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Webmail firms probe login 'leak'
Popular webmail providers including Gmail and Hotmail are investigating a report that millions of their users' login details are being shared online by a hacker.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 17:51:00 GMT
AUDIO: Google / NHS deal 'business as usual'
A data sharing agreement between Google and the NHS is "business as usual", according to an intensive care professor.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 09:58:24 GMT
Takata to double US airbag recall
Japanese airbag maker Takata has been forced to increase a recall after US authorities said they found further safety defects in its products.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 17:52:18 GMT
BT to invest £6bn in faster services
BT Group says it plans to invest £6bn in faster broadband and mobile services but Sky says the plan has 'limited ambition'.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 09:54:09 GMT
Quantum processor made available to all
Quantum processors are delicate and only available in high-end labs. IBM is letting anyone access one online.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 13:43:32 GMT
'Unmanned sewing machine' does surgery
An unmanned robot has successfully stitched together a pig's bowel, moving science a step closer to automated surgery, say experts.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 18:00:58 GMT
Mobile game 'helps dementia research'
Dementia researchers develop a video game they hope could further the development of diagnostic tests for the disease.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 13:56:13 GMT
Tesla boosts mass market car production
Electric carmaker Tesla Motors says it is on track to produce 500,000 vehicles in 2018, two years earlier than expected.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 22:31:36 GMT
Expert regrets Bitcoin 'creator' blog
A Bitcoin expert expresses regret about the way he blogged support for an Australian's claim to have invented the crypto-currency.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 11:43:36 GMT
Broadband ads 'mislead and must change'
The Advertising Standards Authority rules that broadband ads need to be clearer, following evidence the public do not understand current ones.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 10:43:04 GMT
Apple loses fight over 'iPhone' in China
A Chinese company is free to use the name "IPHONE" on its handbags and leather goods after Apple loses a trademark court ruling in China.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 16:00:31 GMT
App to store old family photos launched
Two British entrepreneurs launch an app to store old photographs that are gathering dust around the country.
Published: Tue, 03 May 2016 23:46:44 GMT
China's love affair with World of Warcraft
The decision to open the World of Warcraft movie in China is the culmination of a decade-long love affair between the game and the country, writes the BBC's Tessa Wong.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 06:47:43 GMT
VIDEO: Scuba diving robot explores shipwreck
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news
Published: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:08:43 GMT
VIDEO: US Air Force breaks maglev speed record
BBC Click's Stephen Beckett looks at some of the best of the week's technology news
Published: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:43:05 GMT
VIDEO: Could this camera change film-making?
The professional cinema camera which allows you to change the focus and perspective after filming.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 08:05:46 GMT
VIDEO: Video game 'speeds dementia research'
Dementia researchers develop a video game they hope could further the development of diagnostic tests for the disease.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 16:39:50 GMT
VIDEO: Dealing with Mexico City's rising smog
The air quality in Mexico City dropped to its worst level in 14 years this March. The BBC looks at some of the solutions for dealing with air pollution.
Published: Tue, 03 May 2016 23:42:16 GMT
VIDEO: The head giving you 3D VR sound
How a new take on an old technique could make virtual reality sound more immersive
Published: Tue, 03 May 2016 10:40:56 GMT
VIDEO: WhatsApp blocked by judge in Brazil
A judge in Brazil has blocked access to messaging service WhatsApp for 72 hours.
Published: Tue, 03 May 2016 04:09:15 GMT
VIDEO: Bitcoin scientist backs founder's claim
Gavin Andresen, chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation, speaks about the revelation that an Australian businessman was the founder of Bitcoin.
Published: Mon, 02 May 2016 17:12:42 GMT
VIDEO: Bitcoin 'creator': 'I want to be left alone'
Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright says he is Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.
Published: Mon, 02 May 2016 06:59:55 GMT
VIDEO: Disrupting deliveries in Nairobi
Can Sendy take on the giants of delivery in Nairobi with the sharing economy?
Published: Mon, 02 May 2016 23:21:32 GMT
Will building sites be run by robots?
How drones, autonomous bulldozers and 3D printing are transforming construction
Published: Tue, 03 May 2016 23:42:22 GMT
Can technology help build a perfect country?
Can technology help build a perfect country?
Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:14:32 GMT
Eureka! How to make discoveries at the speed of light
How cloud computing helps us discover at the speed of light
Published: Mon, 02 May 2016 23:16:45 GMT
The long search for Satoshi Nakamoto
The long search for the real person behind Bitcoin
Published: Mon, 02 May 2016 09:14:37 GMT
Can we trust cloud providers to keep our data safe?
Is our data more secure in the cloud?
Published: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:00:05 GMT
'David v Goliath' corporate name battles
The battle over corporate names
Published: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:34:11 GMT
China's push for driverless cars accelerates
China's push for driverless cars accelerates
Published: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:00:39 GMT
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Half of teens think they're addicted to smartphones
Published: Tue, 03 May 2016 09:53:11 EDT
Brazil blocks WhatsApp
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 00:36:57 EDT
Met Gala 2016: Fashion veers into tech on the red carpet
Featuring a flurry of silver, lustrous and futuristic looks, the fashion elite gathered Monday evening for the Met Museum's annual black-tie extravaganza.
Published: Tue, 03 May 2016 16:44:32 EDT
Weasel knocks out CERN's particle accelerator
The largest scientific experiment has gone offline because of a foreign intruder. Popular: Radical Islam in America | Graham Opposes Republican Leader | Guns in America
Published: Tue, 03 May 2016 09:54:17 EDT
Three Earth-like planets discovered orbiting dwarf star
For the first time, researchers have discovered three potentially habitable, Earth-like worlds orbiting an ultracool dwarf star 40 light-years away in another star system, according to a study published in the journal Nature.
Published: Tue, 03 May 2016 09:55:11 EDT
Are we finally, really going to Mars?
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 16:50:24 EDT
China gets in the genetic breakthrough business
Published: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:03:43 EDT
New order? China restaurant debuts robot waiters
Published: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:21:35 EDT
Why we need a cyber wall
Published: Tue, 03 May 2016 08:33:22 EDT
We're not as doomed as you think
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Published: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:12:36 EDT
No tolerance: Drones near planes
Published: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:04:52 EDT
The bike that breaks all the rules
Published: Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:51:41 EDT
How real is hypersonic aircraft revolution?
Published: Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:58:49 EST
How technology could change moviegoing
Published: Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:59:19 EDT
Inflatable 'bedroom' attached to space station
Published: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:43:32 EDT
Searching for another Earth
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Published: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:46:54 EDT
Spacecraft finds bright craters on Ceres
Ceres, the dwarf planet that lies between Jupiter and Mars, has some shiny features.
Published: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:22:26 EDT
SpaceX makes historic rocket landing
Published: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:54:57 EDT
NASA's Kepler spacecraft stable after cosmic scare
After three days in emergency mode, NASA's Kepler spacecraft is stable again -- prompting sighs of relief 75 million miles away.
Published: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:03:40 EDT
Yuri Gagarin became first man in space 55 years ago
Published: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:53:54 EDT
Space probe finds 72 new objects near Earth
Published: Thu, 07 Apr 2016 15:27:50 EDT
New Horizons team proposes new world to explore
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Published: Mon, 02 May 2016 17:36:59 EDT
Powerful lasers fired up for space exploration
It's the kind of laser show you'd expect from the Death Star, only there are four of them.
Published: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:26:30 EDT
'Super-Earth' is super hot, NASA telescope discovers
Published: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:20:53 EDT
The biggest and brightest supernova ever?
Published: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:14:17 EDT
First flower grown in space?
