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Visitors to Sochi Olympics should expect to be hacked (video)

There's little question at this point that the logistics in Sochi, from hotel rooms to public infrastructure, are a <i>mess</i>, but one of the greatest threats to visitors is one they can't even see. According to NBC, it's a near-guarantee that connected devices are being watched by hackers within Russia, …

MariaDB outfit SkySQL takes on former HP public cloud manager as product chief

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / z0w<p>SkySQL, the Finnish database firm that wants to steal Oracle(s orcl)’s lunch with the MySQL fork …

Panasonic reverses its fortunes amid electric vehicle boom

Not every struggling company story has to have a depressing ending. Though its troubles are far from over yet, Panasonic has just announced 73.7 billion yen ($730 million) in net earnings for Q3. That's up 20 percent over last year, a disastrous period that saw nearly $10 billion in full-year …

Samsung developing Context, a service that gathers user data and shares it with other apps

Samsung is said to have created a service that collects data like the text you type and the apps you use and shares it with other applications.<p>The report comes from <i>The Information’s</i> Jessica Lessin and is rather light on details. Moreover, the service might not even make it to a product, as Samsung …

Apps

Bill Nye Wins Over the Science Crowd at Evolution Debate

Bill Nye

The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, has recently announced its shortlist of winners. This year's contest attracted more than 140,000 entries from 166 countries. The organizers have been kind enough to share some of their shortlisted …

Google takes on the conference room with Chromebox for meetings

Been trying to figure out just what you'd do with a Chromebox? Google has an idea: build a new video conferencing system. At least that's what Google VP of Product Management Caesar Sengupta announced in Mountain View this morning. It's called Chromebox for meetings and, well, it's a Chromebox …

Satya Nadella is Microsoft's new CEO: the full story

Contributors:<p>Share Tweet<p><b>Share</b> Satya Nadella is Microsoft's new CEO: the full story<p>share tweet Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email<p>Microsoft has named its third CEO in the company's 38-year history. Satya Nadella succeeds Steve Ballmer and takes over the top job at Microsoft immediately. With …

Microsoft's PC partners have 'tremendous confidence' in new CEO

Mobile relations may prove trickier now that Microsoft is a smartphone manufacturer<p>A new CEO typically means a great deal of upheaval and uncertainty for a company, but Microsoft's hardware partners appear confident its appointment of Satya Nadella will lead to change for the better. Lenovo CEO …

Nutanix co-founder launches ThoughtSpot, an appliance for analytics

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / ramcreations<p>Ajeet Singh is sticking with what worked for him at Nutanix — the fast-growing enterprise …

Used By Wooga, Pocket Gems And More, Apportable Lands $5M To Help Developers Automatically Convert iOS Games To Android

With the methodical proliferation of smartphones into what seems like every pocket, we now find ourselves living in the Golden App Age — or App Era, whichever you prefer. However, as mobile platforms and their native app economies mature and expand, and the App Age enters Phase 2, a new generation …

Android Root Apps May Soon Be More Difficult To Write, For Security's Sake

If you use a rooted Android device or develop root applications for Android, your life might be getting a little harder in the near future.<p>According to XDA developer Chainfire on his Google+ page, changes are being made in the recent code commit of the Android Open Source Project master tree (where …

Graphene: the next big thing in mobile displays?

Display technology is moving at a very fast pace these days. Smartphone display resolutions are already surpassing that of most television sets, and manufacturers are working hard on flexible display technology, which doesn’t appear to be too far away. But display technology isn’t all about …

Nanotech

How long before US firms stop making PCs altogether?

The past 30 days are littered with the corporate wreckage of years of declining PC sales—or at least, the kind of PCs that run Windows. On February 4, Nikkei reported that Sony is selling its money-losing Vaio PC division to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners for $490 million. Gartner and …

Selling

Handcuffs For Hacker Schools? Why A “Code Of Conduct” For Coding Bootcamps Could Actually Be Good For The Ecosystem

The explosion in both online and offline programming platforms over the last year has made one thing clear: Learning to code is hot. (With two “t’s.”) Well, that and the fact that our traditional education system doesn’t seem to be pulling its weight as far as computer science education is …

Four big questions for Twitter ahead of its first quarterly earnings report

Twitter is scheduled to reveal its first quarterly earnings report as a public company after the close of trading today. The expectation is that Twitter lost $0.02 per share in the fourth quarter of last year on revenue of $218 million. Even more attention will be paid to the number of monthly …

