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Samsung and Google Reach Agreement on Patent

Samsung Electronics signed with Google an agreement that cross-licensed their patents. This reduces the risk of any legal disputes that can be costly over the rights of intellectual property. The signing of the agreement likely will foster a better collaboration between the two companies. Samsung, based in Seoul, South Korea, said on Monday that the agreement covered patents to be filed over the upcoming 10 years along with existing ones. No financial terms were released. Google’s deputy general counsel, Allen Lo, said that the new deal allows... 
 

Google Offers $3 million to Hackers

Google, which does not take Internet security lightly, has announced its willingness to pay computer hackers up to a total of $3 million to find and exploit its computer software Chrome OS. The company, based in Mountain View, California, said in March that it would hold its own contest name “Pwnium.” The contest would feature hackers putting their skills together attempting to hack into the ACER Chromebook C720 or Chromebook 11 from Hewlett Packard. The tech giant said it would pay out $150,000 and $110,000 prizes. In all, Google said it would... 
 

IBM Selling Low-End Server Business (NYSE:IBM)

IBM has announced that it is selling its low-end server business to Lenovo of China for $2.3 billion. The server business being sold includes the x86 line and is one of the world’s largest computer server businesses, purchased at what appears to be a rock bottom price. With the sale of the server business, Lenovo gets market share in an area where it is a small player and IBM sheds a business that was killing its profitability. Lenovo is currently the world’s largest maker of personal computers. Things are changing fast in the trillion-dollar... 
 

Intel To Lay Off 5,000 Employees This Year (NASDAQ:INTC)

According to an anonymous company official, Intel will lay off about 5 percent of its work force, or 5,000 jobs, during 2014. The Intel official said the employment cuts were part of a larger program to shift resources to growing business lines. The anonymous source also said the cuts would probably be a mixture of attrition and layoffs. The chip maker’s first-quarter revenue did little to dispel concerns about a slowing PC industry. Intel came to be the world’s largest maker of semiconductors by supplying crucial elements of personal computers... 
 

Google Developing Contact Lens to Monitor Glucose

On Thursday, Google unveiled a contact lens it says monitors the glucose levels of the wearer’s tears. It is a potential reprieve for the millions of sufferers of diabetes who must jab a finger to test their blood up to 10 times daily. The prototype, which the search engine behemoth said would take another five years before it would be available to consumers, is one of many medical devices companies are designing for glucose monitoring for patients with diabetes that are more convenient and not as invasive as the traditional prick of the finger. The... 
 

Shipments of PCs Dropped 6.9% During 2013 Fourth Quarter

Personal Computer global shipments fell by 10% during 2013 and by 6.9% during the last three months of the year compared to the same period in 2012. The PC industry marked a historically poor year in 2013 and looks forward to a reversal of fortunes in 2014. Research firms IDC and Gartner Inc said that shipments worldwide of PC’s in 2013 were the worst slump in sales for that industry since tracking of sales began in the market sometime in the early part of the 1980s. Makers of personal computers have been hit hard as both businesses and consumers... 
 

Apple Now Has Official Store on E-commerce Site in China

Apple has opened two official online outlets for sales in China, after it opened its virtual doors on Tmall.com, a huge marketplace online operated by the largest e-commerce website in China named Alibaba Group. It is still not clear when Apple opened its shop on the marketplace, but an Alibaba representative said the page was official and recently went live, reported one international news agency. The Apple webpage on Tmall is almost identical to the Apple Store online, but with minor modifications of codes and links to the payments system of the... 
 

New Study Says Twitter and Facebook Being Beaten by Instagram

Many companies wonder where they can get the best results in promoting themselves online. Twitter has received great hype as a tool for advertising, but according to a recent study, Instagram is beating out its competitors as the brand performance social media destination. SumAll, a business analytics company, looked into brand performance on sites such as Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Following their study, they discovered that Instagram was the leader for brand engagement on social media sites. The analytical firm looked at data for... 
 

