Keith Galante

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Sochi unveils the world's first 'selfie building'

Beyonce and Bieber do it, Cameron and Obama have done it, and even the Pope is at it. So it was only a matter of time before buildings joined in the fun and started taking selfies too.<p>While the paint might not have dried, nor the hotel floors quite been laid, the Sochi Olympic park now boasts a …

7 Startups to Watch from Seedcamp London February 2014

Update 11/02/2014:<p>Seedcamp has now announced the eight teams that will make it into the program for the next three months: Elliptic, Formisimo, GoWorkaBit, Interactio, Lodgify<p>The last time we caught up with Seedcamp, the organization made a record investment in 11 of the 18 teams presenting, the …

The first-ever botwall could change the economics of hacking forever

For companies with data to protect, their primary problem is how cheap hacking can be.<p>While “hacking” encompasses a wide variety of activities, one company is specifically tackling the botnet problem: The ability to use a network of linked computers to overwhelm a website or break into user …

Anti-Virus Software

Do you use the Infrared transmitter on your Android?

IR remotes on your phone — who is using them?<p>2013 was <i>not</i> officially the year of Infrared. We think that happened sometime back in the late 1970s. But …

Samsung Galaxy Gear works with the Nexus 5, at least unofficially

The Samsung Galaxy Gear might have been met with a mixed reception at launch, but there’s no denying that underneath it’s initial issues, there’s plenty of potential. To Samsung’s credit, they are slowly but surely addressing some of the watch’s biggest problem areas by further refining the …

Samsung patent shows off buttonless design and fingerprint scanner

After the Samsung Galaxy S4 debuted last year packing essentially the same look as the GS3 with only a few minor differences, we instantly started hearing complaints about how Samsung’s design needed to be revamped. To make matters worse, handsets like the HTC One were praised for their premium …

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with KitKat not working with third-party accessories, root fix now available

Over on <i>XDA</i>, there are people reporting that their Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is not working with third-party accessories. Back in October, we heard that …

How to enable Flash on Android 4.4 Kitkat (video)

With the release of Android 4.4 Kitkat came one big problem: it once again disabled Flash and didn’t allow for an obvious way to turn it back on. Even though the internet is shifting to a Flash-free environment, there are still a whole bunch of websites that require Flash to view appropriately. In …

Beats Music kills new sign-ups while they sort some bugs

Current users can carry on as normal, also get an extended trial period<p>You probably know Beats Music launched yesterday. With an Android app, 7-day …

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play Store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the …

Samsung Appears To Have Started Blocking Third-Party Accessories Starting With KitKat On The Note 3, But There Is A Root Solution [Update: Samsung Responds]

We heard rumors a number of months ago that Samsung was mulling a plan to begin restricting the functionality of uncertified accessories like cases …

Weekly Photo Contest: Metal

A simple prompt that gives you some creative freedom<p>It's Wednesday, and that means we're gearing up for another week-long photo contest focused on a …

Facebook to expand targeted ad network to third-party apps

Leveraging social signals to serve more interesting ads in your free apps<p>Facebook is testing a new ad network model that could leverage its vast …

OnePlus teases One CyanogenMod phone with 2014 flagship specs

OnePlus, the Chinese smartphone company founded by a former Oppo executive, promises that it’s first CyanogenMod smartphone will have only the best specs and components.<p>In a recent Facebook update the company said the OnePlus One, it’s first-ever smartphone will “be built using only the best …

Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers

Facebook has spread like an infectious disease but we are slowly becoming immune to its attractions, and the platform will be largely abandoned by 2017, say researchers at Princeton University (pdf).<p>The forecast of Facebook's impending doom was made by comparing the growth curve of epidemics to …

Judge voids two Samsung claims before Apple patent trial even starts

A US judge has just awarded Apple two summary pre-trial judgments, significantly reducing Samsung's chances of prevailing in the second patent clash between the two tech giants. Judge Lucy Koh invalidated a Samsung multimedia-synchronization patent and determined that the Korean company breached an …

