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Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

Hungary is threatening to tax its broadband providers for every gigabyte their subscribers use. The Fidesz-run European nation said that it would charge ISPs 150 forints (around 60 US cents or 39p in the UK) for each gig transferred. Hungary shifted 1,150PB in 2013, and 18PB in mobile data, according to figures from consultancy …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Oct 2014
The standard USB 3 connector

Google puts Chrome credentials on USB drives for two-factor authentication

Google has announced support for a platform which will allow users to log into applications by pressing a button on a secured USB drive. The company announced that it will add support for the Security Key platform into Google applications on Chrome. The decision brings two-factor authentication to0 Google's apps. Security Key …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Oct 2014
Lyft cars

San Franciscans: Lyft and UberX want to take you to the airport

Bay Area residents looking to get to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) received another option this week when Uber announced it had agreed with authorities on a plan to allow UberX and Lyft drivers to travel to and from the airport. The airport said that the deal would allow the amateur driver service to make trips to …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Oct 2014
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer

Marissa! Mayer! ends! 21! month! dry! spell! as! Yahoo! sales! grow!

Yahoo! is living in hope of a financial resurgence as the company logged a rare uptick in revenues. The Purple Palace said its third-quarter GAAP revenues rose one per cent over the same period last year to $1.148bn, up from $1.139bn in 2013. This marks the first time in seven quarters the firm was able to increase GAAP revenues …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2014
iPad Psycho image

Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

In case you'd forgotten that Apple is making money hand over fist, the company announced on Monday yet another record financial quarter – thanks to its iPhones and Macs, but no thanks to its iPads. The House that Steve Built said the fourth quarter of its 2014 financial year – ending September 27 – was its best ever Q4, as Mac …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2014
Apple iPhone 6

Apple flings iOS 8.1 at world+dog: Our AMAZEBALLS 9-step installation guide

Apple has rolled out iOS 8.1, enabling features on the iPhone 6 and other new Apple devices. The company said the 8.1 update will allow users to begin using the Apple Pay platform with their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus NFC-enabled handsets. This allows users to link their bank accounts with the Apple Pay software, so when the phone is …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2014
Lego Pirate Captain

YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results

Advert slinger Google has said it's started burying websites that help people illegally download copyrighted stuff. The web giant claimed today it sinks pro-piracy sites way down its search results – yes, beyond page two, the grim wastelands of the web. It's hoped this may dissuade people from seeking out pirated movies, games, …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Oct 2014
Satya Nadella

Damage control (noun): When Microsoft's CEO kickstarts diversity plan after women pay gaffe

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who earlier this month made astonishingly sexist comments to a room full of women, has decided it's about time to make his workforce more diverse. The Microsoft boss said in a leaked memo to employees that the software giant would begin a series of initiatives including making sure that employees …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2014

FCC looks to boost next-gen wireless networks with 24GHz study

The FCC is opening up a probe into a possible new class of wireless broadband services which could improve mobile network performance and reliability in the US. The watchdog said that it would be examining the possibility of opening up very high frequency 24GHz spectrum space for use by future mobile broadband networks, possibly …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2014
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Man, that iPhone 6 Plus won't fit in my pocket. Oh, here's a mobe store that'll resize my jeans

A retailer in China has found a novel way to accommodate the added dimensions of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus – adjust customers' pants* to fit the large handset. Tech in Asia spotted a China Unicom store offering free tailor services to customers who purchase Apple's 5.5in phablet. The in-store tailor. Credit: Amakura on Weibo The …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Oct 2014
iPad mini 3

Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

Buried in the hypegasm around the new iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 is a genuinely earthshaking reveal from Apple that could seriously change the way people buy their data. The iGiant has a introduced a software SIM card in "cellular" versions of the iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 models that can be configured to work with various carriers in …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Oct 2014
Google Fiber

Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)

Another US city will be get a high-speed fiber broadband network courtesy of Google, though it is a few months late. Google's Austin Fiber website confirms that starting in December, residents will be able to start signing up for the gigabit-a-second service. The launch will make Austin the third US city to get a Google Fiber …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Oct 2014
iPad mini 3

iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

Confirming what had been widely expected, Apple has unveiled two new iPad models – small and large – and laid out plans for a third. There's also a new shiny 5K iMac. The big news, though, is that the "soft SIM" war his finally begun. At a launch event in Cupertino for its pet hacks, Apple said the new iPad Air 2 will be …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Oct 2014

