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Bodyprint could let you unlock your phone with your ear print

Bodyprint could let you unlock your phone with your ear printAn experimental system uses a smartphone's capacitive screen as a low-res sensor keyed to the user's body prints.


TPG or M2: Which company is iiNet’s perfect match?

TPG or M2: Which company is iiNet's perfect match?iiNet now has two potential buyers in M2 and TPG, but what is the difference, and which would be better for iiNet customers?


Watch DARPA’s magic bullets change course to hit moving targets

Watch DARPA's magic bullets change course to hit moving targetsWe already have smart guns, but DARPA has taken the next logical step — the defense agency has built smart bullets. The military agency has shown off new footage of its Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance — shortened to EXACTO rounds — that show the smart bullets maneuvering in mid-air to hit moving targets. DARPA first showed off its EXACTO technology in a video released last year.


ACCC forces EA to offer refunds for Origin digital downloads

ACCC forces EA to offer refunds for Origin digital downloadsThe Australian competition watchdog has welcomed an enforced undertaking from gaming giant EA to provide refunds to customers downloading games on the Origin platform.


Acer readying Predator Android gaming tablet

Acer readying Predator Android gaming tabletThe company looks to extend its gaming brand with a competitor to the Nvidia Shield that may launch in Q3 2015.


China iPhone sales boost Apple; shares up modestly

A woman holds up the iPhone 6 Plus at the Apple Store in Tokyo(Reuters) - Apple Inc beat Wall Street's revenue and profit forecasts on Monday as it sold more iPhones in China than the United States for the first time, but the company gave no sales figures for its new Apple Watch. Apple's iPhone sales in China soared, increasing its revenue in the country 71 percent to $16.8 billion, although that was helped by gift-buying for Chinese New Year. Chief Executive Tim Cook said that China's expanding middle class is fueling iPhone sales there, which is the bulk of the company's sales.


​CenturyLink expands datacentre footprint to Australia with NextDC

​CenturyLink expands datacentre footprint to Australia with NextDCCenturyLink's network services are now being serviced locally as part of a new agreement the company has signed with NextDC to extend its datacentre footprint to Australia.


Huawei releases new Honor budget smartphone, to be sold online

A worker adjusts the logo at the stand of Huawei at the CeBIT trade fair in HanoverHuawei Technologies Co Ltd launched on Tuesday the Honor 4C smartphone, the latest bid by the Chinese technology firm to gain market share in the highly competitive budget handset segment from domestic rivals such as Xiaomi Inc. The phone has a 5-inch display, slightly larger than the iPhone 6 and the same as Xiaomi's Mi 4 smartphone, and starts at 799 yuan ($129). To cut on marketing costs, the Honor 4C will be sold primarily online through outlets including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's Tmall, Huawei's marketing director George Zhao told the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing.


How Apple’s wrist taps could be a game changer

How Apple's wrist taps could be a game changerCan Apple's new smartwatch throw the stakes in your favor? Will we reach a point where, like some instances with phones, you have to leave your watch at the door?


Cabcharge to deliver payment software to Secure Parking

Cabcharge to deliver payment software to Secure ParkingFor the first time, Cabcharge will be rolling out its electronic payments software outside of the transport payments industry as part of a new agreement with Secure Parking.


Graphene produces a working 3D holographic display

Graphene produces a working 3D holographic displayA wide viewing angle, full-colour, holographic 3D display has been built using graphene-based materials.


The promise and pain of gaming in India

The promise and pain of gaming in IndiaThe world's majors have rushed to the country and startups are mushrooming, but India needs to see a radical revamp of its infrastructure if gaming companies hope to match their stellar experiences in neighbouring China.


Apple’s Mac is selling strong, iPad not so much

FILE - In this May 11, 2012 file photo, travelers pass the Apple store at New York's Grand Central Terminal. Apple reports quarterly financial results on Monday, April 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's iPhone was again the company's star in the first three months of the year. The tech giant sold 61 million iPhones, or 40 percent more than in the same period a year ago. That represented about two-thirds of its $58 billion in revenue.


​University of Queensland taps big data tech

​University of Queensland taps big data techThe University of Queensland has inked a multimillion-dollar deal for the development of a supercomputer designed to handle the big data behind complex research projects.


Apple profit soars on iPhone, China sales

Apple said Monday its first-quarter profit jumped 33 percent from a year ago, lifted by sales of 61 million iPhones in the first three months of the yearApple on Monday reported a sharp rise in its quarterly profit, lifted by robust sales of its iPhones and a jump in revenue from China. Revenue increased 27 percent from the same period a year ago to $58.01 billion, Apple said. A major contributor was the expansion of iPhone sales in China. Revenue for "greater China" leapt 71 percent to $16.8 billion in the quarter, allowing the region to overtake Europe as Apple's second-largest market.


