FBI and DHS hacked, claims @DotGovs group -- leaks 31,000 staff records

FBI and DHS hacked, claims @DotGovs group -- leaks 31,000 staff records

Staff at the U.S. DHS and FBI are seeing their contact details leaked by anti-Israel hacktivists. The group, calling itself DotGovs, claims to have broken into the DoJ to steal the info, using a combination of spear-phishing and...

02/09/16

Google virtual reality -- Cardboard recycled into something you actually want

Google virtual reality -- Cardboard recycled into something you actually want

Google working on a new virtual-reality addon, which will replace the “Cardboard” silliness, say deep-throat sources. The journalistic gobbledygook of “people familiar with its plans” popped up to leak Google’s VR future...

02/08/16

Firefox OS for smartphones has ceased to be, says Mozilla (and Tardigrade)

Firefox OS for smartphones has ceased to be, says Mozilla (and Tardigrade)

Mozilla Firefox OS has expired: Bereft of life, it rests in peas—we think that’s how Mozilla Corp’s “Global Marketing Director” for Firefox OS sees it it. John Bernard (Marketer of the Year, 2013) and sidekick George Roter tell us...

02/05/16

Why did Microsoft buy SwiftKey? Was it for the keyboard, or is there a deeper “learning”?

Why did Microsoft buy SwiftKey? Was it for the keyboard, or is there a deeper “learning”?

Microsoft is buying SwiftKey: It’s now official. The UK-based company, best known for its predictive keyboard app, will slot under Redmond’s research unit, reporting to Harry Shum. At $250 million, it’s a decent enough exit for...

02/03/16

Shiny! iPad Air 3 & iPhone 5se -- Apple reveal, on the Ides of March

Shiny! iPad Air 3 & iPhone 5se -- Apple reveal, on the Ides of March

The iPad Air 3 and iPhone 5se are rumored to be launching next month, at an Apple event on the 15th. So if you’ve been missing seeing shinies since September, there’s not much longer to wait...

02/02/16

WhatsApp gains 1,000,000,000 whippersnappers (and my lawn)

WhatsApp gains 1,000,000,000 whippersnappers (and my lawn)

WhatsApp has one billion users. That's how many active accounts it had last month, at least according to the Facebook subsidiary -- an instant-messaging service for young persons (or so I'm told)...

02/01/16

Samsung Galaxy S7 is a boring update: @evleaks leaks again #TheNextGalaxy

Samsung Galaxy S7 is a boring update: @evleaks leaks again #TheNextGalaxy

This Samsung Galaxy S7 press render got outed by the infamous Evan “@evleaks” Blass. To nobody’s surprise, the bête noire of just about every phone maker has delivered this shot of a pair of Sammy’s new “flagship” phones...

02/01/16

Tesla Model 3 is Elon Musk's next huge bet (with $5.5B more of his own cash)

Tesla Model 3 is Elon Musk's next huge bet (with $5.5B more of his own cash)

Tesla is close to launching the “compelling” Model 3, so CEO Elon Musk decides to exercise more of his countless pre-IPO options. He's putting $53.5 million of his own cash where his mouth is, and holding onto the stock...

01/30/16

Amazon cloud profit up 3x, so stock plummets. Wait, what?

Amazon cloud profit up 3x, so stock plummets. Wait, what?

Amazon Web Services profits triple, yet the stock takes a hammering. Actually, it makes complete sense -- here's why...

01/29/16

iPhone in BIG trouble, as Apple blames everything but Apple

iPhone in BIG trouble, as Apple blames everything but Apple

iPhone revenue is, at best, flat: Apple's last quarter didn't see a drop, but next quarter will, says Cupertino. Tim can't rely any longer on the iPhone to keep bringing in record quarters...

01/26/16

With Cortana, Microsoft is 'scroogled' in new Windows 10 spyware scare

With Cortana, Microsoft is 'scroogled' in new Windows 10 spyware scare

Cortana, Microsoft's assistant app in Windows 10, is getting even more nosey than before. We're told Redmond will scan your email, in order to remind you to keep your commitments...

01/25/16

“iPhone 5se” is the stupid name for next 4-inch Apple phone, say sources

“iPhone 5se” is the stupid name for next 4-inch Apple phone, say sources

Rumors point to iPhone 5se as the ridiculous name for the next small phone from Apple. Surprisingly, it's not going to be known as 6c—even though everyone was expecting that—and the release date is said to be in late-March or April...

01/24/16

Google Street View on top of a mountain (all covered in snow)

Google Street View on top of a mountain (all covered in snow)

Ah, Google, your Street-View publicity stunts never fail to entertain. This time, the Mountain View pranksters have stuck their 360-degree cameras up an actual mountain -- Mont Blanc, to be precise...

01/21/16

Stop using poor passwords! Here are 25 fail-worthy ideas

Stop using poor passwords! Here are 25 fail-worthy ideas

These are 25 of the “worst” passwords, at least, in the opinion of a password-manager vendor. As you might expect, they're all stupid...

01/19/16

Twitter was down, but now it’s creaking back up again

Twitter was down, but now it’s creaking back up again

Twitter was down, but it’s gradually recovering -- if you’re still not seeing it, please stop mashing the reload button; maybe go outside for a minute? Or there’s this other thing, called Google Plus. Who knows, you might like it...

01/19/16

Latest Microsoft PR fail: New PCs don’t support Windows 7, nor 8.1 [smh]

Latest Microsoft PR fail: New PCs don’t support Windows 7, nor 8.1 [smh]

Microsoft makes this full-of-fail “clarification” to its Windows support policy. With zero notice, older versions of Windows lose their support status on the latest PC hardware -- your downgrade rights have effectively been wrenched...

01/18/16

Foursquare founder @dens given Special Project by VCs. Huge haircut after down round

Foursquare founder @dens given Special Project by VCs. Huge haircut after down round

Dennis Crowley, Foursquare’s remaining co-founder gets kicked up to the boardroom, “of his own volition.” In news that may or may not be connected, 4sq gets yet another honking chunk of change to burn through—but the price is said to...

01/15/16

Apple iPhone 7 / 6c rumor roundup: Radical rethink or money-grabbing ripoff?

Apple iPhone 7 / 6c rumor roundup: Radical rethink or money-grabbing ripoff?

The iPhone 7, Apple’s anticipated phone from its Fall 2016 catalog, is attracting more rumor attention than usual. In part because people are expecting bigger changes than the usual incremental tweaks and a new-look case...

01/14/16

Google virtual reality upset: Cardboard Clay now VP of VR [u]

Google virtual reality upset: Cardboard Clay now VP of VR [u]

Google means business in virtual reality: That’s the overwhelming message out of a VP shuffle that put Clay Bavor in charge only of VR. His other apps got given to Diane Greene...

01/13/16

Apple iOS 9.3 -- download to your iPhone (also mysterious Android migration whisper)

Apple iOS 9.3 -- download to your iPhone (also mysterious Android migration whisper)

Apple iOS 9.3 download is now here (in beta, of course). Richi Jennings rounds up the key new features, but he also pokes at the rumor that iCorp is being “forced” to help people migrate to Android...

01/12/16

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