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Has The Apple iPhone Reached Its Limits? (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Apple’s reported results for its fiscal first quarter that showed iPhone sales rose less than 1 percent from a year earlier. The company said it sold 74.8 million iPhones in the quarter ending Dec. 26. Apple sold 74.5 million in the same quarter a year ago. This was the slowest year-over-year growth rate for the device ever. The company is now projecting its first revenue decline in more than a decade. Analysts predicted that demand for Apple’s latest iPhones, the 6S and 6S Plus, had been weak in the period leading up to the earnings announcement.... 
 

Apple Finds Serious Glitch In Apple News App (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Apple has discovered a serious glitch in its Apple News app that has affected counts of users accessing the service. The company disclosed that publishers serving content through the iOS 9 News app have been receiving erroneous traffic data. The glitch has led to an undercounting of the number of users reading a particular new story. Apple unveiled Apple News at the Worldwide Developers Conference last year. The app is essentially a feed for users to read the news stories that interest them. The platform is designed to share news from publishers... 
 

White House Top Security Officials and Tech CEOs to Meet

Much of the leadership of the White House administration will fly to California and seek the help of tech firms to figure out the way to thwart terrorists who are using the Internet as a way to recruit as well as radicalize people to plan out attacks, said U.S. officials. Amongst those that are set to attend a Friday meeting with top executives in Silicon Valley are Loretta Lynch the Attorney General, James Comey the FBI Director, Lisa Monaco the counterterrorism adviser, James Clapper Jr. the Director of National Intelligence, Michael Rogers the... 
 

Ford Working To Connect Cars To Homes, Drones (NYSE:F)

Ford is launching a few new initiatives to make its vehicles more connected than ever before. The company has announced new plans regarding linking its cars to smart home systems, autonomous driving software, and drones. Ford’s projects will put the company on the cutting edge of car connectivity. With one project, Ford is working to connect its Sync in-car communications system with smart home packages. This would allow drivers to control smart home systems and security systems from their vehicles, as well as stop, start, lock, and unlock... 
 

New Hack Has Government Officials Worried over Infiltration

A major breach of the Juniper Networks computer system has officials in the U.S. worried that the hackers are working for a foreign government that has been able to spy on encrypted communications of the government as well as private companies for the last three years. The FBI started its investigation of the breach, which involved the hackers installing a back door on the computer equipments, said U.S. officials. Juniper disclosed the breach on Thursday as well as a security patch that it was urging its customers to use to update all their systems... 
 

Instagram Launches Fully Developed Ad Platform

Instagram’s ad business just got a boost thanks to Facebook. Instagram’s Today photo-sharing app is opening up to millions of advertisers potentially interested in sharing ads on the app. The photo-sharing app is very popular, more than 300 million users. New technology, more ad styles, and sophisticated targeting tools from Facebook have been added to the app to make it more attractive to advertisers. Instagram posts will now have Shop Now, Book Now, Download, Learn More and Sign Up links. The goal of the ad design has been to add commercial... 
 

Amazon Gets Approval To Test Delivery Drones (NASDAQ:AMZN)

The Federal Aviation Administration has given Amazon approval to begin testing its plan for its Prime Air service, which will use drones to deliver products sold by the company to homes and businesses. The FAA told the company in a letter this week that Amazon can now test its current drone designs in the U.S. The move has also created a regulatory framework for other businesses interested in launching similar services. The FAA’s recently proposed rules for commercial drone operations do not go far enough to bring Amazon ultimate vision of Prime... 
 

IBM Will Share Technology with China in Strategy Shift

IBM Corp is to share its technology with companies from China and will help on an active basis to build industry in China, said Virginia Rometty the CEO at IBM in Beijing as she mapped out a strategy for one of the firms hardest hit by the shifting technology policies in China. IBM must be willing to help China build its own IT industry instead of viewing it solely as a destination for sales or base for manufacturing, said Rometty at the government sponsored China Development Forum the brings together business executives with the ruling elite of... 
 

