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It's sad that we can't go more than a day lately without learning more about how governments love to eavesdrop on us, removing whatever privacy we have left. Just yesterday, we talked about the continued pressure law enforcement is putting on companies like Apple and Google regarding encryption on their respective... Read more...
The 1980s taught us many things, one of them being that robot guards don't mess around. Remember the ED-209 Enforcement Droid in RoboCop? That's a prime example of why we don't want armed robots in charge of keeping the peace. But what about unarmed robots? You'll find them patrolling Microsoft's Silicon Valley... Read more...
In any other universe, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial would be a long forgotten game at this point. Not just because it came out for what's now an ancient game console -- the Atari 2600 -- but also because it was such a terrible game. And not just terrible, but considered by many to be the worst video game of all time... Read more...
Google is again the target of a controversial measure in the European Union as its parliament draws up a draft motion to separate the company's search engine business from its other operations, which it proposes is one possible solution to Google's dominance. The draft motion is backed by the European People's Party... Read more...
Everyone is waiting to see what the Federal Communications Commission will rule when it comes to net neutrality. However, the FCC is preparing itself for a lawsuit from cable companies in response to when it finally votes net neutrality regulations into place. At least that is what FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said... Read more...
It's been no secret that most law enforcement, including the biggest US government agencies, would rather encryption didn't exist outside of its own use. Just this past week, we saw the Department of Justice defend its stance on scooping up user data en masse, and in September, we talked twice about the 'major... Read more...
If you are thinking of purchasing a Chromebook during the holiday season, then now is a good time to do so. Google has sweetened the pot by offering 1TB of free Google Drive cloud storage for two years with the purchase of a new Chromebook. “That’s enough space to keep more than 100,000 awkward holiday sweater pics... Read more...
AMD's Future of Compute event was this week and the company has made a number of announcements regarding new technology and the future of its HSA, Mantle, and FreeSync projects. First up, there's Carrizo, AMD's upcoming follow-on to Kaveri and the first chip to use its "Excavator" CPU cores. AMD is projecting that... Read more...
Stuck inside this weekend because of the snow and/or cold weather? Or simply looking for something to occupy your time? Good news, at least for you folks who own an Xbox One console and are subscribed to Xbox Live Gold -- the Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive developed by Insomniac Games and published by Microsoft... Read more...
GoDaddy, the world's largest domain name registrar with 14 facilities spread across the world, is reportedly planning an initial public offering (IPO) next year and is seeking a valuation of $4.5 billion. The paperwork for the IPO was filed by GoDaddy Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Scot Wagner back in June, and he met... Read more...
Few things are as annoying as waiting for a cable technician to arrive. You know the drill -- you call customer service to schedule an appointment and the person on the other end of the line says a technician will arrive on Thursday sometime between 7:00 AM and the year 2020. Well, there goes your day, right? Perhaps... Read more...
GameStop has posted its third quarter 2014 earnings that is a disappointment despite the robust sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While new hardware sales showed a 147.4 percent increase, the delay of Assassin’s Creed: Unity and lower-than-expected software sales attributed to a total global sales of $2.09... Read more...
Aereo may be remembered as the most highly disruptive service in the technology space that the masses couldn't find a need for. Now, it'll also be remembered as a company that couldn't battle its way beyond a brutal court decision that effectively made its core service illegal to offer. For those needing a refresher, Aereo offered up an online Read more...
Rumors that Amazon was considering a streaming video service supported by ads and separate from its Prime program first surfaced back in March of this year. Nothing came of it, at least not yet, though that doesn't necessarily mean those plans are dead. These kinds of roll outs take time -- negotiations with content... Read more...
The age-old business model on the web is to use ads in order to deliver free content. It's not a bad exchange, save for those obnoxious advertisements that flash incessantly or pop up each time you click a link on the same website. Otherwise, it's a way for site owners to pay the bills (and staff) without imposing a... Read more...
When it comes to downstream internet traffic, the streaming-video service continues to dominate by a large amount. Netflix alone, at the top of the list, accounts for 34.89 percent in North America according to the latest report from broadband networking company Sandvine. In second place is YouTube with 14.04... Read more...
Microsoft’s Xbox One may be behind Sony’s PlayStation 4 in terms of sales, but that hasn’t stopped the company from trying to catch up. Microsoft has reduced the console’s price and, starting today, HBO Go is now available for Xbox One users in the US. Release of HBO Go app’s makes Xbox One the first system, of the current generation, to Read more...
The jokes practically write themselves with this one, though in all seriousness, the UK is tickled pink (or brown) to have its first bus powered by food waste and human feces. Sounds disgusting, right? Far be it for us to argue against that one, though the upside to running on gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste is Read more...
The past couple of years have been pretty good to Yahoo's search business, but there's no doubt that the company isn't too pleased about Google's continued domination. With a new major partnership between it and Mozilla, though, the company's growth in search is sure to continue - perhaps at an even more accelerated... Read more...
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is bringing the legal hammer down on tech support scammers who trick people into thinking there's something wrong with their computer that they're able to fix, or otherwise offering to speed up your PC. What they're really doing is charging for services that aren't necessary, though... Read more...
Activision came out with guns-a-blazing today by shooting off numbers and claims, such as that its highly successful Call of Duty franchise has now grossed over $10 billion in sales since it launched in 2003, making it a far bigger entertainment franchise than box office hits like Hunger Games, Transformers, Iron Man... Read more...
It appears that Sir Paul McCartney is joining The Who in providing a virtual experience. But rather than relive history, VR enthusiasts will be able to experience McCartney’s final concert, which took place earlier this year, at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 3D. VR startup company Jaunt has released the 3D... Read more...
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