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Apple to donate portion of holiday sales to AIDS fight

cnet.com — During the two-week campaign, proceeds from the sales of 25 apps with exclusive new content will be donated to fight the disease. Apple has launched a campaign that will allow its customers to support World AIDS Day 2014 through donations derived from app purchases from its App Store.
Nov 24, 2014

Apple to donate portion of holiday sales to AIDS fight cnet.co/1Fi01mD via @CNET

Nov 24, 2014

Apple to donate portion of holiday sales to AIDS fight cnet.co/1Fi01mD via @CNET

Apple to donate portion of holiday sales to AIDS fight

cnet.com — During the two-week campaign, proceeds from the sales of 25 apps with exclusive new content will be donated to fight the disease. Apple has launched a campaign that will allow its customers to support World AIDS Day 2014 through donations derived from app purchases from its App Store.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @CNET: Apple to donate portion of sales to fight AIDS, with 25 apps offering exclusive new content cnet.co/1v1HwOP pic.twitter.com/l0gn3MQh39

Stealth malware found spying on telecoms, energy sectors

cnet.com — Regin's complex nature suggests a nation state is behind the cyberespionage tool's development, Symantec reports. An advanced piece of malware has been uncovered that has been used as long ago as 2008 to spy on governments, companies and individuals, Symantec said in a report released Sunday.
Nov 23, 2014

Stealth malware found spying on telecoms, energy and airline sectors cnet.co/1ACU5Vy via @CNET

Checking out Photoshop for Chromebooks: Network-computing revived

cnet.com — Adobe Photoshop Streaming runs on a Google server instead of your PC. Remember Sun Microsystems' motto "the network is the computer"? CNET's Stephen Shankland takes a look. In the computing industry's last chapter, Sun Microsystems had a motto: "The network is the computer."
Nov 22, 2014

"The network is the computer," @scottmcnealy told us. With Adobe @Photoshop Streaming on Chrome OS, now it really is. cnet.com/news/checking-…

ESPN bans Twitter use for baseball writer who defended evolution

cnet.com — Keith Law gets into a Twitter debate with former pitcher Curt Schilling on the subject of evolution vs. creationism. ESPN confirms Law's Twitter use has been suspended but won't say why. Is there a modern-day Galileo in the sporting world's midst?
Nov 23, 2014

Is this for reals? "ESPN bans Twitter use for baseball writer who defended evolution," says @CNETNews cnet.com/news/espn-bans…

Ex-BlackBerry CEO Heins: 'I have no regrets' (Q&A)

cnet.com — A year after exiting BlackBerry, Thorsten Heins weighs in on his time at the smartphone maker and dishes on his current phone. BlackBerry's comeback tour last year ended in disappointment. At the wheel of that bus was Thorsten Heins, who kicked off a massive multicountry launch of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone, hired Alicia Keys as "creative director" and paid big bucks for a spot during the 2013 Super Bowl.
Nov 22, 2014

Former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins and I reminisce about his time running the embattled smartphone maker. cnet.com/news/ex-blackb…

Absolutely sublime: Fostex TH500RP headphones

cnet.com — The Fostex TH500RP may be the best sounding high-end headphone you can buy in its price class. Five years ago two upstart headphone makers, Audeze and Hifiman, introduced thin-film planar magnetic designs that sounded very different, and to my ears better than the more expensive, top-of-the-line AKG, Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic, Grado, and Sennheiser headphones.

Just do it: Toss your ear buds and get a decent headphone

cnet.com — The Audiophiliac reviews the Hifiman RE300, a new low price model from a high-end headphone-maker. Whenever I'm on the New York subway I see lots of folks using the free ear buds that came with their phones, and I think that's a shame.
Nov 22, 2014

First review: Hifiman RE300 in-ear #headphones. It's time to toss your ear buds and get a decent headphone cnet.co/1FdDur9 via @CNET

European Parliament to call for breakup of Google, report says

cnet.com — The Internet giant faces yet another tussle with European officials, who want Google to split off its search business. The European Parliament is getting ready to call for a breakup of Google, according to a report Friday by the Financial Times.
Nov 22, 2014

European Parliament to call for breakup of Google, report says cnet.co/1Fbv4jZ via @CNET

Nov 22, 2014

European Parliament to call for breakup of Google, report says (CNET) buff.ly/1FbBrUv

Aereo files for bankruptcy protection

cnet.com — After months of "not dead yet" declarations, the streaming-TV start-up files for Chapter 11 reorganization, the clearest acknowledgement that a Supreme Court decision against Aereo set it on a road to nowhere. Aereo filed for bankruptcy protection, the streaming-TV start-up said Friday, as the company acknowledged it has exhausted its viable routes to keep operating after a Supreme Court decision against it in June.

