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In case you haven't noticed, companies small and large seem to believe that health -- and in particular, connected health -- is the next major cash cow. As fitness slots into the mainstream attention, it's an ideal time for the likes of Apple, Google, LG, Samsung, Fitbit, and now Microsoft to make a splash in both... Read more...
A decade-old lawsuit against Comcast, accusing the company of overcharging television subscribers, has come to an end. The initial settlement, pending court approval, will have Comcast pay $16.67 million in cash to former and current subscribers living in Philadelphia and four other Pennsylvania counties. However... Read more...
Someone at BlackBerry's been watching Matthew McConaughey's goofy Lincoln commercials, and specifically the one that states, "Sometimes you've got to go back to actually move forward." Not to reminisce or chase ghosts, mind you, but to see where you came from, as McConaughey advises. What the flip that has to do with... Read more...
It appears that hackers were able to breach the White House’s unclassified computer network, used by employees of the Executive Office of the President, according to anonymous White House officials. The breach has led to temporary disruptions to some of the services as cybersecurity teams work to contain the... Read more...
On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration released an updated notice criminalizing the operation of drones or model plans over large sports stadiums and auto racetracks. According to the notice, operators who violate certain conditions can be fined and imprisoned for up to a year. The updated notice states that... Read more...
After falling on tough times for the past several quarters, Nintendo appears to be back on track, at least momentarily. The Japanese video game company surged to an operating profit of 9.3 billion yen (around $86 million in U.S. currency) during its fiscal second quarter, an impressive turnaround from an 18 billion... Read more...
Word to the wise -- you may want to cover your keyboard with some plastic wrap or other protective layer before reading on, lest you short it out with your drool. It's hard not to work up a slobber when reading about Audi's forthcoming R8 Competition, a limited edition supercar of sorts that was shown off at the 2014... Read more...
A growing trend in mobile is fitness, and if you're concerned about your health, there are tools available to help you reach your fitness goals. It's not just one platform either -- Apple is pushing HealthKit, Samsung has S Health, and Google is officially in the game with Google Fit, a new Android app capable of... Read more...
For whatever reason, smartphone makers have a tendency to neglect the front-facing camera in favor of a much superior rear-facing lens even though there exists an obsession with taking selfies. Heck, not even the threat of being mauled by a bear (literally) is enough to deter the selfie craze. However, there's one... Read more...
Google is responsible for a lot of things that have made our lives better. Better search, better email, and one impressive mobile operating system. But beyond its commercial success sits a research department that's doing fascinating stuff. Project Loon is helping rural areas around the globe receive Internet for the... Read more...
Today, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed suit against AT&T stating that the wireless carrier misled and deceived millions of its customers through data throttling for those with its unlimited data plan. On top of that, customers who cancelled their accounts because of throttling we then charged early termination... Read more...
Despite having been available on the market for over two-and-a-half years, it seems like the hype surrounding the Raspberry Pi has waned very little. Every once in a while, we'll be reminded of just how cool and capable the micro-PC is, with one example coming to us just last week, with the announcement that an... Read more...
Customers shopping at an Orchard Supply Hardware store in San Jose, California will be in for a surprise when they see an autonomous retail service robot come up to them and ask if they need assistance. Lowe’s will be introducing two robots, called OSHbot, to the store in order to study how robotics technology... Read more...
Riddle us this -- what looks like a Surface Touch Keyboard, won't give up the ghost if you spill your coffee on it, and is intended for Apple's iPad family? The answer is Logitech's new Keys-To-Go, an ultra-portable and standalone Bluetooth plank that's covered with a durable FabricSkin that wards off dirt, crumbs... Read more...
Over the weekend, CVS joined Rite Aid in taking steps to prevent customers from using Apple Pay to make purchases. Despite the steps taken, Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared to be unaffected by this move. During this week’s Wall Street Journal Digital Live conference, when asked if CVS and Rite Aid’s strategy... Read more...
Which do you despise more, advertisements or paying for a service when you've grown accustomed to it being free? Don't feel obligated to answer now, though you should put some thought into the question in case YouTube decides to charge a subscription fee for ad-free access to its streaming video collection. While nothing is yet imminent, there's... Read more...
T-Mobile, the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier, closed out its best quarter ever of branded postpaid net additions, which totaled 1.4 million. Branded prepaid net additions more than doubled quarter-over-quarter to 1.2 billion, with T-Mobile adding a combined 2.3 million customers during Q3. In the past six... Read more...
Are you ready for your facepalm moment of the week, and perhaps the year? Bear selfies are now a thing on social media. Not only are tourists taking selfies with bears in the background, but it's happening so frequently at South Lake Tahoe that officials with the U.S. Forest Service have had to issue a warning against... Read more...
In the beginning, AT&T secured an exclusive contract with Apple to carry the iPhone in the U.S., and it stayed that way until Verizon negotiated its way into the party nearly four years later in February 2011. Eight months later, Sprint announced that it too was going to carry the iPhone, leaving T-Mobile as the... Read more...
Wireless carriers in the U.S. are doing everything they can to be seen as more than that. For some, that means opening up innovation centers. For others, it's offering home security solutions in addition to phones. And for AT&T, it means hawking tablets and even watches. Yes, watches. The carrier has just announced that it'll be the first... Read more...
ARM has announced its next generation of graphics hardware (codenamed Mali). The new GPUs are meant to highlight a significant improvement in energy efficiency, with ARM claiming that its next-generation GPU architecture will be a whopping 45% more power efficient than previous models. The new GPUs are also meant to address a broad array of... Read more...
Dell's Alienware division has a knack for making a splash with PC system design, whether it's their big, bad unapologetic notebooks, unique X51 small form-factor PCs, or their no-holds-barred Area-51 killer gaming rigs. In fact, for some folks, Alienware designs can be an either "you love it or hate it" affair. Full... Read more...
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