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Apple, Samsung lose ground in shrinking tablet market

Thursday July 30, 2015    12:37 PM

The survey by IDC said tablet sales fell in the April-June period, marking a third consecutive quarter of declining year-over-year sales.Total tablet sales were 44.7 million units, down seven percent from a year earlier and 3.9 percent from the prior quarter.Apple remained the top vendor with 10.9 million iPads sold in the past quarter, for a market share of 24.5 percent. But iPad sales were down 17.7 percent from a year earlier and Apple lost ... Full Story

IBM's Watson computing technology learns Japanese

Thursday July 30, 2015    3:28 AM

IBM Watson, a unit of the U.S. technology and consulting company, said Thursday it was working with Japanese telecommunications and robotics company Softbank Corp. to share Watson with startups and universities in Japan for a variety of consumer applications, starting October.Watson Senior Vic ... Full Story

Alibaba cloud unit sets sights on Amazon in $1 billion global push

Wednesday July 29, 2015    11:52 AM

With the global cloud computing market estimated by analysts to be worth about $20 billion, Alibaba said in a statement the investment would go toward setting up new Aliyun data centers in the Middle East, Singapore, Japan and Europe. The firm also plans to strike business partnershi ... Full Story

Russians hackers used Twitter, photos to reach U.S. computers: report

Wednesday July 29, 2015    8:34 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile U.S. government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts studying the campaign. In ... Full Story

iHeartRadio partners with Snapchat

Monday July 27, 2015    9:19 AM

The free streaming and live digital radio service announced Monday its new partnership with Snapchat.The result is a now-available iHeartRadio channel on Snapchat Discover featuring music, pop culture and entertainment news which includes behind-the-scenes footage of music videos, celebrity intervi ... Full Story

The world's top carmakers, and getting to know Google Fi -- Our favorite videos of the week

Saturday July 25, 2015    2:27 PM

The world's top 5 carmakersThere's a global ... Full Story

Qualcomm faces EU antitrust probes over tactics to block rivals

Thursday July 16, 2015    11:19 AM

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European Union antitrust regulators are investigating whether one of the world's biggest chipmakers, Qualcomm, uses illegal tactics to shut out rivals, six years after slapping a record 1 billion euro ($1.09 billion) fine on Intel for a similar offens ... Full Story

Facebook's Oculus buys Israel gesture recognition firm Pebbles

Thursday July 16, 2015    8:49 AM

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Facebook's Oculus unit said on Thursday it has agreed to buy Israeli gesture recognition technology developer Pebbles Interfaces for an undisclosed amount. The announcement was made in a blog posted by Oculus. Israel's Calcalist financial news w ... Full Story

EBay sells enterprise unit ahead of PayPal split

Thursday July 16, 2015    8:15 AM

(Reuters) - E-commerce company eBay Inc said it was selling its enterprise business to a consortium led by private equity firm Permira for $925 million, as it streamlines its operations ahead of the separation from PayPal Holdings Inc . Shares of eBay, which also reported ... Full Story

Is Facebook's concierge v. 2.0 on the horizon?

Thursday July 16, 2015    5:28 AM

According to The Information, it would appear that Facebook is working on a virtual assistant for mobile devices. Facebook's upgraded concierge service, codenamed "Moneypenny" in a nod to M's assistant in the James Bond films, would be very different from Siri and company.Use ... Full Story

Netflix seen adding more viewers with strong content, new markets

Thursday July 16, 2015    5:15 AM

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc's accelerating subscriber growth signals the video streaming service has much more room to expand, with some analysts seeing it tripling its subscribers to 200 million within a few years, driven by international expansion. Share ... Full Story

EU opens twin Qualcomm antitrust investigations

Thursday July 16, 2015    2:21 AM

The first investigation will examine whether Qualcomm, the market leader in chips used for voice and data transmission in smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, offered financial incentives to customers on condition that they bought exclusively or almost exclusively from Qualc ... Full Story

These porcelain mugs remind you that things could always be worse

Wednesday July 15, 2015    9:32 PM

This article, , originally appeared on . At the end of a rough day at the office, many people out there like to sit down with a cup of coffee or tea to unwind. But wouldn't that relaxation come even quicker if your coffee mug reminded you that the world ... Full Story

Amazon's Prime Day draws big virtual crowd, frustrates some shoppers

Wednesday July 15, 2015    6:58 PM

(Reuters) - Merchants participating in Amazon.com's much-advertised "Prime Day" sale saw an 80 percent rise in U.S. sales from a year earlier, according to preliminary data from e-commerce researcher ChannelAdvisor, although the event also drew ire from some shoppers. ... Full Story

Mexico City unveils first regulation on Uber in Latin America

Wednesday July 15, 2015    6:43 PM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico City became the first city in Latin America to regulate Uber on Wednesday [UBER.UL], announcing rules that include a 1.5 percent ride levy, a yearly permit fee and a minimum vehicle value. The city government said vehicles used by Uber and other services such as Cabify would have to cost at ... Full Story

