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  • Patent consortium Rockstar loses bid to move Google case
    Patent consortium Rockstar loses bid to move Google case 13 hours ago

    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a request by patent consortium Rockstar to transfer patent litigation from Google Inc's home turf in California to Texas, according to a court ruling. Rockstar, which counts Apple Inc as an investor, outbid Google and paid $4.5 billion (2.6 billion pounds) for thousands of former Nortel Network Corp patents as the networking products supplier went bankrupt in 2011. Last year, the consortium sued several handset manufacturers whose phones operate on Google's Android operating system, which fiercely competes with Apple mobile products. More »

  • Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry
    Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry 15 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The future of Aereo, an online service that provides over-the-air TV channels, hinges on a battle with broadcasters that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. More »

  • Researcher finds flaw in Samsung fingerprint check 17 hours ago

    BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print. More »

  • Call that a smartwatch? THIS is a smartwatch...
    Call that a smartwatch? THIS is a smartwatch... 22 hours ago

    Richard Hoptroff's watch designs are a glimpse of what a smartwatch could - or should - be. Designed in a small London office, his technology has caught the attention of global companies. More »

  • Jawbone Up24 Review - Added Bluetooth but Still No Display
    Jawbone Up24 Review - Added Bluetooth but Still No Display 23 hours ago

    Jawbone was among the first companies to break into the casual fitness tracker market, along with Fitbit and Nike. The original UP fitness tracker was stylish and didn't scream I'M A FITNESS FANATIC like some on the market. However the band lacked Bluetooth connectivity and only worked with Apple devices. More »

  • Samsung fingerprint check 'flawed'
    Samsung fingerprint check 'flawed' Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print. More »

  • TSMC targets record revenue as high-end smartphones demand more chips Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) targets record revenue in the second quarter as more of the company's chips are installed in high-end smartphones to power increasingly complex features. The world's largest contract chip producer also aims to grab market share from rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Intel Corp on demand from phone makers, whose custom pushed first-quarter earnings up by a fifth. Yet high-end phones equipped with Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless technology will drive TSMC's revenue several percentage points beyond the overall industry, as will phones with advanced features such as image and fingerprint sensors which require more chips, said co-Chief Executive Mark Liu on Thursday. More »

  • Leaked iPhone 6 battery picture adds further weight to larger handset rumou …
    Leaked iPhone 6 battery picture adds further weight to larger handset rumou … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Rumours that Apple's iPhone 6 handset will be the company's largest phone yet are coming from all angles. An image of what is claimed to be the front panel of the device emerged online a couple of days ago, now a picture of batteries purportedly designed for the interior of the phone has appeared. However, a picture published by French website nowehereelse.fr purportedly shows leaked iPhone 6 batteries. More »

  • Mayer aims to persuade Apple to choose Yahoo over Google - Re/code
    Mayer aims to persuade Apple to choose Yahoo over Google - Re/code Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc's Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is working on a plan to persuade Apple Inc to ditch Google as its default search engine in favour of Yahoo, technology news site Re/code reported, citing sources within Yahoo. Mayer's effort is in advanced stages, with a detailed pitch already prepared for Apple executives, the website said. More »

  • Hot models at this year's New York Auto Show
    Hot models at this year's New York Auto Show Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the U.S. auto industry. Here are some of the vehicles debuting this year. The show opens to the public Friday. More »

  • Leaked LG G3 retail box reveals trendy gold colour for flagship phone
    Leaked LG G3 retail box reveals trendy gold colour for flagship phone Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    And it appears LG also wants to embrace this flashy trend with its upcoming LG G3. According to The Verge, which obtained a gold retail box for the LG G3, LG plans to launch its next flagship in a "golden hue" colour. That said, LG wouldn't confirm the LG G3's gold colour option to The Verge, but it reportedly admitted the phone would have a display resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Other sources then told the website that the LG G3 would resemble the LG isai FL that recently surfaced. More »

  • Insight - BlackBerry's meltdown sparks start-up boom in Canada's Silicon …
    Insight - BlackBerry's meltdown sparks start-up boom in Canada's Silicon … Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Sayantani Ghosh, Ashutosh Pandey and Euan Rocha (Reuters) - The troubles at BlackBerry Ltd, which fired more than half its staff and lost more than 90 percent of its market value as consumers shunned its smart phones, might have spelled disaster for the company's hometown of Waterloo, Ontario. More than 450 start-ups opened for business in the twin cities of Waterloo and Kitchener last year, more than four times the number begun in 2009, according to Communitech, a local company that advises them. Often, the new companies are being founded by former BlackBerry employees chasing their entrepreneurial ambitions in a community that's Canada's answer to technology hubs in California and elsewhere. "For those who are trying to get a new tech business off the ground, get it funded, and not get lost in the shadow of Silicon Valley, Waterloo can be the best place to get your company on the map," said Sean McCabe, vice-president of engineering at drone manufacturer Aeryon Labs Inc in Waterloo. More »

