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Privacy Advocates Sound Off on Obama's Proposed NSA Reforms

U.S. President Barack Obama laid out his plan for reforming the National Security Agency's widely-derided surveillance tactics Friday, after months …

To understand the future of TV, look in your pocket

The future of TV is a hotly debated topic. And while consumption of TV content has increased (Nielsen reports that the average American watches …

Gigabyte fits a gaming powerhouse inside an inch-thick laptop

For most people, gaming laptops are the modern equivalent of the old beige box. You might have or want one, but it's not something you'd bring up in polite conversation. Portability has always played a secondary role to fitting the most power inside that laptop's dimensions, which together with …

Samsung leak points to cut-down Galaxy Note 3 'Neo' with six-core CPU

If you like the idea of a big old pen-equipped Samsung handset but don't want to spend a bundle on a Galaxy Note 3, you might soon be in luck. <i>GSM Arena</i> has unearthed a sales document that spells out the specs for an alleged Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which seems to recycle many aspects of last year's Note …

Why You Should Test Your Mobile App With Drunk People

In the Cocktails and Customization study, they asked Samantha, a 21-year-old pharmacist, to visit three separate websites that offer customization …

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The existential threat to bitcoin its boosters said was impossible is now at hand

A doomsday scenario that has long been dismissed by bitcoin’s biggest boosters is now a clear and present danger. At 3am ET this morning, a single bitcoin mining collective known as Ghash.io reached 45% of the computing power of all global bitcoin miners, just six points short of the 51% that would …

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European Civil Liberties Committee Votes To Ask Snowden To Contribute To Its NSA Surveillance Inquiry

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will be invited to contribute to a European Parliamentary committee’s ongoing inquiry into the U.S. NSA surveillance program.<p>The European Parliamentary Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee voted to ask Snowden to contribute to its inquiry via …

Samsung promises a 'back to basics' rethink for the Galaxy S 5

Samsung has admitted that the public didn't see much difference between the Galaxy S III and S4 smartphones and said the S5 would likely pack a substantially different design. Exec Lee Young Hee told <i>Bloomberg</i> that the new flagship will go "back to basics," adding that "mostly, it's about the …

CEO Says BlackBerry Sued Typo Because The Keyboard 'Is Our Identity'

BlackBerry is fighting for its rightful place in in the smartphone market, especially when it comes to keyboards.<p>Last Friday the company filed a lawsuit against Typo, an LA-based startup that makes a physical keyboard accessory for the iPhone. Co-founded by American Idol presenter Ryan Seacrest, …

The NSA's catalog of spy gear shows how it hacks computers

Over the New Year’s holiday the German newspaper Spiegel has published details about the gadgets the NSA uses to spy on people and companies. According to the newspaper the NSA has a special secret unit, called ANT, which specializes in creating tech related devices for eavesdropping and installing …

Criminals pilfer ATMs with malware infected USB drives

Robbing ATMs is nothing new. There's the everlasting stick-em-up, the bogus card scheme, ATM phishing, and more. But, it appears new ways are being invented to pull off successful cash machine heists.<p>It was recently revealed that thieves were able to access loads of ATM money by injecting machines …

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Developers flock to hot APIs for Bitcoin, translation, and stock services

Developers have enough to do as they attempt to make their companies’ applications stand out in app stores and even in the world of enterprise software. If they want to add complex features users will dig, like a tool for handling payments in the Bitcoin virtual currency, they can tap external …

Why I Lost Faith In Bitcoin As A Money Transfer Protocol

As 2013 came to an end, many reflected on last year’s biggest tech news — and Bitcoin was a serious contender. But the main question remains: why are people interested in Bitcoin?<p>This whole debate reappeared when Charlie Stross stated that “Bitcoin looks like it was designed as a weapon intended to …

AOL Sells Winamp And Shoutcast Music Services To Online Radio Aggregator Radionomy

Some more detail on the fate of Winamp and Shoutcast, the legacy digital music services that owner AOL (which also owns TechCrunch) originally planned to shut down but then halted pending a sale. They are not being bought by Microsoft, as we had heard when we first reported news of a sale. The …

Samsung reveals new wireless streaming speaker, home theater system, portable stereo and two TV soundbars

