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Earlier this month it was reported that Facebook was in the final stages of acquiring Waze, the crowd-sourced app that gives users community-generated, real time traffic and road alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps, and more. The acquisition was priced at somewhere between $800-$1 billion. Before anything was made official reports surfaced that the deal had hit a snag, as Facebook demanded the whole Waze team relocate from Israel to the US, but Waze wants to remain where it is. The deal fell apart but it didn't take Waze is off the market. Google, Apple and Microsoft are said to be placing... more »
In today’s NewsDesk Show news roundup (see full video below): Chrome 28 unveiled a day after predecessor was released; Google’s new photo search feature may violate privacy; Rhapsody releases redesigned iPhone app; Atari to undergo $22.2M bankruptcy auction; Microsoft releases Sculpt mice; Apple expected to unveil iOS 7 at WWDC; 3D-Printed Bionic Ear; and Verizon FiOS customer finds out the limits of “unlimited data” the hard way. Chrome 28 unveiled a day after predecessor was released Google has unveiled Chrome 28 Beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Released only a day after the debut of Chrome 27, the experimental version comes with... more »
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put out a notice about a “potential PII incident” this week. PII of course means Personal Identifiable Information. The issue centers on a recently discovered vulnerability that put the personal information of thousands and thousands of employees exposed since it was first implemented in 2009. The software was in use by a contracted vendor of the DHS in between July 2009 and May 2013 was used to clear candidates in background checks, a common process that is required to get a security clearance. Government jobs, law enforcement, and jobs on that level of security use... more »
If you’re Android user and happen to own a compatible phone, there's a good chance that you've already tried Facebook Home - once - then immediately uninstalled it because it really sucks. This is why Facebook has decided to pull the app from Google Play - so no new user can download it and see how bad it is. But don't think that's the end of Home - Facebook intends to look at the negative feedback and come up with something better that its fans will truly love - or so they hope. No fuss about that since Facebook isn’t really gaining... more »
You may not have seen last night's news about the collapsed freeway bridge in Washington State that sent cars tumbling into the icy waters of the River Skagit, 55 miles north of Seattle. Thankfully rescuers say that nobody was seriously hurt - hence the story wasn't headline news - but the incident serves to highlight one of the many benefits that we can look forward to in the near future as the Internet of Things rapidly evolves. Bridges, like all buildings, need to undergo constant monitoring in order to avoid sudden and disastrous collapses like the one we saw today. Unfortunately,... more »
Yahoo's True Motive with Free 1TB of Flickr Storage : Battling Facebook, Dropbox or Google in the Consumer Cloud?
As Yahoo announced its acquisition of Tumblr and a significant update to Flickr in the same day -- my first reaction was, "why did they blow their load in one day?" Our news cycle is short, but even as short as a one-day cycle, Yahoo in essence snowed in its own product upgrade announcement. I think the long-term implications of 1TB of free storage could be just as big, if not bigger, than the Tumblr-as-a-media-play-news for Yahoo's treacherous climb back to the big-kids table. So here is what we learned: All free accounts get 1 terabyte of free storage Flickr's website got a... more »
When Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One there were a lot of mixed reactions. Some were impressed, others were disappointed, and some just didn’t care at all. Microsoft touts the One as an all-in-one entertainment system, meaning not only will it appeal to gamers, but even to non-gamers or occasional gamers. Yet Microsoft focused so much attention on the entertainment side that it failed to clarify how pre-owned games will come into play. Given that some sources later claimed that Microsoft will in fact be charging people to use pre-owned games, the focus on everything-but-the-gaming may well have been intentional. Now, a new... more »
Today most big organization are in a transition, trying to find their way in a new business world that demands agility and harnessing new technologies to seize the business opportunities that will spell prosperity or just survival in the reality of the 21st Century. Big pharma, however is caught in a double transformation, KPMG Managing Director Ross Rexer & Eli Lilly Director of Service Integration TiJuan Limpkin told Wikibon Cofounder/Chief Analyst David Vellante in the Cube from the ServiceNow Knowledge13 conference. Just what that means, and how far along Eli Lilly is in this transition, was demonstrated by the vocabulary... more »
Natural disasters can happen in the blink of an eye, leaving a devastating trail of debris and memories. Some say that these tragedies can be prevented lessened, if only we had better technology to predict natural disasters and steer clear. With the hype surrounding Big Data, the thinking is that such technology could help predict tornados like the one that recently hit Oklahoma, or hurricanes, so that authorities can provide earlier warning to avoid casualties. People in Moore, Oklahoma only had 14 minutes to brace themselves before the tornado struck. Minutes after the sirens blasted everything was in utter chaos. Twenty-four people... more »
Intel has a lot riding on the success of its upcoming Haswell processor, which represents the next big generational shift in its line of flagship PC chips. In an effort to build up some excitement ahead of its launch, the company has given us an early preview of some of its new benefits – the most important of which is the promise of 50% more battery power in our laptops. This is because Haswell chips' power consumption is 50% less than that of its predecessor, even when they're in an active state – such as when we're watching movies or playing... more »