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The Week in Review: Mars Water Discovery & Sci-Fi Epic The Martian

It sounds like the script of a sci-fi movie, sending robots to find aliens; but this week those cinematic ideas are beginning to become reality. The discovery of water on Mars made headlines around the world. Though many are quick point out it doesn’t guarantee human-like lifeform, it still offers …

Star Trek

BlackBerry Venice hands-on video: Android slider has touch keyboard, universal search, and Google services

BlackBerry’s Android phone, codenamed Venice, continues to see leak after leak. Following the slew of images we’ve already seen, we now have a hands-on video.<p>In June, rumors that BlackBerry was building an Android smartphone returned in full force, followed by a big leak in July. Then in August we …

Mobile Technology

Amazon Web Services launches its Aurora database engine out of preview

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced that its Aurora database engine, which first launched in November in preview, is now generally available to customers.<p>Aurora can power the existing Relational Database Service (RDS), and is compatible with MySQL and MariaDB databases.<p>Aurora increases the …

Microsoft’s flagship Windows phones: The details are falling into place

Leaked information about Microsoft’s upcoming flagship Windows phones has been showing up this summer, but some new information today fills in some important gaps.<p>Microsoft is working on a pair of phones — right now codenamed Cityman and Talkman — that will showcase Windows 10 and set expectations …

Mobile Technology

Exotic Vinegar Flies Invade California After World Tour

Here at the Goats and Soda blog, we talk a lot about tiny critters moving around the globe — andoften causing trouble.<p>Last summer it was Ebola hopping on a plane to Texas. Then a painful virus from eastern Africa, called chikungunya, found its way to Florida via the Philippines and the …

Picasso painting sells for a record $179 million - May. 11, 2015

Pablo Picasso would be a happy man if he were alive today.<p>A painting by the iconic abstract artist sold for a record $179,365,000 at an auction Monday in New York, a Christie's spokesperson said.<p>The 1955 canvas, "Les femmes d'Alger (Version "O")," sets a new bar for the contemporary art market. …

Philippines military chief vows to defend island in South China Sea

The Philippines’ military chief flew to an island occupied by his country in the South China Sea on Monday and vowed to defend the territory and help develop tourism and marine resources there amid disputes with China.<p>General Gregorio Pio Catapang, accompanied by journalists and other military …

Why Nokia could get big bucks for its Here digital mapping business

Maps have become a crucial centerpiece of a host of digital technologies and businesses, ranging from smartphones to cars. Now there's a major bidding war pitting software companies, Internet firms, and automakers against one another to acquire one of the foremost mapping companies in the …

Corporate employees are buying the iPhone 6 like crazy

iPhone 6 devices (including the Plus) made up 72% of all device activations in the first quarter of 2015, among Good's 6,200 enterprise corporations.<p>Android nabbed 26% and Windows Phones had 1%. (Good makes software that helps companies manage mobile devices. Each quarter it scans them looking for …

Financial Services

Two more AT&T prepaid plans will offer data rollover

Looks like AT&T is the latest carrier to hop onto the "data rollover" bandwagon. The company recently announced that customers subscribing to its prepaid GoPhone $45 and $60 plans will be able to apply their unused data allowance -- 1.5 GB and 4 GB, respectively -- to the next month but <i>only</i> until …

Here’s the “the world’s largest 2.5-inch SATA” Solid State Drive

Fixstars recently announced what it is calling “the world’s largest 2.5” SATA SSD”. The Fixstars SSD-6000M packs in 6TB of storage, making it the largest capacity SSD in the standard 2.5″ x 9.5mm form factor, according to the company.<p>With full support for SATA 6Gbps, the new drives bring sequential …

Computer Hardware

Periscope update adds ability to sign up without a Twitter account, new commenting features, more

Twitter this evening has updated its popular live streaming app Periscope to version 1.0.4 with a handful of new features and bug fixes. Announced in post on Medium, the update adds the ability to change your profile a picture, a feature that for some reason has not been there since launch. A …

The Cyber Caliphate Released Its First Threat Video But Nobody's Buying It

The so-called "Cyber Caliphate" released a video Monday claiming that they are about to launch a series of attacks. But the internet was kind of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.<p>Hackers claiming to be affiliated with ISIS threatened a series of cyberattacks against the U.S., Europe, and Australia Monday, in the first …

iOS slips to 72% enterprise share in Q1 2015, Android hits 26%, and Windows Phone stays flat at 1%

Entering into 2015, Apple continues to rule the mobile enterprise space. iOS lost just 1 percentage point over the past quarter, dipping to 72 percent of global device activations in Q1 2015. Android device activations, meanwhile, gained the same amount to hit 26 percent of total activations last …

FTC Officials Back Tesla’s Right To Sell Cars Direct To Consumers

Key officials at the FTC aren’t mincing words in a new post defending the right of manufacturers to sell directly to consumers: Part of the U.S. regulatory trade organization’s executive team detailed its wider position following the publication of a letter of comment specific to new legislation in …

New Apple music service just on time as Warner reports streaming revenue passed downloads for first time ever

Just as Apple continues to negotiate deals for its upcoming, revamped music streaming service, Warner Music Group says it saw streaming revenue surpass revenue from downloads for the first time ever.<p><i>“Notably, in this quarter we saw continued growth in streaming revenue which surpassed download</i> …

Apple Music

Google’s self-driving cars have been in 11 accidents because humans are dumb

The viability of self-driving cars will likely be debated and scoffed at for a long time, but at least we know they’re not distracted by their cellphones.<p>In an article on Backchannel, Google revealed details about how its cars work and some of the mishaps they’ve gotten into. After all, one of the …

Autonomous Cars