Cnet

A light switch wherever you need on...

A light switch wherever you need one

This Bluetooth-based, battery-powered light switch is the first in a suite of home connectivity products designed to make the smart home simple.
Porsche's cheapest model shows bran...

Porsche's cheapest model shows brand-worthy performance

The new Macan compact SUV performs like a tiger on the roads yet offers more utility than a typical Porsche sports car, and sets the new low price point for the line-up.
Inbox is Google's new killer email ...

Inbox is Google's new killer email app

Google's new standalone email app gives Gmail a fresh new approach to organizing and reading your emails.
Premium style on a budget

Premium style on a budget

Virgin Mobile's LG Tribute is inexpensive, but not at all cheap with a high-end design and dependable performance
A charmingly cheap small tablet

A charmingly cheap small tablet

The Amazon Fire HD 7 feels as cheap as it costs, but starting at only $140 (£120), it still packs plenty of software features to get the most bang out of your buck.
Kuna's porch-light cam helps you ge...

Kuna's porch-light cam helps you get proactive with safety

Kuna's inconspicuous cam boasts some advanced features to help you deter crimes of opportunity.

PCWorld

Vintage Apple-1 computer sells for ...

Vintage Apple-1 computer sells for a record $905,000

This article originally appeared on Computerworld.com.

A 38-year-old working Apple-1 personal computer sold Wednesday at auction for a record $905,000, almost double the auctioneer?s high-end estimate.

The aged Apple-1?the first pre-assembled personal computer, although it lacked such amenities as power supply, keyboard or display?was sold by auction house Bonhams in New York to The Ford Foundation, which will put it on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.

The final gavel price was $750,000, but including Bonhams? commission of $175,000 and taxes, the total was $905,000. That easily beat the record of $671,000 for another working Apple-1, set in May 2013.

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German publishers capitulate and le...

German publishers capitulate and let Google post news snippets -- for now

German publishers said they are bowing to Google?s market power, and will allow the search engine powerhouse to show news snippets in search results free of charge, at least for the time being.

The decision is a step in an ongoing legal dispute between the publishers and Google. Publishers are trying to get compensation from the search engine for republishing parts of their content. Google however, refuses to share revenue with the publishers.

The move follows a Google decision earlier this month to stop using news snippets and thumbnails for some well-known German news sitess of Thursday. Google said it that as of Thursday it would just show a link to a story along with the headline, to avoid legal risks. However, the publishers, represented by copyright collective VG Media, said on Wednesday that they are being forced to give Google the ?revocable? right to republish their content due to Google?s ?overwhelming market power.? This ?extraordinary step? was made to prevent revenue losses for the publishers, VG Media said.

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Chromebook shipments skyrocket as M...

Chromebook shipments skyrocket as Microsoft unleashes counterattack

Google-centric Chromebooks are turning out to be a big deal and they?re only getting bigger. Shipments of laptops running Chrome OS increased 67 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter, according to market research firm ABI Research.

A big jump like that should be expected, however, when comparing a spring-summer selling period to the back-to-school season. What?s really interesting is that ABI expects Chromebook shipments to double in size for 2014 compared to 2013. ABI also predicts that North America will account for 78 percent of worldwide Chromebook sales for 2014.

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Nvidia brings one of the the GTX 98...

Nvidia brings one of the the GTX 980's best new features to older graphics cards

Nvidia is bringing ?Dynamic Super Resolution? to older graphics cards, letting users enjoy 4K-like visual smoothness on 1080p displays.

Dynamic Super Resolution, or DSR, is one of the main features of Nvidia's latest GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 processors, based on the company's Maxwell architecture. A new driver update brings the same feature to Fermi- and Kepler-based GeForce GTX 500, 600, and 700 series cards.

With DSR, Nvidia essentially runs the game at a higher resolution in the GPU's frame buffer, then downsamples the image to match the monitor's native resolution. Nvidia also applies Gaussian filter aliasing to eliminate some of the artifacts that are typically associated with downsampling. All told, Dynamic Super Resolution makes image crisper than they appear at native resolution, though the smoothing effect is most pronounced in narrow objects such as blades of grass?especially when in motion. 

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Do the research before you upgrade ...

Do the research before you upgrade your RAM

Hoping to speed up his PC, Elijah Kinch Spector (yes, we?re related) asked about adding more RAM.

The amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) in your PC may or may not be the machine?s major bottleneck. But it will likely speed things up, and it?s easier to install than an SSD, which requires you to move your operating system and other files.