  • Toyota Camry gets a top-to-bottom makeover
    Toyota Camry gets a top-to-bottom makeover Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation. More »

  • Starbucks Moves EU HQ To London After Tax Row
    Starbucks Moves EU HQ To London After Tax Row Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Starbucks is to base its European headquarters in Britain, amid the ongoing row over multinationals' corporate tax structures. The coffee company is to shift its base from Amsterdam to London before the end of 2014. The UK is its largest European market, accounting for more than half its stores and employing around 7,500 staff. Starbucks wants to move towards greater franchise participation, however at the moment it is not recruiting new UK franchisees. More »

  • Burberry revenue jumps, sees profits hit by strong pound
    Burberry revenue jumps, sees profits hit by strong pound Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Brenda Goh LONDON (Reuters) - British luxury goods group Burberry shrugged off industry jitters about slowing growth in China to post a 19 percent rise in second-half revenue, reiterating that the greatest risk to its profits was the strengthening pound. The firm, whose largest market for its check-patterned trenchcoats and leather goods is the Asia-Pacific, said on Wednesday strong demand in mainland China and South Korea was driving double-digit revenue growth in the region. "We see great opportunity for us still in China, both at home in China and when the Chinese luxury consumer travels abroad," finance chief Carol Fairweather said. Analysts have expressed concerns over whether the luxury sector can maintain the double-digit growth it has achieved in recent years as its main engine, China, faces an economic slowdown and a government crackdown on conspicuous consumption. More »

  • Samsung executive says Galaxy S5 to outsell S4, sees second-quarter rollout …
    Samsung executive says Galaxy S5 to outsell S4, sees second-quarter rollout … Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Miyoung Kim and Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy S5 smartphone should outsell its predecessor and defy predictions that the South Korean titan's latest model will struggle in a tough market for high-end handsets, a top executive said. The world's biggest smartphone maker has slashed prices of the S5, which rolled out globally on Friday, offered a gift pack worth $600 (358.72 pounds), and more than doubled the number of initial launching countries to 125 in a bid to sustain growth in the mobile business, which generates 70 percent of its total profit. A smooth launch is crucial for Samsung, which reported its second straight quarter of profit decline earlier this month as margins in the key smartphone business come under growing pressure from cheaper Chinese rivals. "(The S5) is selling faster than the S4 so far, though it's difficult to share specific numbers as we're still at early stages," Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, told Reuters in an interview. More »

  • Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment
    Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft. More »

  • Apple cannot escape U.S. states' e-book antitrust cases - judge
    Apple cannot escape U.S. states' e-book antitrust cases - judge Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Tuesday lost an attempt to dismiss lawsuits by state attorneys general accusing it of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote's ruling paves the way for attorneys general in 33 states and territories to move forward, along with attorneys for consumers, in pursuing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages at a July 14 trial. Following a non-jury trial, Cote in July found that Apple from 2009 to 2010 conspired with the publishers to raise e-book prices and impede competitors such as Amazon.com Inc. The states had pursued the liability finding alongside the U.S. Justice Department without any objection by Apple and obtained a subsequent injunction against the iPad maker in September that called for the appointment of a compliance monitor. But as the case moved into a damages phase, Apple argued that the states lacked standing to maintain an action for damages, arguing they had not alleged they had suffered any injury. More »

  • Keep Steve Jobs' personality out of trial - tech companies
    Keep Steve Jobs' personality out of trial - tech companies Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Witnesses at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley should not be allowed to offer evidence that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was "a bully," four major tech companies argued in a court filing. Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to avoid competing for each other's employees in order to avert a salary war. The case, which is closely watched in Silicon Valley, is largely built on emails among top executives, including late Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. More »

  • Stocks end higher, extending a modest rally
    Stocks end higher, extending a modest rally Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks managed to close with modest gains on Wall Street after a day of up-and-down trading. More »

  • US stocks turn higher in choppy trading
    US stocks turn higher in choppy trading Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Major U.S. stock indexes are turning higher in the late afternoon as the market shuffles between gains and losses. Johnson & Johnson and Coca-Cola rose after reporting encouraging quarterly results, but homebuilders fell following a survey showing weak sentiment among builders. Apple and Netflix also fell. More »

  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending April 14, 2014: More »

  • US stocks are mixed in afternoon trading
    US stocks are mixed in afternoon trading Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Major U.S. stock indexes were mixed in afternoon trading Tuesday after an early gain faded. A survey on the homebuilding industry weighed on the market most of the day, dragging down homebuilding stocks. Facebook, Google, Apple and other tech stocks also fell. More »

  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store
    The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending April 14, 2014: More »

