26 November 2014

Use this Google Now trick to add countdown timers to important events

Use this Google Now trick to add countdown timers to important eventsOne of the best things about Google Now is that it literally gives us no excuse to miss or be late for important events. Not only does it give you reminders about when your events are but it also gives you traffic reports that will help you find the fastest route to your event’s destination. Now Android Police has uncovered yet another Google Now trick that will give you yet another way to keep track of some events: Countdown timers. RELATED: Here are some more Google Now tricks you may not know about Essentially, Android Police found that these countdown timers are based on your reminders. Unfortunately, it appears that these reminders aren’t yet tied to your Calendar app yet so


26 November 2014

AT&T's fiber Internet rollout will continue, kinda

AT&T's fiber Internet rollout will continue, kindaThe company tells the FCC that it will go forward with its current GigaPower fiber network plans but that it's still waiting to hear what happens with Net neutrality in Washington.>


26 November 2014

The US bill to phase out wonky symbols on the back of gadgets is now a law

The US bill to phase out wonky symbols on the back of gadgets is now a lawThe legislation designed to do away with printing various symbols and regulatory compliance numbers on our gadgets in favor of displaying those things within software has been signed into law. President Obama today signed the the E-Label Act, which was introduced by senators Deb Fisher (R-NEB) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA) in July, and quickly made its way through both the House and Senate this fall. It allows manufacturers to put things like FCC symbols, ID numbers, and other labeling in a software menu, instead of physically printed or labeled on a device.


26 November 2014

GoPro to release consumer drones next year, report says

GoPro to release consumer drones next year, report saysThe company's line of action cameras is already popular with drone enthusiasts. Now GoPro wants to sell aircraft as well.>


26 November 2014

Samsung might have to pay even more for infringing Apple patents

Samsung might have to pay even more for infringing Apple patentsEven though Samsung and Apple have settled their international patent disputes, the lawsuits in the U.S. are far from being a distant memory. Apple has largely won the two major trials in American courts, with Samsung having to pay more than $1 billion in combined damages; though both sides have appealed various verdicts in these trials. Following the second, less-successful, win against Samsung, Apple has also asked the court to rule in its favor regarding ongoing royalties for Samsung products found to infringe three specific patents that a jury already found to have been infringed by older Samsung devices. FROM EARLIER: Apple needs Samsung more than ever for the future iPhones and iPads Online publication FOSS Patents reports that Judge Judy Koh, who oversaw


26 November 2014

Engadget Daily: Deepak Chopra, the deal with Black Friday, and more

Engadget Daily: Deepak Chopra, the deal with Black Friday, and more


26 November 2014

Dirt-cheap Android tablets from Best Buy, Walmart, elsewhere found to ship with major security flaws

Dirt-cheap Android tablets from Best Buy, Walmart, elsewhere found to ship with major security flawsMany retailers are ready to offer buyers various interesting deals on smartphones and tablets this year on Black Friday, but not all products are safe for consumers, new research from security company Bluebox Labs reveals. Apparently, certain dirt-cheap Android tablets might come with major security vulnerabilities on board. FROM EARLIER: Here are all the most annoying Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs – and how to fix them “Bluebox Labs purchased over a dozen of these Black Friday ‘bargain’ Android tablets from big name retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Kmart, Kohl’s and Staples, and reviewed each of them for security,” the company wrote on its blog. “What we found was shocking: most of the devices ship with vulnerabilities and security misconfigurations; a few even


26 November 2014

Samsung Elec shares up sharply on $2 billion share buyback plan

The company logo is displayed at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las VegasSEOUL (Reuters) - Shares of South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd opened sharply higher on Thursday on the news that it will buy back $2 billion of its own stock. Samsung shares were up 5.8 percent as of (7.02 a.m. EST) after opening 6 percent higher. Samsung announced the buyback plan, its first since 2007, after market close on Wednesday. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates)


26 November 2014

Astronauts on the ISS are feasting on irradiated turkey for Thanksgiving

Astronauts on the ISS are feasting on irradiated turkey for ThanksgivingWhile millions of Americans are about to gather around a table topped with turkey, stuffing, and all other sorts of Thanksgiving fare, two in particular are preparing for a much different meal. Almost 300 miles above the Earth's surface, NASA Astronauts Terry Virts and Barry Wilmore are building a "feast" with their four weightless international colleagues aboard the International Space Station. The orbiting astronauts didn't have a special meal delivered to them, rather they've compiled one with some of the core menu foods that the ISS is stocked with: irradiated smoked turkey, thermo-stabilized candied yams, freeze-dried cornbread dressing, and a cranapple desert.


