Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for January 10, 2014:
- [me] As you probably know, Target was hacked in December. Now the retailer is giving details, and they’re not pretty. Target said today that personal information of customers was taken -- not just credit card data. This included names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. And the number of people affected is 70 million people -- not 40 million as reported before. The company issued a statement that said, in part: ‘At this time, the Company is not able to estimate the costs, or a range of costs, related to the data breach.’ Target also promised to cover the costs of any fraudulent charges that result from the breach. Read more at businesswire.com.
- [sl] Are we in that post-PC world yet? Not if you ask Lenovo. Research firms Gartner and IDC say the PC industry sold 35 million fewer PCs in 2013 than they did the year before. That’s a 10% drop. However, the biggest winner was China-based Lenovo, which sold 2 million more computers worldwide than #2 HP (although HP is still #1 in the US). The biggest loser? Microsoft. Alternatives like iPads and Android tablets are gaining market share at Windows’ expense. Gartner thinks only 15% of Internet-connected devices sold in 2014 will run Windows. Meanwhile, Apple is eating into business and enterprise computing -- again, at Microsoft’s expense. As business goes mobile, iOS devices are the new hotness, nd the trend is driven by apps. And more than 90% of all business apps were deployed on iOS in the third quarter of last year, according to The Wall Street Journal. Read more at recode.net.
- [me] In other Lenovo news: The company wants to sell smartphones in the United States. Last year, they said sales would start this summer. But today, Lenovo execs told Sina news that it ain’t gonna happen. An entry into the US market will take two or three years, well after a push to sell in Latin America. Lenovo is the world’s third largest smartphone maker, after Samsung and Apple, according to Gartner, thanks mainly to its strong presence in China. Read more at zdnet.com.
- [sl] iPhone owners, unite! We got this! No I'm not trolling, I'm just reacting to data from a company called Actix, which measures how ‘widely used’ phones are in North America and Europe. The top three most used phones by far are (in order) the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 4. Actix figures out usage by tracking communication between mobile devices and carriers' mobile networks. Samsung devices came in fourth, fifth, and sixth places with the Galaxies S3, S2, and S4, respectively. Read more at cnet.com.
- [me] India is turning down free Google services. Why? Because the NSA, that’s why. We told you last Thursday that Google would donate its help for India’s upcoming elections, including registration databases and Google Maps help with polling stations. Well, it the Commission Election of India yesterday said NO to the offer. Unnamed Commission officials told Reuters that Google was rejected for a handful of reasons. One of them was a concern about spying by the NSA. Read more at reuters.com.
- [sl] Sony's finally confirmed rumors that it’s seriously interested in making Windows Phone handsets. Pierre Perron, head of Sony Mobile Europe, told TechRadar that Sony is “actively looking into the possibility” of launching a Windows Phone and moving beyond making only Android handsets. Nokia ended 2013 with 92% of the Windows Phone market, so Microsoft desperately needs more partners. Read more at techradar.com.
- [me] The camera maker GoPro plans to offer extreme sports videos on Microsoft’s Xbox Live. The start date has not been confirmed. GoPro’s sports channel already exists on Virgin America flights. Read more at engadget.com.
- [sl] The reviews site Yelp was ordered by a judge to ‘out’ seven reviewers -- as in reveal who they are. A small business called Hadeed Carpet Cleaning of Alexandria, Virginia, suspects seven negative reviews to be fake -- created not by customers, but possibly by competitors. So they subpoenaed Yelp to turn over the identities of the reviewers. Yelp refused. Hadeed went to court. And now the Court of Appeals of Virginia ruled that Yelp has to reveal who the reviewers are. Yelp doesn’t require users to add too many personal details, but here’s the amazing part of this case: Yelp does record the IP addresses of users. Read more at courthousenews.com.
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