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  Wed, 27 May 2015 14:07:14 -0400

An iPhone 6 phone is seen on display at the Fifth Avenue Apple store on the first day of sales in Manhattan, New York(Reuters) - Apple Inc has found a bug which can cause iPhones to crash when a message containing a specific string of text is received. The bug, which includes symbols and Arabic characters, was first reported by Apple news blog MacRumors on Tuesday night, adding that it was noticed on social news hub Reddit earlier in the day. "We are aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update," an Apple spokesperson said in an e-mail.


  Wed, 27 May 2015 13:41:28 -0400

An employee cleans inside the Apple flagship store on 5th Avenue in New YorkCBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves met with Apple Inc last week to discuss a TV deal, he said at a technology conference Wednesday, and that discussions and negotiations for such a deal are ongoing. "We will probably do a deal with Apple TV," Moonves said during an onstage talk at a conference hosted by Re/code, an online-only technology publication, and added that he met last week with Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.


The Yahoo logo is shown at the company's headquarters in SunnyvaleA U.S. judge ordered Yahoo Inc to face a nationwide class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegally intercepting the content of emails sent to Yahoo Mail subscribers from non-Yahoo Mail accounts, and using the information to boost advertising revenue. In a decision late Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said people who sent emails to or received emails from Yahoo Mail subscribers since Oct. 2, 2011 may sue as a group under the federal Stored Communications Act for alleged privacy violations. Holders of non-Yahoo Mail accounts accused Yahoo of copying and then analyzing their emails, including keywords and attachments, with a goal of creating "targeted advertising" for its estimated 275 million Yahoo Mail subscribers, in addition to detecting spam and malware.


The top U.S. telecommunications regulator wants to make it harder for telemarketers and other businesses to place unwanted robocalls and text messages under changes to autodialing rules proposed on Wednesday. The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on June 18 on the proposal, which would give legal cover to telephone companies to offer consumers technologies that would block robocalls, regardless of where they originate. "The FCC wants to make it clear: Telephone companies can – and in fact should – offer consumers robocall-blocking tools," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a blog post.

Man poses in front of on a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica(Reuters) - The cost of data breaches is rising for companies around the world as sophisticated thieves target valuable financial and medical records, according to a study released on Wednesday. The total average cost of a data breach is now $3.8 million, up from $3.5 million a year ago, according to a study by data security research organization Ponemon Institute, paid for by International Business Machines Corp. The direct costs include hiring experts to fix the breach, investigating the cause, setting up hotlines for customers and offering credit monitoring for victims. Data breaches are becoming more common and significant, with high-profile attacks on Sony Corp, JPMorgan Chase and retailers Target Corp and Home Depot Inc in the past year and a half.


Broadcom's Asia operations headquarters office is seen at an industrial park in SingaporeAvago Technologies Ltd is close to an agreement to acquire fellow chipmaker Broadcom Corp, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, in a deal that could boost Avago's clientele of top-tier smartphone companies. A deal between Avago and Broadcom could come as early as this week, the people said, cautioning that the negotiations had not yet been finalized. Shares of Broadcom soared almost 20 percent to $56.40 while Avago's rose 9 percent to $143.29 on Wednesday afternoon after the Wall Street Journal first reported on the news.


A new project on Indiegogo aims to improve home security by turning old iPhones and Android devices into security cameras and adding extra home sensors that can monitor certain activities. DON’T MISS: Watch a crazy iOS bug cause iPhones to crash just by receiving a text message Presence Security, available for preorder starting at $179 on Indiegogo, comes with a variety of wireless sensors that can be managed directly from a mobile app, including two entry sensors, a motion sensor, a gateway sensor and a window sticker sensor. The number of sensors can be further increased by selecting a more expensive package that can include water, touch and temperature sensors, and extra sensors should be added to Presence systems in

Microsoft’s Office Lens document-scanning app is now on Google PlayOffice Lens — a portable scanner for mobile devices and one of Microsoft's most impressive Office apps — is now out of preview and available on the Google Play Store.


FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS. The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript." In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a sophisticated criminal operation based in Russia, two officials told the Associated Press.


