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iTunes and Apple Music go live in China

Apple today launched Apple Music, iTunes Movies and iBooks in China.<p>As with the U.S., Chinese customers are being treated to a three-month free trial for Apple Music. After this, the subscription service will cost a very reasonable 10 yuan ($1.57) per month — just one-sixth of what customers in the …

TrueCrypt Windows encryption app has critical security flaws

If you're still using TrueCrypt to protect your Windows disks, even though its developers abandoned it and said it was "not secure" last year, you may want to stop that. Google Project Zero researcher James Forshaw found two "privilege elevation" holes in the popular software that would give …

Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are 2 fonts that make your emails readable — and 2 you should never use

But according to a recent article in Bloomberg, designers think certain fonts make a better impression in professional communications.<p><b>Georgia:</b> Each letter written in this font has an additional stroke at the end. So it's generally easier to read the individual characters.• <b><br>Verdana:</b> The shape of the …

Typography

Google Fiber Sends Automated Piracy 'Fines' to Subscribers

Every month Google receives dozens of millions of DMCA takedown requests from copyright holders, most of which are directed at its search …

Internet

Why Microsoft is calling Windows 10 'the last version of Windows'

"Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10." That was the message from Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon, a developer evangelist speaking at the company's Ignite conference this week. Nixon was explaining how …

Windows 10

Verizon warns unlimited data FiOS customer for using too much data

Verizon's "unlimited" data FiOS internet plans really <i>are</i> unlimited for most consumers; use a terabyte or three in a month, and you probably won't hear anything from the company. The vast majority of home internet users rarely approach those numbers. But the ISP has repeatedly shown that there are …

Telecoms

Apple brings diverse emoji to the iPhone with release of iOS 8.3

After several months of beta testing, Apple has released iOS 8.3 to all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners today. The latest update includes a ton of new emoji characters; Apple has redesigned the emoji selector to accommodate all the new choices — which also include more diverse options. Aside …

Apple Watch

Major Labels Sue Music Leaker After FBI Investigation

If there is one issue guaranteed to incense recording labels and artists alike it’s the premature public availability of pre-release music.<p>Over the …

Nicki Minaj

Tour a working Pac-Man cabinet built inside Minecraft

<b>Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p><i>Minecraft</i> has cut a large swath through the gaming landscape over the past few years, but perhaps its largest effect is the democratization of digital creation. If you can move a mouse and punch a keyboard you can create, and everyone seems …

Microsoft registers a new company known as Microsoft Payments, Apple Pay competitor inbound? | On MSFT

Mobile payments are becoming popular with major key players having their own smart payment solutions for their devices. Apple has Apple Play, Google …

Apple Pay

Judge allows woman to serve divorce papers over Facebook

A woman who's been unable to get in touch with her husband will be allowed to serve him divorce papers over Facebook, a Manhattan judge has decided. According to the <i>New York Daily News</i>, a Manhattan Supreme Court justice will allow the woman to serve divorce papers through a Facebook Message, since …

Corruption

Puush accidentally infects Windows users with password-stealing malware

Puush describes itself as a “quick and simple way to share screenshots”.Unfortunately, it also seems to be a quick and simple way to infect your …

Malware

A new hack could let thieves bypass the iPhone's lockscreen

Researchers at the security firm MDSec have found a way to bypass the iPhone's lockscreen using just a few hundred dollars in equipment. The lockscreen typically bricks a phone after 10 bad guesses and has proven difficult to bypass on non-jailbroken phones, but MDSec has found a way to power off …

Security

What The FREAK? Why Android And iPhone Users Need To Pay Attention To The Latest Hot Vulnerability

There’s another widespread vulnerability in town and it affects a lot of web denizens, especially Google Android and Apple iPhone Safari users. It’s called FREAK, but don’t let it completely freak you out. Though a lot of websites and devices are vulnerable, carrying out FREAK attacks isn’t trivial …

Information Security

知名杀软Avast被关键字屏蔽

知名免费杀毒软件Avast的域名被中国关键字屏蔽,该软件用户量过亿,已有数十年的历史,支持中文,在国外市场一直处于领先地位,公司位于捷克。Avast是一家捷克软件公司的产品,诞生于1988年,目前在全球拥有2亿用户。Avast有免费版和付费版,但不同版本的杀毒引擎是一样的,免费版相比其他版本最主要是 …

