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  • The Problem Factory: Where Apple problems get manufactured

    12/27/2014 11:07:37 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    Macworld.com ^ | Dec 27, 2014 4:00 AM | The Macalope
    We’re close to the end of yet another year, but take heart! Some silly pundits made progress this year! Take Business Insider’s Jay Yarow, for example, who no longer believes market share is a problem for Apple. No, he just believes the perception of market share is a problem for Apple. OK, it’s pretty minimal progress but still... “Apple Executives Apparently Think The Data Used To Measure Smartphone Market Share Is Garbage” (indirect link and a tip o’ the antlers to Steve Boothe) Actually, what Apple says is “off the mark,” but you can’t write a Business Insider headline without...
  • Xbox, PlayStation networks under DOS attack on Christmas Day

    12/26/2014 6:51:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2014 | Rick Moran
    Millions of children and adults who received the latest video games were prevented from playing them on Chirstmas thanks to a DOS attack on Xbox and PlayStation networks. USA Today: Online game networks Xbox Live and PlayStation Network were knocked offline much of Christmas Day in an apparent DDos (distributed denial of service) attack. Taking credit for the takedown: a group called Lizard Squad, which previously claimed credit for August attacks on the PlayStation Network and online games World of Warcraft and League of Legends. Both networks were still having problems Friday morning. The network status Web page for...
  • What is the best flash app for Samsung Note III phone

    12/25/2014 10:04:47 AM PST · by citizen · 27 replies
    n/a | Dec 25 2014 | self
    I want to load an android app for flash player on my Samsung Note III phone. Model SM-N900V Android OS 4.4.2 I read that this is possible. I'm not all that technical so an app I could download and run would be great.
  • If you sign out of G Mail does google still track you?

    12/25/2014 5:51:08 AM PST · by dennisw · 60 replies
    self | Dec 25 | self
    One of my New Years resolutions is to not stay signed into Google mail or Google anything// Does this help with the tracking google does? I use track me not on Firefox and Chrome. I am using Bing and Google for searches Thanks
  • What Not To Get Your Girlfriend for Christmas

    12/24/2014 12:53:16 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 107 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 23, 2014 | Robbie Sherrard
    Video LinkNotes and rules...
  • Vanity- Need Computer help- no sound on Windows 7

    12/24/2014 12:13:48 PM PST · by Faith65 · 92 replies
    me ^ | 12-24-14 | me
    I have no sound on my computer (windows 7) any longer except for the windows dings. When I go to youtube, etc - there is no sound anymore. I have tried to figure out what is going on but no luck. Would really appreciate some help. Thanks and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
  • Yes, Virginia, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is a hot seller

    12/23/2014 3:45:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/23/2014 | PATRICK SEITZ
    Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface Pro 3 tablet-notebook convertible computer is selling surprisingly well this holiday season, Pacific Crest Securities reported. Pacific Crest analyst Brendan Barnicle called the Surface Pro 3 "Santa's surprise," saying the device could help Microsoft post revenue upside for the December quarter. Surface Pro 3 sales provided a similar boost to Microsoft's revenue in the September quarter, he said. Barnicle raised his estimates for Microsoft's December quarter, its fiscal Q2. He reiterated his outperform rating on the stock with a price target of 58. Microsoft was up 1.5%, near 48.50, in afternoon trading in the stock market today....
  • Windows 10 getting put through its paces by 450,000 'highly active' testers

    12/23/2014 3:41:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Network World ^ | 12/23/2014 | By Andy Patrizio
    Microsoft is enjoying a considerable effort on the part of testers for Windows 10, who are reporting a considerable number of bugs and helping push the new operating system along quickly.Gabe Aul, engineering general manager for the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, made his December blog update on Windows all about fixes and improvements, and there are a lot. He said that more 1.5 million registered Windows Insiders are banging away at Windows 10, about 450,000 of whom are considered "highly active." This is much higher than any previous public beta for Windows.Microsoft has been receiving feedback from the Windows...
  • Apple releases OS X NTP Security Update; Mac users advised to install ASAP

