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Google Pulls Privacy Feature it Says Wasn’t Supposed to Be in Android in First Place

With the latest update to Android, Google has removed a hidden feature that had been used to allow phone owners to more tightly control which …

Android 4.4.2 removes hidden App Ops privacy feature, EFF grills Google about it

When Google released Android 4.4.2 a few days ago, it removed a hidden privacy feature called App Ops – many of you may know about it, while others may read about it for the first time – which was available on Android since Android 4.3, and now the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) wants it back.<p>…

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'Braid' creator will support Oculus Rift with his next game, 'The Witness'

As Oculus secures $75 million in funding and embarks on the next phase of its ambitious plan, the virtual reality headset company has also received a vote of confidence from none other than famed indie game developer Jonathan Blow. The man behind <i>Braid</i> says that his next game, <i>The Witness</i>, will …

Surprise, surprise: Netflix says users love to binge-watch

It’s safe to say that 2013 was the year that binge-watching became ubiquitous in the global lexicon, with the rise in popularity of television …

Microsoft set to launch original programming for Xbox One in early 2014

Microsoft hopes its first wave of original TV programming for Xbox One will be out in early 2014, the company's president of entertainment and digital, Nancy Tellem, tells <i>Variety</i><i>.</i> At the latest, Redmond is hoping to have its original content out by the second quarter. She admits the initiative has …

AT&T follows Verizon's lead, will start publishing law enforcement request data in early 2014

Never let it be said that AT&T and Verizon don't follow each other's leads. Just one day after Verizon announced it would start publishing a semiannual transparency report that details all of the law enforcement requests it receives, AT&T announced that it would being doing the same in early 2014. …

EU antitrust chief: Google's competition concessions aren't enough

European Union competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia isn't sold on Google's concessions to improve competition in Europe.<p>Speaking in a Spanish radio interview on Friday, Almunia said that Google's latest offers in October "are not acceptable in the sense that they are not proposals that can …

The iPhone 5c’s Weaker Than Expected Sales May be the Holdup in Apple/China Mobile Talks

- Dec 20, 2013<p>“Weak sales” of Apple’s iPhone 5c may be the issue holding up the finalization of a deal between Apple and the world’s largest wireless …

Exfm To Shut Down Its Browser-Based Music Discovery Service January 15

Exfm is shutting itself down … well sort of. The blog-powered music discovery service says that it is facing financial, technical, and legal challenges that prevent it from building out the service. The company revealed in an email and blog post to its users that its iOS and mobile apps will cease …

21-year-old coder gets $500K to improve access to health care in Asia (exclusive)

The Singapore government has invested $500,000 in funding in a new health care startup called Ring.MD.<p>VentureBeat exclusively learned that the startup raised its funding from Singapore’s National Research Foundation, which offers financing to brilliant young scientists and researchers.<p>Ring.MD was …

'PKPKT' is a Bluetooth iPhone game for kleptomaniacs

<i>PKPKT</i> (pronounced "pickpocket") is a new iPhone game that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to simulate digital pickpocketing. Each player starts with $1,000 dollars in fake money, and can make more money by stealing from nearby <i>PKPT</i> users even if the app isn't open, thanks to the technical wizardry …

This Smart Light Bulb Keeps Working Even If the Power Goes Out

The SmartCharge looks like an ordinary LED light bulb, except that it’s got a built-in rechargeable battery. When the power to your house is working …

Google Glass' First Start-Up Innovators

More and more start-ups are creating products and technologies specifically for the wearable tech but one is making a profit.<p>When the first murmurings of Google Glass surfaced, the idea took some time to get used to. But now more and more start-ups have adapted and created new technologies and to …

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Snapchat iOS update discreetly adds replay, filters and overlays for weather, time or speed

And suddenly, moments shared over Snapchat were a little less fleeting. The service is known for only allowing you to watch a shared image or video once, and only for a second, but the app's latest iOS update changes everything: now you can replay pictures or videos. The feature is hidden in the …

Nokia pulls Here Maps from Apple’s App Store, claims iOS 7 changes “harm the user experience”

Nokia’s(s nok) Here Maps app have provided iOS(s aapl) users with an alternative to Apple’s built-in offering, but it looks like fans will need to …

Snapchat ignored security hole that lets hackers ID phone numbers

Snapchat users may be in for a not-so-pleasant surprise this Christmas.<p>Hackers could gain access to the phone numbers and names of the app's users because of a loophole in its coding and API (application programming interface), a new report from online security firm Gibson Security has …

Apple files another request to ban older Samsung phones and tablets

Apple is once again seeking a sales ban on over 20 different Samsung smartphones and tablets that were found to violate its patents last year. Though such a ban was initially rejected, last month Apple was given another chance to argue for one when an appellate court vacated the earlier ruling. …

Baidu Denies Claims Of Security Leaks In Japanese Software

Tensions between Japan and China are riding high now — and even technology companies are not spared the blow. Chinese search giant Baidu has found itself in hot soup for claims that it is leaking information from Japan via a software program it developed, raising concerns that it could be spying on …

Depreciation hits electric cars hard

Plug-ins are worth less compared to their original value over five years than conventionals<p>Plug-in electric cars may be cutting-edge technology, but an analysis suggests that most will depreciate more dramatically over five years than their conventional counterparts.<p>Some of the biggest value gaps …

Google tries to protect partners, Nexus devices from Rockstar

Google is looking for an early victory against Rockstar, a patent troll company that’s suing several companies invested in the Android ecosystem.<p>Rockstar is a shell company created by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, and other companies that purchased the patent portfolio of the now-defunct Canadian …

Study: Consumers Will Pay $5 for an App That Respects Their Privacy

A new report finds that people are weary of the hidden costs of free.<p>Ever since the iPhone came out in 2007, the going rate for many of the most popular apps has been exactly $0.00. Consumers pay nothing.<p>But of course, nothing is free. Instead, consumers pay with their data, that's sold to …

Sharks Now Tweet When Approaching the Beach

It used to be that when you wanted to warn ocean-goers about shark-infested waters, the only solution was to send a panicked Roy Scheider running …

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4.6 million Snapchat phone numbers and usernames leaked

The phone numbers and usernames of more than 4.6 million North American Snapchat users have been leaked online. SnapchatDB, an unofficial site run by an anonymous individual or group, allows open access to two files — one an SQL dump, one CSV text — that show details of the photo-sharing app's …

Google To Close Bump And Flock, Its Recently Acquired File Sharing Apps

Bump and Flock, the file sharing apps Google acquired last fall, will be shut down by the end of this month. Both apps will stop working and be removed from Google Play and the App Store on January 31, Bump confirmed on its blog today.<p>Google bought Bump Technologies, which make both apps, back in …

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Chromebooks outsold Macbooks to US commercial buyers by a factor of five in 2013

<i>The headline of this article has been corrected to make clear that Chromebooks only outsold Macbooks to commercial buyers.</i><p>Google’s Chromebook had a stellar year in the US. The stripped-down laptop that functions as little more than a web-browsing device vastly increased its share of the combined PC …

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