National NewsHewlett-Packard posts surprise revenue gain after PC sales jump
By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co posted a surprise increase in quarterly revenue after sales from its personal computer division climbed 12 percent, but a flat to declining performance from its other units underscored the company's uphill battle to revive growth. HP sales rose a mere 1 percent to $27.6 billion in its fiscal third quarter from $27.2 billion a year earlier. Wall Street analysts had forecast a modest drop in revenue to $27.01 billion. It's trying to reduce a reliance on PCs and move toward servers, storage and networking for enterprises - part of Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman's effort to return the sprawling company to growth.
Infineon agrees to buy Int'l Rectifier for $3 billion in cash
By Jens Hack and Maria Sheahan MUNICH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Merger-shy German chipmaker Infineon has agreed to buy California-based International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash, Infineon said on Wednesday, in its biggest-ever acquisition. At 1800 GMT, the stock was trading at $39.06, a gain of $12.51 or 47 percent on the day on the New York Stock Exchange. Infineon shares fell 1.72 percent in after-hours trade on the Frankfurt exchange. The stock had closed down 1.38 percent ahead of the announcement, while those of several possible targets, including International Rectifier rose, following reports that Infineon was preparing to buy a U.S.
Verizon denies it plans to open new app store
By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc denied a report on Wednesday it was in talks with carriers and hardware manufacturers to open a new mobile software store. “We have no plans to do that,” Verizon spokeswoman Debra Lewis said. Done that," she added, referring to Verizon's Apps, a mobile software store the company shut down last year. Lewis spoke after The Information, an industry website, reported that Verizon was leading discussions to launch an industry coalition to create a mobile app store.
FBI warns healthcare firms they are targeted by hackers
By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned that healthcare industry companies are being targeted by hackers, publicizing the issue following an attack on U.S. "The FBI has observed malicious actors targeting healthcare related systems, perhaps for the purpose of obtaining Protected Healthcare Information (PHI) and/or Personally Identifiable Information (PII)," the agency said in a "Flash" alert obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. "These actors have also been seen targeting multiple companies in the healthcare and medical device industry typically targeting valuable intellectual property, such as medical device and equipment development data," the one page document said.
Online video stars mobilize for U.S. net neutrality
By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Online video personalities are joining together to advocate for equal treatment of Internet traffic, aiming to stop the U.S. The video creators are signing an online petition that will be submitted to the Federal Communications Commission, which is now considering new "net neutrality" rules governing how broadband providers route Internet traffic. Internet campaigns have impacted policy issues in the past. Organizers hope the new effort, which they are starting to publicize on Wednesday, will raise the visibility of online video creators and the scope of their industry with regulators.
RBS settles copyright lawsuit after U.S. judge blocks software's use
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc said on Wednesday it had reached a settlement allowing it to use a key piece of software in its trade finance business that a U.S. Terms of the settlement with Complex Systems Inc were not disclosed. "Our clients remain our primary focus, and this settlement assures them of our continued commitment to our trade finance business," RBS said in a statement.
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Researchers can easily fool former TSA X-ray scanners and sneak in dangerous weapons
This isn’t the first time someone managed to sneak by a weapon past a TSA Rapiscan full-body X-ray scanner, but Wired reports that scientists have taken the procedure to a new level and have come up with various techniques to completely fool the security device. The team of researchers, from the University of California at San Diego, the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins, have figured out ways to conceal weapons, explosive devices, and even insert malware into the PC that controls the machine that can then be activated with a simple QR code printed on a piece of clothing. The simplest way to move a weapon past the scanner is to tape it to one of the sides of a
Robin Williams tribute characters found in World of Warcraft data
The third most torrented TV show isn’t even on cable
Everyone knows that Game of Thrones is once again the most torrented TV show of the year, but could you name the top ten? Peer-to-peer analyst group Tru Optik has compiled a list of the top ten TV show torrents from the second quarter of 2014, and although a majority are predictable, number 3 stands out above the rest. With 60.8 million torrent download, the Netflix original prison dramedy Orange is the New Black has become the third most popular TV show torrent…and it isn’t even on TV. Only Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory managed to top Orange is the New Black, a show which beat out Mad Men, How I Met Your Mother and the return of
UPS says malware attack compromised customer info at 51 of its stores
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UPS says hackers may have stolen credit card data from 51 of its stores
Logistics firm UPS said on Wednesday that customer credit and debit card data may have been stolen from 51 of its UPS Stores across the United States. The company found malware capable of recording card information and sending it to a third party on cash register systems in one percent of its 4,470 UPS Store locations — 51 stores in 24 states. UPS started to investigate a possible breach on July 31st, after the Homeland Security Department released a report warning that hackers would use nefarious software to target remote access systems designed to allow employees to access corporate networks from afar. The malware was able to run undetected for eight months.
