The National Bureau of Economic Research just published a paper that confirms what you might have been thinking for a long time now: recession and technology have been putting people out of work. Since we've yet to design a self-aware robot or AI...
US video game publisher Electronic Arts reports a 51% jump in profit for the April-to-June quarter, boosted by strong sales of titles like Titanfall and FIFA 2014.
Sunrise Raises $6 Million From Balderton And Others To Build The Perfect Calendar (Romain Dillet/TechCrunch)(2 days ago)
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:Sunrise Raises $6 Million From Balderton And Others To Build The Perfect Calendar — A year and a half after launching its first calendar app, Sunrise is raising a $6 million Series A round from Balderton Capital and existing investors — Bernard Liautaud is joining the board.
Andy Updegrove writes: "The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) by software to be purchased in the future across all government bodies. Compliance with any of the existing versions of OOXML, the competing document format championed by Microsoft, is neither required nor relevant. The announcement was made today by The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. Henceforth, ODF compliance will be required for documents intended to be shared or subject to collaboration. PDF/A or HTML compliance will be required for viewable government documents. The decision follows a long process that invited, and received, very extensive public input – over 500 comments in all." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
U.K. Cabinet Office Adopts ODF as Exclusive Standard for Sharable Documents (Andy Updegrove/The Standards Blog)(2 days ago)
Andy Updegrove / The Standards Blog:U.K. Cabinet Office Adopts ODF as Exclusive Standard for Sharable Documents — The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) …
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said it aims to get its loss-making Nokia phone unit to break even within two years, helping its stock rise in after-hours trade.
Google Maps already shows a wealth of info about nearby stores when you're searching for them, but ads haven't received that first-class treatment. Like it or not, that's changing; Maps on mobile and the web now shows you a whole raft of details for...
Brandon Chester / AnandTech:Google Play App Updated to 4.9.13 With Material Design App Pages — Google has begun the rollout of an update to the Google Play application on Android. At first glance the update doesn't seem to have any big changes. The sliding menu is the same, and the Play Store home page is the same as it has been for a while.
BBC:Electronic Arts earnings surge 51% — US video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has reported a 51% jump in profit for the April-to-June quarter, boosted by strong sales of titles like Titanfall and FIFA 2014. — Net profit rose to $335m (£196m) for the period, up from $222m a year ago,
Apple Acquired 29 Companies Since Beginning of Fiscal 2014, Including Five Since April (Juli Clover/MacRumors)(2 days ago)
Juli Clover / MacRumors:Apple Acquired 29 Companies Since Beginning of Fiscal 2014, Including Five Since April — During today's third quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple has purchased a total of 29 companies over the course of the last nine months, including five new companies after the end of the March quarter.
Amazon phone: Dynamic Perspective frustrating, Firefly inconsistent, one carrier a drawback (Walt Mossberg/Re/code)(2 days ago)
Walt Mossberg / Re/code:Amazon phone: Dynamic Perspective frustrating, Firefly inconsistent, one carrier a drawback — Can the Amazon Fire Phone Take on iPhone and Samsung? — Ever since Amazon.com got into the hardware business with the first Kindle monochrome e-reader in 2007, its devices have been seen mainly …
Microsoft mum on Xbox One sales; notes 1.1M 'Xbox consoles' shipped in past 3 months (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)(2 days ago)
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:Microsoft mum on Xbox One sales; notes 1.1M ‘Xbox consoles’ shipped in past 3 months — Microsoft hasn't reported Xbox One sales statistics for quite some time, and that didn't change with today's quarterly earnings report. The company noted that it sold 1.1 million Xbox consoles …
Dega704 sends this quote from Ars: No company has lobbied more fiercely against network neutrality than Verizon, which filed the lawsuit that overturned the FCC's rules prohibiting ISPs from blocking and discriminating against Web content. But the absence of net neutrality rules isn't just good for Verizon—it's also good for the blind, deaf, and disabled, Verizon claims. That's what Verizon lobbyists said in talks with congressional staffers, according to a Mother Jones report last month. "Three Hill sources tell Mother Jones that Verizon lobbyists have cited the needs of blind, deaf, and disabled people to try to convince congressional staffers and their bosses to get on board with the fast lane idea," the report said. With "fast lanes," Web services—including those designed for the blind, deaf, and disabled—could be prioritized in exchange for payment. Now, advocacy groups for deaf people have filed comments with the FCC saying they don't agree with Verizon's position." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
It looks like you won't have to wait long at all to check out Google's visually rich Play Store revamp -- it's rolling out now. The refresh doesn't appear any different on the surface, but a quick dive shows very different product pages that are...