City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'

New England's second-largest city has hit out against a proposed deal that would take place should Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable go through. The city council of Worcester has voted not to approve the transfer of its cable television and broadband services from Charter Communications to Comcast as part of an agreed …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Oct 2014
iPad iPod app

Apple hit by INSIDER LEAK: New iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 blabbed

Apple is expected to show off new iPads at an event on Thursday – but if you want to know the features of Cupertino's latest fondleslabs before they're announced, you need look no further than the company's own user manuals. Pages in Apple's iPad User Guide for iOS 8.1, which hit the iTunes Store on Wednesday, diagram some of …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2014

Twitter, Cloudflare kill SSL 3.0 ... and here's how YOU CAN TOO

Websites and web browser makers are moving quickly to ditch the outdated SSL 3.0 encryption protocol for HTTPS following the discovering of a worrying design flaw. On Tuesday, Google researchers published details about the shortcoming, dubbed POODLE, which allows eavesdroppers to crack encrypted web traffic. More specifically, …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2014
Oracle headquarters

Done with Microsoft and Adobe patches? Good, here's Oracle's load

Oracle is piling on this month's Patch Tuesday with a collection of security fixes for 16 of its enterprise software platforms. Among the massive wad of updates will be a package of 25 bug fixes for Java SE, 22 of which are remotely exploitable without authentication and 12 of which allow an attacker to take complete control of …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2014

Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

It's no secret that Silicon Valley is a workplace that favours youth. Not just because the young have new ideas and perspectives, but also because 20-something geeks who work with all their friends have no problem putting in 60 hours a week cracking out code. Now, it seems that some of the biggest names in the business are …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2014

It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

Microsoft has today patched two dozen CVE-classified security vulnerabilities in its software. People are urged to install them as soon as possible. The US giant said the October edition of Patch Tuesday includes three critical fixes to address flaws in Internet Explorer, the .NET Framework and Windows kernel-mode driver. The …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2014
Hawk hits drone

Bird of HEY.... that's MY DRONE! Hawk attacks geek's quadcopter in nature v machine clash

A man in the Boston area of the United States has captured remarkable footage of a hawk strike – at the expense of his quadcopter drone. Christopher Schmidt said he was flying his hobby craft in Cambridge earlier this week when a hawk began to circle. Schmidt, who equipped the quadcopter with a GoPro camera, said he powered down …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Oct 2014
Ross Ulbricht

Judge nukes Ulbricht's complaint about WARRANTLESS FBI Silk Road server raid

A US District Court has shot down a motion to toss out the government's evidence against alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht, ruling that the FBI's investigation did not violate Ulbricht's Fourth Amendment rights. In a 38-page ruling, District Judge Katherine Forrest wrote that the defense could not exclude evidence …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Oct 2014
Muscular man stripping off his shirt

Slap for SnapChat web app in SNAP mishap: '200,000' snaps sapped

Tens of thousands of stolen private SnapChat photos and vids are being plastered across the internet for perverts to download and ogle, it's claimed. SnapChat says it isn't to blame. When word spread on 4chan's notorious /b/ board that someone had allegedly swiped as many as 200,000 SnapChat files from strangers, it was feared …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Oct 2014

Crims zapped mobes, slabs we collared for evidence, wail cops

You know that nifty remote wipe function that takes all the photos off your phone when it gets lost? Turns out criminals know about it too, and they're using it to wipe phones taken by police as evidence. The BBC has heard from a few UK forces that report some of the mobes and tablets they've taken in as evidence have been …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Oct 2014
Uber logo

Let down by a lousy UberX driver? They probably skipped the 'optional $65 customer service training course'

Amid complaints about some badly behaving drivers, you may not be surprised to hear that Uber's training course for cabbies is not only optional – it costs them $65 each to sit through it, apparently. A Forbes blog post claims the taxi app maker's bargain-basement UberX service charges drivers to take a class on providing good …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Oct 2014
Satya Nadella

WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella has made his first major gaffe as Microsoft CEO, making several rather unwise comments to a room full of women working in tech. Speaking at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing event, the Redmond honcho told the audience that women should avoid asking for a raise – and instead rely on "karma". "It's …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Oct 2014

