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Tech groups told Europe funds 'on pause'
Tech companies express concern over the current freeze on allocating crucial European funding in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:09:52 GMT

Osram Lightify light bulbs 'vulnerable to hack'
Security researchers discover nine vulnerabilities in a range of internet-connected light bulbs made by Osram.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:26:59 GMT

Apple sees iPhone sales drop again but beats forecasts
Apple reports a second consecutive quarter of falling iPhone sales, but the 15% drop was not as bad as analysts had feared.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:21:30 GMT

Twitter reports slowest revenue growth since 2013
Twitter has reported its slowest quarterly sales growth in three years, as the company fends off competition from a growing number of social media sites.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:58:00 GMT

Blackberry battles on with Dtek50 Android phone
Blackberry releases its first touchscreen-only Android handset, in a bid to diversify its range of devices.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:27:14 GMT

Councils demand reassurance on universal broadband pledge
Councils urge the government to "reaffirm its commitment" to a minimum broadband speed to stop thousands falling into a "digital twilight zone".
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:39:21 GMT

O2 customer data sold on dark net
O2 customer data is being sold by criminals on the dark net, the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned.
Published: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:00:03 GMT

Wireless keyboards 'easy' to snoop on
Many wireless keyboards do little to stop the data they transmit being intercepted, a cybersecurity firm has warned.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:29:04 GMT

EU watchdogs permit Privacy Shield to run for one year
The new EU-US data-sharing agreement will be able to run for at least a year, European regulators announce.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:17:15 GMT

Amazon to test drone deliveries in UK
The UK government's getting together with the retail giant Amazon, to start testing flying drones that can deliver parcels to your door.
Published: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:02:06 GMT

Facebook 'anti-spam systems' blocked Democrat emails dump
Facebook says its anti-spam filters were to blame for its website briefly blocking access to internal emails from US Democratic Party committee members published by Wikileaks.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:29:48 GMT

BT avoids Openreach broadband break-up
BT's Openreach division, which runs the UK's broadband infrastructure, should become a distinct company, but not be split off from the BT group, says regulator Ofcom.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:00:19 GMT

Ransomware advice service to tackle extortion gangs
European police agency Europol teams up with cybersecurity companies in an initiative aimed at slowing an "exponential" rise in ransomware.
Published: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:32:30 GMT

Flipkart's Myntra to buy online shopping rival Jabong
Indian online shopping giant Flipkart buys rival fashion shopping site Jabong in an e-commerce sector experiencing increasing competition.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:44:48 GMT

Piracy site owner settles $50m lawsuit
The owner of piracy site Isohunt agrees to settle a lawsuit with Music Canada for $50m (£38m).
Published: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:09:30 GMT

1.6m Clash of Kings forum accounts 'stolen'
Details about 1.6 million users on the Clash of Kings online forum are hacked, a breach notification site claims.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:53:39 GMT

Nintendo shares plunge on Pokemon profit fears
Shares in Japanese gaming giant Nintendo fall sharply as the firm says the success of Pokemon Go will only have a limited impact on its earnings.
Published: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:29:27 GMT

The legacy of TV's Robot Wars
Robot Wars judge Noel Sharkey shares his memories of the programme.
Published: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:21:52 GMT

US copyright law faces legal challenge
Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) attempts to overturn parts of US copyright law which, it says, are unconstitutional.
Published: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:08:02 GMT

Players probe Elite game space mystery
Elite Dangerous gamers are working feverishly to decipher a puzzle uncovered by one player of the space simulation.
Published: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:01:32 GMT

Snowden designs phone case to spot hack attacks
A smartphone case that tells its owner when their phone has been hacked is being designed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Published: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:31:37 GMT

Pokemon Go finally launches in Japan
Nintendo's Pokemon Go is now available for players in Japan, the birthplace of the little monsters, says game developer Niantic Labs.
Published: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:43:06 GMT

US man jailed over bitcoin fraud scheme
A Texan man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for running a fraudulent Ponzi-style scheme based around the Bitcoin virtual currency.
Published: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:47:46 GMT

Japan 'to stop making VCR machines'
The last videocassette recorder (VCR) in Japan is to be produced by the end of the month, according to the Nikkei newspaper.
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:06:20 GMT

