Peter Spano

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Amazon Set-Top Box Coming By End Of Year: WSJ

Amazon is planning to invade your TV set.<p>The Wall Street Journal reports that the world's largest online retailer will release a set-top box that will stream online video to your TV. The device is code-named "Cinnamon," and will have apps for playing games and streaming video and music from other …

U.S. Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts to Break Tor Anonymity Network

The National Security Agency may have attempted to penetrate and compromise a widely used network designed to protect the anonymity of its users, but …

Surveillance

Gaming Disassembled: The Steam Takeover

NSA tried and failed to compromise Tor, but browser vulnerabilities gave some users away

Intelligence agencies have devoted significant time to cracking the Tor encryption network, reports <i>The Guardian</i>, but it's largely failed to compromise the system. According to leaked documents obtained by Glenn Greenwald, the NSA and Britain's GCHQ were frustrated by Tor, at one point in 2012 …

Valve's Steam Box won't challenge consoles, says 'Borderlands' studio boss

Randy Pitchford doesn't see Valve's Steam Box as a threat to consoles. Pitchford, head of <i>Borderlands</i> developer Gearbox Software, stated to <i>Gamesindustry.biz</i> that although Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo will watch Valve's new hardware "curiously," they'll remain "largely unaffected by anything Steam …

Dell out-retinas Apple with high-resolution XPS 15 laptop

The Dell XPS 15, with its record-resolution screen.<p>If you're a Windows user but still covet Apple's ultra-sharp "Retina display" screens, Dell has introduced a new laptop with a display that beats those on Apple's MacBooks.<p>The new Dell XPS 15 has a 15.6-inch display with 3200x1800 pixels — which …

MacBook Pro

Bing is better than Google? Bunkum, says Freakonomics

On its Bing It On site, Microsoft claims people prefer Bing to Google search by almost 2 to 1. Bing the other one, say the academics.<p>Googling is one of those habits.<p>You know, like flossing in the living room or changing your underpants every other day.<p>Yet Microsoft's search engine has Binged on and …

AdWords

Nearly All Mobile Device Makers Cheat on Benchmarks, Except Apple and Motorola

Following Tuesday's report that Samsung artificially inflates its benchmarking scores, well-respected hardware review site <i>AnandTech</i> has published evidence suggesting nearly all mobile manufacturers, with the exception of Apple and Motorola, use CPU/GPU optimizations to game benchmark tests.<p>Samsung …