Apple finally has access to China Mobile’s 700 million subscribers – Following years of rumor and negotiation, Apple has finally succeeded in bringing the iPhone to the world’s largest mobile provider, China Mobile. The carrier today announced that the iPhone 5S and 5C are coming to its new 4G network on January 17th, 2014. It’s the first time Apple has access to China Mobile’s vast customer base; the company has over 700 million users.
RSA denial sidesteps claim it was paid to use compromised encryption by default – Security firm RSA has denied it entered into a contract that it knew would give the NSA a backdoor into its BSAFE security system. Last week, Reuters claimed the NSA paid RSA $10 million to make an algorithm called “Dual EC DRBG” the preferred, or default system in BSAFE.
Tomorrow’s robots drive, climb, and drill through walls at DARPA trials – This weekend 17 teams headed down to Homestead, Florida to compete in theDARPA Robotics Challenge Trials, a gauntlet of eight tasks designed to test robots that could aid after natural disasters.
The tasks included driving a vehicle, traversing uneven terrain, climbing a ladder, clearing debris, opening a series of doors, drilling through a wall, opening a valve, and reeling a hose.
CyanogenMod downloaded 10 million times as it begins to go legit –Though CyanogenMod has gotten plenty of ink lately for its Oppo N1 hookup and Google Play approval, it’s still first and foremost a modding outfit.
In fact it just marked 10 million downloads of its custom Android ROMs, according to its latest stats.
ASUS damages another world landmark with its CES teaser (video) – Just before a big tech show, ASUS likes to wheel out a baffling teaser to get us all in the mood. Normally, the clips involve panning over some brushed metal, promising that the new gear will transform your life. But every now and again, ASUS decides it’s time to travel to a world heritage site for a spot of vandalism.
Samsung’s 2014 smart TVs will let you control videos by pointing your finger – Samsung’s 2014 smart TV lineup may revolve around impressive-looking hardware, but the Korean tech giant has revealed that interface improvements will also play an important role. Its new TVs will support finger gestures that should be more intuitive than the whole-hand commands of this year’s models; you can stop a movie with a spinning motion, for instance.
Wikipedia adds Draft feature to ease pressure on article writers – Here’s a Wikipedia stat you probably didn’t know: around 80 percent of new contributions to the crowdsourced encyclopedia are abandoned before they’re submitted. The organization thinks a lot of writers get cold feet because, since its creation, Wikipedia has deliberately prevented them from being able to save their articles without publishing them: you either went public or you went home.
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