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  • Music video hub Vevo monthly viewership up nearly 50 percent to 6 billion 9 hours ago

    By Kevin Gray MIAMI (Reuters) - Vevo, the online music video hub that is a joint venture of two of the world's biggest music labels, has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of music videos streamed each month from its platform, the company's top executive said on Tuesday. The company, which is controlled by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, hit a monthly average of nearly 6 billion views in December, a 46 percent rise from a year earlier, said Rio Caraeff, the chief executive officer. "Mobile and tablet and television are where the majority of the views are happening." A growing number of people watch music videos from the platform on smartphones, tablets or web-connected TVs using Apple TV, Roku and XBox devices. Google Inc is a minority stakeholder in New York-based Vevo, which was founded in 2009. More »

  • Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned
    Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned 9 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet. More »

  • Apple's letting anyone help test its next OS X update
    Apple's letting anyone help test its next OS X update 11 hours ago

    Apple is suddenly taking a much more open approach to testing its desktop operating system. Apple says the OS X Beta Seed Program will allow anyone to "test-drive beta software and provide quality and usability feedback that will help make OS X even better." In recent years, Apple has offered beta tests for individual apps like FaceTime and Safari, but it hasn't offered a public OS X beta program since way back in 2000 — and even then it charged users $29.95 to take part. This time it's free and open to everyone, so long as you're 18 or older and have an Apple ID. "Don’t blog, post screen shots, tweet or publicly post information about the pre-release Apple software, and don't discuss the pre-release Apple software with or demonstrate it to others who are not in the OS X Beta Seed Program," warns Apple. More »

  • In Internet TV case, justices show concern
    In Internet TV case, justices show concern 14 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet. More »

  • Apple 'copied FaceTime app from us'
    Apple 'copied FaceTime app from us' 18 hours ago

    Smartphone maker Samsung has claimed that Apple's FaceTime video calling feature infringes a patent owned by the Korean manufacturer. More »

  • Microsoft takeover date for Nokia
    Microsoft takeover date for Nokia 20 hours ago

    Microsoft has confirmed that it will complete its acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone business this Friday, expanding the reach of the Windows Phone operating system. More »

  • Apple iPhone 6 with 5.5-inch display, dubbed iPhone Air, delayed until 2015 …
    Apple iPhone 6 with 5.5-inch display, dubbed iPhone Air, delayed until 2015 … 20 hours ago

    Apple's iPhone 6, rumoured to come in a larger 5.5-inch size with iPhone Air name, could be delayed until as late as 2015. Since the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 was never confirmed this isn't a huge disappointment, but it certainly keeps Apple trailing behind the competition's phablet offerings. Presumably Apple will still reveal an iPhone 6 around September, as it does every year, only this might not be accompanied by a larger sibling as rumoured. Apple wants a battery no thicker than 2mm, but manufacturers can't get it smaller than 2.8mm. More »

  • First Generation Apple TV Users Report Connectivity Issues with iTunes
    First Generation Apple TV Users Report Connectivity Issues with iTunes 21 hours ago

    First Generation Apple TV users are reportedly complaining of connectivity problems with iTunes, despite having a working internet connection, according to a recent post flooded with complaints on Apple's support discussion forums. As of last night I had full access to the iTunes Store. Since this morning I was getting an Itunes Store Not Available message, and after unplugging the AppleTv the iTunes Store access completly disappeared except for movie trailers. More »

  • Earth Day: Five eco gadgets
    Earth Day: Five eco gadgets 21 hours ago

    Earth Day 2014 is here and there are a number of things being done in numerous countries to try and make the world more sustainable, such as the world's first completely electric solar-powered bus. More »

  • Recycling pledge for Apple products
    Recycling pledge for Apple products 22 hours ago

    Technology giant Apple has announced a new scheme to mark Earth Day that allows any product to be returned to the company for recycling. More »

  • Tim Cook: ‘We want to leave the world better than we found it’, Apple offers …
    Tim Cook: ‘We want to leave the world better than we found it’, Apple offers … 23 hours ago

    As part of Earth Day, today, Apple has announced it will commit to the environment by offering free recycling and more. Tim Cook, in an Apple video about its environmental efforts, said: "We want to leave the world better than we found it." He explains that Apple is endeavouring to reduce its emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. He mentioned that Apple is "the only company in the sector whose data centres are powered by 100 per cent renewable energy". Apple will now offer free recycling of its products worldwide. More »

