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Fast fiber-optic broadband spreads across developed world

Double-digit growth means high-speed fiber links are becoming more common in Europe and America. Copper lines keep getting faster, though, and some network operators aren't eager to pay for upgrades.<p>Fiber-optic broadband is becoming less of a rarity.<p>Subscriptions to the high-speed networking …

OECD

Microsoft Should Embrace Nokia's Android Project

While the rumours are still unconfirmed, there’s a lot of talk about Nokia’s Android phone. It appears to have the codename Normandy and developed to complement Nokia’s low-end Asha handsets. It may also have been a useful bargaining chip as Nokia’s Windows Phone contract came to an end. When …

Why Apple Is Losing Ground To The Samsung Brand

Samsung is gaining fast on Apple in terms of brand affection – but we seem reluctant to admit it.<p>In Interbrand’s 2013 brand index, a benchmark measure of brand value, Apple came out on top, ending a 13 year run by Coca Cola. The signs are though that Samsung, which has been investing heavily in …

4 Smart Designs For New Cities That Can Withstand Any Storm

Without serious preparation, most cities will be overwhelmed by rising waters. Here are some ideas for how to deal with climate change, from protective wetlands to shipping container reefs.<p>Since most cities are built next to water, the risk of floods threatens more people than any other natural …

CES 2014: Laptops roundup

It wasn't exactly a banner year for laptops at CES. Hell, the "Best of CES" award for PCs ended up going to a desktop, and was nearly upstaged by an all-in-one running Chrome OS. Still, that didn't stop some companies (especially Lenovo) from trotting out new models. From a simple Haswell refresh …

Why Apple’s iBeacon Is Under-Hyped

Apple products are usually over-hyped. But there’s one that’s radically under-hyped: Apple’s iBeacon positioning system.<p>So I’m here to turn up the noise on this quiet revolution. You really need to know more about this, because it’s going to change everything.<p><b>What Is iBeacon?</b><p>iBeacon is often called …

Internet of Things

Microsoft to reveal Windows 'Threshold' plans in April, says report

Microsoft's Windows team may share its high-level plans for its next-generation Windows "Threshold" release at its upcoming Build developers show, according to a new sourced report.<p>It looks like those Threshold tipsters were right on the money about Microsoft's next-generation Windows …

Windows Phone

Android Dominated Apple At CES

Yet everywhere you went, people were using large-format Android phones instead of Apple's iPhones, which are generally smaller.<p>There is an assumption that most tech bloggers are Apple fanboys and girls. Yet when I got in line to see the big Samsung keynote address on Day 1 of the show, the crew …

The Globalization Of Clean Technology

The flat economic world isn’t just about jobs and trade: More and more it means that tech and expertise about reducing pollution and energy can easily move from country to country.<p>As the confetti is swept away and the world gets back to work, will 2014 be a banner year or will we be singing that …

Sustainability

Samsung Galaxy S5 could include head tracking

A European patent filing from the company details an innovation that could make nodding and blinking more powerful in the future.<p>Samsung could be planning to follow up the eye-tracking technology it introduced in the Galaxy S4 with new features in the Galaxy S5 that will keep track of the position …

Obama will reportedly announce big changes to NSA on Friday

President Barack Obama is seriously considering some major changes to the National Security Agency (NSA) and its surveillance programs, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports. The president will announce his decisions on Friday.<p>Obama may extend privacy protections to cover non-Americans, after reports that …

Unofficial Galaxy S4 KitKat update breaks SuperSU app, but there’s already a fix available

A few days ago, the first unofficial Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat build was released, and those brave enough to test it have discovered that the test OS has a bad surprise under the hood – it breaks the SuperSU’s functionality.<p>The app allows users to better manage their rooted devices, and while …

Android News

Apple Has A New, Super Serious Ad For The iPad That Premiered During NFL Games And The Golden Globes

