WhatsApp is/isn't blocked in Brazil  [updated]

WhatsApp is/isn't blocked in Brazil [updated]

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

Google, Uber, Ford drive self-driving car group with Volvo and Lyft

Google, Uber, Ford drive self-driving car group with Volvo and Lyft

Google, Uber, Ford, Volvo and Lyft form self-driving car 'advocacy' group. State and U.S. regulators seem poised to crack down on feet- and hands-free driving, so Google's gang wants to head them off...

04/27/16

Spotify hacked? Angry users fight to regain accounts

Spotify hacked? Angry users fight to regain accounts

News reports report news of Spotify hack -- there seem to have been many users' account details leaked on Pastebin. But the Swedish streaming service says all is safe, rather implying it's users are the ones at fault...

04/26/16

Tim decrees: Apple Watch will cut the cord from iPhone -- app devs must obey

Tim decrees: Apple Watch will cut the cord from iPhone -- app devs must obey

Apple Watch apps must not need an iPhone, dictates Apple. Developers of watchOS apps have until June 1 to give up on those sluggish, trashy, tethered toys -- they give the pomaceous wearable a bad name...

04/25/16

Microsoft Windows phone biz is dead -- here is clear proof

Microsoft Windows phone biz is dead -- here is clear proof

Microsoft's Windows Phone is clearly dead. Redmond's already-bad Windows Phone sales plummeted over the last year to a mere 26% of what they were -- this is simply, spectacularly execrable...

04/22/16

Europe v Android -- EU cites Google in Naked Exclusion

Europe v Android -- EU cites Google in Naked Exclusion

Google is on the EU naughty step yet again. This time, the European Union has charged Google with antitrust violations, hating on secret agreements with Android ODMs and carriers...

04/21/16

FAIL: Google said Google.com was 'partially dangerous'

FAIL: Google said Google.com was 'partially dangerous'

A Google 'Safe Browsing' report said Google.com was 'partially dangerous' for more than 24 hours. Yeah, yeah, hilarious fail, but there is a serious side to the story...

04/20/16

BlackBerry bangs final nail in coffin, lets Mounties hack you

BlackBerry bangs final nail in coffin, lets Mounties hack you

BlackBerry gave up its global encryption key to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. That's the conclusion of commentators who've dissected CEO John Chen's vapid statement on the matter...

04/19/16

iPhone 7 not what you think it is; Release date not when you think, either

iPhone 7 not what you think it is; Release date not when you think, either

This year's iPhone might not be the iPhone 7. That's because next year is the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone, so don't expect a huge Apple redesign until 2017...

04/18/16

Microsoft tells U.S. government that 'gag orders' are unconstitutional

Microsoft tells U.S. government that 'gag orders' are unconstitutional

Microsoft fights US federal government over countless secret demands for customer data. Redmond alleges the DoJ and AG is in violation of the First and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution (tl;dr the law is an ass)...

04/15/16

Android N dev preview 2 -- N is short for download NOW

Android N dev preview 2 -- N is short for download NOW

Updated: The Android N Developer Preview 2 is here. Google's April update to its Android 7 'beta' shows smooth progress at adding sweet features, and squashing nutty bugs...

04/14/16

Your taxes paid Apple hackers to crack terror iPhone for FBI, say sources

Your taxes paid Apple hackers to crack terror iPhone for FBI, say sources

Updated x2: The Apple iPhone 5c said to contain evidence about San Bernadino terror suspects is on the news agenda yet again. This time around, we're told that the FBI gave money to hackers for help -- can you be serious?

04/13/16

HTC 10 order page live at just $599.  Flagship with surprising twist

HTC 10 order page live at just $599. Flagship with surprising twist

The HTC 10 is HTC's latest shiny, and you can pre-order it now, at $100 off. With a classy design, the flagship phone brings the ABCs -- awesome audio, big battery, clear cameras -- and, uh, sort-of-stock Android...

04/12/16

Apple Watch is a failure -- will 2017 bring change?

Apple Watch is a failure -- will 2017 bring change?

2016's Apple Watch won't change much from the 2015 model. That's what our old 'friend' Ming-Chi Kuo says -- he's predicting Apple will mimic the iPhone roadmap, offering a tweaked version every other year...

04/11/16

BlackBerry scrambles to make money, fails. Here's its last Android gasp

BlackBerry scrambles to make money, fails. Here's its last Android gasp

BlackBerry continues to fail, admits CEO Chen. Sales in the first three months were AWFUL, and he’s not backing down from his threat to quit the phone business...

04/11/16

Google X needs your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle

Google X needs your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle

Schaft schows bipedal ’bot with unbelievable balance. The Alphabet-née-Google X team’s leader, Nakanishi-san, demonstrated Anonobot-chan at the Japanese junket called New Economic Summit 2016...

04/10/16

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