Ericsson seeks US iPad, iPhone ban as it sues Apple over patents
Last month Apple and Ericsson went to war over the fees Ericsson is trying to charge Apple for the use of its mobile broadband patents. Apple sued Ericsson in an attempt to have the patents declared non-standard-essential (meaning they don’t automatically command royalties) or, if they are found standard-essential, to have Ericsson’s fees declared unreasonably high.
HTC One M9 preview: A battle between polish and progress
Let's start with the stuff we liked. Build quality is, as usual, just impeccable. The M9 is a hair narrower, shorter and fatter than the model that came before it, and all that, combined with a pair of wider left and right edges make the phone feel more substantial, more slab-like in your hand. This time around, the company went with a dual anodization process, which imparts different finishes (and colors!) to its 2015 flagship, and my two days of testing were spent with a half-silver, half-rose gold M9. It very quickly wound up being my favorite because, well, it's a little batty. The chassis is topped off with a brushed aluminum hairline finish that HTC says is "jewelry grade." I'm really not sure about that, but the M9's chassis is mostly fantastic. The whole shebang is exceptionally snappy, with none of the occasional slowdown that sprung up in LG's G Flex2, despite both devices sharing a Snapdragon 810. The 3GB of RAM helped keep things smooth as I bounded through apps and flicked down webpages, too, and all told, it's a better example of the sort of performance we can expect out of Qualcomm's new silicon.
Ikea launches wireless charging furniture range - Telegraph
Wireless charging pads use transmitter and receiver coils to generate a magnetic field which induces a voltage in the receiver coil. The voltage can then power a smartphone or recharge its battery simply by resting a phone on the pad. Once placed on the pad, a notification pops up to alert the user the device is charging.
Google may finally liberate Photos and Hangouts from Google+
The current iteration of Google+ may not be around for much longer. In an extensive interview with Forbes , Google's product czar Sundar Pichai says the company may break out features like Photos and Hangouts from Google+. Pichai says communications is a key area of concern for the company, and it may change some things up within Google+ to address the issues. "I think increasingly you’ll see us focus on communications [Hangouts], photos, and the Google+ stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area," Pichai told Forbes .
Iran hacked an American casino, U.S. intel director says
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German Consumer Group Warns Facebook Over Data Protection
FRANKFURT—Germany’s main consumer protection organization said Thursday it sent a warning to Facebook demanding that the social media giant change its terms of service or face a lawsuit over data protection and other issues.
Maybe I’m just a dumb millennial, but I’m going to keep using Venmo
Venmo, a mobile payment app popular among college students and recent grads, has security holes “ you could drive a truck through ,” according to an article posted on Slate this week. The report was largely based on one man’s story about how a grifter was able to steal $2850 from his account before he was ultimately reimbursed.
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Samsung Unveils Galaxy S6 to Answer iPhone 6
BARCELONA—Samsung Electronics Co. introduced a flagship smartphone with a curved screen and mobile-payment system, seeking to spark sales after a painful year that saw its leadership eroded by Apple Inc. and Chinese upstarts like Xiaomi Corp.
Scammers defraud TalkTalk users after UK ISP suffers data breach
According to a spokesman, the data was taken from TalkTalk’s systems, and the scammers quoted TalkTalk account numbers and phone numbers in order to convince victims to provide access to their computers. TalkTalk’s email suggested that this sometimes yielded sensitive information such as bank details, adding that “in some of these cases we know they may be using the information they have illegally obtained.”
Parks and Recreation: "One Last Ride" Review - IGN
Doing what the show does best, Parks knocked it clear out of the park with "One Last Ride." An remarkably irresistible swirl of love and satire. The writers knew It wasn't enough to just send everyone off into the future. They knew we needed to see that future. Not just for peace of mind, but because we've all become so lovingly invested in the characters. This final season proved to us that we could withstand a time jump and still remain attached to everyone. And this finale used that to hop through the Pawnee gang's futures, creating an exciting, heartwarming journey.
