Casino giant Harrah’s will bring its popular World Series of Poker (WSOP) to Facebook and MySpace in a new partnership announced with Playdom, which was just acquired this week for over $700 million by Disney.
Despite earlier reports to the contrary, Android Market watcher AndroLib says there aren’t 100,000 applications available in the store – yet. There have, however, 100,000 apps been submitted to Android Market since its public debut, the site wagered this morning, up from approximately 5,000 in June 2009.
Apple's Magic Trackpad isn't the first of its kind -- in fact, Wacom has been playing this game for awhile -- but it's the first of its kind from the cats in Cupertino, so obviously people take notice. The premise of such device is stupidly simple: it's a laptop trackpad that lives on your desktop.
A security expert found a way to catch the talks at Black Hat for free, thanks to bugs in the video streaming service used by the security conference.
Michael Coates, the head of Web security for Mozilla, said he discovered several problems while trying to sign up for the US$395 service.
Citigroup has urged customers conducting mobile banking from their iPhones to immediately upgrade because a security flaw in the older app secreted account information on the smartphone.
A prominent iPhone security researcher said it would be trivial for someone to access the hidden file if they obtained a lost or stolen phone.
Nearly 60 percent of all Google Android devices that recently accessed the Android Market are running Android version 2.1 or 2.2, according to an online dashboard Google provides to developers. It took nearly nine months since Android 2.0 was introduced, but more than half of those frequenting the Android Market have the most recent and polished versions of Google’s mobile platform.
As the second-generation Android devices debuted, there were serious questions about the state of the platform. Unlike the release of the HTC G1 ("Dream"), which was for a short time the only Android handset available, more phones and more versions of the Android OS meant that manufacturers and wireless carriers had to make decisions about what which hardware and software to support.
HTC to upgrade Desire to Android 2.2: it's happening this weekend for lucky Euroland owners of the Desire. Provided your Sense-laden 3.7-incher is not carrier-locked, you should be receiving your serving of Froyo by the end of the week, together with a new 720p video mode and iTunes sync for your music.
If the Yosion Apple Peel 520 turns out to be real, it could be mighty good news for iPod Touch owners.
(Credit: Yosion Technology)
Savvy iPod Touch users already know how to make phone calls on their devices: plug in a headset, find a Wi-Fi hot spot, and fire up a VoIP app like Skype or Fring. I can find at least two hassles in that process.
Despite the fact that popular smartphones such as the iPhone and Android already have great web browsers, Opera’s Java ME-based mobile browser Opera Mini is constantly growing. According to Opera, on July 25th it served one billion page views.
The European Commission today launched two formal antitrust investigations against IBM Corp. over two alleged infringements of EU antitrust rules about abusing a dominant market position, the commission said in a statement. (PDF)
Kindle's revolutionary wireless delivery and massive selection of content-now in a 21 percent smaller and 15 percent lighter design, with 50 percent better contrast, 20 percent faster page turns, up to one month of battery life, double the storage, and more-only $189, and still with free 3G wireless
Microsoft has officially divulged names of at least five manufacturers for its coming Windows Phone 7 devices, with Asus recently added to a list of four revealed at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference on July 13.
If the rumors are correct, the Dell Streak is going on sale (pre-orders only) today for people who signed up to be notified of when the phone becomes available.Dell certainly knows how to obfuscate a launch.
The sign-up period was supposed to run from July 20-27th, and a few sites are sourcing a blog post at Direct2Dell that has since been removed. Probably Engadget has the best info of what used to be there.
This is good news for a lot of you out there. Jailbreaking your iPhones, iPod touch and iPad is now considered fair under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Library of Congress has passed a ruling that it's legal for Apple iPhone users to modify phones' software as the Electonics Frontier Foundation (EFF) had requested. This ruling basically solves the conflict between copyright law and fair use.
Twitter is having trouble again with a digital certificate that secures communications to its Web site, which has been causing trouble for third-party applications that integrate with it, but the problem may have been fixed.
Some users have reported trouble in using TweetDeck, an application used to post messages to Twitter and organize other streams of messages from the microblogging service. Users see a message saying that a SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate issued by Equifax to "*.twitter.com" has expired and/or is invalid.
