Monthly Archives: January 2017

Apple Sets a New Record For iPhone Sales

Apple has reported strong financial results for the first quarter of 2017. According to CEO Tim Cook, the “holiday quarter results generated Apple’s highest quarterly revenue ever, and broke multiple records along the way.” The company took in $78.4 billion

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Secret Rules Make It Pretty Easy For the FBI To Spy On Journalists

schwit1 shares with us a report on a 11-part series led by The Intercept reporter Cora Currier: Secret FBI rules allow agents to obtain journalists’ phone records with approval from two internal officials — far less oversight than under normal

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KDE Plasma 5.9 Released

KDE has announced the release and general availability of the KDE Plasma 5.9 desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems. While it only took a few months to develop and isn’t a long-term supported (LTS) version like KDE Plasma 5.8, the

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Roku Owners: Comcast Is About To Sell You Cable TV Without the Cable Box

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Comcast is making its Xfinity TV service available to subscribers with Roku set-top players via a new app, paving the way for customers of the nation’s largest cable provider to watch live

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Elon Musk Thinks We Will Have To Use AI This Way To Avoid a Catastrophic Future

Elon Musk has long said that artificial intelligence will have to augment human abilities, rather than compete with them, in order to avoid a portentous future. He has been active in trying to find ways to evaluate and reduce potential

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US Judge Rejects Suit Over Face Scanning for Video Game

Two athletes whose images were scanned for a video game have been bounced from court on their claim that the game maker violated a law protecting biometric information. From a report: Brother-and-sister video basketball players Ricardo and Vanessa Vigil were

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Google Open-Sources Chrome For iOS

Google has uploaded its Chrome for iOS code into the open-source Chromium repository. In other words, Chrome for iOS has now been open-sourced like Chrome for other platforms, letting anyone examine, modify, and compile the project. From a report: Chromium

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Microsoft Sells $17 Billion in Second Bond Deal in Six Months

An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: Microsoft found ample demand for its $17 billion bond offering, allowing it to cut borrowing rates on its second multibillion note offering in six months. The tech giant received at least twice as

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Google Hands Over $3M in Bug Bounties as Payouts Soar For New Android Flaws

Google paid researchers over $3m last year for their contributions to its vulnerability rewards programs. From a ZDNet report: Payouts in 2016 take Google’s total payments under its bug bounty schemes to $9m since it started rewarding researchers in 2010.

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Even Sprint Beat AT&T and Verizon in Customer Growth

Customers are turning to Sprint again. From a report on CNET: In fact, they’re starting to look to the nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier over stalwarts like AT&T and Verizon Wireless. The company said it added 405,000 net new post-paid subscribers

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