These smart clothes take your measurements

cnet.com — LikeAGlove smart garments act like high-tech personal shopping assistants, checking your measurements and finding you clothes that fit. Here's a true online shopping experience I had recently. I ordered a pair of hiking pants from Amazon in my usual size and they arrived with enough room to stuff an Ewok down them.

Uber does damage control amid firestorm, but is it enough?

cnet.com — After being called an "arrogant" and "jerkish" company that doesn't respect privacy, the ride-sharing service aims to show it's a "positive member of the community." As far as good weeks and bad weeks go, this one couldn't get much worse for Uber.
Nov 21, 2014

Uber's charm offensive has begun amid one of the worst controversies it's ever faced. But is it enough? cnet.co/1F8Hvgt

Nov 21, 2014

After a hearty celebration of International Gaffe Week, @Uber is in damage-control mode. cnet.co/1tncs87 by @darakerr

Nov 20, 2014

Uber does damage control amid firestorm, but is it enough? - @CNET @darakerr cnet.co/1x7l314

Nov 20, 2014

American Apparel & Uber--both w/disastrous CEO reputations. I think AA has not recovered. Nice analysis, @darakerr: cnet.com/news/uber-does…

Nov 20, 2014

Uber does damage control amid firestorm, but is it enough? cnet.co/1uYZ8Mt

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Forget flares. Next time you're in trouble, send up a balloon

cnet.com — A device now seeking funding on Kickstarter offers a better way to get help when you need it -- by sending a helium balloon 150 feet in the air. We've all seen the movie. A character gets lost at sea or deep in the woods and he or she shoots a flare into the air.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @Jose_Pagliery: And get picked up Batman style. RT @CNET: Next time you're in trouble, send up a balloon cnet.co/1xKjwDk pic.twitter.com/vjXWl3BUv1

Nov 21, 2014

And get picked up Batman style. RT @CNET: Next time you're in trouble, send up a balloon cnet.co/1xKjwDk pic.twitter.com/vjXWl3BUv1

Does Flywheel exec shakeup spell trouble? CEO says no

cnet.com — With new leadership and a $12 million funding round, the taxi-hailing app guns for ride-sharing rivals like Uber and Lyft. Taxi-hailing service Flywheel has replaced its CEO and CTO, the company said Thursday, coinciding with an injection of $12 million in funding from new and current investors.
Nov 21, 2014

Taxi-hailing app Flywheel guns for Uber and Lyft with a new CEO and $12 million in funding cnet.co/1Av3UVv

Samsung expects to release flexible and foldable phone this year

cnet.com — Will Samsung add a new member to the Galaxy family in 2014? Google is developing amazing new photo recognition tech and Lollipop is here for all Nexus devices.
Nov 21, 2014

NEW GOOGS! Samsung expects a flexible and foldable phone this year. C: cnet.co/1xbO4sp YT: youtu.be/A7gU83fjCk4

Nov 21, 2014

Samsung expects to release flexible and foldable phone this year. That and more with @briantong (video) cnet.co/1F9FMrl @CNET

Can bitcoins catch on with consumers? This VC's betting on it

cnet.com — Silicon Valley investor Adam Draper is refocusing his accelerator program solely on bitcoin, in hopes of taking the currency mainstream. Bitcoin is alive, well, and ready to be spent. That's the thinking of Adam Draper, 28, who's Boost VC accelerator will now focus exclusively on all things bitcoin, the digital currency that has become notorious for allowing anonymous purchases.
Nov 22, 2014

Will bitcoin go mainstream? Silicon Valley VC Adam Draper thinks so -- his accelerator just went 100% bitcoin: cnet.com/news/can-bitco…

Candy Crush is taking over your Facebook feed--again

cnet.com — The latest puzzle game from King.com is making waves on mobile devices, and the latest advertising campaign on Facebook has reached millions of people. Go ahead, try to ignore the latest Candy Crush video game. King.com's "Candy Crush Soda Saga," the latest entrant in the company's popular puzzle game series, was officially released earlier this month.
Nov 21, 2014

Candy Crush is taking over your Facebook feed again cnet.co/1qJRki1

Hate ads? Pay Google to block them for you

cnet.com — Google is testing an ad-blocker service, Amazon may be inserting ads into streaming video, and Comcast lets you track the cable guy. Would you pay a subscription to remove ads from webpages? Google -- which earns most of its revenue from advertising -- is testing a service that lets you block ads for a small monthly fee.

Handy Android apps for hassle-free holiday travel

cnet.com — If you're hitting the road (or skies) this holiday season, these three Android apps can make your journey less of a headache. Travel can be stressful no matter the time of year, but the holiday season always seems to be worse.