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BBC News - Technology
The latest stories from the Technology section of the BBC News web site.
Uber sued over India rape allegation
An Indian woman who says she was raped by a Delhi driver of web-based taxi firm Uber files a lawsuit against the service in a US court.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:03:17 GMT

Office puts chips under staff's skin
Rory Cellan-Jones visits a building where microchipped workers gain entry and use photocopiers by holding up their hands - and trials the tech himself.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:01:30 GMT

Bill Gates insists AI is a threat
Microsoft's founder says we should worry that AI escape our control, despite claims to the contrary by a Microsoft Research chief.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:05:38 GMT

Amazon posts modest holiday profits
The online retail giant Amazon reports weaker profits for the busy Christmas period, but a 15% rise in sales cheers investors.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:43:21 GMT

Google profits up nearly 30%
Internet giant Google reports fourth-quarter profits of $4.76bn, up nearly 30% from the same period a year before, but revenue misses Wall Street expectations.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:09:46 GMT

US firms object to source code rules
Business groups have written to the Chinese government, asking it to rethink rules that would force them to hand over source code and create backdoors for officials in Beijing.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:35:28 GMT

First-class fliers get virtual reality
Qantas becomes first airline to offer passengers in-flight entertainment via a virtual reality headset.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:43:01 GMT

Sound tech for blind film-lovers
Researchers use sound technology as an alternative to audio descriptions to try to improve film-watching for blind people.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:34:12 GMT

Sky to launch mobile phone service
Pay-TV firm Sky is launching a mobile phone service next year as the battle for a slice of the UK's telecoms market intensifies.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:23:36 GMT

Coder creates smallest chess game
A computer programmer creates a computer chess program that takes up only 487 bytes of data, breaking a 33-year-old record.
Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:18:51 GMT

Snapchat launches US superhero series
A big US phone company is commissioning YouTubers to create 12 episodes of a show called SnapperHero on Snapchat.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:10:04 GMT

Samsung profits hit by mobile sales
South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics reports its first drop in full-year profits for three years, in part due to a sharp drop in mobile phone sales.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:12:45 GMT

Facebook earnings beat expectations
The social network reports fourth-quarter profits of $701m, a 34% increase from the same period a year earlier, buoyed by strong mobile advertising sales.
Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:40:22 GMT

'Sanction tech firms', says Hollande
France's President calls for an international legal framework to force tech companies to 'face up to their responsibilities'.
Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:21:08 GMT

PlayStation teams up with Spotify
The new service will replace Music Unlimited and link up current PlayStation Network and music streaming accounts.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:43:20 GMT

Drone firm blocks White House flights
Chinese drone-maker DJI is to prevent its kit from flying over much of the US capital, following the crash of one of its aircraft into the White House lawn.
Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:56:50 GMT

China tech giant in spat with state
China's biggest internet retailer, Alibaba, is involved in a harshly worded spat with one of the country's regulators in a highly unusual public clash.
Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:46:14 GMT

VIDEO: How will technology change news?
Broadcasters and academics discuss how changes in technology will alter the way news is created in the future
Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:35:24 GMT

Technology is changing healthcare
With technology offering new opportunities in healthcare, Hugh Pym considers how news can play a part in explaining it.
Published: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:41:25 GMT

VIDEO: Tech helps lifts scale new heights
How technology will allow lifts to go higher than ever before and even move sideways
Published: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:01:18 GMT

VIDEO: Park your car with a smartwatch
From the cars that steer themselves to smartphone apps that monitor your driving
Published: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:40:10 GMT

VIDEO: CES 2015: Testing the latest drones
The BBC Click team put three of the latest drones through their paces
Published: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 08:41:46 GMT

VIDEO: The robot that paints your nails
A Japanese robot has been programmed to take on a range of tasks - from painting nails to cooking.
Published: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:17:59 GMT

VIDEO: Firing six times faster than sound
BBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:12:57 GMT

VIDEO: Tech to make your car self-driving
The tech which could allow any car with an automatic gearbox to become self-driving
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:12:49 GMT

VIDEO: Sharp displays become round
Richard Taylor looks at the new screen innovations being worked on by display-maker Sharp.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:44:15 GMT

VIDEO: Smart goggles for hi-tech bobbies
A range of new tech ideas for the UK's police forces, including facial recognition, has been demonstrated.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:21:51 GMT

