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Internet Archive Uploads Massive Database Of Historical Images To Flickr, 'The Commons'
Apple Joins Forces With Visa and MasterCard For NFC-Powered Mobile Transactions
343 PAX Prime Unveiling Details Halo: Nightfall And More Insight On The Halo Channel
Microsoft Defies Federal US Court Order To Disclose Customer’s Overseas Email
Minix To Launch Intel Bay Trail Powered Zeo Z64 Mini PC In October For $129, Runs Windows 8.1 Or Android
Is The HealthKit API The Last Product Vision Legacy Steve Jobs Left Apple Before His Death?
Gigabyte Lets Fly With New Intel X99 Motherboards, Looking HOT
Facebook Speaks Out On Messenger App Misinformation And How It Uses Devices, Cameras And Mics
Motorola ‘Shamu’ 6-inch Nexus X Phablet Breaks Cover Along With Moto X+1
Apple iCloud Hack Reported As Cause Of Leaked Jennifer Lawrence And Other Celebrity’s Nude Photos
GoPro Flyover of Apple's Spaceship HQ Build Site Gives You The Scenic Tour
Don’t Trip Over The Power Cord, ‘Human Error’ Caused Massive Time Warner Network Outage
LizardSquad DDoS Hacker Group Reportedly Busted And Exposed
Upscale Apple Again, iWatch Rumored To Weigh In At $400
Intel Poaches Qualcomm Exec In Continuing Effort To Bolster Mobile Penetration
Apple's iWatch Might Be Announced On Sept 9th, But Its Shipping Date Will Be Months Away
Volition To Send Players To Hell In 2015 With Standalone Saints Row Expansion 'Gat Out Of Hell'
Facebook Testing Advanced Search Feature on Mobile, Allows Your Friends To Dig Up Your Past
HTC One E8 Trades M8's Metallic Body For Plastic, Lands At Sprint For $100 On-Contract
Dell Tempts Gamers With Curvy 34-Inch UltraSharp Monitor, Slated For Holiday Release

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Internet Archive Uploads Massive Database Of Historical Images To Flickr, 'The Commons'

Internet Archive Uploads Massive Database Of Historical Images To Flickr, 'The Commons'

There have been times when I've uploaded what I considered to be a "slew" of images to some service, which in reality might have peaked at about 50 or so. But then there's someone like Kalev Leetaru, who comes along and makes 50 seem like an actual drop in a bucket. You see, Kalev has taken on the task of scouring all of Archive.org's public...

Apple Joins Forces With Visa and MasterCard For NFC-Powered Mobile Transactions

Apple Joins Forces With Visa and MasterCard For NFC-Powered Mobile Transactions

The unveiling of Apple's next iPhone is expected to take place next Tuesday, but despite that, the rumor train surrounding the device refuses to slow down. Late last week, we reported that the iPhone 6 could include an NFC chip under its hood, and as far as many Apple fans are concerned, that's long overdue. Now, we learn that Apple's possible...

343 PAX Prime Unveiling Details Halo: Nightfall And More Insight On The Halo Channel

343 PAX Prime Unveiling Details Halo: Nightfall And More Insight On The Halo Channel

Halo fans looking forward to more about the Halo Channel and Halo: Nightfall were in for a treat at PAX Prime. At the convention, 343 Industries revealed some more information about the channel and the live-action series. Halo: Nightfall, a live-action series, was shot in Iceland and is set between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. It takes place...

Microsoft Defies Federal US Court Order To Disclose Customer’s Overseas Email

Microsoft Defies Federal US Court Order To Disclose Customer’s Overseas Email

Microsoft is flat out ignoring a federal court order to provide U.S. prosecutors access to a customer's emails being held on a server in Ireland. For Microsoft, this boils down to a matter of trust with its users, and so long as the case continues to maneuver through the appeals process, the Redmond outfit has no intention of complying with...

Minix To Launch Intel Bay Trail Powered Zeo Z64 Mini PC In October For $129, Runs Windows 8.1 Or Android

Minix To Launch Intel Bay Trail Powered Zeo Z64 Mini PC In October For $129, Runs Windows 8.1 Or Android

Your options in the mini PC space rapidly expanding. Not only that, but they're becoming more intriguing with each new release. Come October, Minix plans to launch its Neo Z64 mini, a pint-sized system powered by Intel's Bay Trail platform with Android 4.4.4 KitKat pre-installed for a mere $129. Don't care for Android? The Neo 64 can also...

