National NewsEU seeks rivals' feedback on Facebook, WhatsApp deal
By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are asking Facebook's rivals and telecoms operators whether the world No. 1 online social network's proposed $19 billion bid for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp will lead to price hikes and curb innovation. The move came after Facebook sought EU approval for the deal, the largest in its 10-year history, which will give it a strong foothold in the fast-growing mobile messaging market and pit it against telecoms companies. The European Commission said on Monday it will decide by Oct. 3 whether to clear the deal unconditionally, demand concessions or extend the preliminary review into a wider probe. In a questionnaire sent to third parties and seen by Reuters, the EU regulator asked if the deal would have a negative, neutral or positive impact on users and customers in mobile messaging and social networks.
China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe
A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatibility of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website. Microsoft is one of at least 30 foreign companies that have come under scrutiny by China's anti-monopoly regulators as the government seeks to enforce its six-year old antitrust law. According to a state media report on Monday, Microsoft's use of verification codes also spurred complaints from Chinese companies.
New Apple iPhone to have 'mobile wallet' function: Bloomberg
(Reuters) - Apple Inc plans to enable its next iPhone to become a mobile wallet by allowing owners to securely make mobile payments in a store with the touch of a finger, Bloomberg said on Sunday, citing a person familiar with the situation. The agreement includes participation by Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc and American Express Co and will be announced Sept. 9 along with unveiling of the next iPhone, according to the source, who Bloomberg said asked not to be identified because the talks are private.
Swatch prefers go-it-alone route for smartwatch plans
By Silke Koltrowitz BIEL (Switzerland) (Reuters) - Swatch Group is happy to go it alone with a launch next year of watches with "smart" features to compete with so-called wearable gadgets from the big tech companies, a market potentially worth $93 billion. Swatch Chief Executive Nick Hayek said these new watches might allow the wearer to count the number of steps they take and calories they burn. "All the big technology firms want to work with us and I don't rule out that we are or could be collaborating in some areas. Apple Inc has just invited media to a "special event" next month, fuelling speculation it might present a much-anticipated "iWatch." The possibility of an iWatch launch is partly responsible for Swatch shares losing almost 15 percent so far this year, lagging a 3 percent rise in the European sector.
Telecom Italia in a bind after losing GVT bid battle
By Leila Abboud, Pamela Barbaglia and Stephen Jewkes PARIS/LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - Telecom Italia has lost a promising path to earnings growth by failing to secure Brazilian broadband business GVT and may now turn from hunter to hunted in a fast-consolidating telecoms industry. Winning the auction for French media company Vivendi's GVT was vital for both Telecom Italia and its rival, Spain's Telefonica, as their European markets have been shrinking. Italy was gripped by a mobile price war for much of last year, revenue is falling and competition remains tough. Telecom Italia lost out to Telefonica as it could not afford to top its 7.45-billion-euro offer for GVT.
Exclusive: Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty to unlicensed money transmission
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. Shrem, the former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, will plead guilty next Thursday in New York federal court to unlicensed money transmission, Marc Agnifilo, his lawyer told Reuters in an email. Prosecutors had previously charged Shrem with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, money laundering conspiracy and failing to file suspicious activity reports with government banking authorities. Federal authorities shut down Silk Road last year, though a new Internet marketplace under the same name was launched in November.
4 hilariously awful Kickstarters that you will not believe are real
Kickstarter has become a wonderful way to watch hilariously deluded people fail to achieve their completely ridiculous dreams. Thanks to the dedicated crew at Reddit’s /r/shittykickstarters community, we’ve found for more incredible anti-gems for you to check out that will hopefully never find enough suckers to get successfully funded. Free AC Wow! Free air conditioning! That sounds awesome! Tell me how you do it! Oh wait. You just drilled holes into the top of your fridge and used some tubes to funnel the freezer’s cool air through an air conditioner unit? And you think this is actually going to save you money without completely wrecking your freezer? Oh my. The Free AC Kickstarter project has mercifully been halted, likely after the inventor
Apple 'actively investigating' alleged hack that revealed nude celebrity photos
Apple says it is "actively investigating" an alleged exploit to its iCloud service that allowed hackers to post dozens of private celebrity photos to public message boards this weekend. "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," said an Apple spokesperson to Recode. Among the pictures posted to the Reddit and 4chan message boards were nude photos of celebrities Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and numerous other models, actresses, and athletes.
EU urged to convert TV frequencies to mobile broadband
The EU should convert a whole spectrum of television and radio frequencies for use by mobile broadband by around 2020 as smartphone use soars, a report said on Monday. Former World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy's report on the changing face of the media said the 700 Mhz spectrum should be "repurposed" for wireless broadband. Lamy, a former EU trade commissioner, told reporters his was "a sort of peacemaking mission" between broadcasters and the mobile phone industry over use of the UHF (Ultra High Frequency) spectrum. He wanted to limit the impact on radio and TV broadcasters while freeing up space for the rapidly growing use of mobile phones and the Internet in general, particularly for viewing content once only available on TV.
