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  1. Reports: EU taking first step towards breaking up GoogleFri, 21 Nov 2014 14:05:11 -0800
    Members of the European Parliament are readying a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports.A draft resolution calling for the break-up should be finalized early next week, with a vote potentially on Thursday, according to a report from The Financial Times. While the European Parliament has no formal power to break up the company, a vote to split Google could put pressure on the European Commission, the EUs executive body.The motion is backed by several German politicians and by the Parliaments two largest political blocs, the European Peoples Party and the Socialists, according to the newspaper. The Reuters news agency also reported on the plan.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  2. Why Ubers long PR nightmare will end in a user privacy winFri, 21 Nov 2014 12:42:00 -0800
    Uber is in advanced-stage damage control mode to prove to the world that it actually cares about your privacy, but its going to be an uphill battle. The good news for you: The end result will be a strict privacy policy crafted by a company so scared of running afoul of regulators and potential users that it will elevate standards for the entire industry. Ubers public relations crisis, which began with an executive threatening to investigate a journalists private life in retaliation for a critical column, has snowballed into a user privacy debacle that has even Sen. Al Franken raising questions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  3. AT&T Nexus 6 plagued with major software bug, according to reportFri, 21 Nov 2014 12:28:00 -0800
    The Nexus 6 is having a rough go on AT&T. The carrier is shipping back its unsold inventory to Motorola in order to fix a major software bug, according to various reports.The screen goes black and renders the device useless on affected phones. Motorola has identified a fix, and is shipping working devices out and repairing the problem phones. If youre seeing this problem, best to contact AT&T or Motorola directly so they can send you a working device.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  4. US man sentenced for hacking POS systems at SubwayFri, 21 Nov 2014 12:15:27 -0800
    A former Subway franchise owner will spend time in prison for hacking into computerized cash registers he sold to the sandwich restaurant chain and obtaining more than US$40,000 in gift cards.U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns sentenced Shahin Abdollahi, also known as Sean Holdt, 46, of Lake Elsinore, California, to 18 months in prison. The judge also ordered him to pay more than $34,700 in restitution. Sentencing was Friday in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.Abdollahi pleaded guilty in May to one count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and wire fraud and one count of wire fraud.Abdollahi owned Subway franchises in Southern California, and later operated a California company called POS Doctor, which sold and installed point-of-sale computer systems to Subway franchises around the country, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  5. Updated Nexus 9 factory images lead this week's Android device updates roundupFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:57:00 -0800
    The Nexus 9 is a pretty solid tablet. As part of Googles Nexus program, you can grab the factory images and download them directly, freeing you to tinker away with your device and restore it to its original state if things go haywire. Google uploaded a new image for its flagship tablet, solving an issue some were having with updating and squashing a few bugs along the way. Each week we gather up all the major software updates for the biggest devices; phones and tablets on U.S. carriers (and unlocked phones, of course), wearables, and round them all up so you dont miss a thing.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  6. This week in games: Maniac Mansion's legacy, a game that sucks your blood, and insane VR body switchingFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:51:00 -0800
    I played so much Far Cry 4 this week, it's hard to remember there's a real world out here with real people and real news stories. But there is a real world, and it's utterly insane. This week an artist announced he wants to spend a whole month living in virtual reality, there's a game where you can play as a sentient tree, another game sucks your blood, Telltale's Game of Thrones gets a trailer, and Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick team up for a spiritual successor to the old LucasArts games that made them famous.Heavy hangs the head There's a teaser trailer for Telltale's Game of Thrones game and it looks a little something like this:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  7. FCC chairman gives no timeline for net neutrality decisionFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:35:16 -0800
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has no public timeline for voting on proposed net neutrality rules, despite pressure from President Barack Obama and some net neutrality advocates.FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler declined to give a target date for a net neutrality vote when asked Friday by reporters, saying instead that the agency is working to make sure that any rules would hold up to an almost inevitable court challenge.The big dogs are going to sue, regardless of what comes out, Wheeler said. We need to make sure that we have sustainable rules. That starts with making sure that we have addressed the multiplicity of issues that have come along.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  8. Google offers 1TB of Drive for Chromebooks, continuing its storage war with MicrosoftFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:35:00 -0800
    Google said Friday that it will offer new Chromebook buyers a free terabyte of Google Drive storage for two years, which at present rates would be worth almost $240.On the surface, theres really nothing more to it, other than the offer's expiration on Jan. 1, 2015.The 1TB deal also matches that of Microsoft, which is bundling one year of Office 365 Personal on laptops like the $199 HP Stream 11. Office 365 Personal originally shipped withyou guessed it1TB of free OneDrive storage, though the company recently sweetened that deal even further.What this means to you: With freebies like Office 365 subscriptions and additional cloud storage, Microsoft and Google have been providing subsidies of a sort to their hardware partners. The ultimate goal, of course, is to lock in customers to a particular ecosystem.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  9. Connected-home Babel: There's an app for that, startup saysFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:30:14 -0800
    In the dream home of the Internet of Things, all your appliances would talk to each other. A fragmented IoT industry makes that pretty hard today, but Yonomi says its smartphone app can make it easy.The free app ties together smart-home devices that cant communicate directly with each other and lets them work in concert. In the Yonomi app, users can set up routines involving several devices, such as having the lights go off if your fitness band detects that youve fallen asleep. Instead of making users buy and install a hub that can talk to multiple systems, Yonomi uses the phone as that hub.Yonomi is designed for the casually connected consumer who wants a network of things but doesnt want to buy a hub, CEO and Co-Founder Kent Dickson said. He demonstrated the app at Demo in San Jose, where the company debuted this week. An Android version is available now, and iPhone users can sign up for a beta test of a future iOS version.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  10. Crookz brings 70s groove to the heist game genreFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:30:00 -0800
    There's something so satisfying about a well-executed heist. I don't know whether it's the idea of outsmarting an entire legion of people, or the idea of living on a beach on the fictional island of Kokomo for the rest of my life, but there's something about that primal urge that makes me want to bust out a set of lockpicks and tune up my safecracking ear.Unfortunately in real life I am neither an accomplished lockpick nor safecracker, and instead of retiring into a Beach Boys song sipping a Mai Tai I'm sitting here writing you this article about Crookz.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
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