But you have to know not only what kind of RAM your PC can take, but also how much of it.

[Have a tech question? Ask PCWorld Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector. Send your query to answer@pcworld.com.]

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Abandoned subdomains pose security ...

Abandoned subdomains pose security risk for businesses

Many companies set up subdomains for use with external services, but then forget to disable them when they stop using those services, creating a loophole for attackers to exploit.

Because many service providers don?t properly validate the ownership of subdomains pointed at their servers, attackers can set up new accounts and abuse subdomains forgotten by companies by claiming them as their own.

Removing or updating DNS entries for subdomains that are no longer actively used sounds like something that should be common procedure, but according to researchers from Detectify, a Stockholm-based provider of website security scanning services, this type of oversight is actually quite widespread among companies.

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ZDNet

Vodafone brings ex-T-Mobile USA chi...

Vodafone brings ex-T-Mobile USA chief on board

Vodafone has hired Phillipp Humm, who was until earlier this week the chief of T-Mobile USA, to head up its northern and...
Google targets iPhone and iPad user...

Google targets iPhone and iPad users with Chrome and Drive

Google has released an iOS version of its Chrome browser, after taking the Android version out of beta earlier this...
Wi-Fi on the Tube: 32 more stations...

Wi-Fi on the Tube: 32 more stations go live

Virgin Media has now turned on free Wi-Fi service at 38 Tube stations, as the London Underground gets ready for the...
How UK banks are flirting with IT d...

How UK banks are flirting with IT disaster

The continuing NatWest debacle has highlighted the IT systems risks faced by British banks, springing from a lack of investment in back-office staff and a reluctance to abandon legacy systems

(ZDNet UK - IT Strategy)

BT renames Openzone, Fon Wi-Fi hots...

BT renames Openzone, Fon Wi-Fi hotspot network

BT has renamed its BT Fon and BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspot network simply 'BT Wi-Fi' in an effort to make it less confusing...
Photos: Google's Nexus 7 tablet ser...

Photos: Google's Nexus 7 tablet serves up Jelly Bean

The Nexus 7 is the first tablet that Google will sell directly to the public, starting at £159 for the quad-core device running the next version of Android, Jelly Bean

(ZDNet UK - Mobile Devices)

Wired

?Facebook Killer? Ello Hatches Plan...

?Facebook Killer? Ello Hatches Plan To Stay Ad-Free Forever

‘Facebook Killer’ Ello Hatches Plan To Stay Ad-Free Forever

Upstart social network Ello's has pegged a big part of its appeal on the promise that it will never sell ads to users. Now, it's used a novel legal maneuver to ensure that the company will live up that promise.

The post ‘Facebook Killer’ Ello Hatches Plan To Stay Ad-Free Forever appeared first on WIRED.

The Speedy Cartographers Who Map th...

The Speedy Cartographers Who Map the News for The New York Times

The Speedy Cartographers Who Map the News for The New York Times

When Malaysia Airlines flight 17 went down over Ukraine in July, the graphics team at The New York Times sprang into action. Because of the ongoing conflict on the ground, they already had lots of maps of the area. But they wanted to show more than just the crash site.

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Striking Portraits Bring the Bizarr...

Striking Portraits Bring the Bizarre Beauty of Marine Invertebrates to Life

Striking Portraits Bring the Bizarre Beauty of Marine Invertebrates to Life

In her new book, Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, The Backbone of Life, Susan Middleton gives jellyfish, nudibranchs, and anemones (among many others) the type of photographic treatment usually reserved for sports stars and heads of state. Shot against plain black or white backgrounds, the weird beauty of these creatures---many of them rare species seldom seen by human eyes---really stands out.

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How Box Plans to Use Design to Beat...

How Box Plans to Use Design to Beat Microsoft (And Everyone Else)

How Box Plans to Use Design to Beat Microsoft (And Everyone Else)

In the nine months since Satya Nadella took over as CEO of Microsoft, the company has been getting unprecedented love from Office 365 users and Wall Street alike. Meanwhile, Box CEO Aaron Levie, one of Microsoft?s perennial detractors, has been quiet. But not because he's been sulking. He was busy looking for Ethan Batraski.

The post How Box Plans to Use Design to Beat Microsoft (And Everyone Else) appeared first on WIRED.

An On-Off Switch for Your Inbox, an...