Desktop banking use falls, as users switch to apps
The use of internet banking on a computer has fallen for the first time, as users switch to mobile apps, according to the banking industry.
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:00:58 GMT

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu live action movie confirmed
A live action Pokemon movie is to begin production in 2017, Legendary Entertainment has confirmed.
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:29:41 GMT

More misery for BT broadband users after new power cut
BT and Plusnet users were unable to access some websites again, after problems with the service yesterday.
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:40:02 GMT

Tinder launches group dates feature
Tinder now allows groups of friends to meet up - a feature one expert says risks turning it into an "orgy app".
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:00:11 GMT

Valve tackles Counter Strike gambling sites
Game maker Valve is threatening to shut down sites that use add-ons for its Counter Strike game to gamble.
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:39:29 GMT

Mozilla to block Flash in Firefox browser
Mozilla is planning to end full support for Adobe's Flash software in its Firefox browser from next month.
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:27:41 GMT

France data authority criticises Windows 10 over privacy
Windows 10 gathers an "excessive" amount of personal data on users, the French data authority says in a formal notice about the operating system.
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:12:34 GMT

Cleric flags fatwa against Pokemon
A leading Saudi cleric has urged followers to shun Pokemon Go because of a fatwa against it.
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:18:27 GMT

File-sharing 'mastermind' arrested in Poland
US authorities have charged a Ukrainian man alleged to be the mastermind of the world's biggest online piracy website.
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:46:14 GMT

What will stop Tumblr's tumble?
Three years have passed since Yahoo bought micro-blogging site Tumblr, but it is not the goldmine it once hoped.
Published: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:10:34 GMT

Nearly six million fraud and cyber crimes last year, ONS says
Almost six million fraud and cyber crimes were committed last year in England and Wales, new figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest.
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:36:38 GMT

Google tests ads that load faster and use less power
Google reveals it is building new technology to make ads appear more quickly and use less battery power.
Published: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:50:44 GMT

BT fault hits broadband users and banks
BT acknowledges that its customers experienced broadband faults. Banks were also affected.
Published: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:54:59 GMT

Leslie Jones Twitter row: Breitbart editor banned over abuse
A senior editor with the conservative website Breitbart is banned from Twitter after abuse was directed at a star of the new Ghostbusters film.
Published: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:35:59 GMT

Google uses AI to save on electricity from data centres
Its artificial intelligence division, DeepMind, has cut Google's data centres' energy consumption by 15%, using a machine-learning algorithm.
Published: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:01:48 GMT

Drivers battle Uber over employment rights
Cab hire service Uber has been taken to an employment tribunal by two of its drivers who claim it is acting unlawfully by not offering holiday and sick pay.
Published: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:41:13 GMT

Navy sonar broke whale protection laws, says US court
A US appeals court has ruled that sonar approved for use by the US Navy broke marine laws.
Published: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:24:15 GMT

BBC+ app gathers together content in personalised hub
The BBC launches a new app that presents a selection of the broadcaster's online content chosen to appeal to each user's interests.
Published: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:57:10 GMT

Microsoft's cloud unit boosts profits
Microsoft reported substantial growth in its cloud computing unit, which helped to boost quarterly profits.
Published: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:11:31 GMT

WhatsApp in Brazil back in action after suspension
WhatsApp in Brazil is operating again after it was temporarily suspended for failing to hand over information requested in a criminal investigation.
Published: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:31:24 GMT

Pokemon Go: Bosnia players warned of minefields
Players of the hugely popular mobile game Pokemon Go in Bosnia are warned to avoid areas where landmines lie unexploded from the war in the 1990s.
Published: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 21:33:02 GMT

Germany mulls self-drive car 'black box'
Germany is considering introducing a black-box-style data recorder for autonomous cars to help investigators in the event of an accident.
Published: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:38:25 GMT

Nintendo rally sees its market value soar past Sony
Think of a Japanese tech giant, a truly global player made in Japan - Sony, you say? Well, think again. Or rather - think Nintendo instead.
Published: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:18:06 GMT

