It’s very, very rare for a 17-year-old to earn one million dollars much more $30 million! But it looks like luck is with Nick D’Aloisio because he’s $30 million richer after Yahoo bought his iPhone app called Summly for the said amount! For sure that until now he can’t stop himself from grinning ear to ear at his good fortune.
What is Summly about that it costs that much? Apparently, the app provides 400-character summaries of news articles and brings them to smartphones. Nick wrote a special algorithm to make it work that way. He started working on Summly at age 15.
Skype and WhatsApp are two of the most popular online communication platforms in the world. Millions use them for work as well as personal purposes. But despite being beneficial, Saudi Arabia is threatening to ban them for life! The only way to prevent that from happening is if their respective owners provide Saudi’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) the services that will enable them to monitor what’s going on in both apps.
Skype and WhatsApp use encrypted connections to ensure secure data exchange among users. However, the Saudi Arabia government doesn’t like it because encryption prevents them from monitoring terrorism and criminal activity.
Is it the end for the video game maker Atari? Apparently, the U.S. branch of the company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday. With this bankruptcy filing, Atari U.S. hopes to break away from its French parent company, which has continued acquiring losses in the past ten years.
But although it has filed for bankruptcy, the company will continue to operate normally while it tries to find buyers for its assets like the Atari logo and its catalog of games. As you all know, Atari owns hundreds of games including the famous Pong, Asteroids, Cetipede, Missile Command, Combat and many more!
Nvidia is venturing out of its processor and chip-making niche. The company is now also attempting to try its hand in making mobile devices! Its first mobile device is Project Shield, a game controller that runs on Android, specifically Jelly Bean. Aside from that, it can also stream games wirelessly on a PC or HDTVs via Wi-Fi.
As for its physical attributes, Nvidia’s Project Shield has a dedicated 5-inch 720p “retinal” display. Under the hood is the company’s latest Tegra 4 processor.
Aside from Facebook and Twitter, YouTube is also one of the popular websites that is strictly blocked in Iran. This is (According to Iranian Officials) to prevent anti-Islamic videos and content from influencing their Internet users. But to make their users feel they’re not missing much, the Iranian government has launched a new video-sharing website called Mehr.ir, which is basically like YouTube.
However, Mehr, or affection in Farsi, will only publish videos and contents that share the influence of Islamic and Iranian culture and artists. For sure there won’t be any anti-Islamic videos on Mehr.ir.
From being a known as the maker of one of the best anti-virus softwares, John McAfee’s reputation has sunk to being a wanted fugitive! He is now wanted for the murder of his neighbor and American expatriate Gregory Faull. But according to the police, no one has been charge for murder yet.
Faull was found dead lying face up in a pool of blood in his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye on Sunday, November 11. His dead and bloody body was discovered by his Belizean housekeeper.
Warning for Java users! Java developer Oracle has issued a security alert about vulnerability found in the web browser plug-in. The vulnerability is very serious because it can be remotely exploited even without authentication. This simply means that a username and password won’t be needed to access a user’s data!
But to be exploited, a user running the vulnerable plug-in would have to visit a malicious web page that is designed to attack those with the Java vulnerability. If the attack is successful, attackers can install malware like Trojans to the system!
Hackers struck again and the latest unlucky victim is Yahoo! According to recent reports, around 450,000 Yahoo users’ email and passwords have been compromised in this latest hacking. The audacious hackers even posted those accounts on a website!
It’s like they were also mocking Yahoo with their warning that the site should tighten security since they simply store user’s information in plain text.
There’s a new contender in the PC department. But exactly how the public will welcome Vizio in the world of computers is yet to be known. As you know, Vizio is known for its TVs but now it’s offering something more. On Thursday, the company announced three new offerings in the form of an ultrabook, laptop and all-in-one PCs! The models are the Thin + Light CT14 and CT15 ultrabooks, CN15 notebook, and the CA24 and CA27 all-in-one PCs!
When it comes to home video games, Sega is one name that comes to mind. But in recent years, Sega has shifted from console making to being a software developer and being such has not been that successful. Maybe it’s this not-so-excellent-performance that prompted rumors that Sega Europe is closing down!
Disputing companies Apple and Samsung were ordered by the court to have a face-to-face meeting this month. And that meeting has already transpired this week. But did the two come to an agreeable resolution to their problem? The answer to that is a big NO!
Represented by Choi Gee-sung for Samsung and Tim Cook for Apple, neither company was willing to admit it did something wrong. The first meeting that was held on Monday lasted for nine hours but in that entire the company leaders just kept going back and forth with their arguments. No resolution or meeting halfway happened. It was the same on the second day of meeting on Tuesday though they consumed seven hours talking!
Many Internet users could lose Internet connection on July 9 and they don’t even know it! This problem started when a group of hackers ran an online advertising scam to obtain control of infected computers around the globe. More than 570,000 computers were infected! Apparently, the hackers took advantage of Microsoft Windows vulnerabilities which allowed them to set up malicious software in users’ computers.
It was a good thing the FBI was able to detect the scam. And in order to prevent Internet disruption among users, the FBI established a safety net using government computers. But now, that system is going to be shut down.
Apple and Samsung aren't the only companies embroiled in a legal battle. Google and Oracle are too! Oracle alleges that Google infringed its patents in building its Android software. But amidst the squabble, interesting information came to light. Apparently, Oracle considered buying handset maker Research in Motion and Palm at one time. This was as part of their plan to create their own smartphone.
During the cross examination in court on Tuesday, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said, “We explored the idea [of creating a smartphone] and decided it would be a bad idea.”
Apple and Samsung’s legal dispute has been going on for about a year now. Their legal battle is not only limited in the United States, it has also escalated in Europe and Australia. So, is their dispute any nearer to a solution? Hopefully! You see, Apple and Samsung’s chief executive officers were ordered to attend a settlement meeting before a Federal Court in San Jose, California.
During a court hearing held on Monday, both companies were ordered by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Choi-Gee-sung will meet for settlement before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero in San Francisco. These two and their general counsel have to meet within the next 90 days.