Obama rules for Apple over Samsung

October 9, 2013

Obama rules for Apple over SamsungThe White House has refused to intervene to stop an import ban on Samsung devices alleged to breach Apple patents. It may be the correct decision on the facts of the case, but certainly creates a politically awkward situation.

Apple iPad 5 event set for Oct. 22

October 8, 2013

Apple iPad 5 event set for Oct. 22The world will get a sneak peek at the next-generation iPad on Oct. 22 at a special media event, All Things Digital reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with Apple’s plans.

Microsoft Office for iPad delayed until it works on Windows 8

October 8, 2013

Microsoft Office for iPad delayed until it works on Windows 8Those who just love to work have been anxiously awaiting for Microsoft to release an iOS version of Office for the iPad. Well, get ready to wait a little bit longer.

White House faces tricky decision on Samsung import ban

October 8, 2013

White House faces tricky decision on Samsung import banThe Obama administration must today decide whether to block a proposed ban on Samsung importing some phones alleged to breach Apple patents. Normal practice would likely mean letting the ban take effect, but that could create claims of corporate and national bias.

To Reform NSA, Senate Democrats Will Have To Fight Themselves

October 6, 2013

04leahy_480When Justin Amash (R-Mich.) pushed an amendment to defund and restrict the abilities of the National Security Agency (NSA) in late July it was met with a surprising amount of bi-partisan support.

OK Cupid charges extra to filter out ugly folk

October 4, 2013

OK Cupid charges extra to filter out ugly folkDating website OKCupid has added two new features to its premium memberships: the ability to filter by body type and the ability to filter by attractiveness.

Dell delivers blow for Windows RT

October 3, 2013

Dell delivers blow for Windows RTIf you want the expense of a Windows operating system but with few of the benefits, Windows RT is for you. But with Dell pulling the plug, there’s now just one company making RT devices: Microsoft itself.

The Silk Road, AKA The ‘Amazon Of Drugs,’ Shut Down By Law Enforcement

October 3, 2013

silk-roadThere’s an intriguing faux “Chinese curse” stemming from Colonial British times. It goes like this: “May you live in interesting times.” The seemingly innocuous curse is often associated with the desire for disorder or law enforcement to be visited on its victim. And if you’re a vendor, or customer, of The Silk Road, boy, your times just got a lot more interesting.

Microsoft investors want Bill Gates out

October 2, 2013

Microsoft investors want Bill Gates outThree major Microsoft stockholders are said to have begun a campaign to remove Bill Gates as company chairman. They reportedly believe his continued presence at the company is a barrier to progress.

AT&T to launch 300 Mbps broadband to fight Google

October 1, 2013

AT&T to launch 300 Mbps broadband to fight GoogleAT&T is taking the battle for ultra-fast broadband to the streets of Austin, Texas. But it’s Google-challenging gigabit service will only be around a third of the headline speed for the first few months.

iOS 7 is vomit inducing, users complain

September 27, 2013

iOS 7 is vomit inducing, users complainIf you’re sick of repeatedly having to upgrade your phone’s operating system, just rest assured things could be worse. Dozens of iPhone users are reporting that animated menus in iOS 7 are making them literally nauseous.

YouTube launches royalty-free music library

September 26, 2013

new-youtube-logoYou need never worry about finding the right song for your YouTube video again, as the site has rolled out the YouTube Audio Library. This is a specially-commissioned set of royalty-free instrumental tracks available for anyone to use on YouTube and beyond.

Apple map users drive across runway

September 26, 2013

fairbanksTo date most of the mistakes in Apple’s map application have generally been amusing. That’s not the case in Alaska where an access route has been closed after two drivers managed to find themselves crossing the runway.

New York highways getting designated texting zones

September 25, 2013

textzoneNew York is to introduce specific places on state highways where it’s OK to send a text message. It’s part of an ongoing campaign to crack down on distracted driving that’s previously concentrated more on enforcement and punishment.

iPhone fingerprinting may already be hacked

September 24, 2013

iPhone fingerprinting may already be hackedA hacking group claims it has already found a way to bypass the fingerprint security on the new iPhone. But it’s highly questionable whether anyone would bother with these particular tactics on an ordinary user.

Miniature Human Brains Have Been Grown In Dishes, For Science

September 23, 2013

PrintAustrian researchers have grown tiny 3D brains, four millimeters long and complete with distinct regions, in lab dishes. That’s right: we can now grow brains (well, sort of) in petri dishes.

To The Chagrin Of Taxi Lobbists, California Legalizes Ridesharing

September 23, 2013

uber_606Watch out, taxis: ridesharing is legal in California.

Last Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously (5-0) for the legalization of ridesharing programs within the state, offering a safe passage for companies operating in legal limbo within the state.


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