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SEC launches probe into Yahoo’s data breaches

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:48

Yahoo Inc. is reportedly being probed by the U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), as federal authorities are trying to determine whether the beleaguered internet company should have reported its two massive data breaches sooner to investors.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a person, claiming familiarity with the matter, revealed that SEC opened an investigation and demanded the company to submit certain documents in December.

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Apple sues Qualcomm, alleging extortion

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 06:34

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. is suing tech giant Qualcomm, alleging that the San Diego-based chipmaker unfairly insisted on charging huge royalties for technologies that it has nothing to do with.

Confirming its legal action against Qualcomm on Friday, Apple said that hit was seeking $1 billion form the chipmaker in damages it suffered.

Apples said that it innovated with unique features like TouchID, advanced camera and displays, but Qualcomm insisted on charging it at least 5 times more in payments than other cellular patent licensors.

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Samsung to disclose cause of Galaxy Note 7 fires on Jan. 23

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 09:59

Findings of Samsung's investigation into what caused some of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire will be disclosed a day before the announcement of its fourth quarter result, the South Korean electronics giant announced on Friday.

Samsung executives and independent experts who conducted the investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fire incidents will share their findings in a press conference on January 23 in Seoul. It will be available globally through a live-stream.

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Nintendo’s Super Mario Run to be available on Android devises

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:06

Nintendo's wildly popular Super Mario Run smartphone game will be made available for users of Android devices as well, the mobile gaming giant announced on Wednesday.

Using its Tweeter account, Nintendo announced that the Super Mario Run videogame would be available on Android smartphones devices in March 2017, nearly three months after its release on iOS Devices in December 2016.

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Facebook plans to invest $3bn in virtual reality

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 09:24

Foreseeing virtual reality (VR) as a future computing platform, Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook has decided to make a multi-billion investment in VR over the next decade.

Mr. Zuckerberg, chief executive of the popular social-networking platform, recently announced that the company has decided to invest $3 billion in VR to bring virtual reality to the masses.

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Apple’s next MacBooks will have Kaby Lake processor, more RAM: analyst predicts

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:23

Apple's new MacBooks will come equipped with Intel's powerful Kaby Lake processors as well as offer more RAM in the fifteen-inch model, a well-known Apple analyst said in a newly issued note.

Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities in Taiwan, said in the note that Apple would upgrade this year's MacBooks with the Kaby Lake processors and 32 gigabytes of RAM.

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Samsung Note 7’s battery reportedly caused fires in the device

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 10:06

South Korean electronics giant Samsung's investigation into what caused many Galaxy Note 7s to explode and catch fire has indicated that the battery was the main culprit, according to emerging media reports.

Citing an anonymous person familiar with the matter, several media outlets also reported that Samsung will likely officially announce the results of its investigation on January 23rd, a day before announcing its fourth-quarter results.

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Samsung apparently leaks Galaxy S8

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 10:12

Electronics giant Samsung recently released two different adverts showing off its new AMOLED displays, but the real star of the show is a mysterious smartphone that showed up in both adverts. The unique design of the mysterious device prompted many to predict that it might be the Galaxy S8.

Samsung hasn't yet officially announced the Galaxy S8, but the company is widely expected to introduce the eagerly-awaited smartphone sometime in spring this year.

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Consumer Reports recommends MacBook Pro laptops after software update

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 09:34

In an update to its original MacBook Pro evaluation, Consumer Reports has recommended laptops running a macOS 10.12.3 beta as the battery life issue has been fixed.

Consumer Reports recommended MacBook Pro laptops after finishing retesting of the laptops following software update by Apple, the Cupertino-based manufacturer of the machines.

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PC sales decline for fifth year in a row

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:30

Sales of desktop and laptop computers slipped for the fifth consecutive year in 2016, marking a continued decline in the market since 2012, two market trackers reported.

According to Gartner, shipments of personal computers slipped 6.2 per cent year over year in 2016. Internation Data Corporation pegged total PC shipments at 260 million, suggesting a decline of 5.7 per cent from the previous year.