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U.K. prime minister explains why he won’t quit BlackBerry
David Cameron just can’t quit you, BlackBerry. In its latest in a series of blog posts touting government officials who still rely on BlackBerry for mobile communications, BlackBerry highlights why U.K. prime minister David Cameron is still sticking with the company despite all the troubles it’s gone through over the past few years. “Wherever I am in the world, I am always within a few feet of a BlackBerry and an ability to manage things should they need to be managed,” Camerson said in a report cited by BlackBerry. “And indeed as I have done on I think almost every holiday that I have enjoyed over the past few years, I am able to return instantly should that be necessary.” Even
HP revenue inches up after years of decline
Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday reported that its quarterly revenue rose for the first time in three years, nudged by improved computer sales everywhere except Russia and China. Meanwhile, HP profit in the recently ended quarter ebbed to $985 million compared to $1.39 billion in the same period a year earlier, due in part to cost savings from a massive effort by chief executive Meg Whitman to find new momentum as lifestyles shift from personal computers to smartphones and tablets. Sales of home and business computers were bright spots in the quarter despite pressure on the overall personal computer market due to competition from smartphones and tablets. HP expected political forces in Russia and fierce competition in China to present challenges for the company.
Silicon Valley startup accelerators on the hunt for health-tech talent
These technology firms all received mentorship and money from Silicon Valley's so-called startup machine, Y Combinator. Now, for the first time in its nine-year history, the accelerator program is actively recruiting health-technology startups. To attract top talent in healthcare and biotech, Y Combinator recently tapped medical executive Elizabeth Iorns as a part-time partner. Sam Altman, Y Combinator's president, told Reuters he expects to see a growing number of venture capitalists investing in early-stage biotech and digital health companies.
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Samsung TVs Get Skype and Need for Speed
Video games and videoconferencing are old hat for game consoles and mobile devices, so it's not surprising that smart TV manufacturers want to get in on the action. Samsung has announced that Skype and a handful of games, including an entry from the lauded Need for Speed franchise, will make their way to Samsung smart TVs at next month's IFA conference in Berlin.
10 Percent of Chrome Extensions May Be Malicious
Up to 10 percent of Google Chrome browser extensions may be up to no good. Of 48,332 Chrome extensions, 130 were found to be seriously malicious, and another 4,712 labeled "suspicious," by six computer science experts at the University of California's Berkeley, Santa Barbara and San Diego campuses. The researchers have also developed Hulk — not the gamma-irradiated superhero — which is a piece of software for detecting malicious behavior in Chrome browsers.
Candy-Making 3D Printer Launches on Kickstarter for $500
How sweet it is to be a 3D printer! And one of the sweetest of the bunch is the Candy, a new model launching on Kickstarter today (Aug 21) for $499 for the first 25 backers and $599 for others backers. True to its name, the Candy is specially designed to create candies, dessert toppings and other goodies. From London-based company 3DVentures, the Candy boasts a stylish design that will look more at home in a kitchen than most 3D printers.
UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware
Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states.
Parties for Secret users get you spilling the beans in real life
Social media pushes back at militant propaganda
BEIRUT (AP) — The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.
Brazil wants Apple and Google to remotely wipe Secret from all iOS and Android devices
Secret is a popular iOS and Android social networking app that lets users chat anonymously, but authorities in Brazil aren’t too fond of it. That’s actually an understatement, as a Brazilian prosecutor wants Apple and Google not only to remove the app for their respective app stores for the region, but also to remotely wipe it from the devices on which it’s already installed on in Brazil, Business Insider reports. However, a ruling on the matter has not passed yet. Assuming the court rules against Apple and Google and admits the prosecutor’s fine request, the companies will have to each pay almost $9,000 for each day the app remains available in the App Store and Google Play Store. The Windows
A private military company is now providing security in Ferguson, for just one person
A menagerie of armed state and federal agents have filtered in and out of Ferguson, Missouri for more than a week as unrest has grown there, and now even a private military company is joining the mix. Asymmetric Solutions, a PMC that claims to be "capable of deploying highly qualified former special operations personnel" to "anywhere on the globe in a moments notice" will be providing a security detail to an unnamed individual visiting Ferguson. Asymmetric Solutions announced the job on Twitter, noting that the assignment is saddening and unexpected.
