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South Korea prosecutor seeks arrest of Samsung chief for bribery
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:56:19 -0500
Samsung Electronics vice chairman Jay Y. Lee arrives to attend a hearing at the National Assembly in SeoulBy Ju-min Park and Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's special prosecutor on Monday sought a warrant to arrest the head of Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country's largest conglomerate, accusing him of paying multi-million dollar bribes to a friend of President Park Geun-hye. Investigators had grilled Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee for 22 straight hours last week as a suspect in a corruption scandal, which last month led to parliament impeaching Park. The special prosecutor's office accused Lee of paying bribes total 43 billion won ($36.42 million) to organizations linked to Choi Soon-sil, a friend of the president who is at the center of the scandal, in order to secure the 2015 merger of two affiliates and cement his control of the family business.

Airbus CEO sees 'flying car' prototype ready by end of year
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:05:27 -0500
Airbus Group Chief Executive Tom Enders speaks during a news conference on the aerospace group's annual results, in LondonAirbus Group plans to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the aerospace group's chief executive said on Monday. Airbus last year formed a division called Urban Air Mobility that is exploring concepts such as a vehicle to transport individuals or a helicopter-style vehicle that can carry multiple riders. "One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground," Airbus CEO Tom Enders told the DLD digital tech conference in Munich, adding he hoped the Airbus could fly a demonstration vehicle for single-person transport by the end of the year.

Oracle opens start-up accelerator in Israel for cloud innovation
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:43:49 -0500
The Oracle logo is seen on its campus in Redwood CityU.S. software provider Oracle Corp said on Monday it was opening an accelerator program in Israel for startups developing cloud technologies or whose technologies are based in the cloud. A pilot program was first launched in India and more centers will be announced soon. Oracle's startup cloud accelerator program builds on its excellence center for Israeli startups, which was established in 2003 by Oracle Israel in cooperation with the government to support the growth of early stage startups.

China's Baidu opens augmented reality lab to boost waning profits
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:49:21 -0500
A sign of Baidu is seen during the third annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen town of JiaxingChinese search engine Baidu Inc on Monday launched an augmented reality (AR) lab in Beijing as part of a $200 million effort to revitalize the company's shrinking profits with cutting edge technology. The lab, which currently employs 55 people, will initially aim to drive revenue through AR marketing, though will later explore healthcare and education. "AR marketing is taking off," Andrew Ng, the chief scientist overseeing Baidu's artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality and deep learning projects, told Reuters.

China, Europe drive shift to electric cars as U.S. lags
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:23:10 -0500
FILE PHOTO -- A 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is displayed during the North American International Auto Show in DetroitBy Laurence Frost DETROIT (Reuters) - Electric cars will pick up critical momentum in 2017, many in the auto industry believe - just not in North America. Tighter emissions rules in China and Europe leave global carmakers and some consumers with little choice but to embrace plug-in vehicles, fuelling an investment surge, said industry executives gathered in Detroit this past week for the city's annual auto show. "Car electrification is an irreversible trend," said Jacques Aschenbroich, chief executive of auto supplier Valeo , which has expanded sales by 50 percent in five years with a focus on electric, hybrid, connected and self-driving cars.

Samsung Electronics probe finds battery was main cause of Note 7 fires: source
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:03:09 -0500
Exchanged Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 is seen at company's headquarters in SeoulBy Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - A Samsung Electronics Co Ltd investigation into what caused some Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire has concluded that the battery was the main reason, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday. Investors and analysts say it is critical for Samsung to provide a convincing and detailed explanation about what went wrong with the Note 7 and how it will prevent such problems from recurring if it is to regain consumer trust. "They've got to make sure they come clean and they've got to reassure buyers as to why this won't happen again," said Bryan Ma, Singapore-based analyst for researcher IDC.

Nvidia’s new Shield TV is a refined media box, but it’s still best for gamers
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:00:01 -0500
Nvidia’s new Shield TV is a refined media box, but it’s still best for gamersAbout two weeks ago, Nvidia announced a new version of its Shield TV media streaming box. Most of the upgrades are actually found in the software, which is also coming to the original Shield TV this month. Nvidia has added Amazon Video content in 4K HDR, and the new software runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, though it’s not hugely different from Android TV on Marshmallow.

Nvidia’s new Shield TV is a refined media box, but it’s still best for gamers
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:00:01 -0500
Nvidia’s new Shield TV is a refined media box, but it’s still best for gamersAbout two weeks ago, Nvidia announced a new version of its Shield TV media streaming box. For gaming, which is Nvidia’s main focus here, the Shield TV can play Android games, PC games streamed through Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud service, or games streamed from a PC on the same network with Nvidia’s GameStream feature.

