After saying an awful, awful lot about the woes of the NSA and American techno-surveillance in general last June, Edward Snowden quickly retreated from the public eye -- and you certainly can't blame him, what with the wholething. Coinciding with the US Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) finding the NSA's bulk monitoring of electronic transmissions both , Snowden broke silence this week to posed over Twitter.
He indicated that the warrantless surveillance must be stopped, instead reverting to the usual way of doing things -- involving warrants and court orders. That said, he made it clear that we should not vilify the people working at the NSA or other intelligence organizations. "They're good people trying to do the right thing, and I can tell you from personal experience that they were worried about the same things I was."
With the PCLOB's findings and President Obama applying some limited restrictions on the power of the NSA, it's certainly beginning to look like the days are numbered for this spying program. What remains to be seen, of course, is the legal fate of Edward Snowden himself here in the United States.
Microsoft up, Nintendo, Samsung, and Nokia down this earnings season
It's earnings season, dear readers, and the best part about earnings season is that it comes every season, whether you like it or not. I tend to think it's pretty boring most of the time, so let's make this quick.
That contrasts painfully toover the past 12 months. That's well below expectations and enough to turn Nintendo from an expected $961 million profit to a $336 million loss this year.
Nokia, meanwhile, had. Revenue of $3.57 billion is 29 percent lower than this time last year, and Lumia smartphone sales dropped from 8.8 million last quarter to 8.2 million this quarter. Finally, , posting $7.7 billion in profits, but it wasn't good enough. That's an 18 percent decline, largely thanks to a drop in device sales. That Galaxy S5 can't come soon enough.
BlackBerry stock surges thanks to misread DOD press release
A reported 80,000 unit order of BlackBerries for the US Government senton Tuesday. The stock is still trading at or above that level -- despite that story being bogus. The press release, misread by many (including, sadly, ), actually indicated the number of devices that the DOD was currently supporting and had nothing to do with a new order. Sorry to get your hopes up, Waterloo.
Apple rumors start spinning
A new year, time for new Apple rumors. First up:. The Wall Street Journal is reporting we'll see multiple new iPhones this summer with display sizes somewhere north of 4.5 or even 5 inches. Another report, from QQ Tech, indicated 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch sizes. Is the era of the iPhone Pro upon us?
The other rumor has to do with the Apple TV -- the set-top box, not the actual television.is that sometime in the first half of this year, Apple will upgrade the box to include a proper App Store and support for game controllers, the sorts of things we've been expecting for years now.
Beats Music launches on Android and iOS, only for paid subscribers
Do you like paying roughly $10 a month to listen to music? You now have another venue for doing so:. The service offers basically the same sort of functionality you've come to know and love from any of a number of premium streaming offerings, with the big difference here being a basic lack of a free version. Yes, this is for paying subscribers only.
Beats CEO Ian Rogers said: "If music, and a service that brings you great music experiences and playlists from everyone from Pitchfork to Downbeat to Mojo to Thrasher isn't worth $100 per year to you I'm afraid we don't have much in common." That's fair enough, Mr. Rogers, but given most streaming services generate far more revenue from their ad-based clientele than their paid players, not offering such an avenue may make the road ahead a bit rougher than it need be.
Qualcomm buys Palm and iPaq patents from HP
Technology patents are increasingly becoming a currency-like commodity, hotter even than
30 years of Macintosh
The Mac is 30, and if that makes you feel old I heartily encourage you to join the club. Today, Apple execs far and wide are weighing in on the cultural and technological significance of the brand.for a round-up of all the corporate reminiscences, and enjoy the video above, an internal video talking Macintosh from way back in 1983.