Today's Top Technology Headlines
- Sony sells more than 7 million Playstation 4 consoles
Sony Corp sold more than 7 million PlayStation 4 units as of April 6 and is struggling to keep pace with demand for the video game console, the company said on Wednesday. "Although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers," Andrew House, president and group chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in a statement. PlayStation 4 software sales - retail and digital - touched 20.5 million copies worldwide as of April 13, the company said in its statement.
- Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency
Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from a government website, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said on Wednesday. In what appeared to be the first report of an attack using a flaw in software known as OpenSSL, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) said this week that about 900 social insurance numbers and possibly other data had been compromised as a result of an attack on its site. The suspect, Stephen Solis-Reyes, was arrested at his home in London, Ontario on Wednesday and faces criminal charges of unauthorized use of computer and mischief in relation to data.
- Wal-Mart to unveil new service with electronic payments provider
Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Wednesday that it will announce a new service with electronic payments provider Euronet Worldwide Inc on Thursday, but gave no other details. Neither Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, nor Euronet, would comment ahead of a conference call for media, investors and analysts on Thursday morning. Euronet, based in Leawood, Kansas, said in its most recent annual report that its main offerings were automated teller machine and point-of-sale services, card outsourcing and card- issuing services, as well as electronic payment products and money transfer services. Wal-Mart U.S. last year got about 1 percent of annual sales from financial services such as money orders, prepaid cards, wire transfers, check cashing and bill payments, according to its latest annual report.
- Mayer aims to persuade Apple to choose Yahoo over Google: Re/code
(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc's Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is working on a plan to persuade Apple Inc to ditch Google as its default search engine in favor of Yahoo, technology news site Re/code reported, citing sources within Yahoo. Mayer's effort is in advanced stages, with a detailed pitch already prepared for Apple executives, the website said.
- U.S. SEC releases cyber security examination blueprint
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. securities regulators have unveiled a road map that lays out how they plan to make sure Wall Street firms are prepared to detect and prevent cyber security attacks. The SEC also plans examinations of more than 50 firms that will focus on cyber security-specific issues. The document's release comes several months after Jane Jarcho, an associate director in the SEC's investment adviser examination program, announced in a speech the agency planned to scrutinize whether firms have policies to prevent cyber attacks. The SEC subsequently followed up with a March 26 roundtable where experts debated how public companies, brokerages, asset managers and exchanges can protect themselves from cyber threats, and what role the U.S. government should play to ensure such attacks are adequately disclosed.
- BlackBerry's meltdown sparks start-up boom in Canada's Silicon Valley
By Sayantani Ghosh, Ashutosh Pandey and Euan Rocha (Reuters) - The troubles at BlackBerry Ltd, which fired more than half its staff and lost more than 90 percent of its market value as consumers shunned its smart phones, might have spelled disaster for the company's hometown of Waterloo, Ontario. More than 450 start-ups opened for business in the twin cities of Waterloo and Kitchener last year, more than four times the number begun in 2009, according to Communitech, a local company that advises them. Often, the new companies are being founded by former BlackBerry employees chasing their entrepreneurial ambitions in a community that's Canada's answer to technology hubs in California and elsewhere. "For those who are trying to get a new tech business off the ground, get it funded, and not get lost in the shadow of Silicon Valley, Waterloo can be the best place to get your company on the map," said Sean McCabe, vice-president of engineering at drone manufacturer Aeryon Labs Inc in Waterloo.
- College kids gave Siri new powers and now you can too
We already know Apple is working on improving Siri, but gosh dangit, the folks in Cupertino just aren't moving as fast as some would like. That's why a quartet of freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania decided to try making Siri do more on their own... at a hackathon, no less. They wound up taking third prize for the hack -- called GoogolPlex -- and after some fine-tuning, Alex Sands, Ajay Patel, Ben Hsu and Gagan Gupta are ready to help you make your virtual assistant do more.
- IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump
NEW YORK (AP) — IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exacerbated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets.
- Google misses revenue target, ad prices slide
By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's first-quarter revenue fell short of Wall Street targets and margins narrowed as the price of its ads continued to decline, underscoring the challenges Internet companies face as the world shifts toward mobile devices. Shares of Google were down 3 percent to $539.80 in afterhours trading on Wednesday, after initially sliding roughly 6 percent on the news. The number of "paid clicks" by consumers on Google's ads increased by 26 percent in the first quarter, disappointing some analysts who had hoped for stronger volume growth. And the average "cost per click" declined 9 percent, extending a downward trend as mobile advertising, typically cheaper than traditional online ads, make up a bigger slice of its business.
- More signs point to the Galaxy S5 being a winner
When Samsung launched the Galaxy S5, it did so amid fears that the smartphone market was becoming saturated. However, based on recent reports about launch-day sales of the S5, it looks like Samsung will do just fine this year. According to a report from CNET, the Samsung Galaxy S5 sold at more than twice the rate on its first day at U.K. mobile phone retailers Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse. This is in line with earlier reports that also suggest the S5 has been a major success so far. On Monday, ZDNet Korea reported that European launch-day sales were up between 30%–100% from last year, and on Tuesday, the Korea Times reported that Samsung had shipped 1.3 times as many S5 units as
- Daily Roundup: Samsung Gear 2 review, allure of the anonymous internet and more!
You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.
- Facebook's 'Great Unbundling' Will Make It Easier to Ignore the Noise (and Lame Friends)
Facebook is "basically unbundling the big blue app," Mark Zuckerberg told The New York Times' Farhad Manjoo this morning. Rejoice, Facebook users, that means it will be way easier to ignore, unfollow, and defriend your annoying connections. The "Great Unbundling," as GigaOm puts it, signals that the future of Facebook is less in its main app than in smaller, more specifically-focused apps. With the addition of What's App, and other breakaway features, you might be a regular Facebook customer without ever visiting the main site again.
- Here's how to chat with Windows Phone's new assistant outside of the US
Don't despair that Windows Phone 8.1's signature virtual assistant, Cortana, doesn't officially work outside of the US -- as it turns out, there's a fairly easy way to try it in other countries. Pocket-lint notes that early ...
- These are the OnePlus One launch markets
OnePlus has gradually revealed on its social channels the countries where its One flagship handset will be revealed in, all while confirming pricing details for these markets once again. As previously teased, the handset will be available in 16 markets at first, and with exactly a week to go until OnePlus officially unveils the smartphone, the company has listed all those markets. The OnePlus One will be available in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States. While an actual launch date is not yet available, the smartphone will cost less than $400 in the U.S. and other markets, less than £290 in the U.K. and less
- Yahoo nominates three new members to board
(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc, which posted anemic first-quarter revenue growth, said it has nominated three new members to its board. The three members include billionaire Charles Schwab, namesake chairman and chief executive of discount broker Charles Schwab Corp. The other two are David Filo and Lee Scott, the company said in a statement. Filo, who is rejoining the board, co-developed Yahoo in 1994, the company said. H. Lee Scott, Jr. served as president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc from 2000 to 2009, and as an executive officer and chairman of the executive committee of Walmart's board until January 2011.