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FCC urged to make more Wi-Fi spectrum available
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should move forward with a plan to open up new 5GHz spectrum to Wi-Fi as consumer demand for wireless bandwidth skyrockets, a member of the commission said.
N.C. State researchers devise tool that detects Android malware
With smartphones and tablets increasingly at risk from malware, researchers from North Carolina State University have devised a new and potentially better way to detect it on Android devices.
Roku's new streaming stick challenges Chromecast
Roku's new iteration of its streaming media stick chops the price from $99 to $49 and it now works with any TV. And it's not just looks that make it different from Chromecast.
Yahoo services to cut Facebook, Google sign-ins
Users of Yahoo services will down the line have to use a Yahoo username to sign on to its services, as the company plans to phase out signing up to these services using Facebook and Google credentials.
Facebook eyes solar-powered drone company
Facebook is reportedly buying Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based company known for making solar-powered drones.
Apple's CarPlay vs. MirrorLink: Is there a need for both?
Both MirrorLink and Apple's new CarPlay will eventually be able to duplicate some iPhone functions on a car's in-vehicle infotainment system. But MirrorLink can also handle Android, Windows and Blackberry phones.
Apple's CarPlay to spark mobile apps war in your car
Apple's CarPlay user interface will not only add complexity to existing in-vehicle infotainment systems, it would virtually take away the keys from automakers who plan their own systems and interfaces.
Android takes 62% share of tablet market in 2013; Apple's share declines
Android and Samsung Electronics were the big winners in the tablet market last year, as sales grew by 68%, according to Gartner.
The paranoid's survival guide, part 1: How to protect your personal data
We've rounded up a bunch of experts' tips about how to retain your privacy -- as much as possible, anyway -- and how to surf the Web silently, among other things.
Microsoft mapping patent ruled invalid in Germany
The German Federal Patent Court invalidated a Microsoft mapping patent because it lacked an inventive step, a court spokeswoman said Friday. The company had alleged that Motorola Mobility and Google infringed the patent in the Google Maps app.
Chrome users attack Google for zapping unsanctioned Windows add-ons
Chrome users are up in arms again, this time over Google's plan to automatically disable some browser add-ons, according to scores of messages posted to Google's support forum.
Tip of the Hat: Google's Project Ara unmasked
Since disclosing last fall that an internal research team is developing an open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones, Google has offered few details of the effort, dubbed Project Ara.
Google postpones add-on 'kill switch' for Chrome on Windows
Google yesterday gave Chrome extension developers another two months to register their work with the browser's online store, after which the company will throw a "kill switch" on most add-ons installed from other sources.
Postini traps legitimate messages, creates Gmail delivery backlog
Google has been scrambling for more than 24 hours to unclog a queue of messages sent to Gmail users that its Postini email filter incorrectly labeled as spam and quarantined.
YouTube ordered to remove controversial 'Innocence of Muslims' video
An appeals court in the U.S. ruled that YouTube must take down the controversial "Innocence of Muslims" video that sparked off violence in many countries in 2012, reversing a district court's denial of an injunction against the video sharing site and its owner Google.
10 cities that provide 1-Gig Internet services
Municipal broadband is becoming a contentious issue in the race to establish ubiquitous high-speed Internet throughout the United States.
Ultimate cloud speed tests: Amazon vs. Google vs. Windows Azure
A diverse set of real-world Java benchmarks shows that Google is fastest, Azure is slowest, and Amazon is priciest
Wearable computers could act like a sixth sense
People will one day depend on wearable computers to monitor not just their activities but a myriad of data about their health, making the devices basically like a sixth sense.
Microsoft's 'go-low' play puts Windows revenue on the line
Analysts were uncertain today whether the recent stretch of "go-low" moves by Microsoft means that the company has tweaked its strategy to emphasize services at the expense of devices.
