Candy Crush," which involves moving candies to make a line of three in the same color, was the most downloaded free app and top revenue-grossing app in 2013. The game accounts for nearly three-quarters of King's revenue.