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Mat Honan, a tech journalist for Wired, has had his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air remotely wiped. Not only that but his Gmail was hacked which eventually lead to Gizmodo‘s Twitter account being taken over for a few minutes.…Read More »
…if you live in Nashville, Tennessee. Comcast, the largest broadband Internet Service Provider in the United States, has been capping the bandwidth of its customers at 250 GB for a while now. Recently, however, Comcast has decided to make a change to how it controls “excessive use of Internet data”.…Read More »
Apple rumors never cease to exist and the iPad Mini has been getting more than its fair share in the past few months. Now another rumor has hit the Internet, this time in the form of images.
Photos have been posted to a Sina Weibo account (Sina Weibo is the equivalent of a Chinese Twitter) that are allegedly of the iPad Mini:
Now there really is no way of knowing if the above images are of legitimate iPad Mini parts or if they are fakes.…Read More »
Ever watch a copyrighted video (movie, TV episode, etc.) on an online streaming website, such as Youtube? Maybe you have watched those videos on websites that exist for the sole purpose of embedding copyrighted videos from online streaming websites, or maybe you have embedded copyrighted videos on a website yourself.…Read More »
AT&T was the first carrier worldwide to feature the iPhone and was the exclusive telecom in the United States to offer the device until about two years back. 72% percent of all smartphones activated on AT&T’s network in Q2 2012 were iPhones.…Read More »
Samsung was working on iPhone-like designs before the iPhone was released in 2007 [Apple vs Samsung]
Apple has repeatedly accused Samsung of copying Apple designs, hardware and software alike. And Apple isn’t the only one. Samsung Galaxy S was my first Android device (second smartphone device, first was a Windows Mobile) and back then even I moaned about how closely Samsung’s device, in physical design and software user interface, resembled the iPhone.…Read More »
Hotmail is a pioneer of web e-mail and still commands millions of users around the world. However, Hotmail is so last year. Despite Microsoft’s attempts at modernizing Hotmail and bringing it up to speed with the competition (namely Gmail), Hotmail continues to have a bad rap in the digital world (and for good reason, those damn flash ads).…Read More »
Dropbox is an extremely popular cloud storage service used by many people, including me and likely you. However, popularity or size doesn’t mean you are immune from hackers. Since a few weeks Dropbox users have been complaining of a sudden increase in spam to e-mails that they only use for Dropbox.…Read More »
For a long time tethering your Android device’s Internet connection to another device was as easy as downloading a free (or paid) tethering app from Android Market/Play Store. Then everything changed when greedy corporations decided they wanted to charge you extra money for sharing your Internet connection, a connection you already pay for, with other devices.…Read More »
Holly Lisle is an independent author that publishes online writing guides, which she sells on Amazon, iTunes, and presumably other eBook stores. Or, at least she used to in the case of iTunes. Lisle is reporting Apple has banned her How To Think Sideways Lesson 6: How To Discover (Or Create) Your Story’s Market from iTunes for containing references to Amazon, an Apple competitor in the eBook market.…Read More »
It looks like the education sector wants to get in on the patent war fun. A Taiwanese university, National Cheng Kung University, has filed a lawsuit claiming Apple is fringing on its patents with Siri. Specifically, the university asserts Apple’s Siri infringes on two voice recognition voice-to-text patents held by the university; the two patents in question are US patents that were granted to the university in 2007 and 2010.…Read More »
Google is rolling out a 1 Gbps broadband network to the citizens of Kansas City (both of them). As the fastest network available to the general public in the United States, and possibly the world, Google Fiber has obviously gained much attention and many headlines.…Read More »
iPhone 5 and iPad Mini will be announced September 12, go on sale September 21 according to a new rumor
A previous rumor claimed the iPhone 5 will be released on September 21, 2012. A new rumor now backs up that speculation.
According to “sources who have proven accurate in the past”, iMore is reporting the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini plus a redesigned iPod Nano and iPod Touch will be announced at an Apple event on September 12.…Read More »
There have been countless iPhone 5 rumors, including some that supposedly showed the finalized version of the iPhone 5. Now we have images of what appears to be a real iPhone 5.
iLab Factory got its hands on alleged iPhone 5 parts, assembled them, and provided us with handy photos to analyze.…Read More »
Apple proves it didn’t copy Sony, judge won’t let Samsung use “Apple-copied-Sony” evidence [Apple vs Samsung]
So you thought Apple copied Sony, eh? Yeah, well, so did I. The truth is, Apple didn’t. Or at least Apple didn’t according to court documents it has filed in the on going Apple vs Samsung battle.
Not surprisingly, Apple filed a motion to suppress Samsung’s Apple-copied-Sony evidence.…Read More »
In May 2012 Facebook went public, holding its IPO (Initial Public Offering). At the time Facebook stock was floated for US$38 per share. Based off the fact that Zuckerberg owns 503 million shares of Facebook, Zuckerberg was estimated to be worth roughly US$19.1 billion at the time.…Read More »
In Apple vs Samsung court documents unearthed by AllThingsD, it has been revealed that Best Buy, a major electronic retailer in the United States, told Samsung that customers were returning Samsung’s tablets because they mistakenly thought they were iPads.
