National NewsGoogle launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'
(Reuters) - Google Inc launched an email service called "Inbox" on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way. Google said it was sending out invitations to selected Gmail users to try out the new service. Users can also email the company at firstname.lastname@example.org to get an invitation. For now the new service is being provided alongside Gmail, which was launched in 2004. It will be available on the Web as well as on Android smartphones and iPhones. ...
Microsoft looks set to drop Nokia name from phones
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp looks set to ditch the Nokia name from its Lumia range of smartphones just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business. According to a post on Nokia France's Facebook page on Tuesday, the page will change its name to Microsoft Lumia "in the coming days." Microsoft declined comment. Under the terms of the $7.2 billion deal - struck in September 2013 and completed in April - Microsoft acquired Nokia's handset business, though not the name of the company itself. ...
Lufthansa close to deal with IBM for IT infrastructure unit
BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa is close to a deal to sell its IT infrastructure unit to IBM , including an outsourcing agreement for the services, as part of a shake-up of its technology activities, it said on Wednesday. Europe's largest airline by revenue is undergoing restructuring and cost-cutting efforts to better position itself to compete with low-cost carriers and Gulf rivals. ...
Apple CEO discusses security with top Chinese official amid hacking claims: Xinhua
BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government official in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The meeting comes days after a Chinese web monitoring group published a report saying Apple users in China have been targeted in a sophisticated and widespread attack by hackers seeking private user data stored on the iCloud service. The group, Greatfire.org, has alleged Chinese government involvement in the hack, a claim the government has strongly refuted. ...
Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls'
By Andrew Chung and Dan Levine (Reuters) - For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars. But now the trolls are in retreat from the tech titans, interviews and data reviewed by Reuters show. In the wake of several changes in U.S. ...
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Hackers target Ukraine's election website
Hackers attacked Ukraine's election commission website Saturday on the eve of parliamentary polls, officials said, but they denied Russian reports that the vote counting system itself had been put out of action. "There is a DDoS attack on the commission's site," the government information security service said on its Facebook page. Separately, a report on Russia's state news agency RIA Novosti quoted a statement on the personal website of the Ukrainian prosecutor general saying that the electronic vote counting system was out of order. Ukraine's commission spokesman, Kostyantyn Khivrenko, called the RIA Novosti report a "fake".
Twitpic saved by Twitter just hours before planned shut down
Twitpic has reached its final chapter. The once-popular image sharing service announced today that it has reached an agreement to be acquired by Twitter, saving millions of photos that were set to go up in smoke later today. In a blog post, founder Noah Everett said "we have reached an agreement with Twitter to give them the Twitpic domain and photo archive, thus keeping the photos and links alive for the time being." He added, "Twitter shares our goal of protecting our users and this data."
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Wi-Fi hotspots turn New York subway musicians into a wireless orchestra
Wi-Fi in New York City Subway stations makes it easy to burn through your inbox during your commute, but did you know it can also be used to make some great music? Director Chris Shimojima paired eleven musicians in different subway stations with composer and conductor Ljova using the public Wi-Fi hotspots for his latest video. Each of the musicians were set up with a music stand and an iPhone, while the conductor stationed himself in Bryant Park with nearly a dozen MacBooks to receive all the different video streams. ...
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Only a renaissance man can manage a fully functioning farm, practice emergency response, teach at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and also serve as CIO of one of the top hospital in the world. Dr. John Halamka's 20-year career as CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and its five hospitals has taken him from...
Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay
There's a lot of hype around Apple Pay right now, but not everyone is on board with the new mobile payments system. In fact, a significant number of merchants, including heavyweights like Walmart, Kmart, 7-Eleven, and Best Buy, are in outright competition with Apple Pay. The retailers, through a joint venture formed in 2012, are building their own mobile payment app, called CurrentC. It's expected to launch next year. In the meantime, these retailers have no intention to support Apple Pay.
Italian lawmakers plan free Wi-Fi to bridge digital gap with Europe
MILAN (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers have put forward a proposal for free Wi-Fi in thousands of public places to bridge a gap with other European countries in broadband penetration, e-government and other digital services that is dragging on the economy. Under the plan, large shops, taxis, airports, law courts and other public places would have to set up an Internet connection and offer no-password wireless access free. "We are really badly placed when it comes to Internet access," Sergio Boccadutri, a member of the ruling Democratic Party and sponsor of the proposal, said. ...