Published: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:23:13 EST
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Big data breaches found at major email services : expert
Hundreds of millions of hacked user names and passwords for email accounts and other websites are being traded in Russia's criminal underworld, a security expert told Reuters. The discovery of 272.3 million stolen accounts included a majority of users of Mail.ru , Russia's most popular email service, and smaller fractions of Google , Yahoo and Microsoft email users, said Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security. It is one of the biggest stashes of stolen credentials to be uncovered since cyber attacks hit major U.S. banks and retailers two years ago.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 11:09:10 -0400
India rejects Apple's plan to import used iPhones
By Himank Sharma MUMBAI (Reuters) - India has rejected a plan by Apple Inc to import used iPhones, two telecoms ministry officials said, a blow to the U.S. tech giant that has been seeking to revive waning sales of its flagship smartphones. Apple sells what it calls refurbished iPhones at a discount in some countries, including the United States. Extending this practice to India would have likely helped it increase its share in one of the world's fastest growing smartphone markets against competitors with much cheaper offerings.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 03:57:49 -0400
Facebook pays $10,000 to 10-year-old Instagram hacker
Social media giant Facebook has paid a $10,000 reward to a 10-year-old Finnish boy for finding a glitch in its picture sharing app Instagram. Jani, whose last name was not released for privacy reasons, is the youngest ever recipient of Facebook's "bug bounty", paid to users who find bugs or weaknesses in its platforms. "I wanted to see if Instagram's comment field could stand malicious code.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 09:56:16 -0400
U.S. tech firms urge presidential candidates to embrace trade, high-tech visas
By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thirteen U.S. industry groups representing technology companies Amazon.com Inc , Uber Technologies Inc, Apple Inc , Facebook Inc and others are pushing for the next U.S. president to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and to make it easier to hire high-tech workers from abroad, according to a joint letter seen by Reuters. Ahead of the Republican and Democratic conventions in July, the tech industry plans to issue on Wednesday an open letter charting a dozen policy recommendations for the candidates running in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 19:11:26 -0400
YouTube plans online TV service: Bloomberg
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's YouTube is working on a paid subscription service called Unplugged that would offer customers a bundle of cable TV channels streamed over the Internet, Bloomberg reported. The project is slated to debut as soon as 2017, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the plan. (http://bloom.bg/1NWzyDn) YouTube has discussed these plans with most media companies, including Comcast Corp's NBCUniversal, Viacom Inc, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc and CBS Corp, but has yet to secure any rights, according to Bloomberg. ...
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 19:52:41 -0400
China commerce regulator to launch e-commerce clean-up: People's Daily
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's commerce regulator will launch a campaign to clean up e-commerce, the official People's Daily said on Thursday, a move that could affect operators of online marketplaces and retailers, such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and JD.com Inc. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce said the campaign would run from May to November, the paper said. (Reporting by Paul Carsten; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 05:39:32 -0400
Nearly 80 percent of Reddit threads with more than a thousand comments mention Hitler
Just as the second law of thermodynamics means that the Universe trends towards disorder, so Godwin's law dictates that online discussions must trend towards Hitler. Pseudonymous statistician Curious Gnu has compiled a database of Reddit threads covering some 4.6 million comments, and scanned them for mentions of the words "Hitler" or "Nazi." After removing history subreddits from the data, Gnu found that once a thread hit 101 comments there's roughly a 15 percent chance of a Hitler mention. In its most common wording, the law specifies that there will be a comparison made to Hitler or the Nazis, and due to entirely understandable time constraints, Gnu's data does not account for the context these words appear in ? only that they appear at all.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 05:46:53 -0400
Periscope #saves your broadcasts beyond 24 hours
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 05:35:00 -0400
BT pledges £6 billion for superfast broadband and 4G upgrades
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 05:10:00 -0400
Microsoft's hover gestures for Windows phones are magnificent
Microsoft had been planning to introduce a unique 3D Touch feature with a flagship Windows phone back in 2014. While the device was canceled, the work behind Microsoft's Kinect-like gestures lives on. Microsoft had been planning to use a number of sensors on the sides of a device to detect how a phone is held by grip, allowing 3D Touch-enabled phones to block an orientation switch when you're lying down in bed.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 05:09:18 -0400