All the most commonly used Internet browsers are vulnerable to exploits that can force them to cough up users' personal information that can be used to hack into bank accounts or set them up for other attacks, the Black Hat 2010 conference will be told this week.
Despite previously claiming that Linux systems are safer than those running Windows, PC maker Dell has stopped selling computers pre-installed with the Ubuntu operating system via its website - the principle source of orders for the company
Oracle on Friday strongly downplayed comments made by co-President Charles Phillips at a conference on Thursday, saying that contrary to Phillips' suggestion, it is "highly unlikely" that it will spend roughly US$70 billion buying up companies during the next five years.
Microsoft sold nearly 10 copies of Windows 7 every second over the last month, according to numbers the company released Thursday.
Yesterday, Peter Klein, Microsoft's chief financial officer, told Wall Street analysts of the latest Windows 7 milestone. "With 175 million licenses sold to date, it is the fastest selling operating system ever, and now runs on over 15% of all PCs worldwide," Klein said during an afternoon earnings call.
The government of India has unveiled a prototype of a touchscreen, tablet computer which it expects to sell for $35 initially. As more companies migrate server applications and data storage to the cloud, a simple, Web-enabled platform such as this will replace the bloated desktop and laptop hardware architectures in use today.
The just-released Motorola Droid X is slated to receive the new version of Google's mobile operating system in late July, which could mean any day now. Other reports have the Droid 2, the original Droid's replacement that's coming next month, as the first phone come with Android 2.2 preinstalled.
Google and IBM came out on top as the leading cloud computing vendors in a survey of developers revealed.
The biannual Evans Cloud Development Survey 2010, which polled more than 400 software developers, found that more than 40 percent cited Google as the public cloud leader. Nearly 30 percent identified IBM as the top private cloud provider.
If you have plans to travel to Las Vegas next week, you may want to cancel them. Why? Because the city will be crawling with hackers attending a "Black Hat" conference on electronic security. The sponsors of the events describe them as "highly technical information security conferences that bring together thought leaders from all facets of the infosec world--from the corporate and government sectors to academic and even underground researchers."
This is not confirmed, and according to the source is only an 80% shot, but the iPhone may finally lose its one carrier status in the US and become available on two networks: AT&T and T-Mobile.
According to a “high placed source” at T-Mobile, this year, the last in which AT&T and Apple have a exclusivity deal, is the one when T-Mobile gets its mits on the prized iPhone. It might already be counting the future profits.
A Texas company called InNova is suing 36 companies – including Google, Yahoo, Apple, Dell, AOL, Bank of America, RIM and 29 others saying it that all of these companies are infringing on InNova’s patent for – get this – email spam filtering.
Some interesting news came out of Microsoft’s Global Exchange Conference (MGX) yesterday, the Redmond company is to give each one of its 88,000 employees a Windows Phone 7 handset, a sure way boost the profile of the OS and the associated handsets.
Facebook isn't letting its milestone of 500 million active users around the world go unnoticed, with a big "Facebook Stories" user testimony promotion rolling out and normally press-shy CEO Mark Zuckerberg making a Wednesday evening appearance on the ABC World News broadcast in the form of an interview with anchor Diane Sawyer.
Microsoft officially announced pricing for its Kinect controller-free gaming system for the Xbox 360. The big surprise was that there was no surprise: the widely listed tentative price of $149.99 turned out to be accurate. For that price you get the Kinect unit itself plus the game Kinect Adventures
The Motorola Droid a.k.a Milestone in Europe has enjoyed huge sales since its launch in October of last year, so much so the telecommunications giant is developing a faster, more feature rich model to succeed the original handset, giving it the name: Droid 2.
Motorola has found a buyer for its wireless network equipment unit: Nokia Siemens Networks will pay $1.2 billion for most of that business, the companies announced today.
The acquisition will bring Nokia Siemens around 50 new customers. The two wireless infrastructure vendors have few customers in common, although those they do are large ones such as China Mobile, Vodafone, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and Clearwire.
openSUSE 11.3 is the distribution for people who like the KDE 4.x desktop. While openSUSE offers baked-in support for more other desktop interfaces than most Linux distributions, such as GNOME 2.30.1 with a preview of GNOME 3.0 and the lightweight XFCE 4.6.2, it's really the showcase for the latest in the KDE 4.4.4.openSUSE 11.3 is the Linux distribution for you.