16 optical illusions more fun than that damn dress
This optical illusion is cool, but a mind-bending optical illusion should make you say, "Whoa, dude," and question everything you thought you knew about reality. And, it should work for everyone.
How IBM analyzes Twitter for enterprise devs
Capturing public conversations around the world in real time, Twitter could be a valuable source of intelligence for the business world, so IBM is creating new ways to derive potentially valuable information from this massive, sprawling data set.
We're live at HTC's big One M9 launch in Barcelona
16.36 We're now hearing about the future of HTC - there are loads of the guys on stage showing off the new products. Vive looks BIG. But the phone seems pretty sweet. Can't really see Grip, but that's probably because there's no pro athletics going on up there.
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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 Live Stream (Official)
Join us live in Barcelona from wherever you are as we bring you The Next Galaxy at Unpacked. Date: March 1 Time: 6:30pm CET
HP's Spectre x360 is a powerful new MacBook Air competitor
HP is introducing what it's calling its "most premium" computer yet: the Spectre x360, a high-end laptop that's able to flip its display around to work as a tablet, too. The Spectre x360 has an aluminum body that's 15.9mm thick and weighs 3.3 pounds. It has a simple, silver-gray style that probably won't draw too many glances, but it's the power inside that counts.
Verizon brings small cells indoors using these cute little dots
There’s no word from Verizon on when and if it plans to install Dots in other buildings, but it definitely seems to have gotten small cell religion in the last year . The technology allows it to surgically insert capacity into its networks without building new towers or acquiring new spectrum. The end result for consumers is more LTE capacity and speeds in high-trafficked areas where you’d usually expect to find congested networks. In addition to San Francisco, it’s installing outdoor small cells in New York City, Chicago and Phoenix.
The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies Of 2015 In Social Media
For keeping social media honest. Fake news travels fast, especially on social media. Storyful, a five-year-old Dublin-based company, uses a potent combination of human and machine fact-checking to separate news from noise. It analyzes everything from asinine viral videos to hard international news, doing a social media deep dive to source and verify news. "There’s never been a better way to spread a hoax than social media," Storyful founder and CEO Mark Little has said. "But there’s never been a better fact-checking desk than social media." After being acquired by News Corp for $25 million, in early 2014 Storyful partnered with Facebook to launch FB Newswire, which finds newsworthy user-generated content and runs it through the ringer, posting only the credible stuff. There is clearly an appetite for real news there: Site embeds of Facebook news posts increased 50% in just four months following the launch. Now Storyful is helping fund an initiative aimed at creating industry-wide guidelines for how news organizations treat their social media sources. "People who create content, whether they’re just people who are witnesses randomly to an event or professionals, deserve credit and in certain cases compensation," says Little.
HTC Partners with Valve for Vive VR Headset for Gaming
Over 70 sensors will provide 360 degree room tracking which means when you move around, you won’t feel sick. It offers a 90Hz refresh rate and high quality audio. HTC also touts the Vive as lightweight, and will come with two controllers to let you move around and interact fully with your VR surroundings.
9 essential Apple Message tips
Your iPhone telephone number is linked to your Apple ID when you sign in to FaceTime or iMessage on an iPhone. Messages lets you control which numbers, emails and Apple IDs to use with iMessages. You can also set your Send From account.
Amazon Echo beta SDK coming for developers, content providers | ZDNet
Summary: The cloud and retail giant is preparing to expand its voice-activated assistant's capabilities with the launch of a beta software development kit to help outsiders to build apps.