Report: Apple Will Dominate 2015 Smartwatch Market

Apple Inc will enter the smartwatch market later than its rivals Xiaomi and Samsung. However, it is expected that the company will be the sales leader of smartwatches for the year with its Apple Watch. The Apple Watch launch could be in San Francisco as early as next week at an Apple event. Apple has not disseminated any date for its Apple Watch release. Lateness entering the market with its wrist wearable might not be much of an issue in stopping the Cupertino. California based tech giant from taking the market of smartwatches by storm, just the... 
 

Sim Card Makers Hacked by Intelligence Agencies

British and U.S. intelligence agencies hacked major Sim cards manufacturer to steal codes that would facilitate the eavesdropping on mobile handsets, said a news website in the U.S. The Intercept said that these revelations came from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. Gemalto was the company that was allegedly targeted. Gemalto said it was taking these new allegations seriously. It has operation in 85 countries and over 40 manufacturing facilities. The U.S. news site said that the Sim heist gave British and U.S. surveillance agencies... 
 

Advantages of IT Outsourcing for Startup Companies

Today, about 95 percent of the world’s top companies widely use outsourcing strategies and offshore services. Outsourcing is an excellent chance to minimise expenditures necessary for the company’s development. It is especially beneficial for startup companies, as it allows running and developing business without making huge investments. When profit is minimal and avoiding expenditures is impossible, outsourcing is a good way to save company’s expenses. Finding quality offshore services has never been easier. Today, virtually every service... 
 

How To Choose A TV Stand

One may think that choosing a plasma TV stand mount hardly requires any time or effort. However, it is not precisely so – especially, if you are looking for unique stylish interior design combinations. Surely, much will depend on your tastes and preferences; however, there are several factors you have to remember while looking for a plasma TV stand best buy. 1. Compatibility with your interior style This is particularly important if you already have finished your room decoration. Wooden corner TV stand, for instance, will look perfect in a traditional... 
 

Electric Linear Actuators and Remote Control in Your Boat

Electric linear actuators are electromagnetic devices that can operate, produce and deliver a progressive oscillatory or un-directional short stroke motion. The force developed by electromagnetism in the actuator produces a motion. Linear electric machines are associated with long linear progressive movements such as transportation and other similar operations. Electric linear actuators 12v are now preferred in a wide range of motion applications where the application needs raising and positioning, moving and many more motion applications. They... 
 

Apple Releases First Ever Automated Security Update

Apple Inc has released its first ever security update that is automated to Mac computers to aid in defending against new bugs that have been identified that researchers in security have warned could help hackers gain remote control of the machines. Apple pushed the software out on Monday to correct critical vulnerabilities in security in one component of its operating system OS X called NTP or the network time protocol, according to a spokesperson from Apple. The NTP is used to synchronize clocks located on computer systems. The bugs became public... 
 

More Privacy Problems Predicted

For all the good things it offers, the internet slowly has fallen into a world were public and private information is not distinguishable any longer. Many security and research experts predict a future where general information security and privacy concerns on the web will be forgotten about completely and not a worry to users. However, they do not believe that will happen for at least another decade or longer. In simpler terms, another decade with numerous problems pertaining to privacy and possibly even intrusion awaits us. According to results... 
 

Hollywood Scared of Google Says Leaked Emails

Leaked emails that were released from the cyber-attack against Sony proved that big movie companies are currently working as a team with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on an idea, which is aimed to take down a “Goliath” Internet search company. It is quite certain they are referring to the web giant Google. The first report from an online firm included a message from a lawyer from the MPAA, Steven Fabrizio, which laid out in detail, the strategy that was to be used against “Goliath.” From a Hollywood point of view, the... 
 

Apple Pay Release Off To A Rocky Start (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Since the release of Apple Pay, there have been several news stories about the rocky rollout of the service. Several companies that initially said they would accept payments through the service backtracked and now say they will no longer accept Apple Pay payments. Apple Pay is also facing competition from the Merchant Customer Exchange, a consortium with its own mobile wallet, CurrentC, which can be used on nearly any old or new smartphone. Some specific things are necessary before a business can begin accepting payments through Apple Pay. Most... 
 

