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Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 18:11

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.

Half of enterprises have no budget at all for mobile security, survey finds

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:59

Study finds companies gung-ho about mobility and mobile apps, but only throw pennies out to secure them.

UK's first chief data officer to focus on making data a public asset

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:56

In this interview, the UK's first CDO, Mike Bracken, says he will be looking for ways to set standards and get more useful data flowing across siloed agencies to improve governance.

How the Retina MacBook is already influencing rivals

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:55
Apple’s recently announced 12-inch Retina MacBook is not even available to consumers yet, but it’s already having an impact on competing devices, as rivals are already looking at adopting one of its main features, Digitimes reports. DON’T MISS: Best Buy has an awesome deal for people who preorder the Galaxy S6 According to the Taiwanese company, more than 10 local IC design companies are developing USB-C chip solutions that are going to be found inside a variety of smart devices, from laptops to smartphones, later this year. Apple, which is believed to be the main developer behind the USB-C standard, decided to replace all the ports usually found on MacBook Air and Pro models with a single, more versatile USB-C connector that’s supposed to

Ryan Reynolds shows off his Deadpool costume on Twitter

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:48

Actor Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter to show off his costume for the "Deadpool" movie, tweeting out a picture in full costume lying on a bear rug in front of a roaring fire.

Sling TV blocked from streaming some shows on A&E, Lifetime channels

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:45

Sling TV customers have noticed that the streaming service is blacking out certain programs on A&E and Lifetime. Both networks were recently added to Dish's internet TV service, but as noted by TechHive, not every show on those channels can be watched with Sling. "Due to rights restrictions, this content cannot be streamed on Sling TV," the message reads. Lifetime is preventing Sling customers from watching certain Intervention episodes and one of its recent made-for-TV movies.

Is this smashed MacBook Air a piece of art?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:41

Edward Snowden can now add "artist" to his resume. Or, more accurately, "person tangentially responsible for the creation of art." The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is hosting an exhibition next month that features a smashed MacBook Air and Western Digital hard drive that once contained leaked NSA documents from Snowden. Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief at the time, called the act "a particularly pointless piece of symbolism," given that the government already knew copies of the data existed. The exhibition, titled All of This Belongs to You, aims to act as a "laboratory for public life" by showcasing original artwork next to found objects like the ultra-secure CryptoPhone500 and the Onion Pi router, which turns Raspberry Pi into a Tor proxy.

Google admits it has huge influence in Washington as it tries to deny having influence

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:38

It's no secret that Google has been a major influencer in US politics for years now — the company just doesn't want you to know it. Last week, a Wall Street Journal report suggested Google tampered with an FTC investigation that was looking to see if the search giant was engaging in anti-competitive practices. While the FTC ultimately decided not to bring a lawsuit against Google, reports published by the WSJ indicated the commission was deeply divided on whether it should sue — and another report exposed the close ties that Google has with the Obama administration. The implication was that Google used its influence in the White House to ultimately sway the FTC's decision in its favor — something that Google is now vigorously denying in an unusual post today on its public policy blog.

This is when we can expect the next-gen Moto X to be released

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:30
This month has been packed with exciting news for Android fans, but even with the release date and pricing of the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and HTC One M9 out of the way, there’s still time for a few more smartphone revelations before the end of March. READ MORE: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t On Tuesday, Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh responded to a question on Twitter regarding the release date of the next-gen Moto X. Osterloh responded with the following statement: “ try to stay on a roughly annual cycle for all of our products including Moto X.” Let’s take a look back. The first-generation Moto X launched in August 2013, not long after

Jury finds Kleiner Perkins not liable on all claims in Ellen Pao's gender discrimination case

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:10

After less than 72 hours of deliberation, the jury in the gender discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins found the powerful Silicon Valley venture capital firm not liable for all four of Ellen Pao’s claims, including retaliation and failure to prevent retaliation. Among Pao's claims, the gender discrimination claim was the most consequential. Pao alleged raising concerns about gender bias and filing this lawsuit in May, 2012 were a "substantial motivating reason" for Kleiner Perkins to fire her. Pao, now the interim CEO of Reddit, was seeking $16 million in lost wages and potentially $144 million in punitive damages.

Dragon Age, Halo Online and Pillars of Eternity round out the week’s best game trailers

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:05
Every week, a landslide of video game trailers hits the Internet, hyping up the games that have just been released, the games that are about to be released and even the games that don’t have release dates. It can be a bit overwhelming to keep up with all of them, which is why we’ve decided to collect our favorites into a single post. LAST TIME: Star Citizen, EVE: Valkyrie and State of Decay highlight the best game trailers of the week Dragon Age: Inquisition – Jaws of Hakkon With little to no warning, BioWare released some hefty downloadable content for Dragon Age: Inquisition this week. It’s only available on Xbox One and PC for now, but it’ll be coming to PS4 in the

Communication startup Slack reports data breach

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:56
(Reuters) - Slack, a business management services startup, said a security breach in February may have compromised user information including phone number and Skype IDs. Slack provides communication tools that integrate with several third-party applications such as Google Inc's Hangout and Twitter. It counts New York Times Co, Spotify and airbnb among its customers. There was no indication in an ongoing investigation that hackers could decode stored passwords, Slack said in a blogpost on Friday. No financial or payment information was accessed during the hack that lasted about four days. ...

Watch the stars of The Flash sing the theme song from Firefly

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:52

Here, three castmembers from the CW's The Flash — namely Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes, and Rick Cosnett — came together to sing The Ballad of Serenity in honor of Joss Whedon. What better way to say thank you than by singing an homage to one of Whedon's most beloved TV shows?

Leaked pics may reveal LG’s massive new ‘G4 Note’ phablet

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:40
We know LG is working on some hot Android handsets that will come out in 2015 and recent leaks from xda-developers have revealed that a high-end G4 model, and maybe even a G4 Note phablet, will be launched this year. DON’T MISS: Android fans confess what they envy most about iOS According to the leakers, the company’s phablet is supposedly even better than the G4 and is supposed to come with a Galaxy Note-style stylus. The device would compete directly against Samsung’s top phablet line and also against Apple’s own phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus. The leaked images posted by a user identifying himself as a T-Mobile employee who’s testing a G4 with a stylus reveal the G4 Note will have some of the same

We're about to get the Transformers movie universe no one asked for

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:33

I know I called you here on short notice, but there's something you're going to hear about soon, and I thought it would be best if you heard it from me: there's going to be more Transformers movies. Yup, Transformers is going straight Marvel and trying to turn itself into a connected universe franchise. Paramount, which is behind the franchise, is currently working to set up a Transformers "incubator," of sorts, where writers will be forced to come up with ideas for new Transformers films, according to Deadline. The studio reportedly wants Akiva Goldsman, the writer of I am Legend and I, Robot, to lead the program, while working alongside Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg, who's an executive producer on the franchise.

Talks of Intel buying Altera send stocks soaring

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:10

​The San Jose, Calif.-based company produces CMOS-based programmable logic devices and related development software.

Zig and zag at the right times with the help of advanced analytics

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:09

Mix one part advanced analytics with one part Expectancy Theory, and the result should be an organizational culture that you can shape.

Apple is Hitler, tech CEO alludes

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:04

Technically Incorrect: In a bizarre image posted by CEO of Chinese company that's about to launch a smartphone, Apple is portrayed by Hitler with an Apple logo in place of the swastika.