VIDEO: How toys are going hi-tech in 2015
Toys are getting ever more hi-tech - from robots that can research the internet to toy drones and plastic pets.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:53:24 GMT

VIDEO: Future of News - BBC Editors look at Technology, People and Stories
Future of News - BBC Editors look at Technology, People and Stories
Published: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:35:10 GMT

VIDEO: How Apple made 'biggest profit ever'
US technology giant Apple has reported the biggest quarterly profit ever made by a public company.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:32:01 GMT

VIDEO: Peers try to revive 'snooping' powers
Four Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem peers try re-introduce Communications Data Bill powers to aid security services.
Published: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:41:20 GMT

Finnish start-ups rise from Nokia's ashes
Nokia's demise hit Finland hard - but its legacy is a vibrant start-up scene
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:02:44 GMT

Apps let parents 'spy' on their kids
Apps let parents spy on their kids
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:19:28 GMT

Why can't we let go of our old tech?
Why can't we let go of our old tech?
Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:28:52 GMT

App links sighted helpers with blind people
New app gives blind people help to see
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:45:44 GMT

How to build world's tallest lift
How to build the world's tallest lift
Published: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:01:21 GMT

Apple billions = better batteries?
A plea to end recharging cable hell
Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:42:09 GMT

Deaf clubs versus smartphones
Apps threaten deaf social clubs
Published: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:36:54 GMT

Africa's new breed of 'solar-preneurs'
Africa's "solar-preneurs" bring light to the unconnected
Published: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:07:37 GMT

CNN.com - Technology
CNN.com delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more.
Nanobots could be small solutions to big problems
Advancements in nanotechnology have created robots small enough to enter the human body.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:21:13 EST

Rings 200 times as large as Saturn's discovered
In 1610, after he built his telescope, Galileo Galilei first spotted enormous Saturn's gigantic rings. More than 400 years later, astronomers have in a sense dwarfed that discovery with a similar first.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:23:12 EST

Tesla's 'insane mode' stuns woman
The YouTube channel DragTimes published a clip of passengers reacting to Tesla's "insane mode" which can accelerate a car from 0 to 70 mph in a few seconds.
Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:29:03 EST

This drone crashed the White House lawn
Drone-maker DJI is planning a software update to prevent its drones from flying in downtown D.C.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:28:53 EST

Facebook, Instagram goes down; Twitter freaks out
It's bad enough that the northwest has a horrible storm to contend with, but then Facebook and Instagram goes out?
Published: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:17:29 EST

'The iPhone effect' brings Apple record profits
A blockbuster quarter for Apple is sweet vindication for CEO Tim Cook. CNN's Samuel Burke reports.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:59:52 EST

Gaming to death: What turns a hobby into a health hazard?
Earlier this month, a 32-year old male gamer was found dead at a Taiwanese Internet cafe following a non-stop three-day gaming session. This followed the death of another male gamer who died in Taipei at the start of the year following a five-day gaming binge.
Published: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:17:28 EST

Sitting will kill you, even if you exercise
One of your favorite activities may actually be killing you.
Published: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:17:28 EST

Funny or Die: Bill Nye tackles Deflategate
Bill Nye the Science Guy explains the science behind DeflateGate. For more go to funnyordie.com.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:00:12 EST

A coffee cup for astronauts
When you don't have gravity to help you, drinking coffee can become extremely difficult.
Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:22:01 EST

Laser-transformed metal repels water
The possibilities are many: Kitchenware, airplanes.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:26:33 EST

Military drones that mimic hawks and insects
DARPA, a Defense agency, is working on autonomous drones small enough to fit through an open window.
Published: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:55:12 EST

Is this what the future looks like?
Getty Images has produced a series of photographs called "Future Unknown," which illustrate a visual aesthetic that "embraces experimentation fused with technology."
Published: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:10:56 EST

The mysterious world of 'lightbombing'
It's 4 o'clock in the morning. Most of Birmingham, the second most populated city in England, is fast asleep. But like a thief in the dead of night, a solitary figure slips through the city's deserted streets. Arriving at a derelict warehouse, he is brandishing what looks like a lightsaber as he makes his way to the roof.
Published: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:09:57 EST

7 'tech superheroes' to watch in 2015
Who are the tech masterminds to watch in 2015? Industry insider, Shivvy Jervis, gives her predictions.
Published: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:02:37 EST

Portable 'blood test in a box' to give instant diagnoses
An Irish company has developed a new device that allows doctors to give an immediate reading from a single drop of blood.
Published: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:59:44 EST

