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An anonymous reader writes “In a decision that’s almost certainly going to result in this issue heading up to the Supreme Court, the Federal 1st Circuit Court of Appeals [Friday] ruled that police can’t search your phone when they arrest you without a warrant. That’s contrary to most courts’ previous findings in these kinds of cases where judges have allowed warrantless searches through cell phones.” (But in line with the recently mentioned decision in Florida, and seemingly with common sense.)
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Foxconn has come under fire repeatedly, fueled by several worker suicides and threats of suicides, as well as protests and its eventual installation of nets to catch employees who jump from the roof. Because of the criticism, the Chinese manufacturer – which supplies some Apple devices, among others – agreed to over 300 terms set
Back in March, we reported that Apple plans to launch it iRadio streaming music service by this upcoming summer, followed up by a piece in April on its reported signing of various licensing agreements. Now sources are saying the company has run into a snag with Sony over an issue with how much it will
Google+ Hangouts got a major face-lift yesterday when Google announced that all of their chat services would be merged together into one app. Essentially, users can now message each other over various platforms, as well as video chat. Furthermore, you can send someone a message without even them being signed in, hinting to the possibility
An anonymous reader writes “Yesterday, Russia’s Foreign Minister declared that Moscow would not sell any new surface-to-air missiles to Syria, although there is a catch. He said old contracts are being honored. Could old contracts just be code for an already signed, but undisclosed deal for the S-300? Lavarov certainly left the door open: ‘…when questioned in particular about the S-300, his reply was not clear if the “earlier contracts” were for the S-300 or something else.’ With Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu going to the Black Sea town of Sochi early next week for talks with President Vladimir Putin, it seems they may have something to talk about.”
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An emergency spacewalk is needed to resolve a radiator leaking small white flakes of ammonia into the cold vacuum of space, NASA said Friday afternoon.
Recently speaking at the Interop IT conference, PayPal’s chief information security officer, Michael Barrett, stated that passwords and PINs were operating on borrowed time. Barrett hopes to replace online security keys with a setup that’s a blend of software and hardware-based identification. He also serves as president of the Fast Identity Online Alliance (FIDO) — the organization’s focus is to combine an effective mix of software (passwords and plugins) and hardware (USB drives and fingerprint scanners) for user authentication.
PayPal’s technology boss didn’t allude to his company adopting these new types of security systems for its customers anytime soon. Instead he announced that FIDO-enabled devices will be hitting the market sometime this year. Progress, yes, but until this hardware becomes more widely available, it’s likely that you’ll be spending more time getting acquainted with two-step logins.
One interesting thing to watch is how social networking platforms mature divergently as businesses around the world.
Sina Weibo, the public microblogging platform that has had a huge impact on online discourse in China, is veering down a path toward e-commerce and transactions after Alibaba took a stake worth $ 586 million in it last month. The platform is one of the two more influential social networks in China today, with the other being Tencent’s messaging app WeChat.
Apple began using the term “iBook” quite a few years ago, having applied it to various computers in days-gone-by that are now obsolete, only recently shifting to a slight variation of the word for its digital books app. Such a change prompted John T. Colby, a New York publisher, to file a lawsuit against Apple
The world’s first 3D-printed handgun, The Liberator, has had its liberty taken away by the government.
The International Space Station has a radiator leak in its power system. The outpost’s commander calls the situation serious, but not life-threatening.
The first mobile devices to use Nvidia's Tegra 4 chips will be announced this quarter, meaning smartphones and tablets based on the new processor should be available soon.
Shopping Around For Cheap Prices [Not Mobile Payments] Is The Most Popular In-Store Activity Among Mobile Users, Says Google
Most people may not yet be using smartphones to pay for goods when they are out shopping, but that doesn’t mean that they are not glued to their handsets anyway. Some research out today from Google indicates that among smartphone owners, some 79% can be classified as “mobile shoppers,” using their devices for some aspect of the shopping experience, from finding store locations through to finding goods. On top of that, among those who use smartphones for any kind of shopping or browsing, some 84% do so in physical stores. And when it comes to investing in experiences that consumers like, retailers should stick to mobile web sites: 65% of consumers prefer these to apps.
