The National Security Agency, along with its UK counterpart, the GCHQ, has taken to video games to spy on alleged terrorists, according to a new report.
The Guardian reported on Monday that leaked documents obtained from Edward Snowden show that the NSA several years ago determined that online games could be a breeding ground for terrorist activity. In response, the US and UK set out a plan to monitor activity on popular games, World of Warcraft and Second Life. Xbox Live gaming was also targeted in that effort.… Read more
The Samsung Galaxy S5 may be among five smartphones announced in the first quarter of 2014, reports ETNews (translated). While this is but one report, and from a not-always accurate source, the rumor dovetails with recent rumblings.
But, with new information coming in almost daily, it feels as if the device is almost ready for takeoff.
In the midst of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 debuting and throwing their muscle around, Nintendo is like the kid in the corner: quiet, patient, unnoticed. While the Nintendo 3DS might have found some staying power, the Wii U remains a problem console. Make more games like Super Mario 3D World, however, and that might not be the case.
Nintendo's latest game featuring its tentpole franchise mascot lives up to the reputation, and is a heck of a lot of fun. In fact, it might be my favorite game of the fall, even surrounded by the PS4 … Read more
For the first time ever, Android has hit more than 80 percent market share for smartphone shipments worldwide.
The new Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker was released on Tuesday by IDC, which detailed third-quarter numbers for all smartphone shipments worldwide. A total of 261.1 million smartphones were shipped during this quarter, 81 percent of which run Google's operating system. A study by Strategy Analytics last month revealed nearly the same numbers, showing that Android gobbled 81.3 percent of the global smartphone market in the third quarter.
There are several smartphone manufacturers that run Android on their devices. … Read more
Working at CNET means working with people who know how to answer the question, "Most awesome Thor-related gift, any suggestions?"
I was looking for something to entertain my convalescing aunt, who's a big Thor fan from the Jack Kirby days. She's embraced the current Avengers series, including the Hemsworth movie despite its lack of Donald Blake, and has been counting down the days until the sequel.
During her recent hospital stay she even convinced someone to change the wording of the regular lucidity check she was being given from, "Do you know who the president … Read more
If you were to step into the lobby of the Shanghai Bona Insun International Theater Complex in China, you might see a large poster advertising "Thor: The Dark World." This particular poster seems to hint at the new film taking quite a departure from the love story featured in the first "Thor." Yes, Thor and Loki are getting cozy. Very cozy.
A blog called dcinside.com published a photo of the poster in the wild. It's not an official poster by a long shot, but rather a fan-made poster. It was modified from an original poster image featuring star Chris Hemsworth wrapping a protective arm around his onscreen lady-love Natalie Portman.… Read more
The National Security Agency did spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders, according to unnamed US officials cited by The Wall Street Journal.
In a story published Monday, the Journal said the program was curtailed this summer after a review by the Obama administration found that the phones of 35 world leaders were being tapped. The review was reportedly the first time the White House was made aware of this specific spying program.
One senior U.S. official told the Journal that these types of surveillance decisions are made at the NSA and do not require the … Read more
AMSTERDAM -- Spotify is one of the most prominent "over the top" services that tax the mobile data networks of wireless carriers, but the music-streaming service should be seen as an ally, not an enemy, in the view of the company's telco partnership leader.
Michael Abbatista argued here that a Spotify partnership actually helps carriers by reducing subscriber churn -- the tendency for customers to hop from one carrier to another. And particularly with younger customers, it can make the carrier look better.
"We bring a certain brand uplift," Abbatista said at the Broadband World … Read more
AMSTERDAM -- Electrical wires hardly have the glamor of 4G mobile networks or invisibly small microchip transistors. But Qualcomm hopes a faster new version of technology called HomePlug will breathe new high-tech life into homes' old wiring.
Qualcomm's Atheros division makes processors that let devices such as set-top boxes and wireless network range extenders communicate over power lines using HomePlug. A new chip, the QCA7500 announced here this week at the Broadband World Forum, can take advantage of a HomePlug AV2 feature called MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) to boost data-transfer speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.
The HomePlug … Read more