Google set to reveal Android One budget phone hardware in India on September 15th
?Iliad allies could sweeten bid to buy T-Mobile USA
Even more proof that Motorola is making the next Nexus smartphone
After numerous reports revealed that the Motorola Shamu is actually the next Nexus smartphone, and that the Nexus 6 smartphone may be quietly released as the Nexus X later this year, Phone Arena has discovered even more proof that Motorola is indeed working on such a device. FROM EARLIER: Two very different Nexus X models might launch this year A prototype Motorola Shamu handset (model number XT1112) has been listed on Zauba, a website that tracks imports and exports in India. The listing does not mention any details about the device, but it does note the Shamu comes from the United States and it’s being shipped to India “for demo purposes.” Furthermore, the shipping manifest says that two Shamu units
John Oliver turns to YouTube to thank, spank commenters
UKTV will copy Amazon, ask viewers which shows it should make
This iPhone case makes it easier than ever for thieves to steal your ATM PIN
In light of this weekend’s massive celebrity photo leak, mobile security is bound to be a major topic of discussion in the weeks to come. How can we keep our private data safe if actors and actresses whose lives often revolve around keeping things private are this vulnerable? With the amount of information we store on our phones, in our email, in cloud storage, we’re always going to be at risk, but there are ways that hackers can get private data from us without accessing any of our devices. At the beginning of the year, thermal imaging company FLIR announced the FLIR One, an iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s-compatible case with a infrared camera. Although there are plenty of legitimate uses for an infrared camera, there
Awesome Android keyboard coming to iOS 8 to make your iPhone 6 seem even bigger
One of the most interesting features of iOS 8 – at least to some potential iPhone buyers – is support for third-party keyboards, which Apple is ready to introduce for the first time ever. Once iOS 8 is officially released following the iPhone 6 announcement next week, various third-party keyboards will likely be launched in the App Store, including one particular app that’s already popular on Android devices. Dubbed Minuum, the keyboard app offers Android users access to a predictive keyboard that also happens to take up a lot less space on the screen than any other keyboard app in order to free up more screen real estate for the content the user is actually interested in seeing while typing. Minuum has even come
NASA is building the largest rocket of all time for a 2018 launch
NASA has worked on some inspiring interplanetary projects in the last few years, but few have been as ambitious as the simply-named Space Launch System, a new rocket that will be the largest ever built at 384 feet tall, surpassing even the mighty Saturn V (363 feet), the rocket that took humanity to the moon. Last week, NASA announced that the Space Launch System, SLS for short, is on track to perform its first unmanned test launch in 2018. After that, NASA says the rocket could be used to reach Saturn and Jupiter. At the moment, even getting off the ground would be progress: since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011, NASA has been left without any domestic capability to launch American astronauts into space;
IRS calling? Nope. It's a scam
Opportunity rover is getting reformatted after ten years on Mars
Leak reveals HTC Nexus 9 launch details and accessories
Google’s upcoming Nexus 9 tablet is yet to be confirmed, but the high-end HTC-made tablet keeps appearing in more and more reports. Also known as Volantis, Flounder or HTC T1, the device is expected to arrive in the coming months, likely alongside a new Nexus smartphone in time for the Android L launch. Meanwhile, @upleaks, who has provided many Nexus 9 details in the past, has posted more details about the device’s launch, listing some accessories for the tablet in the process. FROM EARLIER: New Nexus 9 leak confirms key hardware details “The WiFi variant of HTC T1 coming to soooooo many countries, include Korea and Japan,” the tipster said, adding that the LTE version of the tablet will also be
Video: Drone captures amazing bird’s-eye view of Apple’s new spaceship campus
We’ve all seen photos of the new spaceship-like headquarters Apple is building in Cupertino, California right now, but none of us have seen it quite like this. YouTube user “jmcminn” last week posted a video he shot using a DJI Phantom 2 “drone” equipped with a GoPro Hero 3+ video camera. The video gives us the first bird’s-eye view of Apple’s Campus 2, which is currently under construction in Cupertino. The video is incredibly clear and it shows us exactly how unique and interesting (in other words, bizarre) Apple’s futuristic new spaceship campus is shaping up to be. The full drone video is embedded below.
Sending nude selfies is increasingly common behavior
Hundreds of nude and revealing photos of female celebrities were released onto the internet last night by a hacker. A separate study from Purdue University found that among 21 year olds, 80 percent had sent or received a sext and 46 percent had sent a nude selfie.
DIY Dalek and dapper Time Lord battle in 'Japanese Doctor Who'
Dalek with legs? Cybermen in Spandex? Sonic Screwdriver as a sword flute? Crave chats with the "Japanese Doctor Who" filmmaker Joshua Kahan about why he gave the popular British sci-fi show the Tokusatsu touch.>
Would you pay $400 for an iWatch?