Is The HealthKit API The Last Product Vision Legacy Steve Jobs Left Apple Before His Death?

Is The HealthKit API The Last Product Vision Legacy Steve Jobs Left Apple Before His Death?

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs left this world far too early, and during his waning moments at the company he built into an empire, his declining health due to pancreatic cancer and subsequent complications was painfully obvious. Ironically enough, his final contribution to Apple and consumers around the world may not be one of the company's...

Gigabyte Lets Fly With New Intel X99 Motherboards, Looking HOT

Gigabyte Lets Fly With New Intel X99 Motherboards, Looking HOT

Here's hoping you didn't burn through all of your upgrade cash last month, as Gigabyte has a new series of motherboards that any Intel-centric gamer is going to want. The company's new X99 Series Mobos support Intel's latest Core i7 Extreme Edition (LGA 2011-v3 socket) processors as well as DDR4 memory. The company says that these boards use...

Facebook Speaks Out On Messenger App Misinformation And How It Uses Devices, Cameras And Mics

Facebook Speaks Out On Messenger App Misinformation And How It Uses Devices, Cameras And Mics

There has been a lot of backlash since users were forced to download the Facebook Messenger app while removing the same feature from the primary app. In addition, a lot of criticism has been thrown at the social media company due to the Messenger app requiring access to a smartphone’s camera and microphone. The requirement has led many...

Motorola ‘Shamu’ 6-inch Nexus X Phablet Breaks Cover Along With Moto X+1

Motorola ‘Shamu’ 6-inch Nexus X Phablet Breaks Cover Along With Moto X+1

While smartphone buyers are fixated on Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 launch, Motorola is getting ready to make a splash with Shamu, the rumored successor to Google's Nexus X (some have also speculated that Shamu could be the forthcoming Nexus 6). As the device gets closer to launch, two Shamu prototypes were spotted on Zauba, an Indian site that...

Apple iCloud Hack Reported As Cause Of Leaked Jennifer Lawrence And Other Celebrity’s Nude Photos

Apple iCloud Hack Reported As Cause Of Leaked Jennifer Lawrence And Other Celebrity’s Nude Photos

It's a little bit awkward when you're flipping through photos in front of a group and come upon that one sexy pose in skimpy clothing you forgot was on there, but imagine if someone hacked your phone and uploaded all your private photos for the entire world to see. Jennifer Lawrence and several other celebrities don't need to imagine because...

GoPro Flyover of Apple's Spaceship HQ Build Site Gives You The Scenic Tour

GoPro Flyover of Apple's Spaceship HQ Build Site Gives You The Scenic Tour

When GoPro's versatile cameras first hit the market, they became an instant hit. Finally, ordinary users were able to capture some cool lifestyle footage without having to break their bank accounts. Now, drones have hit the market in a big way, and when combining them with a GoPro, some truly fascinating footage can be captured. In case you...

Don’t Trip Over The Power Cord, ‘Human Error’ Caused Massive Time Warner Network Outage

Don’t Trip Over The Power Cord, ‘Human Error’ Caused Massive Time Warner Network Outage

On Wednesday morning, every single Time Warner Cable Internet subscriber found themselves without access to the World Wide Web. Internet downtime isn't entirely uncommon, of course, but it is when we're talking this kind of scale. The worst of it in this particular event is that the downtime wasn't caused by hardware dying; rather, a maintainence...

LizardSquad DDoS Hacker Group Reportedly Busted And Exposed

LizardSquad DDoS Hacker Group Reportedly Busted And Exposed

Lizard Squad has been on a DDoS attack rampage for the past couple of weeks with Sony’s PlayStation Network, Blizzard’s Battle.net, League of Legends, and NCSoft all succumbing to its attacks with Twitch being its latest target. However, it appears that Lizard Squad’s activities may be curtailed if reports are true. The FBI...

Upscale Apple Again, iWatch Rumored To Weigh In At $400

Upscale Apple Again, iWatch Rumored To Weigh In At $400

One way or the other, Apple has a very busy week coming up. The Cupertino company confirmed plans to hold a press event on September 9, and you can expect there to be at least one new iPhone model, along with possibly a long anticipated iWatch announcement. Don't get too excited, however -- word around the web is that it won't actually be...

