Phillip G. Walker

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Twitter beware -- Instagram's the really hot property

Twitter and Instagram appeal to the same audience and are used by a similar percentage of online adults, says a new Pew Research survey.<p>Twitter has a major Instagram problem, based on the latest findings from a new survey from the Pew Research Center's Internet Project.<p>The older social network for …

NSA reportedly planted spyware on electronics equipment

Based on internal NSA documents, Der Spiegel reveals that the spy agency planted backdoors to access computers, hard drives, routers, and other devices from companies such as Cisco, Dell, Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor and Samsung.<p>A new report from Der Spiegel, based on internal National Security …

Surveillance

You Won't Believe All the Crazy Hardware the NSA Uses for Spying

Over the weekend we learned a lot about the National Security Agency’s Access Network Technology, or ANT, division, that, in the words of Der …

Edward Snowden

IBM's Jeopardy-Winning Supercomputer Will Power A 'Cognitive, Expert Personal Shopper' App Next Year

IBM Watson Solutions VP Stephen Gold told us that starting in 2014, consumers can look for the first three Watson-powered apps from IBM business partners.<p>We were most intrigued by the description of one of these apps in particular, Fluid Retail. Here's how Gold described it to us:<p>"Fluid, which …

Cognitive Computing

Jolla plans to eventually bring Sailfish OS to Android devices

When you think of mobile operating systems, it’s likely that two platforms come to mind: Android and iOS. Although there are other operating systems out there including Windows Phone 8, Firefox OS and Ubuntu — it’s Apple and Google’s operating systems that rule the roost.<p>So how does a newcomer …

Gear & Gadgets

The World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Is Still in China

Today is that twice-a-year day when the world pays attention to big iron. The latest edition of the Top 500 list of the most powerful supercomputers …

Computer Science

Nokia Lumia 1520 review

Three years ago, Nokia shipped over 110 million smartphones worldwide. None had a display larger than 3.5 inches. Today the company moves far fewer smartphones, every single one of them with a display bigger than its largest option in 2010.<p>These days things are different. It’s practically …

Phones