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VA Secretary Points Out Need For Agency Redesign By Clip Syndicate After giving out his personal cell phone number and having it ring off the hook with agency issues that require attention, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said the agency has to be set up in a way that will allow it to be responsive. Also in the news, the Arizona Republic reports that the VA's record-keeping has been in such disarray that the agency didn't track its number of unfilled medical positions until June of this year.

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The Samsung Gear S Is A Smartphone On Your Wrist By Clip Syndicate Announced back in September, the Samsung Gear S is the South Korean electronics company’s sixth attempt at making a smartwatch. It’s got the specs of a mid-range phone from a few years back and runs Tizen, Samsung’s own operating system. The intended appeal of the Gear S is that it can be used independently from the rest of your devices. Along with Bluetooth Samsung’s newest watch also has radios for Wi-Fi, as well as 2G and 3G cellular connectivity.

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Magnitude 5.6 Quake Strikes Pacific Near Peruvian Coast By Clip Syndicate A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific near the Peruvian coast late on Friday, rocking buildings for several seconds in the capital Lima and disrupting cellphone services briefly. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit 49 miles southwest of Mala, a coastal town near Lima, at a depth of 28 miles. Peru's Geophysical Institute, which measures earthquakes on the Richter scale, initially reported a magnitude of 5.8. Peru's Navy said on Twitter that the quake did not trigger tsunami alerts.

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Lil Twist -- Felony Arrest Warrant in Massey Brothers Robbery By Clip Syndicate Lil Twist is officially a wanted man -- a felony warrant has been issued for his arrest in the Chris Massey beatdown ... and the warrant is for home invasion and robbery. Twist, and 4 other guys, allegedly busted into Kyle 's apartment and pummeled Chris with brass knuckles last Friday and stole his wallet and cell phone. The Massey brothers' attorney says a judge issued the arrest warrant and claims Twist has been charged with felony home invasion and robbery, but the D.A. says no charges have been filed ... yet. LAPD is still trying to identify the 4 other men who were with Twist.

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Logitech Keys-To-Go: Finally, An iPad Keyboard That You Can Use Long-Term By Clip Syndicate Logitech has been building iPad keyboards for years – they were among the first to recognize the value of doing so, in fact. But for all their experience, and various iterations of the concept of the keyboard case, the company may have got it most right with a remarkably simple design introduced just this past month with the new Keys-To-Go Bluetooth wireless keyboard. ...Read More »
Kindle Software Update Lets You Share Your Amazon Library With A Partner And More By Clip Syndicate Kindle has a new update rolling out to its Kindle e-reader device hardware, which includes new features for the latest Kindle, Kindle Voyage and Kindle Paperwhite devices. The update includes the new Word Wise feature that automatically shows definitions to difficult words above the within text on compatible titles, as well as Family Library, which lets you access not only your own books, but also those of a spouse, partner or family member, and Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, a subscription service starting at $2.99 per month that provides curated access to special selections for kids and beginner readers. You’ll get the chance to link two accounts to a device, which can include a spouse or partner, rather than having to share a single account across devices, which is likely what most people do currently.

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Content Insider #365 - Being Nobody By Miles Weston As we approach the best time of the year ever it's only right that you want to exchange information, greetings, ideas, wish lists, whatever with...well everyone. And this is the time of the year when everyone is hoping to grab all of that information and put it to very good use. The online world is truly marvelous because the more you talk about your favorite subject - you - the better job they can do in serving you up to their advertisers so they can better serve you. Or you could work at being nobody...your choice. ...Read More »
Blackberry Has no Immediate Plans to Crack 'sensitive' China Market By Clip Syndicate Blackberry Chief Executive John Chen sees Asia as key to reviving the loss-making smartphone maker's fortunes but expanding in the region's biggest market China, where security data concerns are rife, is currently not a priority. ...Read More »
U.S. Using Fake Cellphone Towers on Planes to Gather Data By Clip Syndicate An agency of the U.S. Justice Department is gathering data from thousands of cell phones, including both criminal suspects and innocent Americans, by using fake communications towers on airplanes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The program run by the U.S. Marshals Service began operations in 2007 and uses Cessna planes flying from at least five major airports and covering most of the U.S. population, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the operations. ...Read More »
Uber Tests French Tolerance With New Car Share Scheme By Clip Syndicate Parisians will be able to share rides with strangers by hailing cars via their smartphones from Friday, when fast-growing U.S. start-up Uber launches its new service in defiance of an imminent legal challenge. Taxi drivers have complained that Uber has hit their business unfairly as it has expanded rapidly over the four years since its launch. The venture-capital backed firm valued at $18 billion now operates in 25 European cities and has sparked legal cases and taxi protests from London to Rome.

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