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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
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
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 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
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...]

Friday - September 19, 2014
iOS 8
Among the many ripples caused by Edward Snowden's decision to blow a whistle on the NSA is Apple's focus on security in iOS 8. The update makes Apple devices fortresses of security, more or less, but it does nothing to shore up the company's cloud. "Backed-up data in iCloud could still be turned over in the event of a government information request," noted Zscaler's Michael Sutton. [More...]

Thursday - September 18, 2014
Amazon trotted out a bevy of Kindle tablets and readers, unabashedly comparing its top-of-line Fire HDX favorably to Apple's much pricier iPad. Its display has 30 percent more pixels, and it's twice as loud. The Fire HDX is even 20 percent lighter than the iPad Air, Amazon said. The new tablets "are quality products at very aggressive prices right before Christmas," noted tech analyst Rob Enderle. [More...]

Thursday - September 18, 2014
Logitech wants to be the throbbing heart of the smart home, giving consumers a streamlined way to control all of its separate automated features, from dimming the lights and locking the doors to selecting a program to watch on TV. Logitech has "a really good chance" of succeeding, said Strategy Analytics' Bill Ablondi. It has "all the IR codes for billions of different entertainment devices." [More...]

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