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  • So what can you expect at Apple’s big iPhone event? Quite a bit…
    So what can you expect at Apple’s big iPhone event? Quite a bit… 4 hours ago

    The focus will be on its smartphones, but Apple may shine a spotlight on some of its other products next week. More »

  • In Silicon Valley, Failing Is Succeeding
    In Silicon Valley, Failing Is Succeeding 4 hours ago

    Twenty years ago, Netscape ignited the dot-com boom with its initial public offering. The industry still sucks at it…which, perversely, is Silicon Valley's global competitive advantage. This is a big point that's missing from most of the conversations about so-called unicorns—tech startups valued at more than $1 billion. More »

  • Growers see strong apple-picking season in region
    Growers see strong apple-picking season in region 6 hours ago

    BOSTON (AP) — As summer winds down in New England, apple-picking season is gearing up with growers forecasting a bumper crop. More »

  • Hikers behaving badly: Appalachian Trail partying raises ire 6 hours ago

    BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine (AP) — When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring — not a rolling, monthslong frat party. More »

  • Emoji enthusiasts paying three times as much to send emoticons
    Emoji enthusiasts paying three times as much to send emoticons Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Avid emoticon users are being charged three times the cost of a normal text message for sending messages with emojis. "The only way to be sure you are not being charged is to get a breakdown of all fees. More »

  • How to set up and use WhatsApp Web on desktop via iPhone
    How to set up and use WhatsApp Web on desktop via iPhone Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    WhatsApp users are in for some exciting news, as the WhatsApp team has finally figured out a way to set up and deploy WhatsApp Web on desktop computers via iPhone. This feature was earlier unavailable due to platform limitations, and iPhone users had to resort to third-party jailbreak tweaks like the WhatsApp Web Enabler to unlock the functionality. Ensure your iPhone is connected to the internet and the latest version of WhatsApp is pre-installed on it. More »

  • Apple Watch takes second spot in wearables market next to Fitbit
    Apple Watch takes second spot in wearables market next to Fitbit Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Apple shipped 3.6 million units of Apple Watch in the second quarter of this year, falling short of market leader Fitbit's 4.4 million units by just 0.8 million, according to an International Data Corporation study. Apple occupies the second position among the top five wearable vendors across the world. Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers, says two out of three wearables shipped in the quarter were Apple watches. More »

  • LG Google Nexus 5: Smartphone to be launched in September, to compete with Apple's …
    LG Google Nexus 5: Smartphone to be launched in September, to compete with Apple's … Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    The next iteration of Google's Nexus smartphone, tentatively termed Nexus 5 (2015), has been the subject of intense rumour mills for a significant period of time. The Korean web portal quotes sources credited with providing exact pre-release information about Nexus products in the past. The newest Nexus 5 smartphone is also rumoured to run Google's recent Android M out of the box. More »

  • How to watch iPhone 6s launch event live on 9 September
    How to watch iPhone 6s launch event live on 9 September Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Apple recently confirmed the iPhone 6s launch event for 9 September, wherein the iPhone maker is also expected to unveil the iPhone 6s Plus and the new Apple TV with the invite tagline reading: "Hey Siri, give us a hint". The tagline clearly suggests that Siri could be an integral part of the Apple TV announcement, according to some rumours. More »

  • Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus prices surface ahead of 9 September laun …
    Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus prices surface ahead of 9 September laun … Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Apple is highly expected to launch the iPhone 6S and a possibly larger iPhone 6S Plus during its event on 9 September. The newer iPhones could be released in retail stores on 18 September. With retail availability rumoured, prices of the handsets have also surfaced. More »

  • Pentagon teams up with Apple and Boeing to develop wearable tech Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    US Defence Secretary Ash Carter awarded $75m (£48.7m), to help a consortium of high-tech firms and researchers develop electronic systems packed with sensors flexible enough to be worn by soldiers or moulded onto the skin of a plane, on 28 August. FixTech is a consortium of 162 companies, universities and groups, including Boeing, Apple, Harvard University, Advantest Akron Polymer Systems, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. "This is an emerging technology that takes advanced flexible materials for circuits, communications, sensors and power and combines them with thinned silicon chips to ultimately produce the next generation of electronic products," said Carter. More »

  • Moto X Play Review – Great battery life at a great price
    Moto X Play Review – Great battery life at a great price Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Motorola, one of the company's which was at the forefront of the mobile phone revolution as far back as the 1970s, knows this better than most. The company's smartphone business was purchased by Google in 2011 and having failed to have the impact many expected, it was sold to Chinese electronics giant Lenovo in 2014 who wanted to use the brand-recognition in developed markets to augment its own Lenovo Mobile brand. The Moto X Play sits between the budget Moto G and the premium Moto X Style but does it fall between two stools or offer the best of both worlds? More »