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This Week's Best TV: Conan O'Brien Goes Boyfriend Hunting | WIRED
It’s finally happened! After months of campaigning and outrage and think pieces, awards season for Hollywood has finally come to an end, and that means the glut of what Variety affectionately calls “kudocasts” has drawn to a close. But as the red carpets get rolled up and put back in moth balls, we’ve got some post mortem to do. Lady Gaga reinvented herself on Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast. Jimmy Kimmel had fun with the help/at the expense of many rich and beautiful people. And then in the wake of it all, Parks and Recreation quietly took its final bow, and our Saturday Night Live conduit, Seth Meyers, treated us to an hour-long special with the whole cast. Our hearts are aflutter! It’s never easy to say goodbye. And we will love again. But until then, enjoy your final moments with the gang from Pawnee, and distract yourself with laughs a-plenty from other corners of the late night circuit. Here’s our favorite TV of the week.
How Samsung won and then lost the smartphone war
By about 2009, Samsung decided it needed to come up with a new brand for its upcoming line of flagship phones designed to run Android, according to sources familiar with Samsung’s plans at the time. Samsung had a revolutionary new screen technology called Super AMOLED that it at first wanted to put in someone else’s device, perhaps a phone built by a major wireless carrier like Verizon. Samsung has always provided chips and displays for other manufacturers, and it wanted to license its Super AMOLED tech the same way.
Mobile world congress 2015 News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Gizmodo
Huawei is launching not one but three wearables this year at Mobile World Congress, and the new Android Wear-powered Huawei Watch is the most interesting of the trio. The Huawei Watch is nice but also, well, just another Android Wear watch, and to me it's as bulky as almost every other smartwatch out there—with a… » 3/01/15 10:09am Yesterday 10:09am
IBM brings location awareness to MobileFirst apps
The new capabilities, included in an upcoming MobileFirst update, could give app users more information about their location and let enterprises more granularly tailor their apps to user needs, said Mike Gilfix, vice president of IBM's MobileFirst platform.
5 Key Things Marketers Need to Know About Facebook Cinemagraphs
Facebook boasts 1.3 billion users, drives roughly 25 percent of traffic online, and offers a never-ending stream of updates from everyone you left behind from high school. But the one thing Facebook has been missing? GIFs, whose absence has irritated users and advertisers alike.
Uber admits database breach putting driver data at risk | ZDNet
Uber said it is notifying impacted drivers now, but insisted it hasn't seen the compromised data actually misused yet.
The best iOS 8 jailbreak tweaks for Notification Center
If you surf the web on your iPhone frequently, you should probably check out NCBrowser 8. The tweak adds a web browser to the Notification Center allowing you to access the web from anywhere within iOS, without even requiring you to launch the Safari app. The web browser will be accessible from a new tab in the Notification Center labelled as ‘Browser’.
Uber Breach Affecting 50,000 Drivers Went Unreported for Months
Uber waited more than five months to notify drivers whose names and drivers-license numbers were taken in a computer-security breach last year, much longer than allowed by many state laws.
Apple Took 89% Of Q4 Smartphone Profits With Android OEMs In A Race To The Bottom
Apple may have missed the boat (so far) when it comes critical mass in market share in these developing markets, but it has more than made up for it by making a killing in places where it is strong. China is one such crossover example. While there is clearly a market for lower-cost and Android devices, Apple has been posting record sales in the country, reporting sales of $16 billion in the country in Q4. (China is not — yet — however overtaking Apple’s sales in markets like the U.S.)
The Week in iOS Apps: Vine and YouTube launch apps for kids
This week’s roundup includes two new video apps for children, plus a couple of new offerings more suited to adults. And if you’re somewhere in between, that’s OK! We’ve got stuff for you too.
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Your First Look at Google's Reconfigurable, See-Through HQ | WIRED
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Google's new proposed campus ditches rigid walls for flexible, see-thru canopies.
What Color Is the Dress? You Can't Tell From That Photo
How could this have been avoided? You don't need a fancy camera to take a picture of a blue and black dress to make it look blue and black. We could have continued to spend our day yesterday concentrating on escaped llamas had the photographer simply avoided the harsh backlight. Even those who see the dress as blue and black will admit that it's much too bright compared with the way that dress looks in real life. If you're in a situation where you can't avoid a backlight, dialing in negative exposure compensation (represented by a +/- icon in your smartphone app, if it's available) will quickly darken or brighten the scene to make the image on the camera's screen better represent what's in front of your eyes.