  • Apple offering free recycling of all used products
    Apple offering free recycling of all used products Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services. More »

  • Stocks log longest winning streak in six months
    Stocks log longest winning streak in six months Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market logged its longest winning streak in six months Monday as another big week for company earnings began. More »

  • U.S. stocks extend winning streak; dollar firm
    U.S. stocks extend winning streak; dollar firm Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Monday, building on last week's rally as investors continued to digest corporate results, while the dollar reached a two-week high against the yen after Japan posted a record trade deficit. While conflict in Ukraine lingered on Monday, tensions over the region played less of a role in markets, though they were likely to limit losses in the yen, a traditional safe-haven currency. More »

  • Apple reveals plans to go greener
    Apple reveals plans to go greener Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centres with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services. More »

  • Supreme Court considers juice label dispute Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Count Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy among consumers who feel misled by a beverage called "Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of 5 Juices." More »

  • Apple TV adds new apps for Lifetime, The History Channel, and A&E
    Apple TV adds new apps for Lifetime, The History Channel, and A&E Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Apple added three new channels today to expand its Apple TV offerings. Courtesy of A&E Networks, cable subscribers can now download apps for Lifetime, A&E, and The History Channel. The only catch is that the providers supported in today's rollout are limited to DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision Optimum. While the network says that support for other major and local providers is forthcoming, fans of Dance Moms on Comcast will still have to wait to stream their favorite episodes. More »

  • Apple and Google escalate their battle for exclusive mobile games
    Apple and Google escalate their battle for exclusive mobile games Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Both Apple and Google are aggressively pursuing game developers in hopes of locking down exclusivity on upcoming titles, according to The Wall Street Journal. As a reward for their loyalty, publishers like Electronic Arts, Gameloft, and ZeptoLabs are offered prominent placement on the App Store and Google Play for exclusive content. Such was the case when Apple and EA reportedly agreed to a three-month exclusivity window for the hotly anticipated Plants vs. Zombies 2. But some developers have resisted Apple's pursuits and enticing offers in favor of launching across both platforms simultaneously— a clear sign of Android's growing influence. More »

  • Mobile payment startup Square plans sale as losses widen - WSJ Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    (Reuters) - Square Inc has been in talks with several rivals for a possible sale as the mobile payments startup looks to stem widening losses and dwindling cash, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The company spoke to Google Inc earlier this year about a possible sale, the Journal reported, adding that it wasn't clear whether the talks are continuing. Square, founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey, co-creator of Twitter Inc, will likely fetch billions of dollars in a sale. The company recorded a loss of about $100 million in 2013, the Journal said, adding that the startup has consumed more than half of the roughly $340 million it raised from at least four rounds of equity financing since 2009. More »

  • Apps link people with new places in real world
    Apps link people with new places in real world Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Not sure if friends would want to venture to a new cafe or bar? Superb, an iPhone app that launched last week, lets users create lists of popular places they would like to visit and shows them a list of other people who would also like to go there. "It's all about hanging out in the real world and getting offline, and the best way to do that is to know where people want to go," said Eddy Lu, co-founder and chief executive of Venice, California-based Superb. It also reveals friends who would like to visit a venue. More »

  • Apple, Google vie to offer exclusive game apps - WSJ
    Apple, Google vie to offer exclusive game apps - WSJ Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc and Google Inc are wooing game developers to ensure that top game titles arrive first on devices powered by their respective operating system, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Both the companies are trying to lure game developers by offering premium placement to these games on their app stores' home pages and features lists, the daily said. Both Google and Apple were not immediately available for comment outside regular U.S. business hours. Apple had struck a deal with Electronic Arts Inc last August to promote the game "Plants Vs Zombies 2" prominently in its App Store, and had a similar arrangement with ZeptoLab to promote the sequel to its popular puzzle game "Cut the Rope", which released in December, the Journal reported. More »

  • At Mt. Gox bitcoin hub, 'geek' CEO sought both control and escape
    At Mt. Gox bitcoin hub, 'geek' CEO sought both control and escape Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo-based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". During an online chat, Karpeles moved the equivalent of $170 million (101 million pounds) in bitcoin at today's market rates - the virtual equivalent of a bank manager flashing a wad of cash in a wallet to establish credit. The gesture - with a sly wink to the "geek" culture Karpeles believed he shared with many of his 50,000 customers at the time, including an interest in coding, Japanese manga comics and science fiction - succeeded. By moving 424,242 bitcoins, Karpeles, then 26, evoked the random number, 42, described as the "meaning of life" in Douglas Adams' sci-fi novel. More »

