CyanogenMod, the popular alternative Android installer, is partnering with OnePlus to create a smartphone called the OnePlus One. This horribly named handset will be OnePlus s first phone, and OnePlus hopes to launch it in the first half of this year.
Back in February, Facebook announced it was buying WhatsApp for $19 billion. This was a surprising move, given WhatsApp s reputation for ensuring privacy and Facebook s not-so-great reputation for privacy, but the two companies insisted that WhatsApp would remain independent, ad-free, and committed to privacy.
Ahead of its release back in March, Titanfall was rumored to have helped Microsoft sell as many as 1 million Xbox Ones. That rumor was never confirmed nor denied, but now we know how many copies of Titanfall sold last quarter, and it looks like the rumor is at least plausible. According to NPD numbers cited by COO Peter Moore, EA sold 925,000 copies of Titanfall last quarter. These numbers don t include digital sales bought from EA s Origin PC service or from the Xbox One dashboard. They also don t include worldwide sales.
We ve all been there, whether it s on a crowded bus or in line at a restaurant, someone is inevitably carrying on a cell phone conversation for all to hear, talking about things you d rather not hear. Greg Benson, a YouTube actor and comedian, is on a mission to end these loud conversations. Three months ago, he crashed some cell phone conversations at an airport, and in his latest video, he went to Disneyland to embarrass some loud talkers.
Microsoft is dropping support for Windows XP on April 8th, and with 95% of all ATMs still running XP, this could become a major problem for any banks that haven t signed agreements to keep support running past the deadline. And today, we learned of an ATM attack that could be easily fixed if the ATMs update to Windows 7 or 8: According to Symantec, attackers have found a way to steal money from ATMs using SMS messages. Symantec first noticed this attack late last year, when the attacks were happening in Mexico. In a blog post on Monday, it noted that a new variant of the malware, called Ploutus, had been translated to English.
For years, Apple pundits favorite game was to guess when the iPhone would finally support NFC, or Near Field Communication. If only Apple would support NFC, then mobile payments would take off, and we could finally stop paying cash and credit cards. But Apple never did support NFC and it appears it made the right decision: According to GigaOm, major retailers Best Buy and 7-Eleven are ditching their NFC sensors in their stores.
Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, criticized the NSA and hinted at future leaks in a Skype interview at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, did not give any details about what would be included in future leaks. He also blasted the Obama administration for its weak response to the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden.
Microsoft Office may not be in danger any time soon. It still makes up a large chunk of Microsoft s revenue, and most businesses rely on its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint programs. But Office is also notorious for being misused people will paste screenshots into Word and email them instead of just pasting them directly onto email, or they will open up Excel to perform a simple calculation. Analyst Benedict Evans has drawn a key insight from these classic misuses: Increasingly, different functions in Office, such as the various misuses, can be done with apps on tablets or phones.
Since 2011, Apple has been selling Smart Covers for its line of iPads. While they cleverly lock and unlock the iPad, they have not evolved much from their original incarnation. This could be fine, except that the competition is constantly showing how much more can be done with tablet accessories.
Since Marissa Mayer became CEO, Yahoo has been on a bit of a roll and has released several well-reviewed apps (Weather, News Digest, Sports, etc.) while also bringing Flickr back from irrelevance. According to MIT Technology Review, Yahoo has even bigger plans with its recent announcement that it is investing millions of dollars to develop a smarter Siri.