​India’s Flipkart hooks up with Dabbawalas for last-mile delivery

​India's Flipkart hooks up with Dabbawalas for last-mile deliveryDabbawalas have been feeding Mumbai's population for decades. Now, they will deliver their packages.


Roche Diagnostics & SAP Team to Fight Diabetes

Roche Diagnostics & SAP Team to Fight DiabetesHealthcare technology is changing our world thanks to innovative pioneers like Roche Diagnostics. With connected care, the quality and results of medical treatments are drastically improving, especially for preventable lifestyle diseases like type 2 diabetes.


Watch: Stephen Hawking uses theoretical physics to comfort heartbroken One Direction fans

Stephen Hawking is incredibly cool for a whole host of reasons and one of them is his terrific sense of humor. During an appearance at the Sydney Opera House over the weekend, the legendary physicist was asked what his advice would be for any young fans who are still heartbroken because Zayn Malik had left the boy band One Direction last month. Hawking not only delivered a funny and empathetic response but he even found a way to tie it into his primary field of study as well. RELATED: One of the world’s best smartphone keyboards just made Stephen Hawking’s life much easier “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics,” Hawking

Luke Skywalker shows his family photo album from Return of the Jedi

Luke Skywalker shows his family photo album from Return of the JediAs Master Yoda famously said, "there is another Skywalker." Two others, actually, in pictures taken on the set of the classic Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by Luke actor Mark Hamill. The 35-year-old photos, seen in public for the first time on StarWars.com, show Mark Hamill with wife Marilou and son Nathan as they hang out in Yoda's Dagobah house, chill with Ewoks, and take turns sitting in the Emperor's chair.


Postr marches into the mobile lock-screen wars

Postr marches into the mobile lock-screen warsPostr is banking on superior user experience design to succeed where others have fallen: Paying users to view ads on their Android devices.


‘Avengers’ superfan sits pretty in a HulkBuster highchair

'Avengers' superfan sits pretty in a HulkBuster highchairNothing will make a baby feel all-powerful more than this handcrafted HulkBuster highchair. The latest "Super-Fan Builds" give a little girl a suit that would impressive even Tony Stark.


Comic creator gets awesome augmented-reality tattoo

Comic creator gets awesome augmented-reality tattooSutu, the creator of "Modern Polaxis," has tattooed an image from his augmented reality comic book on his arm -- the full effect of which can only be seen through augmented reality, naturally.


​Westpac’s tap and pay snubs non-Samsung smartphones

​Westpac's tap and pay snubs non-Samsung smartphonesWestpac continues to extend its tap-and-pay functionality to the Samsung range while it works on using host card emulation technology to enable the function for other Android handsets.


Footage emerges of Nepal quake, Everest avalanche

Footage emerges of Nepal quake, Everest avalancheVideo of the devastation wrought by a major earthquake on Kathmandu and resulting avalanche at Mount Everest base camp have begun to trickle on to YouTube.


Wearables wilt Australian tablet sales: Telsyte

Wearables wilt Australian tablet sales: TelsyteAn increased interest in wearable devices, along with the release of the iPhone 6 and market saturation, hit tablet sales in Australia during 2014, according to a new study by Telsyte.


Konami cancels ‘Silent Hills,’ bums us out permanently (Tomorrow Daily 168)

Konami cancels 'Silent Hills,' bums us out permanently (Tomorrow Daily 168)On today's show, Khail and Ashley speculate about what's going on at Konami, watch paper transform into an interactive medium, and watch tiny robots pull more than 100 times their own weight.


Expert lauds Apple Watch for its ‘excellent’ display

DisplayMate president Raymond Soneira has never been shy about ripping Apple’s display quality in the past and he’s almost always had effusive praise for Samsung’s gorgeous displays. With this in mind, we were interested to see that Soneira on Monday had high praise for the Apple Watch’s display, which he deemed “excellent.” DON’T MISS: Apple Watch tips: The good, the bad and the ugly about talking to your wrist This doesn’t mean he had no criticisms of the Apple Watch’s display, mind you. But these criticisms were tempered by the fact that all smartwatches right now have display issues. First, Soneira found that Apple’s decision to implement an automatic brightness correction feature left something to be desired in outdoor situations as it

Exclusive: Data center company Telx explores $2 billion sale – sources

Telx Group Inc, a private equity-owned provider of data centers and network solutions to companies, is exploring a sale that could value it at around $2 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter. Telx's owners, ABRY Partners LLC and Berkshire Partners LLC, have interviewed investment banks in recent weeks to appoint financial advisers that will help run an auction for the company, the people said on Monday. Telx and ABRY Partners representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Berkshire Partners declined to comment.