Maps to the Stars Review - IGN
His newest film, Maps to the Stars, is about how a place can ruin the body because it stirs up the idea of the unattainable, and makes people do horrible things to each other, and to others. The place, in this film, is Hollywood. It’s an easy target, and many films have been made about the rotting nature of “the industry,” because it’s the gaping orifice that filmmakers get to see up close. But zoom out and you begin to see that Cronenberg isn’t picking at the surface scab. He’s seeing generations of nepotism, turning naturally into incest and if that trend goes even further, Hollywood will breed itself completely out of existence. As it is right now, it’s the land of freaks and ghosts.
Demystifying the Muse: Five Creativity Myths You Should Stop Believing
With creativity becoming a commodity that so many people trade on, it's more important than ever to have ideas constantly flowing. But are these creative careers only available to the gifted few? Not at all. Most ideas about creativity being an elusive muse just aren't accurate.
We Finally Know Who's Making Valve's Virtual Reality Headset
HTC says the Vive has the “most immersive experience of any VR package,” thanks to a full 360-degree field of vision and 90 frames-per-second video capabilities. The company is also working on wireless controllers for the headset, which, given the Valve partnership, will probably be marketed primarily as a gaming device—games like shooters are a natural fit for the VR experience, and the Vive will be compatible with Valve’s SteamVR virtual reality platform.
Emoji continue to get diversified in latest betas for OS X 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3
That trend continues with the launch of the second beta for OS X 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3, which Apple seeded to developers on Monday, February 23. As revealed with an in-depth look, the latest beta builds include even more diversification for emoji, and even brand new options to choose from for those who love to spice up their conversations.
We're live in Barcelona for Samsung's big Galaxy S6 launch
19.02 Optical image stabilisation is back again - and we're comparing to the iPhone 6 Plus' OIS too. It's a big difference, but making this much of a deal about how much better than the iPhone is dangerous.
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@verge nah. I see on the "m9" that's a piece added to the back of a M8. When he shows them from the side you can clearly see the seperation
Google unveils plans for opulent new headquarters | ZDNet
Instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings, we'll create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas. (Our self-driving car team, for example, has very different needs when it comes to office space from our Search engineers.) Large translucent canopies will cover each site, controlling the climate inside yet letting in light and air. With trees, landscaping, cafes, and bike paths weaving through these structures, we aim to blur the distinction between our buildings and nature.
Brikk announces its luxury lineup of Apple Watch with diamond-studded straps and costing up to $75,000
These luxury models of the Apple Watch from Brikk will offer an “unmatched opulence to an exclusive clientele worldwide.” The watches will be available in 24-carat yellow gold, 18-carat pink gold, and 950 platinum variants in 38mm and 42mm sizes.
Tinder Plus Will Launch On Monday
Tinder is an online dating app which offers its users an opportunity to meet new people for dating, friendship or networking.
When it first came on the scene, it was used more as a hook-up/casual sex app because it finds potential matches for its users based on their proximity.
Tinder finds the locations of its users using GPS, then uses their Facebook information to create a profile. A Tinder profile …
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Apple Watch marketing expands with multiple pages in Vogue magazine
As revealed in the latest edition of Vogue magazine, the Watch takes several pages to showcase not only the name of the wearable, but also several different bands and casings. What’s more, the pages that depict nothing but the Watch are meant to show the actual size of the wearable, which should give readers a chance to see just how it will look — even if it is just on paper for now.
These Tiny Satellites Just Left The International Space Station
A pair of nanosatellites were deployed by the NanoRacks Launcher on the end of the Japanese robotic arm of the International Space Station on Friday. The tiny CubeSats are loaded with tools to observe the planet.