The launch of the Droid X handset couldn’t have gone any better for Motorola, the device completely sold out online with many stores such as Best Buy and Verizon reporting stock shortages on its day of release.
Authentication systems employed by large websites such as Twitter and Digg could be at risk after researchers have discovered a basic flaw that could crack a large number of open-source software libraries wide open leaving a users personal details and passwords open to attack.
Google has acquired semantic web and real world database company Metaweb, a move the company says will help them “improve search and make the web richer and more meaningful for everyone.”
We wrote about Metaweb back in 2008 when they received a significant chunk of funding to the tune of $42 million, on top of their first round of $15 million back in 2006.
Usually when Apple releases a minor new version of its iOS operating system for the iPhone and iPod touch, the release is noticed by the tech community and Apple fans.iOS 4.0.1 is a much bigger deal, thanks to the controversy surrounding the iPhone 4's "death grip" issue.
After releasing its own handset to compete with Apple's iPhone, Lenovo looks like it may be preparing to take on the iPad. The company plans on releasing its own tablet PC at the end of the year.
The device will be called the "LePad" and will use the Android mobile operating system, according to recent comments made by Liu Jun, senior vice president and president at Lenovo's Consumer Business Group.
The Windows Help and Support Center vulnerability that was patched with yesterday’s MS10-042 bulletin was under active attack by malware miscreants, especially in Europe where Microsoft tracked about 25,000 attempts to exploit the vulnerability.
Facebook has finally agreed to introduce a child safety ‘panic button’ in the UK. Ceop, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre has been lobbying Facebook to carry the ClickCeop button since late last year. The idea is that if a child feels threatened while online they can click the button for instant access to advice and help on cyberbullying, hacking, “sexual behaviour” and more.
We hate to scare you on Friday right before a good weekend, but this story is alarming enough that you need to hear about. Before we proceed, know that this exploit is out in the open, be extra careful when you install any Chrome plugin; you may be at risk.
Earlier this evening, we took the plunge -- now, we're rocking Froyo on our old-and-busted T-Mobile G1. That's because Cyanogen's team of ROM hackers has come through once again for the little handset that could, serving early adopters with HTC Dream and Magic phones with the first fully-functioning, stable build of CyanogenMod 6.
Google has quietly invested somewhere between $100 million and $200 million in social gaming behemoth Zynga, we’ve confirmed from multiple sources. The company has raised somewhere around half a billion dollars in venture capital in the last year alone, including $150 million from Softbank Capital last month and $180 million late last year from Digital Sky Technologies, Tiger Global, Institutional Venture Partners and Andreessen Horowitz.
Amazon.com plans to acquire online discount retailer Woot.com, the smaller site announced Wednesday.
Woot, which offers one item for sale each day, didn't disclose the terms of the deal. The company will continue to operate independently from its Carrollton, Texas, headquarters, Woot CEO Matt Rutledge said in a letter to employees published on the site.
Monty Widenius, a leading open-source software proponent, lodged an appeal on Friday against the European Union's antitrust authorities over their decision to green-light Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems at the beginning of this year.
Internet search engines pride themselves as being neutral providers of information.
But as competition mounts to own the connection between fans and online content, tech behemoths like Microsoft and Google increasingly are turning to their search engines to help drive their entertainment content strategies.
NTP, which claims to have founded the technology of which wireless emails are based, has filed lawsuits against Apple, Google, HTC Corp, LG Electronics, Microsoft Corporation, and Motorola, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for allegedly infringing NTP’s eight patents related to the delivery of electronic mail over wireless communications systems.
Taiwan's biggest telecommunications company, Chunghwa Telecom, signed an agreement Monday with the world's largest contract laptop maker to jointly develop cloud computing software, services and hardware products aimed at markets in Asia.
Sify Technologies, a large Indian Internet service provider, has launched a suite of cloud-based applications targeting the large number of people in India who do not own computers or have access to the Internet.
