Author Archives: Robert Nelson


Microsoft prepping Cortana to compete with Google Now and Siri

Microsoft prepping Cortana to compete with Google Now and Siri

Android users have Google Now, iPhone users have Siri and assuming these latest reports prove to be accurate, Windows Phone users will have Cortana. Well, more specifically, Windows Phone users will have a digital personal assistant that competes with Google Now and Siri. For now the Cortana name appears to be nothing more than a code, but final name aside -- the evidence does appear to be mounting.

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Vodafone Germany hack compromised two million customer accounts

Vodafone Germany hack compromised two million customer accounts

Vodafone Germany has confirmed that about 2 million customer accounts have been compromised as a result of a recent server attack. Vodafone has said they are already working with the authorities and that a possible suspect has been identified. While that name hasn't been released to the public, there was talk of how the person behind the attack may have had "insider knowledge."

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Nest Labs inks patent agreement with Intellectual Ventures

Nest Labs inks patent agreement with Intellectual Ventures

Nest may be better known as a company that offers the Learning Thermostat, a device that is touted as being a next-generation thermostat. This means easy installation, the ability to adjust the temperature based on your habits, the ability to control the thermostat from outside of the home and more. What some may not realize though, is that Nest has been battling some other companies over patents.

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Gogo inflight WiFi upgrades will bring potential speeds of 60Mbps

Gogo inflight WiFi upgrades will bring potential speeds of 60Mbps

The topic of inflight WiFi often comes with mixed feelings. The connectivity is nice to have, but there is often a high price to pay for what amounts to speeds that are way slower than many would hope to see. Anyway, the name that often comes to mind for connecting while in the cloud is Gogo. They have yet to address the topic of price, however they have come forward with talk of faster speeds.

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Steam Family Sharing beta rollout begins next week

Steam Family Sharing beta rollout begins next week

Steam already had a good setup in terms of being able to get and play games, however one bit that had been lacking was the ability to share those games with friends and family members. While that option is not yet available, it has been announced. This will be arriving as Steam Family Sharing and it will allow users to share their game libraries with others. The Family Sharing option is expected to arrive next week, however the initial rollout will be a beta with limited availability.

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Apple A7 chip detailed: first 64-bit SoC to hit a smartphone

Apple A7 chip detailed: first 64-bit SoC to hit a smartphone

Along with the announcement of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, Apple also took some time to discuss the new processor. This latest will be the Apple A7 chip and perhaps key -- it will be the first 64-bit SoC to come available in a smartphone. This one will be found in the iPhone 5S and aside from the obvious jump to 64-bit, Apple is touting it as being "up to twice as fast" as its predecessor and in general, a "leap forward."

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Apple Touch ID official: iPhone 5S first for fingerprint sensor

Apple Touch ID official: iPhone 5S first for fingerprint sensor

We suspect much of the excitement today comes from the newly announced iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, not to mention the upcoming public release date for iOS 7, but there is more to the event. We have seen details in terms of the 64-bit processor and the camera and up now we have some discussion of security. Talk coming from the stage reflected on how we have lots of information we need to protect on our devices.

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iPhone 5S bringing Silver, Gold, and Space Gray

iPhone 5S bringing Silver, Gold, and Space Gray

Apple decided to change things up a bit today and announced the iPhone 5C along with the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5C arrived in multiple colors, as had been rumored and it looks like the same can be said about the iPhone 5S. Though, this one is not quite as colorful. The iPhone 5S will be arriving in three colors; Silver, Gold and Space Gray.

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iOS 7 release set: September 18 for iPhone, iPad later

iOS 7 release set: September 18 for iPhone, iPad later

Apple has kicked off the fall event and like we often see in the beginning, there was some talk in regards to numbers. Those were quickly run through and talk of iOS 7 began. In this case, it was said that Apple has "been working hard on completing iOS 7." And perhaps key here, that has been happening "this month."

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