FCC Looking Into 5G Networks

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission through its Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has said it will look to infinity and beyond in order to harness new technology that could help to build the next generation of connections for mobile wireless. The U.S. regulatory agency on Friday unanimously voted in favor of opening a notice of inquiry into what the agency and the industry could do to convert a new group of very high-frequency airwaves that previously have been deemed to be unusable for wireless networks into frequencies that are mobile friendly. The... 
 

New Apple iPads Introduced (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Apple has released two new iPad designs in efforts to reignite sales of the popular tablet computing devices. Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, unveiled the new devices in front of journalists and Apple employees at the company’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. The new iPads and the iOS 8.1 system, the next update for Apple’s mobile operating system, will be available to the public on Oct. 24. The new iPad Air 2 is thinner than a pencil and includes a faster processor to improve speed. The display has been revamped to reduce reflections... 
 

Google Refunding Millions for Charges Children Made

Google announced that it will pay complete refunds that total as much as $19 million to consumers that had their accounts charged for purchases that their children made for apps without the parental consent needed. The apps were purchased from the Google Play app store. The settlement by Google is part of the third Federal Trade Commission case about purchases by children of in-apps that were unauthorized. The FTC settled with tech giant Apple for nearly $32.5 million this past January and filed a complaint against online retailer Amazon, which... 
 

Ralph Lauren Announces New Wearable Technology Line (NYSE:RL)

The Ralph Lauren company has announced the development of a line of wearable technology that will be unveiled to the public during the U.S. Open. The goal of the new product line was to make products that did not compromise appearance and comfort while adding technological capabilities that could enhance the life of the wearer. The timing of the release makes sense, as Ralph Lauren company has been a sponsor of the United States Olympic team, the Open and Wimbledon for years. One of the new products being showcased is a nylon t-shirt that records... 
 

Crash by Facebook Prompts 911 Calls

In California, law enforcements said calls were made for assistance in getting the largest social network in the world up and running. The Friday outage was the second service crash globally in the last two months The rather short outage of Facebook triggered a number of falls to 911 operators, with the callers asking law enforcement to put the social network back on line. That is correct. Some people believe the sheriffs and police play a role in putting Internet sites back into action. The onslaught of 911 calls related to the outage, which took... 
 

IBM Explores Additional Business Options In China (NYSE:IBM)

IBM has announced its intentions to explore business opportunities in China outside of its core technologies. IBM is planning to provide systems to the country that will improve China’s data collection, monitoring and forecasting capabilities. One option the company is exploring is using advanced weather forecasting and cloud computing technologies to monitor and come up with solutions for the persistent smog in the city of Beijing. More than three decades of growth has resulted in pollution that has caused significant damage to the sky, rivers... 
 

Google Sanitizing Web Searches In Compliance With European Ruling (NASDAQ:GOOGL)

Google has announced that it has begun the process of scrubbing links from the web search results displayed when users type in certain search terms. Due to a European court ruling, individuals can now ask for links to information about themselves to be removed from search results if the information is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant.” The ruling by the court applies to all search engines that operate in Europe. Google currently has a roughly 85 percent market share of search traffic in Europe. The search results are only being... 
 

Sales and Profit at Oracle Miss Estimates

Sales and profit at Oracle Corp. ended short of estimates by analysts for its fiscal fourth quarter, as competitors such as Salesforce.com and other rivals in cloud computing lure away customers. Profit prior to certain types of costs was 92 cents per share in the three months that ended on May 31. Revenue for the same period was $11.3 billion. Analysts projected the profit for the quarter to be 96 cents per share on sales of $11.5 billion. The company’s forecasts for the current three-month period were in line with estimates by analysts. The... 
 

Google Announces $500 Million Purchase Of Skybox Imaging (NASDAQ:GOOGL)

Google has made an announcement detailing its agreement to purchase Skybox Imaging for the price of $500 million. Skybox, a provider of high-quality satellite images, was founded in 2009 by four Stanford business school students under the idea that launching cheaper satellites could create dramatic change in the space industry. Skybox wrote in a corporate blog post, “The time is right to join a company who can challenge us to think even bigger and bolder, and who can support us in accelerating our ambitious vision.” The company uses off-the-shelf... 
 