Breaking news: Man with Apple shares really wishes they were worth even more

Apple's $603,580,000,000 market cap – the largest ever in history – isn't big enough for Carl Icahn. The activist investor said Thursday that Apple is UNDERVALUED, and CEO Tim Cook should do more to massively increase the stock price. Icahn, who owns 53 million shares in Apple, thinks the $101 stock price is too low, and he has …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Oct 2014
Newton MessagePad 120 - logo

Brace yourself for a 12-inch Apple maxiPAD – probably... maybe... ish

Apple will summon its pet hacks to the Cupertino mothership this month for yet another orchestrated product unveiling. We're told the iGiant has sent out invites for a "special event" at the company's headquarters in California on October 16. It has not provided further details on the event, though the tagline "it's been way too …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Oct 2014
Angry woman on mobile

AT&T to fork out less than two days' profit in bogus bill charge flap

AT&T has been ordered to cough up $105m by US trade watchdog the FTC after allowing miscreants to whack bogus charges on Americans' cellphone bills. The commission said the telco giant would be on the hook for $80m in refunds to customers, and an additional $25m in fines and penalties to settle claims that it allowed third …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Oct 2014
Facebook privacy image

Woman says narco-cops used her PICS to snare drug lords on Facebook

A woman is suing the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), alleging that the agency impersonated her online in order to lure suspected criminals. Sondra Arquiett claims that a DEA agent used photos taken from her mobile phone to create a fake Facebook page, which the agency then used to help corral drug suspects. According to a …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Oct 2014
School kids

What do teenagers love doing? That's right: Staying up all night ... debugging

Sauce vat GitHub has bundled together a set of free and low-cost programming tools and resources for teenagers. The website said its Student Developer Pack is for aspiring developers aged 13 and up. "There's no substitute for hands-on experience, but for most students, real world tools can be cost prohibitive," GitHub said in …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Oct 2014

Siri ... why is this semi headed RIGHT AT ME? Phone apps distracting as ever – new study

Using your phone's cyber-slave by voice while focusing on the road? You're not as safe as you think, according to AAA. The US auto club said it found apps such as Siri, and in-car personal assistant systems, are far more distracting than expected. A study [PDF] AAA carried out with the University of Utah found that using voice …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Oct 2014
Facebook WhatsApp

WhatsApp, Zuck? Facebook finally finishes $22bn upstart gobble

Having secured the blessing of European regulators, Facebook has completed its $21.8bn acquisition of WhatsApp. The company on Monday finalized with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that the deal, which adds up to about $50 per user account, has now been finished, complete with a $4.59bn cash payout to WhatsApp …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Oct 2014
Facebook poster

Hey, get the ZUCK up – let's unionize Facebook buses, cry Teamsters

The Teamsters Union is lobbying Facebook to recognize a unionization of the company's bus drivers – the ones shuttling FB'ers to and from work in Menlo Park every day. The union said in an open letter [PDF] to CEO Mark Zuckerberg that it was looking to include the private coach drivers in its Local 853 group in hopes of …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Oct 2014
Mobile phone stolen by pickpocket

AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

AT&T has warned subscribers that a rogue staffer rifled through the telco's customer database without authorization. The telecoms giant said one of its workers pulled up sensitive information – including social security numbers – and was duly fired for breaking the corp's privacy rules. According to a letter [PDF] to customers …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Oct 2014

You folks probably don't have much to say on the Comcast-TWC merger ... FCC extends deadline for comments anyway

The FCC has extended the deadline for people wishing to send in comments on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The commission said on Friday that it would give the public until 29 October to file their opinions on the proposed $42.5bn deal between two of the largest cable providers in the country. The …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Oct 2014
Angry woman on mobile

Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

The Marriott has been fined $600,000 by the FCC for paralyzing guests' personal Wi-Fi hotspots, forcing them to use the hotel giant's expensive network instead. The US watchdog today said the Marriott Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee, used monitoring equipment to illegally boot hotel and convention center guests off …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Oct 2014
Beats Music The Sentence

Apple pitches record labels on cheaper music service

Apple is reportedly asking record labels to agree on a deal that will allow the iGiant to sell a cheaper streaming music service. According to a report by Re/Code citing company sources, the Cupertino iFlinger wants to lower the US$10/month price of the Beats Music service. To do so, and still turn a profit, Apple reportedly …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Oct 2014

Verizon: We're throttling broadband. FCC: WTF? Verizon: Lol, jk!