Samsung Electronics cautious on second half; capital returns disappoint

Thursday July 30, 2015    12:28 PM

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> on Thursday offered a downbeat outlook for the second half of the year as smartphone market growth slows and ahead of the expected release of new iPhones from arch rival Apple Inc . The firm also reported a 4 percent fall in second-quarter profit and ruled out a "special dividend" similar to a big year-end payout for 2014. That disappointed investors, pushing its stock lower as pressure grows on Korean firms to return more capital to shareholde ... Full Story

Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent post strong results as merger approaches

Thursday July 30, 2015    3:19 AM

PARIS/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Shares in telecom network gear makers Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent jumped on Thursday after both posted strong second-quarter results, giving a positive signal ahead of their pending merger. Nokia's 15.6 billion euro ($17 billion) acquisiti ... Full Story

Microsoft launches Windows 10 with an eye on mobile market

Wednesday July 29, 2015    10:04 AM

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's launch of its first new operating system in almost three years, designed to work across laptops, desktop and smartphones, won mostly positive reviews for its user-friendly and feature-packed interface. The launch was seen critical for the ... Full Story

Android flaw lets hackers break in with a text message

Tuesday July 28, 2015    12:28 PM

"Attackers only need your mobile number, using which they can remotely execute code via a specially crafted media file delivered via MMS (text message)," Zimperium Mobile Security said in a blog post."A fully weaponized successful attack could even delete the message before you see it. You will only see the notification."Android code dubbed "Stagefright" was at the heart of the problem, according to Zimperium.Stagefright automatically pre-loads video snippets attached to text messages to spare recipients from the annoyance of waiting to view clips.Hackers can hide malicious code in video files and it will be unleashed even if the smartphone user never opens it or reads the message, according to research by Z ... Full Story

Gambling firm GVC sweetens bid for rival Bwin.party

Monday July 27, 2015    9:10 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Online gambling firm GVC Holdings returned on Monday with a new 1 billion-pound ($1.55 billion) bid for rival Bwin.party Digital Entertainment , looking to trump a recently accepted offer from 888 <888.L>. Bwin, put up for sale last year, acc ... Full Story

Daimler to test self-driving trucks in Germany this year: paper

Saturday July 25, 2015    2:27 PM

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmaker Daimler is planning to test self-driving trucks as early as this year, executive board member Wolfgang Bernhard told a German newspaper. "We are positive that we will get approval for tests on German motorways within the next weeks," Frankfurter A ... Full Story

Apple faces U.S. class-action lawsuit by employees over bag searches

Thursday July 16, 2015    11:06 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Store employees who sued Apple Inc over bag searches at the iPhone maker's 52 brick and mortar outlets in California had their case certified as a class-action by a federal judge on Thursday. The ruling, from U.S. District Judge Wil ... Full Story

Intel's cost cuts could give rivals higher ground: analysts

Thursday July 16, 2015    8:38 AM

(Reuters) - Intel Corp's move to delay the launch of its next generation chip technology to 2017 may see the company lose ground to rivals Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Intel's shares opened 2.7 percent higher on Thursday it lowered its ... Full Story

Gemalto shares fall on worries over Apple E-Sim card challenge

Thursday July 16, 2015    8:10 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Gemalto shares fell sharply on Thursday, with traders citing concerns that its SIM card manufacturing business might be impacted if U.S. tech company Apple launched a rival e-Sim card. Traders cited a Financial Times report that Apple and Samsung were in talks with ... Full Story

TSMC Q2 profit growth slows on weaker sales

Thursday July 16, 2015    5:26 AM

The world's biggest contract microchip maker by revenue had posted 65 percent year-on-year growth in the first quarter. TSMC's slowdown comes as the company faces increased competition from regional rivals such as South Korea's Samsung, and as China's tech industry pushes for ... Full Story

Angry Birds 2 flies into app stores July 30

Thursday July 16, 2015    5:13 AM

Rovio has revealed that Angry Birds 2 will be released on app stores worldwide later this month.Angry Birds is one of the world's most popular mobile game apps, with 15 games and 3 billion downloads. There have been celebrity collaborations, adaptations and even a movie coming out in 2016. Rovi ... Full Story

eBay nearing deal to sell enterprise unit for about $900 million: WSJ

Wednesday July 15, 2015    9:38 PM

The deal could be announced as soon as Thursday, along with the company's second-quarter results, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The people said there was no guarantee a deal would be reached, the newspaper reported. Ear ... Full Story

Mountains on Pluto: Surface photo reveals surprises

Wednesday July 15, 2015    7:07 PM

Pluto is a complex little ice world.All it took ... Full Story

'Alcoholic Architecture' lets visitors breathe in booze (Tomorrow Daily 209)

Wednesday July 15, 2015    6:52 PM

We here at Tomorrow Daily are always looking for ... Full Story

Google adding 'buy' buttons to mobile search ads

Wednesday July 15, 2015    4:29 PM

The introduction of 'Purchases on Google' comes as Facebook, and Pinterest also try to make it easier for people to shop while using their sites, putting themselves in position to profit from transactions or related advertising."Although we're still in early experiments with a li ... Full Story

Sony books highest first-quarter profit since 2007 on strong sensor sales

Thursday July 30, 2015    7:22 AM

April-June operating profit rose 39 percent to 96.9 billion yen ($780.8 million), compared with the 73.3 billion average estimate of 18 analysts polled by Reuters. The result comes after Sony last month announced its first capital raising in a quarter of a century, sending its shares tumbling. Sony said it would use the funds to boost production of image sensors, which are now among its strongest-selling products. ... Full Story

Does Yahoo have a sound idea for video messaging?