During this afternoon's football game, Apple debuted a new iPad ad. (It also aired during the Golden Globes.)<p>The ad has an excerpt of Robin Williams from Dead Poets Society talking about poetry, and life.<p>Here, via Re/Code is the transcript of what Williams says:<p>We don't read and write poetry …

Golden Globes

The Best Of CES 2014

Another CES has come and gone and, after every CES, there is the inevitable reckoning. We went into this whole thing expecting very little in the way of amazing new products and we were pleasantly surprised. In fact, there was so much cool stuff on and off the show floor that we should have been …

Galaxy S5 specs purportedly confirmed: “2K” display, 16MP camera, metal and plastic versions

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Never one to do things small, Samsung looks like it is really planning to push the envelope with the Galaxy S5. SamMobile …

NSA surveillance does little to prevent terrorism, says think-tank report

Is NSA surveillance really necessary to defend against terrorist attacks? It's been a common claim by the agency's defenders as the programs come under scrutiny, but a report released today by the New America Foundation casts doubt on that logic. The report examines how NSA surveillance functioned …

Study shows Galaxy S III is Samsung’s most popular phone

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Samsung<p>There’s a ton of Samsung smartphones out there, but do you ever wonder which model is the most popular? The …

Rumor: Apple to Bring Back 8GB iPhone 4 to Shore Up Sagging India Sales

Apple is apparently set to bring back an old favorite from yesteryear to customers in India. The company is reportedly preparing to bring back the …

These Fledglings Could Fall Now That Google Has Its Nest

Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest could herald a new wave of interest in companies sitting at the intersection of data, services, and energy for the home and for businesses – or the beginning of the end for earlier-stage competitors.<p>One investor with deep exposure to the cleantech industry …

Stylish screensaver recreates the iOS 7 lock screen experience on your Mac

Want to bring iOS and OS X even closer together than they already are? Christian Heudens has recreated the iOS 7 lock screen to your Mac as a free downloadable screensaver. The thin fonts look great on a Retina Display. It’s a neat way to give your Mac a bit of individuality and make your …

Horizon Shoots All Of Your Videos In Landscape, No Matter How You Hold Your Phone

<b>Good news!</b> You just shot what might be the world’s funniest video ever. You’re going to be a friggin’ YouTube <i>sensation</i>. You’re totally going to hang out with Ellen.<p><b>Bad news:</b> you shot the video in portrait mode. Whoops! Now the entire Internet thinks you’re dumb.<p>Horizon is an iOS app that …

Why Nest will be bigger for Google than Android

Nest is a company that makes smart smoke detectors and smart thermostats. That’s neat, but that gadget business alone is not worth $3.2 billion, the price Google just paid for Nest. There are a bunch of reasons Google was willing to give Nest’s investors a 20x return on their investment, including …

Internet of Things

John Daly makes a hole-in-one that is not a hole-in-one

In the annals of John Daly golf history, this may go down as nothing more than a footnote, but Big John holes out from the tee during the Humana Challenge pro-am and wins a new car, only to realize later that it was his second shot and merely a par.<p>John Daly, fresh from a sweep of the fashion …

Anthony Bennett's historically bad rookie season

The surprise selection of Anthony Bennett has gone terribly wrong for Cleveland, and the numbers paint an especially grim picture.<p>No. 1 draft picks are sacred in the NBA. A team gets the pick of the litter, and it can change the course of its franchise. Anthony Bennett has been a pretty rotten pick …

Gordon honored by USA Basketball

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Who is the best freshman in the country this season? USA Basketball has cast its vote for Aaron Gordon.<p>The Arizona standout was …

USA Basketball

Ex-Kentucky star Richie Farmer sentenced to 27 months in prison

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Basketball hero Richie Farmer was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in federal prison for spending public funds on himself, his family and friends while serving as Kentucky's agriculture commissioner from 2004-2011.<p>Prosecutors had asked for a 27-month term for Farmer — the maximum …