London buses can use your location to deliver travel updates wrapped in ads
London's double-decker buses are already used as mobile billboards around the city, but their interiors deliver ads to smartphones too. Since March this year, Bluetooth-powered beacon technology has been used to send ads to passengers' mobiles, capitalizing on what marketers call "dwell time" ? the 17 minutes of doing nothing it takes for the average bus journey in London. Although using technology to track users' location and deliver targeted ads has implications for privacy, the scope of the project is limited ? it only works if users are using a specific app, and there are loads of travel apps for London.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 04:55:22 -0400
Special microchip can prevent kidney damage from medication
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 04:28:00 -0400
Factbox: How digital farming tools boost efficiency and yields
(Reuters) - Global pesticides, seeds and fertilizer companies may be forced to re-engineer their business models as farmers adopt specialist technology that helps maximize harvests while reducing the use of crop chemicals.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 04:23:02 -0400
Digital farming could spell shake-up for crop chemicals sector
(Corrects May 4 story to show AgFunder is an online investment platform, not a market research firm, paragraph 19.) By Ludwig Burger IRLBACH, Germany (Reuters) - Global pesticides, seeds and fertilizer companies may be forced to re-engineer their business models as farmers adopt specialist technology that helps maximize harvests while reducing the use of crop chemicals. "If our only goal is to sell as much inputs as possible by the liters of chemicals, I think we would have a real problem going forward," said Liam Condon, head of Crop Science at Bayer, the world's second-largest pesticides supplier. Rivals are also investing in digital farming with the aim of generating service revenues that could offset any future drop in chemicals volumes.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 04:23:02 -0400
The stunning landscapes of Uncharted 4: A Thief?s End
The newest Uncharted is the series? debut on the PlayStation 4, and the move to new hardware really shows. Uncharted games have always been beautiful, but Uncharted 4 is just stunning; the characters move in a way that feels real, and their faces look, well, human. It?s impressive to watch.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 03:01:02 -0400
Uncharted 4 is one big action movie cliche ? and it?s amazing
In each Uncharted game there?s one moment that you can point to and say ?that might have been the most insane action set piece I?ve ever seen in a game.? In Uncharted 2, series hero Nathan Drake has to climb his way out of a train that?s dangling precariously over a cliff, while Uncharted has him escaping a cargo plane just before it drops out of the sky.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 03:01:02 -0400
Google's neural network is binge reading romance novels
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 02:59:00 -0400
Periscope users can now save their live streamed broadcasts forever
Periscope's live streamed broadcasts have become a lot more permanent. Users of the Twitter-owned app can now choose to save their videos forever, CEO Kayvon Beykpour announced on the platform last night, changing the previous policy that saw broadcasts disappear after 24 hours. Users who want to keep their live streamed broadcasts can now put "#save" in the title to keep their videos online forever, disappearing only if they choose to delete the entire video at some point in the future.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 02:04:15 -0400
St. Vincent and Peter Gabriel are advising medical music initiative The Sync Project
Peter Gabriel, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark), Jon Hopkins, and Esa-Pekka Salonen are going to help The Sync Project ? the initiative headed up by former Nokia design head Marko Ahtisaari ? explore the future of musical medicine. While they represent a wide range of musical styles and experiences ? Gabriel and Clark are art-rock veterans, Hopkins is an accomplished electronic producer, and Salonen conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra ? Ahtisaari is more interested in their value as thinkers than their musical bona fides. "We're very much looking for musicians and creators who have an active relationship with technology," says Ahtisaari.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 02:00:03 -0400
Icky game 'The Binding Of Isaac' gets console expansion on May 10th
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 01:33:00 -0400
The people who made Siri are readying another big leap in AI
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 00:49:00 -0400
World Video Game Hall of Fame prepares to induct 2016 class
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) ? Last year, "Super Mario Bros." and "Pong" were among the first inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 00:38:12 -0400
In San Andreas, Google's self-driving car still needs some work
Google might have just signed a deal with Chrysler to build self-driving minivans, but it'll be a few years before you'll be able to actually buy one. Google's self-driving car is there too, thanks to the work of a modder. This "news report" shows how well Google's self-driving car handles the San Andreas traffic.
