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All News for December 2014

Microsoft has encountered more than a few issues with Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The compilation title launched in November and was fraught with issues, the chief of which was broken multiplayer. Players were subject to long wait times to enter matches, broken matchmaking, and various other issues that made... Read more...
AT&T agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to the tune of $105 million in early October for its part in a “cramming” scheme that bilked customers out of millions of dollars. Cramming refers to any unauthorized charges on a customer’s cell phone bill, and typically come in the form of unsolicited... Read more...
Another day, another security revelation. This time, it comes from researchers in Germany, who've exposed some serious vulnerabilities in the SS7 set of protocols that cellular carriers use to perform many basic functions. At the core, SS7 (or signaling system #7) is used to keep people connected, moving them from... Read more...
At first, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wasn’t so certain that North Korea was the responsible party for the massive cyberattack on Sony. Earlier this month, FBI cyber division assistant director Joe Demarest simply stated, “There is no attribution to North Korea at this point.” Today, however, there is no doubt that North Korea Read more...
You can't win them all, and in the ultra competitive mobile app segment, Samsung has decided its ChatON application doesn't have what it takes to win out against a plethora of more popular programs. As such, Samsung is turning off its ChatON service for good in all markets in the first quarter of 2015 so that it can... Read more...
Over the past several years, Lenovo has been aggressively targeting PC gamers, who are known both for their willingness to drop serious cash on hardware and for their skepticism of mainstream brands. Lenovo inherited some of IBM’s corporate image when it took over the company’s laptop business, but winners like the Yoga line got... Read more...
The days of connecting your phone to your car stereo are coming to an end. Google’s next operating system release, Android M, will launch in the next year or two and will put Android in your car, according to a Reuters report. Google already has Android Auto, which requires a connection to your cell phone, but cars... Read more...
Tech support scammers have been around for a long time and are familiar to just about all of our readers. But last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had issued lawsuits against several culprits responsible for tech support scams. Now Microsoft has announced that it too is going after tech... Read more...
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is likely to be one of the biggest smartphone releases of 2015, so it should be of no surprise that rumors about the upcoming flagship are coming out at a furious pace. The latest bit of news on the Galaxy S6, interestingly enough, comes from a shipping manifest. A SM-G920F unit, which we... Read more...
The rise in popularity of instant messaging apps and photo sharing programs like Snapchat that have built-in text messaging features may be contributing to a mini-exodus of teens from Facebook. Based on figures in a report released by Frank N. Magid Associates Inc., 88 percent of social media using teens between the ages of 13-17 years old Read more...
Apple chief Tim Cook isn't all that happy with a BBC report alleging poor working conditions and the overall mistreatment of workers at its Chinese manufacturing facilities where popular devices like the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 are made. The scathing report prompted Apple's Senior Vice President of Operations, Jeff... Read more...
Back in February, Google announced that it would be looking into the possibility of bringing Google Fiber to 34 cities across the United States. While hoping to reach a decision before the end of the year, Google has stated that it requires more time to determine which cities will receive the 1Gbps service.  Google’s plan stated that it Read more...
BlackBerry took Wall Street by surprise this morning by posting an adjusted third-quarter operating profit, a sign that its comeback strategy and restructuring efforts might be on the right track. However, BlackBerry's revenue tumbled 34 percent year-over-year to $793 million, highlighting the uphill battle that... Read more...
Microsoft’s “12 Days of Deals” promotion has given us plenty of great buys during the month of December, but all good things must come to an end. Rather than give us another discount on hardware, like the majority of the deals in the promotion, Microsoft’s final offering is 50 percent off a 12-month subscription to... Read more...
Imagine of the horror of being Justin Bieber and waking up to find that your Instagram fan base has diminished by 3.5 million followers overnight, or 15 percent. Talk about a feeling of loneliness in your sprawling mansion! Except of course for the multiple housekeepers and entourage, but otherwise, how horrific... Read more...
Cadillac is aiming to give its drivers the upper hand when it comes to situational awareness as we continue to drive vehicles with increasingly annoying blind spots. Current trends in automobile styling has led to vehicles that have high beltlines and smaller “greenhouses” along with d-pillars and high rear decks... Read more...
ICANN, a non-profit organization that is responsible for looking after the names and domains of the Internet, announced that it has suffered a serious phishing attack that compromised its data. An investigation is underway, but ICANN believes that it was the victim of a “spear phishing” attack that was first... Read more...
Even the miscreants of Los Santos get into the holiday spirit. Well, sort of. It's not like they'll put down their weapons and stop stealing cars, but at least now they'll wreak havoc while dressed appropriately for the season. We're talking about ugly sweaters that have suddenly become faux fashionable and holiday... Read more...
If you’re one of the millions of Nokia Lumia smartphone owners out there, you’ll be delighted to hear that Microsoft is officially rolling out the Lumia Denim firmware for Windows 8.1. Microsoft notes that while the rollout has commenced, it’s up to your individual wireless carrier to get the updated pushed out to... Read more...
Chinese OEMs are stepping up their game in the smartphone sector. Companies like Huawei and Xiaomi have bolstered their share of the market, with the latter booting Samsung out of first place in China. One Chinese OEM, however, is looking to expand its presence in the smartphone world while at the same time partaking... Read more...
Amazon is getting dangerously close to delivering faster than your favorite pizza place. The new Prime Now service, which is available in Manhattan, promises that you’ll have that new TV within an hour of clicking the Place Your Order button. You’ll pay $7.99 for one-hour delivery, but if you have the restraint to... Read more...
As companies such as Apple, Samsung, and those associated with the Merchant Customer Exchange push near-field communication (NFC) payments forward, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology is used in important documents such as passports, digital pick pocketing is expected to increase as well. However, to... Read more...
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