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IBM on Tuesday announced a new product called Watson Analytics, one they claim will bring sophisticated big data analysis to the average business user. Watson Analytics is a cloud application that does all of the the heavy lifting related to big data processing by retrieving the data, ...
After a series of legal setbacks in Europe and North America, the ride-hailing service Uber got some welcome news on Tuesday. A court in Frankfurt overturned a nationwide ban against the company’s car-sharing service in Germany, lifting, for now, one of the most severe legal restrictio...
On Tuesday, permits for self-driving cars issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) took effect for the first time. Applications for the permits began in May 2014. Only the Volkswagen Group (which includes Volkswagen and Audi cars among others), Mercedes Benz, and Goo...
Apple finally added NFC to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but if you were hoping that the company’s new NFC chip will allow you to pair speakers or integrate NFC tags into your favorite apps, you’ll have to keep waiting. Apple has put its NFC chip on lockdown, at least for now. Sources at......
Google+ first popped up as Mountain View’s answer to Facebook, but as the platform has grown its most useful components have been nothing to do with social networking in the traditional sense. Here are three features that might make it worth your time to dust off your Google+ acc...
When Facebook launched Slingshot, some people saw it as nothing more than a Snapchat knockoff. But Slingshot had a unique feature: to see the photos or videos your friends sent you, you’d need to sling a photo or video back to them. The most recent update to the app, though, makes that...
Verizon Communications will give subscribers who trade in an old iPhone a free iPhone 6 in exchange for a two-year contract, the country’s largest wireless carrier announced hours after Apple Inc unveiled the widely anticipated device. The announcement came as critics speculated ...
In about an hour, I’ll have my copy of Destiny in my hands. I thought about turning this blog into a review, but I’m no good with reviews. Also, here’s the review for Destiny: It’s great. It has to be great. With the amount of money that Activision is throwing at it (along with Bungie’...
  Bill Ready, who led the company through its sale, says that mobile conversion rates are still far off from where they are on the desktop web. That’s partially because it’s a lot more tedious to enter or re-enter credit card information on mobile devices. Ready says that more tha...
Months after Comcast upgraded its subscribers’ Netflix performance, AT&T and Verizon have finally followed suit. The average Netflix stream on Verizon FiOS hit 2.41Mbps in August, up from 1.61Mbps in July, Netflix said today in its monthly speed test update. AT&T’s ...
  The news comes as part of an update to version 5.0 of Amazon’s own app in the Play Store, which sees a broader content shift – the new Amazon app allows users to access Amazon’s entire digital catalog, meaning that – besides instant video content – ...
  Comcast’s decision to inject data into websites raises security concerns and arguably cuts to the core of the ongoing net neutrality debate. A Comcast spokesman told Ars the program began months ago. One facet of it is designed to alert consumers that they are connected to...
Facebook wants you to know exactly what you’re sharing with whom, and its latest feature, ‘Privacy Checkup,’ will help you do just that. After a successful test run in May, Facebook is now asking all of its users to complete the checkup, which makes you review your privacy settings and...
(Stay tuned to this post throughout the day to keep up to date with the latest info about Apple’s iPhone 6.) The iPhone 6 has been discussed for well over a year, with some predicting that it would appear alongside the iPhone 5S. That wasn’t to be, but a year later and the ...
To alleviate the boredom of a long flight, I recently found myself flipping through the pages of the inflight shopping catalog, where I came across an intriguing item with a QR code next to it. I scanned the code with my tablet, and (thanks to the in-flight WiFi) was taken to a mobile ...
Remember that “suspicious activity” that Home Depot was looking into last week? Six days later, the company has at last publicly confirmed that the “suspicious activity” was a breach of its payments system. Credit card data was exposed, though Home Depot is quick to note that PINs were...
As a stand against the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s proposal on net neutrality, a group of popular websites will stage an “Internet Slowdown” on Sept. 10. The plan is to overlay their sites with slow-to-load spinning icons. The point is to appeal to visitors to contact poli...
As Apple prepares to unveil the iPhone 6 on Sept. 9, engineers are toiling in secrecy to make sure everything works properly. Their task won’t end when the phone goes on sale. As customers line up to buy the device around the world, Apple employees will show up at work to learn how the...
Many companies keep prices low to attract the mass market. Others, like Daqri, opt to court a select audience willing to pay for special features. The Los Angeles-based startup is betting that industrial employers will spend substantial money on an unusual high-tech helmet designed to ...
Facebook is increasing its focus on video content after it announced that it will introduce play counts which show how many times a specific video has been watched on the service. The feature is due to come to users this week, and is coupled with news that more auto-playing videos will...