Though Google these days has its hand in everything, from robotics to advanced AI, the company’s billions by and large continue to come exclusively from advertising. More to the point, 90% of the $66 billion Google generated in revenue in 2014 came directly from advertising-related ventures Not surprisingly, an increasingly important part of Google’s advertising machine is mobile search. In 2014 alone, 18% of Google’s ad revenue, or about $11.8 billion, came from searches done on mobile devices. DON’T MISS: SanDisk has lightning-fast SSD drives that are as cheap as regular hard drives What’s interesting, though, is that the iPhone is responsible for 75% of Google’s mobile-based revenue, leaving Android with a surprisingly low and disproportionate 25% share. This is especially jarring given

Creepy Chrome extension shows where FB messages come from


CA Technologies buying Rally Software for $480 millionIt's a busy day in the tech world when it comes to M&A chatter.


Google releases short from Fast & Furious director Justin LinGoogle is beginning to widely releases its Spotlight Stories, a series of short films and animations created specifically for smartphones that it's been producing over the past year or so. The Spotlight Stories app currently includes four shorts, typically presented as a narrative that viewers can look around in 360 degrees. Until now, these movies have only been available on some Motorola devices — a holdover from when Motorola owned the experimental lab that these films are coming out of — but the release of this app signals Google's intention to open them up across Android.


By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) - News that chipmaker Broadcom Corp is in talks to be bought by Avago Technologies Ltd spurred a flurry of trades in Broadcom's short-term calls, and timely buyers of the options could reap huge gains. Broadcom shares rallied 18 percent to $55.35 and Avago rose more than 8 percent to $141.40 on Wednesday, after the Wall Street Journal reported that the two companies are in talks for a potential deal. Activity in both chipmakers' options jumped to several times the normal level, with calls betting that the stocks would rise accounting for the bulk of the trades.
Many Mac users have complained about Wi-Fi issues since installing OS X Yosemite last fall, and Apple issued fixes in maintenance updates supposed to patch the wireless connectivity problems. In spite of those fixes, the problem persisted even after it became increasingly clear what Yosemite component was causing connection drops, and Apple did not publicly address the matter. However, Apple seems to be aware of the problem, and has finally fixed it in its newest Yosemite beta. DON’T MISS: SanDisk has lightning-fast SSD drives that are as cheap as regular hard drives Released on Tuesday, OS X 10.10.4 beta has dropped the discoveryd program that handles wireless connectivity on a Mac, 9to5Mac reports, replacing it with the older system called mDNSResponder.

Need a simple, instant warrant canary? Now there's an app for thatThe best way to speak out when the government gags you is before it comes knocking on your door.


Palo Alto Networks acquires cybersecurity company CirroSecurePalo Alto Networks also published third quarter financial results after the bell on Wednesday.


(Reuters) - Wearable fitness tracking device maker Fitbit Inc is being sued by rival Jawbone, which accused Fitbit of "plundering" confidential data, the New York Times reported. Jawbone accused Fitbit of "systematically plundering" confidential information by poaching employees who improperly downloaded sensitive materials shortly before leaving, the Times reported on Wednesday. (http://nyti. ...
  Wed, 27 May 2015 16:28:00 -0400

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  Wed, 27 May 2015 16:21:03 -0400
A newly-discovered glitch in Apple's software can cause iPhones to mysteriously shut down when they receive a certain text message.
If your Android phone’s performance has gotten noticeably worse, it might be because it’s being plagued by a malicious app you’ve unwittingly installed. As GreenBot informs us, there’s actually a very good way to tell whether a third-party app is negatively affecting your phone’s performance by enabling a feature called Safe Mode. RELATED: Wiping your Android phone doesn’t really erase your data – here’s what you need to do All longtime PC users are likely familiar with Safe Mode, which has been a staple of PC troubleshooting for years. Safe Mode for Android works much the same way, in that it allows you to boot up your phone with a minimal amount of apps running. Enabling this feature is incredibly simple:

Ellen Pao says diversity will improve in Silicon Valley when more people tell their storiesThis year, former venture capitalist Ellen Pao captivated Silicon Valley by suing her former firm, Kleiner Perkins, alleging gender discrimination. Pao lost the case, and hasn't yet said whether she would appeal. In some of her first extended comments since the trial, Pao appeared at the Code Conference today calling on other people who have experienced discrimination to share their own stories — and said doing so may help improve diversity in Silicon Valley as much as anything.


iPhone now 'a pocket watch,' says Apple Watch honchoJeff Williams says the Apple Watch could become Apple's single most important product.


