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  • Apple lets companies fine-tune apps before watch debut - Bloomberg
    Apple lets companies fine-tune apps before watch debut - Bloomberg 6 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc has allowed some companies to test their apps on its yet-to-be-launched Apple Watch and adjust the tools to the watch's design, Bloomberg reported. Facebook Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc, BMW AG and others have spent weeks at Apple's headquarters, working with the smartwatch to test and fine-tune apps that will debut alongside the device, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the process. The company has scheduled a special event in San Fransisco on March 9 where it is expected to showcase Apple Watch, which will be launched in April. More »

  • Apple Pay stung in transactions using data stolen from retailers - WSJ
    Apple Pay stung in transactions using data stolen from retailers - WSJ 11 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc's mobile payment system Apple Pay has been hit by a wave of fraudulent transactions using stolen credit-card data from a spate of breaches at retailers, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The transactions stemmed from breaches at retail giants including Home Depot Inc and Target Corp, the Journal reported on Thursday. The majority of unauthorized purchases have been for big-ticket items bought with smartphones at Apple's own stores, the Journal said. Apple could not be reached immediately for comment. ... More »

  • The new 'Horsemen of the Nasdaq' - how long will they ride?
    The new 'Horsemen of the Nasdaq' - how long will they ride? 16 hours ago

    Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon hold dominant positions in the tech sector and have been among the biggest engines driving the Nasdaq above the 5,000 mark this week for the first time since 2000. The tech world moves so quickly that in 2000 Google wasn't yet public and Facebook didn't exist. Apple had yet to introduce the iPod, let alone the iPhone. "In other sectors there's a greater sense of permanence in the leadership, but tech is always changing," said Scott Kessler, head of technology sector equity research at S&P Capital IQ in New York. More »

  • Apple's rivals hope its Watch will boost their own wearable tech
    Apple's rivals hope its Watch will boost their own wearable tech 18 hours ago

    By Harro Ten Wolde BARCELONA (Reuters) - Apple's rivals want to benefit from its magic, hoping that its long awaited new smartwatch will finally conjure demand for wearable technology that has so far generated more buzz about its potential than actual sales. Gizmos that users wear on their bodies have yet to live up to the hype as the next big thing in technology. "If Apple is successful, it'll create a rising tide that will lift the whole market," said Ben Wood, a top gadget reviewer at technology market research firm CCS Insight. His company predicts Apple will sell 20 million of its new smart watches this year, helping spur 150 percent growth in the wearable technology sector to 75 million gadgets, rising to 350 million by 2018. More »

  • Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to 'lean in' for women
    Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to 'lean in' for women Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work. More »

  • Lenders want bold overhaul of Japan's Sharp as another bailout looms
    Lenders want bold overhaul of Japan's Sharp as another bailout looms Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    By Taiga Uranaka and Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Loss-making Japanese electronics firm Sharp Corp meets its main banks on Thursday in an effort to secure its second major bailout since 2012, betting they will have little choice but to pay up despite their call for more drastic overhauls. Sharp Chief Executive Kozo Takahashi will meet officials from Mizuho Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, hoping to discuss further funding and buy time, people with direct knowledge of the matter said. Sharp may consider an exit from solar panels and plant closures, but these would not be enough for the banks, which want Sharp to follow the more successful Panasonic Corp and Sony Corp with bolder moves, the sources said. More »

  • BMW says talks with Apple don't involve developing a car
    BMW says talks with Apple don't involve developing a car Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    German carmaker BMW said on Thursday its talks with technology giant Apple did not involve developing or building a car, denying a German magazine report. Auto Motor und Sport said in its March 4 edition that the two firms were discussing possibilities for cooperating on the development of a passenger car. Apple was impressed with BMW's carbon-fibre electric cars, the magazine said, citing a "high ranking BMW manager." The BMW spokesman said: "We are in regular talks with companies from the IT and telecommunications sector, including Apple, concerning topics like connected vehicles. More »

  • IPhone 6's popularity drives Apple's China share to record Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A consumer survey showed the popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple's market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground. More »

  • Continental wants to be partner on possible Apple car -CEO
    Continental wants to be partner on possible Apple car -CEO Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Germany's Continental AG would be interested in acting as partner for technology giant Apple should the U.S. company decide to build a car, Chief Executive Elmar Degenhart said. "Apple has an excellent reputation on information and communication systems and has incredible financial strength," the CEO said on Thursday during an earnings call. "We would be interested" in acting as partner if Apple decides to produce a vehicle, he said. Separately, Degenhart was sceptical on prospects for battery-powered cars, saying Continental's electric-car operations may fail to make money "at least in the next 3-4 years." The company remains on the lookout for potential acquisitions, though another major takeover is not on the cards in coming months, the CEO said. More »

