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  • Brazil's Rousseff tops off U.S. tour with Silicon Valley visit
    Brazil's Rousseff tops off U.S. tour with Silicon Valley visit 10 hours ago

    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff capped off her U.S. tour on Wednesday with a visit to Silicon Valley, where she met with top technology executives and took a ride in Google Inc's self-driving car. Rousseff used her visit to strengthen ties with U.S. technology companies after visiting Washington, D.C. and New York City earlier in the week. During her visit, Google announced it would inaugurate a new engineering space in Belo Horizonte in November that will more than double the number of engineers working in Brazil on some of the company's core products. More »

  • Review: Gadgets for the beach and getting you there
    Review: Gadgets for the beach and getting you there 13 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you're headed to the beach or any other weekend getaway, don't forget these "essential" gadgets. More »

  • Billionaire Saudi prince vows to donate $32 billion fortune
    Billionaire Saudi prince vows to donate $32 billion fortune 18 hours ago

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest people, announced Wednesday that he will donate all of his wealth of $32 billion to charity over the coming years. More »

  • BMW manager: could imagine partnerships with IT firms
    BMW manager: could imagine partnerships with IT firms 19 hours ago

    BMW is open to building cars for other companies such as Google or Apple, the automaker's production chief said on Wednesday, adding that there are currently no such talks. "We live in a world of partnerships," Oliver Zipse said in response to a question put to him at during a panel discussion about whether BMW could imagine building a car for a software or computer company such as Apple. "We hold regular talks with companies from the telecommunications and IT industry, including Apple, about vehicle connectivity topics, BMW Connected Drive," Zipse added in a statement emailed to Reuters. More »

  • Santander forms fintech joint venture with Monitise 23 hours ago

    By Matt Scuffham and Noor Zainab Hussain LONDON (Reuters) - Spanish bank Santander and British mobile banking software provider Monitise have formed a joint venture to invest in financial technology businesses, they said on Wednesday. Traditional banking models based on services within branches are being challenged by the rise of branch-free, paper-free, so-called fintech start-ups, offering services accessed by mobile phones or tablets. Santander has embraced the opportunities presented by fintech more enthusiastically than some rivals, with its Chairman Ana Botin stating she wants it to be at the forefront of developments in financial technology. More »

  • BMW production chief says could imagine building a car for Apple
    BMW production chief says could imagine building a car for Apple 23 hours ago

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW is open to building cars for other companies such as Google or Apple , the automaker's production chief said on Wednesday. "We live in a world of partnerships," Oliver Zipse said in response to a question about whether BMW could imagine building a car for a software or computer company such as Apple. (Reporting by Irene Preisinger; writing by Edward Taylor; editing by Jason Neely) More »

  • Xiaomi takes first big step outside Asia with Brazil smartphone
    Xiaomi takes first big step outside Asia with Brazil smartphone Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Brad Haynes SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has started making devices in Brazil for sale locally, promising to dramatically undercut rivals on price in the first big step beyond Asia for the world's most valuable technology start-up. Xiaomi's global vice-president, Hugo Barra, said in an interview on Tuesday that Brazil was "stage one of our Latin America launch," pointing to Mexico and Colombia as logical next steps in the region, although he declined to say when. "We offer high-quality products at incredibly aggressive prices, so we're starting with larger developing markets where people are very price-sensitive," Barra told Reuters. More »

  • US court agrees Apple violated antitrust law in e-book entry
    US court agrees Apple violated antitrust law in e-book entry Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple violated antitrust laws by colluding with publishers to raise electronic book prices when it entered a market in 2010 that had been dominated by Amazon.com, a divided federal appeals court panel said Tuesday. More »

  • Tiger's Robertson says 'extremely positive' on Apple: CNBC
    Tiger's Robertson says 'extremely positive' on Apple: CNBC Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Julian Robertson, head of hedge fund Tiger Management, said Tuesday that he was "extremely positive" about Apple Inc and that Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook was the "perfect person" to lead the company. "It, I think, now has the right leader for this time," Robertson told cable television network CNBC. More »

  • Capital controls mean Greeks can click, but not buy Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The imposition of capital controls on Sunday evening means Greeks are no longer able to purchase goods or services from many big international online suppliers including Google , Amazon.com Inc , Apple and Facebook . Transfers of funds out of Greece were banned to prevent a collapse of the banking system after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected the terms of a bailout offer from international lenders. The controls mean payments via debit or credit cards to accounts outside Greece are prohibited. More »

  • Convicted Baltimore murderer in 'Serial' podcast seeks hearing Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    (Reuters) - A lawyer for a Baltimore man whose conviction for murder was called into question by the 2014 "Serial" podcast asked a court on Tuesday to reopen proceedings so an alibi witness can testify for him. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals last month allowed the convict, Adnan Syed, to call a woman who said in an affidavit she saw him at a library around the time of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, on Jan. 13, 1999. Syed appealed his 2000 murder conviction arguing that his legal counsel was ineffective for not interviewing the witness, Asia McClain, and for not seeking a plea deal. More »