Verizon is going back on its vow to throttle broadband for some of those on unlimited data plans. The telco said it will not punish heavy users of its network by crippling their LTE speeds. Verizon said in July that it will implement the policy, which would have cut throughput rates for the top five per cent of LTE users, in …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Oct 2014

NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

A Los Angeles attorney is threatening to sue Google's top execs, after accusing them of failing to remove stolen naked photos of female celebrities from its search results. But Mountain View has insisted it tore down "tens of thousands of pictures within hours." Lawyer Martin Singer, writing in a letter to Google cofounders …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Oct 2014
Admiral Ackbar

Google: Hey kids, dump all your files over here with us!

Google said that it will be offering unlimited storage for students on its Apps for Education service. The Chocolate Factory announced via blog post that it would be rolling out a series of updates to the Apps for Education platform that will include unlimited storage for students with accounts on the service. The company said …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Oct 2014
Tetris on all platforms? It must be true as there's even a version for BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone

Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

A US film studio has confirmed it is planning to make a movie based on the video game Tetris. Threshold Entertainment has been named as the developer for the feature length film, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The company said that the film would not actually be about arranging blocks to form lines, but rather would …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Oct 2014

FCC flashes cash at broadcasters ahead of wireless auction

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is pitching broadcasters to join in on its upcoming wireless spectrum auction with the promise of huge payouts from mobile giants if the TV industry give portions of its broadcast space. In a presentation (PDF) to broadcasters, the FCC said that local TV stations will be able to …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Oct 2014

US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

Yet another US official has played the "think of the children" card, taking Apple and Google to task for implementing stronger encryption policies in their mobile platforms. Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder said that child predators could use the encryption settings in mobile platforms to evade authorities and hide illegal …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Oct 2014
Hong Kong harbour daytime

Hong Kong protest puts mesh nets to the test in state censorship smash

Protesters in Hong Kong have turned to the FireChat app to communicate electronically – because it uses mesh wireless networking and thus evades any attempt by the authorities to block the web amid ongoing unrest. Multiple reports from the area note how youngsters taking part in the uprising this week have connected with one …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Sep 2014

PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai

Broadband and IPv6 are hot – and distributed denial-of-service attacks and IPv4 are not. Well, that's according to Akamai. The cache-and-carry-on biz said in its latest State of the Internet report that, for the first time ever, the average connection speed for netizens is more than 4Mbps, meaning your average punter has a " …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Sep 2014
Facebook logo

Atlas plugged: Facebook hooks ads to profiles, smears 'em over the web

Facebook has relaunched its Atlas advertising network to take on ad-slinger-in-chief Google. The social network said its revamped platform will allow companies to monitor how their ads are turning – or not turning – into actual sales across devices. Normally, Facebook tracks logged-in people across the web by detecting when and …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Sep 2014
HP

ARMs head Moonshot bodies: HP pops Applied Micro, TI chips into carts

HP taking another shot at its Project Moonshot by today announcing two new ARM-powered servers, one 64-bit and the other 32-bit. The US giant hopes its two new ProLiant models will live up to the hype: for years now the ARM world has claimed the architecture will provide high-density, power efficient systems for data centers. …
Edward Snowden

CloudFlare: You get SSL, and you get SSL, EVERYBODY GETS SSL!

CloudFlare announced today it will extend SSL support to customers who use its free cloud-based web hosting service. The firm said its Universal SSL program will allow said customers to encrypt and secure web traffic between visitors and websites cached by CloudFlare. CloudFlare will provide SSL certificates that are valid for …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Sep 2014
Uber logo

Super Cali so litigious, Uber is the focus. Even German judges say it's something quite atrocious

Taxi biz Uber perhaps can't wait to put this week in its rearview mirror – after it was dealt legal setbacks in four major cities: two in Germany, and two in California. In August, officials in Berlin and Hamburg decided that Uber should not operate in the two cities due to safety concerns and worries about unfair competition …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Sep 2014
AOL logos

Yahoo! dumps! thing! that! made! it! Yahoo! and! told! to! bed! AOL!

A hedge fund is urging Yahoo! to form a "strategic combination" with fellow internet dinosaur AOL – just as Yahoo! announced it was killing off its founding feature, created about 20 years ago. In an open letter to Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, investment house Starboard Value asked her to consider making a number of moves it thinks …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Sep 2014