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Microsoft buys Office collaborator app LiveLoop

Microsoft said it has purchased the office mobile app LiveLoop, which allows multiple users to collaborate on PowerPoint pres…

  • 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 »

  • Apple chief to give away fortune
    Apple chief to give away fortune Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Apple chief executive Tim Cook has joined a list of tycoons promising to give away most of the wealth that they amass during their careers. More »

  • Ben Affleck has family support as he speaks in Washington
    Ben Affleck has family support as he speaks in Washington Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Jennifer Garner was proud to support her husband as he spoke to a political committee about his humanitarian work in Eastern Congo. 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 »

  • GameStop profit forecast misses Street on weak demand for consoles
    GameStop profit forecast misses Street on weak demand for consoles Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    (Reuters) - GameStop Corp forecast a weaker-than-expected profit for the full year, as demand for the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles fail to make up for falling sales of earlier versions. Shares of the world's largest retailer of video game products, which also reported a quarterly profit that missed estimates, fell 5 percent in extended trading. Demand for Microsoft Corp's Xbox One and Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 consoles cooled off in recent months after the holiday shopping season. Both consoles were launched in November 2013. GameStop's new video game hardware sales fell 30. ... More »

  • Microsoft wants US suppliers to give employees paid time off
    Microsoft wants US suppliers to give employees paid time off Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft said Thursday that it will push its U.S. suppliers to give their employees paid time off — but that only applies for the staffers that do work for Microsoft. More »

  • Raspberry Pi competition: Robot dog unlocks potential of pocket-sized compu …
    Raspberry Pi competition: Robot dog unlocks potential of pocket-sized compu … Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Since launching in 2012 the Raspberry Pi has fundamentally changed the way computer science is taught. More than five million of the credit card-sized computers have been used by schools around the world to teach the principles of computer hardware and circuitry, while encouraging students to build their own electronics. At the third annual PA Raspberry Pi Competition, held this week at London's Science Museum, the full potential of the device was put to the test by teams of students challenged to create something that could "make the world a better place". I had that when I was little with Spectrums and Omegas – it's very hard with modern computers, so having something like the Raspberry Pi that's really easy to use and they can see stuff happen. More »

  • Ben Affleck lends star power to Congo cause on Capitol Hill
    Ben Affleck lends star power to Congo cause on Capitol Hill Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Actor Ben Affleck brought his star power to a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill on 26 March to garner support for continued foreign assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Affleck is the founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), a US-based advocacy organisation for the people of Eastern Congo. Referring to Starbucks' partnership with the ECI to develop Congo as a key source of coffee, Affleck said ongoing diplomatic and financial assistance had shown results in the impoverished, war-ravaged country. More »

  • Nexus Player review: Google's set-top box lacks substance
    Nexus Player review: Google's set-top box lacks substance Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The Asus-built Google Nexus Player is launching in the UK, six months after it went on sale in the US. In that time, Amazon has launched both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick in the UK, and Apple has dropped the price of its Apple TV to just £59. Google is also competing against its own hugely popular Chromecast dongle, which costs £50 less and offers many of the main selling points of the Nexus Player. More »

  • Afghan president says his nation won't be 'lazy'
    Afghan president says his nation won't be 'lazy' Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked Congress on Wednesday for billions of American tax dollars and vowed his war-wracked country will be self-reliant within this decade. More »

  • Afghan president says his nation won't be 'lazy Uncle Joe'
    Afghan president says his nation won't be 'lazy Uncle Joe' Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked Congress on Wednesday for billions of American tax dollars and vowed his war-wracked country will be self-reliant within this decade. More »

  • US stocks sink; Nasdaq drops 2.4%
    US stocks sink; Nasdaq drops 2.4% Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    US stocks fell sharply Wednesday with Nasdaq suffering the deepest declines on worries that technology and biotech stocks have become overvalued More »

  • Wall Street mixed; Kraft jumps 32% on Heinz merger
    Wall Street mixed; Kraft jumps 32% on Heinz merger Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    US stocks opened higher on Wednesday after the Kfraft-Heinz mega-merger More »

  • Details on PlayStation Vue, comparison with Sling TV
    Details on PlayStation Vue, comparison with Sling TV Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Sony's new PlayStation Vue online TV service launched in three cities last week with more than 50 channels starting at $50. Additional channels can be had for $10 to $20 more, and the service comes with ... More »

  • Finance director Smith quits Game
    Finance director Smith quits Game Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Retailer Game Digital today announced the departure of its finance director as it reported a fall in half-year earnings after a tough Christmas prompted a profit warning earlier this year. More »

  • Game Loses Value As First Half Profits Fall
    Game Loses Value As First Half Profits Fall Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Shares in Game Digital fell 7% on opening after the video games retailer posted a fall in sales and profits. Game Digital also confirmed its chief financial officer Benedict Smith would step down in July to move to a private equity-backed firm and the search for a successor had begun. "The video games market remains dynamic and competitive," he said. More »

  • Today in History Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Today is Tuesday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2015. There are 282 days left in the year. More »

  • Call for 'adult only' games rating
    Call for 'adult only' games rating Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Video games that depict explicit content such as torture and murder should have an "adult only" rating certificate in order to protect children, according to a report from a police commissioner. More »