26 November 2014

First budget Android One phone arrives in UK, but faces stiff competition

First budget Android One phone arrives in UK, but faces stiff competitionThe Sparkle V from Indian firm Karbonn Mobile is the first phone to launch in the UK that follows Google's Android One spec for low-cost smartphones -- but it's not as cheap as you might think.>


26 November 2014

After Uber's stumble, is it Lyft and Sidecar's time to shine?

After Uber's stumble, is it Lyft and Sidecar's time to shine?Both Lyft and Sidecar see significant bumps in business after Uber's publicity blunders, but it appears it'll take more than a boycott to oust the top dog.>


26 November 2014

Twitter is now tracking the apps you download

Twitter is now tracking the apps you downloadTwitter has announced that it has started collecting data on the apps its users download and install on their smartphones.>


26 November 2014

This brilliant ad makes the best case we’ve seen for buying the Moto X

This brilliant ad makes the best case we’ve seen for buying the Moto XAh, if only the Moto X had always been supported by this kind of awesome ad campaign, it might have sold more units. Motorola has posted a brilliant ad for the 2014 Moto X that shows us just how much fun it can be to customize our own phone. FROM EARLIER: Motorola has an awesome Moto X Cyber Monday deal that’s too good to pass up The ad follows a somewhat ridiculous Motorola fan named Ben who is constantly making changes and adjustments to his new Moto X through the Moto Maker online portal. Every time he makes a change, a doppelgänger working in a cartoonish replica of a Motorola factory must scramble around to implement last-minute fixes. Ben doesn’t hesitate


26 November 2014

Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K's new website, robot guards and more

Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K's new website, robot guards and moreOn today's show, we discuss a Japanese design firm's plans for a futuristic underwater city, the newest way to watch your favorite Mystery Science Theater episodes, and a fleet of robot security guards.>


26 November 2014

Ubisoft apologizes for 'Assassin's Creed' bugs with free add-ons and games

Ubisoft apologizes for 'Assassin's Creed' bugs with free add-ons and games


26 November 2014

The colorful iPhone 5c will reportedly be discontinued next year

The colorful iPhone 5c will reportedly be discontinued next yearApple’s plastic iPhone 5c, launched in late 2013 as a more affordable iPhone option alongside the iPhone 5s, is going to be discontinued next year. The news comes from MacRumors and cites a report from Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times. FROM EARLIER: Despite the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung is still America’s phablet king Apparently, Apple is getting ready to stop iPhone 5c production in mid-2015, with Apple suppliers Wistron and Foxconn looking to wind down production for the handset. The report is in line with earlier claims from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been often right about Apple’s unannounced plans. Kuo said that iPhone 5c and iPhone 4S production would end in 2015 after certain promotional plans are over. The iPhone 5c has been


26 November 2014

US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health

FILE - This Nov. 19, 2014, file photo shows EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaking to the Center for American Progress’ Second Annual Policy Conference in Washington. The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.


26 November 2014

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer will be online on Friday too

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer will be online on Friday tooYou won't have to head to the movies to see the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday. Star Wars' official Twitter account sent out a message this afternoon saying that the trailer would be published Friday on iTunes.


26 November 2014

AT&T told to stop boasting about how ‘fast’ its 3Mbps service is

AT&T told to stop boasting about how ‘fast’ its 3Mbps service isWe really do have to give AT&T’s marketing team credit for this one. When they had to come up with a clever way to pitch their company’s less-than-blazing 3Mbps U-Verseservice to consumers, they put an absolutely brilliant spin on it and dubbed it “the fastest Internet for the price.” In other words, while the service itself wasn’t at all fast, it might be sort-of fast relatively speaking because you’re just paying $30 a month for it. RELATED: AT&T hit with a major lawsuit for throttling its ‘unlimited’ data users Unfortunately for AT&T, the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus also thinks that this claims is rather misleading. As Ars Technica reports, Comcast actually ratted AT&T out to the NAD


26 November 2014

Singapore C2C online marketplace snags $6M Series A funding

Singapore C2C online marketplace snags $6M Series A fundingConsumer-to-consumer e-commerce site, Carousell, secures US$6 million in its latest round of financing and will be looking to expand into the region including Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan.