The latest version of Android climbs to a 1.6 percent share
Google released Android 5.0 Lollipop to the public on November 3. 2014, but in the three months that have passed since then, it never registered a blip on the Android Developers Dashboard, until now. That's because Google doesn't list any versions with less than a 0.1 percent distribution. With the last few days, however, Android 5.0 has gone from virtually non-existent to a 1.6 percent share.
RadioShack is reportedly in talks with Sprint to sell half its stores and shutter the rest. Should the deal go through as currently being discussed, the locations acquired by Sprint would operate under the wireless carrier's name, and with the other half going out of business, a recognizable brand that's been around for almost a century would suddenly cease to exist. It would be a tragic ending, and entirely appropriate, too.
Popular torrent site is back online but short on staff
The Pirate Bay may ultimately prove an unsinkable torrent site. There have been repeated attempts to remove TPB from the web, and after Swedish authorities raided the site's servers and electronics equipment nearly two months ago, some wondered if it would ever return to form. Well, wonder no more -- TPB is back online, though not before a mutiny broke out among staff members.
If you've been on the fence about purchasing a Surface Pro 3 tablet, perhaps a price cut might help make up your mind, or so Microsoft hopes. From today until February 7 (Saturday), U.S. customers can grab a Surface Pro 3 tablet from the Microsoft Store (online or retail) for $100 off MSRP. In addition, Microsoft is throwing in a protective sleeve valued at $40 at no extra cost -- you can choose from a dozen different styles.
Faster components get baked into Raspberry Pi 2 for the same price
Sequels are rarely as good as or better than the original, though that isn't the case with the Raspberry Pi 2, a faster version of the original with the same tantalizing $35 price tag. This time around, it's been upgraded with a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (Broadcom BCM2836 SoC) offering roughly six times better performance compared to the 700MHz ARM11 part (Broadcom BCM2835 SoC) found in the Raspberry Pi Model B+.
Renowned overclocker K|NGP|N (or Kingpin, from here on out) has endorsed EVGA's latest GeForce GTX 980 graphics card, which has been "meticulously designed for the extreme overclocker." More than just lip service, this card packs a 14+3 power phase design, a new digitally controlled VRM capable of delivering up to a whopping 600A of current, and three power inputs (two 8-pin and a single 6-pin).
Perhaps unbeknownst to most of humanity, a paid version of Google Earth has been available for the last ten years to anyone willing to fork out $399 per year. We say “unbeknownst to most of humanity” because that is one of the few possible reasons we can think of—apart from Google’s largesse and a poor value proposition—for the vertiginous drop in Google Earth Pro’s price, which is now an unbelievably low $0 per year.
The company has paid out over $4 million in bug bounties since the program’s inception
Now into its fifth year, Google’s bug bounty program has already seen the search engine giant pay security researchers in excess of $4 million for identifying security vulnerabilities in its various products. And according to a recent post on the company’s Online Security Blog, over $1.5 million was paid out in 2014 alone, with the largest single reward during the year being a whopping $150,000. Still not impressed? Well, neither is Google.
The next versions of Windows Server and System Center management suite are already under development, Microsoft reminded everybody in a blog post Friday, adding it has further preview releases planned for 2015 (the first previews of the two products were released in October). But don’t hold out hope for Microsoft releasing the finished versions anytime soon.
The Great Firewall, as China’s internet censorship system is commonly known, has lately become less tolerant of virtual private networks (VPNs), which a large section of Chinese internet users and businesses rely on to access blocked websites and services. At least three VPN providers known to be popular in China have openly admitted to being hit by “severe disruptions” that point to a major advancement in Chinese internet filtering capabilities.