The new version of the free operating system reduces the role of “random number generators” built into Intel and Via chips, most likely over fears that these mechanisms may have been compromised by intelligence agencies. Read more »
DataHero, a startup targeting individuals who want an analytics experience much simpler than what most BI software can provide, has raised an extended seed round of $3.15 million and has redesigned its product based on behavioral analysis. Read more »
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 has shipped 10 million units in just 2 months. Check out which other phones have made it into Samsung’s “10 Million Seller Club.” Read more »
With a new firmware update, Nintendo has finally righted a wrong for many gamers, creating a cross-platform online ID. Read more »
Apple has been awarded a patent for a new, more efficient way to manufacture curved touch displays. Read more »
Microsoft’s chances in this new world depend on its ability to balance old successes like Windows and Office with transformative new technologies, he said. Read more »
Managing software development can seem like a real-life video game, as feature requests, changing priorities and cryptic collaboration leave you leaping over fireballs while battling mages and warlocks. But savvy organizations have learned a few cheat codes that can help keep software projects on track. Read more »
Apple is complaining about a court monitor’s aggressive antitrust tactics. It turns out the company has a point — and a federal judge is over-stepping her authority, according to an antitrust expert. Read more »
Chinese hackers targeted five European foreign ministries in the run-up to the Russia-hosted G20 summit in September, according to security firm FireEye. There is no evidence that it was state-sponsored snooping, though FireEye reckons they were after intelligence related to the then-possible invasion of Syria. This year’s G20 was quite the summit from a security standpoint – Russia subsequently had to deny issuing spyware-laden USB sticks and phone-charging cables to foreign leaders and other delegates.
Do you know about Apple’s “12 Days of Digital Gifts” campaign? American users have been left out of Cupertino’s annual free gift app until now, as it has only been available within select countries. But 9to5Mac reports that this year, the U.S. has been brought in on the fun. iTunes users who download the app will be able to snag a select piece of digital media for free every 24 hours, starting on December 26. The app is available for download now for both iPhone and iPad in the iTunes App Store.
Mature computing, advanced screen technology, and the explosion in better sensor technology have created what looks to be the perfect storm for wearables across a number of categories. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Lots of shops run vSphere in-house and cloud outside and RightScale says it’s bringing that VMware environment under its cloud management umbrella. Read more »
Many users of the pornographic streaming-video service Redtube have received letters asking them to pay hundreds of euros per viewed clip. The illegality of viewing streams of copyright-infringing material is questionable, as are the methods used to identify the users. Read more »
Everything you need to to know about the updates to Bluetooth as it relates to the internet of things, plus a few gifts for those far more fortunate await you on this week’s podcast. Read more »
Solar panels had another rockin’ quarter in the U.S., breaking records left and right, according to a new report. Read more »
Qualcomm has handed its AllJoyn protocol for the internet of things over to the Linux Foundation in hopes of establishing a universal standard. The effort has legs, but still has a ways to go. Read more »
OwnCloud now has fresh money to push its vision of user- and IT-friendly file-sync-share-and-store technology. Read more »
The mobile wave continues to build with no signs of cresting. According to StatCounter’s data, mobile devices accounted for 21.6 percent of global web browsing as of last month. PCs still have their place but it’s diminishing quickly for some activities Read more »
Qualcomm is following Apple and Intel down the 64-bit rabbit hole, announcing today a new version of its Snapdragon processor supporting the new advanced computing architecture. Don’t expect these new chips in high-end devices, though. Read more »
Facebook is making changes to the way its News Feed ranks content, and some publishers fear that they could be impacted — but whatever happens, the risks of relying on a third-platform for your content are well known Read more »
Netflix has open sourced a tool called Suro that collects event data from disparate application servers before sending them to other data platforms such as Hadoop and Elasticsearch. It’s more big data innovation that hopefully finds its way into the mainstream. Read more »
Hilarie Koplow-McAdams brings enterprise sales credibility with her into New Relic which seeks to entrench its APM tools in companies ranging from startups to the biggest of big companies. Read more »
Old News, meet New News: E.W. Scripps has announced that it will acquire video-journalism-for-hire startup Newsy for $35 million, with the deal expected to be finalized by January of next year. Newsy has made a name for itself by producing news videos alongside content for websites like the Huffington Post, Mashable and Microsoft, essentially providing a broadcast news team on commission. That strategy will be used to provide video content for the digital versions of the many daily papers E.W. Scripps still owns across the country, a needed service as local papers struggle to keep up online.
Technical University of Munich researchers will now attempt to correct for the decline by experimenting with new types of materials. Read more »
Can Google Chrome Apps rival native software on desktops and mobiles? The company thinks so and is creating the tools necessary for developers to build such apps. This video shows them off along with software that runs on multiple devices and platforms. Read more »
Amazon Web Services remains king of cloud but from all appearances, Google Compute Platform plans to dispute that title. Read more »
In 2012 beleaguered Fisker actually had $170 million in income from sales of its electric cars. That makes the fall of Fisker just that more painful. Read more »
After having to re-take multiple images from the Google Glass camera since you can’t pre-frame a shot beforehand, this third-party app is right up my alley. It enables a live view from the camera on the Glass display before you take a picture. Read more »
Trinity Mirror is experimenting with two sites aimed at social-sharing or “viral” content, and the most recent of these — called Ampp3d — is aimed at trying to make data-driven journalism and news stories more shareable Read more »
Firefox’s nightly version got support for Google’s VP9 video codec a few days ago, Firefox Aurora users will be able to use the codec later this week. Read more »
In conjunction with Computer Science Education Week’s “Hour of Code,” Codecademy has released its very first mobile app. Read more »
Facebook has hired deep learning expert Yann Lecun from New York University to head up its new artificial intelligence lab. It’s part of a bigger push along with — and against — companies like Google and Microsoft to advance research while improving their platforms. Read more »
Microsoft’s ’12 Days of Deals’ calendar might have leaked, and it shows some decent discounts to be had at Microsoft’s retail stores over the next 12 days. Read more »
Time Warner Cable’s incoming CEO is open to adding Netflix’s app to his company’s set-top-box. Rob Marcus, who will begin his gig as CEO of Time Warner Cable In January, said as much at the UBS Global Media & Communications Conference in New York Monday, according to Variety. That’s somewhat different from Comcast, whose CEO recently said that a partnership with Netflix is “not really a high priority” for his company. Netflix has started to work with ISPs overseas to get its app onto their set-top-boxes, but Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said that he only wants these partnerships if his app gets prominent placement on set-top-boxes.
After making news with several high-profile hires from Netflix’s ranks, mobile payments startup Clinkle appears to have concluded it’s a bit talent heavy. According to Fortune, Clinkle is laying off 16 employees (about 25 percent of its workforce) from its business operations group. Though Clinkle hasn’t even revealed the details of its new mobile wallet and payments app, it’s attracted a lot of attention, securing a $25 million seed round from Silicon Valley luminaries and hiring veterans like former Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy to its executive roster.
Prepaid mobile operators Straight Talk and Net10 will start selling the iPhone 5s and 5c at Walmart stores starting Dec. 13. Customers will have to pay sticker price for the devices ($549 to $649 for the 16 GB versions, though financing options are available), but they can tap into the two companies’ cheap no-contract smartphone data plans. Straight Talk’s start at $45 while Net10′s start at $50 and include 2.5 GB of data each month along with unlimited calls and texts. Both companies are mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) run by TracFone, which has seen a big spurt in growth recently thanks in part to these new smartphone-friendly plans.
A working satellite likely fell to Earth this morning after the rocket carrying it to orbit malfunctioned. This was the rocket’s 20th launch since its first use in 2009. China and Brazil, the countries behind the satellite, said they will begin building a new one immediately.
Apple’s iBeacon isn’t the only game in town when it comes to Bluetooth Smart proximity devices for retailers. Qualcomm’s Gimbal Proximity Sensor is now available, supporting iOS today and Android in the future. Get ready for a hyper-personal in-store shopping experience. Read more »
Your mornings are about to get a lot more pleasant, thanks to a Pandora update that can wake you up to your station of choice. Read more »
The company has successfully completed a one-kilometer drone delivery of a packet of medicine from a Bonn pharmacy to its nearby headquarters. However, this was only a test, and DHL has no firm plans for commercial services as yet. Read more »