Google, HP reportedly partnering for Google Now for Business

Google and Apple are both making pushes for the enterprise market through partnerships with other tech companies, and Google’s latest partnership may be with HP. The Information says that Google and HP are working on a version of Google Now for the enterprise market that will be called Google Now for Business. Rather than looking through personal data to update users, Google Now for Business would look through corporate data to provide important company information.

Twitter adding new features just for verified users

The verified status on Twitter is always something people want to get, and since Twitter caters to its more popular users, a few new features are being rolled out just for the special group of people who have earned the verified checkmark. Twitter will now send notifications to verified users when they are following another verified person who has returned the favor. If a verified user is accessing Twitter via the iOS application, they can also view all of their verified followers in a pre-made list.

Hackers think they are above the law, survey shows

Hackers are very often breaking the law, but that doesn’t seem to phase them according to a new survey. Thycotic, a password protection firm, interviewed a group of 127 hackers during the Black Hat 2014 conference and tried to figure out what motivates them and how they think about getting caught. The majority of hackers just do it for the fun provided by hacking while 19 percent admit to having a financial motive.


Why isn’t there a Shazam for bird songs?

“What species of bird is that,” I often wonder when I hear their songs. Followed by, “Why isn’t there a Shazam for bird calls?” Why can’t I launch an app, hold my cellphone up, and have it tell me if I am hearing a warbler or a sparrow, a thrush or a grosbeak? Turns out, scientists are working on it. We spoke to one of them.

HTTPS now a ranking signal for Google

Google has been talking about the benefits of HTTPS a lot in recent months, and now it is giving webmasters another big reason to use the technology.

Snowden gets three-year residence in Russia

Edward Snowden will no longer have to worry about where he is going to live — at least, not for a few years. The NSA leaker has been living in Russia for the past year, and instead of just renewing his asylum status, Russia has granted him a three-year residence permit, allowing him to remain in the country without worry.

UK aims to become center of world for virtual currency

UK Chancellor George Osborne announced during a recent event in London that he would like to see the country become the go-to market for any and all finance-related startups.

Foursquare update focuses on location-based recommendations

Using the new app’s “tastes” feature, users can enter in a bunch of information about the things they like. Specific types of food, drink and venues can be chosen, and once those choices are applied, Foursquare provides a list of local businesses that may be of interest.

Amazon same-day service expands to new U.S. markets

Two-day shipping is more than enough for many customers, and since Prime members get it for free, that speed is even more attractive. However, same-day shipping is what Amazon would like to offer to everyone as soon as it possibly can. Same-day shipping has begun rolling out in some markets around the United States, and today has seen another expansion of the service.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition retired, GPe line’s future in doubt

With once-booming rumors of a Nexus family reshuffling or outright extinction officially quashed, the biggest, most difficult-to-answer question regarding Google’s hardware future involves the GPe series. And since Google Play edition devices started disappearing without a trace a little while back, it seems logical to assume the end is near.

Google Now Launcher adds support for more devices

A small update rolled out for the Google Now Launcher last week. The app itself remains largely unchanged, but a couple of interesting modifications to the launcher’s compatibility listings on Google Play have been observed.

Twitter receiving more government data requests

Last week, in its biannual transparency report, Twitter detailed the volume of requests from global governments for account data and content removal demands. Simply put, the rate of growth of these requests is on the rise.