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Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, California(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 inbox@google.com 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. ...




Lufthansa close to deal with IBM for IT infrastructure unit

Barrier tape of German airline Lufthansa is seen at Munich airportBERLIN/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

Apple Inc. CEO Cook walks down a sidewalk during the Allen and Co. media conference in Sun ValleyBEIJING (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'

A visitor walks past a Cisco advertising panel as she looks at her mobile phone at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy 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. ...




California venture firm does not have to release documents in discrimination suit


U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

Jay Radcliffe displays a Medtronic Corp insulin pump at his home in Meridian, IdahoBy Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. ...




Ford's next cars will brake by themselves to avoid collisions

Ford's next cars will brake by themselves to avoid collisions




Microsoft is ending free Xbox Music streaming

Microsoft is ending free Xbox Music streamingMicrosoft is closing its free Xbox Music streaming service effective December 1st. The company will continue to offer music streaming through its Xbox Music service, but users will need to purchase an Xbox Music Pass to do so, at a monthly price of $9.99. The company doesn't specify why it's removing the free, ad-supported streaming option, but says it's "focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers." Microsoft has updated Xbox Music a number of times since launch, producing versions for its newest Xbox One console and latest Windows Phone operating systems, but it still lags behind competitors such as Spotify in terms of social features.




Sonos sues Denon for allegedly copying its wireless speaker tech

Sonos sues Denon for allegedly copying its wireless speaker tech




Apple dumps SSL 3.0 for push notifications due to POODLE flaw

Apple dumps SSL 3.0 for push notifications due to POODLE flawApple to switch to the TLS encryption standard after disclosure of vulnerability that could expose encrypted data.>




Microsoft is suddenly releasing some of the year’s coolest Android apps

Microsoft is suddenly releasing some of the year’s coolest Android appsMicrosoft is no longer all about “Windows, Windows, Windows!” as ex-CEO Steve Ballmer used to say. Instead, the company is willing to create applications and programs for any platform and recently it’s been releasing some very cool new applications for Android. Droid Life spotlights three particularly sweet apps that just came out of the Microsoft Garage project that definitely look worthy of Android fans’ time — and one of them even pulls off the incredible feat of making Bing more relevant. RELATED: The best Android Wear app we’ve seen was just released by… Microsoft? The coolest app is called Torque and it’s been designed to work with Android Wear watches. What makes this app great is that it takes away the




Hear the space age unfold on NASA's historic SoundCloud account

Hear the space age unfold on NASA's historic SoundCloud account




Target offers free holiday shipping, wish lists for the first time

TargetThe increasing reach of Amazon has brick-and-mortar retailers changing their game plans. The latest is Target, who for the first time is offering free shipping.>




Uber drivers kick off 'Global Day of Protest'

Uber drivers kick off 'Global Day of Protest'The ride-sharing app's drivers in the US and London are complaining about fee hikes, fare cuts and the lack of a tip option.>




See what makes the iPad Air 2 so skinny

See what makes the iPad Air 2 so skinny




NASA's new Soundcloud album: Listen to the exploration of space

NASA/JPL/Space Science InstituteNASA has created an album of sounds on Soundcloud, including rocket launches, recordings from space shuttle missions and even a song about water on the moon.>




Star Apps: The Madden Brothers

Star Apps: The Madden BrothersGood Charlotte founders and brothers Benji and Joel Madden return to their pop-rock roots on "Greetings From California."




Tickets for Sony's PlayStation gaming show go on sale Friday

Tickets for Sony's PlayStation gaming show go on sale Friday




iPad Air 2 has a smaller battery, iFixit finds

iPad Air 2 has a smaller battery, iFixit findsThe one new feature you didn't expect from Apple's iPad Air 2? iFixit says the new device has a battery that's 15 percent smaller, yet Apple claims it still gets the same battery life.>




Early Apple computer sells for $905,000 at auction

This undated photo provided by Bonhams shows a vintage 1976 Apple 1 computer that is among the items being offered for auction on Oct. 22, 2014 by Bonhams auction house in New York. The Steve Wozniak-designed computer is estimated to bring $300,000 to $500,000. Only 15 have been documented as operational with one selling at auction last year for $671,000. (AP Photo/Bonhams)NEW YORK (AP) — A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction on Wednesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year.




Video: Samsung shows how the Galaxy Note 4 will bring out your inner Picasso

Video: Samsung shows how the Galaxy Note 4 will bring out your inner PicassoOn Tuesday, Samsung released new ads that show how its new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone can be a tool for real-life artists everywhere. MORE GALAXY NOTE 4: iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4: The ultimate camera shootout Jon Burgerman, an English-born illustrator, is seen drawing a beautiful mural on a window before it transitions to him doing so on his Galaxy Note 4 using the device’s S Pen. In the second video, Janine Rewell, an illustrator from Finland, does the same thing. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 includes an S Pen that can be used for drawing, writing notes notes, or selecting content from the screen. Both videos also show off the Galaxy Note 4’s Multi Window and drawing features. You can




Xbox Music ditches free desktop streaming on December 1st

Xbox Music ditches free desktop streaming on December 1st




Magic Johnson ready to assist tech in diversity

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2014, file photo, Earvin "Magic" Johnson addresses the audience after receiving the Brass Ring Award for his humanitarian efforts at the 2014 Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The retired Los Angeles Laker became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.




