Microsoft to make Windows 8.1 with Bing free for users: report – Firstpost

FirstpostIt seems that Microsoft could launch a free version of Windows 8.1 in order to boost the number of people using the operating system, reports The Verge. The report quotes…

Court: No-phones traffic law does not apply to apps – BBC News

BBC NewsA California law that bans drivers from talking on mobile phones without a hands-free device does not bar them looking at map apps, a court has ruled. The appeals…

Diving Into Kepler Data, Astronomers Discover Hundreds of Planets – New York Times

New York TimesKepler’s view of the sky taken in 2009. Its mission was to hunt for exoplanets among the approximately 4.5 million stars pictured here. Credit NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech. the main story.…

The oldest gem – ABC Online

ABC OnlineA tiny gem found on an outback sheep station in Western Australia has been declared the oldest known piece of our planet. The zircon is said to be 4.4billion…

Why did Google acquire sound login startup SlickLogin? Because security … – VentureBeat

VentureBeatSecurity breaches are on the rise, and we humans still have trouble creating and remembering secure passwords, so it’s clear we need another solution for our ongoing security. SlickLogin, a…

Flap no more: Google, Apple rejecting flappy-branded games – Ars Technica

Ars TechnicaFlappy Bird knock-offs proliferated almost as soon as Flappy Bird became a (blessedly short-lived) phenomenon, and it seems that Apple and Google are both fighting back. The companies have…

Watch nearly invincible crazy ant dominate fire ant by neutralizing its venom … – Science Recorder

Science RecorderWatch nearly invincible crazy ant dominate fire ant by neutralizing its venom [VIDEO]. The researchers believe this newly found detoxification process is the result of an ancient evolutionary arms…

Crazy Ants Detoxifies Fire Ants Poison To Compete For Food: Study – The Almagest

The AlmagestIn a new study researchers have found the Rasberry crazy ants can also fight off its bitter rival, the fierce-stinging fire ants even though the poison of these are…

Crazy ant in chemical war against venomous Fire ant – The Utah People’s Post

The Utah People’s PostThe researchers have brought to us one the most interesting war coming from ages and i.e. the ant war. Crazy ants and fire ants, the two species…

Facebook goes beyond ‘male’ and ‘female’ with new gender options – CNN

CNN(CNN) — You don’t have to be strictly a man or a woman on Facebook anymore. In a nod to the “it’s complicated” sexual identities of many of its users,…

AT&T intros Mobile Share Family Value plan, but read the fine print first – Ars Technica

Ars TechnicaEnlarge / AT&T’s new Mobile Share Family Value Plan. These monthly costs don’t include what you’ll pay for the phones you use. AT&T. It seems like everyone is going…

Microsoft buys Gears of War franchise from Epic Games – Ars Technica

Ars TechnicaAnyone holding out hope that the next Gears of War game would somehow be available on a non-Microsoft platform has had those hopes dashed this morning. That’s because Microsoft…

New Bitcoin billboards preach to the masses in San Francisco Bay Area – Ars Technica

Ars TechnicaOAKLAND, CALIFORNIA—For the last month, 40 mysterious billboards have popped up in seemingly random locations around the San Francisco Bay Area. “The revolution has started… Where do you stand?”…

Report: Microsoft paying YouTube producers to highlight Xbox One – Play.tm

Play.tmMicrosoft allegedly made deals with Machinima video partners to pay them extra if they promoted the Xbox One, but only if those video producers kept the agreement confidential, reports Ars…

FCC Chairman Says AT&T Sponsored Data Plans Warrant Watching – CNBC.com

CNBC.comAT&T, which announced its plans on Monday, has tried to characterize the move as simply another billing option and argued it shouldn’t raise net neutrality concerns because sponsored data will…

CES 2014: Pebble Steel smartwatch announced – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe creators of the Pebble smartwatch have unveiled a sophisticated version of the wearable device that features a stainless steel body and Gorilla Glass. The Pebble Steel, available in…

BlackBerry Sues Seacrest’s Typo Over IPhone Case Design – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle(Updates with excerpt from complaint in second paragraph.) Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) — BlackBerry Ltd., the smartphone maker that has lost business to Apple Inc. and Google Inc., sued…

