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Sony Pictures CEO claims 'we have not caved'

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 21:05
While President Obama has joined the voices criticizing Sony Pictures for its decision to pull The Interview, its CEO claims he " In an interview with CNN set to air tonight during Anderson Cooper 360, Michael Lynton tells Fareed Zakaria that "We hav...

Tesla's first Model S battery swap station opens next week

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 21:02
Tesla's automated battery swap stations that boost cars with a fully charged power pack instead of a slow charge are finally becoming a reality. First shown off over a year ago, the company announced today that it's ready to start a pilot program for...

T-Mobile pays $90 million to settle claims it profited from texting scams

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 20:34
T-Mobile protested its innocence after the Federal Trade Commission accused it of letting text message-based scams run amok in the name of profit, but it's not going to fight that complaint to the bitter end. The UnCarrier has agreed to a settlement ...

Why North Korea's Sony hack made 'The Interview' required viewing

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 19:57
Congratulations, Guardians of Peace (and North Korea!) -- you've successfully prevented a "dangerous" Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy from getting released. But guess what? You've also made The Interview, which appeared to be just another slacker come...

What to get when you want high-tech grooming

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 19:30
It's that time of year again! You know, the one when you have to hand over your hard-earned cash or dole out the credit card digits to get the loved ones in your life a little something celebratory. Lucky you, we've got a slew of great recommendation...

President Obama says canceling release of 'The Interview' was a mistake

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 19:10
Sony's already acquiescing to demands made by the North Korean hackers associated with the Guardians of Peace, and the US' commander-in-chief is none too pleased by it. In a press conference that led off with a recap of his past year in office, Presi...

MSI GT72 Dominator review: a worthy successor to a great gaming notebook

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 19:00
The last time I saw MSI's Dominator laptop, I was sick of it. There wasn't anything wrong with it, but at the time, the product name belonged to the GT70: a powerhouse gaming machine that hasn't evolved much since its introduction in 2012. Back then,...

Instagram is now worth 49 times what Facebook paid for it

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 18:28
Many baulked when Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg agreed to drop $1 billion on Instagram in April 2012. "That's $33 per user," said some; "there's no business model!" screamed others. Less than three years later and Citigroup now says Instagram is wort...

Help cure Ebola by donating your smartphone's idle time

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 17:53
You know how your smartphone and computer just do nothing when you're not using them? You can now put those slackers to work in a noble cause: helping cure the Ebola virus. IBM's World Community Grid has teamed up with scientists from the Scripps Res...

RuPaul on 'gaymers,' Tim Cook's coming out and why we need to lighten up

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 17:15
RuPaul Charles is nothing if not brutally frank. And with a decades-spanning career that's taken him from former New York City club kid to one-time "Supermodel (of the World)," to current host of Logo TV's cult reality show competition RuPaul's Drag ...

FBI confirms North Korea's involvement in Sony hack as attackers talk ceasefire

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 16:51
After a whole host of unconfirmed media reports, the Federal Bureau of Investigation just officially stated it believes that North Korea was indeed involved with a gigantic Sony hack that saw personal information, unreleased movies and thousands of e...

How Samsung became the king of CES and where it's going next

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 16:30
Long before Transformers director Michael Bay choked onstage at Samsung's lavish CES 2014 press conference, the Korean company was just another electronics outfit begging for attention. But after decades at CES, Samsung is now the undisputed king of ...

Amazon adds Disney and Dora to FreeTime Unlimited kids service

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 16:03
There's a new way to amuse, educate or just distract your offspring while Mommy has a little sippy-poo for the holidays -- Amazon has just dumped a bunch of new content into FreeTime Unlimited. The kid-centric service runs $2.99 a month for Prime sub...

Amazon updates Fire phone to translate text and identify art in photos

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 15:33
Amazon SVP of Devices David Limp promised back in October that the company will continue releasing updates for the Fire phone despite its rather poor performance -- like this big software upgrade, for instance. The latest version of Fire phone's OS c...

Engineers are working for free to make Elon Musk's Hyperloop a reality

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 15:06
Nobody laughs much at Elon Musk anymore, but plenty of people snickered at his Hyperloop idea (okay, also the killer robot thing). To remind you, the Hyperloop is a series of underground trains powered by compressed air that transport folks between c...

Amazon brings 4K streaming to Prime Instant Video in the UK

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 14:47
Even though the majority of Britons don't own an 4K TV, that isn't stopping streaming providers from upgrading their video quality before ultra high-definition (UHD) becomes the next big thing. Netflix began delivering pixel-rich versions of House of...

George R.R. Martin and indie cinemas want 'The Interview' to live on

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 14:32
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has called the cancellation of Sony's The Interview "a stunning display of cowardice," and says he'd be glad to show it in his own theater, the Jean Cocteau Cinema in New Mexico. Like other celebrities (inclu...

iGo's electric Fatbike takes the grunt-work out of climbing

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 14:01
We realize that the market for a nearly $4,000 bicycle is going to be fairly limited -- especially when it's made for serious off-roading -- but bear with us for a moment. The iGo Electric Fatbike is a bit different than the electric two-wheelers we'...

Apple's Tim Cook "deeply offended" by fresh allegations of factory worker mistreatment

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 13:20
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he's "deeply offended" by fresh allegations of poor working conditions in its Chinese factories. Contractors hired by Apple to assemble its latest products have been criticized before over poor working conditions, and whil...

BlackBerry's surviving, but not as a smartphone company

Fri, 19/12/2014 - 12:48
It's been almost a year since John Chen was appointed to save Blackberry and it's clear that his grand plan has, at least, stopped the company losing money hand over fist. In the Canadian outfit's latest three month report, it reveals that losses hav...

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