Archive for Feb 28, 2013

Rockefeller introduces Do Not Track bill, is backed by Consumer Watchdog

Rockefeller introduces Do Not Track bill, is backed by Consumer Watchdog

Senator Jay Rockefeller has introduced a Do Not Track bill, which would require the FTC to make standards regarding consumers' ability to opt-out of having their information collected. This is following the first Do Not Track report we saw back in 2011, which was a variant of the current bill. Consumer Watchdog has jumped into the mix, backing the bill.

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Dell XPS 10 and Kindle Fire are the most repairable tablets, Surface Pro and iPads come in last

Dell XPS 10 and Kindle Fire are the most repairable tablets, Surface Pro and iPads come in last

Warranties have their place, but there's no shortage of techies who prefer to do their own device repair when something goes awry. Unfortunately, no matter how technically inclined you are, some devices seem built specifically to make the task as difficult as possible. The folks over at iFixit have released their Repairability Guide, which shows Dell's XPS 10 as the easiest to repair, and Microsoft's Surface Pro as the worst of the bunch.

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Evernote updates iOS app, adds formatting options and improved PDF experience

Evernote updates iOS app, adds formatting options and improved PDF experience

Evernote has released a new update for its iOS app, taking it to version 5.2 and adding in a host of new and improved features. The improvements are particularly relevant to iPad users, offering improved functionality when viewing PDFs that Evernote boasts as providing a "much better" experience than the previous version. Likewise, the iPad version of the app has also gained a new Snippets feature.

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Anonymous releases 14GB of data on the spying habits of Bank of America and more

Anonymous releases 14GB of data on the spying habits of Bank of America and more

Anonymous has released 14GB of data it acquired about Bank of America, Thomson Reuters, ClearForest, Bloomberg, and TEKSystems, an intelligence firm. It did this via a press release on the website Par-AnoIA, including a link to the hacked data and a rundown of the relevant details for those who don't have the time to look at 14 gigs of info. The data concerns the spying habits of Bank of America and other corporations, which are said to include a log of data on hundreds of thousands of employees and executives at various corporations around the world.

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$330 plastic iPhone slated for 2014, says sources

$330 plastic iPhone slated for 2014, says sources

Rumors circulated for awhile that Apple would be releasing a cheaper iPhone, something that eventually prompted the company's Phil Schiller to denounce such a device's existence, stating that Apple will not now nor ever create such an iPhone. The rumor won't die, however, and now Japanese website Macotakara is reporting that a plastic iPhone will hit shelves in 2014 for $330.

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HTC’s Zoe Share site comes to life

HTC’s Zoe Share site comes to life

The HTC One is not available for the general public just yet, however that has not stopped some Zoe collages from appearing on the Zoe Share website. There doesn't seem to be an overwhelming amount of the videos available at the moment, however there are enough so you can begin to get a good look at exactly what these will be. After all, sometimes things just make a bit more sense when you can see them as opposed to read about them.

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Nokia “Head Up”: How Lumia’s future is sharper than Glass

Nokia “Head Up”: How Lumia’s future is sharper than Glass

Are wearables like Google Glass the inevitable future for smartphones? Not if you ask Nokia, where simply floating a display in your line of sight doesn't quite satisfy the self-imposed "head up" challenge its designers and engineers are facing. The evolution of Lumia isn't just bigger displays or faster chips, it's a new way of interacting with the digital world. SlashGear sat down with Jo Harlow, EVP of Smart Devices, Marco Ahtisaari, EVP of Design, and Stefan Pannenbecker, VP of Industrial Design at Mobile World Congress this week to talk "people versus robots", rolling back the clock on convergence, and how the Finns want to pry our eyes away from smartphone screens, even if we're looking at a Lumia.

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Facebook acquisition of Microsoft Atlas confirmed

Facebook acquisition of Microsoft Atlas confirmed

As we reported yesterday, Facebook and Microsoft have indeed announced plans for the acquisition of Microsoft's Atlas ad server to Facebook. The rumors have been flowing for a few months now, so today's announcement isn't all that surprising, and with Facebook wanting to bolster its advertising prowess, this acquisition isn't too crazy.

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AT&T flips the 4G LTE switch in a handful of additional markets

AT&T flips the 4G LTE switch in a handful of additional markets

AT&T has announced the latest 4G LTE expansion news. This latest includes new markets in Nebraska and Texas as well as expansions in previously existing markets in Arizona, Connecticut and Texas. Diving right in with the new markets, those include Lincoln, Nebraska as well as Lubbock, Texas and Austin, Texas with the latter including parts of Marble Falls, Burnet, Bertram and Round Mountain.

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Motorola’s device pipeline isn’t wow, says Google CFO

Motorola’s device pipeline isn’t wow, says Google CFO

Coming by way of the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference, Google's Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President Patrick Pichette has said that upcoming products from Motorola "aren't 'wow' by Google standards." But before anyone takes that statement exactly as it sounds, Pichette did preface that by saying "Motorola has a great set of products."

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Samsung denies any involvement in UK judge recruitment

Samsung denies any involvement in UK judge recruitment

Earlier today, we reported that Samsung allegedly hired the UK judge that forced Apple to publicly apologize over patent infringement that it committed against the Korean-based company, saying that the judge, Sir Robin Jacob, could help the company out with its lawsuit with Ericsson due to his patent expertise. However, Samsung has denied that they were involved with hiring Jacob.

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500px app comes to Chrome

500px app comes to Chrome

500px had a bit of controversy back in January when the iOS app was temporarily pulled from the iTunes App Store due to nude photo searches. As of today however, 500px has returned with a bit of good news for Chrome users -- a 500px app is now available for Chrome. This app release is for the Chrome browser running on Mac and Windows as well as Chrome OS computers including the new Chromebook Pixel.

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