  • Taylor Swift, Microsoft among those buying up .porn suffixes
    Taylor Swift, Microsoft among those buying up .porn suffixes Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    The singer Taylor Swift, Microsoft Corp. and Harvard University are among those buying up .porn and .adult Web suffixes as a pre-emptive move before those domain names become available this summer. The ... More »

  • Samsung to pre-install Microsoft apps on Android tablets
    Samsung to pre-install Microsoft apps on Android tablets Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Microsoft Corp's Office apps will be pre-installed in some Samsung tablets running Google Inc's Android system, extending an agreement to put some Microsoft apps on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 phone. The move is the latest sign that Microsoft is pushing to get its cloud-enabled software into the hands of as many customers as possible, regardless of the platform or device. Microsoft said Monday that Samsung will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype and its note-taking and cloud storage apps on certain tablets in the first half of this year. More »

  • Taylor Swift registers her porn domain names
    Taylor Swift registers her porn domain names Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    The Blank Space singer has bought her porn site domain names, to prevent anyone else from using them. More »

  • Taylor Swift Snaps Up Porn Domain Name
    Taylor Swift Snaps Up Porn Domain Name Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Taylor Swift has reportedly bought the domain names taylorswift.porn and taylorswift.adult ahead of them going on sale to the public on 1 June. There were originally 22 but there are now more than 547, with new ones released every month. More »

  • Online ad revenue at risk in war on 'click fraud' Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Spurred by a warning in December by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) that businesses are losing $6.3 billion a year to so-called "click fraud," these companies now stipulate in advertising contracts that they will only pay for online ads when given proof that humans clicked on them. "We don't want to be paying for non-human traffic," said Mark Clowes, global head of advertising at American International Group Inc, the largest commercial insurer in the country. In a typical click fraud scheme, a crook infects many computers with malicious software, and directs the machines - called bots - to visit a webpage, click on an ad or watch a video. The study, published in December, involved 36 participants including AIG and MillerCoors.     While click fraud has been going on for years, the ANA report has galvanized advertisers to fight back, ad executives said. More »

  • Taylor Swift has bought the domain name TaylorSwift.porn
    Taylor Swift has bought the domain name TaylorSwift.porn Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    So trolls couldn’t get in there. More »

  • You can go home: Returnees to ND oil boom town here to stay Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Before oil tanker trucks rumbled down the roads at all hours, this town was so quiet that Erin White rode her horse to a deserted Main Street one night. Back then, this was a dusty hamlet with few prospects for a future. More »

  • Explainer: What exactly is hacking anyway?
    Explainer: What exactly is hacking anyway? Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Clue: it’s not what’s happening in the picture. More »

  • Can't remember your password? Here are 2 new ways to log in
    Can't remember your password? Here are 2 new ways to log in Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You're not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked. More »

  • With 'Dead Rising,' a new approach for a game adaptation
    With 'Dead Rising,' a new approach for a game adaptation Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a pair of filmmakers first approached video game publisher Capcom about crafting a live-action movie based on their popular zombie series "Dead Rising," they were asked to prove themselves in a very specific way: The creators behind such video game franchises as "Street Fighter" and "Resident Evil" handed the movie producers a game controller. More »

  • Battlefield Hardline review: Multiplayer verdict – Great ideas undermined by …
    Battlefield Hardline review: Multiplayer verdict – Great ideas undermined by … Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    While only released in the UK today (20 March 2015) Battlefield's servers have been live for over a week and have been thoroughly tested by the larger North American release on 17 March. Battlefield is all about the multiplayer. The single player portion of Hardline – despite its many flaws – is the series' best and most interesting in years. Focus has been given to five new game modes – Blood Money, Hotwire, Crosshair, Heist and Rescue - which sit alongside the requisite Team Deathmatch and Conquest, the modes that define the series. More »

  • Software developer hopes to turn rehab into video game
    Software developer hopes to turn rehab into video game Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    A broken arm as a boy led Cosmin Mihaiu and some inventive colleagues to turn tedious physical rehabilitation exercises into a game that they hope can make it easier for people to recover from injuries. More »

  • China finally gets official PlayStations, minus some games
    China finally gets official PlayStations, minus some games Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    A man plays with a Sony PlayStation 4 in a shop in Shanghai, March 19, 2015 More »

  • Estonia redefines national security in a digital age
    Estonia redefines national security in a digital age Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Estonia's ambitious plan to protect the digital identity of its citizens and rewrite international cyber-security law. More »

  • Review: The war on drugs explodes in 'Battlefield Hardline'
    Review: The war on drugs explodes in 'Battlefield Hardline' Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    "We're playing a dangerous game, detective." More »

  • Strong dollar trouble, but no disaster for US economy
    Strong dollar trouble, but no disaster for US economy Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Experts expect the dollar to strengthen further in the coming weeks, heading toward euro parity More »

  • EU joins U.S. to try to stop China's new technology rules Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union on Thursday sharply criticised China's new cyber security rules, joining a global effort to challenge measures that U.S. and EU companies say could force them out of the Chinese market. Calling them a "tremendous barrier" for foreign companies competing in the information technology sector, the European Commission said the rules proposed late last year went far beyond other security standards around the world. "China continues to consider that only Chinese-developed information security technology is regarded as 'safe', and applies a concept of 'national security' far beyond normal international practice," the Commission, the EU executive, said in its annual report on trade barriers. China's banking regulator has adopted new standards requiring tech products to be "secure and controllable" for use in the financial sector. More »