Activision has published the financial results of its first quarter, which showed a rise in net income from $ 384 million to $ 456 million. All is not looking up, however, with the company also reporting that World of Warcraft subscribers are down, and as a result it has adjusted its expectations for the rest of the
One of the most anticipated games for next-generation game consoles comes from DICE. That game is Battlefield 4 and fans of the Nintendo game consoles have received some bad news this week. DICE has announced that the game engine that operates Battlefield 4 won’t run on the Nintendo Wii U game console. The game engine
Internet traffic to and from Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war, appears to have dried up.
We’ve heard talk of a GDR2 update coming to Windows Phone 8, including more recent claims of restored FM radio support and a double-tap-to-wake feature, but it’s been unclear when the mid-cycle refresh would show up. Telstra may have just given us a better clue: the Australian carrier tells customers on its support forums that Nokia should deliver its version of GDR2 for testing sometime in mid-May. That suggests the upgrade is relatively close, although we wouldn’t make too many assumptions beyond that — Telstra is just one of many networks that needs to sign off on GDR2, and it’s likely neither the first nor the last. Nonetheless, it’s apparent that Microsoft is relatively close to delivering a big tune-up.
It was almost a year ago to the day that the European Commission began investigating Motorola over reported abuse of its standard-essential patents (SEPs), and now the regulators have a little more to say on the matter. The Commission has issued Motorola Mobility a Statement of Objections, which doesn’t mean any judgment has been reached, but lets the company know its preliminary view, and it ain’t good news. According to these initial findings, Motorola wanting an injunction against Apple in Germany based on some of its GPRS-related SEPs — the particular legal encounter that was the catalyst for a complaint by Cupertino and ultimately, the EC’s investigation — “amounts to an abuse of a dominant position prohibited by EU antitrust rules.” Motorola originally said it would license these patents under FRAND terms when they became standard-essential, which Apple was happy to pay for. However, the company pursued an injunction nonetheless.
The Commission’s statement goes on to say that while injunctions can be necessary in certain disputes, where there is potential for an agreement under FRAND terms, companies with bulging SEP portfolios should not be allowed to request injunctions “in order to distort licensing negotiations and impose unjustified licensing terms on patent licensees.” Joaquín Almunia, the Commission Vice President who’s responsible for competition policy, echoed what we’ve heard from other important folks entrenched in the never-ending patent battlefield (such as Judge Koh), saying: “I think that companies should spend their time innovating and competing on the merits of the products they offer — not misusing their intellectual property rights to hold up competitors to the detriment of innovation and consumer choice.” So, what happens next? Motorola will first have its right to address the statement before the EC makes a final decision, but it’s looking like a fine is headed Motorola’s way. Hopefully, this case will also have a wider impact on patent cases of the future, so companies will spend more time making shiny things for us, and less on courtroom squabbles.
Source: European Commission
A spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today downplayed the significance of a recent incident of unauthorized access to a database containing potentially sensitive information on thousands of high hazard dams across the country.
Microsoft is seeing slow sales of a version of Windows designed for thin and light tablets, even as the tablet market as a whole is growing, a research firm reported Wednesday.
Apple today again captured top honors in Consumer Reports‘ tech support ratings survey, besting other computer makers by a wide margin.
As you may recall, Wolfram Research signed a deal with Microsoft a few years back that saw some Wolfram Alpha functionality integrated into Bing. As it turns out, it very nearly found its way into a certain other search engine as well. In an interview at The Next Web conference in Amsterdam today, Stephen Wolfram revealed that his company had tried to work with Google and “almost had a deal,” but it “blew up.” Unfortunately, he didn’t provide any further details about when those talks took place or exactly what the potential deal entailed, and it doesn’t sound like we can expect that deal to revived anytime soon — especially considering Google’s own efforts that are increasingly overlapping with Wolfram Alpha. As Wolfram himself notes, though, the two companies do have something of a longstanding connection: Google co-founder Sergey Brin was actually an intern at Wolfram way back in 1993.