BT must 'put its house in order' - MPs
MPs strongly criticise telecoms giant BT in a new report, which accuses it of "significantly under investing" in Openreach, the division responsible for most of the country's broadband roll-out.
Published: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:12:42 GMT

Why Google DeepMind wants your medical records
Google has made headlines for its forays into healthcare but what is its ultimate goal?
Published: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 23:05:17 GMT

What is ARM and why is it worth £24bn?
ARM's technology is at the heart of millions of smartphones and tablets - but the company's inventions are used wider still.
Published: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:24:36 GMT

Netflix price rises prompt subscribers to turn off
Netflix shares fall sharply after the video streaming firm added fewer subscribers than expected ahead of US prices rises.
Published: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:36:35 GMT

How Pokemon Go took over the web
A dive into the data showing the popularity of the monster-hunting mobile game Pokemon Go.
Published: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:15:53 GMT

Yahoo: Still no buyer as losses widen to $440m
Yahoo gave no update on attempts to sell its core internet business as the firm slumped to a $440m (£332m) loss in the second quarter.
Published: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:50:24 GMT

Microsoft to miss 'one billion' Windows 10 target
Microsoft says it will miss a target of getting Windows 10 running on more than one billion devices by 2018.
Published: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:37:01 GMT

Social media harms moral development, parents say
A majority of parents in the UK believe social media harms their children's moral development, a survey suggests.
Published: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:11:40 GMT

Train game parodies 'shambolic' railway
Web developers create an online game where players cancel Southern Rail trains and take profits from passengers.
Published: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:29:31 GMT

Melbourne students' 'sexualised' Instagram posts spark anger
Two students at an elite Melbourne school are suspended and police are investigating after an Instagram account giving sexual ratings to pupils sparks anger.
Published: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 03:49:01 GMT

UK robot cars to challenge Google
A British firm develops autonomous car software that it hopes will be used by a variety of vehicle manufacturers.
Published: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:48:57 GMT

German police target hate crime in co-ordinated raids
German police carry out raids on 60 addresses, targeting people suspected of posting hate content on social media.
Published: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:43:25 GMT

Pokemon Go: Sex offender caught playing game with child
A registered child sex offender is arrested after being caught playing Pokemon Go with a child outside a courthouse in the US state of Indiana.
Published: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:44:23 GMT

Hacker gets two years in jail for celebrity 'swatting'
A US hacker who put the personal data of celebrities and officials online has been sentenced to two years in jail.
Published: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:06:34 GMT

World?s last VCR maker presses stop and ejects
The journalist Sarfraz Manzoor mourns the end of the VHS video recorder.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:06:46 GMT

Postal deliveries: A drone's eye view
Drones delivering our shopping could become a reality across Britain, says the BBC's Transport correspondent Richard Westcott.
Published: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:01:59 GMT

China to adopt new app rules to monitor user accounts
China's internet authorities will enforce new rules to tighten their grip on the rapidly growing app market in the mainland, demanding that all app providers adopt real-name registration for users and keep their activity logs for at least 60 days.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:42:39 GMT

Jackrabbot: Why this robot is watching how you move
A robot which is learning how to move through pedestrian environments is being developed by Stanford University
Published: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:47:30 GMT

Children make 3D-printed boot for penguin and other news
BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:28:56 GMT

Lily Cole's advice to tech start-ups
Model, actor and entrepreneur Lily Cole offers the business advice she wishes she had been given before she started out, for the BBC News series CEO Secrets.
Published: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:26:33 GMT

Pirate sites are 'affecting dance music in a bad way'
Pirate Download Stores imitate legal sites and fool people into thinking subscription fees are paid to the industry.
Published: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:37:40 GMT

Pokemon Go: Where might you catch 'em all in Japan?
The wait is over and Pokemon Go has launched in Japan, the birthplace of the phenomenon - so where might the monsters be hiding out?
Published: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 01:45:46 GMT

The hamster-powered drawing machine and other tech news
BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news
Published: Thu, 07 Jul 2016 23:30:58 GMT

The bottle that empties every drop of soap and other news
BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news
Published: Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:52:35 GMT

Microsoft's hi-tech mosquito trap and other tech news
BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news
Published: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:31:26 GMT

The robot that can play badminton
BBC Click's Jen Copestake takes on a robot in a game of badminton
Published: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:02:31 GMT