  • Review: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S5
    Review: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Does the latest addition to Samsung’s flagship range do enough to separate itself from previous versions? More »

  • 5 features an Amazon phone might offer
    5 features an Amazon phone might offer Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer. More »

  • The Week's Big Business Stories
    The Week's Big Business Stories Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Sky's Naomi Kerbel offers a round-up of what's been and what's coming up in the week's business news. More »

  • Five Kickstarter projects to get excited about
    Five Kickstarter projects to get excited about Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The SITU Smart Food Nutrition Scale for iPad and Android tablets has been introduced by Michael Grothaus and needs to reach £35,000 by 2 May. There is a Bluetooth chip inside that will talk to your iPad or Android tablet and you can place any food on the SITU to find out the exact nutrition information on the companion SITU app. More »

  • HTC reportedly hires Samsung exec who made Galaxy the 'next big thing&# …
    HTC reportedly hires Samsung exec who made Galaxy the 'next big thing&# … Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    HTC has confirmed the hiring of Paul Golden, a former Samsung US chief marketing officer, following a report from Bloomberg News. Golden, whose LinkedIn page says he "created and launched the highly successful Galaxy brand," was at Samsung between 2008 and 2012, a time in which the Korean company rose to global prominence in the smartphone market. A lawyer for Samsung in the ongoing patent trial with Apple claimed its provocative "Next Big Thing" campaign drove its rival "crazy" after kicking off in 2011. HTC on Friday confirmed the hiring The Verge, with a spokesperson providing the following statement: "HTC continues to invest in talent and recruitment as part of our broader human resources strategy to ensure the continued strength of our company's organizational structure." More »

  • Tech workers seek to use Steve Jobs evidence in upcoming trial on no-hire a …
    Tech workers seek to use Steve Jobs evidence in upcoming trial on no-hire a … Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four large technology companies should not be allowed to limit evidence about Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court document filed late on Thursday by employees suing the firms. Tech workers brought a class action lawsuit against Apple, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to avoid competing for each other's employees in order to avert a salary war. The case, which is closely watched in Silicon Valley, is largely built on emails among top executives, including Apple's late chief executive Jobs and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. More »

  • Patent consortium Rockstar loses bid to move Google case
    Patent consortium Rockstar loses bid to move Google case Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a request by patent consortium Rockstar to transfer patent litigation from Google Inc's home turf in California to Texas, according to a court ruling. Rockstar, which counts Apple Inc as an investor, outbid Google and paid $4.5 billion (2.6 billion pounds) for thousands of former Nortel Network Corp patents as the networking products supplier went bankrupt in 2011. Last year, the consortium sued several handset manufacturers whose phones operate on Google's Android operating system, which fiercely competes with Apple mobile products. More »

  • Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry
    Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The future of Aereo, an online service that provides over-the-air TV channels, hinges on a battle with broadcasters that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. More »

  • Researcher finds flaw in Samsung fingerprint check Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print. More »

  • Call that a smartwatch? THIS is a smartwatch...
    Call that a smartwatch? THIS is a smartwatch... Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Richard Hoptroff's watch designs are a glimpse of what a smartwatch could - or should - be. Designed in a small London office, his technology has caught the attention of global companies. More »

  • Jawbone Up24 Review - Added Bluetooth but Still No Display
    Jawbone Up24 Review - Added Bluetooth but Still No Display Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Jawbone was among the first companies to break into the casual fitness tracker market, along with Fitbit and Nike. The original UP fitness tracker was stylish and didn't scream I'M A FITNESS FANATIC like some on the market. However the band lacked Bluetooth connectivity and only worked with Apple devices. More »

  • Samsung fingerprint check 'flawed'
    Samsung fingerprint check 'flawed' Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print. More »

  • TSMC targets record revenue as high-end smartphones demand more chips Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) targets record revenue in the second quarter as more of the company's chips are installed in high-end smartphones to power increasingly complex features. The world's largest contract chip producer also aims to grab market share from rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Intel Corp on demand from phone makers, whose custom pushed first-quarter earnings up by a fifth. Yet high-end phones equipped with Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless technology will drive TSMC's revenue several percentage points beyond the overall industry, as will phones with advanced features such as image and fingerprint sensors which require more chips, said co-Chief Executive Mark Liu on Thursday. More »