The next phase in virtual reality
Place both hands flat on your chest, just below the clavicle, and say something out loud. Feel that? Every time you speak, your chest cavity vibrates.
Published: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:28:35 EST

Solar plane set for round-the-world flight
The quest to complete the first solar-powered flight around the world moved a bit closer to reality.
Published: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:01:35 EST

Think before you share that link ...
CNN's Lisa France explains why you should stop believing everything you see online. From Facebook privacy fakes to Twitter death hoaxes, think before you share that link.
Published: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:20:51 EST

How to take over Twitter with one simple hashtag
Never mind that it's six words long, the hashtag #FiveWordsToRuinADate is taking the Twitterverse by storm.
Published: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:58:46 EST

Worst gadgets of CES 2015
From speakers that levitate to clear knockoffs of brand name products, a look at the worst of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show.
Published: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:28:33 EST

Asteroid's moon seen during Earth flyby
The asteroid that flew close to Earth Monday didn't come alone.
Published: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:31:26 EST

Smart gear turns phones into coaches

Published: Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:20:42 EST

The incredible world of micro-robots
From "fly bots" to swarm robots, check out the newest wave of micro-robots.
Published: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:01:12 EST

See SpaceX rocket crash landing
SpaceX's most recent attempt at pioneering a reusable rocket did not go as planned when the soft landing ended with a bang. The rocket ran out of hydraulic fluid minutes before landing, causing it to lose control and come in just short of the floating landing platform. While this first attempt was not successful, the company says they have at least a dozen more missions planned for 2015.
Published: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:12:05 EST

The weird things we sent to space
Over 5,000 pounds of supplies were just sent to the International Space Station. And while a lot of it was regular stuff like food and equipment, some unusual items also hitched a ride.
Published: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:56:32 EST

How your phone is suffocating you
Chances are you're watching this while leaning over a table or slumped back in a chair. The position you're in is probably causing you pain, whether you're aware of it yet or not. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the effect "text neck" is having on our bodies.
Published: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:53:07 EST

Experts invent invisibility cloak
Researchers at the University of Rochester create a 3-D, transmitting, continuously multidirectional cloaking device.
Published: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 10:07:05 EST

Steve Jobs' secret yacht: The rare, new images
New photos on Instagram offer a rare glimpse of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' yacht, "Venus."
Published: Thu, 08 Jan 2015 09:10:25 EST

Inside a race car that drives itself
Morgan takes a high speed ride in a self-driving race car in the season premiere of Morgan Spurlock Inside Man
Published: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:14:27 EST

Androids: Cool or creepy?
In the season premiere of Inside Man, Morgan Spurlock goes deep into the world of robotics to show us the cool, the cutting edge and creepy.
Published: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:12:42 EST

'Exploding Kittens' most backed Kickstarter ever

Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:01:00 EST

'Am I Going Down?' New app on plane crash odds

Published: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:22:02 EST

Scientists upload a worm's brain into a Lego robot
A humble roundworm is leading the race in artificial intelligence, showing that it may be possible to one day upload our brains to a computer.
Published: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:01:50 EST

U.S. Navy's new super gun
The U.S. Navy's Electromagnetic Railgun is capable of launching projectiles at 4,500 mph and hitting targets 100 miles away, faster and farther than any other gun.
Published: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:12:28 EST

Close encounter with distant Pluto getting under way
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is closing in on Pluto and its five moons. Soon we will see what no one has ever seen before: Crisp, clear pictures of the tiny, icy world.
Published: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:53:01 EST

Astronaut to spend one year in space

Published: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:43:29 EST

The spaceship reinvented for new frontiers
More than half a century after Sputnik, space travel remains shockingly wasteful. Every rocket we launch at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars can only be used once and completes its mission by falling to Earth in pieces. This disposable design has scarcely advanced since the 1960s.
Published: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:06:29 EST

Astronaut's stunning timelapse
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst made a timelapse of Earth using footage from his six month mission on the ISS.
Published: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:06:05 EST

Spectacular space images celebrate 'Year of Light'
NASA has released awe-inspiring images of the skies above to celebrate the "International Year of Light."
Published: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:53:10 EST

NASA takes new images of dwarf planet Ceres

Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:29:07 EST

Missing Mars spacecraft found
The 11-year-old mystery of what happened to the UK-sponsored Beagle 2 Mars lander appeares to be mostly solved.
Published: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:57:37 EST

