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Dish Network is in hot water with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for outright violating the agency's Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including the "Do Not Call" registry, by placing tens of millions of unsolicited calls to numbers that appear on the list. In all, Dish Network and its retail partners made some... Read more...
Twitter is now making it easier for you to discern tweets that are written in a foreign language. Facebook has long included the ability to see foreign translations in-line with posts, so it’s nice to see that Twitter has finally jumped onboard. And it only makes sense that Twitter would add this functionality, as... Read more...
Microsoft no longer needs to feel singled out by Google and its Project Zero team for disclosing multiple unpatched vulnerabilities in Windows. It wasn't personal, just an inflexible policy on the part of Project Zero to give companies a 90-day window to patch any vulnerabilities it finds before making them public... Read more...
You never know what gems lay hidden in odd corners of the web. To wit, in a fairly boring article by Korea's Economic Times concerning itself with Samsung's component business operations, and in particular its "Samsung Electro-Mechanics" (SEM) sector, it's revealed that the forthcoming Galaxy S6 will sport a... Read more...
There's no arguing the fact that bullying is something that should be combated, but is that enough to go against the Fifth Amendment and require someone to hand over their password as part of an investigation? That's the reality Illinois schools could soon face, as their government has decided that if asked, a student... Read more...
T-Mobile shocked the tech community when it announced its Data Stash program that not only allows customers to rollover unused data month-to-month for up to a year, but also starts you off with 10GB “just because.” Not one to be left in the dust, AT&T countered with its own, inferior program that allows Mobile Share... Read more...
If there's one thing Internet legend Kim Dotcom despises, it's being spied on. Likewise, he hates that governments take it upon themselves to spy not only on him, but everyone. Not long after his Auckland mansion was raided some three years ago, his love for privacy and security only skyrocketed. What eventually came... Read more...
T-Mobile CEO John Legere made it his mission last year to knock Sprint of its perch as America’s third-largest wireless carrier. Legere made his proclamation at the beginning of August and despite a huge 2014 for T-Mobile, with over 8 million customers adds during the year, it wasn’t enough to overtake Sprint... Read more...
Keeping up with your Twitter feed is about to get easier, thanks to new feature called “recaps.” Twitter will keep an eye out for tweets (from accounts that you follow) that are particularly noteworthy and put these recaps at the top of your Home timeline. The idea behind recaps makes sense: trying to keep up with Twitter’s Home feed can Read more...
If you use Dropbox, you almost certainly know by now about the company’s partnership with Microsoft to offer better compatibility between Dropbox and Office – something users had been calling for. Now, the partnership has produced another gem for Dropbox users: the long-awaited Dropbox app for Windows phones and tablets. A screenshot of Read more...
To say that Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been rife with bugs that make the game glitchy and at times unplayable would be putting it lightly. The compilation title was released to eager gamers in November 2014, and is still in disarray two months later. Microsoft and 343 Industries extended an olive branch... Read more...
If you want to boggle your brain, try figuring out if BlackBerry is up for sale, and if so, whether or not Samsung is a potential suitor. Be warned, coming to a conclusion requires navigating a field of 'he said, she said, they said, my mother's uncle's best friend's neighbor said', only to arrive in a field of... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft might have a winner on its hands with the smartphone version of Windows 10. Microsoft officially announced the operating system yesterday, and is bringing a wealth of improvements compared to its predecessor, Windows Phone 8.1. Windows 10 brings a number of new features including a new... Read more...
We doubt that there will be many tears shed as we wave goodbye to Google's inventory of Play Edition devices, a series of expensive handsets that came with the stock Android experience. The last of these was the HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition, and while you can still find it lingering at the Google Play Store... Read more...
Losing is tough enough as it is, but to lose on your home turf? That adds some extra salt to the wound. Samsung is going to know what that feels like if it doesn't turn things around, and fast. That's because Apple is gaining significant ground in smartphone market share on Samsung's home turf, snagging 33 percent of... Read more...
MetroPCS, the flagship prepaid brand owned by T-Mobile, is offering its customers a chance to upgrade to an unlimited 4G LTE data plan for just $50 per month. It's a limited time offer that's available until April 5, 2015, and if you sign up by the deadline, MetroPCS says you'll get unlimited LTE with no pre-planned end date "MetroPCS has Read more...
To date, NVIDIA has introduced only a couple of Maxwell-based desktop GPUs. Back in September, the company launched the powerful and potent GeForce GTX 980 (and its little brother, the GeForce GTX 970), featuring the GM204. The GM204 is currently NVIDIA’s fastest single-GPU, though a larger “big” Maxwell-based chip akin to the GK110 powering... Read more...
LG Electronics today said that it didn't run into any overheating issues with Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon System-on-Chip (SoC) and will hold firm to plans to use the company's chip in its forthcoming G Flex 2 handset that's due to launch in South Korea at the end of this month (January 30) and in the U.S. sometime... Read more...
Microsoft made R2D2’s holographic capabilities seem quaint today when it unveiled the HoloLens, which will work with the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. The holographic wearable will let you view Skype chats, stream Netflix and manipulate 3D images, among other things. What sets the HoloLens apart from VR headsets is that it doesn’t Read more...
Is Google about to win the wireless wars? It's a logical question that needs to be asked, analyzed, re-asked, re-analyzed, and debated. And if you're wondering what the flip we're talking about, it's this -- there's a new report suggesting Google is partnering with select wireless carriers to sell its own brand... Read more...
I'd have to say that overall, Microsoft's big Windows 10 event today impressed. Not only were there some surprises, but it was nice to have some confirmation over some of the rumors that have come out over the past month. While we didn't learn of a phone + laptop hybrid which was rumored about yesterday, we did get... Read more...
In a perfect world, we all could forget all about Windows 8 and the headaches that it caused for regular consumers all over the world. Microsoft’s heart was in the right place; it sought out to create an operating system that would not only cater to its existing base of desktop and notebook users, but also to the... Read more...
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