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  • Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use
    Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use 4 hours ago

    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 5 hours ago

    (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 6 hours ago

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

  • Uber heads in new mapping direction with deCarta acquisition 7 hours ago

    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 7 hours ago

    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 7 hours ago

    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 8 hours ago

    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 16 hours ago

    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 »

  • Exclusive - Huawei plans big push to sell its phones, wearable devices in U …
    Exclusive - Huawei plans big push to sell its phones, wearable devices in U … Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Edwin Chan and Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) - Two years after U.S. legislators branded it a national security threat, China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] is planning a campaign to win over U.S. consumers, rolling out new mobile phones and wearable devices backed by a marketing effort. China's second-largest smartphone maker, already with more than $40 billion (26 billion pounds) in annual revenue from a wide range of telecom gear and products, is preparing to introduce Americans to several of its smartphones and wearable devices this year, including its youth-oriented "Honor" phone, Huawei officials told Reuters. More »

  • BlackBerry unveils new mid-market Leap smartphone
    BlackBerry unveils new mid-market Leap smartphone Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Harro Ten Wolde and Euan Rocha BARCELONA/TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry unveiled a new mid-market smartphone on Tuesday dubbed the BlackBerry Leap that is set to replace the Z3 device launched a year ago, in a move to woo buyers in certain emerging markets where BlackBerry still has a fairly large client base. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said the phone, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, would initially hit stores in U.S and European markets around April and be priced around $275. One will be a high-end smartphone with what Blackberry called "a dual curve all touch display" with a keyboard behind a slide. "We don't have a code name for it but I call it The Slide," BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen told media in Barcelona. More »

  • Exclusive - Obama sharply criticizes China's plans for new technology r …
    Exclusive - Obama sharply criticizes China's plans for new technology r … Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday sharply criticized China's plans for new rules on U.S. tech companies, urging Beijing to change the policy if it wants to do business with the United States and saying he had raised it with President Xi Jinping. In an interview with Reuters, Obama said he was concerned about Beijing's plans for a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys, the passcodes that help protect data, and install security "backdoors" in their systems to give Chinese authorities surveillance access. "This is something that I’ve raised directly with President Xi," Obama said. "We have made it very clear to them that this is something they are going to have to change if they are to do business with the United States." The Chinese government sees the rules as crucial to protect state and business secrets. More »

  • WIRELESS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: New phones, new ways to connect
    WIRELESS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: New phones, new ways to connect Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — High-end smartphones from Samsung and HTC have gotten much of the attention at this week's wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, but cheaper options are coming from Microsoft, Lenovo and others too. Meanwhile, Google and Facebook are working on giving people more ways to use those devices. More »

  • Google selling wireless plans to get more people online
    Google selling wireless plans to get more people online Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider? More »

  • Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, approaching record high
    Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, approaching record high Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet connection was probably still dial-up and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist. More »

  • The Nasdaq composite index, then and now
    The Nasdaq composite index, then and now Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    It's taken 15 years for the Nasdaq composite index to approach the record high of 5,048 it reached back in March 2000, at the height of the tech-stock boom that would later collapse. On Monday the index ... More »

  • Nasdaq closes above 5,000 for 1st time in 15 years
    Nasdaq closes above 5,000 for 1st time in 15 years Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on February 20, 2015 More »

  • Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9 and Huawei Watch: The best tech at Mobile World …
    Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9 and Huawei Watch: The best tech at Mobile World … Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The 2015 Mobile World Congress is upon us, with everyone from Samsung to Ford keen to show off their latest cutting-edge products. Like Apple last year, Samsung has unveiled not one but two versions of its flagship smartphone with the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung is looking to set itself apart from the competition and make up lost ground on Apple through a curved screen and innovative battery technology that enables wireless and fast charging. In the battle of the smartphone flagship HTC also threw its hat into the ring with the HTC One M9. More »

  • Pop icon Madonna announces dates for 'Rebel Heart' tour
    Pop icon Madonna announces dates for 'Rebel Heart' tour Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Madonna will begin an international tour to promote her new album "Rebel Heart" with a concert at the American Airlines Arena in Miami in August, her promoters, Live Nation, said on Monday. The Aug. 29 show will kick-start the North American leg of the tour that will include appearances in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Concerts in Australia and Asia will be announced at a later date, according to Madonna's website. During a taping of "The Jonathan Ross" show that will air on March 14 on Britain's ITV network, Madonna said the fall was not a publicity stunt. More »

  • Google to offer own cellular network plan
    Google to offer own cellular network plan Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Google will soon be offering cellular network plans in a bid to bridge the gap between the realms of Internet services and mobile device software it dominates. Vice President Sundar Pichai says Google, ... More »

  • Nasdaq Now and Then: As index nears its dot-com record of 15 years ago, what's …
    Nasdaq Now and Then: As index nears its dot-com record of 15 years ago, what's … Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, Microsoft dominated the tech world and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist. Fifteen years later the Nasdaq is again near 5,000 and close to topping its record from the dot-com boom. The index has clawed back, riding a six-year bull market, and is less than 100 points from its all-time high of 5,048.62 reached March 10, 2000. More »

  • First Look: Samsung gets a lot right with new S6 phones
    First Look: Samsung gets a lot right with new S6 phones Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung's new Galaxy smartphones improve in two major areas: design and picture quality. More »

  • Will Galaxy S6 Tempt iPhone Owners? Probably Not
    Will Galaxy S6 Tempt iPhone Owners? Probably Not Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    If you had a flagship Samsung Galaxy S5, you could do things an iPhone owner couldn't. The other thing it had that an iPhone did not was a giant screen. Apple changed that last autumn, with the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus. And now Samsung has changed the first four. More »