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Facebook's $19 Billion 'WhatsApp' Service Now Tops 600 Million Active Monthly Users

Facebook's $19 Billion 'WhatsApp' Service Now Tops 600 Million Active Monthly Users

After Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion back in February of this year, the popular messaging service has gone on to surpass 600 million monthly active users, company founder and Chief Executive Officer Jan Koum announced in a Twitter post today. At the time of acquisition, WhatsApp was nearing half a billion active users. By April,...

Get Your ‘Smart Polo’ On, Ralph Lauren Enters the Wearable Tech Fray

Get Your ‘Smart Polo’ On, Ralph Lauren Enters the Wearable Tech Fray

Those clunky fitness wristbands and watches are about to get some competition from a shirt that tracks much of the data, courtesy of Ralph Lauren. The luxury clothing designer is debuting the Ralph Lauren Polo Tech shirt at the US Open today, where it is the official outfitter. The shirt uses technology from OMsignal to collect biometric data,...

Openly Available Surveillance Systems Exploit Intrinsic Design of Cellphone Networks, Can Track Anyone Anywhere

Openly Available Surveillance Systems Exploit Intrinsic Design of Cellphone Networks, Can Track Anyone Anywhere

Grab your tin hat: your cellphone might be giving away your location to spy agencies and sophisticated gangs even as you read this. The Washington Post is reporting that certain companies are selling technology that gives governments and criminals tracking capabilities similar to what the NSA is believed to have. Image Credit: sNowFleikuN...

Google Teams Up With Rockchip For Project Ara Processing Engines

Google Teams Up With Rockchip For Project Ara Processing Engines

The idea of a modular smartphone is still an intriguing one. Imagine being able to swap out components in your smartphone to upgrade it rather than buying a completely new phone. If you don't know by now, Google has been working on Project Ara and, despite some hurdles such as the company selling off its Motorola division, the project is still...

FCC Filing Outs Microsoft’s Planned Chromecast Competitive Miracast Dongle

FCC Filing Outs Microsoft’s Planned Chromecast Competitive Miracast Dongle

Google's reasonably priced ($35) Chromecast dongle has been a surprising success in the streaming market, in part because of its low price tag. There's not a ton of competition in the streaming dongle space either, though it appears Microsoft will soon throw its weight around with a Miracast dongle that appears in the FCC's database. According...

LG Unveils First 4K OLED TV, Available In 77 and 65-Inches Of Love

LG Unveils First 4K OLED TV, Available In 77 and 65-Inches Of Love

It's too late to lay claim to the first 4K television, however LG Electronics just announced the world's first OLED TV with a 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840x2160). That OLED qualifier makes all the difference in the world, and according to LG, the use of OLED in today's Ultra HD displays will prove a "game changer" in the industry. There are...

Microsoft Slashes Price Of Surface 2 Hinting At New Windows Tablets For Holiday Season

Microsoft Slashes Price Of Surface 2 Hinting At New Windows Tablets For Holiday Season

The sly folks at Microsoft decided to snip $100 off the price of its Surface 2 tablets, bringing down the cost of entry to the Windows 8.1 RT tablet to $349 for the 32GB model. If you need more storage, the 64GB version is now priced at $449, and the 64GB with 4G LTE (on AT&T) baked in now goes for $579. What's most interesting about these...

DDoS Hackers Responsible For PSN Outage Send Bomb Threat Via Twitter On Flight Carrying Sony Exec

DDoS Hackers Responsible For PSN Outage Send Bomb Threat Via Twitter On Flight Carrying Sony Exec

Here's a story that just keeps getting stranger. Lizard Group, a hacker group that claimed responsibility for Sony's PSN downtime over the weekend, has created a stir that'll no doubt have the FBI involved. As if claiming that it took PSN down wasn't enough, it tweeted earlier today to American Airlines that it had been "receiving reports"...

Blizzard, League of Legends, Sony Suffer DDoS Attacks, Hacker Group Claims Responsibility

Blizzard, League of Legends, Sony Suffer DDoS Attacks, Hacker Group Claims Responsibility

During the weekend the gaming industry has been suffering from a barrage of DDoS attacks. Blizzard’s Battle.net, League of Legends, and Sony’s PlayStation Network are just some of the games and services that have experienced unexpected downtime. However, it appears one hacker group is claiming responsibility for all of these attacks...

China Developing Its Own OS To Take On Apple, Microsoft, and Google

China Developing Its Own OS To Take On Apple, Microsoft, and Google

If it hasn't been made clear enough in recent months that China would love nothing more than to cut down on its reliance to American technology companies, its just-announced decision to create its own operating system should remedy that. At first, this OS will target the desktop, but eventually, it'll make its way to smartphones and other...

Microsoft Research 'DeLorean' Cloud Gaming Technology Employs Speculative Processing For Lag-Free Gaming

Microsoft Research 'DeLorean' Cloud Gaming Technology Employs Speculative Processing For Lag-Free Gaming

It seems obvious that the cloud is going to become a big part of our gaming future, but there are a number of issues to work through before it really hits the big time. Undoubtedly the biggest hurdle at this point is simple bandwidth; so many people deal with subpar connections, either due to slow speeds, low bandwidth caps, or both. Once...

Charter Communications Service Outage Across US Possibly Caused By Large Scale DNS Hack

Charter Communications Service Outage Across US Possibly Caused By Large Scale DNS Hack

Was your high-speed Internet service acting wonky yesterday? Are you a Charter customer? If you answered 'yes' to both questions, you're not alone. It appears that Charter, the nation's fourth largest cable operator, suffered a widespread outage in broadband Internet service starting on late Saturday afternoon and continuing into the night....

AMD Unveils R9 285 Graphics Powerhouse, Shipping Next Week

AMD Unveils R9 285 Graphics Powerhouse, Shipping Next Week

If you thought it was a good time to be a gamer, well guess what? It just got even better. AMD used its 30 Years of Graphics and Gaming celebration to announce a new Radeon R9 200 Series graphics card, the Radeon R9 285. Spec-wise, the card is similar to AMD's Radeon R9 280, but with a newer GPU and a few enhancements that make it a more robust...

Pwned By A Girl! Women Gamers Now Outnumber Teenage Boys

Pwned By A Girl! Women Gamers Now Outnumber Teenage Boys

The Entertainment Software Association has just released its 2014 report on the state of the video game industry, and as the title of this post suggests, there have been some significant shifts since the last report. Let's tackle the most interesting one first: Women over the age of 18 currently represent 36% of the game-playing population,...

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