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There’s a new battlefront in the tech field, it involves air space and the Internet, and it’s an exciting front. Google and Facebook are forerunners here, and the former just snapped up drone maker Titan Aerospace, which the latter was reportedly interested in buying recently. Facebook ended up with drone maker Ascenta, and now Google has reportedly secured Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum, according to the WSJ. Both purchases are aimed at developing new ways to bring Internet access and related technological perks to areas of the world that don’t already have it, and the... Read more...
AMD's Andrew Feldman announced today that the company is preparing to sample its new eight-core ARM SoC (codename: Seattle). Feldman gave a keynote presentation at the fifth annual Open Compute Summit. The Open Compute Project (OCP) is Facebook's effort to decentralize and unpack the datacenter, breaking the replication of resources and low volume, high-margin parts that have traditionally been Intel's bread-and-butter. We've known for months that AMD was working on its own ARM server core, but announcing imminent sampling means that the company is confident of shipping the part in fairly short... Read more...
Major tech firms are lobbying for more user privacy as it pertains to the U.S. government's practice of collecting sensitive data. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Congress, eight technology companies said there's a need to "reform government surveillance" now that the balance has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from individuals. "We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens, but this summer's revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide," the companies wrote. The firms behind the letter include,... Read more...
Leaks are all-too-common in the tech industry, and really, they can come from virtually anywhere. Sometimes, people at the source of the product manufacturing could spill the beans, and other times, people at the company's HQ can feel a little mischievous. Sometimes, it could even be a completely unrelated party, such as a company related to the product by name alone. On its German Facebook fan page, Nestle beat Google to the punch by announcing Android 4.4's release date: " Android 4.4 KIT KAT ist ab Oktober verfügbar." According to my excellent Google Translate skills, I've deciphered that... Read more...
Years ago, privacy never stuck me as being a truly hot topic online, and if there's a reason for that, it's likely because many of us didn't realize the extent that some companies go to, to make it almost nonexistent. As has been proven time and time again, your privacy online is almost nil if you make use of any social networking site, but that doesn't mean that these companies automatically earn the right to assume that you simply don't care. Facebook is a great example of a company, that like Google (as we talked about earlier), loves nothing more than putting the data it has on you to good... Read more...
Edward Snowden's leaks have shaken something loose in the IT industry. For years, companies have been afraid to talk about the requests and data sharing procedures the NSA and FBI have forced upon them as a result of the Patriot Act. Companies that went to court to fight these demands lost, and lost in silence, forbidden to even reveal that such requests were taking place. Now that the programs are common knowledge, multiple corporations have joined in to demand the right to tell us just how they participate in NSA requests. Today, a coalition of 63 companies, non-profits, and organizations issued... Read more...
Politicians and fear mongers love to blame society's ills on violent video games. It's a rally call we've heard time and again, despite the fact that there are numerous studies out there -- both old and new -- debunking the claims that violent games transform gamers into these unfeeling creatures that go on shooting sprees and everything else you see in the news. Let's forget about real-world violence for a moment, do titles like Grand Theft Auto lead to anti-social behavior? The answer is no, according to a new study conducted by Morgan J. Tear and Mark Nielsen, both from the School of Psychology... Read more...
Parties just aren't what they used to be, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. In the digital world, celebrations are often much broader, with friends from all over the world chiming in to wish someone well on their special day. As social networks and the like aim to bring in additional revenue, sites like Facebook are also encouraging folks to gift their friends digitally. And now, Amazon's getting into the action with a twist. The company today introduced Amazon Birthday Gift, a new way for customers to surprise friends on their birthdays by joining together to send Amazon.com Gift Cards with... Read more...
Times are tough all around these days, but shop wisely, and you can stretch a dollar into a double cheeseburger from McDonald's, a song on iTunes, or any number of items from your local dollar store. You can even buy the HTC First, otherwise known as the Facebook phone, with a dollar bill and have a shiny copper penny left over to toss in a wishing well where you can wish you would have purchased an HTC One instead. We're speculating here, but it appears AT&T and HTC are desperate to draw attention to the HTC First after a lackluster debut. Otherwise, it's hard to imagine AT&T dropping... Read more...
Do I look a little crazy to you? If I do, it's probably Facebook to thank, since I, and apparently many others, have "Internet addiction". Well, truth be told, I don't have an addiction to the extent that some do, as Dr. Uri Nitzan exposed in a paper published to the Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences this past fall. Some can become so addicted, that they become dependant on it, and can even head toward psychosis. In his study, Nitzan evaluated three people who became addicted to social networks - Facebook, namely - with all three recovering in the end thanks to proper treatment... Read more...
Avast, makers of the popular free antivirus software of the same name, today announced that it has acquired Secure.me, a privacy protection company that's mostly focused on social network security and helping users to keep sensitive information private. Secure.me's Facebook security app, which uses sophisticated algorithms to analyze and alert Facebook users to actions that could harm their privacy, security, and reputation, is actually the most popular of its kind on the world's largest social networking site, making it an attractive target for Avast. "The acquisition reinforces AVAST's position... Read more...
At this point in time, it's pretty-well assured that the vast majority of people are getting a little annoyed by North Korea's ongoing antics, and while we'd love to see things settle down and people be reasonable, that's not the restrictive state's way. It seems that the country has only one outcome in mind, and for that reason, hacktivist group Anonymous has stepped-in in an attempt to annoy it right back. In the best way it knows how, Anonymous has begun targeting social networking accounts and websites related to the country, such as news site Uriminzokkiri and its related... Read more...
We hardly need a study to tell us that mobile users are addicted to Facebook, but lest there be any doubt, a survey by International Data Corporation (IDC) puts the issue to rest. The survey, which was commissioned by Facebook, focuses on how smartphones and social keep us engaged, and there are some interesting findings. One in particular is just how far up the mobile food chain Facebook has climbed. The online survey pinged 7,446 U.S. adults ages 18-44 years old that own an iPhone or Android smartphone and found that 70 percent check Facebook on the go. There were only two other activities that... Read more...
Microsoft has just joined the small list of companies that have experienced a cyberattack this past month, made all the more interesting due to the fact that it's the same one that Apple and Facebook suffered. Compared to Facebook's informative post, Microsoft's could be considered minimal, with the bulk of what's important seen below: "Consistent with our security response practices, we chose not to make a statement during the initial information gathering process. During our investigation, we found a small number of computers, including some in our Mac business unit, that were infected by... Read more...
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