Chalk this one up as a one-source rumor. But the source is supposedly pretty solid, according to my Windows Weekly cohost Paul Thurrott. Thurrot said he was told by one of his most trusted sources that Microsoft is poised to begin making its own Surface RT devices -- the ARM-based pablets/TCs running the Windows RT operating system -- available through channels beyond Microsoft's own brick-and-mortar and online stores. And this is supposedly happening sooner rather than later, he blogged on December 7. Phase one of the rollout will happen in markets where there are no Microsoft brick-and-mortar stores, meaning everywhere but the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. In select countries (no word right now as to which ones), Microsoft plans to alow retail chains to sell the Surface RT devices. Thurrott said this is going to happen "within days." (It's worth noting there is one non-Microsoft retailer already selling Surfaces directly. That is Suning in China.) Phase two of the rollout is slated … [Read more...] about Microsoft to push Surface tablets through retailers in two-phase rollout?
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The team behind Google's Ara phone, a modular handset with click-on components, plans to run its first market test of the concept device in Puerto Rico later this year. If Ara becomes a commercial reality, it might upend today's specs-focused smartphone market. Ara consists of a base unit to which consumers can add modules, to build their own handset. The company's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, which Google held onto after it sold Motorola to Lenovo, showed off the latest iteration of the prototype - dubbed the Spiral 2 - at its second developer conference in Mountain View, California, on Wednesday. The design process for the Spiral 2 began in July. It was delivered as a final product in late December by Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Quanta. However, before Ara's Puerto Rico launch, ATAP will produce the Spiral 3, which it expects will be ready by spring this year, according to Paul Eremenko, ATAP's head of Project Ara. Given the modular design, the Spiral 2 is … [Read more...] about Google to begin offering first Ara phones in Puerto Rico this year
On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to dismantle net neutrality rules set in place by the Obama administration in 2015. The vote will be led by Chairman Ajit Pai, who introduced a plan to reclassify broadband internet access as a utility allegedly in favor of corporate and job growth. Pai introduced his plan in April, which received a 2-1 vote to advance into the planning stage, reeling in more than 22 million comments from the public.Reversing the net neutrality rules will allow internet service providers (ISP) to possibly block or throttle specific traffic. For instance, an ISP could choose to slow the data flow of Netflix in favor of its own video streaming service. To bring its video flow back up to speed on that specific ISP, Netflix would have to pay more money for a “fast lane.” That additional fee would be felt by Netflix subscribers through an increased monthly rate.Right now, the Obama administration’s net … [Read more...] about The FCC will make a final vote to reverse the net neutrality rules in December
A cybersquatter who was hoping to make a quick buck at Maxime Chan Zuckerberg’s expense ended up selling to Mark Zuckerberg himself, reports indicate.Amal Augustine, a college student from Kochi, India, purchased the domain name maxchanzuckerberg.com in December 2015 in hopes of selling it for a profit. The domain was listed on GoDaddy’s auction website, but failed to attract any interested buyers until last month. Augustine was contacted by GoDaddy — who acts as an intermediary — about a potential sale.Zuckerberg completed the transaction through his asset management company, Iconiq Capital, to conceal his identity. According to the India Times, the transaction completed on Monday, with Augustine settling on a price of $700.He did not realize until it was too late that the offer was coming from Facebook and Zuckerberg himself. GoDaddy’s auction rules specifically prohibit negotiating, so there wasn’t much that he would have been able to … [Read more...] about Zuckerberg gets the best of cybersquatter looking to cash in on daughter’s name
Facebook may well have passed its peak in the UK. Why? Because, according to a Nielsen survey, in December the number of unique visitors the social networking site received felling from 8.9 million to 8.5 million – figures that comeafter 17 consecutive monthly increases. In the same period, MySpace UK also experienced a downturn from 5.3 million visitors to 5.1 million. Inother words, neither of them is hurting, and together they’re still responsible for more than 80% of the social networking market. But the speculation is that the fact that mainstreamfigures now have Facebook pages means it’s getting past its sell-by date, and other, hipper social networks will see a rise as the young look for something not adopted by the mainstream. Or it could simply be that the holiday season meant that people had other things to do. Editors' Recommendations Break free of the social network: Here’s how to delete your Facebook … [Read more...] about Has Facebook Peaked In The UK?
