Aaron Gerard Franco

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Apple's got a mess on its hands in Mesa, Arizona

OK, I’ve read the court papers filed last week by GT Advanced Technologies in a New Hampshire bankruptcy court.<p>Not much was revealed about where …

Facebook is testing Graph Search for mobile devices

During the Facebook Q4 earnings call earlier this week, Mark Zuckerberg hinted that Graph Search for mobile devices is in development, though he wouldn't go into specifics about when it would launch. "Pretty soon," he said, "I think you should expect us to roll out the mobile version of this." It …

New Apple TV may offer cable TV integration in addition to gaming

No longer just an area of intense interest<p>Following Apple TV rumors from <i>9to5Mac</i> last week, the site's often-reliable Mark Gurman has revealed more details on the next-generation of Apple's set-top box. While last week's report focused on the ability to play games through Apple TV, this week Gurman …

A first glimpse of the new 'multiOS' handset from Geeksphone

Though we were able to tell you all about the Geeksphone Revolution's specs last month, the gestation-themed stock photo gave no clue as to how it actually <i>looked</i>. Now, we finally have pictures of the Firefox OS/Android multiOS handset (there's another after the break) and a further description of …

New 3D printer can print in carbon fiber

A Boston startup has introduced the first 3D printer capable of printing in carbon fiber, the super-strong and lightweight material used in race cars and space shuttles. After a year of stealth development, the Mark One printer from Mark Forged was unveiled at the SolidWorks 3D-printing expo this …

It’s now possible to run Android 4.2.2 on the BlackBerry Z10, sort of

An update for Blackberry’s not-so-popular BB10 has started rolling out, and with the update to 10.2.1 comes the ability to easily run Android apps. Although BB10 has been able to run Android apps for a while now, previously .APK files first had to be converted to the .BAR format before they would …

Android News

PayPal and GoDaddy respond to Twitter hacking controversy, sidestep blame

Naoki Hiroshima recently published a distressing account of how he lost his desirable @N Twitter username to a hacker. But part of his story accuses PayPal of giving the last four numbers of Hiroshima's credit card to the perpetrator. "I called PayPal and used some very simple engineering tactics …

Bitcoin’s Image Problem

I know manias. I’ve seen them again and again – hordes of people find out about a product or idea, back it with all their might, and are angry when anyone refuses to genuflect to their sacred cow. It happened to Notion Ink, it happens to Apple, it happens to Blackberry, and it happened in the …

Meet Lenovo: The overnight hardware colossus

Yang Yuanqing may not yet be a household name outside of China, but within the space of a week, he has closed a couple of multibillion deals to turn Lenovo into one of the technology world's most important hardware companies.<p>Not that Lenovo was a shrinking violet until now. The company already was …

Facebook for BlackBerry 10 Gets Inline Tagging, Offline Viewing

BlackBerry today released Facebook version 10.3 for BlackBerry 10 smartphones, adding a slew of new features. You can download the new version now directly from BlackBerry App World.<p>Here’s what’s new:<p>Inline Tagging in Status Posts – Easily tag friends in a status post or a shared post. Your friends …

Trouble With Teens Could Trip Up Today’s Facebook Earnings

When Facebook mentioned “a decrease in daily users specifically among younger teens” in last quarter’s earnings call, its share price fell from $57.98 in after-hours trading to open the next day at $47.16, eliminating tens of billions of dollars in value accrued from strong financials. How will …

Facebook’s data storage breakthrough: a huge box of Blu-ray discs

SAN JOSE, Calif. — When you think of Blu-ray, you think of movies on a disc. You don’t think of a data center. But Facebook executives saw beyond that minor detail.<p>Facebook has worked with a vendor to create a super-cheap, long-lasting, and downright cool storage vault that keeps files on Blu-ray …

Does Facebook still have a teen problem?

