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  • Humanoid robot can recognise and interact with people

    Reuters - 28 minutes ago

    A humanoid robot which can mimic human expressions greeted visitors on Saturday (April 18) at a Hong Kong electronics fair. About 40 motors control his face to form delicate facial expressions, according to product manager at Hanson Robotics, Grace Copplestone. "So Han's really exciting because not only can he generate very realistic facial expressions, but he can also interact with the environment around him. So he has cameras on his eyes and on his chest, which allow him to recognise people's face, not only that, but recognise their gender, their age, whether they are happy or sad, and that makes him very exciting for places like hotels for example, where you need to appreciate the customers in front of you and react accordingly," Copplestone said. More »Humanoid robot can recognise and interact with people

  • Qualcomm to tap Samsung to make new mobile processors - report

    Reuters - 39 minutes ago

    U.S. chip maker Qualcomm Inc plans to have its next-generation Snapdragon 820 mobile processors manufactured by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, tech news website Re/code reported, citing unnamed sources. The move comes after Samsung opted to use its own Exynos processors for the recently launched flagship Galaxy S6 devices instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, prompting the U.S. firm to cut is financial outlook for the year. Samsung and Qualcomm declined to comment on Re/code's report. The report, dated April 20, did not say whether Qualcomm was looking at other manufacturers for the 820 processor besides Samsung. More »Qualcomm to tap Samsung to make new mobile processors - report

  • Japan's maglev train breaks own speed record at 603 kph

    Associated Press - 44 minutes ago

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record. More »Japan's maglev train breaks own speed record at 603 kph

  • Japan mulls 2018 moon landing, seeks to keep up with rivals

    Associated Press - 46 minutes ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency is considering an unmanned mission to the moon by 2018 or early 2019, part of an effort to beef up aerospace technology and keep pace with China and other emerging powers. More »Japan mulls 2018 moon landing, seeks to keep up with rivals

  • BMW China plans to put WeChat in cars without relying on Tencent

    Reuters - 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    By Jake Spring SHANGHAI (Reuters) - BMW AG is working to integrate Tencent Holdings' popular WeChat messaging app into its cars in China and is planning to do it in a way that would not require the Internet giant to make changes to its software, its China R&D chief said. As the battle in the world's largest car market increasingly shifts to technology add-ons, auto executives say customers are clamouring for the app in their vehicles. WeChat, with about half a billion active monthly users, currently does not come pre-installed in cars in China. More »BMW China plans to put WeChat in cars without relying on Tencent

  • Chip designer ARM on track for year after encouraging first-quarter

    Reuters - 1 hour 57 minutes ago

    LONDON (Reuters) - ARM Holdings, the British chip designer whose technology powers Apple's iPhones, said it made an encouraging start to the year, with pretax profit up 24 percent, both just ahead of expectations. The company, which posted pretax profit of 120.5 million pounds, said it expected its royalty revenue in the second quarter to dip on the first, in line with industry seasonality after the busier holiday period, but overall revenue would be in line with market expectations, which stand at $354.6 million. (Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Kate Holton) More »Chip designer ARM on track for year after encouraging first-quarter

  • China's Huawei targets July launch for public cloud service in China

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] said on Tuesday it would launch its public cloud computing services for Chinese corporate customers in July, becoming the latest Chinese company to enter the fast-growing market. Speaking at Huawei's Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen on Tuesday, Huawei rotating chief executive Eric Xu did not name the Chinese telecom carrier with which it would partner to offer the service. Xu, however, said the strategy would not create competitive friction with Chinese carriers, which have already indicated they plan to offer public cloud services. Public cloud computing revenue in China is expected to approach $1 billion in 2015 and continue to grow at 33 percent a year for several years, according to consultancy IDC. More »China's Huawei targets July launch for public cloud service in China

  • Uber must face lawsuit claiming bias against blind riders

    Reuters - 7 hours ago

    Uber Technologies Inc must defend against a lawsuit accusing the popular ride-sharing service of discriminating against blind people by refusing to transport guide dogs, a federal judge ruled. In a decision late Friday night, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in San Jose, California, said the plaintiffs could pursue a claim that Uber is a "travel service" subject to potential liability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The judge rejected Uber's arguments that the plaintiffs, including the National Federation of the Blind of California, lacked standing to sue under the ADA and state laws protecting the disabled. Aaron Zisser, a lawyer for Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, California, which helped bring the case, said the plaintiffs are pleased with the decision. More »Uber must face lawsuit claiming bias against blind riders

