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HTC Desire 816 review: A mid-range M8 let down by sluggish cameras

(12 minutes ago)
HTC may have some problems behind closed doors, but outside, it's still widely regarded as one of the world's top phone makers. We already gave this year's One M8 flagship a rather jolly review, and now it's time to see if the same qualities are...

Runtastic's $120 Orbit Fitness Tracker Prizes Function And Features Over Fashion (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)

(30 minutes ago)
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:Runtastic's $120 Orbit Fitness Tracker Prizes Function And Features Over Fashion  —  Runtastic is doing the reverse of what many startups are doing these days: it's going from being a software platform provider to becoming a hardware maker with the Runtastic Orbit fitness tracker.

"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

(30 minutes ago)
An anonymous reader writes with s snippet from Ars Technica that should make you (even more) skeptical about plugging in random USB drives, or allowing to persons unknown physical access to you computer's USB ports : When creators of the state-sponsored Stuxnet worm used a USB stick to infect air-gapped computers inside Iran's heavily fortified Natanz nuclear facility, trust in the ubiquitous storage medium suffered a devastating blow. Now, white-hat hackers have devised a feat even more seminal—an exploit that transforms keyboards, Web cams, and other types of USB-connected devices into highly programmable attack platforms that can't be detected by today's defenses. Dubbed BadUSB, the hack reprograms embedded firmware to give USB devices new, covert capabilities. In a demonstration scheduled at next week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, a USB drive, for instance, will take on the ability to act as a keyboard that surreptitiously types malicious commands into attached computers. A different drive will similarly be reprogrammed to act as a network card that causes connected computers to connect to malicious sites impersonating Google, Facebook or other trusted destinations. The presenters will demonstrate similar hacks that work against Android phones when attached to targeted computers. They say their technique will work on Web cams, keyboards, and most other types of USB-enabled devices. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

(30 minutes ago)
First time accepted submitter wijnands (874114) writes Star Wars crews have started filming on the small Irish Island of Skellig Michael. This island, listed as a Unesco world heritage site, features the remains of a 6th century monastery as well as breeding populations of puffins , manx shearwaters, storm petrels, guillemots and kittiwakes. Currently the Irish navy has deployed one vessel to maintain a 2 mile exclusion zone around the island. Unesco is now concerned about what is going on the island, which is only visited 13 times a year by tourist groups, and has asked the Irish government for an explanation. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

PlayStation Now game streaming service hits open beta today on PS4 in the US and Canada (Nick Summers/The Next Web)

(36 minutes ago)
Nick Summers / The Next Web:PlayStation Now game streaming service hits open beta today on PS4 in the US and Canada  —  Sony is launching a public beta for its PlayStation Now video game streaming initiative in the US and Canada today (July 31).  —  For now, the service will be available exclusively on the PlayStation 4 …

Smartphone management flaws puts users at risk, researchers say

(36 minutes ago)
VIENNA (Reuters) - Security researchers have revealed two separate threats this week they say could put up to 90 percent of the world's 2 billion plus smartphones at risk of password theft, stolen data and in some cases let hackers take full control of devices.

LG's G Vista looks like the G3 but lacks the power and resolution

(36 minutes ago)
What do you get when you cross a 5.7-inch screen with 960x540 resolution and a 3,200mAH battery? Pretty sparse pixel density, that's for sure, but the new LG G Vista for Verizon will keep smartphone-ing through a day and then some. Aimed at the...

Xiaomi now world's fifth largest smartphone maker; Android captures record 85% market share (Parmy Olson/Forbes)

(54 minutes ago)
Parmy Olson / Forbes:Xiaomi now world's fifth largest smartphone maker; Android captures record 85% market share  —  China's Xiaomi Becomes World's 5th Largest Smartphone Maker  —  Global smartphone sales are still growing, but the market's star performer in the last three months wasn't Apple or even Samsung.

L-3 Communications fires four for misconduct in aerospace unit

(54 minutes ago)
(Reuters) - L-3 Communications Holdings Inc said it fired four employees as part of an ongoing internal review that revealed overstatement of net sales and deferred cost overruns in the company's aerospace business.

Shazam Brings Always-On Music and TV Recognition to Mac With Free Menu Bar App (Eric Slivka/MacRumors)

(One hour ago)
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:Shazam Brings Always-On Music and TV Recognition to Mac With Free Menu Bar App  —  Music recognition service Shazam, which was one of the early App Store hits and has continued to see good success on mobile platforms, is now bringing its services to the desktop in the form of the first music, TV show, and ad recognition app for Mac.

