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  • Microsoft makes cheaper version of Surface Pro 3 tablet
    Microsoft makes cheaper version of Surface Pro 3 tablet 4 hours ago

    Microsoft is making a cheaper version of its Surface Pro 3 tablet computer in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families. Graphic artists, engineers and finance professionals needing to ... More »

  • Fashion Firms Join Up To Fight New Luxury Tech
    Fashion Firms Join Up To Fight New Luxury Tech 6 hours ago

    London-based Net-a-Porter and Italian rival Yoox have agreed to create a joint venture, with a combined value of around £1.5bn. Swiss-based Richemont owns Net-a-Porter and is the company behind a swathe of famous luxury brands, including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpel, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Alfred Dunhill and Chloe. Richemont also produces luxury items under third party designer brand names, including Ralph Lauren Watches. More »

  • China to delay bank tech restrictions, U.S. Treasury official says
    China to delay bank tech restrictions, U.S. Treasury official says 8 hours ago

    China has agreed to delay implementing new bank technology restrictions that Washington has complained represent unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a senior U.S. Treasury official said in Beijing on Monday. China said this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate Beijing's ability to bypass security measures, triggering U.S. protests. Another set of financial sector regulations would push China's state-owned banks to buy technology from domestic vendors. Beijing is now delaying the regulations that applied to the banks, according to the official, speaking after meetings between U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and senior Chinese officials, including Premier Li Keqiang. More »

  • Samsung Elec mobile chief's pay more than doubles in 2014
    Samsung Elec mobile chief's pay more than doubles in 2014 8 hours ago

    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd paid co-chief executive J.K. Shin, who oversaw the company's ascent to the top of the smartphone market, $13 million in 2014, more than double what he received in the previous year. The increase was largely due to a special bonus payment following Samsung's record profits in 2013. Samsung suffered its first annual profit decline in three years in 2014, as operating income from the mobile division fell 42 percent. Shin's total 2014 compensation, disclosed in Samsung's annual report filed on Tuesday, was 14.57 billion won ($13 million). More »

  • Samsung Electronics mobile chief's pay more than doubles in 2014
    Samsung Electronics mobile chief's pay more than doubles in 2014 9 hours ago

    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd paid co-chief executive J.K. Shin, who oversaw the company's ascent to the top of the smartphone market, $13 million in 2014, more than double what he received in the previous year. The increase was largely due to a special bonus payment following Samsung's record profits in 2013. Samsung suffered its first annual profit decline in three years in 2014, as operating income from the mobile division fell 42 percent. Shin's total 2014 compensation, disclosed in Samsung's annual report filed on Tuesday, was 14.57 billion won (9 million pounds). More »

  • China's Huawei Technologies 2014 profit grows 33 percent
    China's Huawei Technologies 2014 profit grows 33 percent 10 hours ago

    By Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Ltd reported a 33 percent rise in its 2014 net profit, as the global adoption of fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology boosted sales for the world's No.2 telecommunications equipment maker. Global revenue rose 21 percent from a year ago to 288.2 billion yuan (31 billion pounds) in 2014 for Huawei and is expected to jump another 20 percent this year, the Shenzhen-based company said. Founded by former Chinese army officer Ren Zhengfei in 1987, Huawei has taken steps in recent years to disclose more details about its finances and technology to counter allegations that its operations are tied closely to the Chinese government. More »

  • Clinton also used iPad for email; mixed personal, work chats
    Clinton also used iPad for email; mixed personal, work chats 10 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. More »

  • Indiana to clarify 'religious freedom' law, Georgia, N.C. bills sta …
    Indiana to clarify 'religious freedom' law, Georgia, N.C. bills sta … 16 hours ago

    Indiana Republicans pledged on Monday to clarify a new "religious freedom" law, while similar proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate against gays. Arkansas lawmakers, however, signaled they would move forward with their own bill, even after Indiana was rebuked by companies and executives including Wal-Mart Stores Inc , Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, and Eli Lilly and Co . Indiana's law, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, was perceived as going further than those passed in 19 other states, giving businesses a right to refuse services on religious grounds. More »

  • Hyundai Motor aims to have autonomous driving tech on market in 2020
    Hyundai Motor aims to have autonomous driving tech on market in 2020 16 hours ago

    SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co on Tuesday said it aims to commercialise autonomous driving capabilities in some of its cars in 2020, as the South Korean automaker plays catch-up in the increasingly competitive technology. Car makers such as Mercedes and General Motors Co as well as technology giants like Google Inc and Apple Inc are already developing driverless vehicles which can complete whole journeys without human input. But some analysts expect self-driving cars will not appear on global markets until the early- or mid-2020s, partly due to regulatory hurdles. ... More »