  • Apple conspired to fix e-book prices: U.S. appeals court
    Apple conspired to fix e-book prices: U.S. appeals court Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Nate Raymond and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judge's ruling that Apple Inc had conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, in a win for the U.S. Justice Department. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the conspiracy violated federal antitrust law, and that the judge acted properly two years ago in imposing an injunction to prevent a recurrence. The ruling would force Apple to pay consumers $450 million under a 2014 settlement of a class action with 33 state attorneys general and lawyers, unless it files another appeal and wins. More »

  • Apple Music Launch: What You Need To Know
    Apple Music Launch: What You Need To Know Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Spotify beware - Apple Music is here. The long-awaited music streaming service is now available. Here's everything you need to know. More »

  • Ryanair to allow Greek customers to pay cash Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Europe's largest low-cost carrier Ryanair will allow Greek customers to pay with cash after capital controls caused problems with credit card payments on its web site. The imposition of capital controls on Sunday evening means Greeks are no longer able to purchase goods or services from many big international online suppliers including Google , Apple and Facebook . The Irish airline, which operates out of 11 airports in Greece, said in a statement it was experiencing "high rates of decline" on their credit/debit cards. ... More »

  • Apple 'assessing next steps' after e-books antitrust ruling Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Apple Inc said Tuesday that it was assessing its next steps after a U.S. court upheld a trial judge's decision concluding that the iPad maker conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices. In a statement issued after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York handed down its 2-1 decision, the company maintained that it did not conspire to fix e-book prices, as the U.S. Justice Department contends. "While we want to put this behind us, the case is about principles and values," Apple said. More »

  • Sony to raise nearly $4 billion, ramp up sensors business to anchor turnaro …
    Sony to raise nearly $4 billion, ramp up sensors business to anchor turnaro … Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp plans to raise nearly $4 billion via new shares and bonds to plough into image sensors as it reinvents itself as a niche component maker, pulling back from consumer goods like TVs that dragged it into losses. In Sony's first new share issue in 26 years, the firm said on Tuesday it expects to raise 321 billion yen ($2.62 billion) from a public stock offering after a rally that has seen its market value double in a year. Worth close to a tenth of its current market value, the share issue provides the clearest signal yet that Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai is prioritising the sensor business to anchor Sony's turnaround. More »

  • Sony to raise nearly $4 bln, ramp up sensors business to anchor turnaround
    Sony to raise nearly $4 bln, ramp up sensors business to anchor turnaround Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp plans to raise nearly $4 billion via new shares and bonds to plough into image sensors as it reinvents itself as a niche component maker, pulling back from consumer goods like TVs that dragged it into losses. In Sony's first new share issue in 26 years, the firm said on Tuesday it expects to raise 321 billion yen ($2.62 billion) from a public stock offering after a rally that has seen its market value double in a year. Worth close to a tenth of its current market value, the share issue provides the clearest signal yet that Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai is prioritising the sensor business to anchor Sony's turnaround. More »

  • Microsoft hands display ads to AOL, maps to Uber
    Microsoft hands display ads to AOL, maps to Uber Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Monday it will hand over its display advertising business to AOL Inc and sell some map-generating technology to ride-hailing app company Uber, as it slims down its money-losing online operations. The moves mean Microsoft will focus on its growing search advertising business based on its Bing search engine, and displaying maps on its Windows devices rather than generating the maps themselves. Microsoft, which employs hundreds of people in its display ad business around the world, said those employees would be offered the chance to transfer to AOL and that it was not making any layoffs. More »

  • Obama, Rousseff to make up missed White House visit on Tuesday
    Obama, Rousseff to make up missed White House visit on Tuesday Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are set to meet at the White House on Tuesday during a visit aimed at bolstering economic ties and turning the page on a spying scandal. The two leaders will follow a morning meeting in the Oval Office with a joint news conference at 12:05 p.m. EDT (1605 GMT), the White House said. Rousseff originally had accepted Obama's invitation for a formal state visit in October 2013, but skipped that visit after revelations from Edward Snowden that the United States had spied on Rousseff and other Brazilians. More »

  • Sprint rolls out all-included rate plan
    Sprint rolls out all-included rate plan Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Corp said on Tuesday it will offer an $80 a month cellular phone plan, including both service and smartphone device fees, hoping to draw users who dislike complex price plans and hidden costs. The "All-in" plan will offer unlimited talk, text and data at $60, plus $20 to lease phones such as the iPhone 6 and Samsung's Galaxy S6, chief marketing officer Kevin Crull said in an interview. Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. cellular operator, is in the middle of a turnaround plan aimed at narrowing the gap with its larger rivals. More »

  • London 'William Tell' gets chorus of boos for nude scene Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Gioachino Rossini's opera "Guillaume Tell" (William Tell) about the Swiss patriot who shoots an arrow that splits an apple atop his son's head is famed for its overture with the galloping horse theme used in "The Lone Ranger" television series. Now it will go down in the annals of London's Covent Garden for a new production that was roundly booed by an opening night audience on Monday for a scene of full frontal nudity that Rossini could never have imagined when he wrote the work that had its premiere in 1829. There was plenty of cheering for the singers and musicians as well, but the audience reaction to the nudity was so strong in Britain's usually decorous premiere opera venue that Kasper Holten, the ROH's director of opera, issued a statement afterwards expressing sorrow for any distress caused. More »