China passes US to become Apple’s biggest iPhone market

China passes US to become Apple's biggest iPhone marketStrong sales in the region during the Chinese New Year holiday pushed Apple to report higher smartphone sales than Wall Street anticipated.


Bethesda’s experiment with paid Skyrim mods has been an epic disaster – is there any way to fix it?

I’ll admit it: When Bethesda and Valve last week announced that they were going to open up a store where people could pay for individual modifications to the iconic game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, I thought it was a terrific idea. My reasoning at the time was that modders do such incredible work improving and adding to Skyrim that it’d be great to see them rewarded monetarily so they’d have the time and resources to produce even better mods in the future that could drastically expand the life of the game. DON’T MISS: Researchers find playing too much GTA actually can make you a sociopath Looking back on how things have played out so far, I’m ashamed of my pathetic naiveté. Clearly, I

Time Warner Cable is reportedly open to being acquired by Charter

Time Warner Cable is reportedly open to being acquired by CharterReuters reports that Time Warner is "open" to being acquired by Charter, in a move that would create a cable giant with 15.6 million video subscribers and 16.4 million broadband customers. If Charter decided to pursue an acquisition, that would mark its second attempt to ingest Time Warner in as many years. Time Warner rejected an offer from Charter last year after deciding it was too low, creating an opening for Comcast to make a bid of its own.


Best Buy to accept Apple Pay for purchases

Best Buy to accept Apple Pay for purchasesRetailer's customers can use the mobile-payments system to complete transactions on its app, with in-store capability coming later this year.


Valve removes Steam’s new paid mods in the face of criticism

Valve removes Steam's new paid mods in the face of criticismA few days after it introduced a new system in which Steam users could pay for game mods, video game developer and publisher Valve is removing the feature, in the face of widespread criticism from angry players. Valve first made paid mods available for Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim last week.


China iPhone sales boosts Apple; shares up modestly

A woman holds up the iPhone 6 Plus at the Apple Store in Tokyo(Reuters) - Apple Inc beat Wall Street's revenue and profit forecasts on Monday as it sold more iPhones in China than the United States for the first time, but the company gave no sales figures for its new Apple Watch. Apple's iPhone sales in China soared, increasing its revenue in the country 71 percent to $16.8 billion, although that was helped by gift-buying for Chinese New Year. Chief Executive Tim Cook said that China's expanding middle class is fueling iPhone sales there, which is the bulk of the company's sales.


LG’s Urbane Android Wear watch lands in the US for $349

LG's Urbane Android Wear watch lands in the US for $349The first Android Wear device that will come out of the box with Google's big new software update is now on sale in the US. Google began selling the LG Urbane on its online store today for $349. The watch comes in either a silver or a gold, and Google says new orders will leave its warehouse by Friday, May 8th. The LG Urbane's main appeal is that it looks more like a regular "luxury" watch than many other smartwatches.


Verizon’s shared data plans are cheap once again on the heels of a rough quarter

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to sign up for one of Verizon’s shared data plans, the time to act is now. FierceWireless confirmed with Verizon on Friday that the More Everything shared data plan is available at a cheaper promotional pricing for a limited time — 10GB for $80 per month and 15GB for $100 per month. DON’T MISS: 5 secret ways you can control your phone using Google search on your computer “We have different offers throughout the year, and right now the $80/$100 plans are available,” Verizon spokeswoman Debi Lewis confirmed to FierceWireless. Also note that the plans do not include the price of activating a new device on the account. FierceWireless believes that the timing of the price cuts is more than

Forget the watch: Apple’s iPhones are still the main event

FILE - In this May 11, 2012 file photo, travelers pass the Apple store at New York's Grand Central Terminal. Apple reports quarterly financial results on Monday, April 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The iPhone is still the engine behind Apple's phenomenal success, even if attention lately has been focused on its new smartwatch.


Applied Materials’ Tokyo Electron deal ends in DOJ roadblock

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Applied Materials has called off its $9.4 billion acquisition of Tokyo Electron Ltd. after hitting a regulatory roadblock.

Orion Health rebounds, but US market still tough

Orion Health rebounds, but US market still toughOrion Health eked out 7 percent growth for the year ended 31 March in the middle of its shift to SaaS.


Apple boosts capital return program to $200 billion

Apple boosts capital return program to $200 billionThe company gives shareholders even more to be happy about with a dividend increase and new funds to buy back shares.