    12/23/2014 12:29:16 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Apple Inc. ^ | December 22, 2014
    Apple today released OS X NTP Security Update for Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion. Install this update as soon as possible. This update addresses a critical security issue with the software that provides the Network Time Protocol service on OS X, and is recommended for all users. Apple digitally signs its software updates to ensure the authenticity of update packages. Software Update automatically verifies a package’s signature prior to installing the update. If you manually download an update package, you can verify the signature yourself to confirm that the package is authentic and complete. See < HREF="http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202369">this article for details...
  • Christmas Past

    12/22/2014 8:30:24 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 16 replies
    IMGUR ^ | 12/22/2014 | Dallas59
    Graphics, post cards,ads.... BR>BR>BR>Full Album Here
  • Windows Installer App not Working

    12/20/2014 7:19:10 AM PST · by savedbygrace · 49 replies
    I have a Lenova C440 All-in-One Windows 8.1 PC. Recently I tried to install an application from the DVD installer disc. It failed. The first part of the process, choosing the location and the type of install, worked fine, but when the disc was supposed to spin up and copy/install all the files, it just sat there with no activity. After several minutes, I canceled out of it. I tried an install disc for a different app, and it failed similarly. I have done an Internet search for the issue, and have tried a few of the suggestions, including a...
  • Just realized: Media cares more about NORKS stopping MOVIE than NORKS building nukes

    12/20/2014 6:34:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    12/20/14 | sff
    Looking at the vast attention given to this Sony hack, I began to realize today that the media, egged on by Team Jarrett, is REALLY UPSET that a MOVIE was not going to be released. Compare this, though, to the NORKS efforts to build missiles and bombs that could annihilate millions of lives and leave cities radioactive for decades..... You can barely get the media to care.... Same goes for Iran. Let Iran's leader make an untoward remark about society or something.....the media talks. Iran building weapons to destroy Israel or sell to other terrorists to be used against America?...
  • Why Apple shouldn't be blamed for exploitation in China and Indonesia

    12/19/2014 10:10:13 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    Macworld UK ^ | 19 Dec 2014 | by Karen Haslam
    BBC Panorama programme noted that Apple has gone to some lengths to moderate the practices within the factories of its suppliers, and to try and trace the origin of the soldering tin that it uses, but it was very much a programme about “Apple’s factories” and “Apple’s use of illegally mined tin”. The BBC last night aired a Panorama programme highlighting violations at the factories where iPhones are manufactured, as well as the dangers involved in mining some of the tin that ends up as solder inside Apple products. While the Panorama programme did make note of the fact that...
  • Dangerous 'Misfortune Cookie' flaw discovered in 12 million home routers

    12/19/2014 9:29:02 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    PCWorld ^ | December 19, 2014 | By John E. Dunn
    Researchers at Check Point have discovered a serious security vulnerability affecting at least 12 million leading-brand home and SME routers that appears to have gone unnoticed for over a decade. Dubbed the ’Misfortune Cookie’ flaw, the firm plans to give a detailed account of the issue at a forthcoming security conference but in the meantime it’s important to stress that no real-world attacks using it have yet been detected. That said, an attacker exploiting the flaw would be able to monitor all data travelling through a gateway such as files, emails and logins and have the power to infect connected...
  • Researchers discover flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls, intercept text messages

    12/19/2014 7:11:31 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Friday, December 19, 2014 · 10:26 am
    “German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale – even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available,” Craig Timberg reports for The Washington Post. “The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in Hamburg this month, are the latest evidence of widespread insecurity on SS7, the global network that allows the world’s cellular carriers to route calls, texts and other services to each other,” Timberg reports. “Experts say it’s increasingly clear that SS7, first designed in...
  • Paulo Coelho Wants to Give The Interview Away Using BitTorrent

    12/19/2014 7:10:06 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Torrent Freak ^ | December 18, 2014
    Paulo Coelho Wants to Give The Interview Away Using BitTorrent By Andy on December 18, 2014 Sony may have withdrawn The Interview but not everyone is scared of releasing the movie. Author Paulo Coelho, whose book The Alchemist has sold in excess of 165 million copies, has just offered to buy the rights to the movie from Sony. He informs TorrentFreak that it would go straight on BitTorrent, for free. As has become customary in the past few weeks, the so-called Guardians of Peace hackers contacted TorrentFreak on Tuesday advising us of the latest release from their Sony hack.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by BBC report into poor working conditions in Chinese factories

