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Developers offering Mozilla-like experience will work on Firefox-like experience for iThings

A software house offering a Mozilla-like experience has confirmed it will end its years-long standoff with Apple – and bring a Firefox-like browser to iPhones and iPads. "At Mozilla, we put our users first and want to provide an independent choice for them on any platform. We are in the early stages of experimenting with …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Dec 2014

FCC puts AT&T and Comcast gobbles back on the table

The FCC has restarted the approval process for a pair of high-profile proposed mergers – Comcast-Time Warner Cable, and AT&T-DirecTV. The US watchdog said it has officially set two deadlines for folks sending in their views on the biz gobbles. In the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable (TWC) tie-up, citizens will have until …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Dec 2014
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Top Apple exec: 'I knew [ebook] prices were going to go up – hell, the whole world knew'

The head of Apple's software and services has hit out at a court ruling against the iTunes giant in a lawsuit over ebook price-fixing. Speaking in an interview with Fortune, senior vice-president Eddy Cue said Apple will fight to overturn its conviction for conspiring with publishers to inflate the price of digital titles. The …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Dec 2014
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Tenacious Twitter tries to topple terrible trolls

Twitter is tweeting about how much easier it'll be for tweeters to report abusive twits. Stick that in your 140 characters. The microblogging website says it will soon simplify the process of reporting offensive tweets and accounts, and it's promised to respond to allegations of trolling much faster than before. Crucially, …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Dec 2014

FCC bigwig grills Netflix: If internet fast lanes are so bad, why did YOU build them?

An FCC commissioner has asked Netflix to explain an apparent contradiction in its demand for net neutrality: on the one hand, Netflix wants an open and neutral internet for all – and on the other hand, it's making deals with ISPs to speed up its video streams. Netflix pays Comcast and Verizon to install servers within their …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Dec 2014
Apple Watch

No wristjob, please, we're Apple fans: Just 10% would buy the Apple Watch

Apple's new Watch device is going to sell itself on the basis of appealing to 10 per cent of the fanboi population, according to analysts. Research firm UBS claims that one in ten Apple iPhone owners would be willing to pony up for the fruity wristthing. According to the UBS report, some 10 per cent of iPhone owners were …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Dec 2014

Never fear, Glassholes – Intel to the rescue! 'New CPU' for tech-specs

New models of the painfully nerdy Google Glass goggles will use Intel processors, rather than Texas Instrument chips, it's reported. Today, the expensive headgear is powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core Cortex-A9 system-on-chip, which is clocked at 1.2GHz and runs 32-bit ARMv7 code. It also includes PowerVR 2D and …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Dec 2014
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LA schools math quiz: $500 Chromebooks or $700 iPads for students?

A technology-for-schools deal touted as a huge win for Apple will become a head-to-head competition with arch-rival Google. The web ad giant has won the rights to sell Chromebooks to schools as an alternative to iPads, The LA Times reports, citing the Los Angeles Unified School District. This will turn around what had been a …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Dec 2014
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A DRONE OF THEIR OWN: GoPro tabbed for cameracopter launch

Action camera company GoPro is reportedly planning to develop and sell its own line of camera-equipped drones. A report from The Wall Street Journal cites sources familiar with the plans in reporting that the company will develop "multirotor helicopters" with built-in HD cameras. According to the report, the company would begin …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2014
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AT&T to FTC: I'd like to see YOU install 1Gbps fiber across the US. Which we're still doing

AT&T has told the FCC to mind its own business after the US watchdog started poking around the ISP's threat to halt its fiber broadband rollout. The phone giant, in a strop over proposed net neutrality regulations, announced it was freezing its program of high-speed internet expansion in America. Execs at the company said it was …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2014
BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry will pay you $$$s to be its friend and dump that iPhone

Sales-challenged BlackBerry is hoping to bribe iPhone users away from Apple with a cash offer starting next month. The Canadian mobe maker says it will pay up to $550 to fanbois who swap their iPhones for BlackBerry Passports instead. The offer will run from December 1 to February 13 in the US and Canada, and cover the iPhone …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Nov 2014
Samsung Eyecan

Hey, here's some face-tracking tech from Samsung you probably won't find creepy at all

Samsung says it'll release the source code to software that allows physically disabled people to move a mouse pointer with their eyes. The South Korean tech giant promised to publish hardware blueprints and code for its Eyecan+ box so others can develop it further and sell as a thing.Samsung said it won't turn the tech into a …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Nov 2014

UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

Blundering Vodafone leaked the phone records of 1,760 Brit journalists and their colleagues to London's Met Police, a UK watchdog confirmed on Tuesday. The cops had used surveillance laws to demand information on one particular journo's calls. But after realizing Vodafone had handed over records on hundreds of journalists, the …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Nov 2014
Adobe security

Second time's a charm: Adobe has another go at killing Flash hijack flaw

Ready to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday? Can't wait to open your advent calendar? Not so fast – there's one more patch to install before the month is over. Adobe has posted an update for its Flash plugin, version 15.0.0.239, to address a critical remote-code-execution vulnerability. This will be the Photoshop giant's second …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Nov 2014
Angry woman on mobile

No more lies, T-Mobile US: Download speed caps magically vanished on speed test websites

T-Mobile USA has agreed to stop twiddling with subscribers' mobile broadband speeds to hide the fact they were being capped. The telco was caught switching off download and upload bandwidth limits when people visited internet speed test websites. In other words, if you visited a website that tested your mobile connection's speed …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Nov 2014
troll

Anti-download biz sued for 'abusive' robo-call demands for money

Internet piracy hunter Rightscorp, which shakes down alleged copyright infringers for damages, has been accused of harassment, abuse and illegal debt collection. A class-action lawsuit [PDF] filed in California claims the business broke a load of US laws while making automated robo-calls accusing people of illegally downloading …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Nov 2014

Telcos spaff $36bn on gobbling Uncle Sam's radio frequencies for beefier cell coverage

US watchdog the FCC has raised at least US$36bn from telcos by auctioning off a load of radio frequencies for improving wireless broadband. That's more than three times the $10.1bn it expected – remember that next time your cellphone bill goes up. While Uncle Sam banks the massive windfall, cell networks can use their newly …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Nov 2014
Max Headroom

Amazon warming up 'cheapo web video' cannon to SINK Netflix

Amazon is preparing an online video-streaming service that will be stuffed with ads – and undercut rivals Netflix and Hulu Plus, it has been reported. The New York Post cited unnamed sources in reporting that Jeff Bezos' behemoth is readying a cheap version of the web telly service you get with a $99-a-year Amazon Prime account …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2014
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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

Google has offered to charge people a monthly subscription fee to read articles and gawp at photos online. Paying for published news and features has never been attempted before, which makes Google's Contributor system a milestone for civilization. People who subscribe to websites using Contributor will see "thank you" messages …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2014

Where the HELL is that Comcast technician? Finally – an app for that

US cable giant Comcast is offering some subscribers an app that tracks the whereabouts of its technicians before they arrive for a service appointment. So if you're waiting around for ages wondering where he or she is, there'll be a light at the end of the tunnel. The ISP said its MyAccount app, available on iOS and Android …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2014
Android 5.0 "Lollipop"

Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

People with Nexus 7 tablets say the latest major Android update – codenamed Lollipop – has slowed their slabs to a standstill. Google said today it is investigating the matter. The Android support forum is full of complaints that the latest firmware, version 5.0, renders the tabs unusable. And apps built with Adobe Air have been …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2014
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Uber bends over for internal privacy probe amid stalking claims

US Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has written to Uber demanding answers to questions about the car-hire upstart's interpretation of the word privacy. It comes after an Uber exec told a dinner in New York that he'd like to sic private detectives on journalists critical of the startup, and it's claimed staff at the company used a "God …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2014
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Yet more NSA officials whisper of an internal revolt over US spying. And yet it still goes on

The NSA's snooping programs aren't just controversial to the public, it seems: we're reminded other staff at the US agency also objected to prying into Americans' phone records. A group of executives, led by a senior official, revolted over the surveillance of US citizens – but failed to change President Obama's policy on spying …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2014
Beats Music The Sentence

Apple Fanboi? Stand by to get Beats Music LIKE IT OR NOT

Apple will attempt to install a Beats Music app in all recent iThings in early 2015, it's claimed. The music streaming service will be added via an over-the-air iOS update in early 2015, the Financial Times reports. With the software installed, fanbois can stream music over the internet on a monthly basis without having to grab …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Nov 2014

Fake antivirus scams: It's a $120m business – and alleged ringleaders have just been frozen

Two groups of companies accused of raking in $120m from fake antivirus scams have been put on ice by a court. The Florida-based businesses distributed free software that scanned computers for malware or performance issues. That software would then make bogus or misleading claims that the machines were infected or broken, urging …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Nov 2014
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HORROR! Imagine if anyone could find out EVERYTHING you EVER tweeted