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Facebook rattled nerves on Wall Street in October when the company pointed to signs of eroding teen interest in the …

Facebook Earnings: Mobile Momentum And Massive Mojo

It’s a 22 minute drive from Sunnyvale to Menlo Park, but Yahoo and Facebook might as well exist on different planets.<p>A day after Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer tried to explain to investors exactly how selling more ads for less money constitutes “a strong foundation for growth,” her counterpart, Mark …

Facebook Pages Manager for iOS Gets Image Post Scheduling

Days after announcing it will prioritize image-based updates over text-based updates in users’ News Deeds, Facebook is making things more convenient for marketers after it updated its Pages Manager app for iOS app with the option to schedule photo posts. (The feature is already present in the …

Facebook's targeted ads set to appear in apps other than Facebook

If you've ever been creeped out by those eerily targeted ads on Facebook, get ready for more of the same in <i>other</i> mobile apps as well. The popular social network has announced today that it's testing a new ads platform with a select few advertisers and partners that will push those ads beyond …

Teenagers migrate from Facebook as parents send them friend requests

Facebook is 'dead and buried' to older teenagers, an extensive European study has found, as the key age group moves on to Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat.<p>Researching the Facebook use of 16-18 year olds in eight EU countries, the Global Social Media Impact Study found that as parents and …

Intel Bets on Video Everywhere With Investment in Taiwan's SanJet

Intel Capital, the investment arm of the world’s biggest chipmaker, made a bet on ubiquitous video today with a stake in SanJet, a Taiwan-based …

North America

Malware Attacks by Syrian Pro-Government Hackers Are on the Rise

James Gordon/Flickr Creative CommonsWhen we hear about Syrian hackers working on behalf of the regime of embattled President Bashar al-Assad, we …

University of Toronto

Indian feds raid Bitcoin exchange as other traders suspend service

On Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of India sent out a stern warning against trade in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, stating that the currencies were not approved by the central bank and more ominously that "the traders of VCs on such platforms are exposed to legal as well as financial risks." It …

Encrypted chat service Cryptocat for iPhone rejected by Apple

Encrypted chat service Cryptocat has spent the past two years blocking outsiders from reading private conversations, and now it's facing a block of its own trying to get onto Apple's App Store. Developer Nadim Kobeissi took to Twitter today to blast the iPhone and iPad maker for unjustly rejecting …

Nokia pulls Here Maps from the App Store, blames iOS 7

In the wake of Maps-gate, Nokia was one of several outfits that rushed to Apple's aid with a navigation app of its very own. A year later, however, and that same offering has been yanked from the App Store before it could send a note to its neighbors. When we asked, Nokia responded with the below …

Target confirms encrypted debit PIN data was stolen during hack

Target has confirmed that encrypted debit card PIN data was stolen as part of the massive hack carried out against the retailer between late November and early December. The company previously admitted that card numbers and expiration dates were compromised in the attack that affected 40 million …

Google’s Schaft robot takes top spot at DARPA Robotics Challenge

Leave it to DARPA to turn disaster relief into a competitive sport for robots, and for Google to walk away with the prize. On Saturday, 16 robotics …

Robotics

Samsung Lets Smart TV Apps Control Household Appliances

LG just revealed plans to let you control household appliances via chat app Line, and now it’s Samsung’s turn. The Korean firm is giving developers the keys to build apps that control products in the home from a TV, through a new version of its Smart TV software development kit (SDK).<p>The company …

Teens In The UK Are Calling It: Facebook Is Dead And Buried

In a European Union-funded study on social media, the Department of Anthropology at University College London is running nine simultaneous 15-month ethnographic studies in seven countries to find out how teens were perceiving Facebook.<p>We read about what U.K. teens think on The Conversation:<p>What …

Social Media

The Power of the Hoodie-Wearing C.E.O.

If you’re a billionaire in Silicon Valley, you can wear what you want on your feet. Mark Zuckerberg, the C.E.O. of Facebook, has made numerous public appearances in a hoodie and Adidas slide-on sandals. Sergey Brin, a co-founder of Google, is not shy about his Vibram FiveFingers barefoot-style …

2013 was a lost year for tech

All in, 2013 was an embarrassment for the entire tech industry and the engine that powers it—Silicon Valley. Innovation was replaced by financial engineering, mergers and acquisitions, and evasion of regulations. Not a single breakthrough product was unveiled—and for reasons outlined below, Google …

Two states want their money back from the contractor that built most of Healthcare.gov

Vermont and Massachusetts are taking steps to get their money back from CGI Federal, the government contractor that built the health insurance marketplaces in those states as well as the federal marketplace Healthcare.gov.<p>State officials say CGI Federal delivered the websites late and with defects, …