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Yahoo Hacked And How To Protect Your Passwords

Yahoo yesterday announced that Yahoo mail has been the focus of a co-ordinated hack and that at this time it has confirmed a number of users e-mail accounts have been compromised – you may be one of them (and if you are see below for my top tips on how to secure your passwords going forward). It is …

Google Street View & The Sochi Winter Olympics

With the 2014 Winter Olympic Games kicking off in Sochi, Russia, on February 7, Google has just announced it’s adding a tonne of imagery from a slew of towns, cities and sights of the gargantuan country to Street View.<p>From today, you’ll be able to view ground-level imagery from Vladivostok, …

Archos' new Neon range looks a bit too low-end

Archos has often been seen as the champion of low priced Android devices yet with reasonable specifications. However the French company has quietly updated its website to include a new range of tablets which frankly look a bit dated even before they go on sale. The new Neon range comprises of three …

Chinese online retailer JD.com files for $1.5B U.S. IPO

JD.com Inc. (formerly 360Buy), one of the largest online retailers in China, just filed with SEC for an IPO to raise up to $1.5 billion in the U.S..<p>The company started as a business-to-customer e-commerce service in 2004 and then introduced third-party retailers in October 2010. Its business model, …

Update gives QX10/QX100 higher ISO support and 1080p video recording

Sony has released firmware version 2.00 for its QX10 and QX100 lens-style cameras, only days after we find out they have new, larger tablet mounting brackets available for these same units. Obviously, Sony believes in helping us take the best photographs and videos possible using our mobile …

US phone companies to explore replacing all phone numbers with IP addresses

Voice-over-IP (VoIP) is nothing new, of course, but so far it's been regarded merely as an add-on to America's regular, analog-based copper and cellular voice networks -- networks that are currently maintained as a matter of legal requirement. The FCC isn't necessarily such a stickler for …

MLB introducing Apple iBeacons to 20 ballparks in March

When Apple added support for iBeacons — small, lower-power Bluetooth LE transmitters that offer a host of location-based services — into iOS 7, Major League Baseball was one of the first companies to show the new feature's potential. Now a source familiar with the matter has confirmed MLB will be …

Android on 79% of the 998 Million Smartphones Shipped in 2013

Almost 1 billion smartphones (998 million to be exact) shipped in 2013. Compared to 2012, this represents a 44 percent year-over-year increase.<p>The latest figures come from Canalys, an independent analyst firm which found Android’s dominance grew with the platform running on 79 percent (785 million) …

PlayStation 4 companion app update highlights live game broadcasts

The latest update for Sony's PlayStation mobile app is out for Android and iOS, and it's surprisingly video-focused. Thanks to the new Live from PlayStation section, available game streams can be browsed directly from your device -- although they won't open in the app itself. Ustream feeds open in …

Windows 8.1 update may default to desktop on startup

(<b>Update:</b> ZDNet is calling the report into question, saying, "if Microsoft did make skipping the Metro Start screen a default option, the company would give developers even less of a reason to write Windows Store/Metro Style apps.")<p>The expected update for Windows 8.1 could bypass the touch-centric …

Software

Behind Google profits, massive spending on computing gear

You think it's easy printing money at Google? Think again.<p>The company on Thursday reported enviable financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013, with revenue of $16.86 billion, up 17 percent, and net income of $3.38 billion. It's just another three months of success for Google's money machine, …

General Motors

Apple bombarded with candy-themed games in protest at the word 'candy' being trademarked

Such sweet, sweet revenge. After the maker of the hugely popular <i>Candy Crush</i> series of games on the App Store somehow managed to trademark the word "candy" in Europe, other developers have started to fight back by blitzing Apple with an insulin-inducing array of Candy-themed game submissions. More …

Mark Zuckerberg on why Facebook succeeded: 'We just cared more' - TODAY.com

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Mark Zuckerberg

Google Maps’ open-source rival gets huge boost as Telenav buys OpenStreetMap leader Skobbler

The Berlin startup scene has its first big exit of 2014, and indeed one of its largest yet: navigation veteran Telenav(s tnav) has picked up local …

