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August 21, 2014
In a move influenced by Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA's email snooping, Yahoo and Google last week announced that they were cooperating on end-to-end encrypting their webmail products. "We will release source code this fall so that the open source community can help us refine the experience and hunt for bugs," said Yahoo CISO John Stamos. While the open source approach has proven its value over and over again, the idea of opening up the code for security features to anyone with eyeballs still creates anxiety in some circles. [More...]

August 21, 2014
Blink home monitor
As if recording motion-triggered HD video weren't enough, Blink also will sense the temperature in your home and send you alerts if you want them. It uses an LED illuminator with low-light video capture capabilities to ensure that you can see what's happening day or night. Plus, there's a built-in microphone so you can hear what's happening. Priced at just $69, Blink is a no-brainer. [More...]

August 20, 2014
Barnes & Noble can't go it alone against Amazon, so it's getting a little help from its friends. Whether it will be enough for the company to get by is another story. Teaming up with Samsung "brings Barnes & Noble the brand equity Samsung has built up, and gives it a lot more credibility on the hardware side," said Gartner analyst Brian Blau, "and it probably saves B&N a lot of money." [More...]

August 20, 2014
sparkylinux-gameover
SparkyLinux GameOver Edition brings access to games compiled for the Linux platform. It adds access to games available from the Steam and Desura platforms. It also has preconfigured access to games created for the Microsoft Windows platform Wine, and PlayOnLinux. It even provides access to classic games created for discontinued machines and systems via emulators. [More...]

August 20, 2014
htc-one-m8-windows
HTC and Microsoft are pals again, and the reunion could be advantageous for both. HTC could get a break on licensing fees, for example, and having a single phone that's versatile enough to run different OS and software sets could differentiate it in the market. As for Microsoft, it gets to show off its Windows chops on a flagship phone that's won considerable respect. [More...]

August 20, 2014
Moto 360 smartwatch Motorola
The Moto 360 appears to have more going for it than other smartwatches in the market, but it has one drawback that may doom it right from the start: It's not made by Apple. When Apple launches a smartwatch, everyone will suddenly want one. Apple "will add legitimacy to the category," said Tom Mainelli, a program vice president at IDC. "Apple does design really well." [More...]

August 19, 2014
Global Hipster Finder
The first thing Google will do with Jetpac is shut it down -- but it's unlikely that will be the last we'll see of its technology. Jetpac's quirky list of best places to visit for this and that fits well with Google's search and mapping prowess. "Google is interested in leveraging the digital infrastructure of everyday life, and this fits into that strategy," said journalism prof Rich Hanley. [More...]

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