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Samsung aims to make 2014 smart TVs even smarter

Better control through voice and finger motions are part of the lineup for next year's TVs.<p>Those of you who buy a Samsung smart TV in 2014 should find it easier to flip channels, open apps, and run other tasks.<p>Samsung has fine-tuned its voice interaction service, which helps you control the TV …

CES

Inside a $4 million Icelandic bitcoin-mining consortium

In Dealbook, Nathaniel Popper takes a look at a bitcoin-mining business called Cloud Hashing, that's moved its computers to Iceland in search of easy cooling and cheap, renewable power. The current set up requires over 100 computers, designed specifically for cracking the obscure algorithms that …

CircleMe: Interest-Based Social Network Hits Android

We first took a peek at CircleMe way back in October 2011 when it launched in private beta. In a nutshell, the app makes it easy to create an online profile to showcase all your favorite things – this could be websites, films, magazines, books, music, hobbies – you name it.<p>The previously Web-only …

Google and Facebook write your end-of-year cards for you

With a Google+ auto-awesome movie and a special Facebook page, social media powers try to give you a hand with your holiday communications. It's a nice idea, but lacks a certain personal touch.<p>If you're one of the countless people who feels guilty about failing to send end-of-year letters to your …

Algorithms

AllCast for Android leaves beta, streams media to your Apple TV, Roku or Xbox (video)

Worried that you won't get to watch your favorite videos while visiting family this holiday? Don't be: After a brief beta phase, ClockworkMod's Koushik Dutta has released a completed version of AllCast for Android. The polished app lets you stream both local and cloud-based media to relatively …

Samsung’s new smart TV doesn’t mean the end of the remote control

Samsung will premiere its new line of smart TVs in 2014.<p>In the future, kids won't only fight over the remote control. They will also battle over what to watch by shouting and gesticulating wildly at their television sets.<p>On Monday, Samsung announced it would unveil a new, more advanced version of …

Smart TV

Canonical gives developers a preview of a dual-booting Ubuntu and Android future

Choice, friends, is good. Nobody likes being limited to one thing, when instead you could be picking from a plethora, or at least a pair of options. And it looks like Ubuntu is on track to deliver on its promise to offer a duo of operating systems to mobile devices in 2014, as it has released a …

Iran bans another social network, blocks WeChat messaging app

WeChat, the popular China-made messaging app, has joined the likes of Facebook and Twitter in being blocked by authorities in Iran.<p>Global Voices has …

Social Media

Cryptolocker ransomware has 'infected about 250,000 PCs'

<b>A virulent form of ransomware has now infected about quarter of a million Windows computers, according to a report by security researchers.</b><p>Cryptolocker scrambles users' data and then demands a fee to unencrypt it alongside a countdown clock.<p>Dell Secureworks said that the US and UK had been worst …

Cybersecurity

Hulu is getting sued over illegally sharing user data with Facebook thanks to judge’s ruling

A federal judge in California ruled yesterday that Hulu will stand trial in a lawsuit that claims the streaming video site illegally shared viewing data about its users with third-party sites.<p>Hulu is facing a lawsuit for allegedly violating the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), a 1988 federal …

The One Big Question About RSA and Its Relationship With the NSA

Last week, the Internet security world was jolted by a Reuters report detailing a secret $10 million payment to the security company RSA from the …

Information Security

Chinese court jails World of Warcraft cybercrime ring

Even fake worlds such as the World of Warcraft aren’t safe from cybercrime.<p>Last week, Zhejiang province’s Songyang county court sentenced 10 men to prison terms of up to two years, reports Zhejiang Online. Their crime: Hijacking more than 11,500 World of Warcraft accounts and violating state …

This is what could force Verizon and AT&T to finally ditch data caps

Verizon and AT&T have long insisted that the majority of their subscribers face no danger of going over their monthly data caps, but that may be …

Crazy currency: The more I report on Bitcoin, the weirder it gets | Ars Technica

Op-ed: Despite a year of reporting and Bitcoin's insane rise, I'm happy not to own any.<p>The first time I ever heard the word “Bitcoin” was back in …

MIT engineers have invented a JARVIS-style home automation system

The home automation systems of tomorrow won’t look anything like they do right now. In the future, you wont have to whip out your smartphone and fire …

Engineering

Wispy designs from Microsoft partners breeze past Apple

Thin and light laptop and hybrid designs from PC makers are passing Apple on key features. Will PC makers forge ahead in 2014?<p><b>commentary</b> Psst...Microsoft laptop partners are ahead of Apple on critical design metrics like weight.<p>So, how will that play out in 2014? A snapshot of today's lightest, …

Touchscreens

Another report points to imminent launch of Samsung’s monster 12.2-inch tablet

For the second time in just a few days, a report out of South Korea claims to confirm that Samsung will launch its largest tablet yet in the coming …

Your Data Gets Lost Or Stolen Online Frequently. Do You Even Care?

2013 was filled with even more large service providers, government departments and enterprises getting hacked or otherwise loosing your data. Your data was likely lost on multiple occasions just from the breaches in the news, let alone the ones that never made the headlines. Reputation or direct …

Google sues to protect Android device makers from Apple-backed patent hell

Advertisement<p>161 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sergej Khakimullin<p><b>Update:</b> <i>This article produced a torrent of abuse, accusations and even some insight</i> …