Yahoo Users Attacked by Malware

An attack of malware hit an advertising server for Yahoo over the past couple of days, affecting thousands of Internet users that use the platform. The users affected were in different countries, said a security firm on the Internet. Fox-It, in its blog post, said that Yahoo servers had been releasing an exploit kit, which helped exploit the vulnerabilities in Java and in installed malware. The security firm wrote that clients that visited yahoo.com received ads that were served by ads.yahoo.com. Some of the ads said the security firm were malicious. The... 
 

Apple and Google in Smart Dashboard Competition

Both Apple and Google are currently developing competing technologies that would bring navigation, apps and music all together to form a smart dashboard for vehicles based upon their own systems of mobile operation. Google and Apple have planned to unveil a brand new collaboration based upon the Android platform at the Consumer Electronics Show next week in Las Vegas. The system would bring in-car entertainment and apps to a device that would mount on the dashboard. Apple already has shown what it has in the market and announced it has deals with... 
 

Verizon Shareholders Express Concerns Over Release Of User Data (NYSE:VZ)

A proposed shareholder resolution for Verizon Communications would require the company to provide more information about the user data that is shared with the government. AT&T and Verizon have come under scrutiny over the past several months for their cooperation with government surveillance programs. Verizon and AT&T received the resolution from activist investors in November. The proposal was submitted by Trillium Asset Management, an investment firm. The proposal demanded that the company publish reports detailing the information it... 
 

Box Receives Funding of $100 Million

Box has secured funding for $100 million at a valuation of close to $2 billion, said Aaron Levie their CEO, as new investors have decided to help the provider of online storage expand internationally. The company, based in Los Altos, California, is planning to open its first offices in Brazil, Australia and Japan in 2014, with a plan to invest heavily in its headquarters for Europe in London. The new funding included companies in four different markets said the CEO: In Japan Mitsui & Co., Macnica Inc. and Itochu Technology; in Latin America... 
 

PayPal Anonymous Attackers Guilty

Members of the computer hacking group Anonymous, charged with a PayPal denial-of-service attack entered pleas on Thursday that might see some walk free next December at their sentencing. Fourteen were charged back in July of 2011 for the DDoS PayPal attack in December of 2010 as retribution for the company’s decision to end the WikiLeaks donation account. The group was charged with conspiring amongst themselves along with other unknown and known persons to commit damage intentionally to a computer that was protected, under the Computer Abuse and... 
 

Cyber Scammers Aiming for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

This is the season to watch out for cyberscams. If people are not careful, they could suffer from a huge plundering by the cyber grinches. Crooks look for where the big money is and that means cyber criminals are starting to concentrate their expertise on social media and mobile devices. With the two biggest shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday quickly approaching, the criminals in cyberspace have started to flood social media postings, email and search results with web links that are tainted that offer products that are worthless and... 
 

How to become a successful illustrator

The world of the arts has always been maddeningly competitive to enter into, with a host of creative individuals struggling to get the job they want. And, if you’re looking to be an illustrator, you’re entering an arena that’s already filled with talented and resourceful people, and even they have to cope with multiple rejections on a regular basis. But, there are ways to get ahead in the world of illustration and, if you have the right level of talent and resources, you’ll find that you can make a tidy living from your artwork. So, how... 
 

Russia’s Richest Wants the U.S. Tech Market

The Russian tech market has been nearly conquered by Mail.ru. The Internet portal operates some of the country’s most popular messaging, email and social media services. The portal also owns a large stake in the largest social network in Russia Vkontakte and in Qiwi, a provider of digital payments that earlier in 2013 went public. Internet companies in the U.S. should beware the Russians are on their way. Mail.ru will launch on Wednesday My.com, a suite of entertainment and communication applications that are designed for use on mobile devices.... 
 

Tesla Faces Inquiry From Safety Agency Over Fires (NASDAQ:TSLA)

The Tesla Motors electric Model S sedan is now in the crosshairs of a federal safety investigation, according to an announcement from the company. Regulators are examining the high-end vehicle to determine the cause of two battery fires that have occurred with the vehicles. Regulators are wondering whether the design of the vehicle and its advanced lithium-ion battery pack are the source of the problem. The investigation could take months to complete and may contain crash tests of the vehicle well beyond the ordinary government testing that is usually... 
 