    12/19/2014 2:36:25 PM PST · by dennisw · 37 replies
    dailymail ^ | 19 December 2014 | By Mark Prigg for MailOnline
    Apple CEO Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by BBC report into poor working conditions in suppliers' Chinese factories BBC reporters secretly filmed an iPhone 6 production line in China 'Exhausted' workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12 hour shifts But experts on China labour conditions say report 'does not fairly reflect conditions' Claims Apple is 'doing more than any other firm' for workers rights Apple's Tim Cook was 'deeply offended' by a BBC report into conditions in the firm's iPhone 6 production line at the Pegatron factories near Shanghai. Panorama secretly filmed on an iPhone 6 production line and found...
  • When There Is No Price to be Paid the Hackers Win

    12/19/2014 12:55:45 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 8 replies
    Technology and Security New Technologies ^ | Dec 18 2014 | Stephen Bryen
    If there is one salient fact that emerges from the now infamous Sony hack it is that the bad guys won.  The bad guys won because there they paid no price for the damage inflicted.  In the Sony case the hackers are outside and beyond the law, so their backers and sponsors are encouraged to cause even more damage in future. To stop cyber attacks, particularly those sponsored by foreign governments, we need to respond to attacks now. Sony is a movie company, a major cog in the entertainment industry.  Whether Sony rises or falls has little or nothing to...
  • Get Ready for The Next Wave of Tech Disruptions

    12/19/2014 10:36:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    33rd Square ^ | 12/17/2014
    According to technology expert Vivek Wadhwa, "One of the things that has begun to worry me is the fact that I'm seeing change happening at a scale which is unimaginable before and that it's impacting industry after industry after industry." "Every industry I've looked at I've seen a trend of major disruption happening," says Wadhwa in a new piece for Big Think. Wadhwa is a fellow at Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, director of research at Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke, and Distinguished Fellow at Singularity University.  Wadhwa tells how manufacturing will be dramatically...
  • Instant Translation – No Longer Sci-Fi

    12/19/2014 9:45:37 AM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/19/2014 | Rory Cellan-Jones
    In any case, Skype's Translator and its rivals have some way to go before they can match the abilities of a skilled human linguist. You would not want them involved in vital negotiations between world leaders for example. But over the next decade, you can expect to chat to friends whose language you don't share without stopping to flick through a dictionary.
  • An iPad app can land your plane if the engine quits

    12/18/2014 2:33:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    EndGadget ^ | 12/18/2014 | Steve Dent
    If the engine quits in a small plane, it's not the end of the world -- just glide to the nearest airport and make a dead-stick landing. Simple, right? Sure, if the pilot makes perfect, lightning-quick decisions. Since we're only human, there's now an iPad app called Xavion that can connect with a small-plane's autopilot, find the nearest airport and, if possible, fly you to the runway's threshold by itself. It'll even tell you if you can't make it, so that you can find a nearby farmer's field instead. According to Popular Science, the autopilot update will arrive in a...
  • Windows 10 Preview Was Installed by 1.5 Million Users

    12/18/2014 2:29:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 12/18/2014
    Microsoft launched the Windows Insider Program in early October to provide users with access to the newest technical previews of Windows 10, and until now, this particular campaign has proven to be quite a successful effort. New statistics provided by Gabriel Aul, head of the Windows Insider Program, reveal that no less than 1.5 million people have actually installed Windows 10 through this program, but the number of those who have actually given the technical preview a try could be even bigger if we take into consideration the number of ISO downloads as well. Out of the 1.5 million users...
  • Data recovery from External HD: Please help

    12/18/2014 9:18:26 AM PST · by don-o · 52 replies
    December 18, 2014 | don-o
    With no warning, when I plugged it in, (does run on external power) I got message "disk must be formatted". I took it to my local guy and he quoted $60 - $90 if data can be recovered. Did a quick search and see "free" software listed for data recovery, but I am leery and seek input on what my best course is. There is nothing actually vital on it. But, I have maybe 200 GB of music that I have recorded from my singing groups that I would rather not lose. And I would rather keep my money in...
  • The Top 10 Skills That Got People Hired This Year, According To LinkedIn

