'Delayed' MacBook Pro 2016 to be thinner (says bored analyst)

'Delayed' MacBook Pro 2016 to be thinner (says bored analyst)

The MacBook Pro 2016 line will be thinner and lighter. Shocking, I know -- but they'll also have Touch ID and a bunch of OLED soft keys, atop the keyboard...

05/24/16

New iPhone 7 rumors say Apple to go 'quadraphonic'

New iPhone 7 rumors say Apple to go 'quadraphonic'

iPhone 7 rumors of 4-speaker design from Apple emerge. But will improved speakers make up for removing the headphone jack?

05/23/16

Chromebooks beat Macintosh -- because you are cheap

Chromebooks beat Macintosh -- because you are cheap

Macintosh got outsold by Chromebooks last quarter, in the USA. And Mac sales grew by a healthy amount, so this is huge news...

05/20/16

LinkedIn zombie hack returns for your braaains

LinkedIn zombie hack returns for your braaains

LinkedIn was hacked way back in 2012, but the leak of passwords four years ago wasn't the end of the story. Another 117 million have turned up, and many of those old passwords still seem to be valid...

05/19/16

Microsoft quits Nokia phone line -- the next step is here (and Linux)

Microsoft quits Nokia phone line -- the next step is here (and Linux)

Microsoft is giving up on Nokia feature phones, selling the business to FIH Mobile, a Foxconn company. Here we see the next step on the road to Microsoft exiting the phone business completely...

05/18/16

Twitter to make new pointless change -- 140 to be 164 (sometimes)

Twitter to make new pointless change -- 140 to be 164 (sometimes)

Twitter to loosen its 140-character maximum, by a tiny bit -- in future, it won't count media or links. At least, so says @sarahfrier's single, secret source...

05/17/16

EU searches for huge penalty in Google antitrust case

EU searches for huge penalty in Google antitrust case

Google will be fined €3 billion by the European Union. So say secret sources close to the Euro bloc, which has been probing Google's search monopoly since 2009...

05/16/16

Why Apple shunned Uber for Didi Chuxing in China -- for $1,000,000,000

Why Apple shunned Uber for Didi Chuxing in China -- for $1,000,000,000

Apple buys stake in Didi Chuxing, so-called Uber of China. $1 billion is a decent chunk of change, so naturally speculation is rife about why, how and when. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers surge and wave...

05/13/16

Opera Web browser claim chowder -- far too salty for me

Opera Web browser claim chowder -- far too salty for me

The Opera Web browser has a new 'power-saving' feature. Opera claims you can get 'up to' 50% more battery life -- but is that likely? Err, NO!

05/12/16

What's WhatsApp's desktop app? A bloated, pointless, Windows/Mac download, that's what

What's WhatsApp's desktop app? A bloated, pointless, Windows/Mac download, that's what

WhatsApp now has a desktop app, for Windows 8 and up or Mac OS 10.9 and up. But as a 60 MB download, it's incredibly bloated, given its lack of functionality. I can't see the point of using this over the Web app. Can you?

05/11/16

Obama agencies fight phone firms in vuln fix fails

Obama agencies fight phone firms in vuln fix fails

Federales probing slow security by mobile phone carriers and ODMs. The FCC and FTC are tag-teaming to investigate non-existent or long-delayed OTA updates -- even when it's critical security vulnerabilities they patch...

05/10/16

iPhone 7 rumors -- Smart Connector shocks Apple fans

iPhone 7 rumors -- Smart Connector shocks Apple fans

iPhone 7 rumors say Apple has dropped plans to include a Smart Connector on the new iPhone 7. Sources say those three little dots are missing in the latest designs...

05/09/16

Lyft and GM in self-drive EV taxi tie-up

Lyft and GM in self-drive EV taxi tie-up

Old-timey car-making giant GM and new-fangled ride-sharing startup Lyft are cooking up something huge, say sources. The unlikely pair are getting ready to test a fleet of autonomous electric taxicabs, and they plan to do it by May...

05/06/16

Google to kill 'Death by PowerPoint' with new Slides app

Google to kill 'Death by PowerPoint' with new Slides app

Google Slides aims to eliminate PowerPoint. At least, la GOOG hopes it can, particularly among educators. Three new features aim to make your slide presentations more of a two-way experience...

05/05/16

Instagram pwned by 10-year-old Finn Jani -- Facebook pays $10,000

Instagram pwned by 10-year-old Finn Jani -- Facebook pays $10,000

Instagram hacked by Jani, so Facebook gave him $10,000 because of his white-hat stylee. Also, it's good PR to be seen to reward a 10-year-old proto-researcher....

05/04/16

WhatsApp is/isn't blocked in Brazil

WhatsApp is/isn't blocked in Brazil

WhatsApp blocked in Brazil again, although each time it gets reconnected on appeal. A judge for one small Brazilian state ordered the messaging service blocked for three days across the entire country. Why?

05/03/16

FBI uses 5th-Amendment loophole to unlock iPhone of Bkhchadzhyan

FBI uses 5th-Amendment loophole to unlock iPhone of Bkhchadzhyan

iPhone owner ordered by judge to give FBI the finger -- to unlock her iPhone with her fingerprint, that is. The feds think Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan's shiny hides evidence of criminality. But hold on there, buddy -- surely the 5th...

05/02/16

Google, what are you doing? Motorola ex-prez now new hardware chief

Google, what are you doing? Motorola ex-prez now new hardware chief

Google hires Motorola ex-president to lead a new centralized hardware team. This is BIG BIG news -- it hints at Google's plans for Nexus, ChromeOS, the living room, and even the ludicrous Google Glass...

04/29/16

Next Google Nexus phones are by HTC -- for release in 2016

Next Google Nexus phones are by HTC -- for release in 2016

HTC will make two Google Nexus devices for 2016. Thought to both be smartphones, we're hoping to catch sight of them at Google I/O next month, with a release date in the second half of the year...

04/28/16

Apple investors panic as iPhone sales tank

Apple investors panic as iPhone sales tank

Updated: Apple's iPhone shipments fell off a cliff last quarter -- results were worse than the Street expected. And it doesn't look like the mid-priced iPhone SE will help this quarter, either...

04/27/16

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