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All News for January 2014

Two events in the telecommunications and cable world this week have highlighted why, exactly, we need net neutrality and stronger protections for consumer rights. First, on the cable side of the business, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Eagle Communications, and Comcast have collectively introduced a bill into the Kansas... Read more...
That cool, creepy abandoned island fortress from the latest James Bond movie “Skyfall”? That wasn’t a movie set. It’s a real place called Battleship Island, and it’s located off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan. And Google sent a couple of employees (who we presume have nerves of... Read more...
Investors reacted negatively to Amazon's fourth quarter financial report despite that fact that the e-commerce giant announced a 20 percent year-over-year sales increase to $25.59 billion. Operating cash flow increased 31 percent to $5.47 billion, operating income jumped 26 percent to $510 million, and net income climbed to $239 million, or... Read more...
John Glenney and his daughter Jill were the first people to complete a cross-country trip in a Tesla Model S electric car, and their experience is perfect PR for Tesla, which just completed its coast-to-coast network of Supercharger stations. “The father and daughter had covered a distance of 3,400 miles through... Read more...
It’s becoming more tedious to be a Yahoo! Mail user these days. The Gmail-ish redesign a few months ago was supposed to bring many attractive changes to the email service, but it launched with an annoying auto-forward bug, and anecdotally, performance has been slow and buggy from what I’ve experienced... Read more...
Just over 10 years ago, Android was born into this world out of the minds of Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White, who collective envisioned building an advanced operating system for digital cameras. Google had different plans for Android after acquiring the OS in 2005, and on October 22, 2008, the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1) launched... Read more...
Calling all PlayStation 3 owners, if you're wiling to "ditch" your PS3, Microsoft will give you $100 of store credit for it at the Microsoft Store, which you can then apply towards the purchase of an Xbox One console. The promotion effectively eliminates the price difference between a PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One... Read more...
Google is one of those companies that pretty much has a license to print money. To wit, the search giant reported consolidated revenues of $16.86 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, which is 17 percent higher than the same quarter a year prior. The company's operating income climbed to $4.84 billion, up... Read more...
Lenovo's staying in the news for its recent purchase of Motorola Mobility, but the laptop side of the house is still humming, too. The timing here seems a little odd given that we're nowhere near back-to-school season, but then again, it has the spotlight to itself. The company has just issued new, rugged ThinkPad... Read more...
Preliminary data from International Data Corporation's (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker indicate that tablet shipments around the globe grew to 76.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, representing an impressive 62.4 percent sequential growth rate and a 28.2 percent year-over-year increase. However, as obscene as those numbers... Read more...
We knew that the LG G Flex smartphone was coming to the U.S. sometime this quarter, but now we have a much clearer idea. You can preorder your own G Flex handset from AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile, and the device will be shipping in just a few days. AT&T’s website says that it will begin shipping the LG G... Read more...
Good news if you're a Denver Broncos fan. Every year Electronics Arts runs a simulation of the Super Bowl on its Madden game, and this year, Madden NFL 25 predicted the Broncos will defeat the Seattle Seahawks in overtime by a field goal, 31-28. If the Broncos do in fact win, Peyton Manning will become the first... Read more...
Glass is for games, too. Google has “hacked together” (their words, not ours) five mini games in an effort to inspire developers to build games for Google Glass using Glassware. “With tons of tiny sensors and a screen that fits neatly above the eye, Glass is an exciting new place to play,” reads a Google blog post.... Read more...
Facebook is launching an app called “Paper” that appears to be an effort to bring you all the best news features of Facebook without actually being on Facebook. “Paper makes storytelling more beautiful with an immersive design and fullscreen, distraction-free layouts. We’ve also made it easier... Read more...
Nobody's ever used their Atari 2600 to stream episodes of Family Feud or Different Strokes, but fast forward to the present day and game consoles are capable of so much more than just playing modern day variants of Pitfall and Asteroids. The latest generation of game consoles are full-fledged media boxes that run the... Read more...
It's downright incredible just how quickly things change in the technological world. It feels like an eon ago that netbooks were all of the rage, but in truth, it was just 3-4 years back. Those tiny notebooks were selling for well under $400, offering mobile computing at a price that had not been seen before at that time. They were a bit slow,... Read more...
Apple this week reported its first quarter financial results ended December 28, 2013. In terms of dollars coming in, it was a solid quarter for the Cupertino outfit, which posted record quarterly revenue of $57.6 billion for a quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion, or $14.50 per diluted share. Those figures are up from revenue of $54.5 billion... Read more...
AMD has a new set of drivers coming in a couple of days that are poised to resolve a number of longstanding issues and enable a handful of new features as well, most notably support for Mantle. Though the number/naming convention may change by the time the drivers are actually released, we’re told the upcoming... Read more...
Here's one that practically no one saw coming: Motorola Mobility has a new owner. Yes, the company that Google picked up just a couple of years ago for upwards of $12 billion is now under a new umbrella. Lenovo, the world's largest PC vendor, has just picked up one of the most well-known names in mobile. Motorola... Read more...
Video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) posted a $308 million net loss during its fiscal third-quarter ended December 31, 2013. EA called it a "transitional quarter," referring to the fact that both Sony and Microsoft launched next-generation consoles in November. As a result, gamers tempered their spending on... Read more...
Amazon is testing the use of drones to make deliveries in populated areas, but the Lakemade Beer Company of Stevens Point, Wisconsin is testing the idea of drones in decidedly unpopulated areas--namely, ice fishing shacks. “Our tests are on vast, wide-open frozen lakes free of trees and power lines. Our drone... Read more...
You'd have to imagine that the birds in Angry Birds are some of the angriest around, but last night, a "friend" of the hacking group Syrian Electronic Army saw it fit to add to their angst. For an undetermined amount of time, an image was plastered on the main Angry Birds site that changed the name to "Spying Birds"... Read more...
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