Digital divide
There are strong social divisions in how young people use digital technology at home, according to international research from the OECD.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:06:07 GMT

Hunting ground
The interconnectivity of people on social media means it is a perfect hunting ground for cybercriminals looking to do harm.
Published: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:05:24 GMT

R.I.P. VHS
VHS has come unspooled. It's been taped over. The screen has filled with static, then gone blank.
Published: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:16:00 GMT

Read this, not that
As publishers struggle to attract eyeballs in the face of increasing competition from online content, can artificial intelligence help them?
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:09:36 GMT

Soldering on
Meet the growing number of type 1 diabetics who are building their own unapproved, open source monitoring systems.
Published: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:53:54 GMT

'Flying' boat
Could F1 and aeronautical tech help Sir Ben Ainslie's 'flying' catamaran win the America's Cup?
Published: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:31:28 GMT

Social coup
How smartphones and social media played a pivotal role in Turkey's failed coup, and the plotters failed to realise the crucial role of modern communications.
Published: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:24:48 GMT

Empire strikes back
Technology that makes audiences feel like they are in the movie, rather than just watching it, is helping cinemas sell more tickets at higher prices.
Published: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:02:34 GMT

Game changer
It's early days for Pokemon Go, but some believe the app marks a turning point in mobile video games.
Published: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:28:43 GMT

What is Line?
You might not have heard of Line, but the Japanese equivalent of Whatsapp is set to go public. Here's what you need to know about the company.
Published: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:30:35 GMT

The sound of me
As global banking giant Citi begins to roll out voice biometrics to 15 million Asian customers, we look at the pros and cons of this form of security.
Published: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:14:24 GMT

Pikachu's back
Did a player really find a dead body? Why is Pikachu a thing again? What even is this Pokemon Go?
Published: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:10:19 GMT

How HoloLens is helping Nasa design the next Mars rover
Nasa has teamed up with Microsoft to help scientists collaborate on Mars research
Published: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:28:49 GMT

Technology explained: What is augmented reality?
Millions of people are playing Pokemon Go - a mobile game that blends the real world with computer graphics.
Published: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:02:38 GMT

Inside a factory making robot waiters and waitresses
Meet the people making robot waiters and waitresses for restaurants in China
Published: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:59:54 GMT

Pokemon Go players take to the streets
A new mobile game that lets players catch Pokemon as they roam the streets has become a phenomenon.
Published: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 18:08:31 GMT

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Why Verizon wants to buy Yahoo
Verizon doesn't want to just sell phones and wireless service.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:04:25 GMT

Why Marissa Mayer couldn't save Yahoo
Mayer was touted as the best chance to save the aging Internet company after years of failed management, questionable billion-dollar acquisitions, an inability to decide whether to focus on tech or media, and a struggle to reverse its falling ad sales business. Instead, Mayer will likely go down as the last CEO to run Yahoo as an independent company due to a similar list of mistakes.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 02:06:52 GMT

Marissa Mayer could collect $219 million
She still has a few giant paychecks left to cash.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 02:04:58 GMT

Yahoo's hits and flops through the years
We look back at the many, many brands it has cycled through. Remember Geocities? Broadcast.com?
Published: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:18:01 GMT

Tesla's autopilot remains in the spotlight
The federal government released preliminary findings Tuesday from an investigation into the fatal Tesla crash that killed a driver using autopilot in May.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:10:46 GMT

Solar Impulse: Around the world with zero fuel
The first aircraft powered solely by the sun made a historic landing in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, completing the 25,000 mile, round-the-world journey that began in March 2015.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:15:46 GMT

Your nose might know if you'll get Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's researchers are looking to our noses and our eyes for early signs of disease.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:14:39 GMT

'X' shape in Milky Way confirmed via Twitter
When astronomer Dustin Lang tweeted out some galaxy maps he made using publicly available data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) in 2015, he wasn't expecting for them to lead to a new way of looking at our galaxy, the Milky Way.
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:48:21 GMT

K2 mission finds more than 100 new planets
The golden age of exoplanet discovery continues.
Published: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:45:04 GMT