Proactive for iOS 9: Apple's challenge to Google NowSiri and iOS haven't yet been able to contend with the full range of contextual notifications Google Now provides. That's likely to change in a way that protects user privacy.


If there’s one advantage Apple didn’t have when it released the iPhone, it was a head start. Years before the idea for the iPhone even crossed Steve Jobs’ mind, BlackBerry devices were absolutely killing it in the marketplace. Even Microsoft, which tends to get laughed at for missing important trends in the tech space, had been working on various Windows Mobile devices going all the way back to 2000. DON’T MISS: Watch a crazy iOS bug cause iPhones to crash just by receiving a text message While it’s easy and perhaps simple to attribute BlackBerry’s demise and Microsoft’s string of failures in the mobile space to the fact that neither company came up with the idea for an iPhone-like device themselves, that

The Game of Game of Thrones: who will win season five?Tracking the wins and losses of Game of Thrones with the Verge staff's high fantasy league


NEW YORK (AP) — TV watchers are going online, and cable companies are following them there.
While LEGO themed video games already exist, they’re not really teeming with violence and action. But don’t fret, AndrewmFilms recently put together an incredible video depicting what a LEGO first person shooter would look like. The entire video is incredibly well done and should satisfy the itch for anyone longing to see what BioShock would look like with LEGO characters. DON’T MISS: SanDisk has lightning-fast SSD drives that are as cheap as regular hard drives According to the video’s YouTube page, the entire 2-minute video was put together over the course of a three month period. Overall, a very impressive job. Incidentally, AndrewmFilms’ YouTube page is chock full of interesting video game themed clips that are worth exploring if you’re looking

Xiaomi officially launches its US and European stores in early June


Judge reportedly orders Yahoo email snooping suit to move forwardThe tech giant is accused of scanning user's emails for keywords and attachments for its "targeted advertising," according to Reuters.


  Wed, 27 May 2015 15:35:00 -0400

Apple keynote set for 10am on June 8 at WWDCNot one to break tradition, Apple confirmed it will hold a two-hour keynote to kick off its yearly developer event. Software is the focus but a few hardware surprises could arrive.


In case you haven’t already heard, a pesky iOS bug unearthed earlier this week has been causing iPhones to crash and reboot when a precise string of characters is received as a text message. Additionally, the bug can also cause the Messages app to crash repeatedly upon opening. DON’T MISS: SanDisk has lightning-fast SSD drives that are as cheap as regular hard drives Thankfully, Apple not too long ago issued a statement to CNBC indicating that they’re aware of the issue and that they plan to “make a fix available in a software update.” Though there’s no indication of when a software update might come down the pipeline, we imagine it will be much sooner rather than later before news of the

Castrol makes a driver burn rubber while wearing a VR headset


Steve Jobs and Bill Gates battle in new National Geographic seriesThe TV channel is launching a show called "American Genius" that's about bitter rivalries, including the Wright Brothers vs. Curtiss, Colt vs. Wesson and Oppenheimer vs. Heisenberg.


Jenny Lewis makes a music video about her acting career, including Golden GirlsJenny Lewis has been arrested — for excessive display of the most glorious pantsuits known to humankind, I assume! The former front woman of the cult-worshipped indie group Rilo Kiley, and star of this debatably over-acted Corn Pops commercial, has just released the music video for "She's Not Me," the second single off last year's critically acclaimed The Voyager.


Chevy bets big with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in 2016 line-upAt a press preview event in San Francisco, Chevrolet demonstrated both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and promised implementations in 10 of its models.


It looks like Samsung is going to to further improve the camera performance of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge via a software update. Interestingly, the update will to bring over one of the newest iPhone camera features exactly as Apple implemented it in iOS 8. DON’T MISS: Watch a crazy iOS bug cause iPhones to crash just by receiving a text message According to SamMobile, the Galaxy S6’s camera will soon let owners manually adjust the exposure in similar fashion to what Apple recently introduced on the iPhone. Adjusting camera exposure on Android is already possible, so the feature won’t be new to Android fans, but Samsung plans to make it even easier to use. Manually adjusting exposure on the iPhone

Chevy bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to 14 modelsChevrolet is putting big support behind both Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto for its 2016 fleet of cars and trucks. The company has announced that 14 models in all will be compatible with the in-dash software powered by iPhone and Android smartphones, respectively. Systems with the 7-inch MyLink setup will offer both CarPlay and Android Auto out of the gate.



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