Gmail hit by message delivery delay
Delays affected the delivery of messages to Gmail users Tuesday morning, days after key Google Web apps, including Docs and Drive, were hit by a bug lasting more than five hours.
German security firm offers unauthorized patch for critical encryption bug in OS X Mavericks
A German security company has released an unauthorized patch for Apple's OS X Mavericks that it claimed closes the hole the Cupertino, Calif. giant left wide open in the operating system's implementation of basic Internet encryption.
Google's Schmidt offers $1M in grants, talks WhatsApp and Motorola
Got great ideas to solve world problems? Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt just might give you a lot of money for them.
Microsoft: Android Nokia not our call to make
Microsoft today sidestepped commenting on the Nokia's decision to launch a new low-cost smartphone powered by an offshoot of Google's Android.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 7 lives!
More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS.
Nokia's X phone line: What will Microsoft do with it?
Will Microsoft hold on to Nokia's three new X phones on Android once the deal to buy Nokia is final in the coming weeks? Three analysts attending the Mobile World Congress gave three different perspectives.
Verizon says heavy Web users should pay more
Heavy broadband users should help shoulder the cost of their traffic, but Verizon Communications does not give preferential treatment to some Web traffic, the company's CEO said Monday.
Google yanks option to restore Chrome's old-style new tab page, riles users all over again
Google has removed the option that let Chrome users restore an older version of the new tab page, closing that loophole and showing the oft-criticized scheme to everyone.
New smartphone OS flags will fly at Mobile World Congress
Smartphone OS entrants hoping to chip away at the dominance of Android and iOS are heading to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, facing a landscape that has changed since last year's show.
Microsoft tries to jumpstart cheap Windows devices with license price cut
Microsoft has cut the price of Windows 8.1 by nearly three-fourths to device makers who produce lower-cost laptops and tablets.
Google phone project could transform smartphones
Google has unveiled what is almost certainly the most interesting phone of the year. It's part of Project Tango
Google's 3D tech could be boon to Glass, robots and virtual reality
News that Google is working on 3D smartphones has analysts speculating that the company will one day add the tech to a slew of its products, such as Google's Maps, Glass, robots and even virtual reality tools.
Google acquires Spider.io to fight ad fraud
Google claimed it's ratcheting up the fight against fraud in online advertising, disclosing Friday that it has bought Spider.io, a London company specializing in ad fraud detection technology.
Google moves Gmail 'unsubscribe' tool out of the weeds
Gmail users who get frustrated trying to find the 'unsubscribe' link that's often buried in small type at the bottom of promotional emails may instead start seeing it before they even open the message.
Google developing phone that views in 3D
Google has been working for the last year on 3D smartphones that aim to give the devices greater awareness of space and motion in natural environments.
With Google Fiber set to launch in Austin, Time Warner ups broadband speeds
With Google Fiber about to begin a fiber Internet service in Austin, Texas, Time Warner Cable said Thursday it is increasing home broadband speeds in the city by up to six times while keeping the price flat.
Wall Street Beat: After Facebook buy of WhatsApp, tech M&A set for strong year
Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp may end up being just one milestone in a strong year for tech mergers and acquisitions.
Google reverses field, promises to restore Chrome's scrollbar arrows
Google has backtracked from changes that made Chrome's scrollbar non-standard, a move that infuriated some users a month ago when the company rolled out Chrome 32.
Update: Google ships Chrome 33, patches 28 bugs
Google today upgraded Chrome to version 33, patching 28 security vulnerabilities.
Microsoft dubs 'confusing' Office Web Apps as Office Online
Microsoft today rebranded its browser-based Office Web Apps, stripped-down versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, as Office Online.
Microsoft delivers stopgap defense against active IE10 attacks
Microsoft on Wednesday issued a stopgap defense that protects IE9 and IE10 against ongoing attacks until the company issues a patch, probably in three weeks.
Malware-infected Android apps spike in the Google Play store
The number of mobile apps infected with malware in Google's Play store nearly quadrupled between 2011 and 2013, a security group has reported.
