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  • Apple boss Tim Cook to donate $800m fortune to charity
    Apple boss Tim Cook to donate $800m fortune to charity Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Cook says he will set aside money for his 10-year-old nephew's college education, and give the rest away before he dies. More »

  • Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The bill advancing in the Republican-led Arkansas legislature says "governments should not substantially burden the free exercise of religion without compelling justification." Supporters say a business should not be forced to, for example, cater a same-sex wedding if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of the owner. Two of the most powerful companies in the United States, retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which has its home office in Arkansas, and technology giant Apple Inc have criticized the measure. "We feel this legislation is counter to this core basic belief of respect for the individual and sends the wrong message about Arkansas, as well as the diverse environment which exists in the state," a Walmart spokesman said in a statement. More »

  • Apple's Cook joins tech CEOs in blasting Indiana religious freedom law
    Apple's Cook joins tech CEOs in blasting Indiana religious freedom law Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Apple Inc's Tim Cook, one of the most prominent openly gay American CEOs, has joined fellow tech industry chiefs in decrying a controversial Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people. Cook, who publicly declared his sexual orientation last year, joined other tech chief executives, including Salesforce.com Inc's Marc Benioff, in blasting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which could let business and individuals turn away customers by citing "religious freedom." Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the controversial bill into law on Thursday. "Apple is open for everyone. More »

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away most of his fortune
    Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away most of his fortune Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining a long list of magnates promising to give away most of the wealth that they amass during their careers. More »

  • Review: Galaxy S6 phones are Samsung's best yet
    Review: Galaxy S6 phones are Samsung's best yet Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    A better design, a sharper camera and easier-to-use software make the new Galaxy S6 phones the best Samsung has yet to offer. Although Samsung has been praised for its improved hardware, much of what I ... More »

  • New apps to help business get in step with mobile customers Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Nine months after Apple and IBM began working together on building mobile apps for businesses, some of the first fruits are about to appear at UK pharmacy chain Boots, which has begun equipping store employees with iPads to serve shoppers in the aisles. These customer service apps are part of a bid by Boots to encourage consumers to pre-order cosmetics and toiletries online, similar to calling ahead for medical prescriptions, while turning its 2,500 retail outlets into convenient pick-up points. "These apps put all of Boots' inventory at (employees') fingertips," said Robin Phillps, who is in charge of digital and e-commerce business at the company, now part of Walgreens Boots Alliance. "This makes it easier for them ... to interact with customers on their own terms." Companies across dozens of different industries are now eyeing how these mobile business apps from Apple and IBM can hook up front-line staff to back-office systems and make them smarter in face-to-face dealings with customers in the field. More »

  • Valeo's self-driving car systems learn from Safran drones
    Valeo's self-driving car systems learn from Safran drones Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Laurence Frost and Gilles Guillaume PARIS (Reuters) - French auto parts maker Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade. While demonstrating an autonomous car and other prototype systems jointly developed with Safran, the French defence and aerospace group, Valeo said on Friday the first applications may reach carmaker clients within three years. "We realised very quickly that we had much more in common than we'd expected," Valeo innovation chief Guillaume Devauchelle told Reuters. "It turns out that an autonomous vehicle is really a terrestrial drone." Cars that complete whole journeys without human input are still many years away, but creeping automation is well underway, with models already on sale that can pilot themselves through slow traffic and hit the brakes when a pedestrian steps out. More »

  • Google Can Be Sued In The UK Over Web Tracking
    Google Can Be Sued In The UK Over Web Tracking Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Google has lost a Court of Appeal battle to stop British consumers from suing it in the UK. A group called Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking accuse Google of bypassing security settings on Apple's browser to track their online browsing and to target them with personalised advertisements. On Friday three appeal judges dismissed Google's appeal over a High Court ruling against it, and ruled claims for damages can be brought over allegations of misuse of private information. The group says Google collected private information without their knowledge using cookies - the text saved on computers and other devices to identify a user to Google. More »