Given how not-so-well most smartwatches have sold so far, Apple would have to be crazy to charge $400 for the iWatch unless it brought something truly new to the table… right? Re/code’s sources say that Apple execs “have discussed charging around $400 for the company’s new wearable device” although that’s apparently just one of many price points under consideration for different device types. In fact, pricing for the iWatch is apparently still very much up in the air and Re/code’s sources still aren’t sure whether Apple will even unveil any pricing at all during its September 9th event when it will show off its first wearable computer alongside the iPhone 6. Unlike the iPhone 6, which has practically been leaked to death
NASA to reformat Mars rover's memory from 125 million miles away
NASA's long-running Mars rover Opportunity is going to have its memory reformatted in an attempt to resolve a series of recurring errors that have been interrupting its work for a day or two at a time with some frequency over the last month. The rover, which is now over 10 years old and well beyond its original mission lifetime, reset itself over a dozen times last month because of what NASA says is likely an issue with worn-out flash memory that it's attempting to store data in. Pieces of flash memory can wear out after repeated use, and it's possible that the rover is still attempting to use these worn-out parts of its memory.
UK police threaten companies that sell domains to piracy sites
Elgato Eve will monitor the air in your house, works with iOS 8 HomeKit
Here’s how all those celebrity nudes might have been stolen
After a massive breach that saw hackers steal nude pictures and videos from phones belonging to various celebrities, fingers have been pointed at Apple’s iCloud as the potential point of access. Now, various reports have emerged detailing the way these phones may have been obtained, and revealing Apple’s involvement in the process. FROM EARLIER: Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande and others leak in alleged iCloud hack Online publication The Next Web reveals that hackers aware of an iCloud security issue (found in the Find My iPhone service) and may have taken advantage of it to break into the phones of the affected celebrities, who include Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Hudson and many more. Apparently, a Python script was posted on Github last Monday that
Why Galaxy Note 4 is a must-win for Samsung? Hint: Big-screen iPhone
5 more awesome Android apps you may not have heard of
Because you can never have enough apps in your life, we’ve decided to comb through a recent thread of new Android app recommendations over at Reddit’s Android community and pluck out the best gems for your enjoyment. Some of these apps have been out for a while but some of them are brand new so don’t be shocked if they come with bugs. That said, they’re all highly rated and you can be sure the developers will issue patches to fix any reported issues people may find. And without further ado, here are five more terrific Android apps you may never have heard of. Moon+ Reader Pro Moon+ Reader Pro is a widely acclaimed book reader app that’s won praise for
Physicist shows why your WiFi sucks in that one room
Google may reveal first low-cost Android One phones at September 15th event
Google has begun working with hardware manufacturers to help them easily produce low-cost Android Phones, and the first phones built as part of that effort could see a release soon. Google is holding an event in India on September 15th, according to NDTV, and it seems likely that it'll take this opportunity to focus on these new phones. The phones come as part of Android One, a reference program announced back in June that allows manufacturers to make phones based on inexpensive hardware designs put together by Google.
Vodafone ditches Phones4u to go all in with Dixons Carphone
Say hello to men who hate NSA spying but blame women for being spied on
The last time, a man named Christopher Chaney illegally accessed more than 50 email accounts to steal nude photos and was later rewarded with 10 years in prison. Take some of the members of Reddit, for example. If you're not familiar with Reddit, this is the best way I know how to describe it: it's an "anything goes" online message board where the loudest voices belong to misogynistic trolls who value anonymity over decency. In reality, "anything goes" is a bit of hyperbole, since the site does have two major rules: no child porn, and no posting "personal information." And because Reddit is a special place, its ban on posting personal information will protect you unless you happen to be an attractive woman that lots of people want to see naked.
Iran president urges clerics to tolerate Internet
Iran's president urged the country's clerics Monday to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies, which are often the target of criticism by influential hard-liners in the Islamic Republic. ...
Next-gen flagship Moto X+1 leaks in new photos
Motorola is set to announce a handful of new products later this week during a media gathering that BGR will be attending, but it looks like the star of the show has made an early appearance. TK Tech News on Monday posted photos it claims show the upcoming Motorola Moto X+1, and the images appear to be authentic. There are a few interesting takeaways from the photos. First, it looks like Motorola may have its exotic case backs ready for launch this time around. Early buyers of last year’s Moto X didn’t have access to fun materials like wood, and reports suggest that this year’s model will be available in even more unique finishes. The new photos show the Moto X+1 with
Will the 'iWatch' be worth $400?
Reports suggest that Apple's team is considering charging a premium for the company's first wearable technology device. And while all 'idevices' come with a hefty price tag, charging so much for a smartwatch would mean that Apple would be putting it on a par with brands like Tissot and Breil, rather than Samsung or Fitbit.
What you need to know about the world's most popular game streaming service, Twitch
Here’s another way the iPhone 6 might disappoint you
We hope you weren’t getting your hopes up too much that Apple was going to just give you a cool new reversible USB cable when you bought the iPhone 6. 9to5Mac directs our attention to a new research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says that Apple’s new reversible USB Lightning connector won’t be shipping with the iPhone 6 and it’s not clear whether Apple plans to release the new connector at all. Kuo says that Apple believes the reversible USB connector will offer only “limited improvements to overall user experience” and thus won’t be worth the extra money to ship with the iPhone 6. FROM EARLIER: The most disappointing rumor about the iPhone 6 may have just been confirmed
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