Indiegogo has a new iOS app for mobile crowdfunding

(One hour ago)
Like giving money to ambitious projects but hate using your computer? Well, that's pretty weird. We think that's weird. Thankfully for you, though, the folks at Indiegogo think that's totally awesome, and they wanna cater to your whims with a new iOS...

Sony warns smartphone weakness will brake profit progress after first-quarter surge (Sophie Knight/Reuters)

(One hour ago)
Sophie Knight / Reuters:Sony warns smartphone weakness will brake profit progress after first-quarter surge  —  (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp warned it doesn't now expect to make money on smartphones this year, citing weak demand, as the consumer electronics maker said restructuring will still help it turn a profit on its TVs after 10 years of losses.

Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

(One hour ago)
jones_supa (887896) writes "Nokia's future as a company focused on providing network solutions, rather than mobile phones, looks to be bright. The company made big profits in the second quarter of 2014 after selling its mobile devices unit — the cornerstone of Nokia's rise in the 1990s — to Microsoft. Meanwhile Nokia has been buying up other businesses such as the Chicago-based SAC Wireless. Now Nokia is acquiring part of Panasonic's network business in an effort to boost its presence in Japan. The deal announced Thursday will give the Finnish firm control of roughly one third of Japan's mobile network market." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tips for Measuring and Improving Employee Engagement

(One hour ago)
Full-time employees spend a large part of their day and the majority of their lives in the workplace, and how they feel about their work is important to them. In a recent Gallup survey, 63 percent of American workers are not engaged in their work, while another 24 percent are "actively disengaged." Disengaged workers are more likely to look for other opportunities, or worse, drag down the productivity of the rest of your team. Gallup estimates that the cost of disengaged workers lies somewhere between $450-$550 billion each year in lost productivity.

SAP ties up with Apigee for API management

(One hour ago)
SAP will resell software from Apigee in a move to help customers and partners build mobile applications, products and services that securely tap data from SAP systems.

How to Get Started With GitHub

(One hour ago)
If you've ever wanted to learn Git, but didn't want to configure a server, GitHub may be the place to do it.

Attackers use domino effect to compromise your accounts

(One hour ago)
Data breach after data breach has illustrated just how weak and ineffective passwords can be for protecting accounts and sensitive information. Many sites and services have implemented secondary security protocols and two-factor authentication, but users frequently use information and email accounts that can be easily compromised--giving attackers a simple way to access your information.

Oracle buys TOA Technologies in strike against Salesforce.com

(One hour ago)
Oracle is fleshing out its family of cloud applications and taking a competitive step against the likes of Salesforce.com with the acquisition of TOA Technologies, maker of software for companies centered around field services. Terms were not disclosed.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2015--Multi-Device review: new interface, same excellent protection

(One hour ago)
Given that the average person owns several Internet connected devices, straight PC security doesn't really cut it anymore. That's why companies like Kaspersky are starting to offer cross-platform solutions for marginally more than their traditional PC-only antivirus programs.

TechGenie PC Optimizer review: Maximum advertising, minimal value

(One hour ago)
Handsomely rendered in the latest Windows 8.x tile-style, TechGenie's PC Optimizer is undoubtedly one of, if not the best-looking Windows maintenance suite out there. The free version offers marginal value--if you're careful with it. But if you fall for the copious embedded advertising, you'll wind up spending well over $100 for utilities you really don't need, then calling iYogi's tech support to undoubtedly spend more. You might want to move on the next review now.

Modbook launches Kickstarter campaign for Modbook Pro X Mac tablet

(One hour ago)
The custom Mac tablet, the Modbook, is back--this time with a souped-up, 15.4-inch display and the latest Mac hardware under the hood.

Tor hints at possible U.S. government involvement in recent attack

(One hour ago)
Hackers attacked the infrastructure of Tor, the anonymizing service, earlier this month in an incident that may have compromised a number of hidden services, according to an announcement posted today by the Tor Project's director, Roger Dingledine.

25G driving Ethernet switch market to $25B

(One hour ago)
The impending arrival of 25G will help drive the Layer 2-3 Ethernet switch market to approach $25 billion in 2018, according to Dell'Oro Group.

Great privacy essay: Fourth Amendment Doctrine in the Era of Total Surveillance

(One hour ago)
When you signed up with your ISP, or with a wireless carrier for mobile devices, if you gave it any thought at all when you signed your name on the contract, you likely didn't expect your activities to be a secret, or to be anonymous, but how about at least some degree of private? Is that reasonable? No, as the law currently suggests that as a subscriber, you "volunteer" your personal information to be shared with third-parties. Perhaps not the content of your communications, but the transactional information that tells things like times, places, phone numbers, or addresses; transactional data that paints a very clear picture of your life and for which no warrant is required.

