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User sues Apple saying Siri not as smart as advertised

iPhone 4S user Frank Fazio wants his money back and is suing Apple to get it. According to a post at CNET News, the disgruntled consumer says that the company has dramatically oversold the capabilities of its Siri information system. In the commercials from what the lawsuit calls Apple’s “multi-million…

Flycatcher computer chip could soon connect fridges and forests to internet

By Juliette Garside Arm Holdings, UK firm whose designs feature in all smartphones and tablets, unveils new chip to enable ‘internet of things’ Arm Holdings, the British technology group, has produced a low-power computer chip capable of connecting traffic lights, parking meters, fridges and even forests to the internet. Codenamed…

Us and the Game Industry: How indie games are the new counter-culture

by Keith Stuart Keith Stuart: Set for release this winter, the documentary film Us and the Game Industry promises to explore the motivations of indie developers like thatgamecompany. Filmmaker Stephanie Beth tells us what she learned from a new era of rebellious entertainment Something important is happening with games at…

Hackers steal 73,000 users info from porn website

SAN FRANCISCO — Online porn venue Digital Playground was recovering on Monday after hackers looted credit card numbers, email addresses and other sensitive member information. The members’ area at digitalplayground.com was available after being out for several days but a message at the website said it was not taking new…

Yahoo! accuses Facebook of patent infringement

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo! filed a lawsuit against Facebook on Monday accusing the social networking giant of patent infringement. Yahoo!, in the suit filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California, accused Facebook of infringing on 10 of its patents. “For much of the technology upon which…

Lost smartphones mined by finders: Symantec

SAN FRANCISCO — Lost smartphones are likely to be mined for valuable information by strangers who find them, according to the results of a sting operation conducted by computer security firm Symantec. Symantec intentionally “lost” 50 smartphones at shopping centers, bus stops and other public places in cities in the…

Indie video games are the new counter-culture

Keith Stuart, guardian.co.uk Something important is happening with games at the moment. It has nothing to do with the blockbusting mainstream success of Modern Warfare 3. It isn’t about the increasing convergence of Hollywood movies and Triple AAA interactive entertainment. It is about a quiet revolution in the indie sector,…

CNN in talks to buy Mashable for $200 million

John Plunkett, guardian.co.uk CNN is on the verge of buying social media news website Mashable for “upwards of $200m”, according to reports. The global news network, which is owned by Time Warner, is said to be in advanced talks to acquire the site which was founded by Scottish-born Pete Cashmore in 2005.…

TED launches learning initiative at YouTube

The non-profit group behind thought-provoking TED conferenceslaunched an education channel on YouTube in a bid to make learning irresistible. The alliance with the world’s top online video venue marked the start of a TED-Ed initiative to combine exceptional teaching with eye-catching animations to make captivating lessons available to anyone on the Internet. “We want to…

Apple says shipment of new iPad may take 2-3 weeks

Apple said that shipments of its new iPad to customers who order it online may take two to three weeks but that the tablet would still be available in stores on Friday. Apple, which has set March 16 as the launch date for all sales of the third-generation iPad, said online pre-orders of…

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