Microsoft and Google Tighten Searches to Combat Porn

Microsoft and Google have unveiled new measures to block searches online for images of child sex abuse starting on Monday as part an attempt by authorities in Britain to crackdown on pedophiles on the Internet. The two companies said up to 100,000 search terms now would fail to produce any results and trigger a warning that imagery depicting child abuse is illegal while offering how someone can get help. The move by the two largest operators of search engines in the world was a display of unity that is rare ahead of a safety summit on the Internet... 
 

Acer Lowers Price of Chromebook

Acer is attempting to push the prices down of its Chromebooks and announced this week new Chrome OS laptop prices at just $199.99. The Chromebook C720-2848 from Acer has a screen that is 11.6 inches in size and its target market is those people who do the majority of their work on the Web. The battery life for the lightweight laptop is 8.5 hours. The operating system for the computer has an Intel Celeron processor that is based upon the micro-architecture of Haswell. The newest line of Acer Chromebooks, which are running the most recent Chrome OS... 
 

Samsung – Apple Patent Case Heads To Jury (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Last year, Samsung Electronics lost an important patent battle with Apple that subjected the company to the possibility of paying millions of dollars to Apple in restitution. Now, the case heads to a jury that will determine how much Samsung has to pay for that loss. Samsung and Apple are the two biggest profit makers in the electronics industry and are currently embattled in multiple patent disputes. In the original case, Apple accused Samsung of violating several of its patents. The trial lasted about a month. During the trial, Apple’s executives... 
 

Facebook Profit Boosted By Mobile Ads (NASDAQ: FB)

In the third quarter, Facebook reported that that its profits doubled to $621 million, once expenses related to stock options were excluded. Revenue increased by 60 percent, to $2.02 billion, when compared with the third quarter of last year. About $1.8 billion of revenue came from advertising. The results for both revenue and profits were higher than Wall Street’s expectations. According to a statement from Facebook, prices for mobile ads remained high and users were clicking on them in their news feeds more frequently. Today, nearly half of... 
 

Nokia World Unveils Tablets and Phablets

Nokia unveiled its first set of phablets – oversized smartphones – as well as its first flat board tablet computer. The Windows Phone new phablets introduce a new ability to edit which of the objects in a particular photo are in focus, even after the photo has been taken. The Windows RT tablet contains a data chip of 4G, unlike the recently announced Microsoft Surface 2. The Abu Dhabi Nokia World will likely be remembered as the last major event by the Finnish firm prior to it completing its hardware unit sale to Microsoft. The software giant... 
 

Iron Man Armor Planned for U.S. Army Forces

Officials with the U.S. Army have said they are working to develop smart armor that is revolutionary and would gives troops real superhuman strength that is only known today in the movies. The army has called up the technology industry, academia and government labs to help build a suit similar to the one worn by the movie action hero Iron Man. Previously the army has tested exoskeletons designed to allow its soldiers to carry extremely large loads. The new TALOS – Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, would have similar frames but would also be... 
 

Top 9 Eco-Friendly Apps for Your Smartphone

Looking to reduce your impact on the environment, consume less energy, and decrease your carbon footprint? One of the first steps involves gaining knowledge, and you can find that in the palm of your hand. Harness the power of your smartphone to help you lead a greener lifestyle. Take a look at these nine apps that are designed to empower you to make choices that benefit the environment. Carbon Track Let this free app keep tabs on the CO2 emissions from your regular routine. It takes into account activities such as the amount of electricity you... 
 

Galaxy Round Announced by Samsung

Samsung seems to be the first high-tech company to unveil a display for a smartphone that is flexible with his launching of the Galaxy Round in Korea. Samsung makes its Galaxy devices across the form and size factor spectrum and announced on Wednesday the new Galaxy Round smartphone that has a concave display on front. The phone is similar in looks to a Note 3 that someone placed in their back pocket and sat down forgetting it was there. There have been mobile handsets previously with convex glass panels of which one is the Galaxy Nexus, but the... 
 

