National NewsBlackBerry cuts jobs worldwide as it consolidates businesses
(Reuters) - Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd is cutting jobs across the world, the company said on Friday, as it consolidates its software, hardware and applications business. BlackBerry, which reported a 16.8 percent fall in quarterly revenue in March, had about 6,225 full-time employees as of Feb. 2015, according to its website. The company is reallocating resources to capitalize on growth opportunities and achieve profitability across all its business segments, a company spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement.
Microsoft, Salesforce talks fell through on pricing: CNBC
Microsoft Corp and Salesforce.com Inc held "significant talks" this spring but failed to agree on a price, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Microsoft was willing to offer about $55 billion for the world's biggest maker of online sales software. Salesforce founder and Chief Executive Marc Benioff had expected as much as $70 billion, CNBC reported on Friday.
Founder of Facebook's Oculus hit with lawsuit
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The founder of virtual reality glasses maker Oculus VR Inc, acquired by Facebook Inc for $2 billion, has been accused of taking confidential information he learned while working with another company and passing it off as his own, according to a lawsuit filed this week. The plaintiff, Hawaii-based company Total Recall Technologies, said it hired Oculus founder Palmer Luckey in 2011 to build a prototype head mounted display. Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus last year was its first-ever hardware deal, as the company sought a way into the fast-growing wearable devices arena.
Intelligence Agency: opening up to a changing world
By Andrea Shalal SPRINGFIELD, Va. (Reuters) - Much about the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency remains classified, but the U.S. spy agency that maps and analyzes the earth is opening up more than ever, from sharing computer source code on a public website to tapping new sources of intelligence. The NGA's director, Robert Cardillo, is leading what he calls a "seismic shift" in the agency's culture to help it better exploit social media, commercially available imagery and other data to continue providing high-level intelligence to the U.S. government. The NGA this week opened its doors to GitHub, the world's largest site for sharing source code, to advance another goal - to encourage its employees to share analytical tools and other computer programs and get feedback from other developers.
Contest for Nokia's HERE seen as a three-way race
By Andreas Cremer and Arno Schuetze NECKARSULM, Germany (Reuters) - The contest for Nokia's maps business has become a three-way race between German carmakers, a consortium including Uber and Baidu, and a third group including China's Tencent and Navinfo, people familiar with the process said. Finland's Nokia has started an auction of its maps business HERE while it completes its 15.6 billion euros ($17.2 billion) takeover of network equipment maker Alcatel Lucent . German automakers Daimler , BMW and Volkswagen's premium brand Audi have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to form what is being described as the "Industry consortium", two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.
Adult online dating site reports data security breach of member information
(Reuters) - An online dating site for adults seeking sexual trysts has been hacked, potentially compromising the personal information of some of its 64 million members, the company said on Friday. AdultFriendFinder.com, part of Sunnyvale, California-based FriendFinder Networks Inc, said it had contacted law enforcement, including the FBI, and a private investigative team to review the incident. "FriendFinder Networks Inc. recently became aware of a potential data security incident," the company said in a statement on Friday.
What happens to collection of phone records if law expires?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate appeared headed for early Saturday morning votes on whether to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, raising the possibility of a halt to that collection program and two less controversial surveillance techniques designed to track spies and terrorists.
Why Mark Zuckerberg wants kids to play video games
Video games have gotten a bad rap for years now. They create killers, many critics like to claim. They glorify criminal behavior, some politicians often shout. But often left out of the video game discussion is how video games can actually be helpful to a child’s intellectual development. While it may sound a bit outlandish at first, video games can often help kids hone their problem solving skills, sometimes without them even realizing it. What’s more, kids who really love video games often start trying their hand at making their own, a sentiment recently articulated by none other than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who credits his childhood love of video games with turning him into a programmer. DON’T MISS: 3 new iOS 9
Indie artist delivers an impassioned and smart defense of Spotify
Just because Jay-Z’s Tidal service has been a bomb so far, that doesn’t mean artists aren’t right to be upset about the paltry sums of money they’re receiving from Spotify. However, Fort Frances lead singer David McMillin argues over at PopMatters that musicians shouldn’t be upset at Spotify at itself but at their own record labels for taking such huge chunks of cash from Spotify royalties. RELATED: Sorry, Tidal: Kanye West’s new album may be an Apple Music exclusive Instead of going through a major label to distribute work on Spotify, McMillin’s band pays a distributor called TuneCore $50 per album per year to distribute the band’s records on Spotify and nearly two dozen other streaming sites and online music stores. The
Amazon's 'Handmade' section takes aim at Etsy
How an 8-minute surgery could completely fix your poor eyesight
One of the things technology will most likely fix at some point down the road is poor eyesight. And it might happen sooner than we think, if Ocumetics Technology is successful with its Bionic Lens trials. DON’T MISS: This $11 quick charger from Amazon will charge your phone 75% faster (deal is back!) The company has developed something called the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, CBC News reports, a device that can be implanted into the eye and replace your natural lens to give you perfect vision. The tiny Bionic Lens, which looks like a tiny button, would be inserted into the eye during an eight-minute surgery where the patient’s sight would be corrected instantly. The device would be folded like a taco in
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Florida says former Uber driver is an employee, threatening its business model
Uber promises big things for its drivers, from plenty of work to flexible hours, and even discounts on vehicles that can be used when drivers aren't on the clock. The state agreed, marking McGillis eligible for unemployment.
How to turn your old Android phone into a handy Chromecast remote
Attention Chromecast users: Your Chromecast experience can significantly be improved by turning one of your older Android devices into a dedicated Chromecast remote, as one Android fan has discovered. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard ‘never looking back’ after switch to iPhone 6 – find out why After purchasing a $19.99 Moto G from Best Buy, Reddit user Laschoni turned into a single-purpose Chromecast remote. You don’t need a Moto G, either — any old Android device you might have around the house could be turned into your own customized Chromecast remote. In addition to downloading various apps that have Chromecast streaming support, the Android user installed Nova Launcher to remove bloatware from the home screen, turned off syncing features (including Hangouts and Gmail) and used
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This is Uber’s self-driving car prototype
It’s no secret that Uber is interested in cutting costs by replacing current cars with smart self-driving cars in the future. And it looks like the first self-driving cars from Google will not be the only ones performing test drives in the U.S., as Uber is also experimenting with this nifty technology. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard ‘never looking back’ after switch to iPhone 6 – find out why The Pittsburgh Business Times has spotted one such car on the city’s streets, and the vehicle was clearly marked with “Uber Advanced Technologies Center.” “This vehicle is part of our early research efforts regarding mapping, safety and autonomy systems,” Uber spokeswoman Trina Smith told the publication in an email. As can be easily seen in the image,
Nexus 6: Another reason why Google might favor phablets over smaller phones
Google surprised Android fans who were anxiously waiting for a new Nexus smartphone last year by only launching one new handset, a 6-inch Nexus 6 phablet that proved to be too big for some users. The correlation between the gadget’s name and its screen size might help explain why Google had to release a phablet last year. Google may have also done it to show developers what apps running on a vanilla version of Android look on a phablet, though. That said, there might be one other reason behind Google’s decision to only launch a bigger Nexus phone in 2014. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard ‘never looking back’ after switch to iPhone 6 – find out why Google’s advertising chief Sridhar Ramaswamy on Thursday told The
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State Dept. releases some of Hillary Clinton's emails