  • Apple's Tim Cook will give away all his money - Fortune Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook is joining the roster of the very rich who are giving away their wealth. Fortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated $785 million (528 million pound) fortune to charity - after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education. Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million. The 54-year-old CEO's revelation in Fortune's lengthy profile of him is an example of the increasingly public philanthropy of the world's richest people. More »

  • New Samsung, HTC phones coming April 10 in US
    New Samsung, HTC phones coming April 10 in US Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10. More »

  • Twitter launches video streaming app Periscope
    Twitter launches video streaming app Periscope Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    (Reuters) - Twitter Inc launched a video streaming app called Periscope on Thursday, just days after reports that it had blocked a rival app called Meerkat. Meerkat relies heavily on Twitter and has become hugely popular in the month since its launch. Twitter's announcement comes on the same day that Meerkat unveiled a list of investors that included Silicon Valley venture capitalists Greylock Partners and Sound Ventures, Ashton Kutcher's fund. More »

  • Instagram Layout Review: The Best Collage App Yet?
    Instagram Layout Review: The Best Collage App Yet? Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Instagram's new Layout app features the ability to 'Mirror' your photos and take a series of selfie 'Photo Booth' snaps More »

  • Verizon's online video service revenue may depend on advertisements - C … Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc may rely largely on advertising for revenue from its upcoming online video service, Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said in an interview. This could set the No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier apart from rival online video services such as Dish Network Corp's Sling TV and Sony Corp's PlayStation Vue, which offer traditional TV content with ads and collect subscription fees. Original online programming on Verizon's service could use an "advertising-type" model, "not necessarily a consumer-pay model," Shammo said in the recent interview. Most Americans own a mobile phone, and Verizon is looking at online video delivery to increase data consumption on mobile devices and increase revenue. More »

  • 'American Idol'-like talent competition app launches
    'American Idol'-like talent competition app launches Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For anyone who's ever dreamed of being on "American Idol" or "The Voice" as a performer or judge, a new app seeks to make their fantasy come true. More »

  • Facebook Just Announced Some BIG Changes - Here’s What They Mean
    Facebook Just Announced Some BIG Changes - Here’s What They Mean Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Virtual reality will soon pop up in News Feed - and Messenger is in for a big overhaul More »

  • HTC One M9 Review: Evolution, Rather Than Revolution
    HTC One M9 Review: Evolution, Rather Than Revolution Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Is the new HTC One M9 flagship smartphone worth your cash? More »

  • Japan's Panasonic says ready for 1 trillion yen M&A spree as profit jum …
    Japan's Panasonic says ready for 1 trillion yen M&A spree as profit jum … Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese electronics supplier Panasonic Corp said it was ready to spend 1 trillion yen (5.62 billion pounds) on acquisitions over the next four years, emboldened by a stronger profit outlook for its automotive and housing technology businesses. Chief Executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said at a briefing on Thursday that Panasonic doesn't have specific acquisition targets in mind for now. Tsuga has spearheaded a radical restructuring at the Osaka-based company that has made it one of the strongest turnaround stories in Japan's embattled technology sector. Tsuga previously told Reuters that company was interested in M&A deals in the European white goods market, a sector where Panasonic has comparatively low brand recognition. More »

  • Apple plans China iPhone trade-in programme with Foxconn - Bloomberg
    Apple plans China iPhone trade-in programme with Foxconn - Bloomberg Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc plans to introduce a trade-in programme for iPhones in China in association with the Foxconn Technology Group, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the effort. Under the programme, consumers will be able to exchange older iPhones at Apple stores in China for credit against the company's products starting March 31, Bloomberg reported. Chinese demand for larger-screen iPhones helped fuel Apple's record profit of $18 billion (12 billion pounds) in the final quarter last year. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has said China is poised to overtake the United States as the company's biggest market, and he is working to about double the number of stores in Greater China by the middle of next year, Bloomberg reported. More »

