Sweden may have finally dropped The Pirate Bay off the map earlier this week, but Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) wondered why the Obama Administration wasn't able to remove the "illegal enterprise operating out of Sweden" even sooner.
Sen. Whitehouse Googled "pirate movies" and quickly found a link to The Pirate Bay via Google, apparently leaving him frustrated.
"There are ways in which these companies could go to court and try to knock this stuff down," Sen. Whitehouse recently said. "There are ways in which prosecutors can have discussions with companies about aiding and abetting offenses, and being accessories to offense. There's a lot that can be done in this area, it seems to me."
An injunction has been served on Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, and the company cannot import or sell its products in India. Ericsson has sent Xiaomi six requests for communications over the past five months, and Xiaomi is now waiting for an official statement from the Delhi High Court.
"Our legal team is currently evaluating the situation based on the information we have," said Manu Jain, head of Xiaomi India, as the company will explore all legal options available. It would be a disaster if Xiaomi cannot resolve any problems with the Indian government and continue to sell its smartphones to a large market.
Xiaomi is delaying wide-scale expansion in the United States and other critical markets, with India one of the company's major foreign markets. The Xiaomi Redmi Note has proven to be extremely popular in India, frequently selling out in retail stores, according to reports.
Major technology companies want to hire hackers to help identify potential software vulnerabilities before products are released - and real cybercriminals are able to exploit any problems. The "bug bounties" program is being embraced by Facebook, Mozilla, Google and other major Silicon Valley companies, providing thousands of dollars to help identify bugs.
"The trajectory we're on now is completely unsustainable," said Vikram Phatek, NSS Labs CEO, when discussing the current cybersecurity landscape. "There will not be a person in the country who will not have a compromised computer if this goes on. We are ripe for having a major catastrophe."
Despite some resistance from companies weary of paying outside sources to identify security flaws, trying to prevent cybersecurity data breaches will remain a major effort. However, compromising widely used software is a lucrative effort for cybercriminals, with more money seemingly available on the black market.
The Sony PlayStation 4 game console has continually outsold the rival Microsoft Xbox One since both were launched in late 2013 - and while the race is tightening - Sony believes year two will be a bigger success. Sony has learned it takes a bit of time for each new console platform to mature, which could open the floodgates even further.
"I really believe it's year two when you tend to see those titles come through that start to define the whole generation," said Fergai Gara, Sony UK executive. "The best is yet to come on PS4. We've seen a brilliant start with the mega-franchises, like the FIFAs, Call of Duties, and the Assassin's Creeds, but we've also seen some strong new IPs launch - the likes of Destiny and Watch Dogs. But I think that the ones that are truly to define the generation are probably still to come, to be honest."
Consumers are spending money on gaming hardware and video games, so both Sony and Microsoft should be able to enjoy success in 2015.
Jawbone wants to see the workplace become a health competition with its latest Up for Groups initiative, which is their latest ecosystem for its range of wearables.
Up for Groups will give employers a bunch of tools that can keep their staff motivated and reaching different fitness achievements, while using Up24 and Up Move trackers. Up for Groups has a slew of features like leaderboards, activity logs, and detailed performance ratings from group members.
Jawbone's ultimate goal is to have corporate health stretching outside of the normal 9-5, but it'll be up to the individual if they can pull through for their group.
Google has announced that it is updating Hangouts for Android with some nifty new features, which will have 16 pages of new stickers available, some new basic video filters, and more.
Hangouts for Android will be updated with some new smart features that will be baked directly into the chat, and while there may already be some location-based features, the updated version of Hangouts for Android will show users a map and pin when it detects a contact asking you where you are at that time.
Some other features that will be making their way into the new app will include a "last seen" timestamp, so you can see if that person has actually read your important messages, or not. There will also be a new importing feature that will let you shift all of your contacts from your smartphone, into Hangouts. We should see the updated version of Hangouts for Android rolled out in the coming days.
Hot Tub Time Machine was a surprise hit when it was released in 2010, but now the sequel is being geared up for release with a new trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 ready for your viewing pleasure below.
The movie takes place when Corddry lands himself in trouble, requiring them to go back to the hot tub time machine in order to get into the past. Instead, they end up in the future, and have to alter the future, in order to save the past - which, is actually the present. It's a hilarious take on time travelling, but will you be seeing it?
The 'iRobot Roomba' was released in 2002, changing the way that many consumers cleaned their household floors. This product enabled you to sit back and relax while a 'robot vacuum' did the work for you, cleaning your floors in specified zones fenced off with electronic signals.
We've just received a press release from Think Cleaner, claiming that their new Wi-Fi add-on for the robot vacuum cleaner will allow consumers to control their Roomba vacuum by "simply swapping out Roomba's face-plate for ours [Think Cleaner's]", this is said to enable you to control your Roomba anywhere in the world through their free application or web interface.
Other features include; giving your vacuum the ability to send you alerts via push notifications, start its cleaning cycles when you leave the house and even tell you when the cleaning is finished. You'll also be able to seamlessly link to existing home automation systems and technology, this includes devices such as the Apple HomeKit - allowing for more control options.
Google has released an early Christmas present for Android users, with Android 5.0.1 factory images for the Nexus 9, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 last week. Now the Nexus 6 and Nexus 4 smartphones can enjoy those same images.
You can grab the Nexus 6 Android 5.0.1 factory image here, while the Nexus 4 Android 5.0.1 factory image can be obtained here. Android Central has a great guide on manually updating your Nexus device before you use these factory images, something we definitely recommend. It shouldn't be long until Google pushes these updates over-the-air (OTA) but until then, you've got some factory images to play with.
Qualcomm is reportedly letting go of a decent chunk of its worldwide staff, with 158 jobs in San Diego being cut, and up to 100 elsewhere around California. On top of that, we have around 600 jobs in total being let go from Qualcomm's global workforce.
Then, a nice source pointed us in the direction of a thread on Reddit by "lgotlaidoff" who said "Just got fired today. Upto 1500 people to be fired in coming weeks. The "600" number that they are talking in media is pure BS".
A spokesperson from Qualcomm said in a statement: "We regularly evaluate our businesses to determine where efficiencies can be obtained and priorities addressed. On occasion, that requires we adjust the size or skill mix of our work teams in order to shrink or eliminate some projects and start and grow new projects". The layoffs will begin on February 11, 2015 according to a filing by the company with the California Employment Development Department.
If this does turn out to be true, Qualcomm would be playing the numbers down for various reasons. We should find out soon enough, as 900 jobs are something you can't hide for too long.