  • Uber driver charged with assault on bicyclist in San Francisco

    Reuters - 7 hours ago

    A driver for the ride-sharing service Uber was charged with felony assault on Monday over accusations he ran over a bicyclist in retaliation for an altercation near the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, authorities said. Emerson Decarvalho, 38, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and faces arraignment in San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday, according to Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the San Francisco district attorney. Decarvalho, who resides in the San Francisco suburb of Daly City, had been driving in the same direction as a bicyclist on a busy street near the tourist hub of Fisherman’s Wharf on Sunday afternoon, said Officer Carlos Manfredi of the San Francisco Police Department. More »Uber driver charged with assault on bicyclist in San Francisco

  • Profits down at Rogers Communications as customers exit

    Reuters - 9 hours ago

    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Rogers Communications Inc posted an unexpected 17 percent drop in quarterly profit on Monday as the cable, phone and media company struggled to hold on to customers during a period of industry-wide turbulence. Rogers lost 26,000 net postpaid wireless subscribers, who typically spend much more than those who prepay for service. "They're going to have to prove themselves now," said Dave Heger, a senior equity analyst at Edward Jones. More »Profits down at Rogers Communications as customers exit

  • Google Search Change Could Cause 'Mobilegeddon'

    Sky News - 9 hours ago

    Google is due to make a major update to its mobile search algorithm on Tuesday, in a move expected to cause ripples across the web. Websites not deemed mobile-friendly will be dropped down the search rankings, dramatically reducing the number of visitors to a site. Microsoft and the European Union are among the organisations likely to be negatively affected by the changes to Google's secret search formula. People can check whether their website is classed as mobile-friendly by Google by entering the web address here . More »Google Search Change Could Cause 'Mobilegeddon'

  • IBM sales fall for 12th quarter, currency weighs

    Reuters - 10 hours ago

    (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp reported a 12 percent fall in first-quarter revenue as the technology company continues to shed unprofitable businesses to focus on cloud-computing initiatives. It was the 12th straight quarter that the Armonk, New York-based company reported a drop in quarterly revenue, including the effects of currency. IBM's revenue has been shrinking for three years now as the company sheds low-profit businesses such as cash registers, low-end servers and semiconductors and focuses on emerging areas such as security software and cloud services, but the new businesses have so far failed to make up for revenue lost to divestitures. Some top shareholders have sought help from activist investors to shake up the company, Reuters reported earlier this month IBM did say that it has generated $7.7 billion (5 billion pound) in total cloud revenue over the past 12 months, up sharply from the year before. More »IBM sales fall for 12th quarter, currency weighs

  • Humanoid robot starts work at Japanese department store

    Reuters - 11 hours ago

    Dressed in a kimono and smiling, Aiko Chihira greets shoppers at the entrance of Tokyo's Mitsukoshi department store. Developed by Toshiba last year, the robot made its debut at the store on Monday in a new role interacting with customers. "It would be good if we can have her provide guidance, or recommend various things in Chinese," said Hitoshi Tokuda, Toshiba's new business development division group manager. The robot is also programmed to do Japanese sign language. More »Humanoid robot starts work at Japanese department store

  • Fugitive fails to revive Facebook lawsuit, block criminal case

    Reuters - 12 hours ago

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday forcefully rejected the fugitive Paul Ceglia's effort to revive what U.S. prosecutors have called his fraudulent lawsuit to extort social media company Facebook Inc and its founder Mark Zuckerberg. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said "overwhelming forensic evidence" showed that a 2003 "Work for Hire" contract that Ceglia claimed entitled him to a 50 percent stake in Facebook was forged. Facebook's market value was about $226 billion as of Friday's market close. "We believe the facts plainly show that the Work for Hire contract is authentic." A spokeswoman for Facebook said: "We are pleased that the truth has prevailed." A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan declined to comment. More »Fugitive fails to revive Facebook lawsuit, block criminal case

  • ESPN says Verizon's new FiOS TV packages violate agreements

    Associated Press - 13 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Breaking up the cable-TV bundle won't be easy. More »ESPN says Verizon's new FiOS TV packages violate agreements

  • Raytheon to buy cybersecurity firm Websense in $1.9 billion deal

    Reuters - 17 hours ago

    U.S. arms maker Raytheon Co is buying network security provider Websense Inc from private equity firm Vista Equity Partners LLC in a $1.9 billion (1.27 billion pounds) deal, the latest in the fast-growing cybersecurity market. Several companies, including Sony Corp, Staples Inc, Home Depot Inc and Target Corp, have been targets of high-profile data thefts over the past two years. "We're seeing an exponential increase in the number of attacks by ultra-sophisticated attackers," Raytheon Chief Executive Thomas Kennedy told Reuters. More »Raytheon to buy cybersecurity firm Websense in $1.9 billion deal

