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Chromebook buyers now get 1TB of Google Drive storage free for two years

Nov 21, 2014 5:30 pm

The budget notebook market got a bit more interesting on Friday. Goolge has announced that anyone that buys a notebook powered by Chrome OS will receive 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage free of charge for two years. At current prices, that’s roughly a $240 value for free. [more]

Google announces updates to Project Loon including 10 times longer flight times

Nov 21, 2014 4:30 pm

Google has a number of unique initiatives on the go at any given time, and Project Loon has to be one of the more interesting ones. Using giant helium filled balloons flying through the stratosphere for days on end, the project’s goal is to offer fast internet access to those... [more]

Amazon's ad-supported streaming video service to touch down early next year

Nov 21, 2014 3:30 pm

It’s gearing up to be a busy New Year for Amazon. In addition to jumping into the travel booking business, the e-commerce giant is also expected to roll out a free ad-supported video streaming service which could present a serious risk to established players like Netflix and Hulu. [more]

Swedish appeals court upholds Julian Assange's arrest warrant

Nov 21, 2014 2:30 pm

A few months after a Stockholm District Court upheld the arrest warrant issued for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a Swedish appeals court has also ruled that the detention order against him will remain in force. [more]

Franchise favorites expected to lead Nintendo to best holiday season in years

Nov 21, 2014 1:30 pm

Nintendo’s Wii U console arrived a full year ahead of next-gen systems from Microsoft and Sony. Launch week sales were promising but by mid-2013, sales had collapsed and remained stagnant through the first half of this year. [more]

Sophisticated variant of NotCompatible Android malware uncovered

Nov 21, 2014 12:30 pm

Researchers at San Francisco-based mobile security company Lookout have uncovered a malware that allows attackers to infiltrate secure enterprise networks via compromised Android devices. Dubbed NotCompatible.C, the malware is an evolved version of an existing Trojan called NotCompatible that was... [more]

Updated Early Access rules and guidelines give gamers, developers a better idea of what to expect

Nov 21, 2014 11:45 am

Valve’s Early Access program is a game-changer on multiple fronts. Allowing gamers to buy and play titles that aren’t quiet complete gives the developer additional funds to help finish the game while simultaneously letting gamers do what they love the most: play games (and help... [more]

Far Cry 4 Review: A great sequel, if not a true next act for the series

Nov 21, 2014 11:00 am

Staying true to tradition, Far Cry 4 takes place in an expansive world that's seductively beautiful. Kyrat is located somewhere in the Himalayas, and this mountainous region adds an incredible amount of density to the game. And depth. So what if it feels a lot like Far Cry 3? That's one... [more]

Quick Note: Google Chromebooks Now Coming with 1TB of Google Drive Space

Nov 21, 2014 10:20 am

1TB freebie lasts for two years [more]

Aereo waves the white flag, files for bankruptcy

Nov 21, 2014 10:15 am

Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The disruptive media company put up a valiant fight but in the end, the broadcasters won the war. [more]

The Cornerplay: Apple Watch gets native apps, but we have no idea why

Nov 21, 2014 9:30 am

Apple has shared a few more details about how the Apple Watch will work -- see here for a good summary. The most interesting part is Apple's intention to enable fully native apps on the watch. This does not necessarily mean the Apple Watch will work without an iPhone, but... [more]

Office for Android updated with Dropbox integration and easier OneDrive sharing

Nov 21, 2014 8:45 am

Nearly a couple of weeks after Microsoft announced a partnership with Dropbox, the company has updated the Office app for Android with support for the cloud storage service. This means that Office for Android users can now add Dropbox as an online storage location, browse and edit their files... [more]

Google settles patent litigation with Apple and Microsoft backed consortium Rockstar

Nov 21, 2014 7:45 am

Nearly a week after networking giant Cisco revealed that the company had settled patent litigation with Rockstar, Google has also laid to rest its year-long battle with the patent consortium, though terms of the settlement weren't made public. [more]

Amazon will reportedly enter travel services industry early next year

Nov 21, 2014 6:45 am

Amazon is expected to dive into the travel services industry early next year. The online e-commerce giant will initially focus on bookings for independent and boutique hotels that don’t have the marketing power of major chains according to a report from Skift. [more]

Xiaomi Aims to be #1 Smartphone OEM Within 10 Years, Apple Urges Caution

Nov 21, 2014 6:33 am

“It is easy to say, it is more difficult to do" -- Bruce Sewell, Apple general counsel and senior vice president of legal and government affairs [more]

Uber in damage-control mode, hires ex-IBM privacy chief to review its privacy policies

Nov 21, 2014 5:45 am

After receiving a lot of bad press lately, Uber has switched to damage control mode, announcing that it has brought aboard former IBM Chief Privacy Officer Harriet Pearson as well as her colleagues at Hogan Lovells law firm to help conduct an in-depth review and assessment of the company's... [more]