Yahoo search gets safer with automatic encryption

Just as Marissa Mayer promised, Yahoo has started plugging security holes ahead of its self-imposed Q1 2014 deadline. From now on, all of your searches done via the internet giant's home page will be automatically routed through a secure server. However, this appears to only be in place for the US …

eBay Inc Reveals Activist Investor Carl Icahn Wants To Spinoff PayPal

eBay Inc. has released its earnings result for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013. Among the most interesting news, activist investor Carl Icahn has submitted notice that he has nominated two of his employees to eBay’s Board of Directors as part of a proposal he has to spinoff PayPal as a …

Verizon Transparency Report reveals 164,000 subpoenas, 1,500 wiretaps

The company received about 320,000 requests for customer information in the US, and just a few thousand internationally.<p>As expected, Verizon has released its 2013 Transparency Report, and the company's data shows the US is extremely interested in its network.<p>Last year, Verizon received more than …

Microsoft offers overseas data storage in response to NSA concerns

Today, Microsoft announced an unpredecented response to concerns of NSA data access, offering customers in foreign countries the option of having their data stored outside US borders. According to a <i>Financial Times</i> report, the company decided to launch the program after discovering the NSA was using …

Google loses case to patent troll seeking $125 million in damages

Google has been hit by a patent troll. A company that's gone after Apple, Microsoft, Motorola, and Samsung — among other tech companies — has proven in court that Android's push notification services infringe on one of its patents, and it's now seeking damages of $125 million or more. The infringed …

eBay turns in strong 4Q, rebuffs Icahn's PayPal spinoff plan

E-commerce company not enamored of the activist investor's suggestion of spinning off the online payments provider.<p>eBay's fourth-quarter earnings were better than expected, courtesy of mobile volume, PayPal, and solid marketplace results, but the company's outlook for the first quarter was light. …

Apple’s computers for everyone are 30 years old. Look at how far they’ve come

On January 22, 1984, Apple aired an ad promising that personal computing would save us from a totalitarian future. While it’s debatable if they actually saved us from a dystopia, they’ve certainly made good on their promise to bring computers to the masses. To show how far the company has come, …

iPhone

Google Says It Has No Current Plans Regarding Bitcoin

A popular Reddit submission today suggested Google’s payment team was looking to incorporate Bitcoin, naturally sparking a lot of excitement in the virtual currency community. We reached out to Google regarding the claim and learned that it was indeed false.<p>“As we continue to work on Google Wallet, …

Sony Alpha ILCE-7R (A7R) review: A compact full-frame ILC that delivers on photos - CNET

<b>The Good</b> <b>Sony Alpha ILCE-7R</b> delivers some of the best image quality we've seen for under $3,000 in a great shooting design and feature set.<p><b>The Bad</b> Disappointing autofocus speed and battery life mar an otherwise lovely camera.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> As long as you don't need fast autofocus or great burst …

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No, the Chinese internet did not somehow get re-routed to a small house in Wyoming

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>If you were reading some of the major tech-news sites on Wednesday — including the <i>New York Times</i> and <i>Washington Post</i> tech blogs …

iPhone 5s Owners Gobbling “Unprecedented” Levels Of Data, Study Finds

Users of flagship smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone 5s and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 are continuing to suck down more data than their tablet-wielding counterparts, according to a large-scale survey of mobile data consumption in 2013 conducted by JDSU (which last year bought mobile data analytics company …

Beats Music Experiences Issues, Doubles Free Trial Length

Beats Music launched for US listeners yesterday on the Web, Android and iOS, but it has already hit a stumbling block today.<p>In a blog post, Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers notes that some users are experiencing issues “due to the extremely high volume of interest” in its service — and says that the …

App.net Seeks User Commitment for Bitcoin Support

App.net, the social platform started by Dalton Caldwell, has taken an interesting approach to Bitcoin after it turned to its users and asked them to commit to paying their annual membership using the virtual currency.<p>In order to determine whether payment via Bitcoin is a popular way to spend among …