Mobile

Apple Poised to Add Four Digital Agencies, Including Huge and AKQA – AdAge.com

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Apple’s Fifth Avenue store in New York City. Credit: Apple Apple is set to add four digital agencies to its roster, including WPP’s AKQA and Interpublic Group’s Huge on the West Coast, as well as small, New York-based indie shops Area 17 and Kettle, Ad Age has learned. The agencies declined to comment. Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. The scope of the work being assigned across the…

Hang Up: School Puts Stop to Cell Phone Distractions in Class – fox8.com

Thursday, April 10, 2014

ASHLAND, Ohio– A local high school is now a cell phone free zone, at least in the classroom. Students at Hillsdale High School in Ashland will have to hang up their cell phones for good later this month. “Deemed that maybe that there have been distractions with the use of cell phones and stuff during the school day,” said Steve Dickerson, superintendent of Hillsdale Local Schools. Some of the distractions…

PluralSight Buys Digital-Tutors For $45 Million To Add Media Software Training – TechCrunch

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

PluralSight, a purveyor of online training tools for software professionals, is expected to announce the acquisition of creative software training services company Digital-Tutors in a $45 million deal. With the Digital-Tutors purchase, PluralSight adds a suite of 1,500 courses focused on media and design to its already formidable array of online training tools for professional developers. The company now boasts over 3,000 training modules in its catalog. It’s the latest shot in the…

Comcast considers creating its own mobile phone service – Ars Technica

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Comcast executives are reportedly considering expanding the company’s telephone service into the mobile realm—or at least letting customers cut the cord to the cable modem. The Information reports that Comcast is looking at a plan that would offer mobile voice and data service over Wi-Fi hotspots, with leased cellular network capacity filling in the holes. Comcast already offers a service, called Voice 2go, that allows existing Xfinity Voice customers to…

Comcast might try its hand at mobile phone service – Washington Post (blog)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

(Mr. T in DC) Comcast is reportedly weighing a move into the mobile phone business with a service that would let customers make phone calls from WiFi hotspots outside the home. According to The Information, this new proposal would also see Comcast leasing cellular capacity from other wireless providers in places where a WiFi hotspot is unavailable. The rumored plans suggest something we’ve long suspected: broadband companies and telephone companies…

A digital heart attack – The Economist (blog)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

THE Heartbleed Bug sounds like a particularly nasty coronary complication. But it is in fact a software flaw that has left up to two-thirds of the world’s websites vulnerable to attack by hackers. According to researchers who uncovered the bug in popular encryption software, it can be exploited by nefarious types—and prying spooks—to extract everything from user names and passwords to details of people’s bank accounts and corporate secrets. Since…

Computer technical support call a year after laptop was stolen leads to … – Fox News

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

DOVER, N.H. –  Mike Witonis got an email from Apple thanking him for calling customer service about his laptop computer. Problem is, someone had stolen it from him a year earlier. Police eventually arrested 24-year-old Casey Wentworth of Portsmouth on Monday and charged him with burglary. He’s accused of taking the laptop from Witonis’ home in Dover in February 2013. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT When the break-in happened, police said they couldn’t…

Seen At 11: How Effective Are Gadget Cleaning Products? – CBS Local

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — What’s likely dirtier than a toilet seat? Your cellphone. That’s according to a recent study that revealed our gadgets are full of germs and bacteria. There are a lot of products that claim to do a thorough cleaning, CBS 2′s Maurice DuBois reported. But do they really work? Charles Gerba, a microbology professor at the University of Arizona, tested some in his lab to see if…

Dell Inspiron 14 7000 laptop review – ITworld.com

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

April 08, 2014, 8:00 AM — I don’t buy a new laptop as often as I should, about once every 4 years or so. My previous one, a Macbook pro, was passed on to another developer so I needed a new one. What I landed on after some research and a return of a different model is the Dell Inspiron 14 7000. I decided to get my laptop from Best…

Comcast said to be concocting a wireless mobile phone plan – CNET

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Marguerite Reardon/CNET Comcast appears to have a new trick up its sleeve. The cable operator is reportedly looking to create a mobile phone service that would mostly rely on Wi-Fi, according to a report by The Information. The alleged service would use Wi-Fi from wireless routers and public hotspots in areas where those services are available; and, in more rural zones, the service would lease spectrum from common cellular carriers,…