What if Microsoft threw an iPad Office party, and no one came?
Microsoft will make a killing when it launches Office apps for Apple's iPad and tablets powered by Android. Or will it?
Google eyes 34 cities for gigabit fiber expansion
Google has chosen 34 cities across the U.S. as the next sites for possible expansion of its gigabit-speed Fiber Internet service.
Tizen, not Android, to run Samsung's next Gear smartwatch
Samsung on Monday will unveil its second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch, this one running the open source Tizen operating system, not the Android software that runs the first-generation model, according to reports.
Personal Websites Give Job Seekers Greater Control
If you are looking to land your next tech job, creating and promoting a personal website can help you control Google search results, better highlight relevant skills and provide an edge in a competitive job market.
Apple takes top spot in brand value computation
Apple was appointed the world's highest-valued brand today by Brand Finance, which said the Cupertino, Calif. company's brand is worth nearly $105 billion.
Gigabit Internet Service Providers Challenge Traditional ISPs
Companies such as Comcast and Time Warner don't think the United States is ready for -- or even needs -- gigabit Internet, but Google Fiber and a host of independent initiatives suggest that they are faster and cheaper.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: You can keep using XP for another year, but do you really want to?
While clinging to the 11-year-old OS after Microsoft issues its last security patch in April is defensible, the security risks are going to keep mounting.
Jonny Evans: Has Samsung stalled?
The smartphone giant's troubles are deeper than its big drop in quarterly profits.
Founders of security firm SlickLogin join Google
The team at SlickLogin, a company working on technology for online authentication using sounds from a mobile phone, said it has joined Google.
Mozilla's top exec defends in-Firefox ads, revenue search
The chairwoman of Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit that funds the development of Firefox, is defending the decision to pursue in-browser ads, saying that it's important to generate revenue.
Thousands call, email Congress to protest NSA programs
Organizers of The Day We Fight Back, a protest Tuesday against U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs, called the effort a 'tremendous success,' with nearly 100,000 phone calls made to U.S. lawmakers and 185,000 people signing up to send email blasts to their congressional representatives.
Google discloses details of E.U. antitrust settlement bid
Google has done what the European Commission declined to do: publish the details of the latest commitments Google made in a bid to settle a long-running antitrust case involving its treatment of rival specialist search services, among other matters.
Apple shifts to hardware-first TV strategy with revamped set-top box
Apple is gearing up to launch a revamped Apple TV, but will not push into the television market this year, as many assumed.
Chromebooks to get VMware virtual desktop service
VMware will offer virtual desktop services for Google's Chromebooks, allowing them to run Windows applications on the pared-down laptops based on the Chrome OS.
Samsung hints at new UI for upcoming Galaxy S5
Samsung Wednesday dropped a hint that its coming Galaxy S5 smartphone will have an updated user interface, possibly featuring simpler, flatter icons.
Windows Phone's Q4 share stumbles as Nokia's sales slump
Windows' share of the smartphone market fell slightly in the December quarter as the biggest manufacturer supporting Microsoft's OS, Nokia, posted less-than-stellar sales numbers, IDC said today.
Twitter tests Facebook-like profile page redesign
Twitter is reportedly working to redesign its profile pages, making them more visual, with bigger images, and looking a lot more like social rivals Facebook and Google+.
Mozilla taps in-Firefox ads as it searches for more revenue
Mozilla has kicked off a project to show ads to new users of its Firefox browser, a move one analyst said is a search for revenue beyond the firm's overwhelming reliance on Google.
Tip of the Hat: The 'forking' of Android is inevitable
The open source code that made Android a success is blunting Google's control over the mobile platform. Device makers like Amazon and Nokia are modifying -- or forking -- Android's source code to support their apps rather than Google's.
