05 December 2013

Win8 Killing PC Sales; Tor Anonymity Tool for the Mass Market

Unintended consequences--first, Microsoft Windows 8 is killing off the PC market, and second, the NSA disclosures and the abuses and lack of accountability and controls that mark US surveillance programs in the Bush-Obama era, is now engendering blowback--

Global PC shipments see worst drop ever - SiliconValley.com: "Worldwide shipments of the once-mighty PC will see their most precipitous decline ever this year, with even more bad news to come in 2014. PC shipments, which just months ago were expected to fall 9.7 percent, instead will drop 10.1 percent this year, representing "by far the most severe yearly contraction on record," according to research firm International Data Corp. And IDC expects global PC sales to fall an additional 3.8 percent in 2014."

A Cheap Box Brings Hacker Anonymity Tool Tor to the Mass Market | MIT Technology Review: "Tor, a privacy tool used by activists, criminals, and U.S. intelligence to obscure traces of their online activities, is being repackaged for the mass market. A $49 device launched today and targeted at consumers makes it relatively easy to route a home Internet connection through the Tor network. The Safeplug, as the device is called, can also block most online ads...."

Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android
New York Times
But it appears to be more realistic than Amazon's proposed drone delivery ... Before joining Apple Computer, where he initially worked as a manufacturing ...

New York Times

Apple's 2013 Acquisitions: Maps, Videos and Data
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Apple's 2013 acquisition spree continued this week. The iPhone maker reportedly purchased search analytics firm Topsy for “more than $200 million.”.

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Apple Asks Court To Declare That Samsung Does Not Have Clean ...
Forbes
This is something of an interesting gambit in the near interminable series of court cases between Apple and Samsung (and this part of it involves Nokia ...

The Mac Observer

Amazon is not alone: UPS, Google also testing delivery drones
Los Angeles Times
Amazon.com made headlines this week with the announcement ofAmazon Prime ... Reports this week say UPS and Google are two other companies that are ...

ABC News

Microsoft Boosting U.S. Bond Sales in Euros to Most Since 2008
Bloomberg
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) are marketing bonds in euros, spurring deals in the currency from U.S. borrowers to the most since ...

Economic Times
Amazon already sends packages by India Post but now it wants to use the channel to collect payments from recipients as well, using the cash-on-delivery model.

Economic Times

Amazon Cloud Player Now Available in BMW and MINI Vehicles
Wall Street Journal
(NASDAQ:AMZN)--Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the availability ofAmazon Cloud Player for iOS in BMW Apps and MINI Connected-equipped vehicles ...

Ubergizmo

Sarah Perez
Microsoft Should Be Worried About Google's Chromebooks · Wibidata Machine Learning Platform Offers Capabilities Comparable To Amazon.com And Google ... Google Wallet Takes On Apple'sPassbook With Support For Loyalty Cards, ...
TechCrunch

6 whales die, dozens trapped off Florida's Everglades park
CNN
Everglades National Park, Florida (CNN) -- Six short-finned pilot whales have died and about 45 other whales were trapped Wednesday in shallow water off Florida's Everglades National Park. Wildlife officials were trying to rescue the whales, which were ...


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