Netflix And Verizon Trade Barbs On Streaming Delays (NASDAQ:NFLX) (NYSE:VZ)

People streaming shows on Netflix may have noticed a message on the screen from the company blaming Verizon for slowing down their streaming speed. Journalist Yuri Victor, who noticed the on-screen message as he began to stream a television show, posted a screen shot of the Netflix message on Twitter. The message said: “The Verizon network is crowded right now. Adjusting video for smoother playback.” Netflix claims that the message was one of many ways the company is testing for notifying its customers of how their Internet service provider’s... 
 

U.S. Has Stopped Major Extortion and Hacking Ring

An international operation led by the U.S. put to an end a crime ring that had infected many hundreds of thousands of PCs across the globe with a malicious software that is used to steal banking information and to extort the owner of the computer, said the U.S. Justice Department Monday. Authorities in close to one dozen countries worked together with security companies to wrestle control of the malicious network that infected computers known by the moniker Gameover Zeus, its master software. Court documents on Monday were released and said that... 
 

China Clamping Down on Apps for Instant Messaging

China has started a crackdown of one month on illegal content making the rounds on local services offering instant messaging. The most recent crackdown was announced on Tuesday and comes following a terrorist attack in the Xinjiang region of China that killed over 40 people. Police following the attack, arrested more than 200 suspected militants. Those militants had been chatting on local services offering instant messaging to organize activities, according to the press that is controlled by the state. The messaging services involved included QQ... 
 

IBM Lab Mistake Creates New Lightweight Materials (NYSE:IBM)

Jeannette M. Garcia has worked as a research chemist at an IBM laboratory for years developing recyclable plastics that are stronger and better for the earth. On one of her days of mixing and heating chemicals, she left one step out of a three-step process and returned to find a hard white plastic substance in her beaker that had frozen the stirrer in place. Her mistake led to the discovery of a new family of materials that display a number of attractive properties. The materials are unusually strong and light, exhibit “self-healing” properties... 
 

Sources: Samsung Will Launch Smart Watch with Phone

According to insider reports, Samsung Electronics the South Korea based electronics giant is currently developing a smart watch that will not have to be linked to a telephone to be used. That would in turn make the new device the only smart watch in the tech market with those capabilities from one of the major manufacturers. The new wearable from Samsung would make and receive calls independently of any smartphone, which other smart watches currently on the market cannot do. The smart watch is also to have the capability of taking photos, sending... 
 

New Low-Cost Smartphone Revealed By BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY)

BlackBerry unveiled a new smartphone model that it intends to release in emerging markets in Asia and South America. The new BlackBerry Z3 smartphone was produced by BlackBerry in partnership with the Foxconn Technology Group of Taiwan. John S. Chen, the chief executive of the struggling smartphone maker, said that the partnership had given BlackBerry the ability to compete in emerging markets. The new BlackBerry Z3 will be available exclusively for Indonesia at first. The company is also planning to sell the Z3 in six other Asian markets, including... 
 

Sony Drops to Loss of $1.3 Billion

Sony Corp lost $1.3 billion during its fiscal year after being hit by the costs from selling is business of personal computers. The company is forecasting continued losses as it attempts to execute a turnaround that has now been long-promised. The company, based in Tokyo, Japan and the maker of the Walkman player, Bravia TVs and the world-renowned PlayStation 4 console, reported the loss for the year ended March 31, 2014. The loss was nearly three times the loss it suffered for the previous year. The electronic maker’s forecast is for a $490 million... 
 

Tech Firms Will Notify Users that Information is Subpoenaed

Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc and Google Inc have said they would notify their users whose information is request by the U.S. government. This move is pitting the private companies against officials in law enforcement from the federal government, who say the company disclosures would be harmful to the investigations. It also adds to the increasing divide between Washington and Silicon Valley. Officials in the government have asked the Internet companies to keep the subpoenas quiet voluntarily to avoid criminal suspects from being alerted. However, recently... 
 