Key to Sify's strategy are the 1,200 Sify-branded Internet cafés spread across the country. These cafés, called Sify e-ports, operate as franchisees and use the company's broadband connections for Internet access.
Indian film stars are making a beeline for Twitter, updating fans on what they are doing, exchanging pleasantries, promoting their movies, and at times even settling scores with one another. Some of these film stars may not be well known outside India, but they have a huge number of fans among India's 1.2 billion people.
Microsoft faces a rash of zero-day vulnerabilities in some of its most important software, according to recent disclosures of unpatched bugs, including flaws in Windows XP, Internet Explorer and its flagship Web server.
Along with the unveiling of a vulnerability by a group of disgruntled security researchers who have dubbed themselves the Microsoft-Spurned Researcher Collective (MSRC), Microsoft has been served notice of at least three other flaws in the last few weeks.
Android users who want to to keep tabs on their Yahoo mail and learn more about their favorite movies should welcome the addition of a couple of new apps to the growing mobile marketplace.
Yahoo announced Thursday the launch of Android apps for its Mail and Messenger programs topped off by a new mobile-search widget. Available free at the Android Market, the new apps support Android 2.0 or higher and are optimized for the Motorola Droid, HTC Incredible, and Google Nexus One, according to Yahoo.
On the heels of Google introducing automatic updating for the Adobe Flash plug-in, a future version of Google Chrome will include technology that blocks out-of-date plug-ins and helps users update them, Google said.
The stable version of Google Chrome received multiple security fixes this week, including four rated as "high," while the developer's version adopted an interface tweak to create more room for extension icons.
The latest version of Google Chrome for developers merges the two menu drop-downs into one.
The Independence Day fireworks started early on Sunday morning with a non-stop crackle of reports from individuals on social media sites that YouTube has been hacked to apparently target videos of singer and teen sensation Justin Bieber.
Cybercriminals are building country-specific botnets to target UK bank consumers with dedicated malware, security company Trusteer has reported.
The company identifies two pieces of malware -- the previously undetected Silon.var2 and the longer-established Agent.DBJP - as the two bank Trojans being distributed by Zeus-based botnets using UK-infected PCs.
IT spending is still expected to rise this year over 2009, but Gartner believes that European debt problems may put a damper on its previous expectations for growth.
The market researcher said Thursday it has trimmed its estimate for IT spending for 2010 to $3.35 trillion, a gain of 3.9 percent over last year's $3.23 trillion.
As announced a few weeks ago, Starbucksis now providing free Wi-Fi at all company-owned locations in the United States and Canada.
Customers with laptops, netbooks, tablets and/or smartphones will only need to accept the typical Terms of Service agreement and then click to connect.
Officially, Apple seems to be in denial about the serious and mounting issues being reported by its customers. However, complaints of the antenna "death grip", battery power vampire, proximity sensor, and other issues are flooding online forums. Thankfully, unofficially, the rumor is that Apple is hard at work resolving these "non-issues" with an update to the iOS software coming soon.
Reliance Communications is on its way to become the largest triple-play operator all over Asia with the acquisition of DigiCable. Triple-Play service includes digital TV, broadband and voice telephony and Reliance Communications (R-com) is currently, India’s second largest mobile operator and after the acquisition of the country’s biggest cable TV provider, DigiCable, Reliance will merge its Internet TV and Broadband services with DigiCable and start a new company, Reliance DigiCom.
Every other weekend, I spend 14 hours in the car. Between 7 hours on Friday and 7 hours on Sunday, that’s a lot of free time. Often, I’ll fill that time by catching up on podcasts or some other sort of listening, but I really feel like it could still be time better spent. Clearly, browsing news stories while driving isn’t exactly the best idea, so I needed a better way.
Put simply, Apple’s impassiveness is becoming a distressing trend.
In a press release which Apple just issued, the company addressed the suspicious app purchase patterns news that we broke on Sunday by saying “The developer Thuat Nguyen and his apps were removed from the App Store for violating the developer Program License Agreement, including fraudulent purchase patterns.”
The popularity of the iPhone, combined with the small form factor of the device make it a prime target for thieves, and also make it highly unlikely that a lost iPhone 4 would be returned to its rightful owner. Make sure you set the security settings on your iPhone 4 to protect your sensitive business data and personal information.