Google's competition to go to the moon
Nearly 50 years after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, effectively ending the Cold War space race, the next generation of space discovery is nearing its own conclusion.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:38:43 GMT

Meet this 'human' designed to survive a car crash
To up your chances of surviving a car accident, it would help if your ultra-thick ribcage were lined with sacs that served as natural airbags and if your face were flattened, your skull much larger, your skin thicker and your knees able to move in all directions.
Published: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:27:19 GMT

How Grindr got men to self-test for HIV
Grindr, a dating app for gay men, was found to be an effective way to give out HIV self-test kits to men at risk of infection and reduce the spread of HIV, according to a recent study.
Published: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:04:20 GMT

A better and more affordable smartwatch?
The problem with smartwatches is that they're just not smart enough to justify the price or upkeep.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:59:28 GMT

Apple probably just sold its billionth iPhone
"Billions served" might apply to Apple's signature product as well.
Published: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:34:49 GMT

$1,000 device 3D-scans body fat
Naked Labs makes a 3D body scanner for your home. Founder Farhad Farahbakhshian tells CNN's Samuel Burke that the company's device will tell you if your diet or workout is making a difference, before you'd see results on a scale.
Published: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:30:25 GMT


Nick Glass explores CERN in Switzerland and finds out what they are looking for next
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Nick Glass travels to CERN in Switzerland to meet the scientists who are exploring how the universe and us came into being
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Facebook trounces Wall Street estimates with sharp ad sales growth
Facebook Inc's quarterly profit and revenue blew past Wall Street estimates on Wednesday, sending its shares to a record high, as the social media company's popular mobile app and push into video attracted new advertisers and encouraged existing ones to spend more. Facebook shares rose 6.5 percent in after-hours trading to $131.40, their highest since the company went public in 2012. Total advertising revenue surged 63 percent to $6.24 billion, beating the average analyst estimate of $5.80 billion, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:19:13 -0400

Disappointing earnings revive speculation on Twitter's future
By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc disappointed investors yet again on Tuesday with second-quarter earnings that missed estimates and a lower-than-expected outlook, reviving chatter about a possible sale of the company and the future of Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey. With the stock falling almost 15 percent Wednesday, Twitter shares are down 50 percent since Dorsey returned last summer to the helm of the social media company he co-founded. At a market cap of about $11 billon, compared with more than $40 billion at its peak, Twitter could now be a more attractive takeover target.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:13:21 -0400

Brazil prosecutor freezes $11.7 million of Facebook funds due to WhatsApp case
The public federal prosecutor in the Brazilian state of Amazonas said on Wednesday the court there froze 38 million reais ($11.7 million) of funds held in Facebook Inc's account for failing to comply with a court order to supply data on users of the company's WhatsApp messaging service who are under criminal investigation. The prosecutor's office said the funds frozen correspond to the fines for failing to comply with court order to turn over data. Facebook representatives were not immediately available for comment.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:21:42 -0400

As iPhone sales stagnate, services promise growth for Apple
Though Apple Inc is selling enough iPhones to keep investors happy for now, the world's most valuable publicly traded company is set increasingly to rely on its apps and services to drive growth. Apple's services business alone - which includes the App Store, Apple Pay and iCloud - will be "the size of a Fortune 100 company next year," Chief Executive Tim Cook said on a post-earnings call on Tuesday. Revenue from the business rose 19 percent to about $6 billion for the third quarter, eclipsing sales of iPads and Mac computers for the second consecutive quarter to rank as Apple's second-largest unit after iPhones.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:02:52 -0400

Samsung Electronics tips 'solid' second-half profit on components pickup
By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it expects solid earnings to continue in the second half of 2016, with stronger components demand likely offsetting heightened margin pressures for smartphones. "Looking ahead to the second half of 2016, the company expects its solid performance to continue compared to the first half, mainly driven by earnings increase in the component business," Samsung said in a statement. April-June profit rose 18 percent from a year earlier to 8.1 trillion won ($7.17 billion), the highest since the first quarter of 2014, Samsung said.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:24:08 -0400