Yahoo is making American Idol for DJs with Simon Cowell

Yahoo is making American Idol for DJs with Simon CowellYahoo is teaming up with Simon Cowell for a new music competition: a series called Ultimate DJ, which will have up-and-coming electronic DJs battling for a Sony Music record contract and a headline spot at a major music festival. The show, announced on Variety, is one of many that Yahoo is unveiling tonight at a digital content and advertising presentation in New York City. Cowell, who created The X Factor and was a longtime judge on American Idol, obviously knows his music competition shows, making him a star partner for this project. In addition to the music series, Yahoo is making yet another half-hour comedy: a sitcom called The Pursuit, which is being described — you can probably guess this if you just think up the most generic sitcom pitch possible — as "Friends for the 21st century in the era of social media," according to The Hollywood Reporter.


Strong iPhone demand pushes Apple’s sales — again

Strong iPhone demand pushes Apple's sales -- againRevenue in China helps boost the company to a record second quarter, but the iPad remains a weak spot for Apple.


EBay adds weight to Google’s Brussels antitrust defense: FT

A sign hangs outside the offices of online marketplace eBay in Toronto(Reuters) - EBay Inc Chief Executive John Donahoe has added weight to Google Inc's defense in an antitrust case, saying the two companies are direct competitors in online shopping, the Financial Times reported. Barriers between different areas of online commerce are breaking down, Donahoe said in an interview with FT, highlighting the challenges the European Commission faces in bringing the high-profile case. "While the specific complaint against Google has not been made public, we believe the Commission is investigating important concerns with the Internet ecosystem," eBay said. The Financial Times also updated its story to include eBay's response.


Humans act out the best cat videos, courtesy of VW

Humans act out the best cat videos, courtesy of VWTechnically Incorrect: A new VW ad offers humans a taste of what it would be like if they were viral heroes. Well, you have to sell cars somehow.


Apple’s Cook sees Watch hitting more countries in late June

Apple's Cook sees Watch hitting more countries in late JuneCEO Tim Cook also boasts that there are already more than 3,500 Apple Watch apps available, which far exceeds his expectations.


Gorgeous Batman: Arkham Knight trailer shows off Robin, Catwoman and Nightwing gameplay

One of the best things about the Batman Arkham series is the option to play as characters other than Batman himself. In Arkham Asylum, the Joker was playable in a limited capacity for a few downloadable challenge maps, but Rocksteady Studios took the concept a step further in Arkham City by letting the player control Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing. DON’T MISS: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 flings the series even further into the future Today, in the latest trailer for Arkham Knight, Rocksteady has announced the new “Dual Play” mechanic, which will let players switch seamlessly between Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing “in free-flow combat.” In other words, you can throw a punch with Batman and then charge in with Robin before the enemy has

Spotify Connect: What is and how it works

Spotify Connect: What is and how it worksIf you're a Spotify Premium subscriber and want to unshackle your music from your phone to play on your home stereo system, Spotify Connect is a great option. Here's everything you need to know.


Tim Cook’s thoughts to investors on iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch

Tim Cook's thoughts to investors on iPad, iPhone and Apple WatchThe iPhone was a big hit and while China was a huge reason, it's not the only one, says Apple's CEO. He still has high hopes for the iPad and shared an Apple Watch apps goal.


The first Apple Watch ‘scandal’? Stainless steel model scratched after just three days

Going through tech news late on Sunday, I noticed on 9to5Mac that some buyers are already complaining that their stainless steel Apple Watch models are suffering from scratches. “Not mine,” I chuckled to myself. Little did I know that, after just three days of using and testing it in the wild, mine would also have scratches of its own. Upon thorough inspection I found the first scratch marks, which left me literally scratching my head about how it could have happened. Will I have to fly 1,000 miles to return this thing now that it’s scratched? Not so fast, there’s a simple do-it-yourself fix available. DON’T MISS: Apple Watch makes the worst thing about the iPhone 6 even worse The Apple Watch should be

Nepal quake survivors draw support from Apple, Google, Facebook and others

Nepal quake survivors draw support from Apple, Google, Facebook and othersSome of the biggest technology companies offer ways to help the survivors of Saturday's earthquake.


Famous gamer retires, wrist can’t take it anymore

Famous gamer retires, wrist can't take it anymoreTechnically Incorrect: Hai Lam, one of the famed participants in eSports, has to give it all up because of a repetitive strain injury.