Profit Triples For Facebook In First Quarter (NASDAQ:FB)

For the first quarter of its fiscal year, Facebook reported that its net income nearly tripled and revenue grew 72 percent. For the quarter, Facebook reported revenue of $2.5 billion. This was an increase from the $1.46 billion reported in the same quarter the previous year. Facebook reported net income of $642 million, or 25 cents a share. This was a large increase from $219 million, or 9 cents a share, reported last year. The company had a profit of $885 million, or 34 cents a share, for the quarter, excluding certain expenses like stock-based... 
 

IBM Reports Drop In Revenue And Profit

In the first quarter, IBM reported that its profit fell and its revenue declined for the eighth consecutive quarter. Revenue for the quarter was $22.5 billion, below the average estimate of Wall Street analysts of $22.9 billion. This was a significant drop from the $23.4 billion in revenue reported in the year-earlier quarter. IBM’s net income dropped 21 percent compared with a year earlier, falling from $3 billion to $2.4 billion. Operating earnings per share fell 15 percent, to $2.54 a share, from $3.00 a share last year. The drop was mainly... 
 

Shipments of Xbox One Surpass Five Million

The next-generation Xbox console sold over 311,000 units across the United States in March, outpacing the Xbox 360 in the same period. On Thursday, Microsoft announced that over 5 million Xbox One consoles were shipped since the November launch to retailers. While that number is good, its rival Sony has sold over 7 million consoles of PlayStation 4 across the globe in approximately the same period of time. Sitting in second place has not hurt the mood of Microsoft though. In a recent blog post Yusef Mehdi, the chief strategy and marketing officer... 
 

Yahoo Revenue and Earnings Beat the Street

Yahoo announced its revenue and earnings for the latest quarter that beat Wall Street analysts’ estimates. Shares of Yahoo were up over 9% in trading afterhours on Tuesday, as of the close of business on Monday, the stock had fallen by 15% since the same time one year ago. The company announced earnings for the first quarter excluding items of 38 cents per share, which was unchanged from last year during the same quarter. Revenue, excluding an acquisition cost for traffic, increased to over $1.09 billion from last year’s same quarter of $1.07... 
 

Fire TV Unveiled By Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)

Amazon has begun selling a device that allows consumers to watch Amazon’s extensive video library as well as play a wide array of games on their television sets. At a Manhattan news conference held to announce the device, Peter Larsen, Amazon’s vice president for Kindle, said that the set-top device is part of the company’s plan to merge shopping and entertainment. Larsen said, “We’re missionaries about inventing and simplifying on behalf of customers.” The device, called Fire TV, is part of a multibillion-dollar effort to move from... 
 

Password Flaw on Xbox Exposed by Child

A San Diego, California five-year old boy has discovered a password flaw in the new Xbox. Kristoffer Von Hassel was given a mention in the security acknowledgements by Microsoft for March after he discovered a security glitch later acknowledged by Microsoft. Von Hassel was able to find a backdoor into Xbox One Live by Microsoft, which alerted the software giant to a major glitch in security. If it had not been for the parents of Kristoffer noticing he logged in to his father’s account on Xbox Live the glitch would not have been detected. The five-year... 
 

Government Agency from U.S. Built Social Media in Cuba

The United States, in what appears to be a throwback to the campaigns of the Cold War of espionage, disinformation and disruption spent more than $1.6 billion to build a network of social media with the goal of undermining the Castro regime inside Cuba. Documents obtained from an investigation by the AP showed that the U.S. government project, which went on for over two years attracted thousands of members, was built behind shell companies and financed through international banks. USAID or the United States Agency for International Development was... 
 

What is the Deep Web?

What people commonly refer to as the Web is just scratching the surface. Beneath that is a huge, for the most part unchartered, ocean known as the Deep Web. The Deep Web’s size is not easy to calculate. However, researchers in universities say the Web that is well known – Wikipedia, Facebook and new – is equal to less than 1% of the complete World Wide Web. When surfing the Web, most people are just on the very periphery of what is available. Diving below that surface will open up trillions and trillions of different pages, an actual unfathomable... 
 

