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NBCUniversal settles with unpaid interns for $6.4M

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:56

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 9,000 unpaid interns stand to benefit from a $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal over back wages.

One big reason not to use your iPad Air 2 on AT&T

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:51

Are you excited about the new multi-carrier SIM cards that are coming with the iPad Air 2? If so then you won’t want to hook it up to AT&T’s network. RELATED: Apple never mentioned this key iPad Air 2 feature during its big event Ars Technica reports that while both T-Mobile and Sprint have decided to allow iPad Air 2 models on their network to run with SIM cards that are compatible with multiple carriers, AT&T has decided to lock down this feature on the new iPads that run on its network. “When you set up cellular data on a new iPad with the multi-carrier SIM, you’ll get this screen, which lets you choose a carrier,” Ars explains. “Click on AT&T and you’ll see this

Low Latency 112: Back to the drawing board

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:46

This week the Internet's attention was transfixed on a hoverboard, while ignoring Apple's newest iPad.> domain sold for big payout

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:34

According to a securities filing, the buyer was a Russian-registered firm called Weed Growth Fund, previously known as Ovation Research. The October 20 filing said the price was $50,000 cash and 19,192 shares of Cannabis Sativa worth close to $170,000, which promotes medical uses for marijuana. The reasons for the sale were not clear but Cannabis Sativa chief and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson has publicly said he thinks marijuana may be used to treat the deadly disease. The seller was Nevada-based Blue String Ventures, which describes itself as an "Internet real estate investment and branding" company.

Huh? Mini phone attaches to the phone you already have

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:23

One company thinks you need a small phone that hitches a ride on your larger phone -- and the idea actually might not be as crazy as it sounds.>

The brutal numbers behind Amazon’s massive Fire Phone flop

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:09

We’ve known for a while that Amazon’s Fire Phone is this year’s version of the Microsoft Kin or the Facebook-centric HTC First — that is, it’s a phone that is destined to go down as one of the biggest bombs in smartphone history. CNET takes a look at Amazon’s earnings report released on Thursday and brings us some new numbers that show us just how big of a flop the Fire Phone has really been. RELATED: Amazon’s Fire Phone might be a bigger flop than anyone imagined Per CNET, Amazon CTO Tom Szkutak said during an earnings call on Thursday that the company had to take a $170 million write down on the quarter thanks to costs associated with the Fire

AT&T is locking down Apple SIM cards in the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:09

Just when we think the SIM card may be about to die, here comes AT&T on a self-serving life support mission. MacRumors reports that the Apple SIM card, which is designed to be used by a growing number of carriers around the world, will be locked by AT&T as soon as you sign up for a month of service. Apple confirms the report in a support document: "When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only."

Aereo barred from retransmitting broadcast TV

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:07

A judge grants broadcasters' request for a temporary injunction against the embattled video streaming service, which has sought to reclassify itself as a cable provider.>

Well-timed bullish option bets seen in Digital River weeks before deal

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:03
By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) - Well-timed bullish options bets on Digital River Inc were placed about two weeks before the e-commerce services company said on Friday it would be taken private. Digital River's stock rose 48 percent to $25.75 on Friday, a day after the Minnesota-based company said it entered into an agreement to be bought by an investor group led by Siris Capital Group LLC for $26 a shares. A fortnight before the deal was announced there was a sudden spike in options activity with nearly 28,000 calls traded between Oct. 6 and Oct. ...

Nest acquires Revolv in a bid to control your entire smart home

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:00

Nest has just acquired Boulder, CO-based Revolv, one of the most flexible smart home platforms on the market. Nest, with its popular smart thermostat and smoke detector, is in a strong position in the first category. Buying Revolv (and the team behind it) positions it strongly in the second.

U.S. delays 'incentive' airwaves auction to early 2016

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:49
By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission expects a major auction of low-frequency airwaves to be pushed back to early 2016 from mid-2015 because of its complexity and a pending court challenge, an FCC official said in a blog post on Friday. The FCC is working on rules for the so-called incentive auction, in which wireless carriers would get the first opportunity since 2008 to purchase airwaves that are considered the "beach-front property" of radio spectrum for their reach and strength. ...

Marc Newson's last pre-Apple designs include a shotgun and a beer keg

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:48

The picture above isn't Marc Newson's design, but according to Dezeen, his version of the Beretta 486 Parallelo (actually pictured) will be unveiled at an event in London on November 13th. The famous designer, who as of joined his friend Jony Ive at Apple, has been collaborating with the centuries-old Italian gun manufacturer for at least couple years. Here's a blurb from a 2012 New York Times profile where he presented to Beretta 3D models of his design:

Apple wants you to wonder how you ever lived without its Apple Watch

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:42

In an interview with Xinhua while in China, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook talked about several matters important to the company, including the iPhone, Apple Pay, personal data security and China, but also the upcoming Apple Watch. Expected to arrive at some point in early 2015, the Watch should become an indispensable device to buyers. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon “We are going to wonder how we ever lived without it,” Cook said in the interview. “That’s the real test of a great product: you wonder how you live without it. And I think that’s going to happen to the Apple Watch.” According to Cook, the potential of Apple Watch is “enormous,” because “it is

Here are the most breathtaking images from Thursday’s partial solar eclipse

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:21

On Thursday, North America had the chance to watch a partial solar eclipse darken the skies. If you happened to catch it, you witnessed something beautiful… but don’t worry if you missed it, because you can still take a look at all the beautiful images captured from the event. RELATED: Here are the best times to watch tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse Have a look at the breathtaking images of the partial solar eclipse as captured by people all over the country: To view more images of the partial solar eclipse, head over to USA Today’s gallery for more stunning images.

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Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:14
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