  • Nexus Player review: Google's set-top box lacks substance
    Nexus Player review: Google's set-top box lacks substance Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The Asus-built Google Nexus Player is launching in the UK, six months after it went on sale in the US. In that time, Amazon has launched both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick in the UK, and Apple has dropped the price of its Apple TV to just £59. Google is also competing against its own hugely popular Chromecast dongle, which costs £50 less and offers many of the main selling points of the Nexus Player. More »

  • ARM leads fallers as FTSE drops away from record high
    ARM leads fallers as FTSE drops away from record high Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's leading share index gave up early gains on Wednesday, led down by a late drop in chip designer ARM and a fall in Barclays after a broker downgraded the stock. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down 28.71 points, or 0.41 percent, at 6,990.97 points by the close, having hit a record intra-day high of 7,065.08 on Tuesday. More »

  • Stefan Stern: Forget the rise of the robots, human beings are the world's …
    Stefan Stern: Forget the rise of the robots, human beings are the world's … Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    "The robots are coming!" goes the cry. Artificial intelligence is getting cleverer all the time. There is always hype surrounding new technology. Two economists from the Martin School at Oxford University, Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne, published a paper two years ago called The Future Of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs To Computerisation? More »

  • Monitise ends sale process, Buse to become sole CEO Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    (Reuters) - British mobile-banking software maker Monitise Plc said it was no longer looking to sell itself and that its founder and co-CEO Alastair Lukies would step down, handing over full executive control to Elizabeth Buse. Shares in the company fell as much as 22 percent in early trading, making the stock one of the top losers on the London Stock Exchange. Monitise, which named long-time Visa executive Buse as co-CEO last June, put itself on the block in January, blaming changes in its business model for its third revenue warning in a year. More »

  • Google imports new CFO Ruth Porat from Wall Street
    Google imports new CFO Ruth Porat from Wall Street Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has lured away Morgan Stanley's chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, to be its CFO at a time when the Internet search leader and its Silicon Valley peers are under fire for hiring and promoting too few women. More »

  • Clash of Clans maker Supercell doubles profit Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile game maker Supercell tripled sales and doubled core profit last year on the back of hit titles Clash of Clans, Hay Day and Boom Beach, the company said on Tuesday. Chief Executive Ilkka Paananen said in the statement that the rapid growth was thanks to users' increased play of the company's existing games, which it updates regularly with extended story lines and features. Supercell has managed so far to avoid the fate of San Francisco-based Zynga and Finnish rival Rovio, which have both struggled to extend their franchises beyond initial hugely popular game titles. Founded in 2010, Supercell introduced its first games for mobile phones in 2011 and sold 51 percent of the business to Japanese technology and telecoms company SoftBank Corp in 2013 for about $1.5 billion. More »

  • HP partners with Bang & Olufsen for sound technology
    HP partners with Bang & Olufsen for sound technology Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co said it had entered into a partnership to equip its PCs, tablets and other gadgets with audio technology from Danish television and sound system maker Bang & Olufsen. HP said on Tuesday that it would start selling personal computers with Bang & Olufsen and B&O PLAY audio technology this spring. The Bang & Olufsen brand will appear on HP's Spectre, OMEN, ENVY and select commercial PCs, while the B&O Play brand will appear on HP Pavilion PCs, tablets and PC audio accessories, HP said. ... More »

  • Twitter Introduces Abuse-Blocking Filter
    Twitter Introduces Abuse-Blocking Filter Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Twitter is introducing a new filter to block bullying and threatening messages from users' timelines. The filter is only available on Twitter's app for Apple mobile devices. If the system works it is likely to be rolled out to all Twitter users within months. More »

  • George R.R. Martin won't let pressure rush his writing
    George R.R. Martin won't let pressure rush his writing Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — George R.R. Martin has been feeling the heat to finish "The Winds of Winter," the long-awaited sixth novel in his best-selling series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," but he is not letting the pressure rush his writing. More »

