November 29, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- A music mogul who offered $1 million for the return of a missing laptop was ordered to pay up after a jury ruled that he had reneged on his promise and owed the money to the auto-shop owner who found the computer. The decision came Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan, where a day earlier music producer and singer-songwriter Ryan Leslie took the stand to defend his decision not to pay Armin Augstein after the laptop was recovered two years ago. Leslie's main argument: Even though he got the laptop back, he was unable to access his original tunes on its hard drive and therefore the crucial intellectual property remained missing.
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November 29, 2012 |
Workers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are demanding that Congress investigate the agency's actions following the theft of a laptop computer containing personal information for up to 10,000 employees. The incident is just the latest in a series of NASA disputes involving employee background checks. The laptop was stolen from an employee's locked vehicle in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 31. Several weeks later, letters were sent to workers notifying them that personal information gathered in NASA background checks, including home addresses and Social Security numbers, was stolen, and that they were now at risk for identity theft.
November 12, 2012 |
Google has announced yet another computer for its line of Chromebooks, this one built by Acer with a sticker price of $199. The Acer C7 Chromebook will be available for purchase online at Google Play and BestBuy.com on Tuesday. You'll also be able to pick one up at select Best Buy stores starting this week. The C7 features an 11.6-inch display with an 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution. The computer runs on an Intel Core processor and includes 320 gigabytes of storage. The Acer C7 is 1 inch thick and weighs 3 pounds.
October 18, 2012 |
Google unveiled a Samsung Chromebook laptop Thursday, the company's first computer that may be priced right for many consumers. The Chromebook, made by Samsung but running Google's Chrome operating software, features an 11.6-inch display with 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution. The machine is less than an inch thick and weighs 2.5 pounds. The Chromebook also features a USB 2.0 port and a USB 3.0 port as well. It also includes an HDMI out and is Bluetooth compatible. Additionally, the new Google computer has a battery life of more than six hours and a front-facing camera.
October 12, 2012 |
Oh, Justin Bieber, you're such a prankster. Such an expertly conceived, precision-executed, hoax-style prankster. Seems that "stolen" laptop and camera we learned about Wednesday weren't stolen at all. Rather, the notion that "personal footage" from Bieber might be circulating out there was the first piece in a prank puzzle that came together Friday as the Biebs launched his newest music video, "Beauty and a Beat," featuring Nicki Minaj....
September 11, 2012 |
BlueToad, a digital publishing company in Florida, said a stolen list of 1 million Apple device IDs came from its computers, not the FBI's, as an Internet hacker group has claimed. Chief Executive Paul DeHart said Monday that BlueToad took a look at the stolen data that had been posted online, compared the data with the company's and found that there was a "significant match. " "At that point we knew conclusively that it was our data that'd been compromised," he said in a phone interview, adding that the company was the victim of a cyber attack a week and a half ago. DeHart said BlueToad develops apps for magazine, newspaper and book publishers.
September 2, 2012 |
Laptops and tablet computers are all too convenient lures for thieves. Here are hints for protecting your property. •Like money: "If you had a wad of money sitting out in a public place, would you turn your back on it - even for just a minute?" asks the Federal Trade Commission's OnGuardOnline site. "Would you put it in checked luggage? Leave it on the back seat of your car?" Treat your laptop or tablet like it's cash. •Disguise: If you carry your laptop in a bag that was obviously designed for that purpose, it could become a prime target.
August 29, 2012 |
Alert Alec Baldwin. It may one day be OK to use a personal electronic device when your plane takes off. The Federal Aviation Administration is putting together a group to study mobile electronic device use by passengers. It will be looking at what gadgets passengers can safely use while aboard and when. But cellphone calls will be off the table. The FAA said the group would not be considering "the airborne use of cellphones for voice communications. " It is possible, however, that this could be an early step toward the agency's revising its ban on using laptops, tablet computers, e-readers and smartphones (for Internet uses)
June 16, 2012 |
Hollywood has a problem. He's Cole Chanin-Hassman, and he's 10. Like many other kids his age, the Los Angeles fourth-grader counts among his entertainment tools his Xbox 360 game console, his Android phone and his computer. The television is almost an afterthought. When Cole comes home from school, he turns on Cartoon Network's "Regular Show," but the characters on the TV screen compete for his attention with the world-building game "Minecraft" and a parade of YouTube videos on his computer.
June 12, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple is mapping a course that it hopes will help it sail past smartphone rival Google. Come fall, new Apple Inc. iPhones and iPads will have a slew of new features, including a souped-up mapping feature that will give spoken directions to drivers and let users simulate flying over lifelike three-dimensional versions of cities they're navigating. Apple executives showed off the new Maps app, along with a smarter version of Apple's robotic assistant, Siri, and a line of new Mac laptops and software, during Monday's opening keynote for the company's developer conference here.