  • Apple expected to cut prices of iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
    Apple expected to cut prices of iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are expected to be discounted ahead of the launch of their successors -- iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The price cuts would likely extend to the even older iPhone 5S. Apple has scheduled a press meet for 9 September, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, when it is expected to launch the new phones, besides other products. More »

  • U.S. International Trade Commission clears Microsoft of patent infringement
    U.S. International Trade Commission clears Microsoft of patent infringement Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp avoided a potentially costly setback to its mobile phone business on Friday as the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to block the import of its devices in a longstanding patent dispute. The decision rejected a ruling in April by a U.S. trade judge who found that Microsoft had infringed two InterDigital Inc wireless patents, and recommended an import ban. The commission's action is good news for Microsoft, which has been struggling to compete with Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd devices. More »

  • Twitter sets modest goals to diversity its workforce
    Twitter sets modest goals to diversity its workforce Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is setting modest goals to diversify its workforce while it fights a proposed class-action lawsuit that says the online messaging service discriminates against its female employees. More »

  • Pentagon funding new high-tech venture
    Pentagon funding new high-tech venture Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft. More »

  • Pentagon teams up with Apple, Boeing to develop wearable tech
    Pentagon teams up with Apple, Boeing to develop wearable tech Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By David Alexander MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter awarded $75 million on Friday to help a consortium of high-tech firms and researchers develop electronic systems packed with sensors flexible enough to be worn by soldiers or molded onto the skin of a plane. Carter said funding for the Obama administration's newest manufacturing institute would go to the FlexTech Alliance, a consortium of 162 companies, universities and other groups, from Boeing , Apple and Harvard, to Advantest Akron Polymer Systems and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. More »

  • Apple's music service losing key player as exec resigns Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's online music subscription service is losing a key player as millions of listeners near the end of a free three-month trial period that has drawn mixed reviews. More »

  • Steve Jobs seen as brilliant and brutal in Gibney documentary
    Steve Jobs seen as brilliant and brutal in Gibney documentary Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four years after his death, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs still fascinates the public, with two major new films this fall analyzing his life and career. For award-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney, it is also time for re-assessing the hard-driving perfectionist who revolutionized the way people communicate but whose treatment of friends, family and co-workers was sometimes rife with contradiction. "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" breaks no new ground factually. More »

  • What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day
    What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population. More »

  • Adobe and Princeton develop software to automatically remove distracting photobombs …
    Adobe and Princeton develop software to automatically remove distracting photobombs … Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Researchers from Adobe and Princeton University have developed an advanced photo-editing system that is able to automatically remove distracting elements from images, such as cars passing by in the background, rubbish on the ground or even photobombing strangers. Of course, if you don't want to delete the shot, you could always have a go at removing distracting elements in Adobe Photoshop, using the Healing tool – but sometimes this is quite complex, taking a lot of time and skill that casual users might not have. The researchers asked the Mechanical Turk workers to look at the first data set of 1,073 images and identify elements in the images that they felt were distracting. More »

  • Investors still in the dark as cyber threat grows
    Investors still in the dark as cyber threat grows Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Simon Jessop and Ross Kerber LONDON/BOSTON (Reuters) - Investors are being poorly served by a haphazard approach from fund managers to the growing threat of cyber crime damaging the companies in which they invest, with a lack of clarity from the businesses themselves compounding the problem. Banks have led the way in developing cyber defenses and some top fund managers have ramped up pressure on companies to do more, but the broader picture is less encouraging. "I don't see any visible stand asset managers are taking, like they do on other social responsibility items," said Malcolm Harkins, information security chief at U.S. cyber security start-up Cylance Inc. The soft underbelly of companies outside the banking sector was exposed again this month when hackers leaked details of nearly 37 million clients of Ashley Madison. More »

  • Google car: I felt safer dealing with it than a human driver, says cyclist
    Google car: I felt safer dealing with it than a human driver, says cyclist Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A cyclist who was stuck in a two-minute confrontation at a junction with a self-driving Google car says he would still rather share the roads with robots and software than human drivers. Autonomous car experts have also praised Google for giving its cars a sense of caution, but to be assertive when needed. Gregg Tatum, a keen cyclist who clocks up 6,000 miles each year, encountered one of Google's self-driving Lexus cars at a four-way stop intersection, where the first to reach the junction has the right of way. More »

  • Instagram adds new photo sizes to keep users, attract ads
    Instagram adds new photo sizes to keep users, attract ads Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Instagram has added new layout options in addition to its signature square for pictures and videos in a bid to attract more advertisers and to stop users defecting to more flexible services such as Snapchat. The move is the first major alteration to the photo-sharing, social media service since Facebook Inc bought it for $1 billion in 2012, and addresses the wishes of many of its 300 million users, who have been constrained by the square format. "It boils down to giving advertisers and users more options," said Debra Aho Williamson, a social media marketing and advertising analyst. More »

