Cnet

2015 Nissan Murano: New style and G...

2015 Nissan Murano: New style and Google, too

Nissan gives its Murano crossover model a major update, with dramatic new exterior styling and a navigation system that incorporates Google destination search.
A handy design stuck with a hapless...

A handy design stuck with a hapless Android skin

A built-in kickstand makes this Lenovo tablet usefully unique.
Budget Android sacrifices specs for...

Budget Android sacrifices specs for low price

Cricket's entry-level Grand X costs just $100 prepaid. Here's why it still isn't worth your money.
An activity tracker that costs less...

An activity tracker that costs less than dinner

Pivotal Living is taking a unique approach to the wearable market and is offering it's activity tracker as part of a $12 yearly subscription plan.
Pocket-size Bluetooth speaker packs...

Pocket-size Bluetooth speaker packs some punch

While it's a little light on the bass, the $70 Punk is water-resistant and has longer-than-average wireless range for a portable Bluetooth speaker.
ZTE Star 2 skips hardware gimmicks,...

ZTE Star 2 skips hardware gimmicks, impresses with voice control

ZTE's latest flagship phone doesn't need dual cameras or fingerprint sensors -- it comes packing integrated voice control for a hands-free experience.

PCWorld

Sony hack was 'cyber vandalism,' no...

Sony hack was 'cyber vandalism,' not act of war, says Obama

The hack of Sony Pictures, blamed on North Korea by the FBI, was not an act of war, President Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

?I don?t think it was an act of war,? he told CNN?s ?State of the Union with Candy Crowley? in an interview that was recorded on Friday. ?I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately, as I said.?

Obama?s remarks are important for framing what might come next.

One of the possibilities, he said, was a return of North Korea to the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list, which automatically imposes certain sanctions on the country and restrictions on interaction with U.S. organizations.

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'OK Google' could be coming soon to...

'OK Google' could be coming soon to a Chromebook near you

Google?s software engineers are looking at bringing a little bit of Android to the Chromebook. François Beaufort, who works on Google?s Chromium open-source browser, announced on Friday that new developer builds of the Chromebook?s software let you ask it whatever you want using the ?OK Google? voice commands.

According to Beaufort, the Chromebook?s support for ?OK Google? queries is only included in Dev Channel builds and it?s ?experimental? for now. 

It?s also pretty well hidden. Beaufort describes:

?Try out the experimental new version of the ?Ok Google? experience by toggling the chrome://flags/#enable-hotword-hardware flag. Restart your device, go to Chrome OS Settings and check ?Enable ?Ok Google? to start a voice search? to train your device to respond to the sound of your voice by saying three times ?Ok Google?.?

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Sony looking for ways to distribute...

Sony looking for ways to distribute 'The Interview' online

Sony Pictures says it hasn?t bowed to threats to pull ?The Interview? and audiences will get a chance to see it?it?s just not sure how at present.

In the face of threats from hackers, Sony said last week said it was canceling theatrical release of the satirical movie about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, scheduled for December 25, and ?has no further plans? to release on DVD or video-on-demand platforms.

On Friday, President Obama publically called that decision a mistake and now both parties appear to be back-pedaling a little.

?Remember, Sony only delayed this,? David Boies, the company?s lead attorney, said in an interview on NBC?s ?Meet The Press.? ?Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed. How it?s going to be distributed, I don?t think anybody knows quite yet. But it?s going to be distributed.?

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US rejects North Korea offer to inv...

US rejects North Korea offer to investigate Sony hack, reaches out to China

The U.S. has rejected North Korea?s proposal for a joint investigation of a devastating hack on Sony Pictures, and has reached out to China for help blocking future cyberattacks.

North Korea Saturday denied U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation allegations that it was responsible for the Sony hack, and proposed a joint investigation into the incident with the U.S. The U.S., however, is standing firm in its allegations.

?The government of North Korea has a long history of denying responsibility for destructive and provocative actions,? according to a statement from White House National Security Council spokesman Mark Stroh. ?If the North Korean government wants to help, they can admit their culpability and compensate Sony for the damages this attack caused,? according to the statement, cited in published reports Saturday.

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Boeing, BlackBerry working on a sma...

Boeing, BlackBerry working on a smartphone that would 'self-destruct'

It seems like something out of an old episode of Mission Impossible or Inspector Gadget?an ultra-secure phone that self destructs. But such a phone might be close to reality, courtesy of Boeing and BlackBerry.

According to Reuters (via Recode), Boeing and BlackBerry are currently jointly developing a super-secure smartphone geared toward governments and other groups or individuals who require high security standards. And if someone goes and tampers with the device, it'll render itself inoperable.