  • Self-driving cars could generate billions in revenue- U.S. study
    Self-driving cars could generate billions in revenue- U.S. study Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Self-driving cars could generate billions of dollars a year in revenue from mobile internet services and products, even if occupants spend only a fraction of their free time on the web, according to a new study by McKinsey & Company. In addition, the McKinsey study warns of several risks to established companies, including vehicle manufacturers, dealers and even insurance companies. McKinsey projects that future owners of self-driving cars could save up to 50 minutes a day, some of which is likely to be spent surfing the web. The revenue may be divided among the vehicle manufacturers, their major hardware and software suppliers and web-based providers of goods, information and services. More »

  • Apple delays larger iPad production till September - reports
    Apple delays larger iPad production till September - reports Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc will delay the start of production on a larger, 12.9-inch iPad until around September because of delays involving the supply of display panels, according to two media reports. The company has also been considering adding ports to connect to a keyboard and mouse, the Journal report said. More »

  • HBO in talks with Apple, Google to launch streaming service - reports
    HBO in talks with Apple, Google to launch streaming service - reports Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    (Reuters) - HBO network is in talks with Apple Inc, Google Inc and some other companies to be its launch partner for the highly anticipated HBO Now video streaming service, according to two media reports. The service's retail price is expected to be $15 a month and will launch next month, timed to the season premier of HBO's blockbuster series "Game of Thrones," the International Business Times reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. More »

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    Do you want to be a success? Here’s how… Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Are we genetically predisposed to inherit talent, or can we acquire same with practise? More »

  • Apple to delay larger iPad production till September - report
    Apple to delay larger iPad production till September - report Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc will delay the start of production on a larger, 12.9-inch iPad until around September because of problems involving the display panel supply, said a report by Bloomberg News citing people familiar with the company's plans as saying. Production on the bigger tablet had been scheduled to begin this quarter, Bloomberg cited one of the people as saying. (Reporting by Edwin Chan) More »

  • Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use
    Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall. But if phones get any bigger will they be too hard to use? More »

  • HBO in talks with Apple to launch video streaming service - report
    HBO in talks with Apple to launch video streaming service - report Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    (Reuters) - HBO is in talks with Apple Inc to be its launch partner for the highly anticipated HBO Now video streaming service, according to a report in Wednesday's International Business Times. The service is expected to launch next month, timed to the season premier of HBO's blockbuster series "Game of Thrones," according to the report, which cited sources familiar with the matter. "We know there’s great anticipation around our standalone streaming service," an HBO spokesman said in a statement. Time Warner, which owns the HBO pay-TV service, announced the video streaming service in October in order to hold onto or attract subscribers who are ditching pricey cable television subscriptions. More »

  • Will Facebook make a car? Zuckerberg: Focus on the network Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — No cars and solar power for Facebook, it seems. More »

  • Uber heads in new mapping direction with deCarta acquisition Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies is buying digital mapping specialist deCarta in a deal that may help the rapidly growing ride-hailing service lessen its dependence on navigation services from Google and Apple, an imposing pair of potential rivals. More »

  • Judge OKs $415M settlement in tech workers' lawsuit Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has tentatively approved a $415 million settlement in a major class action lawsuit by Silicon Valley workers who accused Apple Inc., Google Inc. and other tech companies of making an illegal agreement not to hire each other's employees. More »

  • Hikma hits Tullow Oil out of FTSE 100
    Hikma hits Tullow Oil out of FTSE 100 Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    By Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON (Reuters) - Hikma Pharmaceuticals has pushed Tullow Oil out of Britain's benchmark FTSE 100 equity index, FTSE Group announced on Wednesday, following a drop in Tullow's stock price and a rise in Hikma's shares. Getting into the FTSE 100 can often fuel further demand for a company's shares, since funds that track the FTSE or invest in the index can then add that stock to their portfolio. The rankings are decided on market capitalisation. ... More »

  • Exclusive - ZF, TRW set to win EU approval for $13.5 billion deal Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen [ZFF.UL] is set to win conditional European Union antitrust approval for its proposed $13.5 billion (8.8 billion pound) takeover of U.S. peer TRW Automotive Holdings Corp , two people with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. ZF, which is seeking to bulk up and expand into the potentially lucrative self-driving car market, offered concessions to the European Commission last month in a bid to allay regulatory concerns. "It's a conditional phase 1 approval," said one of the sources, referring to the Commission's preliminary review of the deal. ZF sold its steering systems business to German industrial group Robert Bosch [ROBG.UL] in September last year in an effort to clear potential antitrust hurdles. More »

  • US Govt Put Apple Users At Risk Of Hacking
    US Govt Put Apple Users At Risk Of Hacking Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Millions of Apple and Android users have been vulnerable to hackers for years because of a security flaw caused by the US government, researchers say. The vulnerability - known as 'FREAK attack' - has been blamed on a government policy abandoned more than a decade ago which forced US software makers to use weaker security encryption in software sold overseas. A group of nine researchers discovered that they can still trick browsers on Mac computers and Android phones and tablets into using the weaker encryption, which can then be cracked within a few hours. Both Apple and Google say they have developed fixes to deal with the problem. More »