Samsung Appeal of Obama Veto Lost

Samsung Electronics must stop its importing of some of its models of tablets and smartphones into the United States, after the White House administration upheld a ban that was won by Apple in a dispute over patent infringement. A statement released by Michael Froman a U.S. Trade Representative designated by the White House, said the policy considerations had been carefully weighed, including impact on competition and consumers, and it was decided to allow the import ban to carry forward. Samsung now has the right to seek a delay on the ban from... 
 

Apple Turns Stadiums into Playgrounds

Major League Baseball has launched a huge initiative to make going to their baseball games a fun-filled interactive experience for all fans. Using Apple’s iBeacon indoor mapping, which is a new iOS7 feature, professional baseball plans to customize At the Ball Park app, so that every fan entering any of its MLB stadiums across the country can enjoy the new interactive app. GPS technology is reliable for routing someone to a target destination, but in the indoors navigating with GPS has not been mastered. The solution to that problem was answered... 
 

New Amazon Tablets have Video Helpdesk

Two new Amazon tablets were unveiled on Tuesday. The high-definition flat board computers have an on-screen live helpdesk feature the online company hopes will give it a leg up over devices from its rivals such as Google and Apple. The tablets are the Kindle Fire HDX and feature what the company called a “Mayday Button” that instantly has a video chat connection with a representative in their tech-support division who can help the user operate his device or the rep can do the task for them remotely. Amazon said their service for customers with... 
 

Tesco Unveils New Tablet Hudl

In a place you might purchase tomatoes, tuna or tea you can now find a tablet. Tesco, the supermarket chain in Britain has unveiled its own tablet. The new tablet named the Hudl was released on Monday. Tesco is not releasing an inexpensive tablet but rather a competitive high-spec offer with the latest Android operating system, a HD screen, expandable storage and a processor that is 1.5 GHz. The device is 7-inches and is similar in looks to most other small tablets with the Tesco information hidden below its logo. The Hudl will cost $189, which... 
 

How to Shop for Broadband Internet

When you are looking for new broadband internet service, you might not think about shopping around. It’s best to do some research before picking sky broadband home in order to get the best service at the best price. If you know people in the area you are looking for service, the best thing to do is ask for recommendations. Local people will be able to tell you where they have had the best broadband service and the worst. If you are new to the area and don’t know anyone, you can also read reviews for the different internet service providers in... 
 

BT TV and the Right Package for you

No matter what you demand from your cable experience, a bt tv package may be just what you’ve been searching for. Whether selecting a cable package based on your budget, personal interests, or simply on a channel preference, bt tv packages are affordable with many channel options. There are three basic packages to choose from, but many other channels may be added to your bt tv package, customizing your cable experience to fit your specific needs and interests. The first, most basic package, TV Essential, available with BT Broadband service, consists... 
 

Japan has iPhone Free with 24-month Contract

Wireless carriers in Japan are offering the new iPhone 5S for free if a 24-month contract is signed. The entrance of NTT DoCoMo into the iPhone frenzy in Japan has caused some fierce competition to win customers, with the three carriers in the country now offering certain models of the iPhone 5S free with a signed two-year user contract. SoftBank, KDDI and DoCoMo will all offer 16GB models of the new iPhone 5S for what effectively amounts to nothing when a customer agrees to a certain plan and the 24-month contract. On Friday, all three wireless... 
 

Top 20 World Universities List has 10 in U.S. and Six from the UK

According to the latest list of the world’s top universities, six of the top 20 are located in the United Kingdom. Moving into the top 20 were Edinburgh and Kings College London. Schools located in UK that were in the top 10 included Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial and UCL. However, one of the authors of the list said if the UK does not put more funding into its higher education it could lose its leading positions. Edinburgh was in 21st position last year and moved up to 17th, while King’s moved from 26th to 19th. In the overall third position was... 
 

Microsoft Modifies Second Generation Surface (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Because of the less than enthusiastic reaction to the first generation of Microsoft Surface tablets, the company has decided to make a few modifications to the second generation of the device. Microsoft wanted to design a device that blended the benefits of tablets and laptop computers. Microsoft corporate vice president Panos Panay said, “We’re right now focused 100 percent on building the best tablets for the world. We haven’t slowed down or lifted our heads a bit.” While the Surface was supposed to be a crucial cog in the company’s... 
 