Intel Poaches Qualcomm Exec In Continuing Effort To Bolster Mobile Penetration

Intel Poaches Qualcomm Exec In Continuing Effort To Bolster Mobile Penetration

Qualcomm still lists a biography for Amir Faintuch on its Leadership page, though that will soon change, as the former President of Qualcomm Atheros is headed over to Intel to boost the Santa Clara chipmaker's relevance in the fields of mobile and Internet connected devices (think along the lines of the Internet of Things, or IoT). More specifically,...

Apple's iWatch Might Be Announced On Sept 9th, But Its Shipping Date Will Be Months Away

Apple's iWatch Might Be Announced On Sept 9th, But Its Shipping Date Will Be Months Away

We reported a couple of days ago that Apple's much-hyped iWatch could be unveiled at the company's September 9th press event, and while that still seems likely, what's also likely is that the device won't ship for a number of months. Sources close to Re/code have noted that the iWatch is not going to be shipping until "early 2015", which means...

Volition To Send Players To Hell In 2015 With Standalone Saints Row Expansion 'Gat Out Of Hell'

Volition To Send Players To Hell In 2015 With Standalone Saints Row Expansion 'Gat Out Of Hell'

Volition's  Saints Row series is well-known for being one of the most ridiculous out there in terms of story and gameplay, and it appears that not a thing will change with the company's next release, Gat Out Of Hell. The game was announced at this weekend's PAX Prime in Seattle, and interestingly, it's not a full game. Instead, it's...

Facebook Testing Advanced Search Feature on Mobile, Allows Your Friends To Dig Up Your Past

Facebook Testing Advanced Search Feature on Mobile, Allows Your Friends To Dig Up Your Past

Late this week, Facebook announced that it's begun rolling out a new mobile feature to a small number of users that greatly enhances the service's search capabilities. Anyone who's ever used Facebook's search on mobile or the desktop are probably well-aware that it's not exactly the greatest tool out there - sometimes I even have difficulty...

HTC One E8 Trades M8's Metallic Body For Plastic, Lands At Sprint For $100 On-Contract

HTC One E8 Trades M8's Metallic Body For Plastic, Lands At Sprint For $100 On-Contract

You don't hear too many smartphone owners complaining about the premium design of their handset, and certainly the metal construction of HTC's One M8 is a highlight of the device. However, there's something to be said for plastic -- it's lighter and cheaper, which are two traits of the new polycarbonate HTC One E8 available at Sprint. The...

Dell Tempts Gamers With Curvy 34-Inch UltraSharp Monitor, Slated For Holiday Release

Dell Tempts Gamers With Curvy 34-Inch UltraSharp Monitor, Slated For Holiday Release

It's not easy to make a splash in tech news when you're going up against a major processor microarchitecture release like Haswell-E, though Dell managed to do just that by unveiling its uniquely redesigned Alienware Area 51 desktop yesterday. Interestingly, that wasn't the only thing Dell had up its sleeve. Mentioned almost as a side note...

Huawei Ascend P7 Banished From 3DMark Ice Storm Rankings For Alleged Cheating

Huawei Ascend P7 Banished From 3DMark Ice Storm Rankings For Alleged Cheating

In Futuremark's world, you either play by the rules or you're banished from the benchmarking kingdom. It's happened before -- on more than one occasion, actually -- and it just happened again, this time to Chinese handset maker Huawei and its Ascend P7 smartphone. Futuremark discovered that the Ascend P7 was using a trick to artificially inflate...

Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger, Replacing It With Skype

Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger, Replacing It With Skype

It is hard to believe that it has been almost two years since Microsoft had announced that it was replacing MSN Messenger with Skype. When the announcement was made, many expected it to be integrated with Skype. But instead, it has continued on since then, though the service was mostly kept alive in China. However, Microsoft has finally announced...

HOT! Alienware Spawns A Newly Designed Area 51 Desktop, Haswell-E On Board [Updated]

HOT! Alienware Spawns A Newly Designed Area 51 Desktop, Haswell-E On Board [Updated]

Today is a pretty big day in technology. Not only did Intel's long-anticipated Haswell-E finally roll into town (check out review of the burly Intel Core i7 5960X CPU), but we also get a sneak peek at a completely redesigned Alienware Area 51 desktop system. This refreshed system is unlike any previous Alienware rig you've seen -- heck, it's...