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Boeing Co.’s chief engineer for the 787 Dreamliner said Saturday that changes to the lithium-ion battery system are fully sufficient to ensure the aircraft’s safety, although the company has been unable to find the cause of the original battery failures earlier this year that led to groundings of the plane worldwide since mid-January.
IDC has offered up a new report looking at the mobile phone market during the first quarter of 2013. The report looks at the global mobile phone market and notes that the overall market around the globe for mobile phones grew 4% year-over-year during Q1 of 2013. One of the more interesting things about Q1
Like flat screens and french fries before them, smartphones have been supersized, swelling in length and girth as more Americans use them to surf the web and send emails.
As it stands right now, Verizon holds 55-percent of Verizon Wireless, with Vodafone holding the other 45-percent. According to some sources who spoke to Reuters, Verizon is looking at buying out Vodafone‘s stake to take full control of Verizon Wireless. Assuming Vodafone is approached by Verizon, nothing says it will need to sell, however, or
Sprint warned Wednesday that it will be “slightly delayed” with its full launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 on Saturday as planned.
A patent that Motorola Mobility used to force Apple to turn off its iCloud push mail service in Germany is likely to be invalid, the Higher Regional Court in Karlsruhe said on Wednesday — but the ban will not be lifted, a court spokeswoman said.
A Yale scientist says a rock that crashed through the roof of a home in Wolcott was a meteorite.
We’ve seen plenty of the Radeon HD 7990 in action with Battlefield 4, but it’s taken AMD a little while to furnish us with full specs and pricing. Now that all the info is here, in the run-up to commercial availability in two week’s time, it’s finally possible to judge the pros and cons of what is arguably a very niche product. Read on past the break and we’ll do just that.
An anonymous reader writes “Two men were arrested in Canada, accused of conspiring to carry out an ‘al-Qaeda supported’ attack against a VIA passenger train in the Greater Toronto Area. The arrests were products of ‘extensive’ co-operation between Canadian and US intelligence agencies, who had been investigating the plot since August 2012.” From this article, it’s not clear whether any actual al-Qaeda support was forthcoming, or whether the accused plotters merely thought there was, by means of an FBI sting operation, as in the 2006 case in Florida.
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Chrysler‘s CEO Sergio Marchionne stated yesterday in a speech that the manufacturer will lose approximately $ 10,000 for every Fiat 500 electric vehicle it sells, something he used to demonstrate that electric motors are not – at least presently – the solution to government-mandated fuel regulations. He discussed his concerns regarding present regulation efforts and the
Improved battery life and durability could be big selling points for new phones from Motorola.
In his January earnings call, Google CEO Larry Page complained that our phones died too quickly and broke too easily. On Google’s next quarterly earnings call today, he cited the same concerns and said new products being cooked up at Motorola Mobility would address them. Google acquired for $ 12.5 billion last May (see “What Ideas Does Google Have Brewing at Motorola?”).
Sparrowvsrevolution writes “Bitcoin’s recent spike and then collapse in value has convinced many that it’s too unstable to use as a practical currency. But not the founder of Silk Road, the black market drug site that exclusively accepts Bitcoin in exchange for heroin, cocaine and practically every other drug imaginable. Silk Road’s creator, who calls himself the Dread Pirate Roberts, broke his usual media silence to issue a short statement that Silk Road will survive Bitcoin’s bubble and bust. The market’s prices are generally pegged to the dollar, with prices in Bitcoin fluctuating to account for movements in the exchange rate. And Roberts explained that vendors on the site have the option to also hedge the Bitcoins that buyers place in escrow for their products, so that they can’t lose money due to Bitcoin’s volatility while the drugs are in the mail. As a result, only about 1,000 of the site’s more than 11,000 product listings were taken down during the recent crash.”
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