We all know that Apple has called off any possibility of bringing Adobe Flash on the iOS platform. Nevertheless, the enthusiast community managed to port Flash on the iPhone and make it work in the Mobile Safari browser. These days, buzz about the plugin - Frash developed by Spirit jailbreak developer c0mex has been on the web.
Right from the day Google announced the Nexus One, rumours of its successor had already begun. The Nexus Two, as it was christened, was expected to come with even more powerful hardware than its predecessor apart from having more features.
HTC's last major Windows Mobile 6.5 based phone is the mighty HD2 which boasts of great specs and hardware firepower. If you always thought the OS on the stock phone (Windows Mobile) was just not enough to squeeze the max out of the hardware, it's time you head towards the XDA -Developers forum where highly smart folks have managed to port Ubuntu and Android for the handset.
Looking for something a bit more eye-catching than a iPhone 4 with a wooden veneer? Then it looks like you can once again thank Stuart Hughes for throwing any subtlety to the wind and going all out with the so-called iPhone 4 Diamond Edition.
When Opera Software last week released the final version of its Operabrowser (version 10.60), it titled its press release ‘What is faster than the fastest?’.
The company touts other features, like built-in geolocation and webM support, as well but not nearly as much as it boasts about its browser’s speed.
Microsoft's mobile efforts may look like they're slightly in disarray after the expensive and embarrassing Kin debacle, but it looks like Windows Phone 7 may yet emerge unscathed from the chaos -- and potentially even earlier than expected.
Now this is jolly good news. LG, which already has a Windows 7 tablet in the works, is gearing up to service those with a hankering for some Android in their slate computers as well. Clearly unwilling to fall behind its fierce rival Samsung, LG has just announced that it'll bringing out its own Google-centric tablet before the end of 2010.
On Thursday, Microsoft announced a technology called InstaLoad, which will allow you to insert a battery into electronic devices any way you please.
The InstaLoad technology will be licensed on a royalty-free basis, Microsoft said. Duracell was named as a partner for the technology, as well as several manaufacturers of electronic devices, including ClearSound's hearing aids, NovaTac's LED flashlights, and Black Diamond's headlamps for mountaineering.
A few days ago, Google CEO Eric Schmidt did a rather candid interview that was covered on the Telegraph website in the UK. Somewhere along the way, the majority of the media seemed to have missed it, but there were some very key points about Google’s mindset on products, and mobile in particular.
An unknown number of Apple IDs have apparently been hacked this week, and are being used to buy hundreds of dollars worth of apps in the App Store. It’s not yet clear whether the problem is widespread.
The Walt Disney Co. confirmed late Thursday that it had acquired Tapulous, the developer of the wildly popular "Tap Tap Revenge" and other games for the Apple iOS platform.
The deal was reported earlier by Mashable and TechCrunch. A Tapulous representative confirmed the transaction, but without disclosing the terms of the deal.
As you know, Apple's new iPhone 4 boasts a boatload of new features and improvements. One such improvement is increased battery life. Apple claims the new phone can outlast its predecessor by an hour in Internet use, two hours in talk time, and 10 hours of audio playback. Both the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 claim to hold enough juice to play up to 10 hours of video, and can last up to 300 hours in standby mode.
President Obama's administration will announce nearly $795 million in grants and loans for broadband deployment projects across the nation today, officials with two federal agencies said.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will officially announce awards for 66 new broadband projects that will touch all 50 states, Obama administration officials said.
Google has reached an agreement to buy ITA Software, a maker of air-travel flight-information software whose customers include major airlines and online travel agencies.
Google will pay US$700 million in cash for the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based software vendor, the companies announced on Thursday.
India's Department of Telecommunications (DOT) has been asked by the government to serve a notice to Skype and Research In Motion (RIM) to ensure that their email and other data services comply with formats that can be read by security and intelligence agencies, according to reports in two Indian newspapers.
Cloudera has released proprietary add-ons for the version of Apache Hadoop it began offering for download in March. Cloudera Enterprise will be a subscription service consisting of management and production support tools for clouds built using the Cloudera Distribution for Hadoop (CDH).