Remember those dreadful, toe-curling, never-to-be-referred-to-again tweets you tweeted years back? The ones that, thank everything that's good and kind in the universe, eventually vanished from human knowledge? Twitter remembers. Now everyone else will too. The post-profit website, founded in 2006, has built an index of every …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Nov 2014

Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

Microsoft has released a security patch to squash a bug in Windows that hackers are exploiting to compromise whole networks of computers. Redmond said today a vulnerability (MS14-068) in the Kerberos authentication system, used by default in the operating system, allows a normal user to ramp up their privileges and access rights …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Nov 2014
Fight sticker

Uber exec wanted to sic private dicks on critics ... Hey, Emil Michael, COME AT US, bro

Car hire upstart Uber has apologized after a top exec suggested hiring investigators to expose the personal lives of its critics. Senior veep of business Emil Michael said at a private dinner in New York City that Uber could blow "a million dollars" assembling a crack team of gumshoes and journalists to find dirt on the startup' …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Nov 2014
Apple iPhone 4S

Bug fixes! Get your APPLE BUG FIXES! iOS and OS X updates right here!

Apple is swatting at bugs with updates to its OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 platforms. The company said that the Yosemite v10.10.1 update would address a widely-reported WI-Fi connection error, while users running older iOS devices would find their systems running faster and more reliably after installing iOS 8.1.1. For OS X, the …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Nov 2014
New York's proposed wi-fi station

You know those WEIRD glass sheds in New York? They'll be replaced with Gbps WiFi

New York City could replace its payphones in five boroughs with Wi-Fi hubs, to build a superfast city-wide wireless internet network. If approved by city officials and built, it would be the largest municipal Wi-Fi network in the world, we're told. The plan was drawn up by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and a consortium called LinkNYC …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2014
Gun and dollars

FCC: Gonna need y'all to cough up $1.5bn to put broadband in schools

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to spend $1.5bn on hooking up high-speed broadband to more American schools and libraries. The money will come from you, dear US readers: the FCC will put up phone bills by about $2 a year per line to foot the damage, it's understood. Specifically, the monthly E-Rate charge …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2014

Google Glass: Even the people who stand to MAKE MONEY from it hate the techno-specs

Google Glass has lost more than a bit of its momentum since the project was unveiled in 2012 – on Friday it was claimed that even developers building apps for the techno-goggles are giving up. Reuters reported that it spoke with 16 developers and found that more than half had abandoned their plans to write software for the …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2014

FCC: You, AT&T. Get over here and explain this 'no more gigabit fiber' threat

The US Federal Communications Commission is calling out AT&T for throwing a hissy-fit over net neutrality and halting its gigabit-a-second fiber rollout. The watchdog said in a letter to AT&T execs that it wants the telco giant to explain why it thinks it will lose money if it expands its fiber broadband network. AT&T said …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2014

FTC to Apple: Turn your head and cough while we feel for balls-up with HealthKit privacy

US watchdog the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reportedly scrutinizing Apple's health-monitoring software and hardware, dubbed HealthKit, for privacy problems. The regulator has asked the iThing giant to come in and explain just how it planned to handle fans' private information, according to a Reuters report citing unnamed …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2014
Cloud & Heat

Cold? Cuddle these HOT GERMAN RACKS, yours for only 12,000 euro – we swear there's an IT angle

A startup in Germany reckons it's found a, how can we put this, courageous way to merge cloud computing with staying warm at home this winter. Rather than throw another log on the fire, you can install one of its toasty server cabinets in your basement. Assuming you have a spare ten grand and a 50Mbps pipe to the internet. …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2014
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Amazon buries the hatchet, not Hachette, in ebook price brouhaha

Amazon has made peace with French publishing house Hachette, finally bringing an end to the months-long battle over ebook pricing and publisher royalty payouts. The two companies did not disclose terms of the deal but did acknowledge in a joint statement that Hachette would get the rights to set prices for its books with what …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2014
Apple Watch

Apple gearing up for Watch BONANZA

Apple is setting up for a massive rollout of its new Watch device, if rumors are to be believed. A report from Taipei's DigiTimes cites industry sources as the source in a report suggesting Apple has ordered enough chips to power between 40 and 50 million wrist jobs. If correct the report indicates that Apple has high hopes for …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2014
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Hey, Apple! We can land a probe on a comet, but we can't have a 12.9in iPad 'until mid-2015'?