Samsung reportedly unveiling Galaxy S5 this month, without iris scanner

Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S5 smartphone at an event later this month, reports <i>The New York Times</i>. The unveiling will reportedly come during Samsung's Unpacked event on February 24th, which is being held at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. Samsung sent out invitations to the …

Blame Oreo: Why Your Twitter Feed Will Go Bonkers During the Super Bowl

The most memorable “ad” from last year’s Super Bowl didn’t come in the form of a TV commercial. It was a quick-thinking Tweet from the folks at Oreo. …

Verizon shareholders approve buyout of Vodafone stake, deal expected to close next month

The next step in Verizon's buyout of Vodafone's 45 percent stake in the company is now complete. Shareholders held a special meeting to vote on the matter, and their consensus was to issue 1.3 billion shares to Vodafone shareholders to complete the transaction; in London, Vodafone shareholders also …

eShares Now Offers Electronic Stock Options And Real-Time Cap Table Updates For Private Companies

When we last checked in with eShares, the company had just launched its platform for issuing and managing electronic stock, rather than paper certificates, to employees, investors, and other shareholders. Now the company hopes to make its offering even more compelling, by expanding its system to …

A High-Tech Bra That Unhooks Only For 'True Love'

A weird/bad/nerdtastic idea from Japan.<p><i>Note: Video is a tad NSFW.</i><p>Japanese lingerie manufacturer Ravijour has designed a bra, called the True Love Tester, that apparently knows "how women truly feel." Yes, this is a goofy marketing scheme. But it's also a science bra, so... carry on.<p>The ad above …

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Wikipedia project aims to enshrine celebrity voice recordings

Famous people of the internet — and the world at large — are being asked to record their voice for digital archiving as part of a year-old Wikipedia project. That effort, led by Wikipedia contributor Andy Mabbett, began in late 2012 and is now getting off the ground with recordings by British …

Google Glass finally works for people who actually need glasses

Rejoice, all of you visually impaired nerds — prescription lens Google Glasses are here.<p>After promising them since Glass was first announced, Google today unveiled several new eyeglass frames that can fit prescription lenses. They’ll run you an additional $225 on top of the current $1,500 Google …

Future Android security apps will learn from your phone

Malicious software might not be as huge of a problem as some reports would like you to believe, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take the time to protect our smartphones from potential attacks.<p>Fortunately, Zimperium, a new mobile security startup, seems to be taking mobile security seriously …

Apps

Microsoft Azure Drops Storage Prices To Match Amazon’s Latest Price Reduction

Earlier this week, Amazon Web Services reduced its prices for its S3 cloud storage service and today, Microsoft is following suit with a price reduction for its own cloud storage services.<p>Locally redundant storage on Azure now matches Amazon’s prices and Azure Storage transactions are getting a 50 …

Yahoo Acquires Virtual World Gaming Startup Cloud Party, Will Shut It Down

Yahoo is doing more than just throwing shade at Google on Twitter today and then taking it back – the company has acquired Cloud Party, a browser-based game creation engine. In a blog post today, the Cloud Party team shared that they will be joining Yahoo after two years of operation, and that the …

Told Ya So: NSA's Collection Of Metadata Is Screamingly Illegal

<i>This post is coauthored by Christopher Sprigman.</i><p>We told you so. This week’s report from the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, or PCLOB, confirms what we said back in June of last year in our New York Times Op Ed “The Criminal NSA”. The NSA’s telephone record metadata program, …

Featured App Store Collection: Super Bowl XLVIII Apps

This week’s featured app collections in the App Store include one for the nation’s biggest sporting event – Super Bowl XLVIII. It’s a curated selection of apps that are meant to enhance the experience on Super Sunday and / or just get you in the mood for the climax to the NFL season.<p>The Super Bowl …

Eric Schmidt says encryption will help Google crack Chinese censorship and stop the NSA

Eric Schmidt thinks encryption is the answer to many of the internet's problems. Google's executive chairman said last November that "encrypting everything" could "end government censorship in a decade." Now Schmidt says that in that same decade, encryption could "open up countries with strict …

500 Startups-Backed Evoz To Power British Telecom’s Home And Connected Devices Offering

Given that Google just acquired connected device maker Nest for $3.2 billion, I’m sure plenty of others have now realised that this is the best evidence yet that the smart device space – especially in homes – is really starting to take off. So while plenty have speculated about this next wave …