IBM announced Thursday that it plans to buy systems management software vendor BigFix. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter, were not provided.
BigFix's platform includes a range of modules for areas such as patch management, security configurations and power management.
HP has officially completed the acquisition of Palm, making it the proud owner of Palm's coveted intellectual property including WebOS. It is hardly a surprise that before the ink was even dry on finalizing the purchase, HP announced its intent to build an array of mobile devices around the WebOS platform--including the predicted WebOS tablet.
Is this game really designed for the hard-core gamer?
(Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET)
As a hard-core gamer who spends hours each day playing video games, I can say without reservation that I'm not all that fond of motion gaming. And I'm not very excited about Microsoft Kinect or PlayStation Move. But Microsoft's worldwide product marketing manager, Ryan Moore, believes it will be a person like me--the hard-core gamer--who will be first to pick up Kinect when it hits stores later this year.
Every resident in Finland has a legal right to 1Mbps broadband access from today.
Under a new law passed by the country's government telecommunicatons companies will be obliged to provide Finns with an internet connection with a minimum speed of 1Mbps.
You've heard it before, but it's still true: if you don't back up your system, you have only yourself to blame when bad hardware or viruses makes your disk unbootable or unreadable. Sure, online backup has its place: check out our Easy Online Backup story for some great choices. But the best, most secure backup software is a drive-imaging program that makes a backup of your whole disk.
This screen shot shows what the My Tracks Android app has access to and prompts the user for approval before the app can be installed.
So, which is more secure to use, the iPhone or the Android?
Neither, according to security experts who say the two fastest-growing smartphone platforms are different but comparable.
The main difference is that Apple must approve all apps distributed via the Apps Store, which is the only way to get apps on the iPhone unless it is jail broken so it can run whatever software an owner wants. Android apps are not vetted by Google or anyone prior to distribution.
Don't jump to conclusions about Windows 8 based on leaked slides supposedly from Microsoft, an industry analyst warned today.
Putting aside the question of whether the information that leaked Monday is actually official, it's dangerous to assume that the spelled-out features -- ranging from facial recognition for log-ons to support for slates -- will actually see the light of day, said Michael Cherry, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, a firm that only tracks the Redmond, Wash. company's moves.
The Fedora Project will be getting a new leader next month, as Jared Smith takes over the helm from current head Paul Frields, Frields announced Tuesday on the Fedora mailing list. Smith, who will become a Red Hat employee next month, has participated in the Fedora community since 2007, primarily devoting time to the project's infrastructure and documentation teams.
Just six days after the iPhone 4's launch, a pair of Maryland residents sued Apple and AT&T, alleging that the smartphone's defective antenna design drops calls and can't hold a strong signal.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Maryland, claimed Apple knowingly sold defective phones and broke its warranty promises. The lawsuit also leveled seven additional charges against Apple and AT&T, including general negligence, deceptive trade practices, fraud, and misrepresentation.
Streaming music from the cloud to your computer or mobile device is nothing new, but doing so with your own library is something that's on the brink of becoming an everyday occurrence with upcoming efforts by Google, HP, and possibly even Apple.
Mozilla had to restart an effort to overhaul Firefox's extension technology, but the Jetpack reboot is steadily coming together.
Mozilla has released five beta versions of the Jetpack Software Developer Kit, a package that puts a friendly face on Firefox's inner workings so that extensions can do things such as open new tabs, add menu items, and modify Web pages. And the latest schedule was announced this week: its goal is to release Jetpack 1.0 by the end of 2010.
Apple's iOS 4 enables multitasking and other new and useful features, but the iPad can't join the party until this fall. If you jailbreak your iPad, however, you can multitask today--and that's just the beginning.
Your jailbroken iPad can run all kinds of third-party apps far beyond the selection in Apple's App Store. Want to sync over Wi-Fi, connect a Bluetooth GPS or mouse, and browse the entire iPad file structure? Here's how.
Nearly a month after a Google engineer released details of a new Windows XP flaw, criminals have dramatically ramped up online attacks that leverage the bug.
Microsoft reported Wednesday that it has now logged more than 10,000 attacks. "At first, we only saw legitimate researchers testing innocuous proof-of-concepts. Then, early on June 15th, the first real public exploits emerged," Microsoft said in a blog posting.
