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Thousands Of People Oblivious To Fact That Anyone On The Internet Can Access Their Computers

There are technologists who specialize in “scanning the Internet.” They are like a search team making its way through a neighborhood, but instead of checking the knob of every door, they check Internet entrances to online devices to see which ones are open. These people have been screaming for some …

Alleged Silk Road Creator Ross Ulbricht's Fourth Amendment Rights Were Violated, Lawyers Say

As 30-year-old Ross Ulbricht awaits trial as the alleged mastermind behind the drug-trafficking site known as the Silk Road, his lawyers have now filed two motions to drop all charges against the supposed “Dread Pirate Roberts.” Filed on Friday, the second pre-trial motion focused not on Ulbricht’s …

Chance to win a Fluance Fi30 Bluetooth wood speaker!

You know those contests where there's only one prize, and like a million-zillion people enter, and you've pretty much got a snowball's chance in a volcano of winning?<p>This is not one of those contests.<p>For starters, there are <i>five</i> prizes. And as much as I wish Cheapskate readers numbered in the …

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Microsoft sues Samsung over Android patent fees

Microsoft is suing Samsung in a dispute over Android patent fees.<p>Microsoft says the South Korean firm failed to pay it on schedule for the use of its inventions and has begun legal action in New York.<p>In a blog, the US firm said Samsung had used Microsoft's takeover of Nokia's handset unit "as an …

Microsoft begins rolling out the first update for Windows Phone 8.1

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom<p>Last week, Microsoft(s msft) said it would deliver its first software update to Windows Phone 8.1 …

The Numbers Are In: NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet Smokes The Competition

NVIDIA made news last week with the official announcement of its SHIELD Tablet and companion SHIELD Wireless Controller. If you remember, the original SHIELD Portable was an all-in-one type device, powered by NVIDIA’s own Tegra 4 SoC (system on a chip). When it arrived at exactly this time last …

15 Real Tech Company Interview Questions You Will Probably Be Asked (And How To Answer Them)

The question was: You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?<p>Answer: Lots of variants but one is that you jump …

Shareholders seem to have shamed Oracle into reducing Larry Ellison’s giant pay package

According to an analysis by research firm Equilar, the idea that CEO pay is linked to performance is mostly mythology. There are few better examples of that than Larry Ellison, the CEO of database giant Oracle.<p>He’s the founder of the company, and it has done very well under his stewardship. But …

Snowden: "If I end up in chains at Guantanamo, I can live with that"

He looks like a man with a lot on his mind. Thinner. Jacketed, but not well-slept.<p>On July 10, Edward Snowden — possibly the biggest whistle-blower in history — gave an interview to <i>The Guardian</i> editor Alan Rusbridger and reporter Ewen MacAskill in Moscow.<p>In the 13-minute talk, the former National …

If You Think 5G Is All About Faster Network Speeds, You're Wrong

You can already reach for your phone, ask Google a question, and receive the answer within seconds.<p>The forthcoming generation of wireless technology will be even faster, but it's not just about sheer speed.<p>The next major network upgrade will solve one of the most aggravating problems we experience …

Amazon expects to lose half a billion dollars in the next three months

Fire ain't free, my friends<p>Amazon has a pretty stable pattern when it comes to reporting earnings. It delivers big growth in revenue, and little-to-no profits. For the last couple years that has kept the company's share price on a steady upward climb. But it may be approaching unsustainable …

Patent application reveals Apple’s ‘iTime’ smartwatch

Apple’s new patent for a “wrist-worn electronic device” resembles an iPod nano strapped to the wrist, detailed illustrations reveal.<p>The patent documents an “iTime” wearable device that has small touchscreen device and can be docked into a wrist strap turning it into a smartwatch, connecting to an …

Google And Samsung Execs Had A Tense Conversation About Smartwatches

Google CEO Larry Page vented to Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Lee that that he was frustrated by how much Samsung was investing in smartwatches running its Tizen operating system instead of Google's Android Wear software, according to Lessin's sources.<p>Right now, Samsung has three smartwatches that run …

This Is How Drastically Your Windows Computer Has Changed Over The Years

We've come a long way from the aging, chunky monitors we used to play "The Oregon Trail" in elementary school.<p>And, as computers have become slimmer and more sleek, so has the software that goes along with it.<p>Here's a look at how Windows has changed throughout the years.

SpiderOak founder: 'Privacy is a right, not a privilege'

The founder of secure file storage service SpiderOak says the company has seen both traffic to its site and signups increase by 50 per cent since Edward Snowden's revelations about US government surveillance in June 2013.<p>Ethan Oberman, CEO and founder of SpiderOak, said the service had enjoyed …

Edward Snowden Wants You To Ditch Dropbox For This Service

He thinks Dropbox, the cloud storage firm with over 200 million users, is "hostile to privacy," and urged people to switch to what he calls more-secure storage services like SpiderOak.<p>"Dropbox is a targeted wannabe PRISM partner," Snowden told The Guardian. "They just put Condoleezza Rice on their …

Google Now voice media controls incoming

It looks like some people are enjoying voice controls for media that is currently playing as part of Google Now. So far the only commands available …