posted about 8 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom said Tuesday he has won his battle to have live streaming of his appeal to avoid extradition from New Zealand to the United States where he is wanted on piracy charges.

Read More...
posted about 9 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
The company's tablets will get support for the company's stylus, according to Bloomberg.

Read More...
posted about 9 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
Microsoft has released an update for the Surface Pro 3 that’s supposed to fix issues preventing some units from holding a full battery charge. Microsoft has now identified the problem, saying that certain units have been failing to properly measure their full battery capacity, preventing them from receiving a full charge. Microsoft equates the issue to a broken fuel gauge in a car.

Read More...
posted about 9 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
Apple’s latest iPhone event is scheduled for September 7th, but the company may have a much grander hardware refresh on the horizon. According to Bloomberg, the company plans on announcing new versions of its iMac desktop, its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, and a new 5K standalone monitor in a collaboration with LG. Some of the devices may even arrive later this year, the report states, citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans. Bloomberg says Apple is not planning to update the iPad lineup this fall, choosing instead to focus on software features to make its new iPad Pro more appealing to professional users.

Read More...
posted about 9 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
Yes, Jason Bourne is a bad movie when you see in 2D , but the 3D experience is much worse, and there's a distinct possibility that watching Matt Damon's latest adventure in 3D will make you physically sick. DON’T MISS: After killing data plans just 2 weeks ago, T-Mobile already introduced a new data plan Is Jason Bourne even available in 3D you ask? Not for you and me, but for many people it's the only way to watch it. That’s how Universal released the movie in China and other Asian markets, where most theaters are equipped to deliver 3D content, and where moviegoers prefer 3D movies. So, the people behind Jason Bourne thought it’d be a good idea to release a special 3D version of the film in these markets. Unfortunately, the fast-paced action and the editing style of the movie have been causing problems when 3D is involved. The movie made people feel dizzy and nauseated, which is certainly not something you want to experience when going to the movies. "I really felt sick during the fight scenes when I watched it in 3D," a Weibo user said, according to The Hollywood Reporter . "It was like a low-budget movie. I need to watch again in 2D." Some people asked for their money back and even organized a protest for refunds. Watching the movie in 2D is more difficult in China, since only a handful of theaters in China have the 2D version. Universal did say that it’s working with local distributors to arrange more 2D screenings. That said, the movie made $11.8 million in ticket sales on Thursday, a record high for the Bourne franchise in China (it also helps that 3D tickets are usually more expensive). The movie ended up raking in $25.1 million in China during its opening weekend.

Read More...
posted about 9 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
If you need to free up local storage space on your Android device, and have lots of photos on your phone, learn how to delete those images without actually losing them.

Read More...
posted about 9 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
The wireless carrier prevails in court but could still face a $100 million fine from another agency, the FCC.

Read More...
posted about 9 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
Dogs really can understand what we’re saying to them, according to a new study that seems to confirm the dearest wish of many a dog-lover. Aside from this being heartening news for man’s best friend, the study authors think the finding has some relevance for us bipeds, too.

Read More...
posted about 9 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
The legendary comedian dazzled on screen in the 1960s and '70s and continued to play a starring role in viral memes online in recent years.

Read More...
posted about 10 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
It's sad that we've got to this point, but HTC, a company that used to make the most exciting smartphones in the world, is now pumping out mid-level Android handsets that look like a Greatest Hits of famous past smartphones. According to famed phone leaker Evan Blass , HTC is about to release a successor to the HTC One A9, an iPhone-lookalike that the company came out with last year. It's named the One A9s, the back looks an awful lot like my iPhone 6s, and the front is basically my old Samsung Galaxy S4. HTC, I thought you were better than this. DON'T MISS:  Leaked photos of iPhone 7 in blue remind us of the biggest remaining mystery Building Android-powered iPhone knockoffs has traditionally been the preserve of disreputable Chinese firms, but HTC appears to have fully embraced the idea as it tries to halt sliding revenues. From the back, the leaked photo of the A9s looks virtually identical to the iPhone. Important differences seem to be: A camera module that lies flush with the back Volume button on the right-hand side HTC logo where the Apple should be Even the color scheme is tenuously Apple-inspired. Jet black and light blue are expected to be the new colors for the upcoming iPhone 7, if leaks can be believed. Since the backplate and color are copied from Apple, you'd think that HTC's excellent design engineers might've spent some time on the front plate. Nope! Look at the photo of a white Samsung Galaxy S4 from three years ago, and try and tell me they're functionally different. I get that with smartphone design regressing towards "5-inch rectangle with metal back, glass front," all designs are going to look a little similar. But in a field of similar-looking smartphones, HTC has been particularly brazen with "seeking inspiration." Anyway, if you're still interested in the One A9s, it will likely be released this week, during or before IFA, the electronics trade show in Berlin.