Where the next lunar mission could come from
One small crowdfunding investment online, one giant leap for South Africa?
Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:25:51 EST

2014 was hottest year on record
Average temperatures on land and oceans were higher in 2014 than any year since 1880 when record-keeping began.
Published: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:36:18 EST

Arctic waters could hold secret to creating life-saving drugs
It is early afternoon on board the "Helmer Hanssen," and the Arctic sun is already starting to set. Near the back of the ship, two people dressed in orange rain slickers are anxiously waiting. Any minute now, the ship's lines will pull taut, and a green mesh bag will be back up on deck.
Published: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:59:50 EST

'Pillars of Creation' gets Hubble upgrade
NASA has come out with a new image that could become one of its most iconic ever.
Published: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:27:53 EST

Law would foster info-sharing on cybercrime

Published: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:16:08 EST

Will you soon be able to 'swallow the doctor'?
Imagine a swarm of microscopic robots, so tiny that a teaspoon can hold billions of them.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:17:01 EST

An astronaut's best friend?
Here on Earth, it's easy to take things for granted. Drinking a cup of coffee, for example, is a shockingly simple act when you're affected by gravity, yet it's infinitely more difficult once you leave Earth's atmosphere.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:14:19 EST

The 'magic bullet' for cancer?
Even after decades of battling one of the world's biggest killers, the treatment of cancer is still an inexact science.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:14:42 EST

The future of photo sharing
From holograms to interactive car windows, is this how we'll share images in the future?
Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:07:11 EST

Ship uses hull as a giant sail
A new design that uses the high sides of a container ship as a sail could revolutionize the shipping industry.
Published: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:38:34 EST

Driverless cars, cool tech at CES 2015
Each year tech junkies from around the world gather in Las Vegas for International CES, the Consumer Electronics Show where innovators come to show off their latest prototypes, preview products and announce new releases.
Published: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:50:07 EST

'Brain hat' helps paralyzed people make music
A musician has created a way for people suffering from paralysis to make music with their eyes.
Published: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:58:57 EST

Sci-fi gloves can change your voice
Musician Imogen Heap is using high-tech music gloves to translate simple gestures in to mind-bending music.
Published: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:51:37 EST

How Betty-Bot collects your shopping
These warehouse-roaming robots are less than a meter tall, but they can lift a ton.
Published: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:47:19 EST

The hottest apps in tech

Published: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:00:59 EST

Yang: Internet of Things, or IdioT?
We're saturated with expensive digital gimmicks.
Published: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:00:11 EST

You have to see these sound waves
'Cymatics' is the science of visualizing audio frequencies. Musician Nigel Stanford and Director Shahir Duad explain how they used various techniques and materials to create stunning visual effects that correspond to the music.
Published: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:20:09 EST

'Foodini' machine prints burgers, pizza

Published: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:02:15 EST

NASA designs 'ape' robot for disasters

Published: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:02:41 EST

10 ideas to change the world

Published: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 10:02:32 EST

On Twitter, Roger Ebert found a new voice

Published: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:02:27 EST

This drone can follow you

Published: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:02:07 EST

Man who cut off fingers makes 'Robohand'

Published: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:02:35 EST

Think you know the Web? Let's find out
Sure, everyone reading this uses the Internet. But how much do you really know about it?
Published: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:24:55 EST

Ralph Baer, inventor of the gaming console, dead at 92
Ralph Baer, the inventor of the first home video game console, has died. He was 92.
Published: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:24:03 EST

Former Google+ employee: We f***ed up
A former Google+ employee who spent three years helping create Google+ has written a brutal blog post declaring the tech giant's social network a failure.
Published: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:00:12 EST

Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
Get the latest Tech news headlines from Yahoo News. Find breaking Tech news, including analysis and opinion on top Tech stories.
Google to change privacy policy after investigation by UK data watchdog
Search engine Google has agreed to better inform users about how it handles their personal information after an investigation by Britain's data protection regulator found its privacy policy was too vague. The Information Commissioner's Office said in a statement that it required Google to sign a "formal undertaking" that it would make the changes by June 30 and take further steps in the next two years. The ICO investigation stems from a privacy policy implemented by Google in March 2012 that consolidated some 70 existing privacy policies into one and pooled data collected on individual users across its services, including YouTube, Gmail and its social network Google+.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:24:04 -0500

