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Apple rolls out new tool for iPhone 6s shutdown issue

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 07:20

Tech biggie Apple has rolled out a new tool to deal with the 'unexpected shutdown' issue affecting some iPhone 6s units.

The new tool released by Apple gives iPhone 6s users the ability to check whether their handset is affected by the shutdown issue, and whether they are eligible for getting a free battery replacement for their device.

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Security firm discovers app-installing malware in over 1M Android devices

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 09:13

Security firm Check Point has revealed in a recently released report that it has discovered a new app-installing malware in more than 1 million Android-powered mobile devices.

The new malware campaign has been named 'Googlian' by Check Point.

According to the details shared by Check Point in its report, the 'Googlian' malware campaign first surfaced in August this year; and is presently compromising nearly 13,000 Android devices per day.

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Intel hires Tom Lantzsch as SVP and GM of its IoT Group

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 08:08

Bigwig chip maker Intel has disclosed in a recent blog post that it has hired former ARM executive Tom Lantzsch as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of its IoT Group.

According to the announcement, Lantzsch will take charge as Intel IoT Group's SVP and GM in January 2017.

Intel's hiring of Lantzsch - who most recently was the Executive Vice President of Strategy at Intel's rival ARM - is an indication of the fact that the company has persistent efforts underway to fortify its Internet of Things (IoT) business.

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BMW will reportedly launch redesigned i3 electric vehicle in 2017

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 08:14

In a recent report (via Reuters), German publication Welt am Sonntag has disclosed that bigwig automaker BMW is planning to launch a redesigned next-generation BMW i3 electric vehicle in 2017.

According to the report, the redesigned i3 electric vehicle being planned by BMW for launch next year will boast an updated design of both its front and rear ends, and a longer range as compared to the previous i3 models.

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HTC starts rolling out Android Nougat update for unlocked HTC 10

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 07:13

In an announcement made on Thursday, device maker HTC said that it has commenced the rollout of the Android 7.0 'Nougat' update for the unlocked version of its flagship handset --- the HTC 10. The move, the company said, was a Thanksgiving's Day treat for HTC 10 users.

According to an NDTV report, HTC said in its Thursday announcement that the users of the unlocked HTC 10 handset in the US will start getting the Android Nougat update with effect from Friday, November 25.

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Apple offering free gift cards up to $150 during its Black Friday event

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 07:28

After having recently announced its "one-day shopping event" this Black Friday, tech giant Apple - which opted out of Black Friday deal in 2015 - is offering up to $150 worth of free Apple gift cards to customers on the purchase of selected Apple products at full price.

In accordance with its announcement of the Black Friday event, Apple is also offering online shoppers the advantage of free delivery on products which are ordered on Black Friday. The company has previously said that the best way to shop the Black Friday event is via the Apple Store app.

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Maserati plans to launch all-electric Alfieri in 2020

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 06:55

In a recent confirmation to Autocar, Maserati has revealed that it has plans underway to launch an all-electric version of its Alfieri two-seater sports car in 2020.

According to Autocar, the 2020 availability timeframe being targeted by Maserati for the launch of its first production electric vehicle (EV) is in line with the launch date which the company had previously disclosed for the EV.

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Report: Apple has a tool to pull data off MacBook Pro’s non-removable SSD

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 06:46

According to a 9to5Mac report, tech giant Apple can pull data off the non-removable, non-upgradable, soldered-on SSD of the MacBook Pro with the help of a tool which it can use in case of an emergency.

The report comes against the backdrop of an iFixit teardown which showed that MacBook Pro's SSD - as well as its CPU and RAM - is soldered onto the logic board of the laptop. Furthermore, the battery of the laptop is also affixed. The iFixit teardown also revealed that the repair of the 2016 MacBook Pro is more difficult than that of its predecessor.

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NHTSA asks smartphone makers to consider adding “driver mode” to their devices

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 07:59

On Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed voluntary guidelines to smartphone manufacturers, asking them to help prevent distracted driving by blocking certain apps and functions for drivers.

In its guidance, the NHTSA has urged smartphone makers Apple, Samsung and others to consider the addition of a "driver mode" to their devices, for blocking drivers' access to certain apps and functions.

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Apple gets a new patent titled ‘Flexible display devices’

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 11:10

On Tuesday, US Patent and Trademark Office revealed that it has granted Apple a new patent for a 'flexible' iPhone which can fold in half and uses a flexible OLED display.