Intel to launch SSDs using 3D NAND technology in 2015

Nov 21, 2014 4:15 am

Intel has announced intentions to launch solid state drives based on its 3D NAND technology sometime during the second half of next year. [more]

Be Quiet! Silent Base 800 Review: Cool, quiet and roomy

Nov 20, 2014 10:15 pm

Although this is Be Quiet!'s first case the company not only applied what it learned about high-quality cooling and fan solutions in the past, it also brought in world renowned case experts. The Silent Base 800 was designed in-house from the ground up emphasizing form over function with a... [more]

Be Quiet! Silent Base 800 Review: Cool, quiet and roomy

Nov 20, 2014 10:15 pm

Although this is Be Quiet!'s first case the company not only applied what it learned about high-quality cooling and fan solutions in the past, it also brought in world renowned case experts. The Silent Base 800 was designed in-house from the ground up emphasizing form over function with a... [more]

Microsoft's Black Friday offers include discounts on Surface Pro 3, Xbox One and more

Nov 20, 2014 6:45 pm

Microsoft is just one of several technology giants taking part in this year’s Black Friday sales extravaganza. The Redmond-based company has announced its selection of deals with discounts on more than 30 products starting now through the end of the month while supplies last. [more]

Foxconn to spend $2.6 billion over the next two years to build dedicated Apple display plant

Nov 20, 2014 5:45 pm

Apple supplier Foxconn will spend $2.6 billion over the next two years to build a new manufacturing plant in Taiwan. The factory will be used exclusively to produce displays for the Cupertino-based company according to a report from Bloomberg. [more]

Google launches Contributor, a subscription service that removes ads from your favorite websites

Nov 20, 2014 4:45 pm

Like it or not, the Internet today is largely funded by advertising. In exchange for free content, millions of websites run advertising campaigns to help pay the bills and keep their unique content flowing. One popular alternative is the paywall although I’d venture a guess that people... [more]

This crowdfunded lunar mission wants to send your selfies to the moon

Nov 20, 2014 3:45 pm

In what is being described by its creators as the most inspirational lunar project since the Apollo landings, a new Kickstarter project aims to send an unmanned robotic landing module to an unexplored area of the moon. [more]

Square updates its mobile Register app with worldwide support

Nov 20, 2014 2:45 pm

Payments company Square recently launched its new mobile device card reader with chip-based and magnetic-stripe support for US payments. The new reader will come ahead of the upcoming move to all chip-based card transactions this year, allowing for simple and secure payments. At the time, it... [more]

Comcast technician tracking tool aims to stop wasting your time

Nov 20, 2014 1:45 pm

Scheduling a technician to install or repair Internet / cable / phone services is a royal pain. While most service providers offer an arrival window of anywhere between two and four hours or so, it’s not uncommon to see the technician arrive several hours ahead of or behind schedule. [more]

FTC shuts down phony tech support firms that conned $120 million from customers

Nov 20, 2014 12:45 pm

The Federal Trade Commission was recently granted a court order to shut down two telemarketing operations responsible for running what’s being described as massive tech support scams. [more]

Quick Note: GM Teases Next Generation Chevrolet Volt

Nov 20, 2014 12:26 pm

GM offers a glimpse at the front of the second generation Volt [more]

Sony Pictures reportedly bails on Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic

Nov 20, 2014 11:45 am

The Steve Jobs biopic that’s been capturing headlines for the last six months or so has hit yet another setback. In a surprise turnaround, Sony Pictures has decided to ditch the project according to a new report from Variety. [more]

Corning Gorilla Glass 4 focuses on drop protection

Nov 20, 2014 10:45 am

The fight against gravity is one that your smartphone is never going to win but companies like Corning strive to minimize the damage. Their Gorilla Glass brand of hardened glass is used by nearly every major electronics manufacturer as a deterrent against scratched screens. [more]

FTC Announces Crackdown on Computer Speedup/Tech Support Scams

Nov 20, 2014 10:40 am

"Finally Fast PC" better watch out [more]

Quick Note: Samsung's Request to Dismiss Microsoft Lawsuit is Rejected

Nov 20, 2014 9:53 am

Court orders that breach of contract suit must go on [more]

Apple expected to bundle Beats Music into iOS soon

Nov 20, 2014 9:45 am

Nearly six months after Apple purchased Beats Music as part of a $3 billion acquisition, the company is reportedly planning to bundle it directly into iOS, a move that would effectively bring the subscription streaming music service to every iPhone and iPad. [more]

Top Obama Admin DOJ Official to Apple, Google: Encryption Will Lead to Dead Kids

Nov 20, 2014 9:34 am

Agency feels it's best to give up freedoms, privacy to "keep the kids safe", Apple and Google say "yea, right" [more]

Senator Franken asks Uber to come clean on recent controversies, user privacy

Nov 20, 2014 8:45 am

Last week, Uber's senior vice president of business Emil Michael stirred up a controversy by saying that the company should consider hiring a team of researchers to "dig up dirt" on journalists who were critical of the company. Although he later apologized for his remarks, the incident has... [more]