Microsoft phones infringe patents: U.S. International Trade Commission judge

Photo illustration shows a man silhouetted against a video screen with the Microsoft logo in the background as he poses with a Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone in ZenicaBy Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp lost a round in a potentially costly patent battle when a U.S. International Trade Commission judge on Monday found that the software giant used InterDigital Inc's technology in its mobile phones without permission. The judge, Theodore Essex, said that Microsoft infringed two wireless cellular patents owned by InterDigital , a patent licensor, and said it would not be against the public interest to ban the Microsoft devices from being imported into the United States. Wilmington, Delaware-based InterDigital first accused Nokia Corp of infringing its patents in 2007.


The dumb idea that people fear change

The dumb idea that people fear changeThere's a longstanding bromide in IT circles that people fear change, and a key activity for leaders is to mitigate that fear. Patrick Gray explores why this notion is completely misguided.


Best Buy now accepts Apple Pay, coming to stores ‘later this year’

Best Buy now accepts Apple Pay, coming to stores 'later this year'Best Buy is getting behind Apple Pay. Today the electronics retailer pushed out an update for its iOS app that allows customers to buy items with Apple Pay for home delivery or in-store pickup. Later this year, Best Buy will let shoppers pay by NFC with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus at its checkout counters. "Today’s consumers have many different ways to spend their money and we want to give our customers as many options as possible in how they pay for goods and services at Best Buy," the company said in a press release.


Facebook collecting Nepal quake aid donations

Rescue personnel observe damaged buildings in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, 2015Facebook was rolling out a donation button Monday for contributions to victims of the massive earthquake in Nepal, and offered to match up to $2 million. "People are coming together to support those affected by the earthquake that struck Nepal and impacted the populations of Nepal, India and Bangladesh," Facebook said in a blog post. Facebook said that as of Monday, users will see a message at the top of their News Feed with an option to donate to International Medical Corps, which has been operating relief units in the region. In addition, Facebook said it had activated its "Safety Check," a system which allows people in the disaster zone to notify friends and family if they are safe.


Apple now makes more money from Macs than iPads

Apple now makes more money from Macs than iPadsWhen Apple first introduced the iPad back in 2010 it was heralded as a "magical and revolutionary device" that would play a part in the "post-PC" era of devices. In the subsequent years since the launch of the iPad, many have debated whether the laptop is dead and the PC era over. Apple now earns more money from Macs than it does from iPads. Apple’s iPad business took over its MacBook business back in 2011 in terms of revenue, and has taken over its entire Mac business consistently for a number of years now.


Tesla invite for April 30th event teases ‘the missing piece’

Tesla invite for April 30th event teases 'the missing piece'Invites have gone out for this week's Tesla event in Hawthorne, California, just outside Los Angeles at the company's headquarters. Tesla is widely expected to unveil a battery cabinet for homes that would better enable solar energy to be stored, lessening reliance on the grid. Elon Musk's car company is in the process of building out the so-called Gigafactory, a Nevada-based facility that will be able to produce many more lithium ion batteries than are available to the company today — and do so at a far lower per-unit cost.


How an amazing new Samsung app can help battle Alzheimer’s Disease

In the world of tech, it’s easy to get bogged down in endless debates about topics like smartphone battery life or whether or not the Apple Watch will actually be a game-changing device. In the process, it’s really easy to forget the myriad of ways in which technology can actually transform lives. After all, there’s a whole lot more to the smartphone revolution than Angry Birds. DON’T MISS: Apple Watch makes the worst thing about the iPhone 6 even worse Case in point: A new smartphone app from Samsung dubbed “Backup Memory” which aims help individuals suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The app employs Bluetooth to detect when family or friends who have the app are nearby. In such instances, the app

How to make your own gold Apple Watch for just $399 and some change

The Apple Watch officially launched on Friday and you may have already snagged yours, either from one of the select fashion stores that stocked the device on Friday, or as a direct delivery from Apple to your house. But most Apple Watch buyers have purchased one of the more affordable models, including Apple Watch Sport or the Apple Watch versions, rather than a gold Apple Watch Edition with pricing that starts at $10,000. The good news is that for just some spare change spent on top of the $349+ the Apple Watch Sport costs, you can have your own gold Watch. DON’T MISS: Apple Watch makes the worst thing about the iPhone 6 even worse It turns out the procedure is quite simple, though you

High court to consider lawsuits over personal data

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether websites and other firms that collect personal data can be sued for publishing inaccurate information even if the mistakes don't cause any actual harm.

‘Peak iPad’ may have already come and gone

'Peak iPad' may have already come and goneWhile Apple doesn't seem to have any problems shifting iPhones pretty much as fast as it can make them, sales data suggests that the peak for iPad sales may have come and gone, and now it's on a steady decline similar to that experienced by the iPod.


