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Google rebrands cloud business, adds more artificial intelligence
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:45:47 -0400
A Google search page is seen through a magnifying glass in this photo illustration taken in BerlinAlphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday it renamed its business-to-business cloud computing brand and enhanced some enterprise applications using artificial intelligence, the company's latest gambit to better compete with and Microsoft Corp. in the lucrative cloud business. Discussing the rebranded Google Cloud, Diane Greene, senior vice president of Google's enterprise business, said the company has made good progress courting customers and improving its technology. Cloud computing uses remote internet servers to store, manage and process data, and Google offers a range of apps like word processing and email, as well as the ability to host data and offer resources for developers.

Samsung slammed by Chinese state TV over Note 7 recall 'discrimination'
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:31:08 -0400
A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone is displayed at its store in SeoulBy Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has slammed South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co for what it said was "discrimination" against China consumers in its handling of a global recall of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to replace batteries. In a commentary piece posted on its website on Thursday evening, CCTV said Samsung's behavior in China after the Sept. 2 recall of 2.5 million phones was "full of arrogance". CCTV said a video apology Samsung issued to U.S. consumers, along with various replacement options and compensation, was in stark contrast to its treatment of those in China, where the company issued a brief statement saying most phones didn't need to be replaced.

Salesforce urges EU to probe Microsoft, Linkedin antitrust issues
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:39:47 -0400
A 3D printed logo of Microsoft is seen in front of a displayed LinkedIn logo in this illustrationU.S. software company Salesforce called on EU regulators on Thursday to investigate antitrust issues related to Microsoft's $26 billion bid for social network LinkedIn. Microsoft is expected to seek EU antitrust approval in the coming weeks for its largest ever deal. Salesforce , which lost out on the bidding for LinkedIn , urged competition authorities to go beyond a simple review, saying the deal threatens innovation and competition.

NXP Semiconductors explores sale to Qualcomm: sources
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:22:35 -0400
A Qualcomm company bus used to transport employees among its many buildings is shown in San Diego, CaliforniaNXP Semiconductors NV is exploring selling itself to Qualcomm Inc in a deal that could be valued at more than $30 billion, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The deal would help diversify Qualcomm's business and make it a bigger supplier to the automotive industry. An agreement with Qualcomm could be struck in the next two to three months, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported news of the talks.

Microsoft sharpens AI focus with new research group
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:57:53 -0400
The logo of Microsoft is pictured in Issy-les-Moulineaux(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it created a new artificial intelligence unit, as the company pushes deeper into the fast-growing field. Silicon Valley is diving into artificial intelligence (AI)and machine learning research, an industry estimated to zoom to $70 billion by 2020 from just $8.2 billion in 2013, according to a Bank of America report that cited IDC research. On Wednesday, Microsoft teamed up with four other big technology companies - Inc, Alphabet unit Google, Facebook Inc and IBM - to create a non-profit organization to advance public understanding of AI technologies.

Foxconn's Sharp to spend $570 million on OLED panel production
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:09:05 -0400
A man using his mobile phone walks past Sharp Corp's liquid crystal display monitors showing the company logo in TokyoBy Thomas Wilson TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sharp Corp said it will spend $570 million on its organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen business - one of its first major investments since it was taken over by Taiwan's Foxconn although the amount pales in comparison to efforts by South Korean rivals. Manufacturers of consumer and other electronics are gradually shifting towards OLED screens which are generally thinner and are more flexible than liquid crystal display (LCD) screens. Sharp said it will invest in pilot production lines at its plants in Osaka and in Mie prefecture, western Japan, which are due to start between April and June 2018.