US spy agency developing computer to crack privacy codes: report – NDTV

NDTVThe computer, which would be able to perform several calculations at once instead of in a single stream, could take years to develop. The U.S. National Security Agency is trying…

Report: NSA looking to crack all encryption with quantum computer – PCWorld

PCWorldThe U.S. National Security Agency is attempting to build a new breed of supercomputer that theoretically could make short work of cracking most keys used for encrypted communications. The project…

Ford will work with researchers to determine solar lens viability for production use – DailyTech

DailyTechFord has unveiled a new concept car based on its C-MAX plug-in hybrid vehicle. The concept car is called the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi concept and as its name implies,…

NSA team spies, hacks to gather intelligence on targets, report says – CNN

CNN(CNN) — A top-secret National Security Agency team uses spyware and hacking to gather intelligence on targets, according to a new report based on internal agency documents. According to Der…

Netflix’s new plan: save a buck with SD-only streaming – Ars Technica

Netflix’s new plan: save a buck with SD-only streamingArs TechnicaNetflix has added a new streaming plan to its slate: for $6.99 per month, customers can get a plan that allows…

Private Matters: Snapchat Tries to Downplay Hack – Atlanta Black Star

Atlanta Black StarFollowing security researchers announcing a way to match Snapchat usernames to telephone numbers, Snapchat has published a skimpy statement making the hack sound impractical and noting, “We recently…

Looking back at the Snowden leaks that sparked U.S. surveillance revelations – PBS

PBSIn June, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden thrust the once-secret agency into the spotlight when he leaked classified documents. The revelations continued across the year, shedding light on U.S. surveillance…

RSA Denies Snowden’s Claims That It Accepted $10 Million From The NSA For … – International Business Times

International Business TimesAn RSA SecurID dongle used for internet VPN tunnelling is seen in Toronto on Dec. 18, 2013. Reuters. RSA, the cybersecurity arm of EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), categorically denied…

Report: NSA paid RSA to make flawed crypto algorithm the default – Ars Technica

Ars TechnicaSecurity company RSA was paid $10 million to use the flawed Dual_EC_DRBG pseudorandom number generating algorithm as the default algorithm in its BSafe crypto library, according to sources speaking…

Space station suffers cooling problem; crew safe – USA TODAY

USA TODAYIn a situation described as urgent but not an emergency, NASA engineers worked Wednesday to determine what caused one of the International Space Station’s two cooling systems to shut…

Mars One taps Lockheed Martin to build first private spacecraft to Red Planet – natmonitor.com

natmonitor.comAccording to a news release from Mars One, the not-for-profit foundation has contracted lead suppliers for its first mission to the Red Planet. The mission, scheduled to launch in 2018,…

Google to let users download portable file with all their Gmail messages – PCWorld

PCWorldIn a major move for data portability, Google will let users download their entire set of Gmail messages in a single file and do the same with their Google Calendar…

Xbox One Looking To Gain Speed This Holiday – TG Daily

TG DailyOkay, so Xbox One is the current leader in the console wars, but Xmas is just around the corner, and this should be the real test for who comes…

New USB Connector Plugs in Upside Down or Rightside Up – ABC News

ABC NewsAnyone who’s hooked up a USB device to their computer knows it’s a slightly irritating process. You switch between sticking it in upside down and rightside up, jiggling it…

Microsoft Reports Record Xbox One Sales 11 Days After Debut (2) – Businessweek

BusinessweekMicrosoft Corp. (MSFT:US) said it’s selling every Xbox One player it can make, 11 days after introducing the new game console. Sales are setting records, the Redmond, Washington-based software maker…

Google compute cloud load balances 1 million requests per second for $10 – Ars Technica

Ars TechnicaGoogle Compute Engine, the company’s infrastructure-as-a-service cloud that competes against Amazon Web Services, is trying to take reliability and scale to the extreme. Yesterday, the company said it was…

Will Icy Comet Survive Close Encounter with Sun? – Sci-Tech Today

Sci-Tech TodayThe sun-grazing Comet ISON, now thought to be less than a mile wide, will either fry and shatter as it zooms toward the sun, victim of its power, or…