The Galaxy S6 edge is a bigger hit than Samsung ever dreamed

Samsung once shocked the world when its Galaxy Note phablet became a surprise hit and forced rivals such as Apple to adapt by releasing phones with giant displays. Has Samsung now pulled off yet another surprise hit with the Galaxy S6 edge? Bloomberg reports that Samsung has started producing curved Galaxy S6 edge displays at a third factory much sooner than it had anticipated, as the company has been caught off guard by high early demand for the new device. RELATED: Fine, I’ll explain why the Galaxy S6 edge exists In terms of real numbers, this means that Samsung is aiming to up its total monthly production of S6 edge screens from 2 million to 5 million, which is an impressive number

Microsoft is bringing apps to its Outlook.com email service

Microsoft is bringing apps to its Outlook.com email serviceMicrosoft is planning to announce apps and add-ins for Outlook.com later this week. The software giant has started publishing its Build 2015 developers conference schedule a little early, and Outlook.com apps are part of the news. "In under 5 minutes, you can build *one* app, list it in *one* store and have it appear in Outlook.com, Outlook desktop and Office 365," reads a listing for a session on Outlook.com apps. While add-ins and apps are available for the Office 365 version of Outlook, this is the first time Microsoft is planning to bring these to consumers who access Outlook.com.


Apple’s second biggest market is now China, not Europe

Apple's second biggest market is now China, not EuropeApple opened five new stores in China during the first quarter of this year, part of a plan to add 40 new retail locations across the country by 2016. This quarter the revenue generated in China passed Europe to become Apple's second biggest market after The Americas. A rising middle class with a taste for goods that convey status has made China one of the most voracious consumers of new Apple products. "You can tell we are a big believer in China," CEO Tim Cook said on last quarter's earnings call.


What’s on tap for Microsoft’s Build 2015 show

What's on tap for Microsoft's Build 2015 showMicrosoft officials are expected to talk about the company's cross-Windows development technologies -- and maybe its cross-operating-systems ones, too -- at this week's Build 2015 conference.


From big idea to action in 5 days: A step-by-step guide

From big idea to action in 5 days: A step-by-step guideDoes it feel like you're spinning on your next big idea instead of moving forward? That's a very expensive scenario when a data science team is involved.


Apple rides the iPhone, Mac gravy train in Q2 earnings

Apple rides the iPhone, Mac gravy train in Q2 earningsApple's typically quiet second quarter got a welcome boost from iPhone 6 sales.


Hilarious Video: Man accidentally buys an Xbox One on the Apple Watch during live review

With the Apple Watch, it’s never been easier to order products online. Not only does Apple’s new wearable support Apple Pay, but Amazon, not surprisingly, already released an Apple Watch app with one-click purchasing functionality that we just had a feeling would be too dangerous for its own good. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6 face off in performance tests – and the results may shock you In a bit of “it’s hilarious as long as it doesn’t happen to you” videography, a CNET reviewer was in the midst of showing off how easy it is to purchase goods and services via the Apple Watch. In the process of demonstrating how voice-activated search operates within the Amazon watch app, he

Samsung’s latest addition to its Rich Accessory Collection is ridiculous

Samsung's latest addition to its Rich Accessory Collection is ridiculousSamsung wants you to be rich. To feel rich. Just filthy rich. Rich like a king. A king with a case on your Galaxy S6 that says "love" on the back.


ESPN suing Verizon over unbundling of its sports channel

ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.

Two guys launch an X-wing into space for ‘Star Wars’ tickets

Two guys launch an X-wing into space for 'Star Wars' ticketsIn an attempt to wow J.J. Abrams and score some tickets to the premiere of "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," two guys from Essex launched a model X-wing into space.


I really wanted to hate the Apple Watch

Anyone who listens to our podcast knows how unbelievably excited BGR founder Jonathan Geller has been leading up to the Apple Watch’s debut. You’ll also recall that I, on the other hand, really haven’t been excited at all on a personal level. Professionally, I’m beyond excited to see the biggest tech company on the planet branch out into an entirely new category that merges wearables with fashion. This could indeed become a massive piece of Apple’s business in the future, as practically everything in our lives becomes connected. But personally, the Apple Watch initially didn’t pique my interest very much at all. Do I really want a device that’s going to completely replace the watch collection I love so much? Do I

Why a speed-loving techie loves slow-moving train travel

Why a speed-loving techie loves slow-moving train travelCommentary: A slow rail journey from Albuquerque to New York City gives Crave writer Amanda Kooser plenty of time to contemplate how trains fit into a world where so many people prize velocity.


Facebook’s Messenger adds video chat

Facebook's Messenger adds video chatThe world's largest social network goes toe-to-toe against Apple's FaceTime and Microsoft's Skype.