  • Italy prosecutors wrap up tax probe into Apple - sources
    Italy prosecutors wrap up tax probe into Apple - sources Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Italian prosecutors have wrapped up an investigation into allegations U.S. tech giant Apple failed to pay corporate taxes to the tune of 879 million euros (643 million pounds), two sources said on Monday. The investigations, covering the period 2008-2013, involve two managers from the Italian subsidiary of Apple operations and one from its Irish-based subsidiary Apple Sales International, the sources said. The probe claims that by having profits generated in Italy booked by the Irish subsidiary, Apple reduced its taxable income base and saved just under 900 million euros in the period, the sources said. In a comment emailed to Reuters, Apple said it was one of the largest tax payers in the world and paid every euro of tax it owed wherever it did business. More »

  • British banking body calls for supervision of tech challengers
    British banking body calls for supervision of tech challengers Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Technology companies offering banking services should be regulated in the same way as banks to ensure that consumers are properly protected, the British Bankers' Association (BBA) said on Tuesday. Companies such as Google and Apple have emerged as challengers to banks, offering payment services such as ApplePay and Google Wallet. Facebook said last week that it is introducing a new app to allows users to send and receive money. "More choice is good news for all, but it's vital that regulators provide a level playing field, giving customers the same robust protection wherever they choose to bank," BBA Chief Executive Anthony Browne said. More »

  • Maxim Integrated Products targets top banks with patent lawsuits Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several major banks were hit on Monday with lawsuits filed by California-based analogue circuits maker Maxim Integrated Products Inc alleging their smartphone banking apps infringe the company's patents. The complaints were filed against M&T Bank Corp and the U.S. affiliates of HSBC Holdings Plc and Banco Santander SA in federal court in Manhattan, alleging the banks' apps, when downloaded to Android devices and Apple Inc products such as the iPhone, use the patents without permission. ... More »

  • Expert: Silicon Valley bias suit spurs closer look by firms Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A sex discrimination trial that has put a spotlight on gender imbalance in Silicon Valley has prompted some technology and venture capital companies to re-examine their cultures and practices — even before a jury reaches its verdict. More »

  • For business, more women in charge means bigger profits
    For business, more women in charge means bigger profits Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — When Rohini Anand took over diversity programs at multinational catering company Sodexo in 2002, she had one goal: To prove that it pays for a company to have equal numbers of male and female managers. More »

  • "Game of Thrones" to live stream premiere in San Francisco
    "Game of Thrones" to live stream premiere in San Francisco Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    The U.S. premiere of the fifth season of "Game of Thrones" will be held at a palatial building aptly suited for the television show about a mythical kingdom. Many of the series' stars will attend ... More »

  • Samsung to pre-install Microsoft apps on Android tablets
    Samsung to pre-install Microsoft apps on Android tablets Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Microsoft Corp's Office apps will be pre-installed in some Samsung tablets running Google Inc's Android system, extending an agreement to put some Microsoft apps on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 phone. The move is the latest sign that Microsoft is pushing to get its cloud-enabled software into the hands of as many customers as possible, regardless of the platform or device. Microsoft said Monday that Samsung will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype and its note-taking and cloud storage apps on certain tablets in the first half of this year. More »

  • Xelflex smart fabric gives intelligent feedback for athletes
    Xelflex smart fabric gives intelligent feedback for athletes Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Technology developers from the UK have designed a new wearable technology where the garment itself becomes an active motion sensor. Xelflex uses bend-sensitive fibre-optics that are stitched inside the clothing to provide intelligent feedback for athletes without encumbering them with bulky electronics. The makers say that until now smart fabrics have had multiple electronic sensors, making them bulky and sensitive to moisture. Xelflex's fibre-optic thread is robust enough for use in sportswear, with a small, credit card-sized, electronics pack being the only other component. More »