23 July 2014

How to stop pesky Android apps from annoying you with notifications once and for all

How to stop pesky Android apps from annoying you with notifications once and for allAndroid’s notification system is without question the best in the business right now. It’s flexible and actionionable, providing a means for users to interact with notifications to save steps. For example, a user can archive or delete a new email in Gmail without ever having to open up the app. As great as Android’s notification system is, however, there are still plenty of apps that abuse it and pester users with annoying or useless notifications. Thankfully, there is a remarkably simple way to stop annoying apps from bugging you with notifications. As noted by Phone Arena in a recent post, a few quick taps and a change to a single setting can save you from dozens of headaches in the future


23 July 2014

AP source: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accountsNEW YORK (AP) — Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said.


23 July 2014

Hacking experts build device to protect cars from cyber attacks

By Jim Finkle (This July 22 story is refiled to include omitted title for Chris Valasek, paragraph 3) BOSTON (Reuters) - Two security experts who a year ago exposed methods for hacking the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape say they have developed technology that would keep automobiles safe from cyber attacks. At last summer's Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, the two researchers, Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller, described ways to launch dangerous attacks, including manipulating the brakes of the moving Prius and the Ford Escape.

23 July 2014

Angry Bitcoin investors demand answers at Tokyo creditors' meet

Bitcoin trader Kolin Burges from Britain speaks to a reporter after he attended the first creditors' meeting of failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox in Tokyo on July 23, 2014Bitcoin investors voiced anger Wednesday after the first creditors' meeting for failed Tokyo trading exchange MtGox, whose spectacular collapse hammered the digital currency's reputation and left a trail of unanswered questions. "They are very careful about giving out any information at this stage, it seems," Kim Nilsson, 32, a Tokyo-based information technology engineer, told AFP after the meeting. Kolin Burges, a 40-year-old investor from London, lashed out what he called a lack of transparency over the missing money. People who attended the meeting said former MtGox chief Mark Karpeles and a court-appointed lawyer managing the firm's bankruptcy proceedings gave no clear answer about what happened to their money.


23 July 2014

Is Comcast lying about its Internet speeds to prevent service cancellations?

Is Comcast lying about its Internet speeds to prevent service cancellations?Comcast’s customer care cancellation call crisis continues with a new episode, as IBTimes took a closer look at the claims made during that customer service call by the company’s representative who repeatedly said Comcast’s broadband is the fastest, wondering whether Comcast is purposely instructing its employees to lie about data speeds. The publication cites the most recent survey from Speedtest.net and PC Magazine (September 2013), which said that Comcast was the third fastest broadband provider in the country, following Midcontinent Communications and Verizon’s FiOS. However, during the call that went viral the other week, a Comcast employee kept repeating that Comcast offers subscribers the fastest Internet in the country. “You’re not interested in the fastest Internet in the country?” the rep asked during


23 July 2014

The 8 best Weird Al parody videos

The 8 best Weird Al parody videosWeird Al has just released eight new music videos off his latest album, Mandatory Fun. In honor of the musician's 30-plus year career, here are eight of his best and most faithful parodies — side-by-side with the original material that he lampooned. "Smells Like Nirvana," indeed. Sources:Weird Al Yankovic music videos - Volcano Entertainment III, LLCI Love Rock 'n Roll - Boardwalk RecordsBeat It - MJJ Productions Inc.Bad - MJJ Productions Inc.Smells Like Teen Spirit - Geffen RecordsUnder the Bridge/Give It Away - Warner Bros. ...


23 July 2014

The top 12 tablets you can buy right now

The top 12 tablets you can buy right now


23 July 2014

Nokia intros most affordable Windows Phone 8.1 device yet

The Nokia Lumia 530 will be launched worldwide starting in August.With a retail price of €99 (around $135), the Nokia Lumia 530 promises to make Microsoft's mobile operating system accessible to a wider clientele. In light of its low price, it's no surprise that this four-inch Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone is not 4G-ready. Several Microsoft programs including Skype and Office come pre-installed. The Lumia 530 is the latest addition to the line crowned by Nokia's flagship phone, the Lumia 930, which sells in Europe for around €550 (around $740).


23 July 2014

Teens' reported use of synthetic growth hormone more than doubles

Teens' reported use of synthetic growth hormone more than doublesTeens' reported use of synthetic human growth hormone without a prescription — generally with the intent of mimicking the effects of steroids — has more than doubled over the last two years, rising from 5 percent of high school students in 2012 to 11 percent in 2013, according to a new study from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The partnership says that the results represent teens' increasing interest in performance-enhancing substances like steroids, which synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) is often used as a substitute for. HGH naturally occurs in the body, but a synthetic version of it is available as a prescription for treating diseases, deficiencies, and issues with short stature. Because the study relies on self-reported data, it's unlikely that teens are all actually using prescription HGH — instead, many may well be using supplements that are marketed as containing HGH or promoting HGH production in the body.