Google fourth-quarter revenue misses Wall Street target
By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's revenue grew 15 percent in the fourth quarter but fell short of Wall Street's target on declining online ad prices and unfavorable foreign exchange rates. Shares of Google edged up 0.1 percent to $510.66 in extended trading after an initial dip on the news. Google's advertising revenue has come under pressure as more consumers access its online services on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, where ad rates are typically lower. The growing popularity of mobile devices has made No. 1 social network Facebook Inc a greater threat in the battle for advertisers.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:11:49 -0500

China's new tech rules play to local firms' strengths
By Gerry Shih, Michael Martina and Joseph Menn BEIJING/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Draft Chinese government regulation would force technology vendors to meet stringent security tests before they can sell to China's banks, an acceleration of efforts to curb the country's reliance on foreign technology that has drawn a sharp response from U.S. business groups. Western companies say the rules have not yet been formally adopted, and some said they believed Beijing would retreat on some of the most onerous ideas, including demanding that firms' proprietary source code be reviewable. On Wednesday, 18 American business groups urged Beijing to postpone rolling out the regulation, which they argued were motivated by protectionism as well as security concerns that intensified in the wake of disclosures of U.S. spying techniques by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:02:50 -0500

AWS move, disclosure suggest Amazon yielding more to Wall Street
After years of giving investors the cold shoulder, Amazon.com Inc is starting to warm up to Wall Street. The No. 1 U.S. online retailer was unusually forthcoming during its fourth-quarter earnings call on Thursday, saying it will break out results this year, for the first time, for its fast-growing cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services. This was a shift in tone for Amazon, which typically refuses to disclose more than the most basic details, including how many members belong to its $99-a-year Prime program or if its wide-ranging investments are paying off. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has deflected criticism of his spending by emphasizing that he takes a much longer view than most investors.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:52:54 -0500

Tencent inks exclusive online partnership for NBA games in China
By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - The National Basketball Association and Tencent Holdings Ltd said Friday the Shenzhen-based Internet giant will be the only company in China to stream the league's online content. The exclusive, five-year deal will allow Tencent to offer for the first time in China the NBA's League Pass package, which allows subscribers to watch a full season's worth of games live and on-demand. NBA live games and content will be available to stream through Tencent websites and apps including QQ.com, Tencent's News app and Weixin, the popular messaging app also known as WeChat. China has been one of the NBA's most successful overseas markets since the league entered the basketball-crazed nation in 1987.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:53:31 -0500

Alibaba quarterly revenue disappoints, shares fall
By Paul Carsten and John Ruwitch BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares fell more than 10 percent early on Thursday, wiping more than $25 billion of market value after third quarter revenue at the Chinese internet giant fell short of analysts' expectations. Revenue at the world's largest e-commerce company rose 40 percent to $4.22 billion in the December quarter, short of the average analyst estimate of $4.45 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Earnings per share (EPS), calculated to exclude one-off and extraordinary items, beat estimates of $0.75, coming in at $0.81.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:32:08 -0500

New campaign could turn technology into a women's human rights issue
The Global Fund for Women recently launched a worldwide online media campaign called IGNITE to make internet access and STEM education for women human rights issues.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:00:03 -0500

My favorite football club doesn't care about protecting my password
I?m an Arsenal fan, and when I?m not busy tweeting my theories about the world you?ll find me on Twitter regularly commenting about football (soccer). Arsenal is one of the most successful clubs in English football ? last year it was valued at £1.3 billion ($1.9 billion), making it the fifth most valuable association football club in the world. While Arsenal has some defensive issues on the pitch, it appears the club could also have some problems defending itself against hackers.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:55:33 -0500

Top news and reviews on ZDNet Mobile News - Jan. 2015
The year is off to a busy start with things moving fast in the mobile space. James Kendrick has covered it all and here you'll find his top reviews, news, and insightful analysis for Jan. 2015.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:54:00 -0500

Bring AdBlock to the real world with Brand Killer
If you live in the city, you?ve probably stopped noticing the advertisements that flood your vision every time you leave your place. They?re so omnipresent that they?ve just become an inseparable part of your world, but what if you could block them out just like you block the ads on your computer? DON?T MISS: Get ready, Apple fans: Benchmarks leak for iPhone 6 running iOS 9 Thanks to Brand Killer, now you can. Brand Killer is a augmented reality project from a group of developers for the PennApps college hackathon which automatically detects and blocks brand logo and advertisements in the real world. ?Brand Killer is a technology demonstration that envisions a future in which consumers can use augmented reality to opt out
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:50:09 -0500