  • Railroad official asks digital map makers to mark crossings
    Railroad official asks digital map makers to mark crossings Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The federal agency that oversees railroads has asked digital mapping companies to alert drivers as they approach track crossings in the hope that visual and audio cues will lead to greater awareness of potential dangers. More »

  • Boxers Mayweather, Pacquiao top Forbes best paid celebrity list
    Boxers Mayweather, Pacquiao top Forbes best paid celebrity list Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao topped Forbes list of the world's 100 highest-paid celebrities on Monday, on the heels of their lucrative clash in Las Vegas last month. With an estimated $300 million in earnings over the past 12 months, Mayweather more than lived up to his nickname "Money" and was the undisputed champion. Pacquiao was second, making $160 million over the past 12 months. More »

  • Google to alert drivers to railroad crossings using U.S. data
    Google to alert drivers to railroad crossings using U.S. data Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Google will add audio and visual alerts to warn drivers about upcoming railroad crossings on Google's navigation system, the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration announced on Monday. The agency also asked four other companies - Apple, Garmin, Tom Tom and AOL's MapQuest - to join similar map partnerships using the agency's data to pinpoint the crossings, it said. AOL is owned by Verizon. More »

  • Bound for Quebec? Don't sweat the language barrier
    Bound for Quebec? Don't sweat the language barrier Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    DOLBEAU-MISTASSINI, Quebec (AP) — During weeks of travel in parts of Quebec where few speak much English, I only encountered one problem arising from the language barrier. It happened when I broke into a guy's house. More »

  • Thailand launches Muslim-friendly tourist app Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Thailand on Monday launched a smartphone app to attract Muslim visitors, something that could help further boost an industry which has been steadily recovering since a 2014 coup. Thailand is predominantly Buddhist but parts of the south are majority Muslim. Now its tourism body hopes the new app will help further boost Thailand's tourism sector, which makes up about 10 percent of its economy. More »

  • Apple Backtracks After Removing All Traces of Confederate Flag From App Sto …
    Apple Backtracks After Removing All Traces of Confederate Flag From App Sto … Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Apple has reinstated selected games featuring the Confederate flag after receiving accusations of censorship for pulling all apps featuring the controversial symbol from its app store More »

  • High-resolution audio explained Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In recent times, musicians like Neil Young and James Taylor have come out to tell you that the quality of music you've been listening to for the last 20 years is dreck. More »

  • Her Story review: An interactive murder mystery for the ages
    Her Story review: An interactive murder mystery for the ages Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Executed well, this is how unforgettable stories in games are told, and there is no finer example of that in action than Her Story – the new game from British developer Sam Barlow. In Her Story, players assume the role of someone granted access to an archaic police computer terminal, searching through hundreds of short video files from a series of interviews conducted in the summer of 1994. More »

  • DJI Phantom 3 Professional review: The 4K drone perfect for amateurs and pros …
    DJI Phantom 3 Professional review: The 4K drone perfect for amateurs and pros … Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The Phantom 3 Professional is the latest consumer quadcopter drone to be launched by market leader DJI. While it might not be the cheapest drone for a beginner, it definitely comes packed with lots of features. Its predecessor, the Phantom 2 Vision+, is a very popular drone in its own right but the Phantom 3 is meant to be a completely different product with some features that were previously only found on the £2,300 "prosumer"-targeted drone, the Inspire 1. More »

  • Audio overkill? Some question benefits of 'high-res' music
    Audio overkill? Some question benefits of 'high-res' music Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes. More »

  • Apple removing games with Confederate flag from App Store Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple said Thursday that it is removing games from its online app store that feature the Confederate flag in "offensive or mean-spirited ways." More »

  • Micron revenue forecast misses as PC chip prices remain low Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Micron Technology Inc said it expects a further decline in prices of chips used in personal computers, and forecast revenue for the current quarter well below market estimates. Micron Technology makes both dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips, used mostly in personal computers, and NAND memory chips for storing music, pictures and other data on smartphones, cameras and other mobile devices. The company said on Thursday it expects revenue of $3.45 billion-$3.7 billion, well below analysts' average expectation of $4.16 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. "Part of the guidance miss is also because of NAND, it's not just DRAM," Summit Research analyst Srinivasan Sundararajan said. More »

  • No more fee: T-Mobile's new phone-upgrade program explained
    No more fee: T-Mobile's new phone-upgrade program explained Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile is revamping its phone-upgrade program by eliminating a $10-a-month charge for the most popular phones. More »

  • Buffalo museum launches gaming app built around artwork
    Buffalo museum launches gaming app built around artwork Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The newest work at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is a gaming app meant to put modern and contemporary art in front of kids by way of their smartphones. More »