  • Google Updates Android Wear Software In Apple Watch Battle

    Press Association - 18 hours ago

    In the week the Apple Watch goes on sale, Google has announced a major update to its own Android Wear software that runs on its range of smartwatches. More »Google Updates Android Wear Software In Apple Watch Battle

  • Groupon to sell 46 percent stake in Ticket Monster for $360 million

    Reuters - 19 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Groupon Inc said it would sell a 46 percent stake in Ticket Monster, its South Korean e-commerce business, to a partnership formed by KKR and Hong Kong-based Anchor Equity Partners for $360 million (241.4 million pounds). Groupon, which will retain a 41 percent stake in Ticket Monster after the deal closes, also approved a new $300 million share repurchase programme. (Reporting by Devika Krishna Kumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila) More »Groupon to sell 46 percent stake in Ticket Monster for $360 million

  • Sony unveils new Xperia phone even as it retrenches in mobile

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Sony Corp <6758.T> on Monday unveiled a new high-end Xperia handset featuring an aluminium frame and a 5.2-inch screen, showing it is still in the smartphone race even as it scales down its struggling mobile operations. The launch of the new flagship model comes amid a painful restructuring at the Japanese consumer electronics giant which has thrown the future of its smartphone division into doubt, with top executives saying an exit cannot be ruled out. Sony said the Xperia Z4 would be available in Japan around the middle of the year, though it did not provide a launch date, details on carrier partners or price. Hiroki Totoki, who was appointed last year to turn around the mobile unit, said Sony was targeting the upper end of the market where rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> and Apple Inc dominate. More »Sony unveils new Xperia phone even as it retrenches in mobile

  • Rakuten takes stake in Chinese online discount provider Fanli

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc said on Monday it bought a stake of less than 10 percent in Chinese online discount provider Fanli Inc, as it continues a push into overseas markets.  Rakuten - one of Japan's biggest online retailers - is trying to use its stronghold in its domestic market to transform itself from a pure e-commerce firm into a one-stop-site for a global audience, along the lines of Amazon.com Inc. The Fanli investment comes about a month after Rakuten bought U.S. eBook company OverDrive Inc for about $410 million (274 million pound). Rakuten did not disclose the size of the stake it bought in Fanli or how much it paid, and a spokesman declined to comment further. The investment valued Fanli at about $1 billion, according to a Rakuten statement. More »Rakuten takes stake in Chinese online discount provider Fanli

  • MtGox insolvent long before collapse - FT.com

    Reuters - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    MtGox, a bitcoin trading platform that collapsed early last year, was insolvent long before it went bankrupt because thieves practically cleaned it out, the Financial Times reported Sunday, citing a report by independent investigators. Findings by WizSec, an independent consulting firm, showed that bitcoins were periodically being stolen from the Tokyo-based exchange two years before its collapse, the newspaper reported online. More »MtGox insolvent long before collapse - FT.com

  • Researcher denied flight after tweet poking United security

    Associated Press - Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked. More »Researcher denied flight after tweet poking United security

  • DigitalGlobe unveils new tools for troops, others to use imagery

    Reuters - Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    By Andrea Shalal COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - DigitalGlobe Inc this week unveiled new Web-based tools that could help military troops, relief workers and others use its high-resolution satellite images, social media feeds and other data without needing massive bandwidth. The tools, which are in beta-testing now, give users access to complex data processing done in the cloud, including rapid analysis about everything from helicopter and paratrooper landing sites to social media usage in a specific area. Accessible on any cellphone, iPad or other portable device, the analytical tools can also be downloaded and cached for later use, even when there is no connectivity, DigitalGlobe Chief Technical Officer Walter Scott said. More »DigitalGlobe unveils new tools for troops, others to use imagery

  • Indonesia's Lippo appoints banks for initial $200 million e-commerce funding

    Reuters - Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group has appointed Credit Suisse and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to lead its first round of funding, worth $200 million (£133.6 million), for its e-commerce push. Lippo, controlled by the Riady family, has also chosen Rothschild as its financial adviser for the transaction. The funding will be used to "dominate e-commerce in Indonesia," it said in a statement on Monday. Lippo plans to launch payment, chat and other online services early next year as it expands in the nascent e-commerce industry of the world's fourth most populous country, director John Riady told Reuters last month. More »Indonesia's Lippo appoints banks for initial $200 million e-commerce funding

  • 300-Year-Old Clock Design Wins Guinness World Record For Accuracy

    Rob Waugh - Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    In the 18th century, the idea was dismissed as the mad ravings of an old man More »300-Year-Old Clock Design Wins Guinness World Record For Accuracy

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