France's antitrust regulator accused Google Inc of a lack of transparency over its keyword advertising service and ordered it to clarify conditions for the product within four months.
The Autorite de la Concurrence was responding on Wednesday to a complaint filed in February by French GPS and smartphone data services company Navx, which alleged the world's top search engine had abused its dominant position by scrapping Navx's AdWords contract.
The Indian agency assigned by the government to issue identity numbers has proposed stiff penalties, including imprisonment, for anybody found misusing personal biometric and other information that it collects.
SanDisk on Wednesday announced a Secure Digital card that can store data for 100 years, but can be written on only once.
The WORM (write once, read many) card is "tamper proof" and data cannot be altered or deleted, SanDisk said in a statement. The card is designed for long-time preservation of crucial data like legal documents, medical files and forensic evidence, SanDisk said.
Firefox 3.6.6 with crash protection is now available, and according to Mozilla it "provides uninterrupted browsing for Windows and Linux users when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins.
The online rumormill is operating at full tilt today; according to a fairly prominent Russian mobile journalist, Android 3.0 might be coming as soon as this fall.In a recent podcast, the editor of Mobile-Review.com — Eldar Murtazin — discussed some supposed details of Android 3.0, a.k.a. Gingerbread.
India's mobile subscriber growth continues with the country adding 16.3 million new subscribers in May, according to data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The country added 11.6 million subscribers in May last year.
Network operator TeliaSonera plans to start shipping the world's first dual-mode modem for LTE (Long-Term Evolution) and 3G mobile networks on Wednesday.
TeliaSonera became the first operator to launch a commercial LTE network in December last year. At the time it was only able to offer subscribers an LTE-only modem, but promised to have a dual-mode modem available in the second quarter of 2010, which it seems to have managed by the smallest possible margin.
Google has expanded the functionality of Google Docs viewer on the iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices to include the ability to view PDFs, *.doc, *.docx (the Office 2007 and Office 2010 file format that replaces *.doc), and even Microsoft PowerPoint (although there is no mention of the newer *.pptx format for PowerPoint) natively within Google Docs Viewer. So far, though, Google is taking a "look, but don't touch" approach--providing the ability to view multiple file formats, but still lacking the functionality to create or edit documents, even in Google Docs.
A clandestine network of Russian spies in the United States used private Wi-Fi networks, flash memory sticks, and text messages concealed in graphical images to exchange information, federal prosecutors said Monday.
A big thanks to @floo1989 for the heads-up! Over the weekend, the Italian Windows site “Windowsette” got a hold of some super secret squirrel Microsoft presentations apparently laying around on the internet somewhere. I took a look through every single one of these, slide-by-slide, so I’m quite confident these are the real deal. I just feel bad for the poor sap who either leaked these or inadvertently shared these with the world. Long story short, these slide decks are chock full of internal thinking on Windows 8 — everything from customer target audiences to the Windows 8 developer market to the Windows 8 product cycle and much, much more.
More than half a million Sony laptops sold this year contain a software bug that could lead them to overheat, the company said Wednesday.
Sony has recorded 39 cases of overheating among Vaio F and C series laptops that have been on sale since January.
Google has stopped automatically redirecting some search traffic from China to its Hong Kong search engine in a bid to placate angry Chinese officials, the company said Tuesday.
In March, Google shut down Google.cn, the censored search engine that it set up to comply with Chinese laws. Traffic to the site was redirected to Google's uncensored Hong Kong search engine, Google.com.hk. At the time, Google said the move to redirect traffic from the Chinese site to Hong Kong was a "sensible solution," but acknowledged China could choose to block access to the Hong Kong site at any time.
That never happened. But the decision to redirect traffic to the Hong Kong search engine angered Chinese officials, who eventually forced Google to stop.
Google's Matthew Papakipos, the engineering director who started and led the project to create the Chrome operating system, has been hired away by Facebook.
Papakipos announced his job change Monday afternoon on Twitter, writing "Now that Chrome OS & WebGL are in good shape, it's time for something new. I'm going to work @ Facebook! Love the product and team. Woot!"