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  • Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy
    Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy 6 hours ago

    Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, ... More »

  • IBM's quarterly revenue sinks to 5-year low as hardware sales fall
    IBM's quarterly revenue sinks to 5-year low as hardware sales fall 7 hours ago

    IBM Corp , the world's biggest technology services company, reported its lowest quarterly revenue in five years on Wednesday, as Big Blue struggles with falling demand for its hardware and faces challenges in growth markets like China. That has undercut business at some U.S.-based multinationals operating in the world's second-biggest economy. More »

  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
    Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet 10 hours ago

    Nokia CEO Stephen Elop unveils the Nokia Lumia 2520 (displayed on the giant screen) during an event on October 22, 2013 in Abu Dhabi More »

  • James Murdoch joins board of ad platform company
    James Murdoch joins board of ad platform company 13 hours ago

    (Reuters) - James Murdoch, the co-chief operating officer of 21 Century Fox, is joining the board of digital advertising platform company True(X) Media, the company said on Thursday. Additionally, former Microsoft chief marketing officer Mich Mathews and former News Corp executive Jonathan Miller were also named directors rounding out the board to nine members. Joe Marchese, True(X) chief executive officer, said the experience of Murdoch, Mathews and Miller will help the company evolve in the areas of digital media and advertising. ... More »

  • Nokia suspends European tablet sales due to charger fault 13 hours ago

    Nokia has suspended sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet in some European countries while it fixes a fault with charger units which it said on Thursday could pose a risk of causing an electric shock. Nokia said there was a risk that the plastic cover of certain AC-300 charger units manufactured by a third party could come loose and separate, exposing certain internal components that could cause an electric shock if touched when the plug remains in a socket. Nokia said there have been no confirmed consumer incidents due to their use. The Lumia 2520 tablet was among the last products Nokia developed before deciding to sell its phone and devices unit to Microsoft in a deal that is due to close in April. More »

  • Amazing Spider-Man 2 Xbox One Version May be Cancelled
    Amazing Spider-Man 2 Xbox One Version May be Cancelled 13 hours ago

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game has been delayed – possibly even cancelled – on Microsoft's next gen console Xbox One. NeoGAF spotted that all mentions of the Xbox One version had been removed from the Activision-published game's official site. The game will still be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on 2 May. An Activision release schedule update stated: "We want to inform you that we are revising our release plans for ASM2 on Xbox One. More »

  • GTA Online Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Red Band Trailer Recreated In …
    GTA Online Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Red Band Trailer Recreated In … 16 hours ago

    A Canadian artist has now created a fun 'hyper timelapse' video of GTA 5's game environments. Benoit Paillé's work features the game's camera zooming through the in-game roads and environment at tremendous speeds, resulting in a surreal effect. More »

  • How Captain America won over China
    How Captain America won over China 20 hours ago

    SHANGHAI — Last week, while U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's trip to China was underscoring bilateral tensions between the two powers, the Chinese masses were busy embracing another U.S. visitor. The Marvel superhero sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier— which (spoiler alert) sees World War II hero Steve Rogers adjusting to life in the 21st century after a 70-year-long sleep, all while battling nefarious elements including spies and Nazis within his employer, a government agency called S.H.I.E.L.D. — has cleaned up at the Chinese box office, selling over 5.6 million tickets and raking in $39.2 million in its opening weekend. That's less than the $95 million the film earned in its debut weekend in the United States, but it's not shabby for China, besting even the opening weekend for 2013's Iron Man 3, which went on to become China's second-highest earning film in 2013. Chinese viewers have embraced the film on Douban.com, China's leading social site for film buffs. More »

  • Sony's PlayStation 4 sales top seven million
    Sony's PlayStation 4 sales top seven million 23 hours ago

    A customer reacts after buying Sony's PlayStation 4 video game console in Tokyo on February 22, 2014 More »

  • IBM's quarterly revenue sinks to five-year low as hardware sales fall
    IBM's quarterly revenue sinks to five-year low as hardware sales fall 23 hours ago

    IBM Corp, the world's biggest technology services company, reported its lowest quarterly revenue in five years on Wednesday, as Big Blue struggles with falling demand for its hardware and faces challenges in growth markets like China. That has undercut business at some U.S.-based multinationals operating in the world's second-biggest economy. More »

  • Sony sells more than 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles
    Sony sells more than 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Wednesday it sold more than 7 million PlayStation 4 videogame consoles in just over four months to April 6, double the number of the older version, PlayStation 3, sold in about the same time frame after its launch. Sony is struggling to keep pace with demand for the videogame console, the Japanese company said in a statement. "Although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers," Andrew House, president and group chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in the statement. The $399 (237.02 pounds) PlayStation 4 went on sale on November 29 in the United States, Western Europe and Latin America, around the same time that rival Microsoft Corp's Xbox One was released. More »