Arpit Kumar / BrowserNative:Mozilla Proposes prefer HTTP Header To Bring Parental Control To Web — Mozilla today announced a new mechanism to make web browsing more family-friendly. In association with Microsoft and few other organizations, Mozilla has proposed a new HTTP Header, prefer: safe, to be send with each web request …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:Microsoft's enterprise offerings continue to carry the day — Summary: Microsoft still is an enterprise-driven company, even if management wants to do its best to deny that fact. Just look at its fourth quarter fiscal 2014 earnings for proof. — Microsoft execs continue to talk …
(Reuters) - Computer systems containing the Wall Street Journal's news graphics were hacked by outside parties, according to the paper's publisher Dow Jones & Co.
Due to a reporting error, the story "Microsoft revenue lifted by cloud sales to businesses," posted Tuesday, provided an incorrect breakdown of Microsoft's fourth-quarter revenue.
Nigerian scammers known for grammatically challenged email promising riches in return for a small up-front payment are moving into the business of launching malware attacks against companies.
Strong sales of cloud products to businesses helped lift Microsoft's revenue by 18 percent last quarter, though its profits declined.
Microsoft paid more than $7 billion for Nokia's handset and services business, and the jury is still out as to what it means for its future. In the past quarter it boosted Microsoft's revenue but also ate into its profit.
An anonymous reader writes: Updates to the open-source libbluray, libaacs, and libbdplus libraries have improved the open-source Blu-ray disc support to now enable the Blu-ray Java interactivity layer (BD-J). The Blu-ray Java code is in turn executed by OpenJDK or the Oracle JDK and is working well enough to play a Blu-ray disc on the Raspberry Pi when paired with the VLC media player." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iPad is losing steam just four years after its release, but an alliance with International Business Machines Corp could rejuvenate a flagging product by entering into a largely untapped corporate market.
Amazon Fire phone review: a unique device, but you're better off waiting for the sequel (Brad Molen/Engadget)(2 days ago)
Brad Molen / Engadget:Amazon Fire phone review: a unique device, but you're better off waiting for the sequel — After producing a long line of e-book readers and tablets (not to mention a set-top box), Amazon has its sights set on the smartphone market. But finding success here won't be easy, even for an established tech giant like Amazon.
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:Ex-Goldman trader raises $1.6M for bitcoin exchange bitFlyer — Ex-Goldman Trader's Bitcoin Exchange to Fill Mt. Gox Void — Yuzo Kano quit Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS:US) twice: once for a rival bank, the second time to open Japan's first bitcoin exchange since the collapse of Mt. Gox.
A California court gave class-action status to a lawsuit by former Apple employees who claim they were denied breaks and are owed back wages.
After producing a long line of e-book readers and tablets (not to mention a set-top box), Amazon has its sights set on the smartphone market. But finding success here won't be easy, even for an established tech giant like Amazon. With the Fire phone,...
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:Tor developers vow to fix bug that can uncloak users — Developers of the Tor privacy service say they're close to fixing a weakness that researchers for an abruptly canceled conference presentation said provides a low-cost way for adversaries to deanonymize hundreds of thousands of users.
Ina Fried / Re/code:Tim Cook Says Businesses Could Revive Slowing iPad Sales — Although iPad sales were below analyst projections for a second straight quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook says that the tablet can continue to grow, particularly if Apple can increase sales to businesses.
klapaucjusz writes: The EFF has released an experimental router firmware designed make it easy to deploy open (password-less) access points in a secure manner. The EFF's firmware is based on the CeroWRT fork of OpenWRT, but appears to remove some of its more advanced routing features. The EFF is asking for help to further develop the firmware. They want the open access point to co-exist on the same router as your typical private and secured access point. They want the owner to be able to share bandwidth, but with a cap, so guests don't degrade service for the owner. They're also looking to develop a network queueing, a minimalist web UI, and an auto-update mechanism. The EFF has also released the beta version of a plug-in called Privacy Badger for Firefox and Chrome that will prevent online advertisers from tracking you. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Think you're safe from spies because you're using Tails, the same Linux distribution that Edward Snowden uses to remain anonymous? Unfortunately, you'll still have to be on your guard. Security firm Exodus Intelligence has revealed that the latest...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc posted a smaller-than-expected 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, but revenue surged 28 percent in greater China despite stiff competition in its third-largest market.