Published: Thu, 05 May 2016 00:02:33 -0400
Surgical robot could sew you up better than a doctor
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 23:52:00 -0400
Every ?Star Wars? fan will love this epic Lego Imperial Star Destroyer
Happy May the 4th, Star Wars fans! May the 4th is almost over but you still have time to check out this awesome Star Destroyer that?s made out of over 70 pounds of Lego pieces and that has a three-level interior with characters, ships and removable sections. DON?T MISS: Amazon's 11 best deals: $299 Nextbit Robin, jumping drone, discounted laptops and more The design is inspired by the 2014 Lego Star Destroyer Set, but Imgur user doomhandle came up with something that?s vastly superior to the commercial set. His Tyrant Imperial Star Destroyer measures 56 inches (1.4m) and it?s 20 times the size of the official Star Destroyer set. The custom Star Destroyer was built using Lego components, except for a couple of strings of LED lighting. The imposing structure has an elaborate and incredibly detailed design both on the outside and the inside. That said, the creator took various liberties with the overall design, but the result is still spectacular. ?I took some liberties with the back of the ship ? oh well, official representations of the ship differ a lot as well,? doomhandle wrote on Imgur. He also customized the characters inside the ship. ?I don't like building things for actual movie characters because their stories already have been told. So I make up my own characters instead,? he wrote. As for disassembling the ship? It?s fairly easy, and you can quickly get access to the three levels inside, complete with a TIE fighter hanger, as well as various other ships. The result is an amazing creation that Star Wars fans will certainly love ? check out the entire 45-image gallery below.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 22:45:27 -0400
Get ready for the new 'Battlefield' game with free DLC
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 22:43:00 -0400
Over one million people swiped right for premium Tinder
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 22:06:00 -0400
The Obamas celebrate Star Wars Day with a stormtrooper dance party
Nobody is safe from Star Wars on May the 4th ? not even the Emperor President. The White House has posted a cute little video to celebrate the day that shows Barack and Michelle Obama dancing to "Uptown Funk" alongside a duo of stormtroopers. R2-D2 is there too, and it appears to be on DJ duty, repurposing its holoprojectors to blast out the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars track and spinning his head back and forth with the music.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 21:57:32 -0400
DARPA wants your help tracking malicious hackers
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 21:28:00 -0400
In this MMO, your character actually ages and dies
Realism versus fun is a very difficult balance for a game developer to strike. As technology improves, gamers want to see lifelike environments, impressive physics engines and animations on par with the best that Pixar has to offer. But they also want to be able to get shot 700 times over the course of a 6 hour campaign and somehow only die two or three times. It's a dilemma, to say the least, which is why we often don't feel the stakes of the story. So what's one surefire way to get players to make the most of their decisions in a game? Give them a death sentence. DON'T MISS: Xbox E3 2016 plans have been revealed ? here?s everything you need to know Earlier this week, Soulbound Studios launched a Kickstarter campaign for a massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) called Chronicles of Elyria . There are countless MMOs already on the market, but this one has a twist. In a standard MMO , players create their characters and then proceed to complete quests, gather loot and upgrade the characters until they either get bored or the servers shut down. In Chronicles of Elyria , the characters actually grow old and die, at which point the player has to make a new character. As the developers explain it, a typical character will last for 10-14 real-world months. Each time the player "dies" in the game (by falling off a cliff, getting slain by an enemy, etc.), the overall lifespan of the character is shortened by a couple of days. Immersion is clearly the key for Soulbound Studios, which is why your character still roams the in-game world even after you log off. AI scripts built into the game allow you to "train skills, run your shop, and defend yourself while you're AFK." These are just a few of the multitudinous ways Chronicles of Elyria separates itself from the pack. Others include player-created quests, a total lack of world maps or mini-maps, elements lifted from survival games and a business model that allows players to pay for each individual life they live in the game. For more information, be sure to check out the game's Kickstarter .
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 21:15:10 -0400
FormBox brings a vacuum-forming factory to your home
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 20:48:00 -0400
Robot stitches tissue by itself, a step to more automated OR
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Getting stitched up by Dr. Robot may one day be reality: Scientists have created a robotic system that did just that in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 20:39:49 -0400
Apple?s next big iPhone growth plan faces some big hurdles
