Snowden Wants to Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

Edward Snowden told hundreds of developers at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference in New York City over the weekend that he intends to spend his time promoting technologies that counter international government surveillance programs. He called on hackers to accelerate those efforts and create programs that let people communicate anonymously and encrypt their...

Chuwi VX8 3G Tablet Specs Officially Confirmed; 64 Bit CPU and All Leaked Specs Are real!

Last week we had a story about the Chuwi VX8 3G tablet with a 64 bit CPU. At the time we praised the looks of the model and it was all in the realm of speculations and leaks. Today we get official information about the device, suiting what we already knew. This is indeed a...

Analysts Say Google is Best Placed for Mobile Growth

After Google Inc. posted its 18th straight quarter of 20 percent-plus revenue growth, analysts said the company was best placed for growth from mobile, wearables, increased local advertising and the “Internet of things.” Google’s second-quarter revenue rose 22 percent to $15.96 billion, higher than the $15.61 billion expected by analysts. Google stock has risen 26...

How do Social Signals Impact SEO? [Infographic]

Now that social media has become firmly entrenched in our culture, social signalling has started to impact SEO substantially. From helping Google fine tune search results to inspiring user faith in services, social signals are an important metric for marketers. An infographic from indian-seo-company.com explores this impact. Social signals are actions taken by users that...

How Social Drives Sales [Report]

A whitepaper by cloud-based customer intelligence platform Vision Critical addresses how social drives sales. The data — based on 6,000 responses to questions about social purchasing behavior — provides business insight into the relationship between social media and customer purchases. Main findings from the report include the following: Social media accounts for roughly half of...

Samsung Galaxy Tab S Case Deformation Problem Gets Samsung Reaction; They Say It’s Not the Overheating

We wrote about the problem that some Samsung Galaxy Tab S models have right here and we awaited Samsung’s reaction, that swiftly came today. I’ll remind you that some of the Tab S units are overheating and apparently causing the back of the case to deform. While Samsung does admit to the overheating thing, they...

New ‘Walking Dead’ Humble Bundle is up!

A new Humble Bundle is up, and it’s for comic book fans this time! The ‘pay what you want’ bundle has DRM-free digital comics including titles from the Walking Dead collection. Digital comics are not my thing, but I was intrigued at how many ‘levels’ they are offering this time. The first level, where you...

mCouple Gives Users Access to Smartphone Activity of Romantic Partners

London-based firm mSpy makes apps that let parents spy on their children and bosses spy on their employees via their smartphones. Its newest offering, mCouple, gives users complete access to their significant others’ location, Facebook and text messages, photos, videos, Skype activity and even voice conversations. While the mCouple app is being marketed as a...

Word count infographic shows how many words till Babel

UK men’s lifestyle giveaway magazine ShortList, last seen in TeleRead defending literary coolness, has just aired an infographic detailing the vagaries of literary length by word count, from the very longest epics to haiku. Interestingly, the infographic is credited to printer supplies chain Cartridge Discount, which must obviously be very concerned over all the paper...

The debutant’s dilemma

How can aspiring writers gain experience these days? The debut novel, once a fertile hunting ground for publishers in thrall to the new, has become a high-risk game of 13-way auctions and all-or-nothing advances. Sure, publishers used to publish too many debuts, but now worthwhile debuts are being ignored and advances for less than £5,000...

Good e-Reader Unveils Updated Android News App

Over the course of the last few years our News App for Android was not very compelling. It was slow, unwieldy and not indicative to the simplified vision we had for reading our stories on your phone or tablet. We have solved this situation by launching our updated News App for Android Smartphones. In the...

HarperCollins to Try Bundling Print and Ebooks With BitLit

[Press Release]  BITLIT SIGNS HARPERCOLLINS TO EBOOK BUNDLING PILOT Vancouver Startup lets readers download e-books for books they already own in print Today, BitLit begins a pilot program with HarperCollins Publishers to offer readers a physical and e-book bundle through its bundling platform. BitLit is a free app that allows readers to purchase the e-book...

App Developer Activity Grows Around Amazon Fire Phone

[Press Release] Developer Excitement Grows for Amazon’s New Fire Phone Rate of app and game submissions to the Amazon Appstore have more than doubled since the Fire phone unveiling Innovative apps and games from developers—including Camouflaj, Craigslist, eBay, Fandango, Fluik, Kik, Magmic, Trove, TV Guide, and WhitePages—all using Fire phone’s unique technical capabilities Amazon today...

Uber Ban in Seoul Could Hurt Its Asian Expansion Plans

City council members in Seoul are trying to find laws that would make ride-sharing app Uber illegal in that city. Officials are citing unfair competition for taxi drivers and concerns about driver background checks and vehicle maintenance. “We are looking into related laws to block Uber and similar apps that arrange such illegal transportation activities,”...

Udacity Offers Android Development Course

Do you have a fantastic idea for a new Android app, but lack the development skills to bring it to market? Udacity would like to help you turn inspiration into reality with their new course called “Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals.” Delivered entirely online, this class is aimed at developers who understand the fundamentals of...