AOL's You've Got Mail Voice

Meet the voice behind AOL’s ‘You’ve got mail’ sound clip

Meet the voice behind AOL’s ‘You’ve got mail’ sound clip

By about 7 hours ago.

Have you ever wondered who recorded AOL’s extremely popular “You’ve got mail” line, which you may have heard countless times so far alongside other familiar phrases spoken by your computer including “Welcome,” “File’s done” or “Goodbye?” CNBC has the answer, as the actor who was hired to record the clip more than twenty years ago retired this past March after a career of 47 years in television. More →

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NSA's Keith Alexander Private Online Security

Want to make $1 million per month? Retire from the NSA

Want to make $1 million per month? Retire from the NSA

By about 8 hours ago.

Former NSA director Keith Alexander will charge companies up to $1 million a month to keep them safe from online hackers, Foreign Policy reports. Apparently Alexander and business partners from IronNet Cybersecurity have founded a new firm after leaving the government and military in March. The company supposedly offers a new technology that has a “unique” approach when it comes to detecting hackers online. More →

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Hit List

BlackBerry Global Market Share

BlackBerry’s global market share is so low that Kantar won’t even report it

BlackBerry’s global market share is so low that Kantar won’t even report it

By about 9 hours ago.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen strikes us as a very smart guy who has made some good moves to give BlackBerry fresh life. The smartest move he’s made might be to emphasize that BlackBerry will not live or die based on smartphone sales and will instead work to offer a wide range of enterprise-centric services that put security front and center. This move is particularly smart because, as ZDNet’s Chris Duckett points out, Kantar Worldpanel has just tossed BlackBerry into its “other” category in its smartphone market share reports alongside such non-powerhouses as Symbian and Firefox OS. More →

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PS4 Vs. Xbox One EA

Here’s why you can’t get EA’s awesome game subscription service on the PS4

Here’s why you can’t get EA’s awesome game subscription service on the PS4

By about 10 hours ago.

When EA announced its new EA Access subscription program for the Xbox One, we were surprised because it sounds like a pretty good deal. Given EA’s past antics, we actually expected the program involved asking gamers to pay an extra $5 per month just for the privilege of playing games on Xbox Live that they’d already purchased. But no — EA Access actually will give you the ability to play games like Madden NFL 15, Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14 even if you’ve never bought the games themselves for just $5 per month or $30 for a full year subscription. More →

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Game Changers

FreedomPop iPad mini LTE Tablet Free Plan

FreedomPop is about to turn any LTE tablet into a phone with free data, voice and texting

FreedomPop is about to turn any LTE tablet into a phone with free data, voice and texting

By about 10 hours ago.

FreedomPop on Wednesday announced plans to sell discounted LTE tablets that come with a free data plus connectivity capable of offering tablet buyers phone features. In addition to browsing the web with their tablets, FreedomPop tablet buyers will also be able to send and receive text messages and make voice calls for free. More →

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Robert Scoble Windows Phone

The man who said Google Glass would revolutionize computing wants Microsoft to dump Windows Phone

The man who said Google Glass would revolutionize computing wants Microsoft to dump Windows Phone

By about 11 hours ago.

One-time Google Glass enthusiast Robert Scoble is always an entertaining read, although he’s not exactly someone whom tech companies should take advice from. After all, Scoble was once so enthusiastic about Google Glass that he compared it to the Apple II and similarly said it would revolutionize the way we do computing. Needless to say, that hasn’t turned out to be the case, as even Scoble admitted earlier this year that Glass in its current incarnation is “doomed.”

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Mini Smartphone Sales

No one wants ‘mini’ versions of flagship phones

No one wants ‘mini’ versions of flagship phones

By about 12 hours ago.

As flagship smartphones continue to grow more giant each year, smartphone vendors have tried to avoid losing customers looking for smaller and more affordable smartphones with “mini” versions of their various hero phones. As it turns out, however, their efforts appear to be failing. More →

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27-inch Mid-2014 iMac Leak

Apple may release an all-new ‘mid-2014′ 27-inch iMac soon

Apple may release an all-new ‘mid-2014′ 27-inch iMac soon

By on July 30, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Following a previous accidental mention on Tuesday of an updated iMac Mini on Apple’s website, the company has apparently spilled the proverbial beans on another upcoming product that should have been kept under wraps. French site ConsoMac has discovered a mid-2014 iMac mention on Apple’s site in a chart detailing what kind of Windows versions Apple’s iMacs support, just as was the case with the 2014 iMac mini refresh. More →

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Amazon Vs. Barnes And Noble

A tech fan’s confession: I actually regret helping Amazon kill off bookstores

A tech fan’s confession: I actually regret helping Amazon kill off bookstores

By on July 30, 2014 at 4:20 PM.

I’m not normally one to weep over obsolete business models. I can’t bring myself to fret too much about the Internet strangling the life out of print newspapers, video rental stores or CD shops, largely because I’ve found that what’s replaced them (online journalism, Netflix and iTunes) offers much better value than the old way of doing things. And when the Internet eventually kills off cable TV, I will positively do a dance of joy in the streets. That said, there is one slowly dying business that I’ll confess that I sorely miss: Bookstores. More →

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Google Drive Material Design Update

Google’s Material Design is about to change the way we look at the worldwide web

Google’s Material Design is about to change the way we look at the worldwide web

By on July 30, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Android L’s Material Design is not reserved only to the Android operating system or Google’s mobile apps, as the company wants to use the same design principles it formally unveiled at its I/O developers conference this year across the web. Furthermore, the company wants app developers to include the same Material Design elements in their own apps, and Google has so far showed what Material Design apps are supposed to look like. To further showcase Material Design, this time on a functional web page rather than by providing just concept images, Google has updated its Google Drive home pages (for Docs, Sheets and Slides) to Material Design. More →

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Popcorn Time iOS App Download

The ‘Netflix for pirates’ is coming soon to an iPhone near you

The ‘Netflix for pirates’ is coming soon to an iPhone near you

By on July 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Those unencumbered by guilt and happy to steal movies instead of paying to see them will be glad to learn that the latest and greatest movie-pirating tool is coming soon to an iPhone and iPad near you. Hot on the heels of the release of an app called TorrenTV that uses Popcorn Time’s code to stream torrents to an Apple TV or Roku box, the team behind Popcorn Time confirmed that an Apple TV streaming feature has been added to its own app.

More interestingly, however, the team has confirmed that it will soon launch an iOS version of its popular app. More →

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Apple TV Release Date

Apple’s hotly anticipated next-gen Apple TV won’t launch until next year

Apple’s hotly anticipated next-gen Apple TV won’t launch until next year

By on July 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

That list of “exciting new product categories” Apple CEO Tim Cook loves teasing at every opportunity keeps getting smaller and smaller — and now it looks like one of Apple’s most interesting new products that was rumored to be slated for a 2014 debut will not launch until sometime next year. More →

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Facebook Revenge Porn Lawsuit

Revenge porn victim wants $0.10 in damages for every Facebook subscriber in the world

Revenge porn victim wants $0.10 in damages for every Facebook subscriber in the world

By on July 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

A Facebook user who claims the social network has failed to take action against a fake “revenge porn” Facebook page despite being notified about it, wants the company to pay $0.10 for every subscriber it has, or around $123 million in damages, The Wrap has learned.

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