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Weird new Twitter feature lets you build an Acura right inside a tweet
Twitter has been throwing caution to the wind lately, what with the addition of random tweets to users' timelines, "Buy Now" buttons, and a font tweak that set the typographical world ablaze. Now we're seeing an interesting new use of Twitter cards in advertising: Acura has built a rudimentary configurator for its new TLX model right into a tweet, which lets you choose an engine, a drivetrain, and a color before offering the option of sending an image of the kitted-out vehicle to your followers.
This is how Samsung plans to counter Apple’s big Beats move
When IFA 2014 begins next month, Samsung is sure to be focused primarily on mobile hardware, but while we wait to see just how big and powerful the Galaxy Note 4 has gotten, let’s take a look at Samsung’s new premium line of Level headphones. Over the past couple of weeks, Samsung has been publishing videos on its YouTube channel highlighting some of the unique features of the new headphones. This week, poet David J was given the spotlight to demonstrate how the S Voice virtual assistant has been integrated into Level. It might be a bit of a stretch for the average user, but with S Voice you could potentially accomplish certain tasks on your smartphone without ever removing it from your pocket.
China's 'bullet screens' combine movies and your snarky texts
7 Twitter Tips to Help Keep You Sane and Grounded
In the time since I've joined Twitter, I have probably read just about every article about how to make the most of the social media network. This includes tips on the best times to post tweets, how to gain followers, how to avoid losing followers... basically, how to be a Twitter rock star. So now that I have almost four years of experience...
Netflix rails against ISPs even as it agrees to pay off yet another one for better connections
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on Tuesday penned an editorial in Wired in which he defended the free Internet and advocated against the FCC’s Net Neutrality proposals, as well as against the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. But even though Hastings is not afraid to vividly voice his concerns – this isn’t the first time he’s written an editorial on these matters – Netflix was apparently forced to ink its fourth interconnect deal in the U.S. to make sure that TWC broadband subscribers who watch Netflix online get a decent experience. In his Wired editorial, Hastings only mentioned the similar deals Netflix signed with AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, although GigaOm has learned that such a deal is in place with TWC as well after being
Uber pulls into mobile dining and travel apps
Uber teamed up with dining and travel smartphone applications Wednesday as the controversial Internet-age car-hailing service moved to park itself at the heart of mobile lifestyles. The San Francisco-based startup let about a dozen businesses such as Starbucks, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines, TripAdvisor and restaurant reservation service OpenTable make it simple for people to summon Uber cars from inside their applications for smartphones or tablet computers. "We're excited to partner with Uber to help TripAdvisor travelers conveniently find a ride to their destination in cities throughout the world," TripAdvisor senior vice president of global product Adam Medros said. Uber also released a software kit to allow makers of mobile apps to link to its platform, expanding its reach with a tactic that has proven effective for other Internet firms including Facebook and ramps up pressure on Uber's rivals such as Lyft.
Robots kidnap a human in the first trailer for dark sci-fi film 'Automata'
With just its first trailer, Automata easily takes a place beside Christopher Nolan's Interstellar on the list of the best-looking sci-fi films coming this year. The film takes place in a dark future where robots are quickly gaining consciousness, and things go bad when a small number of them actually become sentient and kidnap a human. What really is sentience and humanity and true thought? Sure, these questions have all been explored before, but with its Blade Runner-esque vision and District 9-kind of grittiness, it looks like Automata will have an interesting take on it all. ...
Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.
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Facebook will now pay you money to find bugs in the Oculus Rift
Here's a new way to support your expensive VR habit: hunt for flaws in the code for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, software development kit (SDK), and website. Facebook just announced it is incorporating Oculus, which it acquired in March for $2 billion, into its infamous bug bounty program. Under the program, individual security researchers who report bugs to Facebook may be financially rewarded. Facebook paid out $1.5 million in bug bounties last year.
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