15 March 2014

T-Mobile to Verizon: "Don't Tread On Me!"

T-Mobile to upgrade 2G network to 4G LTE, takes on Verizon | Mobile - CNET News: "T-Mobile isn't slowing down when it comes to its network upgrade. The upstart wireless carrier said on Thursday that it plans to add 4G LTE to its slower 2G network, adding coverage and speed to additional customers....T-Mobile also said it was taking legal action against Verizon in an effort to get it to stop using its network coverage map in its advertising, which T-Mobile argues is "cherry-picking"...."

Google Drive Gets A Big Price Drop, 100GB Now Costs $1.99 A Month | TechCrunch: "Google today significantly dropped the prices for its Google Drive online storage service. The first 15GB of storage remain free, but 100GB now costs just $1.99 per month instead of $4.99. Even more impressively, though, you can now get a terabyte of online storage for $9.99 a month, down from $49.99..."

The NSA Responds To Allegations It Impersonated Facebook And Infected PCs With Malware | TechCrunch: " . . . Regarding the claim that the NSA doesn’t impersonate ”websites,” it’s worth pointing out The Intercept’s original wording regarding the alleged activities: “In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a launching pad to infect a target’s computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive.” I’ll leave it to you to decide if that is a distinction with, or without a difference. The NSA’s spate of bad publicity doesn’t appear to be abetting, nor is there an end in sight. Snowden himself appeared at SXSW to answer questions, and declare that the NSA is “setting fire to the future of the Internet....”

Google removes underlined links, says goodbye to 1996 | The Verge: ""We've increased the size of result titles, removed the underlines, and evened out all the line heights," says Google lead designer Jon Wiley. "This improves readability and creates an overall cleaner look.""

Apple's iOS 8 to be speedier, pre-bundled apps modified, report says
Los Angeles Times
9to5Mac, which is known for its impressive track record of Apple scoops, this week released numerous reports explaining Apple's plans for the eighth version of its mobile operating system. For starters, Apple plans to make iOS 8 much faster than iOS 7, ...

Amazon Raises Prime Membership Fee
New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon announced on Thursday that it would raise its annual shipping fee by 25 percent, right up to — but not over — the psychologically important $99 level. It had originally said it would increase the fee as high as $119, which ...

How Google and Microsoft Can Halt a Product
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Case in point is Asustek's decision to indefinitely postpone sales of a tablet that runs both Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows operating systems, as reported in The Wall Street Journal Friday. The incident illustrates how Google's and Microsoft ...

Microsoft adds personal Office 365 subscription
PCWorld
If you don't need the family plan offered by Microsoft's Office 365 Home Premium, relax—Microsoft announced an individual subscription on Thursday. Dubbed Office 365 Personal, the new Office subscription works with just a single computer (either a Mac ...

Google Redesigns Search Results on PCs
ABC News
Google Inc. rolled out the new design on PCs with little fanfare, even though it will be seen by almost everyone who searches for information on personal computers. That's becauseGoogle processes about two out of every three search requests made on ...

Google's Flu Project Shows the Failings of Big Data
TIME
Big data: as buzzwords go, it's inescapable. Gigantic corporations like SAS and IBM tout their big data analytics, while experts promise that big data—our exponentially growing ability to collect and analyze information about anything at all—will ...

Google Encrypts Search, Aims To Foil China, NSA
Forbes
Google Google is moving to encrypt search globally, aiming to bypass government censorship – and inhibit NSA snooping. Its latest step is to start automatically encrypting searches made in China, in an effort to counter the censorship system known as ...

Google cameras take rafting trip at Grand Canyon
Fox News
In 2011, Google mounted its Street View trike on a boat and went up the Rio Negro, a tributary of the Amazon, Tuxen-Bettman said. The company also has used push carts and snowmobiles to map places where vehicles cannot travel. In late 2012, Google ...

All major browsers fall during second day of Pwn2Own hacking contest
PCWorld
Security researchers demonstrated zero-day exploits against Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Adobe Flash Player during the second day of the Pwn2Own hacking competition Thursday, racking up total prizes of ...

Plex Expands Chromecast Support to All
PC Magazine
Media management app Plex is now available to all Chromecast users, not just those with a Plex premium account. Plex allows you to consolidate all your music, movies, and photos into the app for easy access. In December, it released Chromecast support ...

Microsoft's Tech Advisor Bill Gates is talking about tech (again)
ZDNet
Rolling Stone's Jeff Goodell said to Gates that Google was supposedly looking at possibly buying WhatsApp. Gates' response: "Yeah, yeah. Microsoft was willing to buy it, too. . . . I don't know if it was for $19 billion, but the company's extremely ...


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