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Wednesday - September 24, 2014
blackberry-passport
No one's going to be suing BlackBerry for ripping off their design features in its new Passport. The squarish phone may be too wide to hold comfortably in one hand -- but then phablets in landscape mode are even wider. "These devices are not really phones first," noted IDC analyst Ryan Reith. "Users are sending more content through text and email than making phone calls. A bigger screen helps." [More...]

Wednesday - September 24, 2014
iphone-6-touch-id
Although Apple's Touch ID isn't impenetrable, the amount of time and effort required to steal data from a single iPhone probably wouldn't attract your average cybercrook's interest. Apple is tempting hackers by tying Apple Pay to Touch ID, but it's no substitute for mass credit card fraud, noted Neohapsis' Catherine Pearce. "It's not something you can easily do on a mass scale." [More...]

Wednesday - September 24, 2014
pi-top-raspberry-pi-3d-printed-laptop
One of the most valuable things about the Pi-Top process is that its assembly leads users to appreciate computing more viscerally and intimately than a simple trip to Best Buy or Amazon does, noted Charles King, principal analyst for Pund-IT. "Just because personal computing has become commoditized doesn't mean that users need to limit themselves to being mere consumers." [More...]

Tuesday - September 23, 2014
With the People's Climate March in New York fresh in the public's memory and Apple CEO Tim Cook making the rounds to emphasize the importance of taking climate action, Chairman Eric Schmidt perhaps was feeling a bit embarrassed over Google's association with a conservative group that has lobbied to weaken clean energy regulations. Schmidt accused the group of lying about climate change issues. [More...]

Tuesday - September 23, 2014
The pernicious program Citadel has been around for awhile, but it's using some new tricks on new targets. From its humble origins as a "man in the browser" thief of banking credentials, Citadel has become a knave of all trades. Once it lands on a computer, it can be configured in a number of ways with a file from a server operated by Web predators. [More...]

Monday - September 22, 2014
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The PlayStation TV will make its North American debut next month, but in spite of having been available in Japan for almost a year, it's still developing its gadget identity. Is it designed to stand alone, or is it meant to support a console system? Is it strictly for gaming, or will it stream movies and other content, not only to the TV, but perhaps to non-Sony smartphones and tablets as well? [More...]

Monday - September 22, 2014
marriott-teltporter-virtual-reality
Strapping on an Oculus Rift headset and immersing yourself in a virtual environment may not actually take the place of being there, but it could be a convenient way to determine whether you really want to go to the expense and hassle of traveling to a particular destination. It also might be fun to sample regions you have no intention of personally visiting but find fascinating nonetheless. [More...]

Monday - September 22, 2014
Uplinq, Qualcomm's big -- and it was big -- developers' conference, took place last week. There were two parts that were particularly interesting. One was its new robotics effort, and the other was the announcement that it's pushing Vuforia, its augmented reality platform, into wearable head-mounted displays -- think Google Glass on steroids -- that we may end up wearing every waking moment. [More...]

Saturday - September 20, 2014
amazon-fire-tablet
Amazon skipped the Apple-style hoopla, but its new tablets would have been worthy of a little fanfare. It also unveiled a couple of new e-readers that are nicer than the previous e-readers -- but still, they're just e-readers. Also new on the gadget scene: an Oculus Rift alternative, a kit that turns a fish tank into a hydroponic garden, and a thermostat that helps save energy. [More...]

Friday - September 19, 2014
android-l-encryption
Google has promised that the next version of Android will provide encryption by default, a move that will bring device security on a par with that provided by Apple's newly bolstered iOS 8. While phones and tablets will be much harder to hack, there's still the itty-bitty problem of the cloud. "Consumers should not be led to believe that they are now 100 percent safe," said analyst Michael Morgan. [More...]

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