The patent granted to Apple is titled 'Flexible display devices.'

The patent was filed by Apple in July 2014. It features a touchscreen smartphone which has a foldable design, similar to the one popularized by clamshell phones manufactured by Motorola in the 1990s.

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Intel is reportedly readying its third round of layoffs in past 18 months

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 07:57

Online journal TechCrunch has disclosed in a recent report that chip maker Intel will likely announce another round of job cuts in the near future. The projected layoff move by Intel will mark the company's third round of layoff in the last 18 months.  

According to the TechCrunch report, citing "sources close to Intel", the impending round of layoffs to be announced by Intel is apparently a result of the company's lackluster performance in its embryonic wearables business.

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Apple is throttling the performance of Qualcomm modems in iPhone 7

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 07:58

According to a Re/code report, unidentified sources familiar with the proceedings at Apple have confirmed that the company is throttling the download speeds on iPhone 7 versions equipped with the Qualcomm modem chip.

The report comes against an early Friday disclosure by Bloomberg that the performance of Qualcomm LTE chips in Verizon/Sprint versions of iPhone 7 is being intentionally throttled by Apple to ensure that their performance matches with that of the slower Intel modems used in the AT&T/T-Mobile versions of iPhone 7.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk wins shareholders’ approval for SolarCity acquisition

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 08:39

On Thursday, electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk closed a stock swap deal for the acquisition of beleaguered residential solar energy system installer SolarCity.

The SolarCity acquisition deal, worth approximately $2 billion, was closed by Musk after Tesla shareholders -- assembled at the company's manufacturing facility in Fremont, California -- gave their approval to the move on Thursday.

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Google rolls out new ‘PhotoScan’ app for iOS and Android

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 08:07

In a recent announcement, Google has revealed that it is launching a new app called 'PhotoScan,' to enable users to scan their old photos.

Announcing the rollout of the new PhotoScan app, Google said that the app is now available globally for free, for the iOS and Android platforms.

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Google Photos team releases new ‘PhotoScan’ app for Android and iOS

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 08:16

The team behind Google Photos has recently announced the launch of a new app - called 'PhotoScan' - for the Android and iOS platforms. The app, available with effect from November 15, gives users the ability to convert their old photos into digital prints, and save them to the cloud with a single tap.

With the help of the new PhotoScan app, users can easily scan their old prints which can be saved with all other digital photos that they have stored in their Google Photos collection.

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FriendFinder hit by massive attack; 412 million accounts exposed

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 08:16

California-based adult dating and entertainment company FriendFinder Network Inc. was hacked in October, in what apparently was the biggest hack of 2016. The hack -- marking the second attack on FriendFinder in the last two years -- was first reported by breach notification website LeakedSource. com.

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FriendFinder Networks hacked; more than 412 million accounts leaked

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 08:07

In a hack first reported by breach notification site LeakedSource, adult dating service company Friend Finder Network has been hacked. As a result of the hack, more than 412 million accounts have been leaked.

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Barclays: With iPhone 8, Apple will introduce iPhone models with new form factor

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 08:03

In a new research report, Barclays Research analysts have claimed that iPhone models with an entirely new form factor will be introduced by tech giant Apple, beginning with its 2017 iPhone which will likely be called iPhone 8.

The report by Barclays substantiates some of the previous rumors making rounds about the iPhone 8 handset over the last few months. Those rumors have been claiming that the iPhone 8 models will come with an edge-to-edge display.

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Mac's contribution to Apple's revenue has plunged in the last two years

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 07:51

According to the latest statistics released by some market research firms, there has been a decline in the contribution of Mac to tech giant Apple's total revenue in the last two years.

Going by the latest data, the 12-month share of the Mac of Apple's total revenue in the July-September 2016 quarter was 10.8 percent.

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Microsoft’s new Windows 10 test version includes a virtual touchpad

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 07:57

On Wednesday, Microsoft released the test version of its Creators Update for Windows 10, enhancing its operating system with a virtual touchpad.

The latest Windows 10 test version -- build 14965 -- rolled out by Microsoft to Windows Insiders on Wednesday includes a virtual touchpad which will essentially give Windows 10 users the ability to control external monitors from tablets, without attaching a mouse.

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