Nanobots get tiny propellers for targeted drug delivery

(One hour ago)
Nanobots need the proper propulsion system if they're going to be used to deliver drugs to targeted areas. Take for example this teeny-tiny corkscrew-shaped propeller made out of silica and nickel that's developed by a group of German and Israeli...

IBM buys access control and identity management firm CrossIdeas

(2 hours ago)
IBM has added to its security software portfolio with the purchase of Italian access control and identity management firm CrossIdeas for an undisclosed sum, the companies said Thursday.

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

(2 hours ago)
MojoKid (1002251) writes Game developer Crytek's problems have been detailed recently from various source, and it's now clear that it wasn't just the company's UK studios that were affected. Crytek announced today that it has officially moved development of its F2P shooter Hunt: Horrors of the Guilded Age to a German developer, ignoring the fact that the majority of the US team had apparently already quit the company. The problem? Just as in the UK, the US employees weren't getting paid. In a separate announcement, Crytek also declared that development of the Homefront series had passed entirely to developer Deep Silver. The company has stated, "On completion of the proposed acquisition, the Homefront team from Crytek's Nottingham studio would transfer their talents to Koch Media in compliance with English law and continue their hard work on upcoming shooter, Homefront: The Revolution. Both parties hope to finalize and implement a deal soon." It's hard to see this as good news for Crytek. The company can make all the noise it wants about moving from a development studio to a publisher model, but Crytek as a company was always known for two things — the CryEngine itself, adapted for a handful of titles and the Crysis series. Without those factors, what's left? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Distiller builds a social network for whiskey lovers

(2 hours ago)
If you're a whiskey drinker, finding the perfect bottle can be a daunting quest; just because something is well-rated doesn't mean that it suits your tastes. You're about to get some help from your friends, though, as Distiller has turned its...

T-Mobile Adds 1.5 Million More Customers, Swings to Profit on Spectrum Sale (Ina Fried/Re/code)

(2 hours ago)
Ina Fried / Re/code:T-Mobile Adds 1.5 Million More Customers, Swings to Profit on Spectrum Sale  —  T-Mobile said Thursday that it added a further 1.5 million customers to its network in the second quarter, adding more than a million customers for the fifth straight quarter.  —  The company posted a net profit …

Hackers find lost NASA photos

(2 hours ago)
These "techno archaeologists" are using DIY engineering to revamp NASA's early moon pics.

Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

(2 hours ago)
angry tapir writes The Internet domain name for a country doesn't belong to that country — nor to anyone, according to ICANN. Plaintiffs who successfully sued Iran, Syria and North Korea as sponsors of terrorism want to seize the three countries' ccTLDs (country code top-level domains) as part of financial judgments against them. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees the Internet, says they can't do that because ccTLDs aren't even property. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

LG announces its first big 4K OLED TV with a non-ridiculous price tag

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If you're set on an OLED UltraHDTV instead of LED, you can now put a price and date on your idealism: LG's 65-inch 65EC9700 4K model will reportedly ship in September for $8,999. Apart from those deep OLED blacks, the model also features passive 3D,...

Google Will Add Ratings to Search-Results Ads So They Look More Like Amazon (Rolfe Winkler/Wall Street Journal)

(3 hours ago)
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:Google Will Add Ratings to Search-Results Ads So They Look More Like Amazon  —  Google is prodding merchants to provide more information to make its search results more effective-and more like Amazon.  The question is whether merchants will play ball.  —  In a blog post Tuesday …

Runtastic's Orbit band is a fitness tracker that doubles as a running watch

(3 hours ago)
If you've heard of Runtastic, it probably means you're something of a jock: The company got its start building running apps for tracking your distance, pace, et cetera. For the past two years, though, it's been making all sorts of gear to go with it,...

Vision-correcting display nixes your need for eyeglasses

(3 hours ago)
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are working on computer screens that would adjust their images to accommodate individual user's visual needs. Think of it as a display that wears the glasses so users don't have to.

Amazon's offering 30 free Android apps to help make you a better person

(3 hours ago)
Another month, another batch of 30 free Android apps courtesy of Amazon. Like the bookseller's last Appstore promotion, the "Summer Self-Improvement Bundle" features $100/£100's worth of complimentary apps, as long as you download them within the...

China slams Canada for 'irresponsible' hacking accusations

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry accused Canada on Thursday of making irresponsible accusations lacking any credible evidence after Canada singled out Chinese hackers for attacking a key computer network and lodged a protest with Beijing.

Tesla seals landmark deal to mass-produce EV batteries in the US

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How is Elon Musk going to produce his vaunted $35,000 Tesla when EV batteries are so expensive? By making his own. Tesla has signed a deal with Panasonic that'll see the pair team up to build the Gigafactory. It's from here that vehicle packs and...
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