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Daimler AG will be getting a nice return on its investment in Tesla due to the company selling its four percent stake in Tesla Motors. The British automotive manufacturer will be selling its stake for a cash inflow of around $780 million as a result of it reorganizing its cooperation with Tesla. Despite the sale, the... Read more...
In terms of marketing, the true genius of Steve Jobs is that he was able to create a consumer culture around Apple products in which current owners would always feel compelled to upgrade to the next version. Part of that is due to the planned obsolescence model -- a theory that says Apple intentionally leaves out... Read more...
Microsoft made clear that its Windows 10 Technical Preview is a work in progress and that the whole point of giving users early access to the next generation operating system through the Windows Insider program is to collect feedback (in other words, Microsoft doesn't want another Windows 8 situation on its hands)... Read more...
Google may have purchased Nest for $3.2 billion to kickstart its expansion into the Internet of Things (IoT), but that hasn’t deterred other companies and startups from developing their own connected products. While Google Nest has its connected smoke detector, Leeo is also looking to compete in the market with... Read more...
Back in July, a collaboration between Google and Royal Caribbean International resulted in a virtual tour, through Google Street View, that showed the various decks of the Allure of the Seas. The Google Street View team has also created virtual tours of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Now, users will be able... Read more...
It's no secret that Microsoft's been wanting to snuff out its Nokia and Windows Phone brands, so you'll have to excuse us for not even bothering to feign surprise that the Redmond outfit has finally gone through with it. In Nokia's place, Microsoft will roll with "Microsoft Lumia" for its branding and related... Read more...
While there’s no guarantee for traction in the market, lowering the price to a point where consumers can’t help but notice is surely a step in the right direction. AMD’s doing just that with its A-series APUs this week, which is hopes will enable more mainstream PC builders to snag a twelve compute... Read more...
Apple recently posted a security bulletin alerting iCloud users to the presence of "intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information," and though the company didn't publicly point a finger at China, several reports suggested that's where they're coming from. In response to... Read more...
In the wake of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's big reveal on government spying, there's been a concerted effort by companies big and small to try and make our lives truly private. One seemingly promising solution was Anonabox, a little plug-and-play device that routes traffic through Tor to keep our online... Read more...
A lot of interest is being shown in a startup company called Magic Leap. The company is working on augmented reality glasses that will be able to create digital objects that appear to exist in the real world around the user. It is a device that Google is interested enough in that it is leading a $542 million funding... Read more...
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has a good reason to smile. According to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Nadella will receive a compensation package worth $84.3 million this year. The amount is comprised mostly of the estimated value of one-time stock awards that was given to Nadella as... Read more...
Attention iOS developers, Apple just dropped the ban hammer on any 32-bit coding aspirations you may have had for new apps you plan to release on Apple's ecosystem. Effective February 1, 2015, all new iOS apps uploaded to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK, which is included in... Read more...
Several Samsung Galaxy mobile devices are now cleared to store classified information, paving the way for Samsung to tap a broad market of government agencies and private contractors that handle sensitive data. The green light for Samsung’s Knox security platform comes from the NSA, among other security... Read more...
While the Federal Communications Commission sorts through all the feedback and arguments regarding net neutrality and internet fast lanes, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has been taking a more direct approach. Recently, Leahy sent a letter to Comcast executive vice president David Cohen pressuring... Read more...
Regarding Apple's financial performance during its fiscal fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014, go ahead and choose whichever adjective floats your boat -- smashing, awesome, fantastic, and the list goes on. By the numbers, it was another record period with Apple collecting $42.1 billion in revenue to the tune of... Read more...
Every few months, some huge chipmaker comes out with yet another advancement in memory technology that makes it simpler to shove more and more memory into tighter and tighter spaces. That's what is happening this week with Samsung's announcement that it is "mass producing the industry’s most advanced 8-gigabit... Read more...
Holy mackerel, it happened! Somebody actually went and built an honest-to-goodness hoverboard, finally bringing to reality the fantasy we've all shared since seeing Marty McFly escape from Biff and his cronies using a hoverboard in Back to the Future II! We know what you're thinking -- 'Yeah, right, this isn't the first hoverboard hoax' --... Read more...
Apple has a history of trying to prevent owners of its products from mucking around inside its devices, and in case you thought the company turned over a new leaf with its Mac Mini system, think again. Though the previous model was relatively easy to service at home -- it scored an 8 out of 10 on iFixIt's teardown... Read more...
Breaking Bad's Walter White had a knack for evading authorities and, on several occasions, certain death through the show's five seasons. But of all the adversaries he faced off against, his toughest opponent yet might turn out to be a mom from Florida. Otherwise known as Susan Schrivjer, this pissed off mother is... Read more...
Back in April, Rockstar Games announced that Grand Theft Auto V would be coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms. One thing many fans of highly anticipated games look forward to is the beta access. Getting the opportunity to play, test, and provide feedback on the game is one that many enjoy... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, Futuremark began handing out copies of PCMark for Android to members of the press, in an effort to get its leaderboards filled up a bit while the finishing touches were being put on the app. That might give you pause in that the results, generated today, are not going to be entirely accurate... Read more...
On April 9, 911 services were interrupted for six hours which affected areas in California, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina while the entire state of Washington was affected. A 911 call-routing facility, located in Englewood, Colorado, had stopped directing emergency calls to 911... Read more...
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