FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations
As smartphones and the apps we run on them become more and more popular, concerns over privacy are growing as well. The FTC has taken a pretty strong stance on privacy issues throughout the years, and today it delivered a list of recommendations to pretty much everyone involved in the smartphone business. These recommendations give platform holders, app developers, and advertisers suggestions on what they can do improve mobile privacy, and we have to say that there are some pretty good ideas in ...
PlayStation 4 reportedly hitting shelves this year
Last night, Sony released a new teaser that seems to point to an incoming PlayStation 4 reveal. The Wall Street Journal today is reporting that Sony will indeed reveal the next PlayStation at this event on February 20, and that the console will be releasing sometime this year. That’s a pretty exciting claim if true, but keep in mind that we won’t know Sony’s real plan until at least February 20. We’ll probably be waiting for more details beyond that suspected launch eve...
Apple Takes 3 Of Top 5 Spots In U.S. Mobile Phone Sales For Q4 2012, Says NPD
Apple has managed to nab three of the top 5 spots for the top-selling mobile phones in the U.S. during Q4 2012 according to the NPD Group, with the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 ranking first, third and fourth, respectively. Apple also retained the crown for best-selling overall smartphone maker, accounting for 39 percent of smartphone sales in Q4 2012, compared to Samsung’s 30 percent. iPhone 4 sales rose 79 percent compared to Q3 2012, and iPhone 4S sales grew 43 percent sequentially,...
iOS 6.1 jailbreak arriving Sunday, here’s how to prepare
An official iOS 6.1 untethered jailbreak is just around the corner. Come Super Bowl Sunday, iOS users will once again be able to jailbreak the latest firmware in order to open up a world of customization on their iOS devices. However, we haven’t seen an untethered jailbreak since Apple released iOS 5.1.1 back in May 2012, so it’s definitely been awhile since avid jailbreakers have had anything to do. With that said, we’ve decided to refresh your brain and help get you on the right track towards ...
ASUS MeMO Pad 10 Smart revealed in product leak
This week the folks at ASUS have had a bit of a leak in their pipes with both product images and details surrounding their next Android tablet, the ASUS MeMO Pad 10. This machine (product number ME301T) works with a 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor under the hood. Oddly enough, inside this machine you’ll find just 1GB of ram, and that display resolution is less than what we’ve seen on devices like the Transformer Infi...
Leaks Reportedly Detail More Of HTC’s 2013 Android Line, Peg M7 For Release Soon After Unveiling
HTC is set to show off something at a special press event in NYC on February 19 (the day before Sony’s, it turns out), and it’s quite likely that the company will debut its rumored new flagship phone, the M7. And now new leaks from the generally dependable Evleaks suggest the company has a multi-device lineup planned to follow the M7 with retail availability in Spring. The two phones detailed by Evleaks on UnwiredView suggest that HTC will follow-up the M7 with a device with slightly...
Sony MiniDisc officially getting the axe
It all started back in July 2011 when Sony announced that it would be winding down production of the MiniDisc format beginning in September of that year. Almost a year-and-a-half later, we’re now getting to the point where Sony is seeing its last MiniDiscs roll off the factory line. The company announced that it will be shipping its last MiniDisc players starting in March. As you may already know, the boom of the MP3 era has taken physical media by the neck throughout the past 10 years o...
Netflix House of Cards original series now available
Clear your weekend plans, folks. Netflix’s newest original series, House of Cards, is now available to watch. All 13 episodes are live on the Netflix website and can be viewed for free with a Netflix subscription. Each episode is roughly 50 minutes long, giving you almost 11 hours of pure political drama. This actually isn’t the first original series that Netflix has released. The streaming service launched Lilyhammer a year ago, and the company has plans to release two more origin...
Sony Likely To Unveil PlayStation 4 On Feb. 20, But We’ll Need To See More Than A Spec Show
Sony is gearing up for a big announcement on February 20, according to invitations it sent out to the media on Thursday. The smart money was already on a next-generation PlayStation console being the topic of discussion, but the Wall Street Journal came out and blatantly declared that’s what we’d be getting. But while we have a good idea of what, generally, Sony will be talking about, it’s the specifics that matter most for Sony’s long-term success. Sony said that we̵...
UK man finds chunk of whale vomit possibly worth £100,000
Last summer we talked about a boy in the UK who found a yellowish rock on a beach near his home. What the boy thought was a rock was actually a chunk of whale vomit known as ambergris. The chunk of whale vomit the boy found in August of 2012 was estimated to be worth as much as £40,000. A man named Ken Wilman was recently walking his dog on the beach in the UK when he discovered a strange yellow stone. While it looked like a chunk of dirty yellow rock, Wilman’s find could be worth as muc...