  • US stocks shift lower in afternoon trading
    US stocks shift lower in afternoon trading Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Stocks remained on a downward tack in afternoon trading Tuesday, shedding modest gains from a day earlier. A survey on the homebuilding industry appeared to weigh on the market, dragging down homebuilding stocks. A decline in Facebook, Google, Apple and other tech stocks contributed to the market slide. More »

  • US stocks shift lower in midday trading
    US stocks shift lower in midday trading Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Major stock indexes slid into negative territory in midday trading on Tuesday as investors mulled over a downbeat survey on the homebuilding industry, tensions in Ukraine and the latest batch of corporate earnings. A decline in Facebook, Google, Apple and other tech stocks contributed to the market slide, which wiped out early gains. More »

  • Apple iPhone 6 alleged front panel leaks showing Samsung Galaxy S5 challenging …
    Apple iPhone 6 alleged front panel leaks showing Samsung Galaxy S5 challenging … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The rumour mill has been pointing a lot of leaksters towards a large screen on the iPhone 6. Watch out Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8). The photo, from an unconfirmed source allegedly inside an iPhone factory, appears to show a larger iPhone 6 front next to the current iPhone 5S. French site iphone.fr, who spotted the picture, is stipulating this image would make the iPhone 6 display 4.1-inches high and 2.35-inches wide, for a 4.7-inch screen. More »

  • How breakable are the Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 5S and HTC One M8?
    How breakable are the Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 5S and HTC One M8? Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A top-end smartphone is worth more than £500 these days. So you might want to know which one is most likely to come a cropper in everyday life. Help is at hand... More »

  • Criterion Collection extends Hulu streaming deal
    Criterion Collection extends Hulu streaming deal Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Criterion Collection and Hulu have extended their deal to keep the video platform as the exclusive streaming home of Criterion's vast library of art house films. More »

  • BlackBerry buys minority stake in healthcare IT firm Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it bought a minority stake in privately held healthcare IT firm NantHealth, a move that offers a glimpse into the type of niche markets the smartphone maker is targeting as it attempts to engineer a turnaround. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry, a pioneer in the smartphone industry, has fallen on hard times as its market share has waned in recent years. BlackBerry's Chief Executive John Chen, who took the reins at the company less than six months ago, sees healthcare as one of the sectors in which the company has an advantage, due to a heightened focus on patient privacy and BlackBerry's vast array of networks that can manage and secure data on mobile devices. "BlackBerry's capabilities align closely with NantHealth's," said Chen in a statement on Tuesday. More »

  • Apple antitrust compliance off to a promising start - monitor
    Apple antitrust compliance off to a promising start - monitor Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc has made a "promising start" to enhancing its antitrust compliance program after being found liable last year for conspiring to raise e-book prices, but more work is required, a court-appointed monitor said Monday. The assessment came in the first report issued by the monitor, Michael Bromwich, who found himself the subject of a bitter fight by Apple to put his work on hold while it pursues an appeal. In a 77-page report filed in U.S. District Court in New York, Bromwich said the relationship between his team and Apple has "significantly improved" since a federal appeals court in February rejected the iPhone maker's bid to halt his work. But Bromwich said while progress had been made in enhancing Apple's antitrust compliance program as ordered by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, his team has only been able to speak with a limited number of company employees. More »

  • Study: Samsung phone durable, but iPhone has edge
    Study: Samsung phone durable, but iPhone has edge Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year's model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s outperformed all of them in part because of its smaller size, a new study finds. More »

  • Facebook plans to provide mobile payment services - Financial Times
    Facebook plans to provide mobile payment services - Financial Times Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is preparing to join the mobile-payments race with remittances and electronic-money services on the social network, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing several people involved in the process. The company is close to obtaining approval from the Central Bank of Ireland to start a service that would allow users to store money on Facebook and use it to pay and exchange with others, the people told the FT. The company has also had partnership talks with at least three London start-ups — TransferWise, Moni Technologies and Azimo — that offer online and mobile international money transfer services, three people involved in the discussions told FT. Facebook's specific plans, including which countries the electronic-money services would be available in, were not immediately clear. More »

  • Facebook is 'weeks away' from tackling virtual currency in Europe with …
    Facebook is 'weeks away' from tackling virtual currency in Europe with … Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Facebook wants to become your main electronic money institution in Europe, it's claimed. According to the Financial Times, which cited unnamed people familiar with the social network's plans, Facebook is “weeks away” from receiving regulatory approval to become a electronic money institution and digital payment processor. It's just waiting on approval from the central bank of Ireland, where Facebook’s has headquartered its non-US arm. Once things get a green light, you'll be able to send money through the social network to Facebook friends or online sellers. More »

  • Album download rings up £2,600 bill
    Album download rings up £2,600 bill Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    A holidaymaker ran up a phone bill of more than £2,600 after downloading a Neil Diamond album while abroad. More »