Google finally explained one of the most aggravating problems plaguing Pixel phones
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:51:04 -0500
Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are currently the hottest handsets in the world for Android fans. The sleek, iPhone-esque glass and aluminum design is easily among the best you'll find in the market today, and the practically pure Android Nougat build running on the phone provides all of the speed and functionality Android users want. But as is the case with all smartphones, however, the Pixel and Pixel XL aren't perfect. There are a handful of aggravating problems that have been plaguing Pixel phone owners since the handsets debuted last year. We recently told you about one of the Pixel's biggest problems and curiously, it mimicked a similar problem iPhone users have been experiencing for months . There are also a few other troublesome issues with Google's first in-house smartphones, and the company finally explained one of them in a recent email to a frustrated Pixel owner. The battery life issue affecting some Pixel and Pixel XL handsets is annoying, to say the least, but there is a bright side: the problem only appears to be affecting a small number of handsets. There's another problem with Pixel phones that is far more widespread, and a recently published note from Google support suggests that it won't be fixed with a simple software update. Many Pixel and Pixel XL owners report that their phones' speakers have an audio problem that causes crackling and distortion when sound is played at high volumes. The issue was demonstrated in a recent video posted to YouTube by user Mark Buckman: As you can see — and hear — this is a serious problem that has been causing pretty big headaches for users (literally and figuratively). Some chatter bouncing around the web had suggested that it might be a software issue that could be fixed with custom ROMs, but not everyone wants to deal with installing custom software on their phones. What's more, it now appears that any software that had been thought to fix the issue may have just been limiting the loudspeaker volume, because an email from Google posted on Reddit over the weekend states that the issue is actually a hardware problem. Here's the email in question (click to enlarge): The email states that only "select build[s] of device" are affected, though it does not clarify which phones are impacted. Google support also states clearly that the company is not offering refunds for this defect, but it is offering warranty service. Unfortunately, as noted in the YouTube video above, the odds seem fairly good that any replacement phones offered by Google will be affected as well.
A rare chance to save big on Amazon’s hottest Kindle bundle
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:20:01 -0500
During the holidays, Kindle sales are a dime a dozen. Why? Because Amazon's popular eBook readers make fantastic gifts. Outside of the holidays though, Kindle deals can be few and far between — especially when it comes to Amazon's hottest kindle bundle. The Kindle Essentials Bundle includes a 6-inch Kindle eReader, a black Amazon Cover for Kindle, and a 5W power adapter for faster charging. Separately, those three items cost $130, but Amazon typically sells them for $115. But right now, while supplies last, the Kindle Essentials Bundle is on sale for just $94.97 if you use the promo code KINDLEBUNDLE at checkout. That's an extra $20 off, and it's the best price you'll find on this hot bundle for quite some time. Some key details from the product page: Includes the latest Kindle 6" E-Reader with Special Offers ($79.99), Amazon Cover for Kindle ($29.99), and Amazon 5W Power Adapter ($19.99) Easy on your eyes-touchscreen display reads like real paper No screen glare, even in bright sunlight, unlike tablets Single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours Get lost in your story with no alerts or notifications Holds thousands of books-choose from new releases and bestsellers, or from over a million titles at $2.99 or less Try Kindle Unlimited free for 30 days-includes over 1 million titles Here are the terms and conditions for this deal: This is a limited time offer. Offer only applies to products sold by Amazon Digital Services, LLC. Offer does not apply to digital content. Offer good while supplies last. Shipping charges and taxes may apply to discounted and free promotional items. Items must be purchased in a single order and shipped at the same speed to a single address. Offer limited to one per customer and account. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold. Offer discount will be allocated proportionally among all promotional items in your order. If any of the products related to this offer are returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product, subject to applicable refund policies. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid. Unless an Amazon Gift Card is the stated benefit of the promotion, promotional codes (including those placed directly in accounts) may not be redeemed for Amazon Gift Cards. This limited-time sale price is good through the end of the day on January 22, or until supplies run out.
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Better sleep through tech
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:56:59 -0500
SleepScore Labs measures, monitor and tracks how well sleep products are working
No direct way to duck DirecTV's box rental fee
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:36:29 -0500
New bundles drop the fees, but could mean paying more for programming.
Tech rewind: iPhone @10, Lily, YouTube DMs
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:04:11 -0500
Look back at top tech headlines of the week
Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime: Why Switch is different from Wii U
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:42:31 -0500
Nintendo's Fils-Aime on Switch: `We’re working hard to make sure it’s going to be a success.'
The coolest concept cars from CES
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:12:12 -0500
Automotive tech once again dominated at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.
Amazon is creating 100,000 U.S. jobs, but at what cost?
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:43:37 -0500
Amazon pledged to add 100,000 jobs in the USA by mid-2018.
Inauguration: You'll have to walk to get Uber
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:17:24 -0500
There was no Uber or Lyft in Washington in 2013 for the last presidential inauguration.
Voice-controlled devices shift tech industry
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:55:37 -0500