Facebook is chasing music licensing deals as part of its ramped up video strategy.Execs from the company recently attended a pre-Grammy awards performance to scout emerging talent, alongside members of established streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora Media. It is also meeting with music publishers, negotiators at labels, and trade associations in order to strengthen its ties with the industry, reports Bloomberg.Earlier in February, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it clear that his company sees video as integral to its future growth. Other execs have in the past revealed that Facebook predicts it will generate 70 percent of its traffic from video in the next five years. On the one hand, Facebook has assigned its head of global creative strategy, Ricky Van Veen, the task of licensing premium, episodic content from TV studios and professional content creators. The company plans to fund its ambitious video strategy with an ad-sharing model that … [Read more...] about Facebook meets with record labels in bid to steal YouTube’s music video crown
Law enforcement officials in Florida have arrested six individuals suspected of carrying out a fraud scheme built around the misuse of credit card data stolen from retailer TJX Companies.In partnership with the Gainesville Police Department, officials from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said they have taken six of 10 suspects into custody for allegedly using the TJX customer data to purchase large quantities of gift cards from discount chains Wal-Mart and Sam's Club. [Plus: Data leakage concerns run deep]The series of arrests marks the first specific instance of crime to be connected to the TJX data heist, although some banks have previously reported that accounts held by consumers affected by the incident had been used in attempted fraud around the globe.Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials confirmed that they initially reported the crime ring to Framingham, Mass.-based TJX in Nov. 2006. The retail chain began informing its customers about the data breach -- … [Read more...] about TJX stolen data used in Florida crime spree
You may recall commercials for Holiday Inn Express that revolved around a “Stay smart” theme, but if you stayed in Holiday Inn Express, or other InterContinental Hotels Group-branded franchise hotel late last year, then you would be really smart if you keep an eye out for unexpected charges on your credit card.IHG finally reported the findings from an investigation into a breach of the company’s payment systems. The company has over 5,000 hotels across 100 counties, with brands such as Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Resort, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, InterContinental, Kimpton, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. Hackers managed to get malware into the front desk payment system at some IHG-branded franchise hotels in the United States and Puerto Rico and made off with payment card data.The breach, which security journalist Brian Krebs reported was being investigated in December, occurred between September and December last year. IHG has now … [Read more...] about 1,175 hotels listed in payment card breach of Holiday Inn parent company
The Holiday ordering cutoff dates almost lose their meaning, given you live in an area covered by Amazon's Prime Now. If you live in the woods, you still need to think about ordering early to receive free shipping to get deliveries of gifts in time for Christmas.Amazon's Prime Now is currently available in over 20 cities across the country, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Portland, and San Diego.Customers living in a Prime Now area not only can order eligible items on Amazon, but depending on the city also products from other stores. In Chicago, Amazon customers can now for instance purchase groceries, prepared meals and baked goods from Plum Market, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and My Fit Foods. Prime members get two-hour delivery for free and one-hour delivery is available for $7.99. The retailer is offering Prime members free 2-hour delivery as late as December 24, 9:30pm local time. Update: Amazon informed us that the retailer is delivering … [Read more...] about Amazon Holiday Cutoff Shipping Time As Late As December 24 9:30pm
On Sunday, Haitians paused to remember the anniversary of the tragic 7.0-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 300,000 in 2010. But at 12:01 AM on Monday, just 376 miles from Haiti, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked the waters of Hatillo, a municipality in Puerto Rico. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was 35 miles (57 kilometers) north of Hatillo, and was shallow, just 17 miles (28 kilometers) deep. Residents in nearby areas reported broken windows, cracked floors, and damaged water lines. Power outages also occurred in Bayamon, while the buildings in the capital San Juan swayed, people said. Over 70 aftershocks have been reported since then.Gisela Baez Sanchez, a geologist at the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, previously warned that the U.S. territory was in a seismic danger zone. However, Puerto Rico's emergency management agency did not issue a tsunami warning. Spokesman Carlos Acevedo … [Read more...] about 6.5-magnitude Earthquake Shakes Puerto Rico