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BlackBerry To Lay Off Staff In Smartphone Unit

May 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry To Lay Off Staff In Smartphone Unit

BlackBerry is planning to reduce an unspecified number of positions in its devices unit, as it attempts to make that business profitable, while expanding in other areas. The smartphone company in Waterloo, Ontario, said in a statement over the weekend that it had decided to consolidate its device software, hardware and applications business, “impacting a number of employees around the world.” The company said that as it moves into the next stage of its turnaround, it aims to reallocate... 

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Lenovo Unveils New Budget-friendly Laptop

May 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Lenovo Unveils New Budget-friendly Laptop

Lenovo is introducing three budget-conscious laptops to market in June, including one that can be equipped with Intel’s RealSense 3D camera. The Lenovo Z51 is a 15-inch Windows 8.1 notebook that’s meant to be both a workstation and a home entertainment center, the company said Wednesday. The PC also has room to fit an optional RealSense camera, which can offer gesture controls like ones found in Microsoft’s Kinect gaming device. The Z51 has a 1080p display, and can be configured... 

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Android Looking To Push Deeper Into The Home

May 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Android Looking To Push Deeper Into The Home

Android, already the most widely used operating system in smartphones, may find its way into refrigerators, door locks and all manner of other “smart” appliances around the home. The OS will be in the spotlight at Google’s massive I/O conference in San Francisco later this week. As well as pushing into home appliances, it could also be extended to play a deeper role in virtual reality, allowing Android developers to build apps for smartphones or VR headsets. Google hasn’t... 

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Tech Companies Push Senate To Pass NSA Reform Bill

May 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Tech Companies Push Senate To Pass NSA Reform Bill

Reform Government Surveillance, an organization that represents technology giants like Google, Apple and Microsoft, is pushing the U.S. Senate not to delay reform of National Security Agency surveillance by extending expiring provisions of the Patriot Act. The House of Representatives voted 338-88 last week to approve the USA Freedom Act that would, among other things, stop the controversial bulk collection of phone records of Americans by the NSA, including by placing restrictions on the search... 

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Dropbox Releases ‘Universal App’ For Windows Phones, Tablets

May 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Dropbox Releases ‘Universal App’ For Windows Phones, Tablets

Dropbox previously released its cloud storage service on Windows phones and tablets, and on Tuesday the company followed up with a universal app that expands the feature sets for both types of devices. The update automatically adapts to the user’s screen size and delivers a number of new features, including the ability for Windows Phone users to upload videos directly from their devices. In the interests of multitasking, Windows Phone users can also now upload multiple files at once. And they... 

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Huawei Jumps Into IoT With New Operating System

May 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Huawei Jumps Into IoT With New Operating System

China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, known for its telecom equipment, became the latest tech giant to present its own take on the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), centered on an operating system designed to allow household and business appliances to communicate with each other online. At an event in Beijing, Huawei executives showcased its “Agile IoT” architecture, including an operating system called LiteOS to control basic devices. This marks the firm’s most significant... 

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Asus To Offer The Zenfone 2 For $199

May 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Asus To Offer The Zenfone 2 For $199

Asus isn’t exactly known for smartphones in the U.S., but the company is trying to make a strong statement with the Zenfone 2, which packs more storage than similarly priced competitors. The Zenfone 2, which has a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, starts at $199. It will began shipping on Tuesday with Google’s Android 5.0 mobile operating system. A model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage goes for $299, while the $199 model has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.... 

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Apple Bolsters Mapping Technology With Coherent Acquisition

May 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Bolsters Mapping Technology With Coherent Acquisition

Apple, which has been focusing efforts on beefing up its mapping technology since ditching Google Maps in 2012, has acquired Coherent Navigation, a startup offering a high-accuracy GPS navigation service. Coherent’s navigation system is used in the Iridium satellite network, according to the LinkedIn profile of Paul Lego, who was CEO of the company before going to work for Apple. Coherent, which was founded in 2008 and is based in the San Francisco area, counts the U.S. government as a customer... 

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AT&T To Offer Exclusive Content For Connected Cars

May 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T To Offer Exclusive Content For Connected Cars

AT&T Inc is preparing to bring connected car users exclusive content such as videos and games that can be streamed onto personal mobile devices later this year, AT&T’s senior vice president of emerging devices Chris Penrose said. “It’s no different than being able to hook onto a Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere and get access to content you already subscribe to and get unique content that you could only get in the back of the vehicle,” Penrose said. AT&T has signed up eight... 

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Bing Follows Google In Favoring Mobile-Friendly Sites

May 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Bing Follows Google In Favoring Mobile-Friendly Sites

Microsoft is changing how it ranks Bing search results for mobile users, prioritizing sites that display better on smaller screens to accommodate the increased use of mobile search. The changes, announced Thursday, come less than a month after Google started prioritizing mobile-optimized sites in its search results. Both companies are looking to attract more users by providing a better search experience on smartphones and tablets. Microsoft said it expects to roll out the changes in the coming months.... 

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Sharp Pinning Hopes On In-car Displays

May 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Sharp Pinning Hopes On In-car Displays

Struggling display manufacturer Sharp, reeling from cutthroat competition in mobile phones, will push car makers to incorporate vehicle dashboards that have gestural commands, thin bezels and other next-generation features. It’s hoping cars will be controlled, in part, through high-resolution displays that can fit any two-dimensional surface area, such as dashboard panels with rounded contours. The company has shown off the wavy screens for cars and consoles in recent months, and has tried... 

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Occulus To Develop Virtual Reality Headset For Windows Only

May 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Occulus To Develop Virtual Reality Headset For Windows Only

Mac and Linux fans you are out of luck. Facebook-owned Oculus Rift, the headset that perhaps more than any other device has ignited public interest in virtual reality, will run almost exclusively on well-appointed Windows PCs, at least in the near future. The process that most laptops use to output video doesn’t work with the Rift, and  Oculus has temporarily halted development for hardware running Apple and Linux. That’s the takeaway from the spec informationOculus published Friday... 

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Google To Ad ‘Buy’ Button To Mobile Search Results

May 18, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google To Ad ‘Buy’ Button To Mobile Search Results

Google will add a “buy” button in its search results on mobile devices in the coming weeks, according to a report last Friday in the Wall Street Journal, a move that could give online shoppers an easier way to buy products on small screens. The change might also give consumers an alternative to mobile apps from companies like Amazon and eBay, though it might jeopardize retailers’ ability to directly market to their customers. The buy button will appear on Google’s search results... 

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China’s Alibaba Sued Over Selling Fake Luxury Goods

May 18, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
China’s Alibaba Sued Over Selling Fake Luxury Goods

A bevy of luxury goods brands filed suit against Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, contending the Chinese online shopping giant had knowingly made it possible for counterfeiters to sell their products throughout the world. The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court by Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and other brands owned by Paris-based Kering SA seeking damages and an injunction for alleged violations of trademark and racketeering laws. The lawsuit alleged that Alibaba had conspired to manufacture, offer... 

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Sally Beauty Holdings Confirms Second Data Breach

May 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Sally Beauty Holdings Confirms Second Data Breach

Sally Beauty Holdings has confirmed that hackers breached its payment systems and stole customer card data again. About a year ago the retail chain suffered a similar intrusion. The company launched an investigation in early May after receiving reports of unusual activity involving payment cards used at some of its stores. While it now has sufficient evidence to confirm an illegal intrusion, the company declined to comment on the breach’s scope until the forensics investigation is complete. Sally... 

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