Author Archives: Matthew Mitchell

FCC approves Google’s white space wireless database

Google may have been on pins and needles while the FCC scrutinized its white space wireless database over the spring, but it can relax this summer -- the FCC has given the database the all-clear. The approval lets Google serve as one of ten go-to sources for white space devices ...

Device Shipments Up 6% To 2.4B In 2013, Driven By Android Smartphones, Tablets Amid More PC Decline

Gartner today has released its latest figures charting its overall predictions for how IT devices — from PCs to mobile handsets — are going to perform this year and in 2014. As in years before, numbers will continue to climb: in 2013, total shipments will rise 5.9% to 2.35 billion, ...

Facebook Restricts Ads on Controversial Sites

In the wake of protests over violent content on its site Facebook announced on Friday that it will remove ads on pages or groups that contain “any violent, graphic or sexual content.” Starting Monday, Facebook will review pages for controversial content. While this content may not technically violate Facebook’s community standards ...

This Mechanical, 3D-Printed Entabulator Is An Amazing Tribute To The Power Of Clockwork

As a lover of all things mechanical, I’m in awe of Chris Fenton’s Entabulator. Using an old book about mechanical loom-making, a 3D printer and some serious patience, he engineered a computer that can read a program off of punch cards and, in this case, calculate the Fibonacci sequence. The ...

If PRISM doesn’t freak you out about cloud computing, maybe it should, says privacy expert

Summary: Caspar Bowden warned Parliament that governmental snooping should make companies think twice before going to cloud. photo: Flickr / mnsc The PRISM data collection controversy should give businesses pause about adopting cloud computing, a data privacy expert told the U.K.’s House of Commons on Friday. During a debate, Caspar Bowden, an independent data ...

A Closer Look at Microsoft’s FISA Disclosure Numbers

Late last night, software giant Microsoft joined Facebook in disclosing the total number of requests for information it received from government agencies in the U.S. Numbers covering the final six months of 2012, shared in a company blog post, are slightly higher than Facebook’s. As with Facebook’s disclosure on Friday night, Microsoft’s ...

Sink or Swim: Waterproof iPhone Cases Put to the Test

Smartphones can do many things, but one thing they can’t do is swim. Yet we still insist on bringing them with us to the bathroom, the pool or the beach because we can’t bear to be away from our handsets. Until a company releases a waterproof cellphone, the least you ...

The Weekly Roundup for 06.24.2013

You might say the week is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workweek, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Weekly Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past seven days -- all handpicked by the editors ...