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Eric Holder to oversee Uber’s review of sexism allegations

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:17

Uber has brought on former U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder to oversee an independent review of the alleged sexism allegations made by a former employee of the company, CEO Travis Kalanick announced.

In an email to employees, Kalanick wrote that the company would conduct an independent review of the alleged issue, and Mr. Holder would oversee it.

On Sunday, former employee Susan Fowler, who started working at Uber in Nov. 2015 as a site reliability engineer, wrote in a blog post about her work experience and the accused the company of sexism.

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Samsung to reportedly match Apple’s hefty price rises for upcoming Galaxy phones

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:02

Samsung is going to match Apple Inc.'s planned hefty price increases which will make both the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 smartphones to retail for more than $1,000, SamMobile reported.

Citing a database leak, SamMobile revealed that the Galaxy S8 (SM-G950) and Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955) will be launched with price tags starting at $950 and $1,050 (after currency conversion), respectively.

Thus, the 2017 models of the popular Samsung smartphones will carry a circa $100 premium over their predecessors Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

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GM reportedly planning to build & test thousands of self-driving cars

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 09:46

American automobile giant General Motors Co. (GM) is reportedly preparing to deploy thousands of self-driving e-cars in test fleets in collaboration with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc., starting next year.

Multiple anonymous sources familiar with GM's plans revealed the automaker has plans to allow Lyft to test thousands of specially equipped versions of its Chevrolet Bolt e-cars in various states in the U. S.

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Snap files updated IPO paperwork with SEC

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 09:32

Snap Inc. on Thursday filed updated paperwork with the U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) detailing its eagerly-awaited initial public offering (IPO).

According to the social media company's SEC filing, it will sell up to 230 million shares with price tag range between $14 and $16 per share. That would generate up to $3.6 billion for the company.

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Facebook to allow businesses to post job openings

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:38

Following years of speculation that Facebook could try to harness its huge audience to take on services like LinkedIn, the social-networking giant has announced that it will soon allow businesses to post job openings and job seekers to hunt for new jobs.

Andrew Bosworth, Facebook's vice president of ads and business platform, told reporters that the company has created new tools to allow small and midsized businesses to hire the right people through the service.

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T-Mobile posts better-than-expected results

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 09:07

T-Mobile's aggressive pricing has emphatically punched a hole in rivals Verizon and AT&T, which have little choice but to fight fire with fire to retain existing customers and attract new ones.

In a tightly-competitive market like the U. S., telecommunication services providers have to slash their prices even if their margins and ARPUs have to take a hit. T-Mobile's newest stats and guidance indicate that it continues to inflict pain on rivals.

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Mediterranean diet with olive oil enhances HDL function: study

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 05:31

A new research has suggests that a Mediterranean-style diet supplemented with virgin olive oil or mixed nuts helps a lot in enhancing the function of HDL cholesterol, which is informally called "good cholesterol".

HDL stands for high-density lipoproteins that are one of the five key groups of lipoproteins in the body. Lipoproteins can be described as complex particles composed of various proteins that transport all fat molecules around the body inside the water outside cells.

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‘Verizon Unlimited’ to offer unlimited data, talking & texting

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 08:19

Marking growing competition in the wireless space, telecommunications giant Verizon Inc. on Sunday announced an unlimited LTE data plan called "Verizon Unlimited," which will take effect on Feb. 13, 2017.

Verizon Unlimited will start at $80 per month for a single/individual line with unlimited data, talking and texting. Users will have to agree to AutoPay and paper-free billing. For families, the new unlimited plan is available for $45 per line for a total of four lines ($180 in total).

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Ford bets $1bn on autonomous car start-up

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 08:56

In a bid to win the high-stakes talent war in the budding self-driving car industry, auto giant Ford has decided to bet $1 billion through a majority investment in a start-up company called Argo AI.

Announcing the deal, the American auto giant said that a group of company employees along with its virtual driver system (autonomous vehicles) will join forces with the talent and expertise of Argo AI's founders and their strong experience in robotics.

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Twitter still struggling to attract new users

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 08:34

Twitter Inc.'s role as a megaphone for the U. S. president and numerous celebrities has failed to attract ordinary people to the social-networking platform, the company's latest earnings report and dismal forecast indicated.