We're not talking about something that burns itself or explodes or anything like that, though; instead, Slashgear says that "all data will be erased" from the phone "if the tamper-proof casing is taken apart." So it's not as dramatic as, say, something from spy movies, but it certainly sounds effective.

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North Korea wants joint probe into ...

North Korea wants joint probe into Sony hack, warns of consequences if not

Denying responsibility for a major hack on Sony Pictures, North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. but promised ?serious consequences? should its offer be rejected.

On Friday, the FBI said it had concluded North Korean responsibility because of several similarities in the malware code, the computer control network used and the software tools used against Sony and that used in previous attacks in South Korea that had been blamed on North Korea.

North Korea?s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, said in a statement Saturday that it needed to see ?clear evidence? and said comparisons with previous cyberattacks were irrelevant to the Sony case.

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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

Centaurs, Soviets, and Seltzer Seas...

Centaurs, Soviets, and Seltzer Seas: Mariner 2?s Venusian Adventure (1962)

Centaurs, Soviets, and Seltzer Seas: Mariner 2’s Venusian Adventure (1962)

Hydrogen is the most common kind of normal matter in the universe. Perhaps the universe is trying to tell us something, for the most common chemical element makes an excellent energetic rocket fuel. That does not mean, however, that it is easy to manage. Odorless and colorless hydrogen gas becomes liquid, and thus dense enough […]

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Dystopian Fiction?s Popularity Is a...

Dystopian Fiction?s Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future

Dystopian Fiction’s Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future

In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, writer Naomi Klein discusses dystopian fiction and her new capitalism-vs.-the-climate nonfiction book This Changes Everything.

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While You Were Offline: 30,000 Peop...

While You Were Offline: 30,000 People Buy Bull Poop, George R.R. Martin Freaks Out Over The Interview

While You Were Offline: 30,000 People Buy Bull Poop, George R.R. Martin Freaks Out Over The Interview

From the reactions to Sony pulling The Interview to the end of the beloved Serial, a lot happened on the Internet last week. Catch up here.

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Every Serial-Related Google Image S...

Every Serial-Related Google Image Search You?ve Been Afraid to Do

Every Serial-Related Google Image Search You’ve Been Afraid to Do

Finished the Serial podcast and want to know what all those people and places looked like without just using your imagination? Here's every Google image search you were scared to do until it was over.

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Google and Hollywood Return to Bick...

Google and Hollywood Return to Bickering Over SOPA

Google and Hollywood Return to Bickering Over SOPA

On Friday, Google filed a lawsuit in federal court against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.

The post Google and Hollywood Return to Bickering Over SOPA appeared first on WIRED.

Predictions for 2015: Power to the ...

Predictions for 2015: Power to the People

Predictions for 2015: Power to the People

When asked to predict the future, it?s hard to forget that the totally automated future that expo organizers and Sci-Fi prognosticators prepared us for has not come to pass. We are all still waiting for our flying cars ? not to mention the end of email spam. In fact, we?ve recently come to realize that without […]

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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

Reborn Kepler spacecraft discovers ...

Reborn Kepler spacecraft discovers another planet

Kepler is still on the beat.
You can buy a Sony-style hack

You can buy a Sony-style hack

The next Sony-style hack is for sale. CNN's Laurie Segall reports how hackers can make big money offering hack services.
The 'Serial' podcast: By the number...

The 'Serial' podcast: By the numbers

The podcast "Serial" is wrapping up its first season on Thursday as a bona fide success.
Will we give up privacy without a f...

Will we give up privacy without a fight?

What kind of privacy will you have 10 years from now?
NASA sees your Christmas lights

NASA sees your Christmas lights

NASA says lights in suburban areas of the U.S. can be up to 50 percent brighter during the holidays.
Adorable dog gets 3-D printed legs

Adorable dog gets 3-D printed legs

Check out adorable pup's new 3-D printed legs! CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the Blade Runner of dogs.

BBC

US mulls putting NK on terror list

US mulls putting NK on terror list

The US is considering putting North Korea back on its terrorism sponsors list, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.
Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager

Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager

The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos.
Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC stor...

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story

Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.
Millions deleted in Instagram purge

Millions deleted in Instagram purge

Photo-sharing app Instagram has removed millions of accounts believed to be posting spam, angering many legitimate users.
Nasa emails spanner into space

Nasa emails spanner into space

Astronauts on the International Space Station use a 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.
Blackberry in revenue slide

Blackberry in revenue slide

Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry reports a larger than expected drop in revenue, as it struggles to convince consumers to buy its phones.

Mac World

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