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ZTE's ZMax is a big, cheap phablet for T-Mobile

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:38

ZTE has announced its latest smartphone for the US market, the ZMax. Exclusive to T-Mobile, the ZMax is a 5.7-inch phablet that will sell for $252, or $10.50 per month for 24 months on T-Mobile's installment plan. The ZMax has a 3,400mAh battery, 8-megapixel camera, 720p display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 16GB of internal storage, and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. ZTE says it also has Dolby Digital sound enhancements and supports T-Mobile's LTE network and Wi-Fi calling features. It will be available for sale starting September 24th.


Apple has written a guide for people switching from Android to iPhone

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:35

Apple releases iOS 8 tomorrow, and its next generation of iPhone later this week. With the new models approaching larger Android phones in terms of screen size, the company appears to be expecting a lot of people will make the switch from Samsung, HTC, and other devices to its iPhone. To that end, it's provided a guide to moving all your stuff from Android to iOS.


U.S. air force seeks funding for space surveillance satellites

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:16
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force plans to request initial funding for three surveillance satellites to track objects in space as part of its fiscal 2016 budget request, a top Air Force general said Tuesday. General John Hyten, head of Air Force Space Command, told the annual Air Force Association conference the satellites would be a relatively inexpensive follow-on to the Space-Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite built by Boeing Co. ...

U.S. NSA chief says monitoring tech-savvy Islamic State

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:11

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As U.S. military leaders outlined their strategy before Congress to fight Islamic State militants on the battlefield, the National Security Agency chief said on Tuesday he was watching the media-savvy group's cyber capabilities. Asked whether the Sunni Muslim group was planning cyber attacks on U.S. interests, Admiral Mike Rogers said he could not discuss specifics of the organization's technical capabilities. ...


AT&T 'intrigued' by Mexico, Latin America : exec

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:07

NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is "intrigued" by Latin America and especially Mexico and would not rule out an opportunistic deal there even as it seeks to complete its $48.5 billion planned takeover of DirecTV, an AT&T executive said at a conference on Tuesday. AT&T is one of several potential buyers Carlos Slim's America Movil has contacted as it tries to sell a chunk of assets, according to a source familiar with the situation. ...


You can now attach your iPad directly to your face to experience virtual reality

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:05

It was only a matter of time. The iPad has been adapted for all sorts of intriguing and surprising purposes over the years (including, recently, a sex toy). Meanwhile, a number of enterprising organizations and individuals have sought to create makeshift virtual reality goggles out of people's readily available mobile devices (e.g. Google Cardboard). ...


NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 18:55

NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.


U.S. FCC chief presses experts on mobile 'net neutrality' rules

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 18:40

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler urged consumer advocates and wireless industry representatives on Tuesday to address how wireless carriers might be allowed to "reasonably manage" their Internet networks. The issue is at the heart of a debate over whether the FCC should undo exemptions applied to mobile carriers as it rewrites Internet traffic regulations, after an appeals court rejected its 2010 rules in January. ...


Panasonic CM1 marries Android phone to slim camera

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 18:34

The Japanese electronics giant hasn't done well with smartphones, but it's trying a new approach that grafts a comparatively high-end camera onto an Android phone.>


Media reaping profits from Internet: study

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 18:26

Washington (AFP) - The Internet is no longer draining profits from media and entertainment companies, which have learned to make online services pay, a new study shows.


Healthcare.gov is not secure, says government report that will surprise no one

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 18:26

The government cut corners when building Healthcare.gov, the federal marketplace for health insurance, and security was no exception, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office that will be presented to Congress this week.


It's time to add two-factor to your iCloud account

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 18:17

Apple promised it would add two-factor protection to iCloud in the wake of celebgate, and those protections have finally arrived. Ars Technica is reporting that two-factor authentication is now active for iCloud logins as long as users have turned on the service. It's also a very good reason to sign up for two-factor authentication, if you haven't already.


NASA taps SpaceX, Boeing to carry astronauts to space

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 18:16

In the return of human space flight for the US, NASA awards both private aerospace companies a combined total of $6.8 billion.>


FCC received a total of 3.7 million comments on net neutrality

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 18:06

The Federal Communications Commission finished accepting comments on its controversial net neutrality proposal last night, and it closed out as by far the most-commented issue in agency history with a total of approximately 3.7 million replies. The commenting period has been open for five months and was even extended for several days due to frequent issues with the agency's website. Contributing to the outpouring of support was a good deal of high-profile attention, including protests from Netflix and Tumblr and a widely shared segment from John Oliver.


Alibaba options expected to be listed on Sept. 29: exchanges

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:55

By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors looking to hedge their bets or speculate on the direction of Alibaba Group's stock after its expected public sale of shares on Friday, will be able to trade its options in two weeks, as U.S. options exchanges are expected to list contracts on the company. The Chinese e-commerce company's options will be listed on CBOE Holdings Inc and International Securities Exchange Holdings' options exchanges on Sept. 29, pending the company's public sale of shares this week, the exchanges said on Tuesday. ...