Mayer says Yahoo investing in search through acquisitions
If you think Yahoo has given up on search, think again. The company may have handed its back-end search operations to Microsoft, but CEO Marissa Mayer said there's work to be done on mobile devices, particularly around contextual search.
Google bots are coming!
Google is teaming up with long-time Apple partner Foxconn to work on Google's robotics vision, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Smart Cars Are Getting Smarter, But the Ride Isn't Perfect
The cars of tomorrow will listen, talk, entertain, protect, get energy from the sun and even drive themselves. Not all carmakers plan to take the same road, though, and some face more potholes than other.
Google Glass: On patrol and in the air?
Google's Glass project is getting a shot in the arm as the New York Police Department and Virgin Atlantic both announce that they're testing the computerized eyeglasses.
Evan Schuman: Get ready, IT; here comes the Internet of Things
You might see security and privacy pitfalls, but the advantages of the Internet of Things mean there's no stopping it. Your smart fridge is going to miss you when you're working every night.
Google subsidiary wins NASA lease to overhaul Moffett Field
The U.S. government has chosen a Google subsidiary to rehabilitate Moffett Federal Airfield in Silicon Valley, a site that has hosted Google executives' fleet of private jets.
Tip of the Hat: Google floors Motorola -- twice
Google's sale of Motorola to Lenovo may appear to mark the close of a dark chapter in the search giant's history -- the failure to succeed in the hardware business.
Nokia plans forked Android smartphone for Barcelona unveiling
Nokia plans to announce an Android-based smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in two weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Preston Gralla: Patents don't equal innovation
Today, lawyers at times have as much influence as engineers, if not more, and patents are used to fend off competitors and to force them to pay licensing fees that can run to billions of dollars annually.
Why wearable computing is waiting for A.I.
This week, Google Glass got a new app called 'Refresh' that seems small, but it represents the future of wearable computing.
Google goes after enterprise with Chromebox for meetings
Google is opening the door wider to the enterprise, launching a videoconferencing tool designed to make it easier and cheaper to have face-to-face meetings with far-flung co-workers.
California proposes mandatory kill-switch on phones and tablets
Politicians and law enforcement officials in California will introduce a bill on Friday that requires all smartphones and tablet PCs sold in the state be equipped with a digital "kill-switch" that would make the devices useless if stolen.
Antitrust deal leaves Google unscathed
Google's agreement to end its three-year antitrust dispute with the European Union gives the company's search rivals a boost, but it's probably not enough to make a dent in Google's search engine dominance
Microsoft promises Nadella up to $18M for fiscal year 2015
Microsoft this week set Satya Nadella's annual base salary at $1.2 million, nearly twice his predecessor's but right on the average of CEOs in the tech industry, an executive compensation expert said today.
Intellectual Ventures patent case against Motorola ends in mistrial
A lawsuit between patent licensing firm Intellectual Ventures and Motorola Mobility over aspects of Google's Android OS and several mobile phone features has ended in a mistrial.
Hackers try to hijack Facebook, other high profile domains through registrar
The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of hackers that has hijacked other high-profile domain names, managed to change the domain registration information for Facebook.com, but failed to redirect the domain to a different server.
15 years later, Googlers recall first data center
Google runs its services from some of the biggest, most sophisticated data centers on the planet, but it wasn't always that way. Some of its top engineers have been reminiscing this week about the early days, when Google operated from a tiny server room down the hall from Altavista, and when Larry Page used to roll up his sleeves and fix its servers with a twist tie.
FTC clears Google plan to buy Nest
Google's proposed acquisition of Nest Labs has been cleared by U.S. antitrust regulators, possibly paving the way for an early closure of the transaction.
Google ad guru Wojcicki to lead YouTube
Google has named a top executive from its advertising business to become the new chief executive of its YouTube service.
Nadella returns Microsoft to 'magic of software' roots
Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new CEO, took the unexpected step Tuesday of addressing customers and partners in a 16-minute interview, where he did not stray from the messaging Microsoft has used for 20 months.