    12/18/2014 7:46:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/18/2014 | JILLIAN D'ONFRO
    >With more than 330 million people using the service to list their resumes, find jobs, or find new hires, LinkedIn has a lot of data about the job market. To close out 2014, the company released a list of the top skills people who got hired this year had listed on their profiles and that recruiters searched for the most. These are the 10 skills that got people jobs this year:
  • Texas theater to screen 'Team America: World Police' in place of canceled 'The Interview"

    12/18/2014 7:09:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    "Sometimes, you just need Texas," writes Mary Katherine Ham. How right she is. A brave response to Sony's cave to whoever was threatening to attack theaters that showed 'The Interview." Another film that shows a North Korean leader being killed by Americans, "Team America: World Police," will be screened by the Alamo Drafthouse on December 27. Talking to the Hollywood Reporter, the creative manager and programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse Dallas/Fort Worth location, James Wallace, said ”We’re just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation.” For someone who may not understand the connection here, Team America: World Police is Trey...
  • Teenage My Little Pony fan APOLOGIZES to internet trolls; threw himself under train (Truncated)

    12/18/2014 6:46:16 AM PST · by Crazieman · 141 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jay Narain
    A teenager who was bullied by online trolls posted a heartbreaking video on YouTube before killing himself, an inquest heard. Adam Smith, 19, who had learning difficulties, was bombarded with spiteful remarks and accused of plagiarism over a short story he put on a website. In response to the vicious bullying, he posted a video on YouTube entitled ‘I’m sorry’ where he apologised for any misunderstanding. But he was lambasted again by cruel users, who mocked him saying his speech problems were so bad it made them laugh. Days later he was seen crying as he walked to a railway...
  • Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence

    12/17/2014 6:33:19 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Stanford University ^ | December 16, 2014 | Chris Cesare
    Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence Stanford University will lead a 100-year effort to study the long-term implications of artificial intelligence in all aspects of life. By Chris Cesare Russ Altman, a professor of bioengineering and of computer science at Stanford, will serve as faculty director of the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence. Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play. This effort, called the One Hundred Year...
  • Critical WordPress Plugin Bug Helps Hackers Serve Malware on Over 100,000 Sites

    12/17/2014 5:36:15 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    wccftech.com ^ | 4 hours ago Dec 17, 2014 | by Shaikh Rafia
    Researchers from Sucuri, a security firm, reported on Monday that vulnerabilities affecting a WordPress plugin are being used by hackers to compromise websites and spread malware to users’ computers. According to this report, exploiting a vulnerability in Silder Revolution, over 100,000 WordPress sites have been compromised so far. The code script planted on targeted sites loads a JavaScript malware hosted on a .ru domain.Slider Revolution is a popular WordPress premium plugin helping users to create responsive sliders. The plugin vulnerabilities were used widely by remote attackers to download files from affected servers. The flaw in a local file inclusion (LFI) affected...
  • 'The Interview' NYC Premiere Canceled After to Terrorist Threats

    12/17/2014 7:17:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Entertainment Tonight ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jackie Willis
    Fans of Seth Rogen and James Franco are going to have a harder time seeing the guys' latest funny film, The Interview, as several movie theaters are refusing to play the movie. The Thursday premiere of The Interview at New York City's Landmark Theater was canceled after threats alluding to attacks of 9/11 were made by hackers responsible for the leaks of private Sony documents. Rogen and Franco's new comedy is about two journalists who set out to assassinate the North Korean president, and since the recent promotion of the movie, Sony Pictures has faced tremendous pressure to pull the...
  • The Trouble with Tor

    12/17/2014 3:45:46 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 7 replies
    eSecurity Planet ^ | 16 December 2014 | Paul Rubens
    For over a decade, people all over the world have used Tor (formerly known as the Onion Router) to protect their privacy. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory developed the system using open source technology, to protect U.S. government communications. It is used by people living under restrictive regimes who want to access forbidden information or data on the Internet, whistle-blowers and dissidents who want to communicate with journalists, and anyone who wants to use the Internet without being tracked or to publish information on the Net without compromising their privacy.How Tor Works Tor works by sending traffic from its source...
  • Apple temporarily halts Russian online sales over currency issues

