The National Security Agency, along with its UK counterpart, the GCHQ, has taken to video games to spy on alleged terrorists, according to a new report.
The Guardian reported on Monday that leaked documents obtained from Edward Snowden show that the NSA several years ago determined that online games could be a breeding ground for terrorist activity. In response, the US and UK set out a plan to monitor activity on popular games, World of Warcraft and Second Life. Xbox Live gaming was also targeted in that effort.… Read more
I am a Comcast Xfinity subscriber, and yesterday I got upgraded to the company's X1 cable box. I am enjoying the modern interface of the channel guide, the improved search functionality, and the potential to record four shows at the same time while watching a fifth. What I am not enjoying is the lack of a 30-second skip button, which I was able to program on my old remote.
I have come to rely on my 30-second skip button to zip through commercials and find it's a necessity this time of year for watching football and October baseball. … Read more
Dell's net income for its fiscal second quarter nosedived as it struggled compete in a smartphone- and tablet-centric world.
Dell posted net income of $204 million in the quarter, down 72 percent from the same quarter a year ago. Revenue came to $14.5 billion, essentially flat from the same period last year. One of the few bright spots was that revenue beat Wall Street forecasts, which averaged about $14.18 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.
Apple still has a commanding lead of the global PC market but has lost ground to Lenovo, according to Canalys, which includes tablets in its quarterly ranking of PCs.
Apple remained the top PC vendor in the second quarter, but its share fell more than 2 percentage points to 17.1 percent due a drop in iPad shipments, the market researcher said Tuesday. This reflects tablet numbers released in a report from Canalys last week showing that Android tablets had made gains on Apple.
Desktop and notebook shipments accounted for only about 20 percent of Apple's total PC shipments. … Read more
It's here! Our brand-spanking-new CNET Video+ app is now available to download on iOS, Android, and Xbox SmartGlass, and gives CNET users the chance for a rich, immersive video experience on their phones or tablets. What's extra special about this new app, though, is that it also pairs with our native CNET Xbox 360, Samsung Smart TV, and Panasonic Viera HDTV video apps, offering unique and interactive second-screen experiences to our users.
CNET stars, including Brian Cooley, Molly Wood, Brian Tong, Donald Bell, Sharon Vaknin, and Bridget Carey, reveal tech secrets that help you get the most out … Read more
The National Security Agency's warrantless domestic surveillance program is now under fire from an unusual source: gun-rights groups.
A federal lawsuit filed today in San Francisco says the NSA's decision to vacuum up nearly all U.S. phone records, including local calls, on a daily basis violates federal law and the Constitution, which protects Americans' rights to speak freely and not be subjected to ongoing warrantless surveillance.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Calguns Foundation, a nonprofit membership organization based in San Carlos, Calif.; the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, an industry association of dealers, collectors, and shooting … Read more
A fully saturated PC market means upgrade cycles are slowing down, stymying consumer uptake of Windows 8, IDC's Bob O'Donnell told CNET in an interview.
What ails the U.S. PC market ails Windows 8 too. That is, saturation and slowing upgrade cycles.
"The U.S. market is pretty much 100 percent saturated. So it is 100 percent dependent on replacement [PCs]," said O'Donnell, a program vice president at IDC, in a telephone interview referencing a report -- which he co-authored -- on second-quarter PC shipments that was released Wednesday.
"If you extend the … Read more
Google may get its second-generation small tablet into consumers' hands before Apple does.
"As far as I know, JDI and AUO didn't start to supply this panel to Quanta yet. However, they are saying it will start from June and July," Ricky Park, who heads research for TV, Tablet, Monitor and Notebooks display at IHS, told CNET. He is based in South Korea.
The "launch...of the … Read more