CEO of Bitcoin Exchange Found Dead

A Bitcoin exchange boss, who was American and 28 years of age was found dead in a Singapore apartment complex said police on Thursday. This was just the latest misfortune tied to the troubled currency used online. Police in Singapore said an investigation was underway into the unnatural death of CEO Autumn Radtke of First Meta based in Singapore. The death took place on February 26, but no foul play in the death was suspected. A website on technology first reported the woman might have taken her own life, but later updated that to say it had been... 
 

Tiny Ear Computer Weighing 17 Grams Tested in Japan

A tiny computer worn on the human ear that can be controlled through blinking an eye or clicking the tongue is undergoing testing in Japan. The wireless device weighing 17-grams has Bluetooth capability as well as being equipped with a compass, GPS, battery, gyrosensor, microphone, speaker and barometer. Wearable computing is being considered by many as the next big technological things, with products like the Google Glass at the sector’s forefront. The computer, known currently as the Earclip-type Wearable PC also has data and microchip storage... 
 

Yahoo Webcam Images Intercepted By British Spies (NASDAQ:YHOO)

It was a success that even James Bond would be proud of. According to accounts of documents leaked by Edward J. Snowden, a British intelligence agency collected video webcam images from millions of Yahoo users undetected. These users were targeted regardless of whether they were suspected of illegal activity. Many of the images obtained were sexually explicit. Whether the agency also collected webcam images from similar services, such as Google Hangouts or Microsoft’s Skype, is unknown. Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ,... 
 

Sony Sells 5.3 Million PS4 Consoles Worldwide

Sony said it was well ahead of its deadline to pass the 5 million mark in sales of PS4 by March. The company said that 5.3 million consoles had been shipped across the globe as of February 8. Sony takes pride when announcing these milestones of its popular PlayStation 4 console for gaming. This latest announcement of PS4 sales of 5.3 million comes just a few days after the company announced that it had sold nearly double the number of PS4 consoles as the Microsoft Xbox One, during January. Sony on Tuesday said the 5.3 million sold as of early February... 
 

IBM Spending Big On Cloud Computing In 2014 (NYSE:IBM)

IBM has announced plans to spend heavily on cloud computing during the coming year. To increase the number and quality of computing centers it has worldwide, IBM is moving rapidly on its plans to spend $1.2 billion this year on its efforts. IBM plans to offer over 150 software and software development products in its cloud. Erich Clementi, senior vice president of IBM Global Technology Services, said, “This is a key growth area for IBM. We are building out a global footprint.” IBM’s chief executive, Virginia Rometty, announced that Watson,... 
 

Google Buys Sound Authentication Start-up for Undisclosed Amount

Google does not take internet security lightly and in an effort to improve identity verification they have purchased SlickLogin, an Israeli start-up company. SlickLogin announced the acquisition on their website but as yet no financial details of the deal have been released. SlickLogin is an app that uses unique generated high frequency sounds played via a computer’s speaker to a smartphone, the app then analyses the sound and replies with a signal verifying the user’s identity. The app can be used to replace a typed password, or to add an additional... 
 

Google’s Smart Decisions Lead To Rising Revenue and Profit, Despite Mobile Results (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Google has slowly started to become a mobile company but is wrestling with how to make as much money with mobile advertising as it has with the ads that appear on desktop computers. While the smart decisions made by the company has led to an increase in revenue and profits, mobile remained one of the company’s weak points. Some of the new types of mobile ads introduced by Google have paid off handsomely for the company, but not enough to offset the rest. The company has also seen success with its mobile businesses, like the Play store for Android... 
 

Yahoo! Urges Users to Change Passwords

Users of the Mail service for Yahoo! Have been urged to change their passwords to something unique and secure after it was announced the Internet giant had a security breach that exposed its login details. Yahoo! officials said the company reset the different passwords on the accounts connected with the breach in what it called a third party data compromise. The database compromised contained the record of some users of Yahoo! Yahoo! said the sensitive information has already been used by those who stole the information. As well as resetting the... 
 
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