Cnet

Netatmo's cam faces the future, for...

Netatmo's cam faces the future, for better and for worse

For the first time, facial recognition on a connected cam works, but does the Netatmo Welcome do enough with it to make it worth your while as a security device?
A supercar icon that's showing its ...

A supercar icon that's showing its age

The 2016 version of Nissan's epic GT-R marks the eighth version of the car officially imported to US shores. Driving one is still an amazing experience, but you can't help thinking perhaps it's time for an update.
The NX500 is a great general-purpos...

The NX500 is a great general-purpose ILC, if you don't miss a viewfinder

Ready for action with great video, the Samsung NX500 is a nice choice for families and travelers.
Apple's do-it-all music app has big...

Apple's do-it-all music app has big potential (and some problems)

Apple's new streaming music service is officially here, but can it edge out Spotify, Pandora and other competitors? CNET takes a look.
A high-end tablet-hybrid with a ver...

A high-end tablet-hybrid with a versatile design

Scion adds a little zoom-zoom to it...

Scion adds a little zoom-zoom to its lineup with the 2016 iA sedan

The 2016 iA sedan is one of the best cars to ever wear the Scion badge, which is interesting because it's actually a Mazda.

PCWorld

Samsung faces lawsuit in China over...

Samsung faces lawsuit in China over bloatware on phones

A consumer protection group in China is suing Samsung Electronics and a Chinese vendor for placing too many preinstalled apps on phones, and is demanding that the whole smartphone industry eschew bloatware.

On Thursday, the Shanghai Consumer Council said it filed public interest lawsuits against Samsung and Oppo for not only placing so much bloatware on their phones, but also making it impossible for the user to easily remove the apps.

The consumer protection group has been receiving a growing number of complaints, and found that these preinstalled apps can take up a phone?s storage or download data without the user?s knowledge. In response, the group has filed the lawsuits in a Shanghai court, as a way to discourage smartphone vendors from weighing their products down with pre-installed software.

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This week in games: Star Citizen is...

This week in games: Star Citizen is selling a $400 ship, Battlezone is back, and more

Short week! We?re all off Friday because it takes an entire day to stock up on enough beer and meat for this weekend?s July 4 barbecues. However, video game news keeps a-rockin? because?well, actually there?s not that much news this week either. Because it?s July.

Star Citizen announced its latest way to squander your kid?s college fund though, and did you know someone?s working on a virtual reality version of the arcade classic Battlezone? This is gaming news for the week of June 29.

That post-E3 rush

Somebody announced a game this week. Yes, in July. I know it?s weird.

It?s called ELEX, and it?s a new open-world RPG from Piranha Bytes (the team behind Risen/Gothic). ELEX ditches the fantasy setting though for video gaming?s other favorite setting, the post-apocalypse. Also, the press release describes the game as ?Eclectic, Lavish, Exhilarating, Xenial? which?well, hopefully that?s not why they titled it ELEX.

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Uber throws in the towel in battle ...

Uber throws in the towel in battle with French taxi drivers

Uber Technologies is suspending its UberPop service in France, after a bitter fight with taxi drivers who say the service breaks the law.

The company plans to remove access to UberPop from its mobile app in France from 8 p.m. local time Friday, it said in a blog post.

UberPop allows passengers to hail rides from unlicensed drivers and is similar to the Uber X service offered in the United States and other countries.

Uber has been disrupting transportation markets around the world?nowhere more so than in Paris, where taxi drivers recently blocked highways and airport entrances with burning tires in protest at the company?s behavior. The protests also reportedly included attacks on Uber drivers, their vehicles and passengers. The taxi drivers are angry because, they say, UberPop breaches a new law on hiring vehicles with a driver that entered effect on Jan. 1.

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Android phone vendors should improv...

Android phone vendors should improve update policies, consumer organization says

Too many Android phones are running old software with security flaws, according to Dutch consumer association Consumentenbond, which wants manufacturers to update their phones? software more often, and for longer.

The association tested 171 Android smartphones that it had acquired over the last two years, applying the latest software update provided by the manufacturer.

Only one in six of the updated phones were running Android 5.0, released last November, or a newer version. Half of the phones, even after updating, still ran a version two years old (Android 4.3), or older. Those versions have known security flaws.

?We believe that consumers are entitled to a reliable and safe device. Manufacturers should be able to provide updates for their devices at least two years after their release,? said Bart Combée, president of Consumentenbond.

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Five smartphones to look forward to

Five smartphones to look forward to

If you?re planning to buy a new smartphone this year, but haven?t bought one yet it might be better to wait a bit longer: Apple, Samsung Electronics and OnePlus are all expected to launch new models in the next couple of months.

