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In Memoriam: The Tech We Lost in 2014 — Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Aleichem once wrote " Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, [and] a tragedy for the poor." Indeed. Each person is but a spectator to the parade of people and things marching into their lives and out again-until the day when we all must finally march off with them.
Dec 20, 2014

In Memoriam: The Tech We Lost in 2014 // All technology must die, but not all technology really lives #RIP

Why You Should Use Yahoo Search (No, Really) — Last month, Firefox announced that it was switching its default search from Google to Yahoo. The news was met with a tidal wave of meh. And that reaction was completely understandable. Many of you reading this have probably all but forgotten about both companies-particularly Yahoo-and mentally relegated them to being a thing that grandparents use to search for MapQuest directions in public libraries.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @haldash: Why You Should Use @Yahoo Search (No, Really, That Is Actual Advice I'm Giving You)

Obama: Sony 'Made a Mistake' by Pulling 'The Interview' — President Obama today criticized Sony Pictures for axing the release of The Interview following the hack of its network, arguing that it sets a terrible precedent. "I think they made a mistake," Obama said during a press conference from Washington, D.C. "I wish they'd spoken to me first.

Divoom Airbeat-10 — There are plenty of inexpensive Bluetooth speakers out there, but few that are built to handle bike rides, showers, and speakerphone calls, in addition to standard speaker duties. The $29.90 Divoom Airbeat-10 does all of the above, and for less than speakers that aren't as versatile.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @alexandergcolon: Probably the best cheap Blueooth shower for the speaker: Divoom Airbeat-10,281… #pcmagpicks

Decision on Next Google Fiber Cities Delayed — Those cities waiting to hear if theirs will be the next to get Google Fiber will have to wait a while longer. In February, Google invited 34 cities in nine metro areas to work with the Google Fiber team to see where it made sense to bring the company's gigabit Internet service.

Judge Not Impressed With Android Antitrust Case — Consumers suing Google over its Android operating system will need to present more facts if they want the case to move forward, a U.S. district judge said this week. The tech giant was slapped with an antitrust lawsuit in May, which alleged that the company "illegally monopolized and financially and creatively stagnated" the U.S.

Microsoft Sues Tech Support Scammers — Microsoft is taking tech support scammers to court. The company sued Omnitech Support, a division of Customer Focus Services, for the misuse of Redmond's name, trademarks, and service marks in conjunction with phony services. According to Courtney Gregoire, senior attorney with the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, Omnitech Support staff have been cold-calling people and claiming to be Microsoft tech support.

Google Blasts MPAA's Secret Anti-Piracy Efforts — In another headache for Sony, leaked emails reveal that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has been encouraging and helping state officials to go after Google on piracy issues. Google this week said it was "deeply concerned" by the move, which appears to also include efforts to revive the anti-piracy SOPA bill.

Will the Sony Hack Bring Back the BlackBerry?

Tell Antivirus Researchers What Matters To You — Researchers at antivirus testing labs around the world spend their days putting products through a wide variety of tests. They check how well products detect known malware, measure how well they clean up what they find, and evaluate impact on system performance, among other things. But are the results relevant to you?
Dec 18, 2014

RT @securitywatch: Survey from AV-Comparatives asks what YOU want them to test, and what tests are important to YOU. Take the survey!…

Microsoft Job Posting Tips 'Arcadia' Streaming Service — A new Microsoft job listing suggests that Redmond might be pursuing a new streaming game service. As reported by ZDNet, a Redmond job posting is looking for a senior software engineer for the company's Operating Systems Group (OSG) "Arcadia" team, which "is leveraging many new app technologies to bring premium and unique experiences to Microsoft's core platforms." Sources told ZDNet that Arcadia is an Azure-based streaming service that will focus on games and apps; streaming Android apps and games on Windows, for example.

Zynga's Looney Tunes Dash Updates a Classic — Zynga's latest mobile title, Looney Tunes Dash, drops some of the most beloved cartoon characters into a Temple Run scenario-then adds a twist. The new "runner" experience challenges players to run, jump, smash, and slide through zany adventures in increasingly difficult levels set in the cartoon's iconic desert locale.

Share Pics on the Big Screen With Microsoft Xim — Microsoft's Xim photo-sharing service is coming to a big screen near you. Tap the in-app display icon, and select a linked Xbox One, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV to display your pictures. Just as you would when sharing a Xim with another mobile user, both screens-your phone and TV-will swipe, pan, and zoom simultaneously.

Malicious Software Found on Coolpad Android Phones — Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad has been selling Android smartphones with a built-in backdoor, according to a new report. Dubbed "CoolReaper," the malicious software was discovered by enterprise security firm Palo Alto Networks, and allows Coolpad to control users' phones and access data on the devices.

Microsoft Retires EU-Mandated 'Browser Ballot' — After five years, Microsoft has retired its EU-mandated "browser ballot," which offered Web users a choice in browsers when using Windows. The feature dates back to 2009 when the European Commission announced an antitrust settlement with Microsoft, which was accused of violating competition law by bundling Internet Explorer with Windows.