November 2013 Archives

We've all seen them -- littering highways, buildings and a myriad of other places as we navigate daily life. Billboards are just an accepted part of modern life. What we haven't seen, however, is a billboard as incredible as the one British Airways have installed in London's Piccadilly Circus. Using proprietary surveillance technology that tracks nearby British Airways aircraft, ... [Read]

  It seems not a day goes by without a story regarding another internet hacking scandal, someone losing their identity online, or claims that the government has been snooping on our QVC shopping habits. Given the vast resources of the NSA, you'd think there would be little way to remain anonymous on the internet, free from the watchful eyes of ... [Read]

Any fears that users would be reluctant to upgrade from the still-great PS3 were silenced over the weekend, with Sony's Shuhei Yoshida reporting that the company managed to sell one million PlayStation 4 consoles in just 24 hours of availability in North America. President and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House said in a statement, "We are ... [Read]

The UK Government is today praising a move by search giants Google and Bing -- which combined account for 95 percent of internet search traffic -- to introduce new algorithms into their complex software that will filter results for over 100,000 possible search terms relating to sexual abuse of children. Prime Minister David Cameron called on Google, Microsoft, Yahoo ... [Read]

HP Chromebook 11: Lesser Laptop

The HP Chromebook is charming, inexpensive and well-made, but it certainly isn't for everyone

By Rhuaridh Marr
November 7, 2013 10:19 AM |
The Chromebook is an intriguing concept. It is, in some way, Google's attempt to reinvent the netbook for the modern masses. Offering a cheap, light laptop form factor and a limited set of capabilities, it echoes the underpowered and underwhelming, but utterly portable, netbooks that flooded the market in the late '00s. This time around Google isn't forcing a full-fat ... [Read]

Yesterday, Google launched the latest iteration of its Nexus smartphone. Designed by Google and LG, it aims to offer the purest Android experience possible, providing users the latest updates faster than other handsets and removing the customized skins and apps of phones such as Samsung's Galaxy S4 or HTC's One. The Nexus 5 brings a raft of improvements over ... [Read]