Apple reported its quarterly numbers on Tuesday, a mixed bag that saw profits rise up but sales fall short of the mark. Here are five takeaways from the earnings call that followed.
Today, we take a look at NVIDIA's new Shield Tablet, investigate Atari's future with the LGBT community, ponder an Apple smartwatch patent and learn about a potential HIV breakthrough. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours....
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc reported better-than-expected revenue and profit for the first quarter, driven by robust sales of titles such as "Titanfall," digital revenue and cost control.
Noel Randewich / Reuters:Broadcom cuts 2,500 jobs in wind-down of baseband unit — (Reuters) - Broadcom Corp said on Tuesday it is winding down its money-losing cellular baseband chip business and cutting one-fifth of its total workforce, instead of selling the unit. — Chief Executive Scott McGregor told analysts …
alphadogg writes A presentation on a low-budget method to unmask users of a popular online privacy tool Tor will no longer go ahead at the Black Hat security conference early next month. The talk was nixed by the legal counsel with Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute after a finding that materials from researcher Alexander Volynkin were not approved for public release, according to a notice on the conference's website. Tor project leader Roger Dingledine said, "I think I have a handle on what they did, and how to fix it. ... Based on our current plans, we'll be putting out a fix that relays can apply that should close the particular bug they found. The bug is a nice bug, but it isn't the end of the world." Tor's developers were "informally" shown materials about the bug, but never saw any details about what would be presented in the talk. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Hey look, a new router from ASUS and, apparently, it is super, super fast. According to the Taiwanese company, its RT-AC87 is "the world's first" with Wave 2 features, which bring better reliability, major speed boosts and overall performance...
Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit In California Over Alleged Labor Violations Affecting 20K Employees (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)(2 days ago)
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit In California Over Alleged Labor Violations Affecting 20K Employees — While Apple today reported its quarterly earnings, another group seized the moment to push out another bit of Apple-related news. The company is being sued in a class-action suit …
Wireless broadband subscriptions now outnumber people in seven countries as consumers continue to snap up smartphones and tablets, according to a new report.
IT staffing firms and employment researchers released a flurry of data as the first half of the year came to a close. The bottom line? The second half of 2014 is looking good for job-hunting IT pros, particularly if they possess coveted skills. IT employment numbers are rising, employers are forging ahead with hiring plans, and CIOs are confident about hiring budgets. Here come the numbers.
An anonymous reader writes: Brianna Wu, leader of a game development studio, has an article exposing the constant harassment of women in the games industry. She says, "I'm not writing this piece to evoke your sympathy. I'm writing to share with you what prominent, successful women in the industry experience, in their own words." She goes through the individual stories of several women targeted by this vitriol, and tries to figure out why it happens. Quoting: "We live in a society that's sexist in ways it doesn't understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. ... This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it. ... Growing a thicker skin isn't the answer, nor is it a proper response. Listening, and making the industry safer for the existence of visible women is the best, and only, way forward." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Folks strolling past the Welcome Collection's venue in London may have an eery feeling that they're being watched. Well, that's because they are. And not just by a government's prying eyes, but with 650 over-sized pixels that render their own set of...
William Shatner:William Shatner reviews Facebook Mentions, calls it “ill conceived” — Facebook Mentions Versus Facebook Pages Apps — I want to talk and compare an app that most of you don't have access to: Facebook Mentions and compare it to the Pages App that anyone who has a Facebook page can download and use.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:There Have Been No Google-Spotify Acquistion Talks — When last we checked in, the Wall Street Journal was surmising, based a public cocktail between AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in Sun Valley, that a merger could possibly be afoot between their companies.
Hate unlocking your Android smartphone so much that even Face Unlock or Skip feels like too much of a hassle? Motorola just came to your rescue. The company has partnered with VivaLnk to launch the previously teased Digital Tattoo, an NFC-based skin...
Wall Street Journal:Google Considers Buying Spotify But Finds the Price Too High — Talks Break Down For Number of Reasons, Including Valuation and Luke-Warm Larry Page — Google Inc. tried to buy music-streaming service Spotify AB late last year, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Apple has "inadvertently admitted" to creating a "backdoor" in iOS, according to a new post by a forensics scientist, iOS author and former hacker, who this week created a stir when he posted a presentation laying out his case.
Juniper Networks has divested its mobile security product line, selling the assets to a private equity firm for $250 million.
The TOR Project thinks it has figured out how the author of a canceled Black Hat talk cracked its software to mask the source of Internet traffic, and it is working on a patch.