Thursday July 30, 2015    3:10 AM

Like Apple's FaceTime, Google Hangouts or Skype, uses a smartphone's front-facing camera to establish a live video connection between callers, but rather than talk, users text each other.The app, which goes live for iOS and Android devices as a free download on Thursday, may sound q ... Full Story

Verizon Wireless Offers HBO Now

Wednesday July 29, 2015    9:01 AM

Verizon and HBO announced the partnership today (July 28), and explained that HBO Now is now available to Verizon Wireless customers, as well as those who subscribe to Verizon FiOS, even if they don't have a cable TV package. HBO Now is currently available on iPhones, iPads, Android phone ... Full Story

The OnePlus 2 invites itself to the flagship phone party

Tuesday July 28, 2015    3:55 AM

OnePlus is a Chinese tech startup which has been making waves in its native China with its elegant and powerful handsets but with its latest phone, it's looking to wow European and American consumers in the same way.In terms of specifications alone, the new handset -- technically a phablet by ... Full Story

Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy stores from August

Monday July 27, 2015    8:25 AM

(Reuters) - The Apple Watch will be available at stores of Best Buy Co Inc , the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, starting Aug. 7. The Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models will be sold at more than 300 Best Buy stores in time for the holiday shopping season, a spokeswoman ... Full Story

Where Apple leads, payment wristbands ready to tap 'wearables' boom

Thursday July 16, 2015    11:34 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - New payment technologies such as Apple Pay and FC Barcelona wristbands carrying a digital wallet will increasingly mean bank customers ditch cards and cash for wearable technology, experts predict. Watches, wristbands, jewelry, key fobs and ot ... Full Story

Google Fiber Helping to Close the Digital Divide

Thursday July 16, 2015    10:57 AM

One in four households earning less than $30,000 per year don't have Internet access, according to a study from Center.By comparison, 3 percent of adults making more than $75,000 per year don't access the Internet.Google's announcement is a part of ConnectHome, a project spearheaded ... Full Story

4 ways virtual reality could make inroads in the workplace

Thursday July 16, 2015    8:24 AM

This article, , originally appeared on .Virtual reality proponents hope that this long developing technology will one day change just about everything we do, including the way we work.Though, it might be a long time before you fire up a headmo ... Full Story

State of the art: $20,000, 1 megapixel. This is what digital cameras were like in 1995

Thursday July 16, 2015    5:34 AM

This article, , originally appeared on . Digital came ... Full Story

EU opens anti-trust probe into Qualcomm

Thursday July 16, 2015    5:21 AM

The European Commission said it was opening two Qualcomm probes -- into possible price rigging and abuse of its dominant market position in baseband chipsets used for communications in devices such as mobile phones and tablet computers."We are launching these investigations because we want to ... Full Story

Flipagram cuts deals with major labels for 30-second song clips

Thursday July 16, 2015    5:10 AM

Flipagram has signed licensing deals with major and independent music labels and publishers -- such as Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group -- that will allow users to access millions of clips for use in their Flipagram accounts.The smartphone app lets us ... Full Story

China's Huawei gets security clearance to manufacture in India for booming market

Wednesday July 15, 2015    9:34 PM

The green light from the Ministry of Home Affairs, confirmed by an official on Wednesday, comes 19 months after Huawei first applied for a manufacturing license, amid wrangling over national security concerns. It also marks a significant boost for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ... Full Story

Toshiba faces $3 billion in charges over accounting scandal: sources

Wednesday July 15, 2015    7:00 PM

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp expects 300-400 billion yen ($2.4-3.2 billion) in charges related to improper accounting in an expanding probe that is set to force Chief Executive Hisao Tanaka to step down, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The ... Full Story

Exclusive: Toshiba faces $3 billion in charges over accounting scandal - sources

Wednesday July 15, 2015    6:47 PM

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp <6502.T> expects 300-400 billion yen ($2.4-3.2 billion) in charges related to improper accounting in an expanding probe that is set to force Chief Executive Hisao Tanaka to step down, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. ... Full Story

Tech investors: dance, or gird for 'when music stops'?

Wednesday July 15, 2015    4:26 PM

At the Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference at a mountain resort in Aspen, Colorado this week a key topic of debate among tech leaders and investors were the risks and rewards in the fast-growing sector."We're trying to be more disciplined in the terms of the bets we make," said Byron ... Full Story