National NewsYahoo ekes out third quarter revenue gain despite display ad weakness
By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc reported a modest increase in revenue during the third quarter, exceeding lackluster Wall Street targets, as the Internet company's online display advertising business continued to struggle. Shares of Yahoo rose 1.1 percent to $40.61 in extended trading on Tuesday. “This is a continuation of what we’ve seen for most of the last two years," said Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser, citing the ongoing weakness in the display advertising business. Yahoo's revenue, excluding fees shared with partner websites, was $1. ...
New York financial regulator pushes banks to plug gaps in cybersecurity
(Reuters) - Following the massive cyber attack on the biggest U.S. bank JPMorgan Chase & Co disclosed in August, and other financial institutions, government authorities in United States are pushing financial institutions and brokerage houses to close glaring gaps in cybersecurity. In a letter sent to many banks on Tuesday, the New York State Department of Financial Services superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky, expressed concern about the "level of insight financial institutions have into the sufficiency of cybersecurity controls of their third-party service providers. ...
EMC to acquire much of Cisco's stake in joint venture VCE: Bloomberg
(Reuters) - Data storage products maker EMC Corp is buying much of Cisco System Inc's stake in their joint venture VCE, Bloomberg said, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The VCE joint venture, set up in 2009 as a one-stop shop for data centers, bundles Cisco's networking equipment and servers with EMC's storage gear and software from EMC's VMware Inc subsidiary. EMC will merge VCE into its business and consolidate its sales into its quarterly results, Bloomberg reported. The change is expected to be made public on Wednesday, sources told Bloomberg. ...
Verizon posts higher revenue as consumers use more data
By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc's quarterly revenue rose 4.3 percent, matching forecasts, as price cuts attracted more customers and growing mobile video traffic boosted data usage. Subscribers' tendency to use more than one device, plugging in tablets and vehicle consoles to its network, also bolstered results. Postpaid customers connected nearly three devices per account, an increase of 3.7 percent. Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, added 1. ...
VMware forecasts weak 4th-qtr revenue, shares fall
By Soham Chatterjee (Reuters) - Software maker VMware Inc forecast current-quarter revenue largely below Wall Street's estimates due to a delay in the closing of a large U.S. government deal and lower bookings in Germany, Russia and Japan in the third quarter. The company's shares fell as much as 6 percent in after-market trade on Tuesday. "We were tracking a rather large federal (enterprise license agreement) to coincide with the governments year-end and this opportunity did not close in the quarter," Chief Operating Officer Carl Eschenbach said on a post-earnings call. ...
Apple seen riding higher on strong iPhone demand, iPad rebound
(Reuters) - Strong global demand for Apple Inc's iPhone 6 will drive revenue growth through 2015, while updated models should help reverse three straight quarters of declining iPad sales, analysts said. Apple shares were set to open 2.4 percent higher on Tuesday. The company posted better-than-expected revenue on Monday on the back of a record iPhone launch that saw 39 million of the smartphones sold in the September quarter. ...
This brilliant ‘smart shoe’ accessory will let you call Uber just by clicking your heels
When you were a kid, did you ever imagine what it would be like to be Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz? While you’ll likely never get swept away by a tornado and whisked away to an enchanted kingdom, a clever new accessory will let you find your way home just by clicking your heels. RELATED: Forget the Apple Watch — this red-hot ‘smart shoe’ is the only wearable computer you need Dorothy, a new accessory developed by iStrategyLabs, gets embedded in your shoe and can perform several actions when you click your heels together, including sending a text message to your friends and placing a call to Uber. “Dorothy consists of the ‘Ruby’ (a small connected device that slips
Apple iPad Air 2 Review
Apple iPad mini 3 review
For the past few years, most of the technology world has ruled by a cold, hard truth: to get the best thing, you pretty much had to get the biggest thing. Every Android phone was bigger than the last, and the smaller ones were always disappointing. Apple, though, staunchly resisted this trend. The iPhone is smaller than competing phones — even the new iPhone 6 is smaller than your average Android flagship — but still very much top of the line. And last year, the iPad mini 2 (née iPad mini with retina display) was "every inch an iPad,” in Apple’s own words. ...
The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 review
Apple is now crowdsourcing business listings to help make Maps better
For years you've been able to report inaccurate or otherwise lacking information from Apple Maps listings. Now Apple's putting some of that work in the hands of businesses that want to get information about particular locations into its Maps app. Today the company quietly launched Apple Maps Connect, a tool designed for business owners to both verify and submit new information about their locations, which is vetted with a phone call and PIN code to the businesses phone number.
HP to show off its 3D-scanning 'Sprout' PC next week
San Francisco passes 'Airbnb law,' one step closer to making rentals legal
Tomorrow Daily 072: Real-world Mario Karts, a working hoverboard, and more
On today's show, we discuss go karts that remind us a little too much of Mario Kart, an art installation that creates textile patterns out of sound, and the company making working hoverboards. Yes, we said working hoverboards.>
Apple issues security warning for iCloud
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China.