Samsung is being forced by the judge to furnish a bunch of internal documents, as per Apple‘s request.…Read More »
Amazon is working on five to six new Kindle Fire tablets (including a 10 inch model), will be released by September
Kindle Fire, the 7 inch tab that took the tablet world by semi-storm in 2011, may be no longer be an only child. It is being reported by Reuters that an executive at Staples, a retailer that sells the Kindle Fire, has revealed there will be “five or six tablet SKUs” from Amazon, meaning there will be five or six new Amazon tablets.…Read More »
Apple vs Samsung is raging, as is Microsoft vs Motorola. Time to open a new front in the war of smartphones: Android vs Micro-ple.
Eastman Kodak Co., once a booming photography company, is filing for bankruptcy. As part of the bankruptcy proceedings, Kodak is sell 1,100 patents it owns.…Read More »
Earlier this month we learned Android comprises of roughly 50% of smartphone sales in Q2 2012; and, last year we learned Samsung is the new leader in smartphones, snatching the spot for #1 smartphone maker from Apple. So it shouldn’t be very surprising when I tell you Apple and Samsung dominate smartphone sales, comprising of about 50% of all smartphones sold in Q2 2012.…Read More »
Blizzard Entertainment chimes in on the “Windows 8 is a catastrophe” bandwagon, says it is “not awesome for Blizzard either”
You know that Gabe Newell “Windows 8 is a catastrophe” outburst dotTech posted about earlier? Yeah, well, Blizzard Entertainment, the company that brings us gaming titles such as World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and Starcraft 2, just liked it.…Read More »
Two years ago it was discovered Google had been ‘accidentally’ gathering data from unprotected WiFi access points. For those not familiar with the issue, here is a quote from my earlier article on this topic explaining, in simple terms, what was going on:
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In other words, if you have an unprotected/unencrypted Wi-Fi connection, Google’s Street View cars may have collected your private data, such as “parts of an email, text, photograph, or even the website someone may be viewing”.
The average download speed differs depending on where you live. For example, according to Ookla’s SpeedTest.net, the average download speed in Hong Kong is 42.12 Mbps, the EU is 15.86 Mbps, and the States is 14.13 Mbps. Compare that to the 1,000 Mbps up/down Google is promising the citizens of Kansas City.…Read More »
We just learned Google and Facebook both have stepped up their lobbying efforts in Washington D.C., the capital of the largest economy in the world. What better time to reveal that Google, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay have formed a lobby group that goes by the name of the Internet Association.…Read More »
Zynga, the social game maker famous for titles like FarmVille and Facebook spam, became a public company in 2011 when it held its IPO (Initial Public Offering). Offering 100 million shares at $10 a pop, Zynga was valued, at that time, between US$7-9 billion depending on how you calculated the value.…Read More »
We have heard plenty of iPhone 5 rumors. An Asian accessories manufacturer leaked that iPhone will be launched on September 21, 2012. Now another Chinese accessories maker is providing another Apple teaser; this time it is photos of what might be a real, finalized iPhone 5.…Read More »
IFPI, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, is a music industry group that represents 1,400 publishers worldwide. Recently a IFPI study, conducted by their Head of Internet Anti-piracy Operations, was leaked on their website which provided insights such as piracy activity on the Internet, techniques used by pirates to gain access to content, and methods used by IFPI to catch pirates.…Read More »
Gabe Newell, the CEO of Valve, is an ex-Microsoft employee who worked there for thirteen years. Apparently there are still hard feelings between the two because Newell has just raged against Microsoft’s latest Windows iteration, Windows 8.
At the Casual Connect game conference in Seattle, Newell has spoken out against Windows 8.…Read More »
Gearing up for battle, Samsung is prepared to use Apple against itself. In contrast, Apple is prepared to use Google, Samsung, and external designers against Samsung. Apple is alleging Samsung was warned by multiple parties that Samsung products related too closely to Apple’s iPhone and iPad.…Read More »
Apple vs Samsung is set to go to court in the USA on Monday. Apple is taking Samsung to court for patent infringement and copying Apple designs. Based on court filings, it has emerged one of the ways Samsung will defend itself is by using Apple’s own medicine against it: Accusing Apple of copying a competitors design.…Read More »
Samsung’s Galaxy Note wasn’t exactly a Galaxy S III-like blockbuster but it gained headlines due to its large 5 inch screen which gained it the title of “phablet”. Now, according to BGR, Samsung will announce a new Galaxy Note on August 15.…Read More »
As reported earlier, Apple has recently issued its Q3 2012 financial statements. Buried inside all the details, there is one number that especially stands out — the 18 million iPads Apple sold. It isn’t entirely clear what portion of the 18 million are new iPad sales and what portion are sales of iPad 2.…Read More »
Some sort of access to citizen phone calls is required by many governments around the world whether that be warranted-required wiretaps or dictator-ordered interceptions. Because of how they operate and the lag time it takes for law to catch up with technology, until now VoIP services have been generally excluded from this backdoor access unless a company specifically decides to allow access.…Read More »