Is Android good enough to be a laptop operating system? – Indian Express

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

With Windows 8, Microsoft wants one operating system that works well both on both desktop PCs and tablets. Google, meanwhile, has chosen Android as its tablet and smartphone interface while developing Chrome OS for laptops. So what happens when you put Android on a laptop with a touchscreen, like with the Lenovo Ideapad A10? Not Quite Android Many smartphone makers choose to put custom UI skins on Android. Usually, I’m…

"Discreet affair" site shows most British cheat via mobile phone – ZDNet

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The extramarital dating site for married and attached people, Victoria Milan, reveals the latest survey of 2,500 British female and male members concerning how cheaters contact their lovers. Image: Victoria Milan The service was launched by happily married media executive Sigurd Vedal in 2010, and is a social network for discreet extramarital affairs, with over four million members worldwide across 33 countries. Unsurprisingly the results showed…

Comcast Considers Offering Wireless Mobile Phone Plan – Business Insider

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images Comcast CEO Brian Roberts See Also Comcast is considering launching a wireless mobile phone service, according to The Information, putting the TV and broadband provider in competition with Verizon, AT&T and the like: Comcast officials recently told people outside the company that it was considering a mobile phone service, which would rely on a combination of Wi-Fi and leased capacity on cellular networks. The…

Topps BUNT app delivers digital baseball cards – MLB.com

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

My first move after installing the Topps BUNT digital trading card app on my iPhone was to create a profile and open a pack of “Bunt Base + Super Rare” cards to see which four players I got. My collection of thousands of cards would begin right here, and unlike the way I started my physical collection as a boy, putting cards in my bike spokes, I would appreciate these….

3 Great Tablet/Laptop Computer Hybrids – Kiplinger Personal Finance

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Courtesy of Microsoft If you’ve yearned for a device that’s light like a tablet but allows you hassle-free access to traditional Windows programs such as Word and Excel, one of these three hybrid machines could fit the bill. See Also: Cheap Cloud Computers Microsoft Surface Pro 2 ($900 for 64 gigabytes of storage; $120 to $130 for an optional keyboard). The Surface Pro 2 is one of the…

Crowdfunding Novena, the fully open/transparent laptop project – Boing Boing

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Remember Bunnie Huang’s fully open laptop? Bunnie and Sean “xobs” Cross prototyped a machine he called the “Novena” in which every component, down to the BIOS, was fully documented, licensed under FLOSS licenses, and was totally modifiable by its owner. Now, Bunnie and Xobs have teamed up with Sutajio Kosagi for a crowdfunding campaign to take the laptop into production. $500 gets you the board, $1200…

Hot Deals Thursday: incredible savings on a Dell Latitude laptop, XPS 18 … – PCWorld (blog)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

[This article was produced by LogicBuy in cooperation with IDG Creative Lab, and not by PCWorld’s editorial staff.] Welcome to another edition of Hot Deals Thursday! Once again we’ve searched high and low to bring you the biggest deals around. Dell Latitude 14 3000 Series Our featured deal today is a low price on a professional quality Dell Latitude 14 3000 Series laptop. With a 4th-gen Core i5 processor and…

Digital First Media ends centralized news project – USA TODAY

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Jeff Lynch, from Santa Clara, Calif., purchases an edition of San Jose Mercury News at a newspaper rack in Santa Clara, Calif. The paper is one of 75 owned by Digital First Media, which could be looking to sell some of its papers.(Photo: TONY AVELAR AP) An initiative by Digital First Media to centralize the production of national and digital news for its 75 newspapers, is closing, a cost-cutting move…

New digital smell technology transforms smartphones into smell-o-phones – CBS News

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

When communicating online, words sometimes just aren’t enough, says City University London Professor Adrian David Cheok. Now, he has a solution: researchers at his Mixed Reality Lab on campus are coming up with ways to say it with a smell — developing cell phone apps and plug-ins that emit scents like flowers, food and spices. “Smell is a very powerful, powerful sense. It can trigger an emotion or memory at…