App to manage Android app permissions
The app has been created in response to the poor permission control offered natively by Android over apps. As Facebook users have noted over the last few weeks, for example, their Android app is now demanding access to SMS / MMS, calendar events, and WiFi control.
Palo Alto Networks snaps up NSA-trained security company
Government-trained security company Morta Security has been snapped up by Palo Alto Networks for an undisclosed sum.
Rockstar swells Spherix patent portfolio with 100 new licenses
The voice and data industries could find themselves fielding a new bunch of sue-balls, with patent management outfit Rockstar putting more than 100 patents in the hands of Spherix.
Intel makes gesture recognition push with RealSense launch
CES 2014Intel has launched a series of cameras aimed at spearheading growth and development in the gesture and movement recognition fields.
Samsung snafu at CES causes Michael Bay meltdown
CES 2014Hollywood auteur Michael Bay experienced something of a meltdown at CES this year after being hired to pitch for Samsung's 105-inch ultra-high definition curved TV.
Panasonic will go Firefox OS for TVs
CES 2014Panasonic has used CES to announce that it's going to work with Mozilla to build smart TVs based on the Firefox OS.
Samsung whips out 12.2-inch 'Professional' iPad killers
CES 2014Samsung has taken aim at the professional end of the tablet market with a new line of "Pro" tablets – including two 12.2-inch models – and in doing so has thrown down the gauntlet to not only all other Android tablet manufacturers, but to Apple and Microsoft as well.
NASSCOM appoints new boss to corral India's outsourcers
India’s all-powerful IT body NASSCOM has appointed a new head honcho to guide the industry to hoped-for revenues of $US300 billion (£183bn) by 2020.
Kepler data yields Earth-mass 'gas giant'
It's almost-but-not-quite like Earth. Actually, it's nothing like Earth, except for a coincidence of mass: the newly-discovered exoplanet KOI-314c, 200 light-years distant from us, has roughly Earth mass, but turns out to be a gas planet.
China finally lifts 13 YEAR gaming ban
China has officially overturned a 13-year ban on gaming consoles by allowing the production and sale of “gaming entertainment” in the newly created Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
WhatsApp? Spaniards wasapean their autofotos
English and the internet continue to exert their linguistic influence over the Spanish language, although an indigenous term has been named the Fundéu BBVA's word of the year for 2013.
Ghosts of Ballmer and Gates haunt Microsoft CEO job hunters
Candidates for the next Microsoft CEO’s post are reportedly perturbed by the fact they could have Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates looking over their shoulder.
HTC Beats off loss, but shares slip after disappointing quarter
HTC saw its shares slip 3.61 per cent in Taiwan as it narrowly avoided a quarterly loss, saved only by booking a profit from selling its stake in headphone brand Beats Electronics.
Can a new CEO pull Violin Memory out of its current slump?
AnalysisIs flash array supplier Violin Memory a lost cause needing to look for a white knight acquisition or can it be repaired, see off the competition and return to profitability?
Defamation expert: New '1 year after publication' rule means EASY LIFE for UK libel judges
Media law expert Ian Birdsey of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that newspaper and magazine publishers, as well as businesses that provide solutions for digitally archiving content, would welcome the introduction of a "single publication rule" as part of a new Defamation Act which came into force on 1 January.
I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it
Hands OnLast month BMW rolled out the first cars to come with a fully integrated on-demand music-streaming service built in. Just before Xmas I took it through its paces to see how it performed and after an hour I was forced to conclude that things look ominous for digital radio, which is likely to be squeezed harder as on-demand services like this become more commonplace.
Intel bungs PC on an SD: Tiny computer for Internet of Things and wearables
CES 2014Intel has put a PC into an SD card-sized casing. Dubbed Edison, the micro-microcomputer marks the chip giant’s first attempt to address the emerging wearable computing business; part of its strategy to cope with a world where punters buy far fewer traditional personal computers.
Samsung: Ta-da! We made $7.8bn. What do you mean you expected another BILLION?
Samsung Electronics has missed analysts' estimates of its operating profit for the fourth quarter of last year, after a one-off special bonus for employees and slowing demand for high-end smartphones.
Android will ship more than ONE BILLION mobes+slabs in 2014
Android will break the one billion sales barrier this year as low-priced tabs become ever more popular while PC shipments continue to fall.
Intel ditches McAfee brand: 'THANK GOD' shouts McAfee the man
CES2014Intel has announced plans to phase out the infamous McAfee anti-virus brand over the next year in favour of a new Intel Security brand.
Dusty old supernova could reveal answer to life, the universe and EVERYTHING
Astroboffins using the ALMA telescope in Chile have snapped new images of a supernova dust factory, which could help them figure out how galaxies are formed.
Has Intel side-stepped NGOs on conflict minerals in its chips?
AnalysisIntel has just announced that it is the proud producer of the world's first conflict-free processors.
Optical Express 'ruined my life' attack site wins Nominet takedown battle
Nominet has ruled that a gripe site, which allows people to claim that Glasgow headquartered Optical Express blighted their eyesight, can live on – despite a second complaint being lodged against the owner of opticalexpressruinedmylife.co.uk.
VM-herder? Tintri's hybrids '60 times' easier to manage than trad dual controller arrays
Sixty times easier to manage: that’s the Taneja Group’s judgment of Tintri hybrid arrays compared to a traditional dual-controller array.
Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly
CES 2014Amazon has announced that it's teaming up with Samsung Electronics and media firms like Warner Bros and Lionsgate to try to drum up consumer interest in "4K" ultra high-def tellies.
Two guilty over 'menacing' tweets to feminist campaigner
A 23-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man admitted today that they had sent "menacing" messages to a feminist campaigner on Twitter.
ATM hacker Barnaby Jack's death blamed on accidental drug overdose
An accidental drug overdose caused the untimely death of elite hacker Barnaby Jack, an autopsy has concluded.
Apple: Wow, thanks for the $10bn-a-year App Store. We'll be on the beach with our 30%
Apple claims its App Store racked up $10bn in sales in 2013.
Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac
CES 2014Networking gear maker Linksys has resurrected one of its most popular, customizable routers – the WRT54G – with a new version that takes advantage of the latest wireless technologies.