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Zuckerberg & his wife trying to build political muscle for philanthropic causes

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 09:51

Facebook founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan, who have pledged to put their huge wealth toward philanthropic causes, have hired a top political operative to build political muscle for their philanthropic work.

In 2015, Zuckerberg and his wife set up the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a limited liability company to carry out charitable efforts. Now, they have hired David Plouffe, who managed President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, as president of policy and advocacy for the non-profit.

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Production of action game Scalebound has reportedly been terminated

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 09:40

Microsoft has terminated the production of Scalebound, one of the Xbox One's most eagerly-awaited video games, emerging reports suggest.  

Scalebound, which started life as a single-player spree through a dream world of dragons and monsters, was first revealed by director Hideki Kamiya at Microsoft's E3 press conference in 2014.

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A quick look at Huawei’s Mate 9 phablet

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 09:53

Guangdong, China-headquartered Huawei recently unveiled its flagship phablet, the Mate 9, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Huawei Mate 9 isn't a brand new device as the company launched it in November 2016 in Berlin. At CES 2017, the company announced the availability of the phablet in the United States as well.

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Hackers unlock NES Classic & successfully add new games via USB cable

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 09:20

Announcing NES Classic Edition this holiday season, Nintendo declared that it wouldn't officially receive new games, particularly with no WiFi protocol to download them. But that failed to prevent hackers from adding games their own way.

At Reddit's NESClassicMods community, the whiz kids suggested that one can add games to the system via USB cable. However, this solution will not work until one has created a save file in the first slot of Super Mario Bros.

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Americans won’t be able to buy Xiaomi’s white Mi Mix smartphone

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 09:06

Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi Inc. unveiled a white version of its Mi Mix smartphone at the CES 2017 tech show in Las Vegas on Thursday, but the device will not be launched in the U. S. market.

Many had been expecting the Chinese manufacturer to announce its international expansion to make its products available in markets like the U. S., Canada, and Western Europe. But, company representatives said that Americans will not be able to get their hands on the new product for some time.

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Zuckerberg’s 2017 challenge is to meet & listen to as many people as he can

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 08:57

Excited to explore more of the United States, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has decided to visit and meet as many people as he can across the nation by the end of 2017.

In a post published on Tuesday, Zuckerberg wrote that he would travel to nearly thirty states by year's end to know how people are living, working and what they are thinking about the future.

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Tesla rolls out Autopilot update to 1,000 new cars

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 09:54

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the e-car company is testing Autopilot safety features through a software update rolled out to one thousand vehicles that have been built with fully-autonomous hardware.

After October 2016, Tesla built its e-cars with fully-automated hardware, called "Hardware 2." The new update equipped these vehicles with the Autopilot semi-autonomous features. These vehicles will eventually become fully self-driving. The update also added a few Autopilot safety features to the vehicles.

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Valve announces best-selling Steam games of 2016

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 09:48

Popular video game producer Valve Corp. has announced the top one hundred games that generated the most revenue on Steam during 2016.

The list of top 100 revenue-generating games is notably varied, ranging from highly-acclaimed games like Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA 5) to games like Stellaris.

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Apple supplier Foxconn to start massive automation effort for its factories

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 07:49

In a recently released report, DigiTimes has revealed that Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn - the company is one of the most prominent Apple suppliers - plans to automate its factories in May 2017, replacing a vast majority of human employees with robots.

According to the report, the massive automation effort which Foxconn has planned for its factories in May will involve the replacement of nearly 60,000 human workers.

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Some of the top audio trends expected at CES 2017

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 08:24

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 to be held in Las Vegas next week, several interesting and attention-grabbing audio products and technologies will apparently be showcased by some bigwig audio companies.

With the market for audio devices being quite huge worldwide, it is speculated that audio-related announcements and unveilings at the CES 2017 event will include the introduction of high-quality smart speakers, wireless airbuds which channel hearing aids, as well as some other enthralling new ways to listen to music.

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