ESPN sues Verizon over new ‘skinny bundles’ for cable TV

ESPN sues Verizon over new 'skinny bundles' for cable TVThe lawsuit comes after Verizon unveiled new bundles that allow customers to choose specific packages of channels that can be swapped every 30 days.


Microsoft’s 2015 Build developer conference: Join us Wednesday (live blog)

Microsoft's top task for Windows 10: Proving it's worth starting upThis week Microsoft aims to convince consumers, businesses -- and especially developers -- to make the jump to Windows 10. The company's future depends on it.


Microsoft responds to Nepal earthquake with free Skype calls

Microsoft responds to Nepal earthquake with free Skype callsFollowing a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal over the weekend, Microsoft is making Skype calls in and out of Nepal free to landlines and mobiles. Skype is one of the most widely used online telecommunications tools across the world, so Microsoft's efforts are significant. It’s part of an initiative by Microsoft to donate $1 million in cash, technology, and services to assist in the rescue and recovery efforts in Nepal. The massive earthquake has already claimed 4,000 lives, and rescue operations continue to assist the thousands of injured people along with aid to help with disaster recovery efforts.


Watch teen solve a Rubik’s Cube in a world-record 5.25 seconds

Watch teen solve a Rubik's Cube in a world-record 5.25 secondsThis kid is freaky fast. He sets a new world record by solving a Rubik's Cube in just over 5 seconds, besting the previous record by an impressive three-tenths of a second.


The best Transformers movie is a 15-minute toy battle

The best Transformers movie is a 15-minute toy battleNothing we made, obviously, compares to this stop-motion Transformers short by Harris Loureiro. The YouTube filmmaker mixes stop-motion animation with computer-animated effects, never letting the latter overpower the former. While 15 minutes is long for a YouTube video, I prefer the lunch break dosage to three hours in a crowded movie theater. Loureiro's work comes our way via Mike Fahey at Kotaku.


Millions of WordPress sites at risk of hijack after zero-day released

Millions of WordPress sites at risk of hijack after zero-day releasedSecurity researchers released a proof-of-concept exploit after WordPress allegedly "refused" to respond, let alone fix the problem.


Oracle, Accenture team to encourage cloud adoption

Oracle, Accenture team to encourage cloud adoptionSimply named as the Accenture Oracle Business Group, the two tech companies are taking an industry-specific approach with an initial focus on public, financial and hospitality services verticals.


How to generate sequentially numbered documents using Publisher

How to generate sequentially numbered documents using PublisherUsing Publisher's merge feature to grab numbers from an Excel workbook, you can quickly number documents, such as event tickets or labels. Susan Harkins shows you how.


Microsoft’s top task for Windows 10: Proving it’s worth starting up

Microsoft's top task for Windows 10: Proving it's worth starting upThe world's largest software maker has to convince developers to write apps for the new version of its widely used operating system. But it also needs to win over customers, from consumers to businesses. That's no simple task.


Get a $50 iTunes gift card for $40

Get a $50 iTunes gift card for $40An honest-to-goodness card delivered by honest-to-goodness US Mail. Nice gift item for a mom, dad or grad! Plus: three bonus deals!


You can finally choose to play as a girl in Minecraft

You can finally choose to play as a girl in MinecraftWhile it's taken a long time, the concept of gender in Minecraft is something the developers have been thinking about for some time. According to creator Markus Persson, who has since left the studio after selling it to Microsoft, Steve was originally conceived as a genderless character. "If it wasn't for the fact that the default Minecraft character is referred to as 'Minecraft Guy' and that I once jokingly answered 'Steve?' when asked what his name was, Minecraft would be a game where gender isn't a gameplay element," he wrote in 2012. For the console versions of Minecraft, players will actually be able to choose whether to play as Steve or Alex.


With Nasdaq at records, investors ask what’s next for tech

A man uses an umbrella to guard against snowfall as he walks past the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square, Midtown New YorkBy David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - When the Nasdaq Composite last hit record highs during the dotcom era, fund manager Walter Price struggled with justifying paying 400 times a company's earnings for rapid growth. Instead, Price worries that the companies that have powered the 25 percent rally in the Nasdaq over the last year are likely to plateau. "What brought us here isn't likely going to keep pushing us forward," said Price, lead portfolio manager of the Wells Fargo Advantage Specialized Technology fund. "We have a large position in Apple, but to say that Apple is going to double from here is not realistic." It is a concern of other top technology fund managers, as well.


My spray-painted gold Apple Watch has been seen over 1 million times

My spray-painted gold Apple Watch has been seen over 1 million timesCasey Neistat is something of a viral video legend. His most recent video is about turning a $399 Apple Watch gold. Early last week I received an email from Casey with a special request: he needed an Apple Watch for a video he wanted to make. Seeing as the Apple Watch I had already ordered was slated to arrive on Friday — the day he wanted to release the video — I obliged.


