Facebook unveiled its latest update to Instagram at its Menlo Park headquarters Thursday morning. The update, significant enough to require a press conference, featured a new 15-second video sharing feature – a direct shot at Facebook’s social network rival, Twitter, and its video clip offering, Vine.
As Stephen King wrote in Firestarter,“No one likes to see a government folder with his name on it.” Good news, now that most agencies have at least gone partially paperless, you won’t see a physical folder with your name, but that doesn’t mean that in the bowels of the NSA there isn’t digital data with your name and information on it. That seems to be the gist of all of the headlines over the past few days. The US and UK governments have been collecting data on us for several years and yes it is disturbing.
Adobe has announced that in future all its Creative Suite software will be subscription only. It’s upset some users but could be a much better business model.
Barnes & Noble announced that its two high end tablets are getting Google Play through a software update that started yesterday. By allowing Nook HD and HD+ owners to access Google Play from their tablets, the company is giving them access to over 700,000 apps, movies and TV shows not previously available and sets the Nook apart from the Amazon Kindle.
It’s amazing what you’ll find floating around the patent office. One item that recently popped up was an Apple patent filed March 28, 2013 for a new iPhone with a wrap around screen, no buttons and a conical shape. This is not your father’s iPhone nor yours for that matter.
Barnes and Noble had a rough Christmas season and that means some Nook bargains for us. Right now you can buy a Nook HD + and get a Nook Simple Touch for free. So for $269 you get the high resolution nine inch tablet and the $79 E-Ink reader for free. Best of all, you can purchase a separate memory card to turn the HD+ into a true tablet.
The Obama administration and the Federal Communications Commission said Monday that consumers should be allowed to unlock their smartphones — or switch carriers and keep their devices.
You would think that WebOS would be virtually worthless since a few years back HP essentially torpedoed all the products it developed with WebOS. Last year, HP offered the operating system to developers and other companies. Now LG has bought the OS from HP.
Mozilla, the non-profit software company which made the Firefox web browser and Thunderbird email client, announced its new mobile operating system will be work on 17 different mobile carriers during the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain. The system, dubbed Firefox OS, will be loaded onto phones from five different handset manufacturers and is set to launch sometime around June.
If you don’t have a backup plan for your computer you’re courting disaster. And if you’re in a disaster an external drive might get damaged. Fortunately there’s a variety of services out there for online backups, and they just happened to make it to Macworld 2013. Here’s a breakdown of the various backup programs which made an appearance on Macworld 2013′s expo hall floor.
The next major security maze set for the tech industry to navigate isn’t Washington, nor is it apps, it’s things. Stuff. Objects like an internet-connected thermostat which can gather data on your preferred temperatures and automatically adjust. An object which could heat your living room before you return from work. This is, as Wired‘s Andrew Rose writes, the next big security problem. This is the “Internet of Things.”
Evernote Corporation, based in California has spun off a subsidiary called Evernote GmbH based in Zurich, Switzerland. The subsidiary is wholly owned by the California company but it will be the entity managing the service for users outside the United States. This allows the subsidiary to handle all business outside the US in accordance with Swiss law.
Remember the days when owning a BlackBerry phone was considered cool? Yeah, its hard but Research In Motion’s (RIMs) continued decline is getting worse. By the end of the year, it is expected that the number of phones with BlackBerry OS will be less than those sporting Windows Phone OS. That’s low. Windows Phone doesn’t even have to pick up much market share because BlackBerry is falling so fast.
A “brain transplant” is what NASA is calling the multi-step software update that is taking place from August 10-13. Apparently, the Mars rover was and is going to have its software upgraded as needed. This ability to upgrade the software gives NASA a way to tune Curiosity’s software to the task at hand.