Air New Zealand's epic, 'Hobbit'-themed safety video is the most fun you'll have finding your exit row
New Zealand's tourism industry has benefited greatly from Peter Jackson's films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, so it was natural for airline Air New Zealand to partner up with Jackson, branding itself as the "official airline of Middle-earth." Alongside its plans emblazoned with imagery from Jackson's films, the airline also produced a Hobbit-themed air safety video in 2012 to go along with the first Hobbit film.
Until Dawn brings hokey teen horror to the PlayStation 4
I only jumped once. Honestly, just once while I played through a demo of Until Dawn, the first major title from developer Supermassive Games. Until Dawn is less psychological thriller and more schlocky horror, but there isn’t nearly enough of that on the home consoles. Alien: Isolation, The Evil Within, Daylight — there are plenty of survival horror games that take themselves seriously, some more effectively than others. It’s about time we had a wacky offshoot. The short demo that I played during a recent PlayStation event in New York left me intrigued. Until Dawn is a PS4 exclusive third-person adventure game, putting the player in control of one of the unfortunate teens that ended up in a rundown, haunted hotel. As
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My husband just purchased an iPhone 6 Plus in anticipation of a long trip next month, and I'm pondering whether to get that version, or the slightly smaller iPhone 6. For the past couple of weeks, I've been writing down questions, and talking with my friendly local geniuses and not-quite-geniuses-but-smarter-about-devices-than-I-am, and they're...
Run the Jewels 2 can cause spontaneous combustion (according to Twitter)
At 1:28AM ET Thursday night (technically Friday morning), El-P and Killer Mike released Run the Jewels 2, the followup to their critically-acclaimed 2013 album, as a free download — a tweet and a zip file. And while we're loving the album a lot so far, our favorite part so far has been fan reactions on Twitter. Turns out listening to the album — or maybe even just downloading it — can cause spontaneous combustion of excitement*.
The Weekender: on Siri, 'Civilization,' and saving Sarah Connor
Good morning, and welcome back to the Weekender. Our weekend journey is just now starting, so thank you for choosing us for your travels. As you may recall, this was the 43rd week of the year 2014 on the planet known colloquially as Earth, otherwise known as Terra in other inhabited star systems. It was not a quiet week, as you might imagine. Below you'll find your itinerary, carefully crafted for your pleasure; stories from the week passed and recommendations for the days ahead. Now. Please sit back and relax as we take you on a journey through time and space. ...
Meet Night Cable, the only iPhone charging cable made for your bedroom
Many people charge their smartphones every night because most handsets can’t yet offer the battery life we expect. And many tablet users also charge their devices at night as well, which is the most convenient time to do it anyway since they might want to simultaneously use it for some quick content consumption before sleep. But using the device while it’s plugged in and charging, whether it’s a smartphone or a tablet, might be a seriously annoying endeavor because charging cables are usually rather short. FROM EARLIER: This tiny smartphone charger might be exactly what we’ve been waiting for For all these reasons, Native Union, the company that came up with the extremely popular Jump Cable 2-in-1 cable and battery solution
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Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement gets computer game makeover
How do you defend yourself against scores of tear gas wielding police while manning the barricades at Hong Kong's protest camps? "Yellow Umbrella" has been downloaded more than 40,000 times from Google Play's store since its release on Monday, the game's developers told AFP, although it has yet to receive approval from Apple and is noticeably absent from Google's online store in mainland China. "They (the protesters) like Guan Yu very much because they want to resolve the problem but they don't know how to do it.
Brookstone puts up pre-order page for Fitbit Surge before it's been announced
Fitbit still hasn't gotten around to officially announcing its new $250 Surge fitness watch, but the company's retail partners are no longer waiting around. An apparent mixup has led Brookstone to prematurely publish a pre-order page for the "super watch." A friendly tipster clued us in on the mistake. And the page (still live as of this writing) confirms everything we've already told you: Surge is a fitness watch — not a smartwatch — with built-in GPS and a variety of sensors that can record your workouts and overall activity regardless of whether it's linked up to a smartphone.
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Google exec sets records with leap from near-space
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space.
Watch a 'Game of Thrones' star create planets in this sci-fi short film
Aiden Gillen is by now best known for playing ambitious men, particularly on critically acclaimed HBO series. On Game of Thrones, he plays the conniving Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, and on The Wire, he played conflicted politician Tommy Carcetti. So Polish digital effects company Platige Image and the European Space Agency probably figured he was uniquely suited for their new short film Ambition. ...
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