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.
Good deal: $200 off Retina 5K iMac
Earlier this week, Apple cut the price of its beautiful Retina 5K iMac by $200, but Best Buy is where you'll want to go if you're looking for the best deal on the new all-in-one. The big box store is taking another $200 off the model this weekend, bringing it down to $2,099.99. The model comes with a 3.5GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB Fusion drive, and discrete AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics. Of course, the most notable feature is that stunning 27-inch, 5120 x 2880 screen. There's even more good news: if you have a . ...
California regulators approve farmers' plan to reduce water usage by 25 percent
Water regulators in California this week approved a deal set forth by farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who voluntarily agreed to cut their water usage this upcoming season. Farmers with established water rights like this have not faced state-mandated restrictions since the 1970s. Because the agreement was made with just a small number of farmers, it's unlikely to affect the state's water supply in a significant way, the Times reports.
Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 wall and portable chargers top off your new phones quickly
Battery life is important and with more phones launching with integrated batteries, it's important to get those phones charged up quickly. Aukey makes a couple inexpensive solutions for rapid charging.
Top iOS news of the week: Watch update, copy away, Home app
The Weekender: Eurovision, IndyCar, and cybersecurity extortion
This week, we learned what it was like to be a child research subject, we rode in an IndyCar, and we went to the talent competition Eurovision. Brooklyn-based DJ collective the Deep host a raucous Memorial Day party at an undisclosed location this Monday. Scientific studies on humans have strict ethical guidelines nowadays, but that wasn't always the case.
Speak, toy! Welcome to the age of chatting with your teddy bear
After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records.
Best and craziest sports plays from the last week
With the NBA and NHL playoffs in full swing, not to mention some exciting action from Major League Baseball and various soccer leagues, this past week was chock full of great and crazy exciting sports plays. Below are a few of the better ones you might have missed over the last 7 days. DON’T MISS: 3 new iOS 9 features were just revealed in a huge new leak We don’t usually start with hockey, but this one is too good to pass up. Nothing as cliche as a hockey player scoring a goal by headbutting it in soccer style. Alas, the goal was ultimately disallowed. The ‘goal’ was shot by Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw during Game 2 of the NHL Western
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The bizarre and often hilarious world of Grand Theft Auto V mods
Just a month into its PC release, Grand Theft Auto V mods are here -- and they're weird, over-the-top and hysterical. Here are just a few of our favorite mods and instructions on how you can mod Grand Theft Auto V yourself.
How Disney Imagineering revealed the secrets of Tomorrowland two years ago
Tomorrowland is now in theaters, and since the project was mysteriously announced four years ago it’s appeared to be many things: an ‘80s-style children’s adventure, a mysterious sci-fi tale of interlocking mysteries, and — as I mentioned in our review — a story about the hope and optimism that technology and exploration can unleash in everyone. The promotional ramp-up to the movie has also revealed that there’s a complicated backstory in play, with a tie-in book and mysterious promotional videos hinting at secret societies and grand utopian visionaries. It began with the blog of a young girl named Amelia whose grandfather had worked with Walt Disney, and as players visited real-world locations and examined artifacts that “Amelia” mailed out, they learned about a mysterious group known as Plus Ultra and its connection to the 1964 World’s Fair (a location that’s popped up in Tomorrowland’s trailers).
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Top Android news of the week: Factory reset failures, Note 5, phone calling on the watch
News in the Android world this week had reports that Android Wear may get phone calling, Android phones got a preview version of Microsoft Office, factory resetting some phones leaves owner info, and no Galaxy Note 5 in June.
'Tomorrowland' in Dolby Cinema: the best picture I've seen in a theater
In the Dolby Cinema presentation of Disney's "Tomorrowland," fiber-optic-fed laser light engines, 4K resolution, HDR contrast and Atmos sound combine to create a breathtaking cinema experience. Tomorrow's theater experience can't come home soon enough.
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Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act.
Senate votes down USA Freedom Act, putting bulk surveillance powers in jeopardy
In a midnight session, the Senate has voted down the USA Freedom Act, putting one of the legal bedrocks of the NSA's bulk surveillance programs into jeopardy. The Patriot Act is set to expire at the end of the month, and the USA Freedom Act would have extended large portions of the act in modified form. Tonight's failure to arrive at a vote makes it likely that many of those powers will automatically expire, although Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) scheduled a last-minute session on May 31st for one last shot at passing the bill.
Senate blocks NSA reform bill and Patriot Act extensions
Researchers find Android factory reset faulty and reversible
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
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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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