Why Apple’s cable-killing TV service might be delayed
Earlier this year, we learned that Apple was beginning to get serious about launching a web TV service of its own — something to compete with the other over-the-top services that have started popping up around the market. Having its name attached to the service will be a plus, but Apple wants to truly differentiate itself from the competition. Unfortunately, that could mean we won’t see the Apple’s service any time soon. READ MORE: Key iPhone 6s specs seemingly detailed in new report Re/code received word from industry executives on Friday that Apple is hoping to include local broadcast stations for customers all over the country to watch on its service. It would be a huge win for Apple, but in order to make this pipe dream a reality, Apple is going
'Mad Max' meets 'Mario Kart' in this rad mash-up
Google study finds website security questions are even less secure than passwords
A new in-depth study from Google reveals that the security questions most individuals use as an additional layer of security are often less secure and easier to guess than user-chosen passwords. This is especially problematic given that security questions are often the only line of defense when a password is forgotten and needs to be resent or reset. Interestingly enough, Google found that security questions tend to be weak because many individuals lie when answering them. Specifically, Google discovered that many people who provide fake answers to security questions do so to make them harder to guess. But as it turns out, “on aggregate this behavior had the opposite effect as people harden their answers in a predictable way.” Compounding
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Microsoft tried to buy Salesforce for $55B, report says
Need for Speed, DOOM and Street Fighter V: Game trailers of the week
Every week, a landslide of video game trailers hit the Internet, hyping up the games that have just been released, the games that are about to be released and even the games that don’t have release dates. It can be a bit overwhelming to keep up with all of them, which is why we’ve decided to collect our favorites into a single post. LAST TIME: Rainbow Six, Assassin’s Creed and Destiny Need for Speed – E3 Teaser After being disappointed with Rivals in 2013, I couldn’t be happier to see Need for Speed get a reboot this year. Let’s hope Ghost Games takes the series in a direction that fans of the classic entries can appreciate. DOOM – E3 Teaser Bethesda is
BMW shows off its newest concept car: the 3.0 CSL Hommage
Every now and then, BMW releases a concept car that is the design team's way of honoring its classic models. Last year it was the M1 Hommage (which the BMW i8 essentially pulled its design language from). Everything about it — from the big rear spoiler, to the molded body kit look, to the "Golf Yellow" coloring — is sure to ruffle traditionalists, but that's sort of the whole point of concept cars in the first place.
Guy hoverboards across a Canadian lake and into history
This guy's homemade hoverboard flight set a Guinness World Record
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OnePlus Two’s monster specs confirmed by fresh leak
After a leaked benchmark on Thursday shared some details about the OnePlus Two’s high-end specs, a new report brings even more information about the company’s next-gen Android handset. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard ‘never looking back’ after switch to iPhone 6 – find out why A OnePlus handset with model number A2003 has been spotted complete with a specs list on benchmarking website Ludashi.com, Android Headlines reports. According to the leaked specs, the OnePlus Two features a 1920 x 1080 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The previous leak, showing a Geekbench test for a OnePlus One A2001, also said the phone will have a Snapdragon 810 processor and
Oculus founder sued for using confidential information
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Elon Musk created his own grade school for the children of SpaceX employees
Evidently relying on the old adage "If you want something done right, do it yourself," Elon Musk is now a school founder. In a recent interview on Beijing Television, the Tesla founder revealed that he opened a school, called Ad Astra, last year for his five children. "They weren't doing the things I thought should be done," Musk said during the interview. Musk hired one of the teachers from the boys' school to help found Ad Astra, and the school now teaches 14 elementary-school-aged kids from mostly SpaceX employees' families.
Mario Kart: Fury Road is the most essential mashup trailer of the year
Are you ready to see the best mashup of 2015? It’s subtle, it’s brilliant and it’s one of those things that you’ll never get out of your head after you watch it. Kris Sundberg, a VFX artist who worked on films such as Divergent and Into the Storm, has remade the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer with Mario Kart visual effects, and I think I’ve watched it a dozen times already. DON’T MISS: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak reflect on early Apple days in rare video What’s so great about the mashup is that it’s not just footage from the film spliced together with footage from the game, but a perfect blend of the two, morphing elements of the movie into characters, items and sounds from the
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