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Town that has no cell phone service loses its primary Internet provider – Ars Technica

Posted: Thursday, December 03, 2015

In Stewart, British Columbia, there is no cell phone service, and aside from satellite, the town had just one option for anything resembling modern Internet access. Unfortunately, that broadband provider has just shut down, leaving the remote Canadian district of about 500 residents with severely limited access to the Internet. Onewayout.net, a wireless home Internet provider that started in 1995, discontinued service at the end of November. “The infrastructure required to deliver Internet…

Consumer Reports survey finds Apple most reliable laptop brand – Apple Insider

Posted: Thursday, December 03, 2015

  By AppleInsider Staff Wednesday, December 02, 2015, 04:01 pm PT (07:01 pm ET) Results of a Consumer Reports survey released on Wednesday show Apple’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pro to be the most reliable laptops on the market, with average failure rates markedly outperforming comparable Windows machines. The publication surveyed 58,000 subscribers who purchased laptops between 2010 and 2015, polling respondents on year-by-year failure rates to get a sense…

How does the iPad Pro stack up as a laptop replacement? – CNET

Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2015

CNET Senior Editor Andrew Hoyle has been using Apple’s 12.9-inch tablet as his main computing machine — here’s what he learned.

The San Francisco Chronicle, once imperiled, is profitable — and growing its … – Poynter.org

Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2015

by Benjamin Mullin Published Dec. 2, 2015 8:01 am Updated Dec. 2, 2015 8:18 am The San Francisco Chronicle building (Photo by Julian Dunn via Flickr) When newspapers took a nosedive in the late 2000s, it appeared as if the San Francisco Chronicle might be one of the industry’s biggest casualties. The paper reportedly was bleeding at least $50 million per year from its parent Hearst, a situation worsened by…

This Mobile Phone Built Within ‘Minecraft’ Actually Works – Tech Times

Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2015

The ‘Minecraft’ mobile phone, sponsored by Verizon, actually works. Gamers can place video calls and browse the Internet through the mobile phone, and even take and send selfies.(Photo : CaptainSparklez | YouTube) A mobile phone that was created within the popular video game Minecraft actually works, with the gamer able to place video calls from inside the game. A video showing the operational mobile phone was uploaded to YouTube…

Western Digital Expands HGST Helium Drive Lineup with 10TB Ultrastar He10 – AnandTech

Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2015

HGST, a Western Digital subsidiary, has been shipping hard drives sealed with helium for a couple of years now. Their helium drives have so far come in two flavors – the Ultrastar He drives using platters with traditional perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology and the Ultrastar Archive Ha drives using platters with shingled magnetic recording (SMR). There are two main patented innovations behind the helium drives, HelioSeal and 7Stac….

Why King Digital Entertainment PLC Stock Jumped 18.2% in November – Motley Fool

Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2015

What: Shares of King Digital Entertainment plc (NYSE:KING) rose 18.2% in November, according to S&P Capital IQ data, after it agreed to be acquired by gaming giant Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) for a total equity value of $5.9 billion, or $18 per share. That leaves King Digital stock up just over 15% year to date: KING data by YCharts So what: To be fair, Activision’s price also represented a 27% premium over King Digital’s three-month volume weighted average…

Deputies Catch Accused Purse Thief by Tracing Stolen Cell Phone – KARK

Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2015

BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. – Deputies with the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office were able to arrest a suspected purse thief by tracing a cell phone they say she stole, along with a purse and other items.  On November 27 at 1:10 a.m., deputies were called to the Royal 66 Club in Mountain Home in reference to a purse being stolen.  On November 28, the stolen purse was found stuffed in a mailbox,…

Cell Phone Built In Minecraft Can Actually Make Video Calls, Wow – Kotaku

Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2015

And now for the most impressive thing I’ve seen all day: a Minecraft cell phone that not only works, it can make video calls from inside the game. It’s amazing. Here’s Minecraft YouTuber CaptainSparklez, demoing the build first-hand: Advertisement You might remember CaptainSparklez as Jordan Maron, the man who recently bought a swank mansion for $4.5 million thanks to the money he’s raised while streaming video games. This, I suppose,…

Diagnosing malaria with a cell phone – Reuters

Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2015

COLLEGE STATION, TX New technology that transforms a cell phone into a mobile polarized microscope can diagnose malaria in a Rwandan village with the same level of accuracy as a hi-tech lab in a major Western city, according to Texas A&M University biomedical engineers developing the device. “The way they diagnose malaria now is with a microscope but it is with a big bench top microscope that is relatively complicated…

Digital Report Singles Out Fashion’s ‘Gifted’ and ‘Challenged’ – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2015

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Digital Rights Group Alleges Google Invades Student Privacy – ABC News

Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Google is being accused of invading the privacy of students using laptop computers powered by the Internet company’s Chrome operating system. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, depicts Google as a two-faced opportunist in a complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission. Google disputes the unflattering portrait and says it isn’t doing anything wrong. The complaint alleges that Google rigged the “Chromebook” computers in a way that…

San Diego Padres unveil new U.S. Navy digital camouflage jersey – FOXSports.com

Posted: Wednesday, December 02, 2015

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres today unveiled a new navy digital camouflage jersey modeled after U.S. Navy uniforms. Continuing a longstanding tradition in San Diego, these uniforms will be worn for Sunday home games, which honor the military. The full Sunday uniforms were debuted by Padres Manager Andy Green, Padres outfielder Wil Myers and Padres pitcher James Shields during a press conference this afternoon on the flight deck…

Digital Report Singles Out Fashion’s ‘Gifted’ and ‘Challenged’ – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, December 01, 2015

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Digital Report Singles Out Fashion’s ‘Gifted’ and ‘Challenged’ – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, December 01, 2015

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Smartphone Gadget Makes Old Cars Smart – IEEE Spectrum

Posted: Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Growing numbers of plug-in gadgets can give drivers information about their vehicle mileage, emissions and other performance parameters. The latest plug-in “smart car” device, from Voyomotive, tries to one-up competitors by promising to provide 100 times the amount of usual data for a variety of driving smartphone apps.

iPad Pro after one week: Can it replace your laptop? video – CNET – CNET

Posted: Tuesday, December 01, 2015

iPad Pro after one week: Can it replace your laptop? CNET Senior Editor Andrew Hoyle has been using Apple’s gigantic tablet as his main computer for a week. Luke Westaway asks how it stacks up. by Luke Westaway November 30, 2015

Amid challenges, Samsung changes mobile chief for first time in 6 years – Digital Trends

Posted: Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Sure, Samsung continues to sell masses of mobiles around the world and remains one of the leading smartphone manufacturers globally, but growing pressure on its business from the likes of Huawei and rising star Xiaomi has persuaded the company to change its mobile communications president for the first time in six years and rethink its strategy. Out goes 59-year-old JK Shin, in comes Dongjin Koh, 54, the Korean company’s former…

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