Apple-ization Catches a New Wave

Apple-ization Catches a New Wave

A software glitch caused a bunch of Amazon products to be sold for just 1 Pence.

Repricer Express automatically changes the cost of items for sale on Amazon Marketplace “to keep listings competitive 24/7 without constant attention”. The company responsible for its development have had to apologise for a software glitch that led to hundreds of items being sold for just 1p on Amazon. The glitch affected prices for an hour on Friday and involved firms who use the Repricer Express tool. The company’s chief executive, Brendan Doherty, said he was “deeply sorry for the disruption”. Amazon said most orders were cancelled after the error wasRead More

Microsoft is fighting for user privacy against the US government, and other tech giants are standing by them.

Tech giants like Apple and Amazon, as well as media companies and civil rights advocacy groups, are standing behind Microsoft as it wages a legal battle that could have a big impact on digital privacy in the United States and abroad. The U.S. government is trying to force Microsoft to turn over an individual customer’s emails that are stored on servers in Ireland. The case relates to drugs and money laundering, but the name of the account holder’s identity and nationality are not known. Microsoft refused to hand over information,Read More

The umbrella is receiving a tech overhaul.

The design of the umbrella has pretty much stayed the same for years, except for the various size changes. However, all of that may be about to change, and drastically. Developers in China have designed something quite incredible called the Air Umbrella. It has no canopy or metal spokes. Instead, it uses air to divert the rain drops from hitting you. It currently comes in three different sizes and the battery lasts for about 30 minutes when continuously running. The area of protection it provides is about three and halfRead More

The Pirate Bay was shut down, but one of its competitors, Isohunt, has cloned it.

Isohunt, a website providing access to mostly pirated material, has cloned the database of its competitor, The Pirate Bay, after it was shut down last week. The cloned site is online and fully functioning, according to users. The Pirate Bay, one of the world’s most visited websites, has been closed since a police raid in Sweden last week. Isohunt, which was banned in the UK last month, says it made the move in order to “save the Freedom of information on the Internet”. If The Pirate Bay returns, the clonedRead More

Chipmaker Imagination have unveiled a rival for the Raspberry Pi micro computer, and it starts shipping next month.

British chip designer Imagination has produced a barebones computer to compete with the Raspberry Pi. Called the Creator CI20, the board has a more powerful processor than the Pi, more memory and more onboard storage. For its graphics, it uses a version of the Imagination chip that is also found inside Apple’s iPad tablet. The small computer enters a growing and competitive market, with the Raspberry Pi already having sold almost four millions units. Like its rivals, the CI20 can run many different versions of the open source operating systemRead More

IBM hopes to reuse old laptop batteries to power LED lights in the slums of India.

IBM’s India-based research team has claimed that old laptop batteries still have enough life in them to power homes in slums. An IBM study analysed a sample of discarded batteries and found 70% had enough power to keep an LED light on more than four hours a day for a year. Researchers said using discarded batteries is cheaper than existing power options, and also helps deal with the mounting e-waste problem. The concept was trialled in the Indian city of Bangalore this year. The adapted power packs are expected toRead More

The recent Sony Pictures hack attack has revealed a fatal flaw in the company’s security practices.

The situation surrounding a recent Sony Pictures hack continues to worsen for the studio, with a new batch of documents having been released by the hackers that includes thousands of usernames and passwords. This includes a file directory called simply “Password” which includes, according to Buzzfeed, “139 Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, zip files, and PDFs containing thousands of passwords to Sony Pictures’ internal computers, social media accounts, and web services accounts.” One file the site found included hundreds of “clearly labeled” Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and Twitter usernames and passwords forRead More

The best of the BioShock series may be coming to Linux, if the Steam Database is any indicator.

BioShock Infinite is considered the best game in the series and is one of the most acclaimed titles launched in 2013, and by the looks of it, it’s coming to Linux. BioShock Infinite features a very interesting storyline and it was brought to life by one of the characters in the game, Elizabeth. The studio has been praised for implementing a very “human” interaction between the main character and Elizabeth, which made all the difference for this title. 2K Games has already brought a number of the titles in itsRead More

Sony is breaking the mold with a smartwatch that lasts for about 60 days on a single charge.

Sony has developed a watch made from e-paper as part of an initiative experiment using of the material in fashion products. The Fes Watch has a minimalist, monochrome design but falls short of the features offered by smartwatches. However, the battery of the e-paper watch could last far longer with an estimated 60 days of use. The device has been described as “retro and cool” by gadget expert Stuart Miles from Pocket-lint. “One of my predictions for next year is that fashion is going to play a huge part inRead More