23 July 2014

BCE to take Bell Aliant private in $3.7 billion deal

A Bell public telephone booth is seen in downtown MontrealBy Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BCE Inc said on Wednesday it will pay C$3.95 billion ($3.68 billion) to take regional affiliate Bell Aliant private, securing access to its cash flow and bolstering BCE's position as Canada's largest telecom company. The deal for the 56 percent of Bell Aliant that BCE doesn't already own comes as the telecom industry braces for the possible emergence of a fourth national wireless company, a key goal of the federal government's telecom policy.


23 July 2014

The one way Xbox One is crushing PS4

The one way Xbox One is crushing PS4Sony took advantage of Microsoft’s early missteps to ensure that the PlayStation 4 would come out on top as the new console generation kicked off, but after being on the market for over half a year, one surprising disparity has begun to arise in the Xbox One’s favor. Despite a steady stream of updates on both consoles, the PS4 has gained very little in the way of new features while the Xbox One is loaded with functionality it didn’t have at launch. This has been the case for months, as Microsoft has been sticking to substantial, consistent monthly updates while Sony has taken a scattershot approach without adding anything notable to the PS4. The imbalance came to a head this week when


23 July 2014

Foursquare shows off its new look for local searches

Foursquare shows off its new look for local searches


23 July 2014

Android L’s gorgeous Material Design is coming soon to all Android phones… sort of

Android L’s gorgeous Material Design is coming soon to all Android phones… sort ofAfter a report a few days ago revealed that Google was working on updating its Play Store (desktop and Android app versions) to include its new Material Design, Google on Tuesday teased the new redesign coming to the Play Store Android app. “Our latest update is rolling out right now! We’re excited to share a sneak peek of what you’ll get in the coming days,” the company said in a post on Twitter, adding a teaser image that highlights some of the new changes. While the update may not seem like a big deal at first glance, checking various listings for apps, movies, books and albums will immediately bring to the surface various Material Design elements. The new Google Play Store


23 July 2014

Want to help Apple develop its next operating system?

Mac OS X YosemiteApple is taking a leaf out of Google's book and releasing its latest desktop operating system -- OSX Yosemite -- as a public beta, ahead of its official launch this autumn.


23 July 2014

Amazon expands Prime Music library with loads of new tracks

Amazon expands Prime Music library with loads of new tracks


23 July 2014

Here’s why many people want their BlackBerrys back after switching to iOS and Android

Here’s why many people want their BlackBerrys back after switching to iOS and AndroidFollowing the release of the original iPhone in 2007 and the subsequent launch of Android, many people with work-issued phones spent years asking for their employers to switch away from BlackBerry smartphones to more modern devices. Finally, as Apple and Google increased their focus on security and BlackBerry hit dire straights a few years ago, workers began getting what that wanted and bring your own device (BYOD) policies became more common. More recently, however, an interesting trend is being observed: Workers want their BlackBerrys back. FROM EARLIER: BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users CIO’s Tom Kaneshige reports on an interesting phenomenon that we’ve heard rumblings of in the past. At companies where employees were permitted


23 July 2014

iOS 8 beta 5 to be released August 4th, beta 6 on August 15th

iOS 8 beta 5 to be released August 4th, beta 6 on August 15thAccording to our sources, Apple is nearing the end of the beta testing cycle for iOS 8. We are told that the company plans to seed iOS 8 beta 5 to developers on August 4th, and a final version of the OS, iOS 8 beta 6 on August 15th. After that we most likely are going to have a lull of several weeks until Apple is ready to release the iOS 8 GM (this is the final version, barring any unforeseen emergency fixes / problems). The latest version of Apple’s upcoming mobile software, iOS 8 beta 4, is the most stable and smooth out of all the releases so far, and it also incorporates new design and user interface tweaks, bug fixes and feature


23 July 2014

Here's the first teaser art from the new 'Fight Club 2' comic book series

Here's the first teaser art from the new 'Fight Club 2' comic book seriesChuck Palahniuk's long awaited sequel to Fight Club is coming in the form of a 10-issue comic book series, and today we're getting our first idea of what that will look like. Set ten years after the events of Palahniuk's novel, the comic book will apparently feature the wedding of Fight Club's narrator — who now goes by the name Sebastian — and Marla. Tyler Durden is also featured in the artwork; Comic Book Resources spoke with Cameron Stewart, who's handling interior artwork for the comic series, about the pressures of following up on the cultural phenomenon that Fight Club became.


23 July 2014

Digify helps you protect your data by sending self-destructing files

Digify helps you protect your data by sending self-destructing files


23 July 2014

The next age of Foursquare begins today

The next age of Foursquare begins todayIn mid-May, Foursquare decided to split itself in two. The second half is the forthcoming Foursquare 8.0, a complete redesign of the company’s existing app that has until now been kept secret. In the words of CEO Dennis Crowley, the new Foursquare is the app he always wanted to build — an exploration app unhindered by the check-ins that previously held center stage. Foursquare’s new wordmark is bold and grown-up instead of a playful doodle.