Jack Dorsey, the chief executive officer of Twitter, acknowledged that the company might not be meeting everyone's growth expectations, and admitted that they needed to do more to convince people.

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Tesla’s primary focus continue to be on Model 3

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 08:22

Billionaire innovator Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla is still working on an electric semi truck, but stressed that the company's primary focus for this year will continue to be on the Model 3.

With the electric semi truck dubbed "Tesla Semii," Tesla wants to appeal to a larger audience. If the company successfully manages to place an electric semi truck in the cargo industry, then the costs of shipping can be significantly decreased globally.

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A quick look at Lenovo’s ThinkPad P71 laptop

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 09:39

Multinational technology giant Lenovo's recently unveiled ThinkPad P71 laptop boasts to have some really unique features that allow it to outshine rival machines in the increasingly crowded market.

The 7.5-pound Lenovo ThinkPad P71 laptop is a superfast machine that can flawlessly work with HTC's Vive and the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headsets.

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Evony puts commercial at the Super Bowl

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:21

Evony, an online city-building game that is widely known for placing half-naked women into its web adverts, recently put a commercial during the National Football League's finals to attract more gamers.

The free-to-play game's controversial ads, showing female cleavage, can often be seen in Facebook sidebars. Moving from placing women's half-naked images to get the attention of players to place a commercial during the NFL's finals surprised many.

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Google Now Launcher reportedly to be pulled from Play Store

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 09:07

The Google Now Launcher, which offers Android users a simple, stock home screen, will be pulled from the Google Play Store in first quarter of 2017, according to Android Police.

Available since 2014, Google Now Launcher app has been a good option for those who have a skinned handset and want something looking like Google's Android. After installing the app, the users get a home screen with the company's predictive Google Now cards integrated in it.

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Snap files IPO documents with Securities & Exchange Commission

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 09:34

Snap Inc., the parent firm behind the messaging app Snapchat, has filed its documents for an initial public offering (IPO) of stock with the U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).

While the company didn't reveal how much it plans to ask for through its IPO, some reports have pegged the amount in the range of between $20 billion and $25 billion.

Snap Inc. reportedly filed the documents in 20166, but used a Jobs Act provision that allows firms with less than $1 billion in annual revenue to conceal their IPO plans from the public.

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Facebook is taking steps to tackle misinformation, hoaxes: Zuckerberg

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:22

Facebook has taken steps to tackle spam and clickbait, and now the company is preparing to deal with misinformation and hoaxes in the same way, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.

The widely-popular social-networking platform has long been under fire over complaints that it hasn't taken sufficient steps to stem the rise of misinformation and false news stories across its network.

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Facebook reportedly developing app for set-top TV boxes

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:44

Social-networking giant Facebook Inc. is developing a new app to bring video content and advertising to television screens in living rooms around the world, according to a WSJ report.

Citing anonymous sources familiar with Facebook's plans, the WSJ reported that company is developing a tvOS app that would allow users to watch Facebook videos and adverts on their TV screens.

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Netflix demonstrates technology to navigate menus by thought

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:24

Widely-popular streaming service Netflix's MindFlix hack claims to have the ability to navigate menus by thought. While it may not necessarily be reading a user's thoughts, it appears to work in that way to control the Netflix interface.

The innovative project was the result of work during the company's HackDay. Its developers demonstrated how a piece of head-worn technology can be used to scroll through menus and highlight various shows or programs available within the streaming platform.

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BlackBerry building hype over its Mercury smartphone

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:10

BlackBerry, Canadian manufacturer which is struggling to regain its lost share in the highly competitive smartphone market, is apparently building up the hype over its upcoming flagship device dubbed Mercury.

Although Mercury has already made an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017, but details about its specs and features remain quite elusive.

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Tim Cook discusses tech & economy with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 09:12

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook met with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch in the national capital on Friday and discussed various topics ranging from the wider tech industry to U. S. economy, emerging media reports say.

Mr. Cook reportedly visited Washington, D. C., to meet with Republican Sen. Hatch, and took a dinner with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. While details of the closed-door meeting were not disclosed, a statement provided to media revealed that they discussed a range of topics about technology and economy.

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