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Charter Communications nears $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 20:55

Time Warner Cable Inc is nearing an agreement to be acquired by smaller peer Charter Communications Inc for about $55 billion, combining the second and third largest U.S. cable operators, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. A deal would create a major rival to Comcast Corp, the biggest operator in the U.S. cable and broadband market, and marks a triumph for Charter, which was rejected by Time Warner Cable just last year. The cash-and-stock deal values Time Warner Cable at $195 per share, according to sources, and comes just one month after Comcast dropped its $45.2 billion merger agreement with Time Warner Cable, clinched in February 2014, over antitrust concerns.


oneBoard to rule them all? This smart keyboard PC runs Windows or Android

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 20:45

This very clever PC-in-a-keyboard plugs into almost any screen, and it's vying for attention at CES Asia in Shanghai.


Webroot: Deliver collective threat intelligence in near real-time

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 20:38

The purpose of threat intelligence, says Webroot's CMO, is to immediately block cyberthreats through your network and endpoints, and to predict where attacks originate.


10 Twitter accounts that will keep you up to date with digital health

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 20:18

The digital health space is moving fast. Keep up with startups and investments in the healthcare world by following these 10 Twitter accounts.


Sooall Next DNA eBike turns calories into battery life

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 20:03

China's Sooall gives exercise an eco edge, letting you charge your batteries while you pedal away.


Apple Watch: Its time will come

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 19:59

After using the Apple Watch for a month, I can say it has a few moments of early brilliance but will need more apps before it's a must-have.


Why the BlackBerry Storm was the single biggest disaster in smartphone history

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 19:05
We’ve seen a couple of high-profile smartphone flops in recent years, including the Amazon Fire Phone and the Facebook-centric HTC First. However, neither of those phones bombed quite so spectacularly as the 2008 BlackBerry Storm, which was RIM’s first attempt at launching a genuine iPhone rival. RELATED: Why is BlackBerry still making phones? CEO Chen gives a very smart answer Both The Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail have published excerpts from an upcoming book about BlackBerry’s rise and fall called Losing the Signal that deal specifically with the launch of the Storm. Both excerpts make clear that BlackBerry knew the device had major, major issues when it released but it felt it had no choice because it was better to

Charter nears deal for Time Warner Cable

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 18:45

Charter Communications Inc. is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.


Jony Ive taking new, more hands-off 'chief design officer' role at Apple

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 18:27

Jony Ive, the man behind Apple's hardware and software design, is taking a step back from day-to-day operations. In a profile by Stephen Fry at The Telegraph, Apple has revealed that Ive is taking a new role as "chief design officer." Ive tells Fry that he's "still in charge" of the company's industrial design and user interface divisions, but the individual sections will be run by hardware designer Richard Howarth and UI designer Alan Dye, both longtime Apple employees.


Charter Communications nears $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable - sources

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 18:04

Time Warner Cable Inc is nearing an agreement to be acquired by smaller peer Charter Communications Inc for about $55 billion, combining the second and third largest U.S. cable operators, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. A deal would create a major rival to Comcast Corp, the biggest operator in the U.S. cable and broadband market, and marks a triumph for Charter, which was rejected by Time Warner Cable just last year. The cash-and-stock deal values Time Warner Cable at $195 per share, according to sources, and comes just one month after Comcast dropped its $45.2 billion merger agreement with Time Warner Cable, clinched in February 2014, over antitrust concerns.


Let’s hope this isn’t Android M’s official name

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 18:00
We may not know the official name for Google’s Android M until the fall. However, the company is already using an internal code name for Android M that we’d have a hard time believing is the final name because it simply doesn’t roll off the tongue. DON’T MISS: Android M: This is Google’s new Photos app According to Android Police’s sources, Android M is known as Android Macadamia Nut Cookie (or MNC in short) for the time being. The name has been spotted already in AOSP code and it’s used internally at Google. Obviously, this doesn’t mean that Google will necessarily use MNC later this year once it’s ready to publicly announce the name it chose for Android M. The

Postgres pushes past MySQL in developer hearts

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:54

Postgres is the hottest RDBMS in startup land. Should your enterprise use it, too?


CleanMyMac 3 offers many new features in a single, elegant interface

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:29

While some observers claim Mac maintenance utilities are unnecessary, Erik Eckel's found some value in CleanMyMac 3. The easy-to-use utility offers some surprisingly helpful features.


Google Fiber sends ‘automated fine letters’ to suspected pirates

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:05
Et tu, Google? With piracy running rampant these days, we’re starting to see content producers and owners going after pirates via each suspected individual’s specific ISP. HBO, for instance, began employing this strategy not too long ago in a rather unsuccessful effort to quell Game of Thrones piracy. The messages that content producers relay to end users through individual ISPs can vary. In some instances it’s just a warning. In others, automatic fines with settlement demands are levied. While most ISPs have no problem passing along warnings to suspected pirates, most opt not to pass along threatening settlement demands. Even Comcast, which is no stranger to questionable customer service practices, sides with the consumer on this particular issue. But Google, oddly enough,

Plane safe? Hacker case points to deeper cyber issues

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:05

Security researcher Chris Roberts made headlines last month when he was hauled off a plane in New York by the FBI and accused of hacking into flight controls via his underseat entertainment unit. Other security researchers say Roberts - who was quoted by the FBI as saying he once caused "a sideways movement of the plane during a flight" - has helped draw attention to a wider issue: that the aviation industry has not kept pace with the threat hackers pose to increasingly computer-connected aeroplanes. It will force the hand of organisations (in the aviation industry)," says Jonathan Butts, a former US Air Force researcher who now runs a company working on IT security issues in aviation and other industries.


Plane safe? Hacker case points to deeper cyber issues

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:05

Security researcher Chris Roberts made headlines last month when he was hauled off a plane in New York by the FBI and accused of hacking into flight controls via his underseat entertainment unit. Other security researchers say Roberts - who was quoted by the FBI as saying he once caused "a sideways movement of the plane during a flight" - has helped draw attention to a wider issue: that the aviation industry has not kept pace with the threat hackers pose to increasingly computer-connected airplanes. It will force the hand of organizations (in the aviation industry)," says Jonathan Butts, a former US Air Force researcher who now runs a company working on IT security issues in aviation and other industries.


In 200 years, rich humans will be cyborgs, says professor

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 16:33

Technically Incorrect: An Israeli professor says the amalgamation of man and machine will be the "biggest evolution in the history of biology" in 4 billion years.