Smart Spending: Why investors are applauding Amazon earnings
NEW YORK (AP) ? Amazon.com Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings roundly beat analyst expectations, sending the Seattle e-commerce giant's stock soaring 11 percent in premarket trading Friday. Here's a closer look at what investors applauded and hope continues.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:40:33 -0500

China revamps Great Firewall, cracks down on social media
The Chinese government is rebuilding the country's legendary Internet filter to make access to social media websites and VPNs far more difficult.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:38:45 -0500

?Sky signs mobile deal with O2 for 'quad-play' move
UK broadcaster and fixed line player Sky will launch a mobile service in 2016 off the back of Telefonica's infrastructure.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:30:00 -0500

Jay Z splashes out $56 million on Spotify rivals WiMP and Tidal
The big money purchase puts Hova into competition with Spotify and Dr Dre's Beats.>
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:28:15 -0500

The Big Picture: Virtual Los Angeles' minimalist skyline

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:14:00 -0500

?Samsung's biggest headache isn't Apple, it's China
The tech industry loves the Samsung vs. Apple storyline. It's more like the Samsung vs. Apple and a bunch of smaller but dangerous Chinese smartphone makers.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:00:04 -0500

1Gbps broadband coming to the UK with BT's G.fast plan
BT has fired the starter's gun on a pilot that could see "ultrafast" broadband available to most of the country in the next five years.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:57:32 -0500

?Jolla takes second bite at crowdfunding with a 64GB Sailfish OS tablet
Jolla is taking a second crack at its Indiegogo campaign that crowdfunded its first tablet into existence.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:22:00 -0500

Jay Z takes on Spotify with $56 million purchase of Aspiro
Jay Z is making a play in the music streaming business. The 45-year-old rapper and entrepreneur is buying Swedish tech company Aspiro for 464 million Swedish crowns ($56 million) in cash. Aspiro currently operates a pair of streaming services: the ad-free WiMP and the high-definition Tidal. This is a limited customer base compared to the likes of Spotify, but these countries are where streaming has firmly taken hold and as of June 2014 WiMP boasted some 580,000 paying users.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:18:30 -0500

DARPA's new tech lets robots learn from YouTube videos

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:39:00 -0500

Jolla Tablet returns to Indiegogo with more storage and better battery
Finnish tech company Jolla has re-opened funding for its first ever tablet on Indiegogo with an improved 64GB device. As well as improved storage, the updated tablet has been given a slight battery bump (4300mAh to 4450mAh), a fully laminated display, gyroscope and compass sensors. The new tablet also offers support for microSD cards up to 128GB in size, but that comes with a catch. "Due to Microsoft?s licensing limitations," says Jolla, "cards over 32GB that are formatted in Jolla Tablet will not be readable with Windows computers or devices that advertise microSDXC support (cameras/phones/tablets)." This is because Jolla hasn't licensed Microsoft exFAT for its Sailfish OS.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:22:18 -0500

Machine learning face-off: Microsoft uses Band to show what its Watson rival is capable of
Plug-and-play machine learning data models that can instantly analyze information and provide intelligent insights? Yep, Microsoft has 'em, it says.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:44:03 -0500

A smartphone case maker might have made this year's best Super Bowl ad
The Super Bowl is still two days away, but between Budweiser's attempts to tug on your heartstrings to sell beer, and Kim Kardashian's selfie-centrc self-parody for T-Mobile, we've already seen a number of the big budget ads that will air during the big game's commercial breaks. But it's not just the biggest brands that get to show off their most creative ads during the biggest game, as phone case maker Mophie shows.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:14:33 -0500

'Lego Jurassic World' game packs four movies' worth of brick dinosaurs

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:02:00 -0500

Crave giveaway: 51-inch plasma HDTV from RetailMeNot
To celebrate the upcoming Super Bowl, coupon site RetailMeNot is offering up a free Samsung HDTV. Because deflated balls always look better in high definition.>
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:00:03 -0500

