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  1. Apple mum as Mac owners tussle with Yosemite over Wi-Fi problemsFri, 24 Oct 2014 13:54:00 -0700
    The cries for help from frazzled Mac owners whose Wi-Fi connections went haywire after upgrading to OS X Yosemite are being met by Apple with stone-faced silence. Affected users have been filing a steady stream of complaints about the problem in discussion forums, blogs, and social media sites since Apple released the latest version of the operating system a week ago. Attempts by users to isolate the cause of the issue have been fruitless so far. The problem affects a variety of Macs with dissimilar configurations and linked to many different routers. Whats clear is that the problem hit these users after installing Yosemite. In most cases, Wi-Fi becomes unstable, with connections dropping every few minutes, irritatingly slow or simply unusable.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  2. Apple Pay tops Tim Cook's to-do list in ChinaFri, 24 Oct 2014 13:53:00 -0700
    Apple CEO Tim Cook says bringing the recently launched Apple Pay system to China is his top priority for doing business the country. Apple Pay launched on Monday in the U.S. and allows iPhone 6 users to make tap-and-go payments at compatible terminals in retailers. It hasnt expanded outside the U.S. yet, but international expansion is on the cards. The NFC (near-field communication) technology it uses is already standard in some countries. Cook made his remarks about China in an interview with the countrys Xinhua News Agency on Friday at the conclusion of a four-day trip to the country. During his visit, he met business partners, toured a Foxconn factory that makes Apple products, and met with a government official regarding strengthening cooperation in the telecommunication sector.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  3. FCC pushes TV spectrum auction to 2016 after legal challengeFri, 24 Oct 2014 13:25:09 -0700
    The auction intended to turn many U.S. TV channels into spectrum for mobile services wont start until early 2016, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission says.FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had earlier forecast that the auction would begin in the middle of next year. But in August, the National Association of Broadcasters challenged some aspects of the agencys plan in court. Due to the schedule for briefings and hearings in that case, plus the complexity of putting together the auction, the agency has pushed back its calendar. It now expects to start accepting applications in fall 2015 and to launch the auction early the following year, according to an FCC blog post on Friday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  4. In pictures: Google exec secretly shatters Felix Baumgartner's skydiving altitude recordFri, 24 Oct 2014 13:17:00 -0700
    Google exec breaks skydiving altitude record, in secretImage by Paragon Space Development Corp.Alan Eustace, the senior vice president of knowledge at Google, apparently has an odd hobby: he likes to break skydiving altitude records.For the past few years, he has been working with Paragon Space Development Corp. to develop a spacesuit and delivery vehicle to take him nearly into spacefarther up, in fact, then the over 36,000 meters that Felix Baumgartner jumped as part of the 2012 Red Bull Stratos venture. How high?135,890 feet, or 41,419 meters. That's 25.73 miles, if you're counting.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  5. Dragon Age gets sexy, Assassin's Creed: Unity gets ridiculous, and more must-know gaming newsFri, 24 Oct 2014 13:02:00 -0700
    At this point I'm convinced the games industry is doing silly things just to provide material for this column. John Cena reads poetry, Dragon Age has some disturbing "sexy" dialogue, and we get glimpses of both The Witcher 3 and the deceased Star Wars Battlefront IIIthis is gaming news you need to know for the week of October 20.Connect your Kinect If you bought an Xbox One before they stopped forcing you to buy a Kinect, you can now hook it up to your PC directlyprovided you buy a $50 adapter. No, I don't know what the adapter does except make the price for an Xbox One Kinect match the price for a standalone PC Kinect.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  6. Microsoft: Surface Pro 3 tablet is selling at twice the rate of the Pro 2Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:10:00 -0700
    Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet appears to be a bona fide hit, according to Microsoft executives.In the company's positive earnings report, released Thursday, the company disclosed that Surface revenue topped $908 million for the quarter. It's likely the Surface business will top a billion dollars business before long."Surface had strong results this quarter, driven by positive customer response to Surface Pro 3," Satya Nadella, the company's chief executive, told analysts and investors. "The product lineup is the right one and customers are responding favorably. Surface Pro 3 is now in 28 markets and importantly we have improved the business economics of this product line."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  7. Secretive funding fuels ongoing net neutrality astroturfing controversyFri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:20 -0700
    The contentious debate about net neutrality in the U.S. has sparked controversy over a lack of funding transparency for advocacy groups and think tanks, which critics say subverts the political process.News stories from a handful of publications in recent months have accused some think tanks and advocacy groups of astroturfingquietly shilling for large broadband carriers. In a handful of cases, those criticisms appear to have some merit, although the term is so overused by people looking to discredit political opponents that it has nearly lost its original meaning.Critics of astroturfingdefined as hiding the sponsors of a message or group as a way to make it appear to have grassroots supportsay it twists political debate by making some positions appear to be more popular with the public than they really may be.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  8. The ratings: Most net neutrality groups get poor grades for funding transparencyFri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:19 -0700
    After a spate of news stories about alleged astroturf advocacy in a contentious U.S. net neutrality debate, the IDG News Service looked into the funding transparency of several think tanks and advocacy groups involved in the issue. Several disclose limited or no information about their funding, we found.Astroturfing is commonly defined as a lack of funding transparency, paired with the appearance of grassroots support.The IDG News Service looked at 14 of the most prominent think tanks and advocacy groups involved in the debate. The following list is not exhaustive, however. It does not include some small organizations, and a handful of groups that have joined the conversation recently.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  9. Advocacy groups accused of obscuring corporate ties in net neutrality debateFri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:16 -0700
    A spate of recent news stories have revealed that a wide variety of lobby groups have financial ties to broadband carriers and trade associations, accusing them of faking grassroots opposition to strong net neutrality rules.The recent coverage from news organizations has overwhelmingly targeted a lack of funding transparency in groups opposed to strong net neutrality regulations. Some of that coverage disparity may be because groups advocating for strong net neutrality rules tend to be more transparent about their funding than groups opposed, but some pro-net neutrality groups also have limited funding transparency mechanisms.Much of the reporting on so-called astroturfing has come from Vice.com, the news and culture website that has championed immersionist journalism. Vice is perhaps most famous for sending former Chicago Bulls basketball player Dennis Rodman to North Korea in early 2013.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  10. How to type special characters and Emoji on your Android phoneFri, 24 Oct 2014 11:40:00 -0700
    You can type , , , and other special characters with ease on your Android phone. Seriously. More...
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