Dell buyout could come as early as Monday tips source
We mentioned a few days ago that Dell Inc. was looking for a way to take the company private. One of the avenues that sources said was being pursued in taking Dell Inc. private again was a significant investment of between $1 billion and $3 billion from Microsoft. Over the last few days, new details have surfaced including a source who claims that Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell would combine his current ownership stake and as much as $1 billion of his own money to become the majority owner. Re...
Dell buyout could come as early as Monday tips source
We mentioned a few days ago that Dell Inc. was looking for a way to take the company private. One of the avenues that sources said was being pursued in taking Dell Inc. private again was a significant investment of between $1 billion and $3 billion from Microsoft. Over the last few days, new details have surfaced including a source who claims that Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell would combine his current ownership stake and as much as $1 billion of his own money to become the majority owner. Re...
Nokia lands $1.35 billion grant for graphene development
When I think of research and scientific innovation, I don’t think of Nokia as a company who’s big into research. The fact is that Nokia is a major researcher into new technologies and processes for a variety of uses. Nokia has announced that it has received $1.35 billion grant to develop the strongest material ever tested. That material is graphene. Graphene is a 2-D structure that’s only one atom thick, yet it’s the strongest material ever produced being 300 times toug...
HBO Go app coming to Apple TV by mid-year?
If you have an Apple TV set-top box attached to the TV in your living room, you may be getting a new entertainment option for the device by the middle of the year. Bloomberg reports that two people familiar with plans for Apple say that Apple and Time Warner Incorporated are negotiating to bring HBO Go to the Apple set-top box. The two sources refused to be named because the talks are private. According to the sources, the timeframe for HBO Go to come to Apple TV is mid-2013. The Apple TV set-...
VESA unveils new Dual-Mode standard supporting 4K resolution and more
VESA, the Video Electronics Standards Association, has announced that it has released an updated DisplayPort Dual-Mode standard. The new standard supports the next-generation of Dual-Mode DisplayPort enabling personal computers and cable adapters to support new functionality and resolutions. The updated standard allows for several refinements that improve interoperability including a higher data rate for DisplayPort-to-HDMI cable adapters. That higher data rate means that the adapters can now s...
my Xperia service slated for initial launch this week, promises to protect your phone
Sony has confirmed my Xperia, a service that promises to help locate lost handsets and protect the files contained on them via a couple different options. The security service – which will be launched in beta – will be rolled out in phases, starting with the Nordics. In the second quarter of the year, my Xperia will then be released for Sony smartphone owners globally. The service will work similar to third-party phone locating/wiping services that are available for smartphone own...
FTC’s Chairman Jon Leibowitz set to announce his departure Friday
In an interview earlier today, the FTC‘s Chairman Jon Leibowitz stated that he’ll formally announce his departure from the agency tomorrow. Leibowitz first joined the agency in 2004, eventually being dubbed Chairman in 2009. Whispers of his imminent departure have been circulating since last year, although nothing had been confirmed until today. Potential candidates to take Leibowitz place include Howard Shelanski, who is the commission’s Director of the Bureau of Economics,...
Mark Zuckerberg awarded CEO of the Year Crunchie, Larry Page is runner-up
At the 6th annual Crunchies, Mark Zuckerberg has been awarded “CEO of the Year”, beating out several other big names in the field, including runner-up Larry Page of Google. Zuckerberg has comes a long way in a short time, taking the idea of Facebook generated during his college years and making it into something that has had a large and lasting impact on both the techsphere and world as a whole. The event took place at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, where 2500 people at...
Google reportedly submits antitrust settlement to the European Commission
The time has rolled around for Google to address the antitrust issues concerning the company with the European Commission, with the search engine giant providing its antitrust settlement proposal just before the January 31 deadline it was given. Sources said to be familiar with the situation have chimed into say that the proposal is a lot like what we saw in the FTC settlement. Everything else aside, it seems Google will not have to acknowledge that it has done anything wrong. The proposal was...
Google updates Play Music app for Android, adds new art and more
Android users running a relatively recent version of the mobile OS will recognize the gold headphones immediately – it’s Android’s music app that comes pre-installed on mobile devices. An update for the app has just been rolled out, taking it to version 4.5.9 and adding a handful of new features, among them being new default album art and a bug fix for the freezing issue experienced by Galaxy S III owners. First up is the bug fix, which corrects an issue experienced by far to...