iOS Android Smartphone Encryption

The FBI ratchets up its scare campaign over smartphone encryption

By on October 17, 2014 at 9:05 PM.

The FBI ratchets up its scare campaign over smartphone encryption

Did you know that if Apple and Google encrypt data on smartphones then terrorists, pedophiles and other very bad people will be able to roam completely free and likely destroy society as we know it? That’s the message that Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey has been sending and he was at it again this week in a speech delivered to the Brookings Institute in which he railed against smartphone encryption as a direct threat to law enforcement’s ability to gather evidence. More →

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Android 5.0 Lollipop New Features

This is Android 5.0 Lollipop’s most important new security feature

By on October 17, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

This is Android 5.0 Lollipop’s most important new security feature

There are a lot of great new features in Android 5.0 Lollipop but one that’s gone rather unheralded has been the addition of a kind of “kill switch” that can be used as a major deterrent to would-be smartphone thieves. Forbes reports that the new feature, dubbed “factory reset protection,” essentially prevents anyone from wiping and resetting your device if it’s stolen. If thieves can’t factory reset your device, then they won’t be able to successfully resell it since it will be obvious that the device has been stolen. More →

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HBO Online Streaming Pricing

Here’s how much HBO may charge for its streaming-only service

By on October 17, 2014 at 1:55 PM.

Here’s how much HBO may charge for its streaming-only service

HBO wants to compete with Netflix in a lot of ways, but one of those ways probably won’t be pricing. The Information’s sources claim that HBO will charge at least $15 per month for its standalone streaming service, which will match what subscribers pay per month to get HBO as part of their cable bundles. More →

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iPhone 6 Plus Pants Pocket

Brilliant Chinese carrier hires an on-site tailor to expand iPhone 6 Plus buyers’ pockets

By on October 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

Brilliant Chinese carrier hires an on-site tailor to expand iPhone 6 Plus buyers’ pockets

Worried that your iPhone 6 Plus might feel uncomfortable to carry around — or worse, that it might get bent — thanks to your small pants pockets? You don’t have to worry about it if you buy the device from Chinese carrier Unicom. Business Insider notices that China’s People’s Daily has posted a picture of an iPhone 6 launch event at a Unicom store in which the carrier has hired a tailor to enlarge buyers’ pockets on site to help them more easily carry the device around in their pants. More →

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How Thin Is The iPad Air 2

You’ll be amazed by how much the iPad has evolved in just four years

By on October 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM.

You’ll be amazed by how much the iPad has evolved in just four years

Remember when the first iPad came out and Steve Jobs boasted about how thin, light and, yes, “magical” it was? Well it’s now more than four years since the first iPad came out and the device that wowed the tech world back in 2010 looks positively bulky compared to what Apple just unveiled this week in the form of the iPad Air 2. More →

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Windows Phone iOS Android Launcher

Here’s what to do if you accidentally buy a Windows Phone

By on October 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Here’s what to do if you accidentally buy a Windows Phone

Have you ever accidentally bought a Windows Phone and wished it were an iPhone or an Android phone instead? Chances are you probably haven’t, but that’s the only possible target market we can see for some new Windows Phone launchers that were designed solely to make your device’s home screen look like either iOS or Android. More →

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Google Nexus 9 Hands On Video

New video gives us a fantastic up-close look at the Nexus 9

By on October 16, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

New video gives us a fantastic up-close look at the Nexus 9

You won’t be able to get your hands on the Nexus 9 for another couple of weeks, which is why we’re glad that Vietnamese YouTube account SChannel has posted a new Nexus 9 hands-on video that gives us our best look yet at the soon-to-be-released tablet. Per Android Police, the video shows us just how incredibly thin the new device is at just 7.9 millimeters while also showing off some key new elements from Android 5.0 Lollipop. More →

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Google Q3 2014 Earnings

Google posts solid Q3 earnings, still misses expectations

By on October 16, 2014 at 4:03 PM.

Google posts solid Q3 earnings, still misses expectations

Google on Thursday reported earnings of $6.35 per share on revenues of $13.2 billion, thus missing the consensus estimate of earnings of $6.53 per share on revenues of $13.22 billion. That’s not the only bad news for the company either: Google also reported that its cost-per-click — a key metric used to determine how much money Google can charge for advertisements — declined by around 2% year-over-year from Q3 2013. Nonetheless, this was actually better than what Wall Street was expecting, as the consensus estimate was that cost-per-click on the quarter would decline by 4% year-over-year. More →

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Opinions
iPad Mini 2 Vs. iPad Mini 3

There is literally one reason to buy the iPad mini 3… and it’s not even a very good one

By on October 16, 2014 at 3:13 PM.

There is literally one reason to buy the iPad mini 3… and it’s not even a very good one

Apple unveiled several new products today and most of them — particularly the iPad Air 2 and the iMac Retina — look positively fantastic. But I simply have to call B.S. on the new iPad mini 3, Apple’s  new miniature tablet that barely merited a mention at its press event, and for very good reason: There’s basically almost no reason at all anyone should buy one. More →

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Apple iPad Air 2 Announced

Apple unveils ‘the best tablet in the world': Meet the iPad Air 2

By on October 16, 2014 at 1:42 PM.

Apple unveils ‘the best tablet in the world': Meet the iPad Air 2

Apple’s iPad event is well underway and the company has just announced its next-generation flagship tablet, the iPad Air 2. As you might expect, the new device is the thinnest iPad Air yet released and measures in at 6.1 millimeters thin, or 18% thinner than the original iPad Air. The new tablet will also be the first device to run on the A8x, a new chipset with 3 billion transistors that will deliver an even better performance than the A8 chip found on the iPhone 6. The device also boasts 10 hours of battery life and features an M8 chip with support for a barometer and motion tracking sensors.
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Nexus 9 Specs Benchmark

New benchmark suggests the Nexus 9 is almost as powerful as a 2012 Mac Pro

By on October 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

New benchmark suggests the Nexus 9 is almost as powerful as a 2012 Mac Pro

Not only does the new Nexus 9 tablet look terrific but it also apparently performs terrifically as well. Geekbench developer and Primate Labs founder John Poole has just posted the Geekbench results for the Nexus 9 and the results are positively incredible for an Android tablet. The new device’s single-core score on Geekbench totals 1903, which Poole notes is only slightly less than what “an entry-level Mac Pro (2012) scores” at 1925. Poole also says that such a single-core score for a Nexus tablet is flat-out “insane.” More →

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Google Wireless Internet Service

This is how the real Apple TV will let you ditch your cable provider

By on October 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

This is how the real Apple TV will let you ditch your cable provider

Well, this is interesting: Over the past couple of days both HBO and CBS have announced different standalone streaming services that won’t require a cable bundle… and this is all right before a big Apple event in which the company may or may not talk about the future of its Apple TV set-top box. What is clear, however, is that over-the-top content is the future while pricey cable bundles are the past, and Apple and other big tech companies are likely going to lead the way with their own streaming services, set-top boxes and perhaps even television sets that will let you watch your favorite shows online. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

An entire city tells Comcast it’s not wanted thanks to ‘deplorable and substandard’ customer service

By on October 16, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

An entire city tells Comcast it’s not wanted thanks to ‘deplorable and substandard’ customer service

Comcast’s awful customer service has rightly become the stuff of legends and now one city in Massachusetts is telling the company that it wants nothing to do with the cable giant’s unique blend of wallet-incinerating prices and customer service agents who would make Kafka novel bureaucrats blush. More →

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