Check out these great music streaming apps for Windows Phone

Check out these great music streaming apps for Windows PhoneMany of the best music streaming for mobile devices are also available on Windows Phone. Here are some of my favorites.>




Xiaomi is moving some of its users' data out of China

Xiaomi is moving some of its users' data out of China




Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI

Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBIApple has more than once reminded customers it values their security and privacy and has been reassuring them that they won’t become the company’s “product” and that their data will be safely encrypted. Similarly, Google also said it will encrypt Android devices by default. Since then, the FBI and others have complained that Apple and Google will be basically helping bad guys get away with bad things thanks to encrypted devices. FROM EARLIER: The FBI ratchets up its scare campaign over smartphone encryption But, as Motherboard reports, Congress isn’t likely to order these companies to decrypt their phones for FBI or other governmental agencies. “To FBI Director Comey and the Admin on criticisms of legitimate businesses using encryption: you reap what you




Sprint undercuts AT&T, Verizon with $20, 1GB family data plan

SprintAt $20, Sprint is offering twice as much data as Verizon and more than three times the data as AT&T.>




Sonos sues Denon for 'copying' its wireless products

Sonos sues Denon for 'copying' its wireless products?Sonos has announced it is suing competitor Denon as it says the company's HEOS products are too similar to Sonos' own and infringe on at least four of its patents.>




It costs $50 to plug an Xbox One Kinect into your PC

It costs $50 to plug an Xbox One Kinect into your PC




Tomorrow Daily 073: Robot actors, the return of LED 'stickman baby,' and more

Tomorrow Daily 073: Robot actors, the return of LED 'stickman baby,' and moreOn today's show, we check out a gadget for your shoe that might help you escape a bad date, this year's updates to the "stickman baby" Halloween costume, and a robot actor in a Kafka-inspired performance.>




Vintage Apple computer built by Woz sells for whopping $750,000

Vintage Apple computer built by Woz sells for whopping $750,000One of the 50 original Apple-1 computers built by Steve Wozniak himself goes for three quarters of a million dollars at auction.>




Marvel releases first 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer after it leaks online

Marvel releases first 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer after it leaks onlineMarvel planned to debut the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer during Agents of SHIELD next Tuesday, but apparently that plan didn't work out. Shortly after a poor quality version of the entire trailer leaked online, Marvel decided to publish an official teaser trailer on YouTube. The two-minute video shows the full team in action and includes a look at the Hulkbuster armor, a super strange version of "I've Got No Strings," and, of course, Ultron, as voiced by James Spader in what sounds like a wonderfully creepy performance. The film is headed into theaters on May 1st, 2015 in the US.




Unity appoints former Electronic Arts chief Riccitiello as new CEO

David Helgason, Unity's CEO, in a promotional video in 2013John Riccitiello, who helmed publisher and game maker EA, now leads the fast-growing company behind multi-platform gaming software.>




I hate myself for loving the Hemingwrite high-tech typewriter

I hate myself for loving the Hemingwrite high-tech typewriterThe Hemingwrite — described as an "over-engineered typewriter for the 21st century" — should bother me. It's not just the shots fired at "tiresome and outdated" typewriters. As its website readily admits, the Hemingwrite is a modern-day word processor.




Microsoft Android Wear app lets you search Bing by twisting your wrist

Microsoft Android Wear app lets you search Bing by twisting your wrist




Rhapsody revives CEO position, hires mobile vet as interim chief

Wayne Cunningham/CNETThe streaming-music forefather, often overshadowed by flashier rivals like Spotify or Apple's Beats Music, says growth is gangbusters enough to revive the position of CEO after a four-year absence.>




The top 20 US cities for tech startup funding

In this Aug. 12, 2014 photo, employees of Rivalry Games work on their computers at technology incubator MuckerLab, in Santa Monica, Calif. The relocation of tech companies to southern California is part of a growing movement of U.S. cities seeking to duplicate the formula that turned northern California’s Silicon Valley, slightly south of San Francisco, into a mecca of society-shifting innovation and immense wealth. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)When you think of tech startups, you probably think Northern California. Companies there receive the largest share of funding from venture capitalists, but there are several other notable pockets around the country.




That iPad Air 2 can be yours -- today, even

Sarah Tew / CBS InteractiveApple said its new tablets would launch later this week, but stores across the country already have the Wi-Fi models of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.>




Survey: Harassment a common part of online life

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 file photo, 22-year-old Catherine Devine reads instant messages on her laptop screen at her home in Kings Park, N.Y. Devine had her first of several brushes with online harassment in seventh grade, before she'd even ventured onto the Internet. A report released Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty percent have experienced it themselves. (AP Photo/Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life.




Apple defeats GPNE's $94M patent-infringement claim

From left to right, the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Air.A San Jose jury rules against the nonpracticing entity, which had accused Apple of infringing its mobile device technology.>




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