Nintendo's Mario eyes a Mickey Mouse merchandising makeover
By Makiko Yamazaki and Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - Flush with the stunning popularity of the Pokemon GO mobile game, Nintendo aims to make more from marketing popular characters such as Super Mario, taking a leaf from the Walt Disney playbook where Mickey Mouse and friends bring in billions of merchandising dollars each year. The success of Pokemon GO - created by Nintendo, Pokemon Company and Niantic, a Google spinoff - may signal that Nintendo's move to let its characters roam beyond that console universe could help revitalize a company that had grown from a card game maker in nineteenth century Kyoto to the world's top computer game and console maker.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:36:52 -0400

Samsung posts 1.7 pct rise in Q2 net profit
Strong sales of its flagship smartphone and an aggressive cost-cutting drive saw Samsung Electronics post a 1.7 percent year-on-year gain in net profit to $5.2 billion in the second quarter. The giant South Korean conglomerate said Thursday its key mobile division enjoyed "substantial earnings improvement" led by expanded sales of its high-end Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones. Industry trackers estimate that the world's largest smartphone maker has sold about 26 million units of the S7 since it hit stores in March ahead of new launches by competitors, including arch-rival Apple.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:38:22 -0400

Twitch now makes highlight clips on any channel

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:24:00 -0400

This Android app is the best way to find pokémon on the go
There's an entire digital cottage industry sprouting up around Pokémon Go, the explosively popular augmented reality game that has people hitting the streets scouring for imaginary pocket monsters. Naturally, the most common of these third-party products revolve around maps that help you locate which pokémon are nearby and when they tend to disappear. The app comes courtesy of app maker Joaquim Vergès, and it's hands-down the most clean and responsive Pokémon Go map I've used.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:21:54 -0400

Hiroshima unhappy atomic-bomb park is 'Pokemon Go' site
TOKYO (AP) ? "Pokemon Go" players are descending on an atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, and officials of the western Japanese city are displeased.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:18:02 -0400

Tech firms call on lawmakers to invest in STEM ed, reform immigration
Representatives from Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon tell Democratic members of Congress they need a better-educated and more diverse workforce to stay competitive in the global economy.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:08:50 -0400

Looking for official Android tips and tricks? Google?s got you covered
You might be well versed in the ways of the Android, but not everyone is, especially beginners who are just discovering Google?s mobile operating system. However, regardless of your level of expertise in Android matters, you can now find answers to some of your pressing questions by bookmarking a new Google resource, a Tips and Tricks section the company published on its Android site. DON?T MISS: Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Available at this link , the Tips and Tricks mini-site goes through a bunch of various troubleshooting categories. A Featured section is the first one to load up, showing you solutions to common problems like accessing photos, changing the phone?s wallpaper, using voice to navigate the device, or using battery saving mode to extend battery life. Aside from the featured section, there are seven other categories, each containing a few tips and tricks, including Privacy and Security , Voice , Camera and Photo , Battery , Customization , More Apps , and Settings . The tips are presented using a card-like interface, with each card listing a particular problem, and the steps required to mitigate it. Clicking on Learn more inside the card brings up a pop-up window that contains the step-by-step information you need. Most smartphone users are probably aware of many of these tips and tricks, but the site is still a resource worth remembering in case you can?t find a solution for your problem on your Android device. The best thing you could do with it is to forward it to your parents if they?re rocking Android devices. They might annoy you less with Android help requests after that.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:00:16 -0400

Samsung Electronics says second-quarter profit up 18 percent versus year earlier
South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday its second-quarter operating profit rose 18 percent from a year earlier to its best in more than two years, propelled by a pickup in smartphone earnings. Samsung said in a regulatory filing its April-June operating profit was 8.1 trillion won ($7.17 billion), matching the 8.1 trillion won it guided for in early July. The mobile division operating profit jumped 57 percent from a year earlier to 4.32 trillion won, the highest in two years.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:50:12 -0400