    12/16/2014 7:34:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    C/NET ^ | 12/16/2014 | by Shara Tibken
    Russian customers waiting for Apple's iPhone 6 will have to wait longer. The Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant on Tuesday temporarily shuttered its online store in the Eastern European country because of the instability of Russia's currency. Apple doesn't operate physical stores in the country, and the company declined to say when it would resume online sales there. "Due to extreme fluctuations in the value of the ruble, our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing. We apologize to customers for any inconvenience," Apple said in a statement. The ruble has been dropping sharply in recent days...
  • Jury: Apple not guilty of harming consumers in iTunes DRM case

    12/16/2014 2:44:40 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Tuesday, December 16, 2014 · 1:28 pm ·
    “A federal jury handed Apple a win in a long-running antitrust case on Tuesday, rejecting plaintiffs’ claims that the company had sidelined competitors and hiked up prices during the iPod’s heyday,” Julia Love reports for The Mercury News. “After just a few hours of deliberations, the eight-member jury sided with Apple that iTunes 7.0 was a meaningful improvement over previous versions of the software, rather than a plot to hobble rivals,” Love reports. “The verdict defuses a case that could have cost Apple as much as $1 billion.” “The trial was full of legal drama, including an eleventh-hour search for...
  • System Mechanic has been hacked, they want me to give them control of my computer

    12/16/2014 7:42:15 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 23 replies
    Iolo System Mechanic ^ | 12/16/2014 | Charles O'Connell
    Alert: Fraudulent Entities Posing as iolo Please be aware that iolo Customer Care Agents do not initiate outbound phone calls based on alerts or errors from the product. If someone claiming to be from “iolo” or “System Mechanic” contacts you regarding alerts or messages from the product do not provide any information and contact iolo to verify. Learn More 
  • Apple antitrust case over iPods nears jury deliberations

    12/15/2014 8:48:49 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:10pm EST | BY DAN LEVINE
    (Reuters) Oakland, CA — A software update for Apple Inc's iPod music player was not a product improvement, but was intended to improperly raise costs for consumers who wanted to switch to newer devices, an attorney for Apple customers said in court. Closing arguments were delivered on Monday in an Oakland, California, federal courtroom in an antitrust trial that has cast fresh scrutiny on Apple's onetime virtual domination of the digital music market. The plaintiffs, a group of individuals and businesses who purchased iPods from 2006 to 2009, are seeking about $350 million in damages from Apple for unfairly blocking...
  • US appeals court hears Apple e-books challenge

    12/15/2014 4:39:25 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | December 14, 2014
    A US judge Monday expressed doubt towards the government's e-book antitrust case against Apple, saying the tech giant was challenging "predatory" pricing from rival Amazon. The comments came as a federal appeals court panel heard arguments in the case, in which Apple was found to have colluded with publishers to raise e-book prices. Apple argues that its entry into the e-book market fostered competition because it challenged Amazon, which had a dominant share in e-books. Apple claims its entry spurred additional publishers to produce e-books, and that prices of e-books generally fell even though it concedes that some prices rose...
  • Siege selfie shame: People queue to pose for pictures of themselves at scene of Sydney terror

    12/15/2014 7:19:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 15, 2014 | John Carney
    Tourists have always taken selfies of themselves at Sydney's most iconic landmarks, but on a day that has horrified the city many people are taking macabre snapshots for old times' sake as well. All day people were uploading selfies of themselves on Twitter from as close as possible to where the hostage siege was taking place. Just to make the photos more authentic some even took them with television cameras in the background. Two onlookers even looked like they were taking a 'celebration selfie' than one at a hostage siege. Others smiled happily as if they were standing in front...
  • The Beginning of the end for MSNBC?