Read More...
posted about 10 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
Buzz is growing over the possibility of intelligent alien life, thanks to a group of Russian astronomers who say they’ve picked up a strong mysterious radio signal from space. Well before you assume we’ve found ET’s home, consider this: astronomers still need to find another signal coming from the same spot in the sky — and that may not be likely.

Read More...
posted about 10 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
The social network promoted a fake news story over the weekend about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. It's the latest in a string of controversies the Trending Topics feature has faced.

Read More...
posted about 10 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The race between a small town on the Rio Grande in New Mexico and a Salt Lake City suburb to entice a new Facebook data center with millions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies is raising questions about public investments in a booming cloud-computing economy that typically brings few local jobs.

Read More...
posted about 10 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
Whether you love The Walking Dead or have a love-hate relationship with it , be thankful that it was picked up by AMC instead of NBC. Speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd discussed what could have been if the show had stayed at NBC, where creator Frank Darabont had an overall deal before moving on to other networks. SEE ALSO:  Apple tipped to fix one of the worst things about the Apple Watch According to Hurd, when Darabont presented the first version of the script to NBC, he was asked: "Do there have to be zombies [in it]?" Presumably, Darabont said, "Of course," at which point NBC asked if they could turn the show into a standard procedural where the main characters "solve a zombie crime of the week." The Walking Dead is not a perfect show. It's had as many ups and downs as any popular drama of the past decade, going through showrunners faster than Game of Thrones goes through important characters. But whatever the show's weaknesses, I think we can all agree that the version we got is infinitely more interesting than some trite CSI ripoff that happened to have zombies. Hurd also discussed the upcoming seventh season, which, as we know, will begin with a revelation regarding who Negan killed in the season 6 finale : "In this new season Negan is the gamechanger, and whatever we did someone was going to be unhappy… so we promised we will be picking up where that left off; we are not going to draw it out," Hurd said. The Walking Dead season 7 debuts on October 23rd on AMC.

Read More...
posted about 10 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
If employees don't digitally sign all outgoing emails, Jack Wallen says your company and customer base is at risk. He explains why signing emails has reached critical importance.

Read More...
posted about 10 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
This impressive replica took over 2,000 parts and 1,000 hours to create, without any help from distant aliens.

Read More...
posted about 10 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
Mosquito moms can transmit zika virus to their offspring — at least in the lab, a new study shows. Mosquitoes can transmit viruses in the same family as Zika, such as yellow fever and dengue, to their offspring — but it wasn’t clear whether this was also true for Zika.

Read More...
posted about 10 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
Apple will soon unveil the iPhone 7, a smartphone that’s supposed to look almost exactly like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. But the device will pack better hardware, and bring over one massive change. The iPhone 7 will be the first iPhone to ship without a standard 3.5mm audio jack, and we still have no idea how Apple will deal with the matter. One solution would be wireless headphones, which Apple is reportedly working on. A new leak shows what appears to be Bluetooth EarPods that would ship with the iPhone 7. But we hope – and think – it’s fake. DON’T MISS: A closer look at the NSO Group, the organization behind the most advanced iPhone spyware ever released The following images were posed online by @the_malignant , a mysterious Twitter account that keeps leaking details about unreleased devices, including the iPhone 7, but the new pictures are rather dubious. The person who supposedly had access to these many iPhone 7 retail boxes, complete with wireless EarPods, didn’t even bother to take the headphones out for closer inspection. And there’s nothing to suggest these EarPods will look anything like the current wired EarPods that ship with iPhones. Not to mention that there doesn’t appear to be space for a second EarPod in the box. https://twitter.com/the_malignant/status/770024716983828480 The boxes seem shady, and that iPhone 7 that sits on a box isn’t necessarily the real thing either. It appears to be a clone similar to the one showed in the following images, all labeled as fakes a few days ago, by the same @the_malignant – check that QR code in the top right corner that keeps appearing in these pictures: https://twitter.com/the_malignant/status/769440570318151680 Apple will unveil its iPhone 7 on September 7th, according to recent reports, at which point we'll learn more details about the way it wants to solve issues caused by the removal of the headphone jack.

