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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...]

August 19, 2014
The connected car is becoming a reality, but the gadget-filled roadways it travels will be paved with several options for in-car technologies. These choices pose challenges for carmakers. Whichever technology wins the race, one of the biggest concerns for OEMs is their electronic security. The Linux Foundation wants an open source platform in the pole position. [More...]

August 19, 2014
Traditional attack methods, like those used with the recent mobile online banking Trojan Svpeng, involve the installation of malware on the device to steal information and commit fraud. However, new techniques are emerging that would enable an attacker to compromise a device and steal private information from the owner -- for example, the typical copycat app on a third-party app store. [More...]

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