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Apple Replacing Some iPhone 5 Batteries Free Of Charge

August 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Replacing Some iPhone 5 Batteries Free Of Charge

Apple has agreed to replace some iPhone 5 batteries free of charge, claiming that “a very small percentage” of the smartphones needed to be charged more often and that those charges were quickly exhausted. The program, which was announced last week, only in a support document published on Apple’s website, offered free battery replacements for iPhone 5 devices that “suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” According to Apple, the... 

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Qantas, Virgin To Allow Smartphone Usage Throughout Flights

August 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Qantas, Virgin To Allow Smartphone Usage Throughout Flights

Australian airlines Qantas Airways Ltd and Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd said passengers may use mobile phones and tablets during their flights, after a regulator relaxed a ban on electronic devices on planes. The airlines said they would begin allowing passengers to use personal electronic devices for the duration of their flight after Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority followed a similar ruling from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 2013. The Australian airlines will... 

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Amazon Acquires Live-Streaming Game Network Twitch For Nearly $1B

August 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Acquires Live-Streaming Game Network Twitch For Nearly $1B

Amazon.com Inc has acquired live-streaming gamingnetwork Twitch Interactive for about $970 million in cash, reflecting Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos’ vision to transform Amazon into an Internet destination beyond its roots in retail operations. The deal, jointly announced by the two companies, is the largest deal in Amazon’s 20-year history and will help the U.S. e-commerce company vie with Apple Inc and Google Inc in the fast-growing world of online gaming, which accounts for... 

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Microsoft Slash Prices On Surface 2 Tablets

August 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Slash Prices On Surface 2 Tablets

Microsoft has lowered the prices of its Surface 2 tablets by as much as 22%, dropping the entry-level Windows 8.1 RT device to $349. It’s unknown whether Microsoft discounted the Surface 2 to clear inventory before it discontinues the tablet, in preparation for a successor, or simply to move a slow-selling product. A clue may be in the length of the limited-time sale: Microsoft said that the reduced prices were good from Aug. 24 to Sept. 27, or “while supplies last,” and set the... 

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US Government Warns Major Businesses Hit By Backoff Malware

August 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
US Government Warns Major Businesses Hit By Backoff Malware

Over 1,000 major enterprise networks and small and medium businesses in the U.S. have been compromised by a recently discovered malware package named Backoff and are probably unaware of it, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has said in a cybersecurity alert. Backoff first appeared in October 2013 and is capable of scraping the memory contents of point of sales systems — industry speak for cash registers and other terminals used at store checkouts — for data swiped from credit... 

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China To Unveil PC OS To Compete With Microsoft, Google

August 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
China To Unveil PC OS To Compete With Microsoft, Google

China plans to roll out a home-grown operating system by October to wean the country from foreign-made OSes like Windows, the government-run Xinhua news agency said Sunday. The operating system, which Xinhua did not name, will be initially offered on desktop PCs, with the plan to later extend it to smartphones. The news service cited a report in the People’s Post and Telecommunications News, a trade paper run by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the agency responsible... 

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Intel Moving Closer To ‘Wire-Free’ Computing

August 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Intel Moving Closer To ‘Wire-Free’ Computing

Intel is moving closer towards providing what it calls “wire-free” computing by 2016, a plan the company first talked about publicly in June at the Computex trade show. The company is developing a smart dock through which laptops can wirelessly connect to monitors and external peripherals, it said in a blog entry. The dock will remove the need to plug HDMI or DisplayPort display connectors directly into laptops. The wireless dock will provide USB 3.0-like speeds to transfer data to external... 

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Microsoft Helping Hardware Makers To Offer Cheaper PCs

August 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Helping Hardware Makers To Offer Cheaper PCs

Microsoft is aiding hardware manufacturers in building low-priced Windows PCs to challenge Chromebooks, and the early results of that effort are hitting the market. Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo are selling laptops priced less than $250 that run on Windows 8.1 With Bing, a royalty-free version of the company’s flagship operating system. Windows 8.1 With Bing is the same as Windows 8.1, but it has Bing as the default search engine in Internet Explorer. Microsoft is using Windows 8.1 With... 

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Amazon Developing Own Online Advertising

August 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Developing Own Online Advertising

Amazon Inc is planning to develop its own software for generating advertisements online, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources with knowledge of the matter. While the in-house platform is initially planned to replace ads supplied by Google Inc on Amazon’s own website, the new system could challenge Google and Microsoft Corp’s advertising business in the future, the newspaper cited the people as saying. Amazon’s system would resemble Google’s AdWords, and is... 

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Ready For Tablets Priced At $35 Or Lower?

August 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Ready For Tablets Priced At $35 Or Lower?

Generic Android tablets with 7-inch screens and quad-core chips that deliver decent performance could soon make it to market for $35 or less. Tablets with low-resolution screens are already selling for $45 on Amazon, many of which have single- or dual-core processors from a Chinese chip company called Allwinner. But the prices could fall under $35 when Allwinner ships its “fully formed” quad-core A33 chip for only $4, said analyst firm Linley Group in a newsletter this week. The chip’s... 

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UPS Joins The List Of Companies To Report A Data Breach

August 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
UPS Joins The List Of Companies To Report A Data Breach

Credit and debit card information belonging to customers made purchases at 51 UPS Store Inc. locations in 24 states this year may have been illegally accessed as the result of an intrusion into the company’s networks. In a statement on Wednesday, UPS said it was recently notified by law enforcement officials about a “broad-based malware intrusion” of its systems. A subsequent investigation by an IT security firm showed that attackers had installed previously unknown malware on... 

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Opera Mini Browser To Become Standard On Windows Phones

August 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Opera Mini Browser To Become Standard On Windows Phones

Norwegian software maker Opera inked a deal to take over the browser building unit of Microsoft’s Nokia cellular phone unit and reported second-quarter earnings above expectations on Thursday, sending it shares sharply higher. “We have signed a strategic licensing deal with Microsoft. We are basically taking over the browser building department in Nokia,” Opera Chief Executive Lars Boilsesen said. “This means that Opera Mini will become the default browser for Microsoft’s... 

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YouTube Music Might Prove Lucrative For Google

August 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
YouTube Music Might Prove Lucrative For Google

A beefed up version of YouTube offering exclusive content might turn out to be lucrative bait for Google to lure some of its users deeper into its digital video and music services. YouTube appears to be readying a paid premium music service that would cost US$9.99 a month, called YouTube Music Key. Roughly a dozen purported screenshots of the service were recently published online on the blog Android Police, possibly showing how it would work. The images showed exclusive content such as remixes... 

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Snapchat Looking For Expansion Opportunities

August 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Snapchat Looking For Expansion Opportunities

Snapchat Inc, creator of a mobile app that allows users to send messages that disappear within seconds, may be looking to expand its service to videos, news articles and advertisements, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. The California-based company is currently in talks with advertisers and media companies about a service called Snapchat Discovery, the Journal reported, citing sources. Snapchat Discovery, rumored to debut in November, will show content and ads to Snapchat users, the Journal quoted... 

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Cox Communications Shoots Down Rumors Of T-Mobile Merger

August 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Cox Communications Shoots Down Rumors Of T-Mobile Merger

Cox Communications Inc. is not interested in merging with wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc or rival cable providers, according to Cox President Pat Esser, dispelling rumors recently swirling about the private company. “We’re not in any discussions to buy T-Mobile,” Esser told Reuters. “I don’t see a movement inside of our company that we feel like we have to pony up or match up with a wireless company.” Asked whether Cox, the third-largest U.S. cable and broadband... 

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