Google agrees to give equal prominence to rivals' services to settle EU antitrust case
Google has agreed to give comparable display to specialized search services that rival its own, in order to settle a European Union antitrust case, the European Commission said Wednesday.
Google expands bug bounty program, ups Patch rewards
Google is broadening its bug bounty program for security researchers to encompass all Chrome apps and extensions made by company. It's also upping payments for its Patch Rewards Program, focused on improvements for open-source code.
ThoughtSpot promises Google-like BI experience
Two items on BI customer wish lists have long been ease of use and a lower burden on IT. A startup called ThoughtSpot, which came out of stealth mode on Wednesday, says its new BI appliance can tackle both.
Free Google Wi-Fi could soon connect again in Mountain View
Residents of Google's hometown could soon be connecting to the Internet again via a free, citywide Wi-Fi network.
Schmidt gets $100M in Google stock -- again
When Google awarded Eric Schmidt a $100 million stock bonus in 2011 it was seen as unprecedented for the company. Now it's doing it again.
Bill Gates steps aside as chairman, becomes Nadella's 'consigliere'
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will step down as chairman of the board to spend his time with the company advising the new CEO, Satya Nadella.
The fuss over Samsung's Magazine UX is all about fragmentation
Samsung announced Tuesday that its four newest Android KitKat tablets will include the somewhat controversial Magazine UX, a customizable user interface designed by Samsung, not Google.
Google and Cisco strike patent deal
Google has added Cisco to the list of tech companies with which it has struck a long-term patent cross-licensing agreement.
At 10, Facebook strives not to be your granny's social network
Facebook, the company that defines social networking, is turning 10 years old and looking into a future where it must evolve or risk becoming the next MySpace -- a company Facebook eclipsed years ago.
Google Chromecast SDK lets coders super-size apps for TV
App developers can now push their software onto a TV screen using a software development kit that Google is introducing for its Chromecast media streaming device.
Google, Facebook, Microsoft show steady rise in surveillance data requests
Google, Facebook and Microsoft were among the technology companies to release new figures showing a rising number of requests for their users' data coming from a secretive U.S. surveillance court.
Tip of the Hat: What the Google-Lenovo deal may mean for Motorola's U.S. workforce
Amid the speculation on what Lenovo's $2.91 billion acquisition of Google's Motorola smartphone unit means for the mobile market, for China and the U.S. and for the two companies involved, one thing's been missing: What about Motorola's workforce?
The ROI of free OS updates: Who wins, Apple or Microsoft?
By offering their latest operating systems for free, Microsoft and Apple have accelerated the adoption pace of their newest OSes, according to data released by analytics firm Net Applications.
Ron Miller: Why a Google Ethics Commission is like jumbo shrimp
Google hasn't been anyone's idea of an ethical beacon in recent years.
How 'Lenovorola' changes the mobile world
Google is selling Motorola to Lenovo. The deal makes Google better, Lenovo bigger and Motorola gets a new lease on life.
Google and Samsung grow cozier with patent deal, Motorola sale
Google and Samsung have grown closer over the past week following Google's sale of Motorola to Lenovo and a 10-year global patent cross-license agreement signed by the tech giants.
Pwn2Own hack contest puts record $645K on prize table
Hewlett-Packard's Zero Day Initiative has spelled out the rules for its March hacking contest, Pwn2Own, which will put two-thirds of a million dollars in prize money on the table for researchers who can hack the biggest browsers and most popular plug-ins.
Researchers create Android app that shows when other apps track you
A team of researchers has developed an Android app to help people better understand when their location is being accessed, something that happens more often than people think.
Lenovo's Motorola, IBM server buys will likely get strict U.S. security review
Beijing-based Lenovo Group's plan to buy Google's Motorola Mobility unit and an IBM server division for a combined $5.2 billion will likely face strict and lengthy national security scrutiny by an inter-agency committee of the U.S. government, two Washington attorneys who are veterans of the review process said Thursday.