  • Apple, Android browsers vulnerable to 'FREAK attack'
    Apple, Android browsers vulnerable to 'FREAK attack' Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as "FREAK attack." More »

  • Venture capitalist testifies in Silicon Valley sex-bias suit Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    A legendary billionaire investor defended his Silicon Valley venture capital firm Tuesday while testifying in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit that has accused the firm of being an all-boys club ... More »

  • Apple exploring settlement with electric car battery maker
    Apple exploring settlement with electric car battery maker Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Apple Inc is discussing a settlement in a lawsuit brought by electric car battery maker A123 Systems, which accused the iPhone maker of poaching top engineers to build a large-scale battery division. Apple is exploring how to make an electric car and has been hiring engineers with deep expertise in automobile systems. In a court filing on Tuesday, Apple asked a Massachusetts federal judge for an extension of time to respond to the A123 lawsuit because "they are exploring potential resolution." Representatives for Apple and A123 could not immediately be reached for comment. A123 filed the breach of contract lawsuit in February against Apple and five former A123 employees. More »

  • Airlines move to better track planes a year after Flight 370
    Airlines move to better track planes a year after Flight 370 Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — At 656,000 pounds fully loaded and the length of six school buses, the Boeing 777-200ER is hard to miss. More »

  • Apple plans fix next week for newly uncovered Freak security bug
    Apple plans fix next week for newly uncovered Freak security bug Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Apple Inc and Google Inc said on Tuesday that they have developed fixes to mitigate the newly uncovered 'Freak' security flaw affecting mobile devices and Mac computers. The vulnerability in web encryption technology could enable attackers to spy on communications of users of Apple's Safari browser and Google Inc's Android browser, according to researchers who uncovered the flaw. Apple spokesman Ryan James said the computer had developed a software update to remediate the vulnerability, which would be pushed out next week. More »

  • Why your laptop battery won't kill you Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    News on Tuesday that major U.S. airlines are no longer going to ship powerful lithium-ion batteries might lead some to fret about the safety of their personal electronic devices. Those people can relax. ... More »

  • Visa, MasterCard moving into mobile pay in Africa Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans may just be getting used to mobile pay, but consumers in many African countries have been paying with their phones for years. Now payment processors Visa and MasterCard want to get a slice of that market, and are launching card services aimed at Africa's growing mobile payment industry. More »

  • Apple edges out Samsung in global smartphone sales - Gartner
    Apple edges out Samsung in global smartphone sales - Gartner Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc sold the most number of smartphones globally in the fourth quarter, overtaking Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for the first time since 2011, according to research firm Gartner. Apple sold 74.83 million smartphones to end users worldwide, ahead of the 73.03 million phones sold by Samsung, according to Gartner's report. More »

  • WIRELESS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: Eyes on Apple, BlackBerry
    WIRELESS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: Eyes on Apple, BlackBerry Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — As a major wireless show continues this week in Barcelona, Spain, Apple is highlighting the capabilities of its iPhone cameras with a gallery of photos taken by its users around the world. More »

  • Google Street View extends to zip lines through the Amazon rainforest
    Google Street View extends to zip lines through the Amazon rainforest Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Google has teamed up with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) in Brazil to create Amazon Street View so people from around the world can get a close-up view of the Amazon jungle in Brazil. Amazon Street View works the same as Google's Street View and allows users on Google Maps to navigate through hundreds of kilometres of Brazil's Amazon rainforest by simply clicking and viewing 360 degree photographs. More »

  • GM's Opel to offer cars with free Wi-Fi for one year
    GM's Opel to offer cars with free Wi-Fi for one year Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Edward Taylor FRANKFURT (Reuters) - General Motors is launching its digital Onstar connection service in Europe this year, offering Opel and Vauxhall buyers free car connectivity for the first year after purchase. Cars are equipped with their own mobile phone SIM card, enabling Opel to get in touch with a driver if an airbag deploys and alert emergency services, or to remotely unlock the car if somebody has locked keys into the vehicle. "Perhaps the most important launch for us in Geneva is Onstar, which offers emergency assistance, and connectivity services, connecting the car to the internet," Opel Chief executive Karl-Thomas Neumann said on Tuesday. Separately, Neumann said that Opel and Vauxhall would need to make up for lost sales in Russia by boosting growth in other markets. More »

  • BlackBerry offers new phones but turns focus to software
    BlackBerry offers new phones but turns focus to software Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — BlackBerry may be launching four new smartphones over the coming year, but the struggling company is staking its future on becoming a giant in software. More »

  • Apple and Google poaching settlement headed for approval
    Apple and Google poaching settlement headed for approval Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    A US judge on 2 March seemed satisfied with a proposed $415m (£267m) settlement that would end a lawsuit in which tech workers accused Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to hold down salaries. US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, had previously rejected an earlier $324.5m deal as too low. During a hearing on Monday, Koh raised no objections about the size of the settlement as she had at an earlier court session. The plaintiffs alleged that Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe agreed to avoid poaching each other's employees, thus limiting job mobility and, as a result, keeping a lid on salaries. More »