New York Times Site Operating Again Following Cyberattack

Hackers from Syrian attacked the website of the The New York Times underscoring how vulnerable the media websites are as they become more and more complex by integrating more software and content from their vendors. On Wednesday, the website was up and running again a day after it had been hacked by a group calling themselves the Syrian Electronic Army. A spokesperson for the newspaper said the situation was nearly resolved, with the traffic levels close to returning to normal, but there might be some instances when certain Internet Service Providers... 
 

Lenovo Uses Startup for Return of Start Menu on Windows

Sales for Windows at Microsoft Corp have been besieged by the poor demand for personal computers. For five straight quarters, shipments for PCs have declined, which one online researcher predicts will show 2013 as the worst annual decline on record. Many people were upset when they learned that the new Windows 8 does not have a Start Menu. Lenovo Group, not content to sit patiently to see if Microsoft would respond, has added the feature back into its computers. The biggest PC maker in the world will pre-install Pokki software from SweetLabs, which... 
 

Apple Guilty In E-Book Case (NASDAQ:AAPL)

A federal judge said the words of Steven P. Jobs helped persuade her that Apple had violated antitrust law. Apple had been accused of conspiring with publishers to raise prices of e-books. The ruling will probably not have an immediate effect on the book-buying public, but it will affect how Apple cuts deals with media companies in the future. Denise L. Cote of United States District Court in Manhattan said in her ruling that Apple had taken advantage of the publishers’ “fear of and frustration” over Amazon.com’s control of e-book pricing.... 
 

Samsung Phablet Pushes Smartphone Limits

At one time companies wanted to make the smallest mobile phone available, but times have changed. Samsung Electronics, based in South Korea, has pushed the boundaries on size for smartphones with its line of Galaxy Note and now has gone where no other phone maker has yet been with its Galaxy Mega. The Note II has a screen that is 5.5 inches in size, while the Mega, which is making its debut in the U.S. this month, sports a screen that is 6.3 inches. The Phablet will not be fitting in normal pockets of any shirt. To put the new Mega in perspective,... 
 

Amber released by Nokia for its Lumia Range

Owners of Lumia devices, both low and high end, who want the newest apps for cameras, can start installing them today with a new Amber update. However, some will not receive the Amber update until late September. Nokia started today to roll out the update for Lumia Windows 8 phones, which enables a group of new apps for cameras and other features. However, some owners of Lumia will not receive theirs until later. The latest Amber software update highlights the efforts by Nokia to build upon the latest Microsoft Windows Phone update known as GDR2... 
 

Blackberry Going Private Might Make Business Sense

A deal that would take Blackberry private might make business sense from a financial standpoint, said executives from private equity. However, any type of move would not alone make the maker of smartphones any more competitive. The numbers could still workout for a leveraged buyout, said the executives, following a report during the week that the board at Blackberry was becoming more interested into the possibility of taking the company private as it attempts to revive its lost fortunes. The new openness by the company to a buyout comes after six... 
 

Slim Makes $9.6 Billion Unsolicited Offer

America Movil, on Friday unveiled a $9.6 billion unsolicited bid to purchase the majority stake in Dutch Royal KPN, that it does not already own. The bid possibly halts the proposed sale of the German unit of KPN and creates a European stronghold for the phone company from Mexico. America Movil from Mexico City, said it was offering a 20% premium to the Thursday closing price of the stock, which is well below the per share price it just paid to recently boost its holding in KPN to almost 30%. The company announced that its intention was to acquire... 
 

MixBit Stitching App Launched by Founders of YouTube

The people who founded YouTube are taking on Instagram and Vine with their own video sharing and stitching app. The new app, MixBit, is free and debuted on Thursday. For users of iOS the app is available on the Apple’s App store, while the version for Android will be available over the next few weeks. MixBit increases the social aspect of taking short video clips as it lets them be stitched together from separate users to create a longer video production. As it is highlighted in the description in the app, you are able to record, edit and then... 
 