It’s no secret that Uber is powered by data. The ridesharing service is built on analytics and famously encourages passengers and drivers to rate each other. But data scientists at the company aren’t just focused on the service’s core functionality. They often delve i...
Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant run by Jack Ma, has submitted F-1 paperwork to the SEC with the expectation that it will go public on September 8 under the NYSE symbol BABA. The filing appeared on SEC.gov today. 20.1 million shares will be on offer. Japanese investor Softbank cur...
Planning on upgrading to iOS 8 — or the iPhone 6, which is expected to launch next week? The following activities will make the process a lot easier, and you can start working on them ahead of Apple’s announcement on September 9. You may want to consider these steps even if you’re set ...
Apple’s upcoming wearable device, based on iOS, will run third-party applications and, furthermore, may come equipped with an App Store, according to two sources with knowledge of the new device. It is currently unclear if the App Store will be full-fledged, like on the iPhone and iPad...
Four technology companies including Apple and Google blasted a U.S. judge for rejecting a proposed $324.5 million settlement over hiring practices in Silicon Valley and asked an appeals court to intervene, according to a court filing. Plaintiff workers accused Apple, Google, Intel and ...
Much of the world is shifting to streaming video delivered over the Internet, but don’t count out optical discs just yet. The Blu-ray Disc Association is most of the way done defining a version of its optical disc technology that can handle high-resolution 4K imagery, the group s...
Remember when 3G was such a big deal that Apple named its new iPhone after what was then the new standard in mobile data transmission? The iPhone 3G, introduced in 2008, was the second iteration of the pioneering smartphone, and in a way the name was as much gloating as it was tribute....
The Moto 360 has been unveiled previously, and is arguably the most anticipated Android Wear smartwatch, owing partly to its attractive round face. The wearable is finally landing, complete with heart rate monitor, in both black and gray metal finishes, with retail availability kicking...
If you’re jonesing for a coffee and it’s too far to walk, the Starbucks iOS app was just updated with Uber integration. Now you can call a black car to get your black coffee. The app is live now but warns that you “must have the Uber app installed and be in a city where... Read More...
An unknown hacker or hackers broke into a computer server supporting the HealthCare.gov website through which consumers enroll in Obamacare health insurance, a government cybersecurity team discovered last week, apparently uploading malicious files. The Centers for Medicare and Medicai...
Motorola is updating its flagship Moto X, and it’s an improvement that makes one of the best deals in mobile even better, even if it doesn’t completely revolutionize what came before. The original Moto X was one of the best phones last year, and despite a change in the company’s owners...
Apple is to start notifying users when someone tries to restore iCloud data to a new device, in the wake of last week’s big celebrity nude selfie hack — and it’s also going to start using two-factor authentication as a security measure for accessing iCloud accounts from its mobile devi...
While Apple is set to unveil its new iPhone and smartwatch next week, it looks like the company is getting for more new hardware in the spring, too. Reports say Apple is about to start production on an iPad with a 12.9-inch screen. iPad sales have been dropping recently as more custome...
Facebook’s Autoplay feature, which starts playing videos automatically in your feed, could jack up your wireless bill. New data from web monitoring firm Sandvine offers an inkling of how much might be at stake — for your pocketbook and the ever-increasing traffic load on the web. Sandv...
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Thursday stated what is obvious to US Internet users: for broadband speeds fast enough to serve modern homes, competition simply does not exist in most of the country. The numbers are OK if you use the FCC’s outdated broadband d...
Facebook on Friday updated its Slingshot chat app to make its bold, “pay to play” mechanic optional. If you’re not familiar with the app, until now, Slingshot asked you to send a photo before you could “unlock” the one you just received. Now, after taking ...
While you’re sitting on the sofa watching your NFL team of choice take the field, you’re likely peeking at a mobile device for updates, too. If that’s the case, Twitter is looking to lend a hand this season with curated timelines for action around the league and game-...
When Apple wants to make a big splash, it returns to its history. Thirty years ago at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, a roomy auditorium in Cupertino, Calif., Steven P. Jobs introduced the original Macintosh. On Tuesday, Apple will come back to the center to unveil a set of l...
If you have been following the development of Google Maps over the years, you are probably familiar with the Trekker, the backpack that includes a complete Street View camera setup for mapping anything from hikes into the Grand Canyon to walks through penguin colonies in Antarctica. On...
Most of the rumors about Apple’s upcoming product launches have swirled around the iPhone 6, which will reportedly have near-field communication capabilities. But on Thursday, a report from the Wall Street Journal claimed that the soon-to-launch iWatch will also feature NFC, allo...