Cyprus court orders extradition of Egyptian hijacker
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:30:13 -0400
A court in Cyprus on Friday ordered the extradition of an Egyptian who hijacked an aircraft with a fake explosive belt, diverting it to the island in March. Seif Eldin Mustafa, 59, failed to convince the Nicosia district court that he could not get a fair trial in his home country, the semi-official Cyprus News Agency reported. Mustafa commandeered a domestic Alexandria-Cairo flight with 72 passengers and crew on board on March 29, ordering the pilot to divert to Larnaca airport on the Mediterranean island.
HTC’s virtual reality app store launches today
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:00:03 -0400
HTC’s virtual reality app store launches todayViveport, HTC’s app store for its Vive virtual reality headset, is going online worldwide today. Viveport opened exclusively in China this spring, and developers were able to register for a larger beta last month, but the store is now launching publicly in around 30 countries. As part of a 48-hour launch celebration, several Vive titles will be discounted to $1: a new version of Wevr’s theBlu, The Music Room Mini, Mars Odyssey, Firebird - La Peri, and Stonehenge VR. ...

Asus teams with Secretlab to create slick ROG gaming chairs
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:31:20 -0400
Asus teams with Secretlab to create slick ROG gaming chairsThe Taiwanese electronics giant wants to power your gaming computer and support your back at the same time. valued at 993 million euros in IPO
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:06:52 -0400, the online food ordering service, said on Friday its shares had been priced at 23 euros each in its initial public offering, giving it a market capitalization of 993 million euros ($1.1 billion). The Dutch company's IPO will raise 328 million euros from the sale of new and preexisting shares, representing a third of its equity, with 175 million euros coming from new shares.
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U.S. set to hand over Internet address book
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:52:10 -0400
The U.S. doesn’t own the Internet but holds the contract for the group that runs its address book
Samsung looking into reports of overheating Note 7 replacements
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:47:03 -0400
Samsung says in normal conditions, all smartphones may experience temperature fluctuations,
Does Facebook speak your language?
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:30:30 -0400
The giant social network is being translated into more languages including Malta, Fulah and Corsican.
5 big tech companies form group to foster good AI
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:02:39 -0400
The group includes the usual suspects -- but not Apple or Tesla.
Coming soon to a TV near you: ads for Facebook Live
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:20:13 -0400
The social network is launching the campaign to get more people to use Facebook Live.
FCC pulls set-top box rules from meeting agenda
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:19:33 -0400
The FCC has postponed a vote on rules to let consumers bypass pay-TV set-top boxes.
Google enterprise biz rebrands as Google Cloud
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:38:36 -0400
Name change comes as Google plays catch up to Amazon and Microsoft.
The 5 best cold brew coffee makers you can buy
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:42:44 -0400
We tested the leading cold-brew coffee makers and picked the best ones.
Fitbit stock tumbles 11% on concerns exercise buffs don't want tracker
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:55:32 -0400
Analyst says demand is low for the company's latest device
Amazon will give you $1M if your AI can chitchat for 20 min
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:03:21 -0400
The Alexa prize goes to the university team that builds a coherent and engaging intelligence.
Samsung battery bust shows pressure of innovation
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:05:12 -0400
Samsung's recall has raised questions about the risks of shortcuts.
Canon's new 5D Mark IV boasts better auto-focus, low light quality
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:50:27 -0400
USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham takes the new Canon 5D Mark IV to Venice Beach to compare it to its predecessor.
BlackBerry hangs up on phones; now what?
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:48:36 -0400
The pivot to software is no surprise. But demand for its next iteration may be muffled.
Is America giving away the internet?
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:51:10 -0400
A contract between the U.S. and a non-profit in charge of all internet domain names expires September 30th, and has lawmakers saying America is "giving away the internet"
Rare black moon will rise Friday night
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:36:06 -0400
The final day of September will bring on a rare lunar event that hasn't happened in more than two years; a black moon. Although more or less invisible, it'll make for perfect stargazing. Sean Dowling (@seandowlingtv) has more.
This great Roomba robot vacuum is just $320
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:30:38 -0400
Brace yourself... for a clean floor.
