Early last year, the “Rockstar” consortium backed by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony and Ericsson closed its purchase of thousands of patents previously owned by Nortel for $4.5 billion (around the same time Google, after failing to purchase the patents itself, closed a $12 billion deal for …
In this comic, Maria Scrivan shows that trick-or-treating just isn’t the same now that every kid has a cellphone (and will probably spend more time Instagramming their candy than eating it)
But here’s a simple ground rule: If you’re old enough to tweet, you’re too old to trick-or-treat
Until fixed on Wednesday afternoon, a security flaw in CuidadoDeSalud.gov — the Spanish-language version of HealthCare.gov — could have allowed hackers to steal personal information from enrollees as they typed, according to three independent software developers. The Health and Human Services Department repaired the software error after Nextgov inquired about the defect early Wednesday.
HHS remedied a similar bug on the English-speaking site at some point between Oct. 4 and Oct. 10.
While citizens bemoan the online healthcare shop’s inelegant functionality, some programmers say the same clumsiness is creating vulnerabilities that criminals could exploit, especially as the site becomes more reliable and attracts more users. Read more…
Imagine a world where Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat for the 2012 NBA title. Imagine a world where James Harden won last season’s MVP award. Imagine a world where LeBron James finally enters the dunk contest
In short, imagine a drastically different NBA — but still one well within the realm of possibility. That’s the premise of the extremely creative promo embedded above, which has become a hit with fans to the tune of 130,000-plus YouTube views in two days.
But is it real? Is it fake? The ad’s clever approach has some online thinking it’s actually a fan-generated fraud. After all, hoops-obsessed YouTubers have recently cut together some very cool videos, such as this comparison of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan and this mashup of Derrick Rose and The Dark Knight Rises. Read more…
The letter, sent on Thursday to top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, implicitly endorses a specific bill, the USA Freedom Act, which would end the NSA program that collects U.S. phone call records
There’s something just a little strange about the premise of Halloween
Dressing up like murderers to beg strangers for candy doesn’t sound the best of ideas during most of the year, but on Oct. 31, it’s completely acceptable
The blog A Gentleman’s Armchair questions some of the odd traditions of this fine holiday in a series of charts and graphs — based on absolutely no real data
In the battle for speediest tablet, there can be only one victor. In our side-by-side tests of every single full-sized iPad generation ever made, not surprisingly, the Apple iPad Air makes a strong case for supremacy.
Since Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, it’s been continually upping the ante on its processor. The very first iPad featured a custom-built A4 mobile CPU, which ran at 1 GHz. The iPad 2 got an upgrade to the more powerful A5 chip. It, too, was clocked at 1 GHz
But, as with all Apple’s ARM-based chips, the performance was more than the sum of its Hertz.