Motorola Keylink helps you find your lost keys or smartphone

Nov 20, 2014 7:45 am

Misplace your keys or phone often? Well, Motorola has launched a key fob that lets you use your smartphone to find your keys, and the other way round. Dubbed Motorola Keylink, the device is priced at $24.99, and works with the Motorola Connect app for both Android and iOS phones. [more]

The iPhone 6 was supposed to have a sapphire screen; here are several reasons why it doesn't

Nov 20, 2014 6:45 am

Both Apple and its sapphire supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, knew well in advance of the September 9 reveal of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that neither handset would include the coveted glass but that’s not the way it was supposed to go down. [more]

BitTorrent's file synchronizing service Sync coming out of beta, adds subscription option

Nov 20, 2014 5:45 am

BitTorrent has announced that in 2015, its file synchronizing service Sync will be out of beta as Sync 2.0, and will also offer a premium subscription option. [more]

Amazon Offers "The Washington Post" Free for Six Months to Kindle Fire Owners

Nov 20, 2014 4:41 am

Amazon will offer an additional six months of service for just $1 [more]

Gigabyte's X99M-Gaming 5 crams Haswell-E platform into a microATX motherboard

Nov 20, 2014 4:15 am

Intel’s Haswell-E platform is currently the top choice among those looking to build the fastest desktop possible. It’s a popular pick for high-end, multi-card gaming but of course, not everyone is intent on loading an X99 board with as many video cards as possible. Maybe compactness... [more]

All Samsung's Ultra HD monitors in 2015 to support FreeSync

Nov 20, 2014 2:41 am

At AMD's Future of Compute event in Singapore, Samsung announced that all of their Ultra HD monitors released in 2015 will support FreeSync. The adaptive refresh rate technology will allow gamers to achieve smoother gameplay at 4K when frame rates drop below the display's native refresh... [more]

Far Cry 4 Benchmarked, Performance Review

Nov 19, 2014 10:15 pm

Graphics have always been a selling point of the Far Cry series as few games offer the same open world environments that can be experienced in Far Cry. The latest iteration is no exception. Being an Nvidia "The Way It's Meant to be Played" title, FC4 has loads of optimizations for... [more]

Apple Watch Screen Resolution, App Limitations are Laid Bare by Developer Kit

Nov 19, 2014 8:31 pm

Watchkit release also reveals more information on UI, Apple's new San Francisco font, the coming of native apps, and more [more]

Mozilla shuns Google, signs five-year deal to make Yahoo the default search engine in Firefox

Nov 19, 2014 6:00 pm

Mozilla’s long-running relationship with Google has come to an end. The browser maker on Wednesday announced a strategic five-year partnership with Yahoo in which the Internet pioneer’s search engine will replace Google as the default search engine in Firefox. [more]

NSA reform bill to end controversial phone record collection fails in Senate

Nov 19, 2014 5:00 pm

The US Senate recently voted against the USA Freedom Act, a bill that would have crippled a key cog in the NSA’s spying capabilities. The bill garnered a vote of 58-42, just two votes shy of passing as outlined in a report from The New York Times. [more]

Samsung makes it easier to find viral videos with Milk Video app

Nov 19, 2014 4:00 pm

Samsung’s Milk streaming app is now available for videos. The aptly-named Milk Video app is described as a video discovery service that makes it easier to find and share the most popular clips with friends and family. [more]

Android Lollipop's Trusted Places uses geo-fencing to unlock devices automatically in safe zones

Nov 19, 2014 3:00 pm

There’s no shortage of ideas and devices designed to make unlocking your smartphone less of a chore (not that it’s difficult, just bothersome for those that perform the task dozens of times each day). We’ve seen fingerprint readers used to great effect, facial recognition... [more]

Apple Replaces “FREE” Label with “GET” on App Downloads in iTunes App Store

Nov 19, 2014 2:38 pm

Free = Get... what? [more]

Tech deals: Buy a Kindle & get $40 off Amazon Prime, 64GB SDXC card $24, $120 off Pentax Q7

Nov 19, 2014 2:30 pm

For a limited time (can't find an expiration), Amazon is offering $40 off a Prime membership when you purchase one of the company's devices, and conveniently enough the Amazon Fire HD 7 is on sale for $119. Together, they normally cost $238 but you would currently pay $188. The Prime... [more]

Rand Paul Casts Crucial "No" Vote on Obama-Backed NSA "Reform" Bill

Nov 19, 2014 2:15 pm

Bill failed by two votes to advance to the Senate floor, libertarian-leaning Senator complained bill didn't go far enough [more]

Rand Paul Casts Crucial "No" Vote on Obama-Backed PATRIOT Act Renewal Bill

Nov 19, 2014 2:15 pm

Bill failed by two votes to advance to the Senate floor, libertarian-leaning Senator complained bill didn't go far enough [more]

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