Apple has delayed plans to tout a fabled 12.9-inch iPad, if you are inclined to believe the latest round of speculation. Analyst house KGI Research (via AppleInsider) said the MaxiPad will be pushed back from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2015. It's claimed Apple's assembly lines and component suppliers have been …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2014

Remember that internet sales tax? Wasn't that a great idea? It's dead

A law bill that would have allowed US states to collect sales tax from stuff sold online is all but dead. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner has blocked a vote on the measure in the upcoming session of Congress. The move means the plan to tax internet sales will not be able to pass this session and thus would have to …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Nov 2014

SCREW YOU, net neutrality hippies – AT&T halts gigabit fiber

AT&T has frozen its plans to build a gigabit broadband network in the US – at least until the FCC scraps, er, straightens out net neutrality. The telco's CEO and chairman Randall Stephenson said his company will hold off installing super-high-speed internet connections to homes until the US watchdog decides how it's going to …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Nov 2014
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SO LONELY: Woman DARED to get rid of her iPHONE - Apple DUMPED all her TXTS

Apple now faces a lawsuit after burying text messages sent to people who had the audacity to swap their iPhones for handsets from other makers than the fruity firm. The problem - now fixed - related to the company's iMessage app. US district judge Lucy Koh has ruled that the Cupertino giant will face charges of unfair …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Nov 2014
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Groupon flees from army of angry GNOMES: Trademark bid for 'Gnome' tab scrapped

Groupon has given up its pursuit of the trademark "Gnome", intended for its sales register tablet, after being chased off by the open-source GNOME project. The upstart voucher flinger told The Register that it was no longer looking to trademark "Gnome" in the wake of outrage from folks at the Linux desktop software foundation of …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Nov 2014

Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

"Remote code execution if an attacker sends specially crafted packets" is not what many of you want to hear today – nor "remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer" – but it's Patch Tuesday, so what do you expect? Microsoft has issued a batch of security fixes for Internet Explorer …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Nov 2014
Battletoads

Microsoft to bring back beloved 1990s super-hit BATTLETOADS!?*

Microsoft has made a move that could signal the return of the beloved 1990s console classic Battletoads. The Xbox giant last week filed for a trademark on the name of the side-scrolling platform beat-em-up as a game software title. Microsoft has filed for the trademark with an intent to use, stating "the applicant has a bona …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Nov 2014
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Facebook: Over half a BEELLION loyalists have SPURNED our Messenger app

Facebook says approximately 500 million people use the huge free-content advertising platform's Messenger phone app, which is more than somewhat short of the 1,120 million people who visit the social network each month from their mobiles. Meanwhile, rival WhatsApp is said to have more than 600 million regular users. "This is an …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Nov 2014
ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC Apparatus) is one of six detector experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – image by Maximilien Brice CERN/Science photo library

GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

A new scholarly paper has raised suspicions in boffinry circles as to whether last year's breakthrough discovery by CERN was indeed the fabled, applecart-busting Higgs boson. The report from the University of Southern Denmark suggests that while physicists working with data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) did discover a new …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Nov 2014

Aereo-no! Streaming telly biz axes staff, shuts down operations

Embattled video streaming firm Aereo has been forced to lay off most of its staff as the company continues to face a US ban. Local news reports from Boston broke word that the company has shut down its operations in the city and closed its offices, laying off local all employees in the process. According to an employee letter …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Nov 2014
Troll in cross hairs

FTC tells 'scan to email' patent troll: Every breath you take, every lie you make, I'll be fining you

The FTC has forced notorious patent troll MPHJ to pay $16,000 for every misleading shakedown letter it sends in future. Texas-based MPHJ, which owns a handful of patents, has been demanding money from 16,000 small businesses since 2012: it demands royalties of $1,000 per employee from companies that use networked scanners with a …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Nov 2014
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Mystery Google barges TORPEDOED by US govt: Showrooms declared death traps

Google's ambitious plan to build floating showrooms out of giant barges was killed over fears the boats were death traps. Documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal reveal the advertising giant ran afoul of US Coast Guard safety inspectors, who believed the barges posed a serious fire hazard to those on board. In particular …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Nov 2014
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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

An ex-NSA lawyer believes BlackBerry's ongoing downfall stems from the company's use of strong encryption – and Apple and Google are next to wither on the vine. Nope, it makes no sense to us, either. Speaking at the Dublin Web Summit this week, Stewart Baker, a former NSA lawyer and assistant secretary for the Department of …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Nov 2014