  • Sony sells more than 7 million Playstation four consoles
    Sony sells more than 7 million Playstation four consoles Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Sony Corp sold more than 7 million PlayStation 4 units as of April 6 and is struggling to keep pace with demand for the video game console, the company said on Wednesday. "Although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers," Andrew House, president and group chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in a statement. PlayStation 4 software sales - retail and digital - touched 20.5 million copies worldwide as of April 13, the company said in its statement. 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 »

  • Review: Forward to the past with Windows update
    Review: Forward to the past with Windows update Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Even as Microsoft prepares for a future dominated by touch-screen devices, it is steering its Windows system to embrace more of the past. The divide between old and new is less pronounced in the latest, ... More »

  • GTA 5 Online: Rockstar Extends Double Money and RP Bonus Period for Capture …
    GTA 5 Online: Rockstar Extends Double Money and RP Bonus Period for Capture … Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Rockstar has announced that it will continue the celebration of newly launched capture jobs with the extension of promotional period for in-game bonuses in GTA 5 Online, which includes twice the money and reputation points for one more week. According to Gamespot, Rockstar will be extending the said bonus period until 20 April for all capture jobs mirroring the capture the flag modes from other shooters. More »

  • Watch Dogs' Release Delay Gave Developers More Time to Animate Thumbs
    Watch Dogs' Release Delay Gave Developers More Time to Animate Thumbs Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    When Ubisoft delayed their highly-anticipated new open world IP Watch Dogs by six months, the reasons weren't exactly clear. While the animation of lead character Aiden Pierce's thumbs probably wasn't the only reason for Ubisoft's decision, Ubisoft Montreal's animation director Colin Graham has said his increased dexterity will be one of improvements gamers will see thanks to the delay. More »

  • Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 to Support 2K Resolution and Snapdragon 805
    Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 to Support 2K Resolution and Snapdragon 805 Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    New features about the Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 have been surfaced online, ahead of its public release. Last week, WPCentral had confirmed that Microsoft is planning for two more updates to Windows Phone 8.1, internally known as General Distribution Releases or, GDRs. More »

  • GTA 5: How to Play Heists Early in GTA Online, Earn Free Shark Cards
    GTA 5: How to Play Heists Early in GTA Online, Earn Free Shark Cards Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Rockstar is yet to announce the release date for the highly-anticipated GTA 5 Heists DLC for online mode, while restless gamers are finding new ways to play heists early in the game. A discerning GTA 5 tipster, Granty, has posted a YouTube video detailing the complete tutorial to play heists using simulator in GTA Online. More »

  • Cash-rich global firms face calls to crack open war chests
    Cash-rich global firms face calls to crack open war chests Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    In this file photo, a trader is seen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, moments before the closing bell on December 22, 2008 More »

  • Intel reports lower 1Q net income, higher revenue
    Intel reports lower 1Q net income, higher revenue Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year amid a continued slump in the worldwide PC market, but revenue grew slightly because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center services. More »

  • Intel posts lower 1Q net income, higher revenue
    Intel posts lower 1Q net income, higher revenue Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year, but revenue grew because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center services. Intel Corp. said Tuesday that it earned $1.95 billion, ... More »

  • New CEO Nadella pushes data culture at Microsoft
    New CEO Nadella pushes data culture at Microsoft Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Microsoft Corp needs a "data culture" to thrive in the new computing environment, according to Chief Executive Satya Nadella, in his third public appearance in three weeks putting his imprint on the software company. Nadella, who took the helm in February, is seeking to push Microsoft further toward mobile and 'cloud,' or Internet-connected, computing. That marks a shift from his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, whose world view was more tied to personal computers and the Windows operating system. "Every aspect of Microsoft's business is being fundamentally transformed because of data," said Nadella at a presentation in San Francisco on Tuesday. 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 »

  • Best Buy US store president leaves Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Best Buy's president of U.S. retail stores is leaving the company and his duties will be taken over by the electronics retailer's human resources officer. The company said Shawn Score, 48, is retiring ... More »

  • Clippy replaces Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1 Easter egg
    Clippy replaces Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1 Easter egg Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 update was released only yesterday, but Cortana users have already discovered a number of funny responses from Microsoft's new personal digital assistant. The best Easter egg is the return of Clippy, Microsoft’s assistant from Office. While Clippy doesn’t fully replace Cortana, he will show up temporarily if you ask "do you like Clippy?" Other "chit chat" responses include "do you like Steve Ballmer?" to receive a developers, developers, developers reference, or "do you like Satya Nadella?" to get Cortana’s take on Microsoft’s new CEO. More »

  • Review: Windows Phone advances with 8.1 update
    Review: Windows Phone advances with 8.1 update Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Microsoft's new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions. Before, voice search lacked the natural language interactions of Apple's Siri and Google Now. The ... More »

  • Twitter buys data analytics partner Gnip Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it has bought its data partner Gnip, which provides analysis of the more than 500 million tweets its users share each day — to advertisers, academic institutions, politicians and other customers. More »