Low Price On Lenovo Z40 Laptops; Plus Labor Day Laptop Deals, Bose Headphones and More

Low Price On Lenovo Z40 Laptops; Plus Labor Day Laptop Deals, Bose Headphones and More

It’s almost time to close out another week, but not before we server up the latest batch of HOT deals, straight from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this holiday weekend, we have deals on a Lenovo Z40 14" Core i5-based laptop with discrete NVIDIA graphics, a HP Pavilion x360 13z quad-core laptop with touch, a Samsung UN55HU6950...

Nokia HERE Maps Coming To Samsung's Galaxy Line, HERE Beta For Android

Nokia HERE Maps Coming To Samsung's Galaxy Line, HERE Beta For Android

On Android, given that it's built by Google, consumers already have access to what is arguably the best routing/navigational app in the known universe: Google Maps. But if for some reason that doesn't appeal to you, there's another major player coming to Android at long last. The HERE team is announcing this week that a beta of its mapping...

Nintendo Announcing ‘New 3DS’ Model with Faster Processor, Hopefully Less Headache

Nintendo Announcing ‘New 3DS’ Model with Faster Processor, Hopefully Less Headache

A new Nintendo 3DS is on the horizon, and we sincerely hope it’s not really called “New 3DS,” as today’s Nintendo Direct suggests. Surely, the venerable game maker can come up with a better name than that for the latest version of its handheld – but a lame name is going to be the least of Nintedo’s concerns:...

ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme Motherboard Motors Into Town On X99, Is Ready To Drive Haswell-E

ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme Motherboard Motors Into Town On X99, Is Ready To Drive Haswell-E

Now that Intel's Haswell-E family has finally and officially been introduced (be sure to read our Intel Core i7 5960X CPU review, if you haven't already), brace yourself for a barrage of related product announcement from eager hardware partners who have been waiting for this day just as eagerly as the rest of us. That includes ASUS, which...

Intel Launches 8-Core Beast Of A Desktop CPU: Haswell-E Core i7-5960X, HotHardware's Review

Intel Launches 8-Core Beast Of A Desktop CPU: Haswell-E Core i7-5960X, HotHardware's Review

Intel Unveils Haswell-E 8-Core Beast Of A Desktop CPU Intel has officially launched their Core i7-5960X high-end, Haswell-E desktop processor today. Unlike Ivy Bridge-E, which maxed out at 6 cores (12 threads), Haswell-E is an 8-core beast of a machine (16 threads), featuring execution units based on Intel’s latest desktop microarchitecture....

AT&T Enticing New Line Activations for AT&T Next Service With $100 Bill Credit - Readying for iPhone 6?

AT&T Enticing New Line Activations for AT&T Next Service With $100 Bill Credit - Readying for iPhone 6?

AT&T is rolling out a new promotion for its AT&T Next service, and it has to make you wonder if the carrier is prepping for the iPhone 6. With Apple holding its big event on September 9th and rampant speculation that the iPhone 6 will be making its debut there, it seems to be the perfect time to unveil a $100 credit for a mobile service...

Softbank and Sprint To Offer First Sony Experia Smartphones In U.S.

Softbank and Sprint To Offer First Sony Experia Smartphones In U.S.

It's a good thing for Sony that its PlayStation 4 console is such a success, because in the land of mobile, especially smartphones, sales aren't anywhere as easy to come by. That's true of most companies not named Apple or Samsung, though it's particularly disappointing for Sony, one of the better known brands in electronics. Sony's strategy...

iPhone 6 Rumor Of The Week, Finally NFC Payment Support

iPhone 6 Rumor Of The Week, Finally NFC Payment Support

Assuming the latest iPhone 6 rumor is true, Apple's next handset will feature pay-by-touch technology. That's because Apple is reportedly in cahoots with NXP Semiconductors, a chipmaker located in the Netherlands, to integrate near-field communication (NFC) technology into the iPhone 6, which Apple will likely unveil on September 9, 2014....

Google Takes To The Skies Testing Its Own ‘Project Wing’ Drone Delivery Service

Google Takes To The Skies Testing Its Own ‘Project Wing’ Drone Delivery Service

If you grew up watching The Jetsons on television, you might have thought the future would be filled with flying cars. Instead, some 52 years after the original series first aired, the skies are filling up with delivery drones, not flying cars. It's not just Amazon, either -- apparently the Google X team has been working drones of its own...

