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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
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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
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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
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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
Apple iPhone 6 camera

Apple nurses HealthKit apps back to life, discharges iOS 8.0.2

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 to iPhones, iPads and iPods a couple of days after its botched 8.0.1 deployment. The iGiant said the .2 update addresses a high-profile bug that broke apps using the operating system's new HealthKit feature – those applications were removed by Apple from the App Store when 8.0.0 was rolled out, but …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Sep 2014
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While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m

Apple CEO Tim Cook and four fellow Cupertino execs flogged a load of company stock worth $143m last week. According to a report from Barron's, the five top execs at the iThing giant dumped shares in a scheduled selloff, in the days following the launch of new iPhone 6. Barron's estimates that Cook's sale of 348,425 shares in …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Sep 2014

The Schmidt hits the brand: Apple's iPhone 6 is a year late, scoffs smug search supremo

With Apple under fire for its bendy, broken iPhone 6es, Eric Schmidt at arch-rival Google is only too happy to put his boot in Cupertino. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, the Google chairman and former CEO needled his competitor down the peninsula. When asked what he thought about the hyped up iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2014
The new Twitter logo. Pic: Twitter

Amazon: Wish in one hand, Twit in the other – see which one fills first

Amazon users can now add items to their wish lists via a Twitter hashtag. The web souk said customers can link their Twitter accounts with their Amazon profiles, and automatically send tweeted links into their Amazon wish list of desired stuff. Under the new system, users can reply to Tweeted links of Amazon products with a # …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2014
Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy Note 4 latest: Samsung rushes iPhone 6 Plus rival to China as Apple flails in dark

Perhaps looking to cut Apple's iPhone 6 Plus phablet off at the pass, Samsung is rushing out its 5.6-inch Galaxy Note 4 smartphone in China and South Korea ahead of schedule. Sammy said on Wednesday that its large screen Android phone will be available in South Korea on 26 September, with the Associated Press reporting China …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2014

Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS

Comcast has branded Netflix, Discovery and others extortionists after they opposed the ISP's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable In a dossier to US watchdog the FCC [PDF], Comcast claimed companies lobbying against its merger are hoping to force it into making concessions that benefit them. Specifically, Comcast alleges …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Sep 2014
Steve Jobs

Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

Apple on Wednesday released iOS 8.0.1 and then quickly recalled it – after people complained the "update" had broken cellular connections and Touch ID. The bungled release was supposed to fix bugs in version 8 of the operating system, which was released this month, including problems that delayed the rollout of its broken …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Sep 2014
Lyft cars

Ban? What ban? Lyft buys carpool app maker Hitch

Ride-sharing service Lyft is looking to boost its carpooling service with the acquisition of smaller rival Hitch, even though both companies could be in violation of California state laws. The company said that Hitch, which specializes in a ride-sharing service similar to Lyft Line, would should down effective Tuesday and all …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Sep 2014

My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

Apple's new embiggened iPhone 6 Plus has been snapped up by buyers for, among other things, its thin case and its 5.5-inch touchscreen. But Apple didn't mention that it also appears to be the company's most flexible handset – whether you like it or not. A handful of early adopters have reported that after carrying the phablet …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Sep 2014
Traffic in Beijing during period of heavy pollution

'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

Looking up from your smartphone to avoid being splattered by a taxi – Google now owns the patent on that. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has rubber-stamped a filing that described using location tracking, ambient noise detection, and public record information to warn users when they could be in danger. According to …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Sep 2014
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Giuliani's CALL OF DUTY: defeat Noriega in EPIC BOSS BATTLE

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has been brought in to defend video games maker Activision in its case against former despot Manuel Noriega. The company said that Giuliani, now a practicing attorney, would lead the effort to dismiss a suit from Noriega for unauthorized use of likeness. Noriega – imprisoned on murder, …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Sep 2014
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Apple: Beats Music is safe with us. Just like your selfies in iCloud

Apple has denied rumors it is shutting down radio streaming service Beats Music, which it acquired with Dr Dre's Beat Electronics brand this year. The iThing giant told reporters on Monday that blog posts alleging the service will be discontinued are "not true". Apple didn't reply to our request for comment. It was rumored Beats …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Sep 2014

Net Neutrality? Hold my coffee, I got this: FCC says it's still considering all options for Open Web

The Federal Communications Commission says that – despite immense pressure from all sides – all options are still on the table for implementing its grand Open Internet scheme. That's the scheme that may or may not end up enforcing so-called net neutrality rules on the internet, and has had millions of comments from the public …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Sep 2014

Oh you crazy Frenchies. Iliad won't take no for an answer from T-Mob US

French telco Iliad, which earlier this year was shot down in its attempt to buy T-Mobile US, is once again hoping to make a play for the American carrier. According to Reuters' sources, Iliad will, by mid-October, either make another offer to buy T-Mobile US from its parent Deutsche Telekom – or give up entirely. In August, the …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Sep 2014

Yahoo! Made! $8bn! In! One! Day! And! You'll! Easily! Guess! How!