  • Labour Unrest at Nike and Adidas Supplier Yue Yuen Industrial Persists
    Labour Unrest at Nike and Adidas Supplier Yue Yuen Industrial Persists Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Thousands of workers at a giant Chinese shoe supplier have rejected an offer for enhanced social benefits, extending one of China's largest strikes in recent times. The nearly 10-day-long strike at the $5.59bn (£3.3bn, €4.05bn) Yue Yuen Industrial, which manufactures shoes for Adidas, Nike and Converse, has revolved around issues such as outstanding social insurance, improper labour contracts and low wages. Employees have demanded improved social insurance payments, a pay rise and more evenhanded contracts, Reuters reported. Pursued by the news agency, a spokesman for Yue Yuen said the firm had approved an improved "social benefit plan", and added that the business impact of the strike had been "mild" so far. More »

  • Rockstar's Game Plan: GTA 5 for Xbox One, PS4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 …
    Rockstar's Game Plan: GTA 5 for Xbox One, PS4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Released in September 2013, GTA 5 has reaped Rockstar phenomenal success, allowing the developer to break many records, rake in massive reviews and revolutionise open-world action games. Even though the game came out over seven months ago, Rockstar's developers are still churning out content for the game, giving players more and more things to do on GTA Online, the game's multiplayer mode. While gamers have been asking for a version of GTA 5 for PC and other platforms, here's a guess on what Rockstar might actually serve up next. Rockstar chose to bring GTA 5 onto the Xbox 360 and PS3 since those were the most popular platforms and also because they gave the developer access to the largest possible fan base of gamers who were comfortable with a generation of tried and tested consoles. More »

  • GTA 5 Online: Single Player to Multiplayer Car Transfer Glitches after 1.12 …
    GTA 5 Online: Single Player to Multiplayer Car Transfer Glitches after 1.12 … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Rockstar Games recently rolled out the 1.12 patch for GTA 5 Online with a handful of fixes for unlimited money glitch, unlimited RP glitch and other inherent bugs that are repeatedly being exploited by gamers to gain undue advantage over their rivals. To bring single player vehicle to multiplayer mode, just start the game in single player mode by choosing any of your random in-game characters. More »

  • Major Xbox One System Update Arriving Tonight, Changes Include Friends Notifications, …
    Major Xbox One System Update Arriving Tonight, Changes Include Friends Notifications, … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Major Nelson, Microsoft's mouth piece for the Xbox platform, has confirmed that the Xbox One April system update will be rolling out to systems later tonight. This latest update is made available to users via Microsoft's beta program, which allows select owners to test out system updates ahead of their official launch. Here is what it contains according to Major Nelson: Friends List Improvement: Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. More »

  • Xbox One update rolling out with Kinect improvements and friend notificatio …
    Xbox One update rolling out with Kinect improvements and friend notificatio … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Microsoft seems to be improving its Xbox One software on a monthly basis, and April is no different. Starting today, the software maker is rolling out its latest update to Xbox One consoles, bringing some new features and improvements along the way. Xbox 360 owners will be familiar with friend notifications when players arrive online, but the Xbox One strangely lacked this feature at launch. Today’s update brings the friends notifications back, along with the ability to identify friends who are playing multiplayer games. Microsoft has also turned its attention to improving Kinect voice and motion detection with April's update. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Monday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Monday Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Everyone’s talking about corruption claims at Bus Éireann, the anniversary of the Kerry Babies case and water charges. More »

  • Two Simple Steps to get Cortana Working on Windows Phone 8.1 Outside the US
    Two Simple Steps to get Cortana Working on Windows Phone 8.1 Outside the US Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The Windows Phone 8.1 update brings with it literally 100s of updates to Microsoft's smartphone operating system, but the one headline grabbing feature - Cortana - is not available at launch to those of us not living in  the US. Here we detail the two relatively simple steps you need to take if you really need to show off to your iPhone and Android friends that Microsoft now has an answer to Siri and Google Now. First, get Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview Microsoft has not released the final version of Windows Phone 8.1 yet, but it has released the developer preview and the important thing to note is that this is not only available to developers. More »

  • Is Game of Thrones Any Bloodier than England and Scotland's Middle Ages? …
    Is Game of Thrones Any Bloodier than England and Scotland's Middle Ages? … Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Pillaging, plundering and poisoning - particularly in the case of the tyrannical King Joffrey in the last "Purple Wedding" episode - has been central to the depiction of social hierarchy, religion, corruption and civil war in the Game of Thrones. Yet the brutality and sex that interweaves the plotlines reflect more of history than meets the eye. George RR Martin, author of the Game of Thrones books, once told The Week that he simple emulated the dark side of human nature, as recorded in history: "No matter how much I make up, there's stuff in history that's just as bad, or worse." Yet the episode was partly based on the Black Dinner of 1440 at Edinburgh Castle - one of the most tragic moments in Scotland's history. In November that year, the 16-year-old Earl of Douglas was invited to Edinburgh Castle by Sir William Crichton who, as chancellor of Scotland, was a leading member of the court of King James II. More »