Think It's Funny 'Swatting' Your Gaming Buds? Twitch Live Stream Shows Police Are Not Amused

Think It's Funny 'Swatting' Your Gaming Buds? Twitch Live Stream Shows Police Are Not Amused

Twitch streamer and YouTuber Jordan “Kootra” Mathewson is the latest victim in a trend called “Swatting.” People who tuned into The Creatures’ Twitch channel this past Wednesday to watch Mathewson play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive witnessed SWAT officers enter the room and arrest Mathewson in response to a...

Twitch.tv Brought Down By Lizard Squad DDoS Attacks

Twitch.tv Brought Down By Lizard Squad DDoS Attacks

The group known as Lizard Squad has certainly been busy. Since last week, the group has taken down multiple MMO companies and various networks that include Sony’s PlayStation Network and Blizzard’s Battle.net. Now Twitch can be added in the long list of targets the group has brought down with its DDoS attacks. The DDoS attacks...

Lowest Price Ever on Dell Venue 8 Tablets; Plus Super Hot Labor Day Dell Monitor Deals and More

Lowest Price Ever on Dell Venue 8 Tablets; Plus Super Hot Labor Day Dell Monitor Deals and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu for you all today, we have deals on a 16GB Dell Venue 8 Android tablet, the Dell UltraSharp u3014 30” LED-backlit IPS display, a Samsung UN55H8000 55" Curved Smart 1080p LED TV, and a whole lot more. Full details with links and pricing...

Apple Confirms September 9 Event, iPhone 6 And iWatch Are Likely Unveilings

Apple Confirms September 9 Event, iPhone 6 And iWatch Are Likely Unveilings

We reported on a rumor at the start of the month about a September 9th event Apple would be holding, and while it took a while to happen, the company has finally confirmed it. On the invite's header graphic, the company teases, "Wish we could say more." Based on that wordage, some are speculating that something Siri-related could be unveiled...

Amazon Zocalo File Sharing Cloud Storage Platform Now Available To AWS Subscribers

Amazon Zocalo File Sharing Cloud Storage Platform Now Available To AWS Subscribers

Hot on the heels of Dropbox making some major improvements to its Pro and Business accounts - both with regards to storage and pricing - Amazon has decided to expedite the public debut of its Zocalo cloud storage service. This enterprise-targeted offering was first unveiled last month, and is designed as a scale-up service where storage cost...

[Updated] Game Over: Twitter Shuts Down Hacker Group Lizard Squad’s Account

[Updated] Game Over: Twitter Shuts Down Hacker Group Lizard Squad’s Account

Update, 8/28 - 3:15PM - It looks like the account in question is actually restored and functional at this point. The group's last post was about two hours ago.  We reported earlier this week about a collective called Lizard Group that was not only causing some major hassles for certain MMO companies and its players, but also caused a...

LG Rolls Out The G Watch R, A Round-Faced Android Rocking Smart Timepiece

LG Rolls Out The G Watch R, A Round-Faced Android Rocking Smart Timepiece

Rather than leave its hardware partners floundering in wearable waters to fend for themselves, Google threw them a lifeline in the form of Android Wear, a viable platform for the smartwatch movement that phone makers seem so eager to chase. It's still early in the game, but we're seeing some interesting smartwatches emerge, such as LG's new...

Behold The Tweet Activity Dashboard, A Place To See How And Where Your Tweets Fly

Behold The Tweet Activity Dashboard, A Place To See How And Where Your Tweets Fly

Have you ever wanted to analyze your Twitter posts? The microblogging service is making it possible to do that through its Tweet activity dashboard, a new tool that lets you see how people engage with your posts in real time, compare your posting activity every month and see how they trend over a period of time, and get a detailed view of...

Follow-Up: Microsoft Addresses Bogus App Issue, Removes Over 1500 Apps From Windows Stores

Follow-Up: Microsoft Addresses Bogus App Issue, Removes Over 1500 Apps From Windows Stores

We're still several months removed from spring time, but that didn't stop Microsoft from giving its Windows Store a good cleaning -- a much needed one, we might add -- as it swept away more than 1,500 crummy apps that fall afoul of the company's certification process in one way or another. More app removals could be forthcoming as Microsoft...