Google sales rise despite Motorola slip
Google reported a healthy 17 percent increase in revenue for the fourth quarter, even as sales by its Motorola mobile unit, which the company is selling to Lenovo, dropped again from the same period last year.
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20 years a tech journalist: Shift happens at warp speed
It's hard to beleive the change that's happened over the last 20 years. Consider:
Digital Equipment Corp, Sun Microsystems and Data General were leading hardware manufactures.
Compaq was the fastest growing PC vendor.
Google didn’t exist.
Mark Zuckerberg was 9 years old.
Amazon.com hadn’t launched yet
There was no e-commerce, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari.
Digital glasses were what Geordi La Forge wore in Star Trek.
Glassholes banned from SF bars
Stuart Schuffman spotted said sign.
Two hopping night-spots in San Francisco are the latest to ban Google Glass. SoMa's The Willows and the Mission's Sycamore are promoting patron privacy in their establishments.
But is this less about privacy and more about the growing anti-tech sentiment in the city?
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are relieved that they don't have to look at a naked Scoble this time. Not to mention: Abby Martin and Abby Martin: Separated at birth?
Student hackers make Apple's iOS 7 Siri way more useful with Spotify support
Four students have hacked Apple's iOS 7s voice assistant to control third-party apps with Siri without jailbreaking their iPhone.
How to create custom Gmail alerts on any Android device
Ever wish your phone could alert you when emails come in from certain people or with specific words in the subject? It can. Welcome to the world of custom Gmail alerts.
Chromebooks are a revolution in easy
My last two blogs were about the security offered by Chromebooks, focusing first on traveling, then on running Flash. Here I discuss how easy it is to own a Chromebook. Basically, they require no ongoing care and feeding. Quite revolutionary.
In depth: Meet the new Samsung Chromebook 2
Samsung's getting back into the Chromebook game with its new Chromebook 2 laptops. Here's a detailed look at the devices and what they have to offer.
How Google's Android security is about to get even smarter
Google's made a lot of progress in protecting Android users from threats -- and the company's about to take another step in making all Android devices even more secure.
Google Ara will make phones in BITS
Literally like LEGO®.
The Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) ATAP group is still working on its modular smartphone. And now it's getting ready to talk about its plans. Stand by for a Project Ara developer conference in mid-April.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers assemble the story from its key components, leaving out the bits they don't care about. [You're fired -Ed.]
Chromebooks defend against the Flash Player
Recently Adobe released, yet another, emergency fix to their Flash player. It has been obvious for a long time that we can't trust Flash. Yet, despite a history of bugs that rivals Java, Flash remains popular. If you regularly need to use Flash enabled websites, the safest platform for doing so is a Chromebook.
Google Now, Google's new Android launcher, lifts off
OK, Google: 3... 2... 1... Now.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) finally opens up its new Android launcher. Albeit for Nexus and Google Experience devices, for now.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers start apps slightly differently.
How to measure your heart rate with any Android phone
The Galaxy S5 may have a fancy heart rate monitor, but you can actually check your pulse with any Android phone. Here's how.
6 interesting revelations from Motorola at MWC
Motorola's opening up about its transition to Lenovo and its plans for the coming year -- and some of the details it's revealing are pretty significant.
Galaxy S5 translation guide: A no-nonsense, hype-free look at Samsung's new phone
Hype, be gone: Here's a no-nonsense translation of what Samsung's latest phone is really all about -- and what's actually significant about it from a consumer perspective.
A new way to avoid Chrome's new 'New Tab' page
Google has removed a setting that let you revert to Chrome's original "New Tab" page -- but that doesn't mean you have to be stuck with the new design. Here's an updated workaround.
Android Power's 3 favorite things for February 2014
From beautiful home screens to powerful task-switching and a fresh take on social media, this month's Favorite Things is all about apps that offer something special.