Donald Trump is making the internet great again with a Reddit AMA
Future Galactic President Trump is currently hosting an Ask Me Anything on Reddit . Once the preserve of celebrities trying to schill their new movie, Reddit AMAs are seemingly a rite of passage for internet-concious public figures, with President Obama famously using the site to help get re-elected. This AMA is promising to go a little differently, though. It's being hosted on /r/The_Donald, a rabidly pro-Trump subreddit that doesn't really allow dissent of the great and glorious leader. DON'T MISS:  Reddit isn?t going to like this new plan for sponsored content If you want to take part in the AMA, good luck. There's nearly 20,000 comments at the time of posting, and a stringent set of rules about who is able to ask a question. You can't have a brand-new Reddit account, and you need an active account with over 500 karma to ask a question. Also, the sub is still applying its normal rules, meaning only pro-Trump opinions are really allowed. So far, Trump has answered a couple softball questions. You can keep track of all his replies by viewing his account's commenting history here . So far, we've got such stunning revelations as: Honestly I think NASA is wonderful! America has always led the world in space exploration. Keeping Crooked Hillary Clinton out of the White House! I have been very concerned about media bias and the total dishonesty of the press. I think new media is a great way to get out the truth. If you've been following this campaign like the rest of the human race, you'll know these are par-for-the-course things for Trump to say. The only real thing of interest so far has been the appearance of right-wing trollmaster Milo Yiannopoulos , who has shown up a couple times in the thread to lob Trump a couple softballs. We'll be keeping a watchful eye on Trump (or whichever poor campaign staffer is answering these questions) and keep updating throughout the evening.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:45:14 -0400

Major League Soccer deal lets you buy tickets on other websites

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:38:00 -0400

Microsoft Pix review
Take better photos without extra effort
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:37:00 -0400

A Donald Trump Bluetooth speaker as bold as the man himself
A Russian company invites audiophiles to play Donald Trump "like he's been playing you" with a Bluetooth speaker embedded in a bust of the GOP presidential nominee.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:27:48 -0400

MIT's ridesharing network is learning to dodge pedestrians

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:58:00 -0400

Mark your calendars for Netflix return of 'Gilmore Girls,' 'Black Mirror'
Lorelai and Rory will start in with the sassiness right after Thanksgiving, so fans have something new to be thankful for this year.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:57:45 -0400

Qualcomm agrees to pay $19.5 million in gender discrimination settlement
Plaintiffs in the class action suit said women at Qualcomm were paid less than "the men who work beside them."
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:47:23 -0400

Reddit isn?t going to like this new plan for sponsored content
Reddit, the self-proclaimed "front page of the internet," is a stupendously popular online community. It also makes very little money, despite that user base. So in an effort to do a Facebook and turn karma into money, the site is going to start allowing companies to sponsor user-submitted posts. In an interview with AdAge , Reddit cofounder Steve Huffman confirmed that starting on August 4th, Reddit will debut a new type of ad called Promoted User Posts. DON'T MISS:  Ultimate Pokemon Go cheat lets you walk anywhere in the game without moving an inch This is how it will work according to AdAge: " If someone creates a giant replica  of a Taco Bell hot sauce packet, for example, and shares it on Reddit, the restaurant chain could step in and sponsor that post. In turn, Reddit will display it in different parts of its website and target specific users that the brand wants to reach." Posts will only get promoted with the consent of the users. People whose posts are promoted won't get paid, but they do get a lifetime of Reddit Gold. Knowing how the Reddit community responds to the world of business ( see: /r/hailcorporate ), I suspect that this change isn't going to go down well with users. People on the internet tend to forget that they don't have exclusive rights over content they submit to communities. A few years ago , there was a huge backlash when Instagram changed its terms of service to suggest the company was going to start monetizing user posts. With Reddit's more militant community and lingering hatred of Reddit administration, this plan might not be the pure money-maker Reddit wants it to be.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:30:22 -0400

Self-proclaimed socialist who owns ClintonKaine.com sets price at $90,000
As Donald Trump might say, the markup is yuge. Pegg, who originally supported Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, currently uses the site to host "Hillary Potter" comics, an election-tinged Harry Potter parody. According to him, the domain doesn?t contain Hillary Clinton?s trademark, because ClintonKaine.com was his fan fiction brand before Clinton announced her running mate.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:17:40 -0400

Live video has made Facebook the place to be
Mark Zuckerberg's focus on live video has turned the social network into a destination of the political stage.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:14:02 -0400