  • China suspends bank tech restrictions: U.S. Treasury official 20 hours ago

    China has agreed to delay implementing new bank technology restrictions that Washington has complained represent unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a senior U.S. Treasury official said in Beijing on Monday. China said this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate Beijing's ability to bypass security measures, triggering U.S. protests. It followed an earlier set of draft financial sector regulations that pushes China's state-owned banks to buy technology from domestic vendors. Beijing was now "suspending" the regulations that applied to the banks, according to the official, speaking after meetings between U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and senior Chinese officials, including Premier Li Keqiang. More »

  • Apple a day might keep the pharmacist away
    Apple a day might keep the pharmacist away Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - An apple a day might not keep the doctor away, but it might help keep the pharmacist at bay, a new study suggests. "Everybody thinks of the apple as a healthy food, and it is, but after adjusting for other variables we didn't find a difference in doctor visits between apple eaters and non-apple eaters," said Matthew Davis of the University of Michigan School of Nursing in Ann Arbor, who led the study. More »

  • Sony SmartWatch 3 review - the best value smartwatch on the market
    Sony SmartWatch 3 review - the best value smartwatch on the market Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Sony got into the smartwatch "revolution" early with their original SmartWatch launching in 2012 long before the Android Wear and Apple Watch hype of 2015. The series didn't get off to a good start with the original smart timepiece being dubbed "maybe the worst thing Sony has ever made" by Gizmodo. Now Sony is back with its latest effort, the SmartWatch 3, which comes with Google's Android Wear, in-built GPS, waterproof rating and a relatively affordable price tag. More »

  • Cook calls 'religious objection' laws dangerous
    Cook calls 'religious objection' laws dangerous Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business. More »

  • German firms embrace start-ups to catch up with digital world Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Caroline Copley DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Latecomers to the digital age, big German companies have started teaming up with start-ups to shake up their conservative business culture and keep pace with a world increasingly dominated by nimble tech giants. More than half of the firms on Germany's blue-chip DAX index trace their roots back to the 19th century or earlier. German companies are the engine of Europe's biggest economy, which is the financial bedrock of the euro zone. Mindful of the danger, companies such Metro, Bayer, Evonik, Merck KGaA and Deutsche Telekom are now investing in start-ups - seeking to gain digital expertise, as well as to embrace newcomers whose innovations could represent threats to their own businesses. More »

  • Macbook Case That Lets You Customise Your Laptop With Lego
    Macbook Case That Lets You Customise Your Laptop With Lego Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The Brik Case enables you to redesign your laptop whenever you feel like it More »

  • Spotify launches Playstation Music App
    Spotify launches Playstation Music App Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Spotify and Sony's new partnership has officially launched the new Playstation Music app that will enable users to stream songs through their consoles while playing video games. More »

  • Federal funding in short supply for rural water projects Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A pipeline project intended to bring billions of gallons of water a year to a drought-stricken section of eastern New Mexico represents a lifeline to parched communities that are quickly running out of water. More »

  • Australia looks at GST, company tax in planned tax overhaul
    Australia looks at GST, company tax in planned tax overhaul Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey hinted on Monday at changes that could force digital companies like Apple Inc, Google Inc, Alibaba Group Holding and Uber to pay more tax on transactions that take place in Australia. "I want to find a way for them to pay the GST," Hockey told reporters, referring to the goods and sales tax, after releasing a discussion paper on the country's "unsustainable" tax system. Up for discussion are a cut to Australia's corporate tax rate, a broadening of the goods and services that are included in the GST and a new levy on bank deposits. "New technology, changing consumer behavior and increasing global trade are threatening the medium and long-term viability of our taxation system," Hockey told reporters in Canberra. More »

  • Indiana governor defends religious freedom law
    Indiana governor defends religious freedom law Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday defended a new state law that opponents worry may support discrimination against gay people, saying he had no plans to add extra protections but would consider new suggestions from state legislators. Pence, speaking on ABC's "This Week," sought to counter criticism from protesters who have spilled onto the streets of Indianapolis and others, including some corporations, after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday. More »

  • Thousands march in Indiana to protest law seen targeting gays
    Thousands march in Indiana to protest law seen targeting gays Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Thousands of people marched in Indiana's largest city on Saturday to protest a state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people. Waving signs reading "No hate in our state" and carrying rainbow flags, a crowd of at least 2,000 people including Democratic elected officials rallied the same day that business-rating website Angie's List Inc put on hold its plans to expand its Indianapolis operation with new offices, citing the new law. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed overwhelmingly by the Republican led-state legislature and signed into law on Thursday by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Supporters say the legislation will keep the government from forcing business owners to act against strongly held religious beliefs. More »

  • Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict
    Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A long legal battle over accusations that a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm demeaned women and held them to a different standard than their male colleagues became a flashpoint in the ongoing discussion about gender inequity at elite technology and venture capital firms. More »

  • 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 »