  • Leeds Festival 2015: Line-up, stage times, weather and travel updates
    Leeds Festival 2015: Line-up, stage times, weather and travel updates Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Leeds Festival has kicked off at Bramham Park with a line-up bursting with some of the world's top bands. The headliners for this year's festival are The Libertines, Mumford & Sons and Metallica and to keep on top of updates, you can download the festival app on iPhone or Android. More »

  • Internet ads bothering you? Then Google’s latest change will make you happy
    Internet ads bothering you? Then Google’s latest change will make you happy Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    And it’s part of a wider trend relating to one of the web’s older formats. More »

  • Apple Music executive Ian Rogers leaves just two months after streaming service …
    Apple Music executive Ian Rogers leaves just two months after streaming service … Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    An Apple Music executive responsible for the iOS streaming service and Beats 1 radio station has left the company just two months after it began broadcasting. Ian Rogers has left Apple to join a European company in an unrelated industry, insiders have said. Rogers was formerly the chief executive of Beats Music, which was created by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, then sold to Apple for $3bn (£1.9bn), before forming the foundations for Apple Music, which launched in early July 2015. More »

  • Arrests Made After 71 Dead Migrants Found in Truck
    Arrests Made After 71 Dead Migrants Found in Truck Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Updated | Hungarian police have arrested four men in connection with the discovery of 71 dead migrants in an abandoned truck in Austria on Thursday. Three of the men are from Bulgaria, and one is from Afghanistan, Hungarian police confirmed in a statement published on their website on Friday. Austrian officials at first estimated that between 20 and 50 people were discovered dead in the truck, but largest influx of refugees since World War II, according to the United Nations. More »

  • New Motorola Moto 360 comes in two sizes, leaked images reveal
    New Motorola Moto 360 comes in two sizes, leaked images reveal Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The second-generation Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch will come in two different sizes, just like the Apple Watch, when it goes on sale later this year. The device, expected to run Google's Android Wear software, could be revealed as soon as the IFA technology trade show in Berlin in early September. Unofficial photos posted online show the two sizes, known as Moto 360S and Moto 360L for small and large, alongside the year-old original. More »

  • Hey Siri, A Hint! What To Expect At Apple Event
    Hey Siri, A Hint! What To Expect At Apple Event Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Apple has said it is holding its next product event on 9 September, when it is expected to launch a new iPhone. The company sent out invitations to reporters and analysts on Thursday with the headline: "Hey Siri, give us a hint" - but in typical fashion it has not revealed details about its plans. Apple is expected to introduce a new iPhone and an iPhone Plus at the event, though it is not clear what upgrades they might include. More »

  • Sharp mulls selling most of LCD business to Japan Display -Yomiuri
    Sharp mulls selling most of LCD business to Japan Display -Yomiuri Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Sharp Corp said it was considering various options for its liquid crystal display business after a report said it may sell a majority stake in the struggling operations to rival Japan Display Inc. Sharp could spin off the business into a joint venture in which it would hold less than 50 percent, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Friday. Osaka-based Sharp was once a highly profitable manufacturer of premium TVs and a favoured screen supplier to Apple Inc, but it has come under heavy pricing pressure from Asian rivals. Sources have told Reuters that Sharp was considering a deal with Japan Display's top shareholder, the state-controlled Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, as well as Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Shares in Sharp rose 5.95 percent by the end of morning trade, outperforming the benchmark Nikkei average's 2.77 percent rise. More »

  • Facebook's Instagram adds new photo sizes to keep users, attract ads
    Facebook's Instagram adds new photo sizes to keep users, attract ads Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Instagram has added new layout options in addition to its signature square for pictures and videos in a bid to attract more advertisers and to stop users defecting to more flexible services such as Snapchat. The move is the first major alteration to the photo-sharing, social media service since Facebook Inc bought it for $1 billion in 2012, and addresses the wishes of many of its 300 million users, who have been constrained by the square format. "It boils down to giving advertisers and users more options," said Debra Aho Williamson, a social media marketing and advertising analyst. More »

  • Apple may launch new iPhones at Sept. 9 event
    Apple may launch new iPhones at Sept. 9 event Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Apple Inc on Thursday invited journalists to a Sept. 9 event, where it is expected to unveil new iPhones and potentially a new version of its Apple TV set-top box. The email invitation includes a colorful Apple logo with the sentence "Hey Siri, give us a hint," referring to Apple's popular digital voice assistant. The company traditionally announces its new iPhones in September. More »

  • Apple schedules new product event for Sept. 9
    Apple schedules new product event for Sept. 9 Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets. More »

  • New estimate: Apple shipped 3.6 million watches last quarter
    New estimate: Apple shipped 3.6 million watches last quarter Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new report estimates Apple shipped 3.6 million watches in the last quarter — more than some analysts have estimated and enough to change the competitive landscape for fitness bands and other wearable gadgets. More »