Charger Trade-in Started by Apple

Apple started a program worldwide to replace counterfeit and third party USB chargers. The initiative follows reports that a woman in China was electrocuted by a charger that was non-Apple. Apple announced it would swap the third party chargers to be replaced by a replacement for $10 or its equivalent in local currency. The program will start August 16 and run through October. Last month, Apple said reports were being investigated that a woman in China, Ma Ailun had been killed when her phone rang and she answered it while it had still been plugged... 
 

Obama Administration overturns Apple Patent Ban

The ban on selling the older models of Apple’s iPhone and iPad in the U.S. was overturned this weekend by the White House administration. The U.S. International Trade Commission, in June ruled that the Cupertino, California based Apple had infringed on the patents of its biggest rival Samsung. The trade representative for the Obama administration vetoed the earlier decision by the ITC because of how it would affect the conditions of competitiveness on the economy in the U.S. This type of veto is quite a rare event. The patent in question related... 
 

Motorola Rolls out Potential Smartphone Contender

Over the past four decades, since the first prototype cellphone was showed off by Motorola, the company has seen the likes of Samsung, Apple and other tech innovators surpass  them in sales. Now, with its new owner Google, Motorola has introduced Moto X, a phone that is noted for its innovations in its manufacturing, as an attempt in part to regain its position in the cellphone world. The Moto X offers plenty in software, including being able to get directions, seek answers to trivia questions or set the phone’s alarm without once touching the... 
 

Apple Shares Soar as Profit Beats the Street

Apple, Inc shares soared on Wednesday after the tech giant posted profits that beat Wall Street analysts’ expectations. In early morning trading on Wednesday, shares on Wall Street were up over $19 an increase of more than 5%. During the recently ended quarter, Apple earned over $6.9 billion in profits, thanks to a surge in sales of the iPhone. Apple announced that its iPhone sales were 31.2 million for the quarter, a record for this quarter, compared to last year when it sold 26 million. However, Apple sad its profit was lower by 22% from the... 
 

Sony Smartphone Facing Difficulties In Japan (NYSE:SNE)

Sony is banking on smartphones to revive its electronics business, which is struggling. According to estimates, Sony’s Xperia Z smartphone has already sold almost a million units. Even though the phone just recently made its United States debut, the phone is already old news in Japan. Japan’s largest mobile carrier, NTT DoCoMo, will soon stop selling the devices. DoCoMo has turned its attention to a new phone, the Sony Xperia A. DoCoMo started selling Sony’s Xperia Z in Japan as part of the carrier’s spring 2013 collection in February, replacing... 
 

Nokia Shows Bigger Screen Lumia to the World

Nokia, the Finland based mobile phone manufacturer, has launched a new Lumia smartphone that has a bigger screen than its low-priced predecessor does. The launch took place on Tuesday aiming to lessen the gap between Nokia and Samsung, the market leader, which currently sells a wide range of handsets in different sizes. The latest Nokia smartphone the Lumia 625 has a screen that is 4.7 inches in size and will cost just $285 or 220 euros. Its predecessor, the Lumia 620, which was launched in late 2013, has a screen that is 3.8 inches in size. Nokia... 
 

Developer Portal at Apple Hacked

Apple, Inc, the Cupertino, California based tech giant has been forced to shut down its website for developers, after there was a security breach. The breach, said company officials, might have compromised the names, email addresses and mailing addresses of developers. The Apple Developer site, which is the company’s portal for iOS developers, was shuttered last Thursday. Over the weekend, Apple updated the site with a message that stated an intruder from outside had tried to secure the personal information of the site’s registered developers. Apple... 
 

Barnes & Noble Ceases Manufacture Of Color Nook Versions (NYSE:BKS)

Barnes & Noble reported a big loss at its Nook e-reader division for the fourth quarter. The loss in the division dragged down the company’s fourth-quarter results. As a result, Barnes & Noble will no longer make its own color tablets, instead farming the work out to third-party manufacturers. These manufacturers will make the devices in exchange for co-branding opportunities. The e-reader market is currently dominated by Apple, Amazon.com and Samsung. Barnes & Noble is essentially signaling that its Nook cannot compete with the iPad... 
 
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