A black moon will rise Friday night, but you aren't going to see it
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:49:59 -0400
Similar to a blue moon, a black moon is the second new moon of the month.
Carbon dioxide levels cross 400 ppm threshold, likely highest in millions of years
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:53:11 -0400
Levels of carbon dioxide reached a significant symbolic milestone.
Zynga names EA vet its chief financial officer
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:12:46 -0400
Griffin spent 10 years working with Electronic Arts.
Report: Qualcomm in talks to acquire NXP
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:02:44 -0400
Deal for semiconductor company is reportedly valued at $30 billion.
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Piracy fighters battle Kodi 'epidemic'
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:40:53 GMT
Tackling the use of Kodi and other set-top boxes to stream subscription video for free is now the top priority for rights holders, a report says.
Commissioner: UK 'must avoid data protection Brexit'
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:02:59 GMT
The UK's new information commissioner calls for the country to adopt forthcoming EU data protection laws, despite its plan to leave the EU.
Army of webcams used in net attacks
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:31:59 GMT
A web attack that hit a hosting company with one terabit of data is possibly the largest ever seen and it used a network of smart devices such as webcams.
Could 3D printed hair follicles help with hair loss?
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:41:18 GMT
Hair follicles created by a process similar to 3D printing could one day be used as implants, beauty giant L'Oreal has said.
Samsung in US 'exploding washing machines' probe
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:14:30 GMT
Samsung has confirmed it is in talks with US consumer watchdogs after a lawsuit against the firm over "exploding" washing machines.
No Man's Sky investigated over 'misleading' adverts
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:07:52 GMT
Gamers say the trailers aren't like the finished game.
Google, Facebook, Amazon join forces on future of AI
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:29:35 GMT
Google, Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft are to form the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, to work on maximising the potential of the technology.
Blackberry stops designing its own phones
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:50:48 GMT
Blackberry is to stop designing smartphones in-house after 14 years.
Europol warns of Android tap-and-go thefts
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:25:29 GMT
Europol believes organised crime is using Android phones to make fraudulent tap-and-go payments.
Price comparison sites to be probed by watchdog
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:56:45 GMT
The Competition and Markets Authority plans to scrutinise the operation of price comparison websites, which allow consumers to compare products and services.
Shutter falls on life-logging camera start-up Narrative
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:54:38 GMT
Narrative, which made wearable cameras, is the latest life-logging start-up to fail.
Europol report reveals rise in child sex abuse online
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:16:47 GMT
Online tools enabling sex offenders to stay anonymous are "becoming the norm" and putting children at greater risk of abuse, warns Europol.
Trump Jr's Skittles graphic deleted from Twitter
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:29:44 GMT
A controversial graphic that compared Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles, posted by Donald Trump's son, is deleted from Twitter.
DJI's Mavic Pro fold-up drone detects obstacles
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:55:15 GMT
The world's bestselling drone-maker unveils a fold-up model that avoids collisions.
Apple to create London home at Battersea Power Station
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:25:41 GMT
Technology giant Apple will make Battersea Power Station the home of its new London headquarters.
Pepe the Frog meme branded a 'hate symbol'
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:15:35 GMT
Popular meme Pepe the Frog has been added to the Anti-Defamation League's database of hate symbols alongside the Swastika, since it was taken up by "racists and haters".
Facebook told to stop collecting German WhatsApp data
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:23:04 GMT
Facebook has been ordered to stop collecting German WhatsApp data by the Hamburg privacy regulator.
Samsung reveals 60% of 'unsafe' Galaxy Notes exchanged
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:57:57 GMT
A global recall of Samsung's Galaxy Note, following exploding batteries, prompts 60% of owners to swap devices.
Sale of Kodi 'fully-loaded' streaming boxes faces legal test
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:04:52 GMT
A legal case concerning the sale of video-streaming set-top boxes on which subscription content can be accessed for free begins on Tuesday.
Materials programmed to shape shift
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:26:10 GMT
Scientists have pre-programmed materials to change their shape over time.
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