Facebook just can't stop growing

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:12:00 -0400

Eddie Redmayne will star in historical thriller The Last Days of Night
Eddie Redmayne has just signed on to star in the upcoming adaptation of The Last Days Of Night. The film with the same name is about the epic clash between industry titan George Westinghouse and inventor Thomas Edison over one question: who invented the lightbulb? It's set to be released sometime in late 2017, according to Deadline and will be directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Passengers).
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:04:59 -0400

Apple says one billion iPhones have been sold
Apple announced Wednesday the sale of its billionth iPhone, a milestone for the company as it seeks to keep momentum in a competitive smartphone market. "IPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history," he said in a statement. IPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:04:08 -0400

Call John Cusack: 400 boom boxes blast their way on to auction block
The legendary mobile music machine was everywhere in the 1980s and 1990s, and now you can own more than you'll ever have room for.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:03:27 -0400

Correction: Timber Town's Comeback story
PRINEVILLE, Oregon (AP) ? In a story July 27 about a rural Oregon town that has reinvented itself as a high-tech outpost, The Associated Press reported erroneously when Facebook came to Prineville to look for a site for a data center. It was seven years ago, not 15.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:01:50 -0400

New Feminist Frequency video dissects 'Women are too hard to animate'

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:01:00 -0400

New video shows how big Tesla?s Gigafactory really is
Anything called a "Gigafactory" being built in the Nevada desert was always going to be big. (There's no other reason to build something in the Nevada desert, for one.) But a new behind-the-scenes video from  Wired  shows the speed and ambition that Tesla is applying to building Elon Musk's new supervillain lair the factory where the Model 3 will be made. The Gigafactory is under construction in Sparks, Nevada. When it's finished, it will be the biggest building in the world by footprint, and will churn out batteries for 500,000 Model 3s per year. But first, Tesla needs four walls and a roof. DON'T MISS:  Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Wired 's video does a good job of showing off how impatient Tesla is being. The first section of the factory is already up and running, assembling battery cells into battery packs. At the same time, the basic structure of another factory section is being built outside. Other parts of the factory are still just hot sand. https://youtu.be/bFYlEDrE3tc Scaling up production is probably Tesla's hardest challenge for the next few years, even above expanding its autonomous driving technology or fighting with regulators over car sales. Tesla has already struggled with quality control on the Model X, a car that's being produced in much lower volume than the Model 3. If quality slips with volume (a fairly usual thing with manufacturing), Tesla will have a real struggle on its hands. None of this is dampening Musk's enthusiasm, of course. Tesla's founder laid out a roadmap for the next few years recently, and it includes starting a ridesharing service, making a Tesla pickup, and building public transportation systems. No resting on laurels, then.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:00:23 -0400

LastPass password vault reportedly not so secure
A security researcher with a record of hunting down holes finds a big one that could give hackers access to your online accounts. LastPass says, though, that the flaw has since been fixed.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:47:28 -0400

'Life is Strange' is getting its own digital series

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:35:00 -0400

Fast growth, dating services come between Sofi and bank license: CEO
Online lender Social Finance Inc is unlikely to seek a banking license because its fast growth and involvement in unorthodox activities like dating services would make it hard to win approval from regulators, according to its chief executive. "It's not a viable solution for us to be a bank," CEO Mike Cagney said on a conference call hosted by Goldman Sachs analysts on Tuesday. Known as SoFi, the company is growing at a pace the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation would view as too fast, Cagney said.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:26:31 -0400

Facebook beats 2Q forecasts, user numbers grow, stock soars
NEW YORK (AP) ? Facebook's stock is trading higher after the world's biggest social media company handily surpassed Wall Street's expectations for the second quarter, barreling ahead on mobile advertisements, user growth and the next frontier ? video.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:18:59 -0400

Netflix renews Lady Dynamite and a bunch of other stuff
Netflix has just renewed a big handful of shows, and announced a smaller handful of new ones. The most exciting renewal is probably Maria Bamford's Lady Dynamite, a sitcom that's not only funny and absurd, it also offers a sharp and vulnerable portrayal of mental illness. Netflix hasn't announced how many episodes the second season will get ? only that it will arrive sometime in 2017.
Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:11:05 -0400

The new 'Gilmore Girls' series comes to Netflix on November 25th

Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:11:00 -0400

NBCNews.com: Tech and gadgets
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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



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