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Wednesday - December 10, 2014
The United States National Security Agency, which is known for monitoring landline, Web and cellphone communications worldwide, reportedly also targets wireless carriers. Documents released by whistle-blower Edward Snowden show the NSA has monitored more than 1,200 email accounts associated with major cellphone network operators worldwide since 2010. [More...]

Tuesday - December 9, 2014
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Facebook finally has made it possible to use keywords to search its database for a particular post, vastly increasing the usefulness of the site. The move is "long overdue," said Ignite Social Media's Jim Tobin. "Graph Search never really reached its potential ... . When you have billions of pieces of content, not being able to find them is a usability problem." [More...]

Tuesday - December 9, 2014
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Samsung is offering a virtual reality headset that mainstream users might find both affordable and entertaining -- if they could obtain enough content to make it worthwhile. "The real weakness of VR at this point isn't hardware-based," noted IDC's Lewis Ward. "It's software- and content-based. There's nowhere near enough content for Gear VR or any other VR headset platform to hit critical mass." [More...]

Tuesday - December 9, 2014
Still reeling from a cyberintrusion that exposed massive amounts of personnel data from its entertainment division on the Internet, Sony was attacked again over the weekend. This time, hackers disrupted the company's PlayStation Network. However, unlike the foray against Sony Pictures Entertainment, which is still under investigation, the company quickly recovered. [More...]

Monday - December 8, 2014
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Video gaming today is no doubt a far cry from what Ralph Baer envisioned in the '60s, but he lived long enough to enjoy the fruits of his ideas. Baer died Saturday at 92. "What a character, what a life," said IDC gaming analyst Lewis Ward. "The life of Ralph Baer makes clear that the fundamental innovations that gave way to video games are literally derived from rocket science." [More...]

Monday - December 8, 2014
I was at Dell's thin client briefing earlier this week at its new facility in California's Silicon Valley, and it clearly is feeling very confident, in light of HP's plan to split its company. There really have been only two major players in the thin client space for a few years, and they are HP and Dell, but HP's split would seem to make its offering obsolete. [More...]

Saturday - December 6, 2014
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The YotaPhone 2's rear-facing e-ink screen is controllable by touch, and there's an option to run full Android on the display as well. That's an extraordinary way of rethinking what a smartphone can do in 2014. I'd be much more inclined to use a secondary e-ink screen for checking notifications than a smartwatch, and running anything possible on an Android screen makes it that much more enticing. [More...]

Friday - December 5, 2014
In the first three quarters of 2014, the Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV made stunning gains in sales activity versus the market-leading Roku and the No. 2 device from 2012 and 2013, the Apple TV. Roku snapped up 29 percent of sales, while Google Chromecast rose to claim 20 percent, edging past the Apple TV's 17 percent. The Amazon Fire TV, which launched in April, is already in fourth place. [More...]

Friday - December 5, 2014
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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, left, NASA Associate Administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate William Gerstenmaier, and others at Cape Canaveral react as they watch the Orion spacecraft splash down in the Pacific Ocean more than three hours after launch. Orion is designed for missions to destinations never before visited by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. [More...]

Friday - December 5, 2014
Artificial intelligence eventually could bring about mankind's demise, according to renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. "Once humans develop [full] artificial intelligence, it would take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate," he said. "Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete, and would be superseded." [More...]

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