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Tapping 'noise canceling' data signals for faster Internet

Researchers have found a rather elegant way to improve data speeds on existing fiber technology, according to the BBC.<p>At the moment, sending data via …

Microsoft's Don Mattrick talks Xbox One, calls backwards compatibility backwards

One of the more controversial bits of news to come out of yesterday's Xbox One reveal was the discovery that the newly christened console would not be able to play Xbox 360 games. Backwards compatibility has been a sore subject for some gamers but Microsoft's Don Mattrick says the company is …

IT Pros Are Using LinkedIn In A Surprising Way: To Shop For Enterprise Tech

Before writing checks for projects that may cost their companies tens of thousands up to a million dollars, IT pros will naturally do their homework.<p>And they are increasingly doing that homework by crawling social networks to find out what others are saying about the product.<p>So LinkedIn conducted a …

LinkedIn

eTrak GPS+ melds WiFi, cellular and GPS tracking, launches at CTIA (hands-on)

We've come across a number of GPS-based tracking devices over the years but most are rather bulky and difficult to setup. eTrak's attempting to remedy this here at CTIA 2013 with GPS+, a fob-like product that combines WiFi, cellular and GPS tracking in a small, light and easy-to-use package. The …

HTC Can’t Stanch The Flow Of Departing Senior Talent As Internal Turmoil Prevails

A brain drain at a big tech company is never a good thing, and when a lot of that departing talent consists of high-level execs moving on in rapid succession it’s bound to look like curtains to outside observers. That appears to be the case at HTC, which is losing a lot of senior execs according to …

Microsoft updates YouTube Windows Phone app on the day Google demanded it be removed

Microsoft is updating its Windows Phone YouTube app today. In a statement to <i>The Verge,</i> the company says it's making some changes to address concerns from Google. "Microsoft updated the Windows Phone YouTube app to address the restricted video and offline video access concerns voiced by Google last …

Microsoft recruits Siri to bad-mouth the iPad in new Windows 8 tablet ad

Whatever era you call it, post-PC or simply PC plus, the Mac vs. PC war has ignited once again today. In a fresh Windows 8 ad, Microsoft is directly attacking Apple's iPad on price, an approach it took during the early Vista days with low-priced laptops. It's also doing it in a way that parodies …

Mel Brooks on the Secret to Fart Sounds, Why Comedy’s Gotten Lazy and His New PBS Doc ‘Mel Brooks: Make a Noise’

Mel Brooks on the Secret to Fart Sounds, Why Comedy's Gotten Lazy and His New PBS Doc 'Mel Brooks: Make a Noise'<p>“Let’s go! Ask me questions and I’ll …

Leaked Scroogled video sees Microsoft parody Google's Chrome ad

Microsoft and Google have been locked in a war of words over a YouTube Windows Phone app, but in the midst of the arguments a new Scroogled ad has emerged. Designed to be an internal-only video, a copy has <i>somehow</i> managed to find its way onto the web right in the middle of Google's I/O developer …

iOS and Android Tripled the Games Revenue of Sony, Nintendo et al

Research firms IDC and App Annie have again joined forces to release their second quarterly report on mobile gaming, the key takeaway being that tablets and smartphones continue to dominate the handheld console space, making three times more revenue in Q1 2013.<p>Apple led the pack, overtaking the …

Huge population of YouTube copyright owners denied class action status | Ars Technica

Class action against YouTube would create "Frankenstein monster," judge says.<p>The same judge who handed Viacom another defeat in its copyright …

Apple reveals details of 50 billionth App Store download

The winner in the race to reach the 50 billionth download is an Ohio resident who snagged the Say the Same Thing app. Along with bragging rights, the lucky customer gets a $10,000 App Store gift card.<p>The Apple App Store odometer was spinning furiously en route to the 50 billionth app download.<p>Apple …

Apps

Eric Holder: Government should get warrants to search e-mail

The U.S. attorney general supports changes to existing e-mail and online storage snooping laws, which are currently under scrutiny in the House.<p>U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder supports privacy changes that would require the government to seek a warrant based on probable cause to obtain …

Surveillance

SMS integration coming to Google+ Hangouts

A Googler takes to Google+ to say that texting via Hangouts is coming soon. But will it help Hangouts pull in a wider audience?<p>This week at Google I/O, Google announced it's beefing up Google+ Hangouts by introducing a one-on-one chat feature, access to chat history, and a standalone app. But how …

Android News

LulzSec hackers sentenced to between one and three years in prison by UK court

Four UK hackers have been sentenced for their role in online attacks conducted under the banner of LulzSec. According to security group Sophos and Court News UK, Ryan Cleary, aka "Viral," was sentenced to 32 months in jail but will only serve half his sentence. Jake "Topiary" Davis will serve two …