    12/15/2014 7:15:54 AM PST · by wrhssaxensemble · 31 replies
    Sports on MSNBC? News Outlet Will Launch Streaming-Video Hub To Test New Shows, Hosts MSNBC is getting ready to debut a new show about sports. And one focused on books. And another that will examine celebrity and popular culture. In all, the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news network has 14 new programs ready to roll. You won’t see any of them on MSNBC. At least, not yet.
  • The bracelet that turns your ARM into a touchscreen

    12/14/2014 2:42:02 PM PST · by aquila48 · 21 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 12 December 2014 | SARAH GRIFFITHS
    From Apple’s forthcoming smartwatch to the Fitbit, there is fierce competition to get consumers hooked on wearable devices. And soon there will be a bracelet that turns your skin into a touchscreen using a tiny built-in projector. Wearers of the of the Cicret bracelet will be able to check an email or watch a film that’s projected onto their forearm, and control the picture by using their skin like a touchscreen.
  • Is this the future of fashion? First-ever 4D dress created using a printer is unveiled

    12/14/2014 11:18:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 14, 2014 | Bianca London
    As many women know only too well, finding a dress that fits like a glove is no easy task. But a new dress, created using a 3D printer, may be the answer to every woman's style woes. A design studio have used 3D printing technology to create an innovative dress customised to a woman’s body. The dress, which costs a staggering Ł1,900 ($3,000) to print, features 2,279 printed panels interconnected by 3,316 hinges. Creators Nervous System call it a ‘4D dress’ as, like fabric, the printed garment can go from a compressed object to its intended shape. Jessica Rosenkrantz, co-founder...
  • The bracelet that turns your ARM into a touchscreen: Cicret projects emails, videos and games onto

    12/14/2014 10:53:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Sarah Griffiths
    A tiny projector in the bracelet will cast an image onto the skin then eight long-range proximity sensors will detect every swipe, tap and pinch. The bracelet will also contain a USB port and accelerometer as well as supporting Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  • Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked to Block Competitors

    12/12/2014 7:29:25 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Blogs.WSJ.com ^ | December 12, 2014 | By JEFF ELDER
    A former iTunes engineer testified in a federal antitrust case against Apple Friday that he worked on a project “intended to block 100% of non-iTunes clients” and “keep out third-party players” that competed with Apple’s iPod. Plaintiffs subpoenaed the engineer, Rod Schultz, to show that Apple tried to suppress rivals to iTunes and iPods. They argue that Apple’s anticompetitive actions drove up the prices for iPods from 2006 to 2009; they’re seeking $350 million in damages, which could be tripled under antitrust laws. . . Apple argues – and Schultz agreed in court Friday – that it released many improvements...
  • Obama's DOJ is bringing its big guns to the Apple e-book appeal

    12/12/2014 3:03:21 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Fortune ^ | DECEMBER 11, 2014, 12:11 PM EST | by Philip Elmer-DeWitt
    The primary job of the Solicitor General’s office is to argue cases before the Supreme Court. Why is it taking Amazon’s side on this appeal? Here’s a surprise. The e-book antitrust trial that went so badly against Apple two years ago is headed to an appeals court Monday and there’s a new name on the docket. Arguing for the U.S., alongside the lawyers for the antitrust division who handled the trial, will be Malcom Stewart, one of the biggest guns in the office of the U.S. Solicitor General. For the Solicitor General’s office to argue a case at this level...
  • How an Apple security expert ‘bricked’ his brand new jeep

    12/12/2014 12:31:08 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 39 replies
    Cult of Mac ^ | December 11, 2014 | Luke Dormehl
    The world’s largest brick? Photo: Trucktrend In addition to Apple devices, noted security expert and The Mac Hacker’s Handbook co-author Charlie Miller has carried out some fascinating (and potentially terrifying) research into hacking vehicles. Last year, alongside fellow hacker Chris Valasek, Miller demonstrated that it is possible to hijack the steering and brakes of a Ford Escape and Toyota Prius using only a laptop connected to the car. Having done that, he has now moved onto exploring vulnerabilities in other vehicles — including his new 2014 Cherokee jeep. All that research comes at a high price, however, since Miller recently...
  • Apple goes on offensive in iPod antitrust trial