Clearly Sonos, Samsung's been peeking at your Play:1 playbook. After introducing the Shape wireless streaming audio system and the M7 speaker mere months ago, the Korean company is now ready to reveal a new, smaller member of the family, the M5, at CES. This new model has only three drivers (down …

Netflix To Lose Over 90 Key Titles To Licensing Issues January First

The popular streaming service Netflix has had a very good year, with record profits, leaps in new users, and people adapting to binge-watching their favorite shows. The company’s video streaming service is even testing new lower-priced tiers aimed as individual consumers as threats from competitors …

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FORTUNE — When Amazon released its list of holiday bestsellers the day after Christmas, the second-most popular laptop was the Asus Transformer, a Windows 8 laptop with a detachable keyboard that converts into a tablet. It’s just the kind of portable consumer device that Microsoft (MSFT) …

Skype social media platforms hacked by 'Syrian Electronic Army'

<b>The social media platforms of Skype have been hacked by a group claiming to be the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).</b><p>The group posted anti-surveillance messages, including a message telling people not to use email services of Microsoft, the owner of Skype.<p>It claimed "they are monitoring your accounts …

Boot up: Schmidt's memory, Windroid?, Scoble off Glass, and more

A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>Google's Eric Schmidt suffers from memory loss problems … >> Google+<p>Jack Schofield noted something about Eric Schmidt's Bloomberg TV appearance:<p>According to a weird story at +VentureBeat it's his fault that Google missed out …

‘Tis The Season For Mainstream Warnings About “God-Like” Gov’t Threats To Privacy

Getting a mainstream audience to care about governments infringing on our intangible right to privacy via dragnet surveillance programs carried out without public disclosure (let alone permission), using complex technological tricks that allow this spying to go on effectively invisibly is no easy …

Evidence suggests a 12.2-inch Samsung Android Note Pro tablet in the works

Samsung appears ready to try a bigger Android(s goog) slate in 2014, perhaps a tablet that can suffice as a laptop replacement for some. The …

The biggest stories of 2013: Console wars, Bitcoin's boom and the NSA's very bad year

2013 was a bust! Or so we've been told. Whether you follow that line of thinking or reflect on the last 363 days in a more optimistic light, it's clear the year wasn't all big breakthroughs and great triumphs. This was the year of government surveillance revelations, fallen giants and lackluster …

Best Buy selling no-contract Motorola Moto G for Verizon for $99.99

Best Buy is selling the Motorola Moto G for Verizon with no contract for $99.99.<p>The retailer said it is selling the device at its U.S. stores, including Best Buy Mobile stores.<p>"The phone is currently landing in stores and is available for sale as soon as it arrives," Best Buy spokesman Jonathan …

Why don’t economists like Bitcoin?

Paul Krugman and others can't get behind the virtual currency<p>Nobel prize-winning economist and <i>New York Times</i> columnist Paul Krugman wrote a blog post this weekend with a tantalizing title, "Bitcoin Is Evil," that has provoked the expected backlash from proponents of the virtual currency.<p>The …

The Curious Case Of The Chromebook: Is It Really A Hit?

As 2013 closes, we are left with a bit of a puzzle in technology. The Chromebook, a browser-based, almost computer, designed by Google is definitely more popular than ever. But is it really catching on? And if so with who? Based on the breathless reporting at <i>Cnet</i>, they are taking over the corporate …

Hypedmusic shuts down after receiving cease and desist notice from RIAA

Free music streaming app Hypedmusic shut down this month after receiving a cease and desist notice from the recording Industry Association of America …

Bitcoin's Incredible Year

Last year at this time, valued at just $13.50, one Bitcoin could get you a movie ticket if you could find a theater that had 1) heard of Bitcoin and 2) accepted it. Fat chance. Luckily, Bitcoin owners had a different form of entertainment: the fiscal version of <i>She’s All That</i>. “Last year’s nerd …

HTC Desire 500 review

Pros<p>Distinctive good looks, Sense UI, good camera<p>Cons<p>Screen could be sharper, processor on the sluggish side, only 4GB memory on board<p>Price<p>£199<p>7 / …

Best tablets with keyboards 2013

Tapping away at the virtual keyboard on a screen is fine for the odd email or web search, but for more sustained typing many people prefer a more …