Apple last quarter sold 51.1 million iPhones, an impressive figure to be sure, but markedly lower than the 61.1 million iPhones it sold during the same quarter a year-ago. And while there are cogent explanations that put the iPhone's year over year sales decline into context, analysts and pundits - as is seemingly their nature - are opting to willfully ignore them and have instead taken to calling for Tim Cook's ouster . While the notion of getting rid of a CEO who helped generate more revenue in a single quarter than Google, Microsoft and Facebook combined is nonsensical, the reality is Apple, at some point in the near future, will need to demonstrate to investors that there's still a lot of life left in the iPhone. DON'T MISS: Amazon?s 11 best deals: $299 Nextbit Robin, jumping drone, discounted laptops and more A boost in iPhone sales can come from any number of sources. Of course, the most obvious source is the upcoming release of the iPhone 7, a device which may very well usher in a huge upgrade cycle. Another avenue for increased iPhone sales - and one which Apple has been championing to investors - is a focused expansion in India. With over 1.2 billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world. And seeing as how iPhone sales exploded once Apple expanded into China, Tim Cook recently has been intimating that Apple may experience the same boost once the company's expansion plans in India are realized. At the surface, this line of thinking makes sense. A deeper examination, however, demonstrates that the market realities that made Apple's foray into China such a stunning success don't exist in parallel in India. First off, Apple was recently rebuffed in its efforts to sell used (read: cheaper) iPhones in India. As an emerging smartphone market, Apple was hoping to flood India with refurbished iPhone models to help it compete against more affordably priced models from handset rivals. But for whatever reason, the Indian government last week rejected Apple's plan. Thankfully for Apple, they just released the iPhone SE which, while not as cheap as, say, a used iPhone 5s, is much more affordable than the company's flagship iPhone 6s devices. Second, the economic environment in India is not the same in China. India may have more than 1 billion people, but the percentage of individuals who can afford an iPhone is much smaller than it was in China when the iPhone launched there. To this point, Roopesh Chander writes : I think Tim Cook?s outlook on the Indian market is a little too optimistic. Firstly, iPhone sales in India were never really hampered by the inavailability of LTE (or 4G as they call it here in India). Anyone who can afford an iPhone in India has access to a fast broadband internet either at home or at work, probably both. ... Third, India is indeed looking a bit like how China was in 2005 in terms of GDP per capita, but India has far less number of people who can afford an iPhone than China does. The addressable market for Apple in India is tiny, and is growing quite slowly 1. Of that, those who can afford the current year flagship will constitute a miniscule number compared to China. Chander also points us to some interesting data from Pew Research which notes that less than 2% of Indians earn more than $20 a day. All that said, Apple has a tough road ahead in India, and an expanded presence there is by no means a guarantee that Apple will see a discernible uptick in iPhone sales.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 20:30:32 -0400
Hackers are trading millions of Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo logins
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 20:06:00 -0400
Twitter updates its Mac app with Moments and poll support
Twitter is doing what it can to make its Mac app more appealing. Moments, first introduced back in October, is designed to make Twitter more palatable for the causal user. Having Moments on the Mac app is a plus, as it's one of the biggest of a slew of changes Twitter has made over the last year in an attempt to make its service more welcoming.
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 19:48:13 -0400
Fitbit says 'exciting' new products are coming by end of year
Fitbit CEO James Park said during the company's first-quarter earnings call today that it is planning on introducing "exciting new products" heading into the holiday season this year, though Park didn't specify exactly what those Fitbit products will be. It's not a huge surprise, since trademark filings released last week suggested that Fitbit might be looking to add to its current product lineup. It was a better-than-expected quarter for Fitbit: the company beat revenue expectations, with $505.4 million in revenue for the first quarter (which was also a 50 percent year-over-year increase).
Published: Wed, 04 May 2016 18:56:07 -0400
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'Like' it or not: 10 things Facebook changed in 10 years
Ten years ago Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg launched ?The Facebook? from his Harvard dorm. Since then, the site has gone on to redefine our lives online.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:10:58 GMT
Senate grills Target CFO on data breach
Target CFO John Mulligan faced a Senate judiciary committee on Tuesday to answer tough questions about last year's massive breach that involved 40 million credit cards.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 17:04:13 GMT
Democratic lawmakers want to bring Net neutrality back to life
Democrats in Congress have introduced a bill that would restore Net neutrality regulations, less than a month after a court decision struck them down. "It basically says, 'Remember the court decision from a couple of weeks ago?
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:33:05 GMT
Some developers balk as Apple cracks down on apps that track user info
Apple is cracking down on apps that collect certain information about its users. While that might make privacy advocates happy, developers are less than thrilled.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:58:36 GMT
FBI: Give us your malware, your worms
The FBI has put out a request for experts in the cybersecurity industry to send in all the malware they can. In a solicitation published this week on fedbizopps.gov, the intelligence agency asks for "a rollup of sharable malware" for research purposes ? or so they say.
Published: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 00:11:05 GMT
Sexting stats: Half of adults' phones contain intimate content
Smartphone users are scandalous! A new study shows more than half of adults have sent or received ... ahem , intimate content on their mobile devices.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:14:18 GMT
AT&T slashes prices for some family plans
AT&T is the latest to cut prices in the wireless carrier wars. This time around, AT&T focused on family plans. The lower prices include 10 gigabytes of data per month, plus unlimited voice and texting.
Published: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:53:21 GMT