PayPal Acquires Paydiant , Adds NFC to Here Card Readers

PayPal is taking mobile payments more seriously. The company today announced it has acquired Paydiant, a startup for mobile payments.<p>Paydiant was founded in 2010, and it’s since helped brands integrate payment modules into their mobile apps. Some of its customers include Subway, Capital One, …

Qualcomm's new fingerprint sensor should be better than Touch ID

Sensor uses ultrasonic waves to scan a 3D image of your finger<p>Ever since the iPhone 5S came out in 2013, Apple has had one feature no one could match: Touch ID. Samsung has just caught up with its new Galaxy S6, but in a few months a new technology from Qualcomm will likely best both of …

Gear & Gadgets

Microsoft's Folding Keyboard for iOS and Android Is a Razor-Thin Beauty

Imagine a keyboard that you can carry around like a wallet—almost as thin as paper, just a few millimeters—and that works with any smartphone or …

With Valve, HTC Unveils New Virtual Reality Headset 'HTC Vive'

A new challenger appears!<p>HTC is teaming up with one of the gaming industry's biggest (and most beloved) companies, Valve, to launch a new virtual reality headset. What's even more exciting is that the consumer version of the VR headset is scheduled to launch before the end of the year.<p>The HTC Vive …

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Public Beta With Photos App Now Available

Apple today made a pre-release version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 available to those who are signed up for the company's OS X public beta program, giving them early access to the new update and the new Photos for OS X app.<p>The public beta carries a build number of 14D87p, a slightly later build number …

There's Now a Free iPhone App That Encrypts Calls and Texts

If you own an iPhone or Android handset and care about your privacy, there’s no longer much of an excuse not to encrypt every conversation you have. …

Obama, AT&T, Verizon, Netflix and more react to the FCC's historic net neutrality vote

The FCC has just made history by placing broadband under Title II regulation in an attempt to permanently safeguard net neutrality. The 3-2 vote was the culmination of months of back-and-forth between net neutrality advocates — determined to keep the internet free and open — and ISPs, who have …

Net Neutrality

Google's augmented reality game 'Ingress' comes to Android Wear

Remember <i>Ingress</i>, the Google-developed project that entices you to get outside with the promise of some light gaming? On top of iOS and Android, it'll soon work on Android Wear, meaning you can join in the fun with your smartwatch rather than just your smartphone (though you'll still need that too, …

LinkedIn Will Give You a Whopping $1 for Leaking Your Password

A few years ago, LinkedIn screwed up big-time, and millions of user passwords got leaked. And now LinkedIn is prepared to pay each eligible …

Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show

Jon Stewart is leaving <i>The Daily Show</i>. He has hosted the show on Comedy Central show since taking over for Craig Kilborn in 1999. Stewart apparently let the cat out of the bag at today’s episode taping when told the audience he is "retiring." There are currently no details on where he might be …

The Daily Show

It looks like Samsung found yet another way to copy Apple in the Galaxy S6

Samsung wasn’t shy when it copied many of Apple’s smartphone, tablet and even software designs as it rose to become the top vendor in the smartphone …

Keurig's attempt to 'DRM' its coffee cups totally backfired

A system designed to lock out third-party competitors just enraged consumers<p>You know Keurig’s machines. The company's squat black coffee brewers have become fixtures in offices, hotels, and homes around the country, as have garbage cans heaped with the spent plastic pods they use. Purely on the …

Coffee

Anti-Piracy Outfit Sends Porn 'Fines' to University

For more than a decade copyright holders have been sending out warnings and threats to people they believe have downloaded and shared content without …

University of Michigan

T-Mobile tries to make everyone on Twitter feel special with the same few Kim K selfies

From Kim's 'private stash'<p>Attention Twitter: If Kim Kardashian has been sending you personalized selfies, don't get too excited. Earlier tonight, T-Mobile started mentioning random users pretending to be Kim K offering up selfies from her "private stash."<p>Kim satirized herself in T-Mobile's Super …

T-Mobile