Voice-controlled devices herald much larger shift in tech industry
Obamas lead a White House tour virtually, with help from Oculus.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:12:52 -0500
You get access to the Oval Office, Situation Room and other places typically off-limits.
The 5 biggest reveals from Nintendo's Switch event
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:16:17 -0500
It was more than just details on the console's release. We break it down.
Consumer Reports now recommends MacBook Pros
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:22:39 -0500
Consumer Reports completed its battery tests on Apple’s latest MacBook Pros and is now recommending the laptops.
Nintendo Switch to launch March 3 for $300
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:42:20 -0500
Nintendo confirmed Thursday it will launch its Switch video game console worldwide on March 3.
Where the best tech jobs are
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:04:24 -0500
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The 8 most popular slow cooker recipes on Pinterest
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:03:39 -0500
These are the slow cooker recipes everyone on Pinterest is obsessed with
Atlas V rocket set for Thursday night launch
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:26:51 -0500
Cape Canaveral's first launch of 2017 to boost U.S. missile warning satellite into orbit.
How a 'crying liberal' became global meme for those gloating over Trump win
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:23:38 -0500
Janna DeVylder didn't expect to end up everywhere online in her Hillary Clinton pantsuit.
What happened after I got a bunch of high-tech massages
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:03:25 -0500
I'm not relaxed at all.
Forget Steve Jobs, this was the best presentation of all time
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:03:33 -0500
Steve Jobs' iPhone debut is beloved, but this presentation blows it away.
This robot vacuum doesn't cut corners, it cleans them
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:03:38 -0500
The PowerBot has mastered edges. Next, stairs!
Don't let your router be a gateway for cycbercriminals
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:52:35 -0500
Many of us give little thought to our routers, but they are very important to our digital lives.
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Battery with inbuilt 'fire extinguisher' developed
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:07:42 GMT
Flames from an exploding battery were put out in less than half a second during tests.
Nuisance calls: BT records more than 31 million in one week
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:17:33 GMT
More than a third of nuisance calls are about accident claims, telecoms group BT says.
Popular porn sites blocked in Philippines
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:29:41 GMT
Popular pornography sites XVideos, Redtube and Pornhub are blocked by two ISPs in the Philippines.
China orders app stores to join register
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:49:51 GMT
China's internet regulator orders mobile app stores to register themselves with it immediately.
Facebook to roll out fake news tools in Germany
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:59:44 GMT
Facebook is rolling out new tools in Germany to help combat the spread of fabricated news stories.
Programming in the early days of the computer age
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:08:36 GMT
Pioneering scientist and programmer Joyce Wheeler looks back on her time spent using Edsac - one of the first modern computers
S Korea corruption: Prosecutors to seek arrest warrant
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:58:47 GMT
Lee Jae-yong is wanted over a $17m Samsung payment in a scandal that could bring down the president.
Nintendo reveals Switch price and date
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:41:29 GMT
The Japanese firm's new games console will be launched on 3 March and be priced at $299.99 in the US.
Moderate screen use 'boosts teen wellbeing'
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:52:50 GMT
A study suggests screen time may improve teenagers' wellbeing - up to a point.
Bug 'exposes' WhatsApp message secrets
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:06:39 GMT
Some messages sent through Whatsapp can be intercepted and read thanks to a bug in the app, suggests research.
Phone-cracking firm Cellebrite hacked
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:38:27 GMT
Information about the customers of Cellebrite, an Israeli firm that markets hacking tools, is stolen in a cyber-attack.
Child abuse site administrator jailed for 20 years
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:57:51 GMT
American Michael Fluckiger has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for running a site that trafficked images of child sex abuse.
Drone company Lily shuts down owing $34m
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:29:18 GMT
Customers who pre-ordered a throw-and-shoot camera drone are promised refunds as the company folds.
Sony closes Guerrilla Cambridge video games studio
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:23:21 GMT
A 19-year-old video games studio based in Cambridge is to close months after releasing a PlayStation VR title.
AI takes on humans in marathon poker game
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:57:48 GMT
An AI program will take on four professional poker players in a 20-day game.
Google confirms end of internet drone project
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:48:55 GMT
Google has confirmed it has closed its internet drone project Titan, three years after it bought the business.
Xiaomi chief says mobile phone firm grew too quickly
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:54:13 GMT
Chinese mobile phone giant Xiaomi says it grew too quickly and will not disclose its phone sales for 2016.
Rudy Giuliani to lead Trump's cybersecurity team
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:09:40 GMT
The former New York mayor previously said he was only interested in being the US secretary of state.
MEPs vote on robots' legal status - and if a kill switch is required
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:09:50 GMT
An EU report lays out a set of rules for how humans interact with robots and artificial intelligence.
HTC phones tell users to wrap up warm
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:51:56 GMT
HTC's latest smartphones try and anticipate their users' needs and prompt them into action.
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