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
Microsoft on Sunday took to Instagram to post a teaser image of the Surface Book, saying that Surface is “your key to success.” The company didn’t say anything about the photo, but people soon noticed there was something odd with the picture. It didn't show the same Surface Book hinge that Microsoft introduced on the first model. Instead, the image hints at a significant design change coming in this year’s Surface Book 2. DON’T MISS: A closer look at the NSO Group, the organization behind the most advanced iPhone spyware ever released Recent reports claimed that Microsoft’s Surface Book successor would feature a redesigned hinge  that would allow the screen to sit flush with the keyboard, eliminating the gap in existing models. Microsoft did not reveal any other details about the picture, but it’s definitely a real  photo given that it made it to the company’s Surface Instagram account. Furthermore, Windows Central says it can confirm the image is from an “internal Microsoft ‘sizzler’ reel meant to demonstrate some ideas for the new Surface Book 2.” The video was shown within Microsoft’s various departments in July, the report notes. The first-gen Surface Book was a very well-kept secret ahead of last year’s launch, as Microsoft wanted to surprise the audience with a premium laptop. But now that the Surface Book brand is out there and we all expect product refreshes on a yearly basis, there’s no point in completely hiding it from the public. Interestingly, Microsoft also released  a new Surface ad taking hits at the MacBook, so this Instagram “leak” doesn’t seem to be a mistake. Instead, Microsoft is probably getting ready for a big Surface Book 2 reveal ahead of the holidays.

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
One woman's insistence on driving on the rim actually started a pretty gnarly wildfire in California.

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
Researchers at Northwestern University believe they've constructed a material that encompasses the best of both batteries and supercapacitors.

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
General Motors expressed interest in an acquisition that would have valued Lyft at around $6 billion, including the company’s $1.4 billion cash pile, according to a report by The Information. Recent reports have suggested that Lyft was involved in acquisition discussions with a variety of companies, including Apple, Google, Uber, and Didi Chuxing. GM was suspected to be the most likely suitor, as it invested $500 million in Lyft earlier this year and the two companies have been working together to develop an autonomous car fleet.

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
Well, that didn't take long. Less than a week after "Touch Disease" became a thing , Apple is already facing a class-action lawsuit over iPhone 6es which have unresponsive touchscreens and Touch ID sensors. "Touch Disease" is the name coined by  iFixit  for a recurring problem with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets. Owing to a design defect with the handsets, the touch controller is susceptible to physical damage, which in practice means a whole bunch of iPhones with non-working touchscreens, display problems, and faulty fingerprint readers. DON'T MISS:  How to get a ‘No Man’s Sky’ refund, even if you already played the game As  Reuters  reports , a nationwide class-action lawsuit was filed on Saturday in federal court in San Jose, California. The suit has three initial claimants, Thomas Davidson of Pennsylvania, Todd Cleary of California, and Jun Bai of Delaware. The suit asks Apple to issue a recall for affected iPhones and offer an extended warranty period, along with paying out damages. "Apple has long been aware of the defective iPhones. Yet, notwithstanding its longstanding knowledge of this design defect, Apple routinely has refused to repair the iPhones without charge when the defect manifests. Many other iPhone owners have communicated with Apple's employees and agents to request that Apple remedy and/or address the Touchscreen Defect and/or resultant damage at no expense. Apple has failed and/or refused to do so. As a result of Apple’s unfair, deceptive and/or fraudulent business practices, owners of the iPhones, including Plaintiffs, have suffered an ascertainable loss of money and/or property and/or value. The unfair and deceptive trade practices committed by Apple were conducted in a manner giving rise to substantial aggravating circumstances." The lawsuit lays the blame for the broken iPhones squarely at Apple's door. It says that in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple failed to incorporate underfill or a metal shield, two ways of protecting chips on the logic board that have been seen on previous iPhones. It's the same cause of defect as has been identified by other iPhone repair technicians. The claimants may well have a valid lawsuit on their hands, but it's unlikely that the case ever makes it to the requested jury trial. Apple has dealt with similar lawsuits before, and the likelihood here is that Apple will issue an extended warranty program, along with an option for customers who have already paid to fix the defect to get reimbursed.

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
Evan Blass/VentureBeat

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on yahoo! technology news
Enjoy the upcoming long holiday weekend, but then get ready to mourn the possible end of the headphone jack. Watch it all unfold live next Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT.

Read More...