My spray-painted gold Apple Watch has been seen over 1 million times

My spray-painted gold Apple Watch has been seen over 1 million timesCasey Neistat is something of a viral video legend. His most recent video is about turning a $399 Apple Watch gold. Early last week I received an email from Casey with a special request: he needed an Apple Watch for a video he wanted to make. Seeing as the Apple Watch I had already ordered was slated to arrive on Friday — the day he wanted to release the video — I obliged.


What is DevOps? CloudBees and Perfecto Mobile offer different and compelling answers

What is DevOps? CloudBees and Perfecto Mobile offer different and compelling answersIs DevOps about the delivery pipeline, or is collaboration the key? The answer often depends on the companies that make a commitment to it.


Is it time to add a mobile strategist to your team?

Is it time to add a mobile strategist to your team?As enterprises look to more mobility and BYOD in their technology futures, it might be time for them to add a mobile strategist to their team.


Pro tip: Performing a factory reset on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Pro tip: Performing a factory reset on the Samsung Galaxy S5Learn the details involved with performing a factory reset on a Galaxy S5 phone.


This week’s viral victor: Man insults monkey, monkey dropkicks him

This week's viral victor: Man insults monkey, monkey dropkicks himTechnically Incorrect: YouTube is ablaze with millions laughing at a piece of Indian footage that shows a man giving the finger to a monkey and then...


Microsoft is losing money on Windows phones

Microsoft is losing money on Windows phonesMicrosoft could be about to write-off billions of dollars related to its Nokia phone business acquisition. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week, the software giant revealed that its phone hardware has been losing money. Revenue was $1.4 billion for the quarter ended March 31st, and the cost of that revenue exceeded sales by $4 million. ComputerWorld reports that Microsoft lost around 12 cents per phone, even before the costs of marketing and R&D are even considered. While that’s not particularly surprising given Microsoft’s focus on low-end handsets, the software giant also warned that it may need to write-off some of the Nokia phone business acquisition.


India’s Ratan Tata takes slice of phone maker Xiaomi

India's Ratan Tata takes slice of phone maker XiaomiThe Tata name carries significant weight in India, and having the business leader on Xiaomi's side could help the Chinese company gain more traction in the country.


Principle CIO tells how large enterprises use cloud for agility and bursting

Principle CIO tells how large enterprises use cloud for agility and burstingGary Scholten, CIO for Principle Financial Group, tells ZDNet the benefits and challenges of integrating IT with the cloud, including agility, cloud bursting, governance, vendor management, and more.


Launch apps, send messages and more from your lock screen with this cool iPhone app

App developers have found plenty of ways to get creative with the widget support that Apple added to iOS recently. No, it’s not the same as having full-fledged home screen widgets like Android does, but iOS Notification Center widgets can still be quite useful. For example, a nifty new widget app called Uplify lets you launch apps, post to social networks or even send pre-configured messages through your favorite messaging app, all initiated right on your lock screen or from any other screen. DON’T MISS: The same strategy that helped make Jay-Z’s Tidal a disaster is making Apple look brilliant This neat iPhone app from developer mobiVative is a free download, but it only supports a few apps in the free version. Then,

Facebook Messenger adds free video calling to take on Skype

Facebook Messenger adds free video calling to take on SkypeFacebook is rolling out video calling to Messenger today, letting users chat face to face with their friends by tapping a single button inside the app. The free feature, which works over both LTE and Wi-Fi, competes with similar products including Microsoft's Skype, Google Hangouts, and Apple's FaceTime. It's meant for the average user, but should also prove useful to Facebook as it continues developing its Facebook for Work service. From a product standpoint, there isn't much to say about video calling in Messenger.


Instagram releases three new filters and plans to keep making more

Instagram releases three new filters and plans to keep making moreSome good news for Instagram fans: three new photo filters are arriving today, and Instagram plans to keep adding more in the near future. The app has gone for long periods of time without adding new filters — in December, it added five new ones after a two-year break — but we apparently won't be seeing extended gaps like that any longer.


Manage loyalty programs within Google Wallet for more convenient shopping

Manage loyalty programs within Google Wallet for more convenient shoppingLoyalty programs can help you save money, but they're useless if you forget to bring the plastic ID card to the store. Google Wallet helps you manage these programs.


Change Chromebook sync options for a better cross-device experience

Change Chromebook sync options for a better cross-device experienceFind out how to sync all of your devices through your Google account by changing your settings.


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