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Ben Zigterman

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Why Did Lavabit Shut Down

Why Lavabit shut down: Founder explains 38 days of legal hell

May 21st, 2014

After Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks from last year, rumors circulated that Snowden used Lavabit, which at the time was a hugely popular secure email service. Soon after that, Lavabit founder Ladar Levison wrote that he was forced to decide between being “complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of …

Sprint FCC fine

Sprint hit with largest ever fine over Do Not Call noncompliance

May 20th, 2014

Sprint was hit with a $7.5 million fine by the Federal Communications Commission for not complying with the Do Not Call Registry by sending consumers unwanted phone calls and text messages, according to The Associate Press. Sprint’s fine is the largest Do Not Call-related fine the FCC has ever handed out. That being said, Sprint …

Why Did Apple Buy Beats

Is this the real reason Apple wants to buy Beats?

May 19th, 2014

Two weeks ago, news broke that Apple was about to purchase Beats Technology for $3.2 billion. The deal, which has apparently been delayed, has confused industry experts, with some viewing it as a sign of Apple’s lack of direction without Steve Jobs and others calling it Apple’s “best idea since the iPad.” Most believe Apple …

Cable Subscriber Totals Q1 2014

Cable companies just had their best quarter since 2011

May 16th, 2014

Cable companies are losing cable subscribers who have decided to cut the cord, but it now appears they are losing these customers at a much slower rate. According to IHS, cable companies lost 132,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2014, which marks the least number of customers cable has shed since the first quarter of 2011. …

Apple Vs. Samsung Graphene

Apple and Samsung’s next major fight won’t be over what you think

May 15th, 2014

Earlier this week, we shared a video that explained the incredible potential of graphene, a transparent material that is just a single atom thick. According to the video, graphene is “stronger than diamond, more conductive than copper, more flexible than rubber and it’s so thin you can barely see it with the naked eye.” We also …

Counterfeit iPad charger teardown: cheap, but low quality

Counterfeit iPad chargers are cheap for a reason

May 13th, 2014

Apple is often criticized for selling its chargers at a high profit margin, especially when you can easily find an incredibly cheap version on eBay. Well, it turns out there’s a reason these counterfeiters can make such cheap chargers. Engineer Ken Shirriff tore down an Apple-branded iPad charger and a counterfeit version, and he found that the counterfeit …

Yahoo Tumblr Traffic Decreases

Tumblr has lost 7 million visitors since December

May 12th, 2014

Marissa Mayer has been Yahoo’s CEO for nearly two years and in that time she has revamped many of Yahoo’s websites and apps, and has made some major purchases. Most notably, Yahoo bought Tumblr a little over a year ago for $1.1 billion. Now, however, this purchase isn’t looking so good. According to a ComScore report …

iPhone 5c 8GB: Apple introducing cheaper iPhone in India

New cheaper 8GB iPhone 5c headed to India to replace iPhone 4

May 12th, 2014

Apple is about to expand the availability of the new 8GB version of its iPhone 5c to India, according to a report from BGR sister site BGR India. Apple’s 8GB iPhone 5c debuted less than two months ago and it is currently available only in in Germany, France, the UK, Australia and China.

3D model iPhone app video

This iPhone app could be the Instagram of 3D images

May 9th, 2014

On its face, Seene looks like another Instagram clone that gives you an easy way to share your pictures. But Seene is one of the more interesting photo apps we’ve seen in a while and what makes it special is that it can actually take the pictures you upload onto it and render them as 3D model.

Titanfall Sales Q4 2014

Titanfall sales totaled nearly 1 million after just three weeks

May 7th, 2014

Ahead of its release back in Mach, Titanfall was rumored to have helped Microsoft sell as many as 1 million Xbox Ones. That rumor was never confirmed nor denied, but now we know how many copies of Titanfall sold last quarter, and it looks like the rumor is at least plausible. According to NPD numbers cited by COO Peter …