Cinemagram update takes all the work out of making animated gifs

Playing around with Cinemagram's moving photo feature is pretty darn fun, but it comes at a cost: effort. Unlike publishing a Vine or an Instagram video, you need to think about it; what part of this photo do you want to animate? Did you map out the moving area correctly? It's a lot of work. Well, …

Adobe VideoBite, a bite-sized video editor for iPhone, now allows titles, photos & music

Adobe VideoBite, an iOS app designed to make video editing as quick and easy as possible, has been updated to allow titles, photos and music to be added, turning it into a fully-fledged editor while retaining its simple user-interface.<p>Heartwarming Apple ads aside, I’ve always been rather skeptical …

Flag, An App That Prints & Mails Your Photos For Free, Takes Off On Kickstarter

Thanks to smartphones, digital photography has essentially become free – after the cost of the initial phone purchase, that is. You no longer have to buy bulbs or film or batteries to have access to an unlimited camera roll. You can snap photos at will, and store everything the cloud. But one thing …

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: when smaller is better

For the longest time, the prevailing trend with mobile phones was to take last year’s handset and make it smaller. Shave a few millimeters off, shed a couple of grams, and give users the same experience but in a leaner shell. The rise of smartphones and their incessantly improving spec sheets …

Twitter Acquires Over 900 IBM Patents Following Infringement Claim, Enters Cross-Licensing Agreement

Twitter announced today that it has acquired over 900 patents from IBM, and that it has entered into a cross-licensing agreement with the Internet services and software company. IBM had issued a complaint against Twitter previously for patent infringement, as reported in an S-1 filing ahead of the …

Why Should You Be Worried About NSA Surveillance?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> The End Of Privacy.<p><b>About Mikko Hyppönen's TED Talk</b><p>Virtually every international Internet user is being watched, says hacker and cyber security expert Mikko Hyppönen. He calls for digital privacy in the age of government surveillance.<p>Privacy is non-negotiable. It …

Web Storage Company Box Secretly Files for IPO

Online storage company Box has secretly filed for an IPO, according to <i>Quartz</i> and the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. Box last year raised $100 million in venture funding and is valued at approximately $2 billion. An IPO could bring an additional $500 million to the company during a time when competition …

In a distributed world cache is king. Why routers are becoming the new server.

Much like Amazon(a amzn) sparked a revolution in not just corporate IT but also in how companies build out their infrastructure (you could probably …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Heads to Ireland to Visit Government Officials, Company Facilities

Apple CEO Tim Cook is currently in Ireland visiting the company's facilities in Cork and preparing to meet with government officials this afternoon, according to a report from <i>TheJournal.ie</i>. The specific reason for Cook's visit is unknown, but Apple has maintained a significant presence in the …

Katy Perry is first to reach 50m followers on Twitter

By Emma Brant<i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p>Katy Perry has become the first person to reach 50 million followers on Twitter.<p>The singer overtook Justin Bieber as the most followed person in November last year, although he was the first to hit the 40 million mark in June 2013.<p>Katy Perry is ahead of the teenage pop …

U.S. Cellular launches $50 no-contract plan

On Friday, regional carrier U.S. Cellular took the wraps off a new no-contract plan. The $50 monthly charge gets customers unlimited calling, text messages, and Web access.<p>For now, the plan applies to the Kyocera Hydro XTRM and Samsung Galaxy Axiom ($130 each with rebates) and the Motorola Moto X …

Telecoms

Can there be a Microsoft without Bill Gates?

The answer is yes, of course. This multi-billion-dollar juggernaut will roll along regardless of who’s chairing the board. The bigger question is …

Siri co-creator: 'don't hold your breath' for the AI in 'Her'

Only a few people are truly qualified to evaluate the technological merits of Samantha, Joaquin Phoenix's A.I. co-star in Spike Jonze's film <i>Her.</i> One of these people is most certainly Dag Kittlaus, co-creator of Siri. In an op-ed for <i>Variety</i>, he asks "Can Siri catch up?"<p>"Maybe," he says, "but don't …