Here are some of the models you should see during the second half of the year:

OnePlus 2

While most of the products on this list (and their specs) are just rumors, Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has been busy detailing its 2 model, which will be launched on July 27.

So far, OnePlus has revealed the phone will have a fingerprint sensor and be powered by Qualcomm?s Snapdragon 810. The company is using an upgraded version of the processor, v2.1, that isn?t susceptible to the overheating issues that the first version reportedly suffered from, it said.

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Ad fraud Trojan updates Flash Playe...

Ad fraud Trojan updates Flash Player so that other malware can't get in

Someone call the malware antitrust commission: Recent versions of the Kovter ad fraud Trojan, which infects computers through Web-based exploits, close the door after themselves by updating Flash Player to the latest version.

The new and somewhat surprising behavior was recently observed by a malware researcher known online as Kafeine, who specializes in tracking drive-by download attacks that use exploit kits.

Kovter is used for so-called click or advertising fraud. Once installed on a computer, it hijacks the browser process and uses it to simulate user clicks on online advertisements in order to generate revenue for its creators.

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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

Review: Asus Zenfone 2

Review: Asus Zenfone 2

Review: Asus Zenfone 2

The newest massive Android phablet from Chinese manufacturer Asus takes the idea of a "computer in your pocket" quite seriously.

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Star Fox May Finally Justify Wii U?...

Star Fox May Finally Justify Wii U?s Weird Controller

Star Fox May Finally Justify Wii U’s Weird Controller

"Star Fox Zero" was designed to show how the Wii U's GamePad controller could be used to create a unique game experience.

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WIRED Staffers Pick Your Must-Reads...

WIRED Staffers Pick Your Must-Reads of the Summer

WIRED Staffers Pick Your Must-Reads of the Summer

Let WIRED propose your next great paper (or e-ink) adventure.

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Airbnb Needs to Be Better at Search...

Airbnb Needs to Be Better at Search Than Google

Airbnb Needs to Be Better at Search Than Google

Airbnb uses sophisticated tech to find the hosts that are most likely to let you crash in their homes for the weekend.

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Awesome Retro-Futuristic NES Will S...

Awesome Retro-Futuristic NES Will Set You Back a Cool $500

Awesome Retro-Futuristic NES Will Set You Back a Cool $500

It's ludicrously expensive, but this aluminum unibody 8-bit NES packs in features that put it more in line with modern-day game machines.

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Here Are Your WIRED Star Wars Chall...

Here Are Your WIRED Star Wars Challenges for Week 10

Here Are Your WIRED Star Wars Challenges for Week 10

We're only 165 days away from J.J. Abrams' new space epic. Your challenges, should you choose to accept them, are here.

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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

After 5,000 mile flight without fue...

After 5,000 mile flight without fuel, solar plane lands in Hawaii

Reddit community revolts after comm...

Reddit community revolts after communications director fired

On Friday, the social news site Reddit was on lockdown.
Car assembly line robot mortally in...

Car assembly line robot mortally injures worker in Germany

An automotive assembly line robot mortally injured a worker at a car factory in Germany this week, a prosecutor's office said.
Vandals cut San Francisco area fibe...

Vandals cut San Francisco area fiber optic lines for 11th time in a year

Fiber optic Internet cables in the San Francisco Bay area have been cut so often in the last year that the FBI is joining the investigation.
Google rushes to fix software that ...

Google rushes to fix software that tagged photo with racial slur

When Jacky Alcine looked at his Google Photos app recently, he was appalled by what he saw. The facial recognition software had tagged pictures of him and a friend, both of them African-Americans, with the word "Gorillas."
Long-term life support on Mars poss...

Long-term life support on Mars possible someday

BBC

Reddit in uproar after staff sackin...

Reddit in uproar after staff sacking

Popular chat rooms on Reddit have been closed in protest over the sacking of a popular staff member.
Mastercard tests 'pay by selfie' ap...

Mastercard tests 'pay by selfie' app

Mastercard tests a smartphone app that uses facial recognition to verify online purchases.
Lawsuit over Samsung phone software

Lawsuit over Samsung phone software

Samsung is being taken to court in China over "unwanted" apps and other software it loads on its handsets.
VIDEO: Robot suit lets paralysed so...

VIDEO: Robot suit lets paralysed soldier walk

James Johnson, who was paralysed in Afghanistan, is using an exoskeleton to walk again as part of a pioneering programme.
Trump hotels examine card breach cl...

Trump hotels examine card breach claim

The businessman's hotel chain is investigating reports that it was the object of a long-running credit card security breach.
Facebook to pay video clip creators

Facebook to pay video clip creators

Facebook is to start sharing revenue from advertising with video creators.

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