HTC-Built Nexus 9 Tablet Leaked, Powered By 64-Bit Tegra K1 At 2.5GHz

HTC-Built Nexus 9 Tablet Leaked, Powered By 64-Bit Tegra K1 At 2.5GHz

The path to pole position in mobile lies in the 64-bit fast lane, a place Apple has been cruising along in since dropping its custom A7 chip underneath the hood of its iPhone 5S. Now it looks as though Google's Nexus family is going 64-bit as well. Based on recent leaks, it's likely to happen with with the Nexus 9 tablet (codenamed Volantis)...

Samsung's Gear S Smartwatch Runs Tizen, Has Built-In 3G Radio

Samsung's Gear S Smartwatch Runs Tizen, Has Built-In 3G Radio

Although IFA doesn't kick off until next week, a few companies are spilling the beans on what's ahead... ahead of schedule. Samsung's joining that crowd, this week introducing the newest smartwatch in its arsenal: the Gear S. While the display isn't round, it is gently curved to fit flush against your wrist, and overall, it looks pretty striking....

Microsoft Isn’t Messing Around, Surface Pro 3 Now Available In 28 Markets Including Japan And Canada

Microsoft Isn’t Messing Around, Surface Pro 3 Now Available In 28 Markets Including Japan And Canada

It goes without saying that Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is the best Surface it's ever created. It righted some of the wrongs of the previous generation, and is simply a drool-worthy tablet / laptop. It's no secret that Microsoft knew that it had a winner on its hands, as it's been pushing the Surface brand hard since its release. Earlier this...

Dropbox Ups The Ante, Offering 1TB Of Storage For Just $10

Dropbox Ups The Ante, Offering 1TB Of Storage For Just $10

When Google began offering its Drive customers a huge 1TB worth of cloud storage for just $10 per month back in March, it seemed inevitable that its competitors would soon follow-suit. In June, Microsoft was the first to do so, offering 1TB as a perk to its Office 365 subscribers. Today, Dropbox has finally joined in as well, which is major...

Zotac’s Zbox Pi320 Pico PC Is Freakin’ TINY, Packs Quad-Core Bay Trail Inside

Zotac’s Zbox Pi320 Pico PC Is Freakin’ TINY, Packs Quad-Core Bay Trail Inside

Perhaps in another few generations, we'll have super powerful gaming PCs that measure about the size of a fingernail. In the meantime, the mini PC movement is in full force, and Zotac is leading the charge. The newest small form factor (SFF) PC from Zotac is the Zbox PI320 Pico, an ultra-tiny system about the size of a smartphone (it measures...

Cheapest Lenovo H530s SFF PC, Dell Inspiron Laptops and More

Cheapest Lenovo H530s SFF PC, Dell Inspiron Laptops and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Lenovo H530s Small Form Factor system, a Dell XPS 8700 Core i7-based desktop machine with 23” monitor, a Samsung UN40H5203 40-Inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED TV, and a whole lot more. Full details with links...

Flying Solo: Standalone Kinect Sensor For Xbox One Coming October 7 For $150

Flying Solo: Standalone Kinect Sensor For Xbox One Coming October 7 For $150

Whether Microsoft is ready to fully admit it or not, the Redmond outfit incorrectly surmised that bundling a second generation Kinect motion control sensor with the Xbox One and charging a $100 premium would allow the console to fly off store shelves. To Microsoft's credit, it did sell minutes of units at the $499 price tag, but Sony's PlayStation...

Netflix Formally Flags Comcast, Files Complaint With FCC To Block TWC Merger

Netflix Formally Flags Comcast, Files Complaint With FCC To Block TWC Merger

Netflix has been butting heads with cable companies over tolls the latter want to charge in exchange for guaranteeing that Netflix's streaming content makes it into homes without any hiccups. So, it doesn't come as much surprise that Netflix is one of the first in line to publicly oppose Comcast's proposed buyout of Time Warner Cable (TWC),...

Google Acquires Zync Visual Effects Cloud Rendering Company Behind “Star Trek Into Darkness”

Google Acquires Zync Visual Effects Cloud Rendering Company Behind “Star Trek Into Darkness”

Google may have missed out on purchasing Twitch, but that hasn't stopped the company from acquiring other businesses. Its latest acquisition is Zync Inc, a visual effects cloud-rendering company that was behind Star Trek Into Darkness. Special effects tend to be a costly venture for the film industry. With some exceptions, it is...