    12/11/2014 11:26:50 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 11, 2014 | Mark Berniker
    Apple went on the offensive Wednesday with its own witnesses in the class-action antitrust trial in federal court in Oakland, California. The jury will start to deliberate as early as next week whether Apple violated antitrust laws by blocking songs sold by rival digital music providers from working on iPods. On Wednesday, Apple brought its first witness: John Kelly, a former University of California at Santa Barbara computer science professor, who has his own technology consulting firm. Kelly was very well-versed in the innards of the Apple iTunes software iterations, and spoke directly to the jury about how Apple had...
  • Facebook offers solution to end drunken posts

    12/11/2014 3:01:56 PM PST · by Brother Cracker · 24 replies
    bbc ^ | 11 December 2014
    Facebook is working on software that could prevent users posting unflattering photos of themselves. Combining image recognition and artificial intelligence, the system would be able to distinguish between drunk and sober pictures. It would ask: "Are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?" The plan was revealed by the head of Facebook's artificial intelligence research lab. Speaking to Wired magazine, Yann LeCun said he wanted to build a Facebook digital assistant. In the future, this assistant might also be able to help identify when someone else has uploaded a picture of a user without permission,...
  • Spotify Predicts Music’s Stars Of 2015

    12/11/2014 2:13:03 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 35 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | posted on Dec. 10, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. | Reggie Ugwu
    They may not have a crystal ball, but the folks at Spotify do have the next best thing: heaps and heaps of hot, fresh listener data. ...Here’s who’s next up, according to Spotify. Pell Břrns Raury The Bohicas Mikky Ekko Seinabo Sey Houndmouth Ezra Vine Kim Cesarion MisterWives James Bay Ryn Weaver George Ezra Young Fathers Catfish and the Bottlemen MLKMN Francesco Yates AURORA
  • #GAMERGATE ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN COST GAWKER OVER A MILLION DOLLARS

    12/11/2014 11:14:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | December 11, 2014 | Milo Yiannopoulos
    The cost to Gawker Media of its ridicule and viciousness toward video gamers was "seven figures" in lost advertising revenue, according to the company's head of advertising, Andrew Gorenstein. In addition, founder Nick Denton has stepped down as president and editorial director Joel Johnson has been removed from his post and will probably leave the company, reports Capital New York. "Ultimately #GamerGate is reaffirming what we’ve known to be true for decades: nerds should be constantly shamed and degraded into submission," Gawker writer Sam Biddle tweeted in October, sparking a firestorm of outrage which solidified into a sustained letter-writing campaign...
  • Why Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Sales Soared as Apple's iPad Sales Plunged

    12/11/2014 9:23:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 12/11/2014 | Leo Sun
    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) reported its fourth-quarter earnings on Oct. 20, impressing investors in all areas except for iPad sales. iPad shipments fell year over year for the third consecutive quarter, dropping 13% to 12.3 million units. iPad revenue ($5.3 billion) also came in lower than Mac revenue ($6.6 billion) for the first time in years.Three days later, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) posted its first-quarter earnings, revealing that sales of its Surface tablets had more than doubled both year over year and sequentially, to $908 million. Microsoft attributed that surge in demand to "strong interest from students, professionals, and increasingly enterprises for...
  • Microsoft Windows 10 launch delayed to Autumn 2015

    12/11/2014 9:17:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    SEATTLE: Microsoft expects to have its new Windows 10 operating system on the market by autumn 2015, slightly later than previous comments had suggested. Chief operating officer Kevin Turner told Japanese news service Nikkei on Wednesday that the new system would be released "early next fall." Microsoft has not publicly set a firm timetable for the release of Windows 10, but only last week suggested the possibility of an earlier release. "By next late summer and early fall we'll be able to bring out this particular OS (operating system). That's the current plan of record," Turner told the Credit Suisse...
  • How your heartbeat will make passwords obsolete

    12/11/2014 7:55:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/11/2014 | By Tracey Hobbs and Monique Todd,
    Thought your fingerprint was secure? Think again. The unique pattern on the tip of your fingers can easily be copied and used to access your most personal information. As PIN numbers and passwords prove redundant in protecting data, tech companies are looking to convert bodily features into secure identity authenticators. Bionym, the Toronto-based biometrics technology company, have introduced The Nymi -- a wristband that measures heartbeats to authenticate identity. Its embedded sensor reads the electrical pulses produced by your heartbeat, which is unique to each of us. "You leave your fingerprints everywhere - you actually leave this impression which can...