An On-Off Switch for Your Inbox, and 5 Other Smart Email Gadgets

An On-Off Switch for Your Inbox, and 5 Other Smart Email Gadgets

Each device proposes some small new way we might interact with email. And it turns out the old messaging standby is potentially much more interesting than we give it credit for.

The post An On-Off Switch for Your Inbox, and 5 Other Smart Email Gadgets appeared first on WIRED.

A Sprawling Videogame City Filled W...

A Sprawling Videogame City Filled With Buildings Made by Generative Algorithms

A Sprawling Videogame City Filled With Buildings Made by Generative Algorithms

A game designer creates software that could auto-generate complex cities, from street maps to skyscraper architecture.

The post A Sprawling Videogame City Filled With Buildings Made by Generative Algorithms appeared first on WIRED.

Digit Mag

El mercado español de las TIC super...

El mercado español de las TIC superará a Europa en 2006

Observatorio Europeo de Tecnologías de la Información destaca que el mercado español de las TIC crecerá un 4% en 2006, muy por encima de la media europea del 3,2% y casi 4 veces más que el conjunto ...
Google Video incluirá vídeos de You...

Google Video incluirá vídeos de YouTube en los resultados de búsqueda

A partir de hoy, Google Video incluirá videos alojados en YouTube en los resultados de búsqueda. Se trata del primer paso de una estrategia que convertirá Google Video en un portal de referencia de ...
Orange denuncia a Euskaltel por com...

Orange denuncia a Euskaltel por competencia desleal

Orange ha presentado una demanda de competencia desleal ante el Juzgado Mercantil de Bilbao, por la que pide que se declare que Euskaltel ha realizado manifestaciones falsas y gravemente ...
Apple presenta oficialmente iPhone ...

Apple presenta oficialmente iPhone 5

Como se esperaba, Apple ha hecho oficial esta tarde el anuncio del iPhone 5, que como características principales cuenta con todos los elementos que se habían especulado en las últimas ...
Intel lanzará su primer procesador ...

Intel lanzará su primer procesador de 45 nanómetros antes de que acabe el año

El pasado diez de enero ya les avanzábamos en la Web de PC World que Intel había conseguido ya producir ...
Mañana se decide el futuro del cano...

Mañana se decide el futuro del canon digital

Mañana jueves se votará en el congreso la Ley de la sociedad de la Información, lo que podría llevar al final del canon digital. En los últimos días el Partido Popular ha manifestado que se ...

CNN

40% of Web users have been harassed

40% of Web users have been harassed

For the past 25 years, the Web has opened up unprecedented possibilities for human communication. But it has a dark side too -- sometimes, a very dark one.
Can the web predict the future? The...

Can the web predict the future? The strange world of long-term betting

From drone wars to cosmic theories, long-term bets take the long view and place odds on the shape of the future.
Prepaid smart meters outwit Africa'...

Prepaid smart meters outwit Africa's power thieves

One company says smart meters may hold the answers to the power problems of the world's emerging markets, where slow payment and energy theft remains a powerful disincentive for new investment in the sector.
The next generation of hurricane hu...

The next generation of hurricane hunters

What will $35 million dollars do for the next generation of hurricane hunters? CNN's Rachel Crane explains.
Watch car drive itself at 150 mph

Watch car drive itself at 150 mph

Audi raced its self-piloted car around a track with no one inside.
Can the web predict the future? The...

Can the web predict the future? The strange world of long-term betting

From drone wars to cosmic theories, long-term bets take the long view and place odds on the shape of the future.

BBC

Zuckerberg's Chinese gets mixed rev...

Zuckerberg's Chinese gets mixed reviews

Mark Zuckerberg has conducted a chat to Chinese students in Mandarin, leading to mixed reviews about his accent and pronunciation.
'Anti-Facebook' investors dig deep

'Anti-Facebook' investors dig deep

A social network promising never to sell user data or incorporate advertising secures multi-million dollar backing.
US 'probes hackable' medical device...

US 'probes hackable' medical devices

US government investigators are looking into about two dozen cases of medical kit suspected to be vulnerable to life-threatening hacks.
Piracy police to be given more mone...

Piracy police to be given more money

The City of London Police get more funding to fight piracy, while two people are arrested for allegedly selling hard drives full of music and videos.
Google offers new email app, Inbox

Google offers new email app, Inbox

Google revamps email with a mobile app that categorises messages and allows users to add their own reminders.
Microsoft to phase out Nokia name

Microsoft to phase out Nokia name

Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand name from new devices, less than a year after acquiring the Finnish mobile firm.

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