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February 2014

Top 5 Android Games: February 2014 – Droid Life

Despite the fact that Tiny Wings (to Tim’s dismay) hasn’t made it over to Android, we still have no shortage of quality games for some downtime. We come across way too many to feature them all, but some of them bait us and keep us playing — think Flappy Bird. The games below are on this list for a variety of reasons, ranging from sweet graphics to addictive storylines, but all are definitely worth a look. Here are the best Android games of February 2014 in the eyes of DL. 1. The Room Two ($2.99) The 3D Puzzler known as The Room was one of our favorite games of 2013, with a great storyline and crisp graphics. Its followup, The Room Read More

Kobe Bryant Apparently Unfollowed All of His Lakers Teammates on Twitter – SI.com

CORRECTION: Bryant enacted a new following system in January that involved unfollowing everyone on his list. We regret the error. Getty Images Kobe Bryant just unfollowed every one of his teammates from Twitter. #coachvino — Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) February 28, 2014 Kobe Bryant has a pretty staunch social media policy that dictates he won’t follow players that don’t help the Lakers, at least this was his rationale when he unfollowed former teammate Dwight Howard last summer shortly after the center signed with the Rockets: I wish d12 the best honestly. I just find it hard to follow players that wanna kick my teams ass #thatsjustme — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 9, 2013 And thus, perhaps this was his Read More

HP breaks Autonomy IDOL into discrete services – InfoWorld

Developers seeking to embed some advanced text processing capabilities into their applications might want to take a look at a beta service that the Autonomy software unit of Hewlett-Packard is fielding, tentatively called IDOLOnDemand. The PaaS (platform as a service) will, over time, offer most all of the functionality of HP Autonomy’s IDOL (Intelligent Data Operating Layer) search and content processing platform, which had been available only in an enterprise software package. [ Which freaking PaaS should you use? InfoWorld helps you decide. | Stay on top of the state of the cloud with the “Cloud Computing Deep Dive” special report. | For a quick, smart take on the news you’ll be talking about, check out InfoWorld TechBrief — subscribe Read More

Syrian extremist group posts hand amputation photos on Twitter – Fox News

An extremist Syrian group took to Twitter Friday to live-tweet pictures of rebels helping to chop off the hand of an alleged thief. The amputation happened in the rural town of Maskanah in the northern province of Aleppo, according to a series of posts on a Twitter account belonging to a supporter of the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The first photo showed rebels positioning the hand of a blindfolded man on a table as a large crowd looked on, the Washington Post reported Friday. A masked man nearby is holding a large sword. Another man, wearing the traditional white robe favored in Arab Gulf countries, reads from a paper statement. The photo caption suggests the blindfolded man Read More

HP breaks Autonomy IDOL into discrete services – PCWorld

Developers seeking to embed some advanced text processing capabilities into their applications might want to take a look at a beta service that the Autonomy software unit of Hewlett-Packard is fielding, tentatively called IDOLOnDemand. The platform as a service (PaaS) will, over time, offer most all of the functionality of HP Autonomy’s IDOL (Intelligent Data Operating Layer) search and content processing platform, which had been available only in an enterprise software package. “If we want to be successful as a platform today, we have to do more than create a large installable product. We have to enable it so developers can use it,” said Robert Youngjohns, senior vice president and general manager of HP Autonomy. The service will expose most Read More

Your bank data may be at risk if you use an iPhone – CNBC.com

If you haven’t updated your iPhone recently, your personal information—and possibly your financial data—is at risk. (Read more: Apple security flaw could let hackers beat encryption ) Apple issued a fix last week for a security flaw in its OS X operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod. The flaw shook developers, but many users haven’t downloaded the update and remain vulnerable, said Jake Fuentes, co-founder and CEO of Level, a personal finance app for iOS and Android. As of Wednesday, he said, only 20 percent of Level’s users had updated to the latest version of iOS. (Read more: Cybersecurity industry at war with itself ) The flaw is a particular threat to those who use their device for banking Read More

Cook talks Apple TV, iMessage, innovation at shareholders meeting as all … – 9 to 5 Mac

Image via SetteB.it This morning, Apple is holding its 2014 official shareholders meeting from its Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California. The proceedings are just beginning, and Apple executives are expected (per usual) to field questions from attending shareholders. One of the orders of business at this meeting is voting to approve or reject both proposals from Apple’s management and from shareholders. Bloomberg‘s Jon Erlichman reports that shareholders have rejected every proposal created by other shareholders while all proposals from Apple management have been approved… The rejected shareholder proposals cover a Board Committee for Human Rights, Carl Icahn’s infamous (and recently withdrawn) share repurchase proposal, Proxy Access for Shareholders, and a report related to Company Membership and Involvement with Certain Read More

Why Apple Could Win Big With Tesla’s Giant New Battery Factory – Wired

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Photo: Jim Merithew/WIRED The first Tesla I ever saw was stripped down to the chassis, a bare-metal incarnation of the company’s flagship electric Roadster on display at an event in Silicon Valley. Without the need for an internal combustion engine, the two-seater’s petite frame was dominated by a huge battery. My first thought: “This looks like a giant cell phone on wheels.” As it turns out, I was more right than I realized. This week, years after that first sighting, Tesla announced plans for what it calls the “Gigafactory,” a 10-million-square-foot plant for making car batteries. The company hopes that the sheer scale of the operation, combined with the inventiveness of its engineers, will bring battery Read More

Apple Retail Stores Pushing Sales of Current Apple TV with $25 iTunes Gift … – Mac Rumors

With rumors of a new Apple TV set-top box swirling, Apple’s brick and mortar stores have launched a one-week promotion offering customers who purchase the current model a $25 iTunes Store gift card, reports 9to5Mac. The promotion naturally sparks speculation that Apple is trying to clear stock of the current model ahead of new hardware. A recent report from Bloomberg claimed, however, that while Apple was aiming for an April introduction of the new Apple TV, a launch would not come until much later in the year around the holiday shopping season. The Apple TV recently received added prominence in the Apple online store with its own major heading as opposed to its previous placement as an accessory, suggesting that Read More

Apple Wins Dismissal of $2.2 Billion German Patent Suit – Bloomberg

Apple Inc. (AAPL) won the dismissal of a 1.57 billion-euro ($2.2 billion) lawsuit in Germany over technology used to decide priority for calls on mobile networks. Apple doesn’t infringe two patents asserted by IPCom GmbH & Co KG, a court in Mannheim ruled today, without giving the reasoning for its decision. HTC Corp. (2498) also won dismissal of a related IPCom claim over one of the patents. The rulings are a blow to Munich-based patent holding company IPCom which has sued mobile-device makers over technology it acquired from Robert Bosch GmbH in 2007. The “100” series patents, which also apply to methods helping to place emergency calls, are the central piece of its portfolio. IPCom, which doesn’t make any products, Read More