Andrew Tsukuda

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Microsoft Should Be Worried About Google’s Chromebooks

Just ahead of the holiday shopping season, Microsoft ramped up its FUD machine and launched the next phase of its infamous anti-Google Scroogled campaign last week. This time, the company is targeting Chromebooks, Google’s cheap ChromeOS-based, web-centric laptops. Why is Microsoft worried about …

Jeff Bezos’ big 60 Minutes reveal: Delivery drones and (get this) private cloud

Advertisement<p>21 Comments<p>Most of the Twitter response to Amazon(s amzn) CEO Jeff Bezos’ star turn on 60 Minutes focused on Amazon’s plans to offer …

The gentle art of cracking passwords

<b>On the internet, the most popular colour is blue, at least when it comes to passwords.</b><p>If you are wondering why, it is largely because so many popular websites and services (Facebook, Twitter and Google to name but three) use the colour in their logo. That has a subtle impact on the choices people …

Information Systems

This 23-year-old’s open-source project, a server running on Raspberry Pi, gives the middle finger to Google

For most of us, Google shutting down Reader was annoying. For Jacob Cook, it was a call to arms.<p>He’s now building an operating system that anyone can use to replace all of the services that Google provides — or any other cloud company, for that matter. Email, chat, file sharing, web hosting: With …

ION Glasses Are The Unobtrusive Notifications System You Wear On Your Face

Google Glass, Google schmass. What you really want on your face are these puppies. ION Glasses are sunglass or prescription glasses frames with a built-in LED, Bluetooth stack, and tiny button controller.<p>What do they do? Well the LED lights up to notify you of new messages – you can set different …

New Samsung Android flip phone bubbles up with quad-core CPU

Samsung 's Android clamshell lineup develops, this time with a Snapdragon 800 processor.<p>Samsung looks to be readying yet another quad-core beast of an Android, but with a more olde tyme shape: the humble flip phone.<p>The third Android-power flip phone to emerge (after the Galaxy Golden and Hennessy), …

Mobile Technology

Money Meter App Level Launches With $5M From Kleiner Perkins

How does today’s digital generation think about money? Likely not in terms of cash, budgets and balanced checkbooks.<p>The reality is, we each bring in …

Twitter IPO filing reveals company looks to raise $1 billion

Twitter has revealed its S-1 paperwork that was filed with the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) highlighting its standing as it prepares for its public offering expected to be later this year. The company is looking for a maximum offering price of $1 billion with the proposed stock symbol: …

BLU Studio 5.5 smartphone carries big screen, $179 off-contract price

Is that big-name giant smartphone way beyond your price range? No problem: BLU Products has just shipped the Studio 5.5, one of the more affordable large phones that we've seen in a while. The Android 4.2 device won't impress with its 854 x 480 resolution, quad-core MediaTek chip or 4GB of …

KnowRoaming SIM sticker slashes roaming fees abroad

KnowRoaming opens preorders for a SIM card sticker that connects travelers to local cell networks. But there is a small catch.<p>International phone-roaming fees can be enough to make you never want to step outside your own home. Sure, you can pick up a local SIM card everywhere you go, but that's an …

Roaming

Principal sues students over parody Facebook, Twitter accounts

An Oregon middle school educator tries to paint his mocking students as hackers in order to bring an action against them under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.<p>"This'll learn them. How dare they mock me in public?"<p>This is my imagined monologue of Judson Middle School Assistant Principal Adam Matot. …

Internet

3Doodler 3D printing pen starts shipping to Kickstarter backers, retail models arriving in early 2014

It's not news <i>every</i> time a Kickstarter product starts shipping to backers, but in the case of 3Doodler, it's worth a mention. At last count, the startup had raised $2.3 million to fund its 3D printing pen, and with a cost of $99 per device, well, you do the math: that's a lot of people waiting for …

4chan Creator Chris Poole Turned Down $50,000 Acquisition Offer

4chan, one of the Web’s most trafficked imageboards, isn’t a site that you would think would get many acquisition offers. After all, even advertisers make a point to avoid it like the plague. Yet its founder, Chris Poole (also known as moot), today revealed that he received a $50,000 offer for the …

Palo Alto will require electric-car charger wiring in new homes

With most electric-car charging today taking place in the garages of private homes, installing a home charging station can pose a hurdle to potential buyers.<p>Now Palo Alto, Calif., the city in the center of Silicon Valley, is moving to make it easier for homeowners who want to switch to an electric …

Google’s same-day delivery service launches for Bay Area shoppers

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Google<p>Google Shopping Express (s GOOG), the tech giant’s same-day delivery service, is now officially open for …

Boeing F-16 jet takes first flight without a pilot

A Boeing F-16 plane takes its first flight without a pilot in the cockpit at an air force base in Florida, US.<p>The planes have been adapted to <b>fly without pilot</b> in the cockpit, giving the military an adversary to train against.<p>Two pilots controlled the Boeing F-16 from the ground as it flew from a …

Apple Maps leads drivers onto Alaska airport taxiway

Drivers using Apple Maps to get to the Fairbanks International Airport apparently followed directions that told them to turn onto a taxiway. The drivers then crossed a runway to get to the terminal.<p>According to Apple Maps, it's 3,550 miles from my house to the Fairbanks International Airport in …

Alaska

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX tablets pose real threat to iPad dominance

Amazon's new HDX tablets are a huge technological leap beyond last year's models, but are still priced aggressively.<p>Amazon's first trick was selling a tablet so cheap, it was hard not to buy it, despite the shortcomings. Amazon's next trick was to build a second, larger tablet, to show it could …

Gear & Gadgets

Google Is Going to Pay You Back for Your Unused Google Offers

Google has started sending out emails this week notifying its customers that it will soon start refunding their unused Google Offers.<p>The refunds …

Can an iPhone app force you to read faster?

Velocity is the fastest way to get through your epic Pocket queue<p>"People can only read as fast as they can speak," say the makers behind Velocity, a new $2.99 speed-reading app for iOS 7. "Through silencing your inner voice," they say, you can effectively read much faster, and perhaps even raise …

Here's What Happens To Google Employees When They Die

It’s no surprise that the employee benefits of Google are among the best in the land—free haircuts, gourmet food, on-site doctors and high-tech “cleansing” toilets are among the most talked-about—but in a rare interview with Chief People Officer Laszlo Bock I discovered that the latest perk for …

Cyanogen hints of Oppo partnership ahead of September 23rd event

Cyanogen has grand visions for its customized version of Android. The company has raised $7 million in hopes that its popular CyanogenMod will eventually vault past Windows Phone and BlackBerry to become the third most-popular mobile OS. But to accomplish that ambitious goal, Cyanogen can't go it …