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Ingenious new app is every math teacher’s nightmare come true
If your school doesn’t already collect your smartphones before you go to class, we’re certain that it will start doing so after seeing this new mobile app. Per Engadget, an app called PhotoMath is every math teacher’s worst nightmare come to life as it will solve equations for you just by using your smartphone’s camera. MORE GREAT APPS: This brilliant app will send you a photo of the person who stole your smartphone As you can see in the video posted below, the app uses your camera to scan the page for mathematical symbols and will then decipher the precise syntax of the problem it sees and then solve it. So far, the app can read basic arithmetic expressions, fractions, powers
In the future, Apple wants to let your iPhone control your car
On Tuesday, Apple published an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that describes a technology called “accessory control with geo-fencing” that would surround a vehicle with a virtual field or boundary known as a geofence. This geofence would detect your proximity to the car through your iPhone and automatically perform tasks like unlocking the door, starting the vehicle, and opening the trunk. Starting your car with your phone is nothing new. There are many apps on the market that will allow a device to do similar things, but Apple aims to perform these tasks automatically when you enter or exit the geofence’s radius. For example: If you’re leaving the car, the iPhone will send a signal to lock the doors and set
Windows 10 Technical Preview updated, boasts 7,000 changes and fixes
Michigan's new law 'clarifies' ban on Tesla's direct sales model
Apple, supplier GT strike deal to unseal info, shutter Arizona plant
By Nick Brown and Noel Randewich (Reuters) - Apple and GT Advanced Technologies Inc struck an agreement on Tuesday that will let GT begin the shutdown of key Arizona operations, and shed some more light on why the former stock market darling abruptly filed for bankruptcy this month. A lawyer for GT, Apple's erstwhile sapphire supplier, described the deal at a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, saying it would save the company money and allow it to be more open about its mysterious Chapter 11 filing on October 6. ...
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Using Apple Pay in the real world
Candy, cabs, and socks: using Apple Pay in the real world
Yesterday, Apple released iOS 8.1, and along with it, the company’s new mobile payments service. Apple Pay isn’t the first of its kind — we’ve seen options from Google and others for years. Getting set up on Apple Pay is really easy: once you've installed iOS 8.1 on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you have to add your credit cards to the service.
How to force Yosemite’s Continuity feature on your unsupported MacBook Pro
One of the coolest features of Yosemite, is Continuity / Handoff, which lets iOS and OS X device users continue a certain action even after switching devices — including placing phone calls and sending regular text messages on a Mac. Unfortunately, not all Macs and MacBook models can support it, as older models do not have Bluetooth 4.0 LE chips inside. Luckily, after some digging, a Mac user revealed on MacRumors’ forum that 2011 MacBook Pros can support Continuity / Handoff features after a little tinkering. FROM EARLIER: Yosemite’s coolest new features won’t be available on all Macs First of all, users have to be ready to actually take apart their 2011 MacBook Pro, and replace their current Airport/Bluetooth card with one
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World Series ballparks are the first pro sports venues to support Apple Pay
You'll be able to buy a hot dog and beer at the concession stands using an iPhone 6 — or Google Wallet, for that matter. MasterCard and MLB Advanced Media have announced that contactless payments are now supported at Kauffman Stadium and AT&T Park. NFC payments have of course been around for years now, but it seems the debut of Apple Pay may be spurring businesses (and ballparks) to install the necessary hardware — and that's good for everyone, regardless of which smartphone you own.
Is Staples the latest retailer to get hit with a huge credit card breach?
Brian Krebs, the man who originally reported the Home Depot data breach earlier this year, now believes that Staples has been subjected to a data breach of its own. Krebs says that at least six banks noticed a pattern of debit and credit card fraud in several Staples branches, indicating that card data might have been accessed. At Krebs on Security, Krebs notes that every card that has been connected to this potential breach was used in one of seven or so stores in the Northeast, so even if Staples has been infiltrated, it looks like the range is relatively limited. Interestingly, the cards were affected by other fraudulent charges as well outside of Staples, which Krebs believes could be a sign that Staples is a victim
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Adobe's symbolic pro-Gamergate gesture angers victims
Software company Adobe has implicitly voiced support for vitriolic "consumer revolt" Gamergate. After being asked by Gamergate supporters to drop sponsorship for Gawker Media, the company said that it was not actually an advertiser, but would ask Gawker to remove an Adobe logo from its site. Gamergate supporters were protesting a series of tongue-in-cheek tweets by Gawker-affiliated Valleywag editor Sam Biddle, jokingly calling to "bring back bullying" of nerds.
Fitbit, Microsoft are next to challenge Apple Watch
FTC appoints privacy consultant as its new Chief Technologist
Film’s most iconic scenes were amazingly recreated with Legos
With the success of the recent Lego movie, a 15-year old stop motion animator from Kilbarchan, Scotland named Morgan Spence decided he would use Legos to recreate some of the most iconic movie scenes of all time. This classic scene from Titanic a great example of his work with Legos: And here’s that chilling scene from The Shining: There’s no doubt that this 15-year-old from Scotland has some talent. Have a look at the video he made of his numerous Lego takes on iconic movie scenes below.
Form a new political party, fight zombies with the CraveCast crew
Halloween and elections are approaching, and sometimes it's tough to tell which is scarier. Join the CraveCast cabal Wednesday at noon Pacific when we'll talk about remaking democracy in our own image and siccing bears on the undead.>
New Windows 10 preview update brings a key Windows Phone feature to your desktop
Three weeks after the launch of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft is rolling out the first new build to members of the Windows Insider Program. Build 9860, as Microsoft has so eloquently named it, comes to Insiders automatically through Windows Update. As long as your computer is on or sleeping, the update will download and install on its own. Of course, if you’re too impatient for that, you can always head to PC Settings > Update and recovery > Preview builds and click the ‘Check now’ button. The new Windows 10 build will take up between 2GB and 2.74GB “depending on CPU architecture and language,” and the rebooting process will take a little bit longer than usual. As expected, there are
Google's streaming music service adds mood to mix
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners' mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet.
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