Today's Top Technology Headlines
- Malaysia Airlines website targeted by hacker group 'Cyber Caliphate'
A group calling itself "Official Cyber Caliphate" said it hacked on Monday the official website of national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS), but the airline said its data servers remained intact and passenger bookings were not affected. The website, www.malaysiaairlines.com, showed a photograph of a lizard in a top hat, monocle and tuxedo, surrounded by the messages '404 - Plane Not Found' and 'Hacked by Lizard Squad - Official Cyber Caliphate'. "Malaysia Airlines assures customers and clients that its website was not hacked and this temporary glitch does not affect their bookings and that user data remains secured," it said. Malaysia Airlines lost two flights last year.
- Lenovo's Motorola looks to take market share from China rivals
By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Motorola, the mobile handset maker bought by China's Lenovo Group Ltd from Google Inc for $2.9 billion, is optimistic about its prospects in the Chinese market, its president told Reuters. Lenovo's acquisition, completed three months ago, ended Google's move into the consumer mobile handset business. The deal has turned personal computer-maker Lenovo into a challenger in the higher-end smartphone market, competing with Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc .
- Samsung Electronics to be main chip supplier for next iPhone: South Korea paper
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will be the main supplier of processors powering Apple Inc's next iPhone, Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources in the semiconductor industry. Samsung will be responsible for around 75 percent of the chip production for the next iPhone, the South Korean newspaper said. The newspaper did not say how much the contract is worth and what other company will be supplying Apple. Samsung will make the chips from its factory in Austin, Texas, according to the report.
- AT&T to buy NII Holdings' wireless business in Mexico
(Reuters) - AT&T Inc said it will buy bankrupt NII Holdings Inc's wireless business in Mexico for $1.875 billion, less outstanding net debt. AT&T plans to combine Nextel Mexico with Iusacell, which the company acquired in November for $1.7 billion. While Nextel Mexico has about 3 million subscribers, Iusacell, Mexico's third-largest wireless operator, has over 8 million subscribers.
- Turkish court orders Facebook to block pages insulting Mohammad: media
ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish court has ordered Facebook to block a number of pages deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, threatening to stop access to the whole social networking site if it does not comply, local media reported. The order made by the court on Sunday followed a request by a prosecutor, state broadcaster TRT reported. No one from Facebook was immediately available for comment. ...
- Cablevision to launch WiFi phone service for data-hungry users
By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Cablevision System Corp said on Monday it would launch in February a wireless Internet phone service to give users an alternative to pricier data plans from cellular companies such as AT&T and Verizon. The "Freewheel" phone service, which runs on any WiFi connection, is an attempt by Cablevision to retain and potentially add subscribers at a time when cable companies are losing out to lower-priced, bundled TV and Internet services from telecom firms. Cablevision said the phone service was the first of its kind to be launched by a cable company and aims to tap users seeking to download unlimited amounts of data on their mobile phones using WiFi, which is less expensive than a cellular connection. Currently, carrier Republic Wireless and Massachusetts-based startup Scratch Wireless offer users similar services that use WiFi to control data costs.
- Just when you thought Comcast couldn’t get any worse…
We really shouldn’t be surprised by nightmare Comcast stories anymore… but somehow the company keeps coming up with creative ways to deliver terrible service. The Philadelphia Inquirer brings us the story of Louis Moravec and Susan Thauer, two Philly residents who had an impossible time getting Comcast to actually come out to their new place and hook them up with Internet services. In fact, what should have been a simple one-afternoon process ending up taking three weeks and an estimate 50 hours on the phone with Comcast customer service representatives. RELATED: Man spends 4 hours on the phone trying to get his Comcast service fixed… and it still didn’t work How could Comcast possibly mess up such a simple procedure? It’s difficult
- How a former Rockstar developer is leading a revolution in gaming
- Forget 1Gbps – the cable industry says you don’t even need 25Mbps
There are times when it’s easy to picture cable companies as Mr. Bumble, the orphanage headmaster in Oliver Twist (i.e., “Please, sir, I want some more bandwidth!” “MORE BANDWIDTH?!!!??!”). We bring this up because Ars Technica has spotted a new FCC filing made by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association in which the cable lobbying group argues that the average consumer doesn’t even need a connection speed of 25Mbps, let alone faster ones like the 1Gbps connections offered by Google Fiber. MORE NCTA GOODNESS: Top cable lobbyist urges more ISPs to slap users with data caps The NCTA made this filing in response to the FCC’s proposal to redefine broadband as any Internet service that delivers download speeds of 25Mbps or higher, versus the current
- Microsoft is using 'Azure in a box' to power its own 'Nebula' private cloud
- Apple to rely on Samsung chips for iPhone, iPad into 2015
- Cuban youth build secret computer network despite Wi-Fi ban
HAVANA (AP) — Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access.
- Show your Gotham pride with Rainbow Batman figures
- Google: Why we won't patch pre-KitKat Android WebView
- If You Upload Your Mind To A Computer, Are You Still You?
One of the most mind-bending far future predictions you'll hear from some futurists is this: Eventually, the technology will exist to copy your brain (every bit of data that makes you, you) onto a computer.Technical details and exact predictions aside (the concept is still firmly science fiction) mind uploading makes for a fascinating and...