The US Department of Commerce has revealed in a recent report that the fear of a possible nation-state attack prompted one of the US agencies - the Economic Development Administration (EDA) - to spend $2.7 million to combat a non-existent malware infection.
Although there was no evidence of the supposed attack, the paranoid employees of the agency actually hammered their computers, keyboards, mice, printers, cameras, and TVs - all worth nearly $3 million - to destruction; with the cost of resultant damage being more than half of the annual technology budget of the agency.
Several ultra high definition (UHD) televisions from various manufacturers are set to go on sale in the U. S. next month.
Samsung has plans to introduce two UHD models in August. One of the two models will be 55-inch diagonally, while another will be 65-inch. While the smaller UHD TV will cost nearly $5,500, the larger will be available for around $7,500. The South Korea-based electronics giant will start accepting pre-orders for the two models next week.
Electronic giant LG on Wednesday announced the availability of an over-the-air (OTA) update for the LG Optimus G Pro smartphone, which brings several new features and enhancements to the device.
One of the new features is Smart Video, which sets video to pause when users turn their heads to look away. The update also brings two new camera functions, one of which is Dual Camera that captures photos from both cameras simultaneously.
In a July 9-dated letter to customers, Taiwanese device maker HTC said that it will start selling its new Windows Phone 8-based smartphone - the HTC 8XT - in the US from July 19. The handset will be sold through third-ranking US wireless carrier, Sprint; and will be priced at $100 with a two-year service contract.
The new HTC 8XT will be the first HTC Windows handset to boast the BoomSound dual frontal speakers, which formed one of the most attractive features of the HTC's new flagship handset called HTC One.
Finnish handset maker Nokia's Lumia 1020 smartphone is yet to make an official appearance, but leaked images and reports have already revealed a lot about the upcoming device.
The latest leaked images of the Nokia Lumia 1020, which has been codenamed Nokia EOS, revealed that the handset would be available in three colors, viz. black, white and yellow.
Mobile app developer Brick Simple has just announced the availability of GlassBattle - a version of widely acclaimed video game Battleship for Google Glass.
In a demonstration, the company showed how GlassBattle will allow players to play the game wherever they like, walking around a pond or receiving groceries. In other words, Google Glass users will be able to play the game while performing everyday tasks like shopping.
Widely popular social-networking service Facebook's advanced search feature called Graph Search that it announced earlier this year is all set to become available to all users in the United States.
The company has announced that it would start rolling out the advanced search function to all users in the country starting Monday, July 8. The social-networking giant decided to roll out the new feature for the masses following half year of user testing and feedback.
Even non-Arabic speakers are now able to read and comprehend Egypt's recently ousted President Mohammed Morsi's tweets as Twitter has started translating tweets from leading Egyptians.
The popular micro-blogging service is translating Arabic tweets from leading personalities of Egypt into local languages as part of a new service for non-Arabic speakers.
Other personalities whose tweets are being translated into local languages include Arab Spring activist Wael Ghonim and opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei.
South Korean electronics giant Samsung has confirmed that it has acquired streaming media & entertainment startup Boxee in order to further enhance the overall user experience across its connected devices.
Israeli business publication The Marker originally reported the acquisition, saying Samsung acquired Boxee for $30 million. Another Israeli outlet Calcalist also confirmed the acquisition and noted that the South Korea-based manufacturer would retain Boxee's staff.
Digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a motion with the U. S. Court of Appeals, requesting the court to free computer hacker Andrew Auernheimer who was recently sentenced to forty-one months in prison for breaching AT&T's cyber security.
The EFF argued that Auernheimer's prosecution was based on an inappropriate application of the country's Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (CFAA). The digital rights group also claimed that the sentence was far bigger for his crimes.
Former Windows President Steven Sinofsky has finally settled his disputes over `retirement' with his former Redmond-based employers Microsoft.
A recently published Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) filing revealed that Sinofsky, who departed Microsoft abruptly soon after the launch of Windows 8 last year, agreed not to disparage Microsoft and work for its competitors until December 31, 2013.
The new, toughened Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules for protecting children's online privacy officially took effect on Monday.
The new rules from the American watchdog are actually updated and enhanced version of the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
These rules, which have expanded the definition of personal information to include geo-location data, photos, videos as well as audio files, will force online companies to obey toughened privacy protection rules for children under
Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich downplayed rumors that the chipmaker has plans to launch a major new online pay-TV service.
Last week, some news channels reported that Intel was pursuing talks with Time Warner, Viacom and NBC Universal to obtain television shows and movies for a first of its kind Internet pay-TV service.
Krzanich didn't deny the rumors but offered up a cautious approach to Internet TV, saying the company wasn't an expert content player.
Music-streaming service Songza has announced a new feature called "Club Songza" that will provide ad-free music experience for a nominal cost.
Club Songza is a subscription-based service that will provide users with an ad-free music-streaming and recommendation service for $0.99 per week.
Songza has already started sending emails to its most loyal users in the United States and Canada to encourage them to sign up for the new subscription-based service.