Sprawling web souk Alibaba didn't see its stock-market debut go as planned on Friday. It went much better. The Chinese giant closed its first day on the US stock market with a share price of $93, up 38 per cent from its opening price of $68 per share. The offering netted the biz $21.8bn in investment, and marked the largest IPO …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
Apple iPhone 6

Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

Apple's new iPhones have been torn apart to reveal their innards – and we're told if you're prone to lobbing your new handset at the ground, there's a good chance it's repairable. The chaps at iFixit have given both the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and 4.7-inch the iPhone 6 seven out of ten in terms of repairability, after tearing …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
Stock ticker board

Gigantic bazaar Alibaba WILL turn share price up to 11, er, $68 for biggest IPO ever in US

Chinese internet giant Alibaba has set the price of its shares to the max for what is shaping up to be the largest initial public offering (IPO) in US history. The company, which operates like a mashup of eBay and Amazon in the world's most populous country, said it will begin trading on Friday at $68 per share. At that price, …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
SAP

How's this for a biz expense? SAP pops $8.3 BEELLION on company card for Concur

SAP has announced it has agreed to acquire enterprise travel and business expense management software purveyor Concur Technologies in an $8.3bn takeover deal. The Germany-based giant will shell out $129 per Concur share – a 20 per cent premium – in a deal it expects to close by the end of the year or early 2015. SAP plans to …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2014
Orange Credit Card

Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills

Home Depot today admitted 56 million bank cards are at risk after they were used in malware-infected tills. The DIY giant on Thursday revealed that a software nasty infiltrated its PC-powered registers between April and September in the US and Canada. Cards swiped through the compromised machines could be accessed by the malware …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2014
steve jobs

Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

Apple cofounder Steve Jobs shuffled off this mortal coil in 2011, but his name is living on in patent filings. The patient and endearing CEO is listed as a co-inventor in a US patent application that describes a handheld gadget remotely controlling a large boat. The filing sets out a system in which a tablet or smartphone can …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2014
Apple New iPad vs iPad 2

Get ready for another HYPEGASM: New iPADs 'in October'

So soon after drowning the world in iPhone 6 and iOS 8 hype, Apple is said to be planning another party next month to launch more iPads and OS X Yosemite. Apple pushed out a new version of OS X Mavericks – specifically 10.9.5 – on Wednesday. But, according to Bloomberg, by late October the Cupertino iGiant will take OS X …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2014
iOS 8

iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

Software using the super-hyped HealthKit API in iOS 8.0 has been pulled by Apple from the App Store due to a bug in the technology. Healthkit, new in iOS 8.0, is designed to allow applications to share and analyze information about a user's exercise routine, heart rate, weight, and so on, now that gadgets nagging about fitness …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2014

'Broken code' costs Yelp half a mil in child privacy dust-up with FTC

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined Yelp after accusing the reviews website of inappropriately gathering personal data on children. The FTC said Yelp and games maker TinyCo each allowed under-13s to register accounts without the explicit permission from their parents. The watchdog accused the pair of violating the US …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2014
Apple iPhone 6

First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

Apple will release iOS 8 – the latest major version of its mobile operating system – today. The downloadable update will come two days before the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets go on sale. In addition to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 will run on iPhone models dating back to the 4S, tablets as old as the iPad 2 and 5th …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2014

Court flushes VirnetX's $368m check from Apple down the toilet

A US court has dashed a $368m windfall for technology hoarder VirnetX, which successfully sued Apple for patent infringement. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington today tore up [PDF] the infringement damages figure given by a jury in a lower court – and sent the case back for reconsideration. A jury in the Eastern …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2014
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Deutschland, Uber allowed (for now): Ban on taxi app lifted

A judge in Germany has scrapped a temporary injunction banning Uber's taxi service in the country. Today's decision by the Frankfurt Regional Court overturns an earlier ruling that put Uber's German operations on ice as it battles a legal challenge from the nation's taxi drivers. The injunction was made as Uber and Taxi …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2014
Tesla Sport

Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

A court in Massachusetts, US, has ruled in favor of Tesla in a case that could have barred the company from selling its electric car in the state. A judgment [PDF] from the state's Supreme Court upheld claims that Tesla was not subject to laws that protect car dealers. A group of dealers had claimed that Tesla was in violation …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2014

Alibaba: Just kidding about that $21bn IPO ... we actually want $25bn

Chinese web bazaar Alibaba has raised the goal for its upcoming stock market debut in the US. The company said in an updated filing to US financial watchdog the SEC that it is now seeking out a maximum per share price of $68 – setting its initial public offering goal to $25.03bn. The company previously sought to haul in $21bn …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2014
ipod u2 edition

Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

It's a Beautiful Day: Apple has created a utility to remove U2's Songs of Innocence album that was force-fed into people's iCloud libraries overnight. The delete tool, available from itunes.com/soi-remove, ejects the Irish boy band's free album from devices and iTunes accounts once and for all. "Once the album has been removed …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2014

Net neutrality fans' joy as '2.3 million email' flood hits US Congress

This week's internet slowdown protest has been, as one might expect, declared a roaring success by its organizers, after US watchdog the FCC was once again forced to change its comment policy under a deluge of opinions. Organizing group BattleForTheNet said 2,039,500 people took part in the September 10th day-long campaign, …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Sep 2014
STEREO image of the Sun. Pic: NASA

Sleepy spotless summer Sun's shock solar storm surge stuns scientists

The massive solar storm bathing Earth in radiation this week was a significant event not for its strength, but for its timing, say astronomers. On Wednesday, scientists detected a couple of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) which have been showering our planet, and will continue to do so over the next two days. As the peak of the …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2014
Apple iPhone 6

Sellouts! Fans snap up iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders to avoid store queues

Apple's online shop fell over at midnight, Pacific Time, when it opened for iPhone 6 "pre-orders" – what Apple calls orders for its first shipment of new things. Also as expected by anyone sane, the first batch of iPhone 6 Plus devices sold out quickly, so any further orders of the larger model are delayed, conveniently …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2014
Google People and Pages

Google purchases petite pollster Polar, purloined ppl punted Plus-wards

Google will gobble up Polar, a business that specializes in polling software for phones and things. The upstart announced on its website that it had agreed to shut itself down and join the Chocolate Factory's Google+ team. Polar's tools help websites and app-makers manage polls to be shown on desktop computers, tablets and …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2014
Apple iPhone 6

Order an iPhone 6 from midnight PT – if Apple's web store holds up better than its livestream

We've had the hype. Now it's time for fans to empty their credit cards. Apple will accept orders for the new iPhone 6 starting from midnight tonight, Pacific Time, or 0800 UTC wherever you are. Punters can head online and reserve their reassuringly expensive iGear ahead of the stuff being put in the post and going on sale …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2014
Concept art of a hypothetical HTC Facebook phone

Facebook's self-destruct status update beta test will self-destruct

Facebook has confirmed it is running a limited trial of a new feature that allows people to craft self-deleting posts. Some users spotted the social network including a new option on posts allowing them to be automatically removed after one hour to seven days. The feature allows a post to be visible for a set period of time and …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2014
Apple iPhone 6

iPhone 6, Watch: Hate it or really hate it, Apple's now a $604.77bn biz

As Apple unveiled its iPhone 6 and "the Watch" on Tuesday, its stock price went on a rollercoaster ride to $102.92 a share, then plummeted to $96.71, and now – after just one day of trading – it has settled on $101. That means, on Wednesday, Apple closed trading up $3.01 on the start of the day, a gain of 3.07 per cent. It was …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2014
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Uber alles-holes, claims lawsuit: Taxi biz sued by blind passengers

Taxi hire biz Uber is being sued in northern California for allegedly violating the civil rights of blind people. A complaint filed by the National Federation of the Blind alleges that blind passengers who ordered Uber X taxi rides in the US state were illegally discriminated against or mistreated by the firm's drivers. …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2014

FTC: We didn't robocall you and thousands of others asking for bank details. IT'S A TRAP!

The FTC says it has shut down a massive robocall operation that gathered personal information and bank account details on thousands of people. The US watchdog claims a company operating under the name The Cuban Exchange used a combination of calls and fake websites to pose as an "FTC refund" site in order to harvest account …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2014

Net neutrality protestors slam the brakes on their OWN websites

Those who log into their favourite websites today may notice that things seem a bit... slow. It's not a service outage or a shoddy connection, but a coordinated protest in support of net neutrality provisions in the US. A group called Battleforthenet is organizing the campaign in which participating sites plaster their pages …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2014