You can get a lot of Blu-ray player for under $100 these days, including built-in Wi-Fi and a full suite of streaming-media services to supplement your disc-playing needs.
If you're looking for a player that offers a reasonable selection of apps and does a good job with most discs, the LG BP530 is a decent choice. While neither the best performer nor the fastest player available this year, it also doesn't have any deal-breaking flaws. Sure, the interface is unnecessarily cluttered, there's a minor issue with some film content, and the Private Listening feature isn't as … Read more
It keeps getting more and more grim for BlackBerry.
The embattled smartphone manufacturer on Monday disclosed that the deal to take the company private was dead, and that it would instead seek $1 billion in convertible debt financing. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, meanwhile, will step down, to be replaced on an interim basis by former Sybase CEO John Chen.
The overhaul has the makings of another attempt at a fresh start for BlackBerry. The additional financing gives the company a little headroom to operate, adding to its existing cash position. Chen is a respected technology veteran well versed in the … Read more
Dell's founder and chief executive Michael Dell has completed his bid to take the company private.
In conjunction with financial backing from investment firm Silver Lake Partners, the company has begun the process to delist its common shares from the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York.
Dell shares will no longer be traded on the stock exchange by market close today. The company's stock ($DELL) is, at the time of publication, up 0.2 percent in late-morning trading.
Under the terms of the deal, valued at approximately $24.9 billion, Dell shareholders will receive $13.75 … Read more
The National Institute of Standards and Technology released its draft cybersecurity framework for private companies and infrastructure networks on Tuesday. These standards are part of an executive order that President Obama proposed in February.
The aim of NIST's framework (PDF) is to create guidelines that companies can use to beef up their networks and guard against hackers and cybersecurity threats. Adopting this framework would be voluntary for companies. NIST is a non-regulatory agency within the Department of Commerce.
If you have $21 million to spare, the Learjet 85 may be right up your alley.
The Learjet 85 is the latest private jet from plane manufacturer Bombardier Learjet. Flexjet, a company that sells partial one-sixteenth stakes in private jets, used the 50th anniversary of the first Learjet on Monday as an occasion to set up a model of the upcoming plane in Manhattan for prospective buyers.
CNET got a chance to check out the model Learjet 85, as well as speak with Ralph Acs, vice president and general manager of Bombardier Learjet, about the changes that have helped modernize … Read more
Private Gallery creates a blocked-off storage folder on your iOS device where you can place personal photos and videos away from prying eyes. The app works as intended, though it does suffer from a slightly messy interface and some limitations in the trial version.
When you first open Private Gallery, you must choose between either a four-digit pin or a hand-drawn password using the familiar 3x3 grid. You'll need this passcode to access the contents of the app anytime you log in from now on. After you choose your password, you can start creating folders, moving images and videos, … Read more
Downloader & Private Browser manages to combine many of the most powerful and useful features in other downloaders into a single, intuitive interface for your iPhone. The result is an app that enables you to access and download files online, download them to your device for storage or sharing, track usage, and move and zip files whenever you want.
When you open Downloader & Private Browser, it looks overwhelming, but the vast majority of menu options are designed to make browsing your media files as easy as possible. So you can quickly swipe between photos, videos, documents, and zip folders. … Read more
Lots of productivity tools promise to help you look after your folders, but few go as far as Folder Marker Pro, or in such a basic yet effective way. Folder Marker Pro lets you change any folder's icon or color to indicate its contents, priority, hierarchy, or even loyalty (team colors, anyone?). Color-coding looks great and works great, too. It's much easier to learn than any other "personal organizer" or folder manager, because it's your own scheme.
Such a basic and intuitive idea deserves a basic and intuitive interface, and Folder Marker Pro follows through … Read more
The man behind the consortium offering to buy out BlackBerry and take it private offered some insight into the deal on Wednesday.
Fairfax Financial Holdings CEO Prem Watsa told Reuters that he believes the consortium will be able to come up with the money needed to pay for the $4.7 billion bid.
"We wouldn't put our name to such a high-profile deal if we didn't feel confident that at the end of the day that our due diligence would be fine and we'd be able to finance it," Watsa told Reuters.