The new Candy Crush? Chinese language apps make learning a game
Philipp Mattheis knew his gaming app was addictive when he realised he kept checking his phone -- hooked by the brightly-coloured reminders telling him to play again or risk falling from the triple-figure level he had reached. Yet gripping the German journalist's attention was not Candy Crush, but one of a new generation of Chinese language apps that are using tricks traditionally employed by online games to get users hooked on learning. For years the thrill of studying a new language has been tempered by the tedium of rote learning and repetition required to be truly accomplished -- particularly the case for memorising a character-based system -- but now language apps are increasingly turning to the same praise, reward and challenge format that games such as Candy Crush use to such devastating success. Shanghai-based Mattheis is an avid user of the app Memrise, which offers courses in standard Mandarin Chinese and several dialects, and has 25 million users.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:18:31 -0500

The growing digital divide and the strategic inertia that can kill
"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown" HP Lovecraft
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:00:04 -0500

NSW Police Force seeks 7-year data-retention scheme
Australian state and federal law-enforcement agencies have stressed that they are being pragmatic in accepting a two-year data-retention period and not being able to access web-browsing histories.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:14:39 -0500

Law & Order is sending Ice-T to investigate Gamergate-style harassment
The Gamergate movement, irrecoverably linked to the online harassment of women in the games industry, has drawn the ire of Joss Whedon, Patton Oswalt, Seth Rogen, and a number of other celebrities. The rapper, actor, and Body Count vocalist, who plays Odafin "Fin" Tutuola in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is set to delve into the world of internet harassment in an episode of the show set to air on February 11th. Ice-T and friends will help Raina Punjabi, a video game developer facing a barrage of online insults, intimidation, and threats from "the male-dominated gaming community" as she gears up to release her first game. Law & Order: SVU prefaces its episodes with a disclaimer that notes "the preceding story is fictional," but it's certainly not the first time the show, now in its sixteenth season, has lifted from real-world headlines for its inspiration.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:10:33 -0500

Global DDoS attacks increase 90 percent on last year
The increase of distributed denial-of-service attacks during Q4 2014 was driven by the rise of the Internet of Things, and the increasing exploitation of web vulnerabilities and botnet building.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:55:52 -0500

BT says faster broadband is coming, but it could take 10 years

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:39:00 -0500

Data cap exempt content killed off by Canadian regulator
Canada's telecommunications regulator has moved to outlaw billing practices by telcos that exempt their own online media content from data caps while including data costs for downloads and streaming from competing content providers.
Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:29:04 -0500

Jay Z is buying Spotify rival Tidal for $56 million

Published: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:07:00 -0500

Daily Roundup: Apple outsells Samsung, Microsoft invests in Android and more!

Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:13:00 -0500

Saygus' over-specced phone costs $550 for early birds

Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:53:00 -0500

Negative cash flow despite record receipts for Freelancer.com
Australia's Freelancer.com has reported a negative cash flow for the fourth quarter ending December 2014, despite record customer receipts for the period.
Published: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:27:09 -0500

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'Like' it or not: 10 things Facebook changed in 10 years
Ten years ago Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg launched ?The Facebook? from his Harvard dorm. Since then, the site has gone on to redefine our lives online.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:10:58 GMT

Senate grills Target CFO on data breach
Target CFO John Mulligan faced a Senate judiciary committee on Tuesday to answer tough questions about last year's massive breach that involved 40 million credit cards.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 17:04:13 GMT

Democratic lawmakers want to bring Net neutrality back to life
Democrats in Congress have introduced a bill that would restore Net neutrality regulations, less than a month after a court decision struck them down. "It basically says, 'Remember the court decision from a couple of weeks ago?
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:33:05 GMT

Some developers balk as Apple cracks down on apps that track user info
Apple is cracking down on apps that collect certain information about its users. While that might make privacy advocates happy, developers are less than thrilled.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:58:36 GMT

FBI: Give us your malware, your worms
The FBI has put out a request for experts in the cybersecurity industry to send in all the malware they can. In a solicitation published this week on fedbizopps.gov, the intelligence agency asks for "a rollup of sharable malware" for research purposes ? or so they say.
Published: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 00:11:05 GMT

Sexting stats: Half of adults' phones contain intimate content
Smartphone users are scandalous! A new study shows more than half of adults have sent or received ... ahem , intimate content on their mobile devices.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:14:18 GMT

AT&T slashes prices for some family plans
AT&T is the latest to cut prices in the wireless carrier wars. This time around, AT&T focused on family plans. The lower prices include 10 gigabytes of data per month, plus unlimited voice and texting.
Published: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:53:21 GMT



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