Menu
The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Thursday, January 8

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Thursday, January 8

The FCC chief is pulling in the same direction as President Barack Obama ... Samsung says profits will be down ... and more

FCC chief says he's in sync with Obama

The top US telecoms regulator is pulling in the same direction as President Barack Obama when it comes to net neutrality: "no blocking, no throttling and no paid prioritization," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a speech at CES. The full FCC panel is set to vote at the end of next month, and the question they face is how to place "just and reasonable" rules on service providers, he said.

Amazon wants your startup

There's a mysterious new project at Amazon.com, Re/code reports: it's hiring for a group that will build the "best end-to-end platform for startups." Sources speculate that it's all about developing relationships with young companies and convincing them to use the e-commerce behemoth as their main sales channel.

Samsung profit is getting squeezed by low end rivals

Samsung Electronics' strategy to capture market share with lower-cost smartphones appears to be cutting into profit as Chinese players ramp up their competitive game. In pre-earnings guidance it put out on Thursday, it noted that operating profit in the fourth quarter looks to be down about 37 percent.

FBI points the finger at North Korea again

US federal law enforcement is sticking to its story: North Korea was behind the Sony hack, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday. There's less agreement on the identity of the perpetrators within the cybersecurity community. But the feds believe they've nailed the perps based on such evidence as the fact that some emails from the hackers to Sony employees came from Internet connections used only by North Korea, Comey said at a cybersecurity conference in New York.

Macro malware makes a comeback

Bad actors are once again using Microsoft Office to deliver malware, an attack vector that's been out of style for years. Perhaps social engineering plus documents containing malware-ridden macros is a classic, like navy blue.

The Internet of beer

You can keep your cool 3D printers. Just give us the PicoBrew Zymatic, which was crafting fresh beer on the CES show floor and is billed as the world's first fully automatic all-grain brewing appliance.

Neil Young's Pono player hits stores next week

Rock legend Neil Young is finally bringing his high-quality digital music player to market: it will be available next week for about $400. The musician has long decried what MP3 and AAC compression do to good music.

Watch now:

As the song goes, "Oh show me the way to the next... 7-11"? Take a look at Sony's prototype smartglasses at CES, where Martyn Williams spies a world of convenience... stores.

One last thing

Necessity is the mother of invention: Amid all the connected devices at CES that may transform the well-connected home into the well-spied-upon home, there's a whole new section of the show floor devoted to protecting your personal privacy. Motherboard takes you on a quick tour.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags internetbusiness issuessonysoftwarehardware systemsamazon.comU.S. Federal Communications CommissionSamsung Electronics

Featured

Slideshows

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

Partners are actively building out security practices and services to match, yet remain challenged by a lack of guidance in the market. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Sophos - assessed the making of an MSSP, outlining the blueprint for growth and how partners can differentiate in New Zealand.

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ
Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the inaugural Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months, with more than ​​50 organisations in the spotlight.​​​

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP has honoured its leading partners in New Zealand during 2018, following 12 months of growth through the local channel. Unveiled during the fourth running of the ceremony in Auckland, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of standout Kiwi partners.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments