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SAN FRANCISCO/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European Union antitrust regulators are preparing to step up investigations of Google Inc's practices on several fronts and are likely to revise certain terms of a settlement involving its search engine that was proposed earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Google has been the target of a European Commission investigation since November 2010, when more than a dozen complainants, including Microsoft Corp, accused the company of promoting its own services at their expense. In February, Google agreed to make concessions on how it displays competitors' links, striking a deal that ended a three-year antitrust probe and avoided a hefty fine. Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said at the time he would accept Google's concessions without consulting complainants, prompting a furious response.
Samsung's curved, 105-inch 4K TV was always going to be expensive. Today we got an answer: Samsung has priced the set at $119,999.99, a cost that immediately puts it out of reach for all but the most wealthy home theater enthusiasts. As evidence of that, Samsung won't be producing this TV in bulk.
The iPhone 6 may be the hottest device coming from Apple this year, but that doesn’t mean the company has stopped working on some other interesting products. A new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News says Apple will soon launch an even slimmer iPad mini model, and that it’s still working on a bigger iPad Pro version. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 and next-gen Retina iPad mini rendered by design master The third-generation iPad mini – awkwardly referred to as the “iPad mini Air” – will supposedly be 30% thinner than its predecessor. MacRumors points out that, with the Retina iPad mini, Apple increased the profile of the tablet from 7.2mm (in first-gen 7.9-inch tablet) to 7.5mm. Assuming the new report from
Pay more than the average, and you get 2012 game Hitman Absolution, mobile game Deus Ex: The Fall, Battlestations: Midway, and other titles. For $15 or more, the bundle includes the director's cut of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the original Deus Ex, cooperative platformer Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, and Just Cause 2.
By Chijioke Ohuocha LAGOS (Reuters) - PayPal has signed up "tens of thousand" of Nigerians in its first week of operating in Africa's biggest economy, with consumers already purchasing items from Britain, China and the United States via its online platform, a company official said. E-commerce remains in its infancy in most of Africa but is growing exponentially with the advent of online retailers such as Jumia, partly owned by South African phone operator MTN, and a growing middle class with money to spend. Citizens of Africa's most populous nation could not buy goods directly from foreign merchants before the launch by PayPal, the payments unit of online auctioneer eBay Inc. "We have seen great uptake by Nigerians ... in terms of coverage," Malvina Goldfeld, PayPal's head of business development for sub-Saharan Africa, said in Lagos on Tuesday. PayPal entered Nigeria and 10 other nations last month, providing online payment alternatives for consumers via mobile phones or PCs in markets often blighted by financial fraud.
A prestigious group of HIV researchers made a loud and scientifically supported plea for the decriminalization of sex work at the 20th Annual International AIDS Conference yesterday, during a presentation of a series of seven studies published in The Lancet. The series centers around the importance of filling the gaps in sex work-focused HIV research, and providing sex workers with tools to prevent HIV infection. "These additional layers of stigma and criminalization that make it such that governments don’t want to engage, and that’s a loss to all of us," says Stefan Baral, a physician epidemiologist at John Hopkins University. The researcher was among those who presented their work last night, and called for increased support for sex workers. This is problematic because "we end up in a dynamic where we know very little about male sex workers." His study shows that part of the problem surrounding past interventions is that researchers have often tried to target male sex workers by targeting the larger population of men who have sex with men.
Kenu’s Airframe is my favorite in-car phone mount, but for those of you with phablets or bulky cases, it’s a bit small. The company is seemingly well aware of that, and is making strides to address a broader market with the introduction of the Airframe+. Weighing under an ounce and supporting phones with screen sizes as large as 6-inches diagonally, the sized-up holster addresses one of the few gripes I had with the original. I’ve been using the Airframe+ for the past couple of weeks, and I can safely say that it’s a marked improvement over the already-impressive Airframe. Aside from easily handling phablets as massive as the Galaxy Mega, Kenu also made each side clip much deeper. The benefit here
Apple is expected to launch two new iPhone models in 2014, a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and an even larger 5.5-inch “iPhone Air” phablet. Nothing is official yet, of course, but the months-long flow of rumors, leaks and solid reports has left consumers clamoring for new iPhone models with bigger screens and a sleek new design. Everything we’ve seen so far, from analyst estimates to reports of massive order volume with Apple’s manufacturing partners, has suggested that this year’s iPhone launches will be the biggest to date — and now we have yet another indication that iPhone 6 sales are going to be through the roof. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 release date may have just been revealed Watching smartphone trade-in patterns is
Internet users who are actively trying to make sure their online activity isn’t tracked by websites or government agencies should know there’s an even creepier tracking tool out there used by a variety of websites, “from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn,” as ProPublica puts it, that’s almost impossible to block. Called “canvas fingerprinting,” the tool built by AddThis instructs web browsers to create a hidden, unique image that can be used to track the user’s movements from site to site – much like a fingerprint – in order to deliver better targeted ads. The technology began testing earlier this year as a way to replace website cookies. Canvas fingerprinting has been first observed by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University
Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 probably won’t launch for about another two months, and all we have to go on right now in terms of what to expect is a series of leaks and unconfirmed reports. That won’t stop more than 30 companies from taking preorders for Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 6, however. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 and next-gen Retina iPad mini rendered by design master The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported that more than two dozen sellers have taken to Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace in an effort to capitalize on the incredible amount of hype surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6. The phone is expected to be the first iPhone to feature a significantly larger display; Apple’s iPhone 5 increased the screen size
Comcast plans to reexamine the way it tries to keep subscribers from leaving its service, after a nightmarish call with one customer went viral last week and led to an outpouring of criticism. The recorded call included eight minutes of what Comcast calls a "Retention" agent attempting to argue a customer down from leaving, and Comcast now admits that much of this aggressive behavior was its own fault. "The agent on this call did a lot of what we trained him and paid him … to do," Dave Watson, Comcast's chief operating officer, writes in an internal letter that was published Monday morning, leaked to Consumerist, and verified by Ars Technica. As The Verge's Adrianne Jeffries reported last week, the agent's startling obstinacy was right in line with the ways in which Comcast motivates these employees — namely, having their pay rely on how many customers they lose and how many they keep from leaving.
HTC may have let slip a tease of its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch. It turns out that a new video focused on HTC's lauded design department also offers an extremely brief peek at something else: an unnannounced wearable. An artist's reproduction of HTC's upcoming watch (with a steel band) was recently published by @evleaks. HTC has said it will have a wearable ready in time for the holiday season, so you'll likely be seeing the eagerly anticipated Moto 360 arrive on shelves first.
Based on various reports, it seems all but a lock that the iPhone 6 will come in two varieties. One model will apparently sport a 4.7-inch display, up from a puny 4 inches on the iPhone 5s. There's certainly a lot of pent-up demand for the iPhone 6.
Sony isn’t exactly enjoying smooth sailing in the global smartphone market right now, but it did start an awesome trend. Following the Japanese electronics giant’s lead, a number of smartphone vendors are now focused on making their flagship phones water-resistant. Samsung’s Galaxy S5, the company’s latest hero phone, is a perfect example, and the handset’s water-resistant treatment will end up saving consumers tons of money and plenty of aggravation by helping the phone survive spills and quick dunks. But what about those of us with handsets like the iPhone or various Android models that don’t feature any waterproofing? As it turns out, there may be a cheap product that can help. A company called Impervious offers a like-named solution that, according to the
Mario Kart 8's twisted tracks and gravity-defying racing make it the best game in the series to date, but it might end up being remembered for something different: Luigi's death stare. The viral sensation has become such a big deal that Nintendo has even started incorporating it into its own marketing. A new Japanese ad for the Wii U racer features a series of slow motion glimpses at racers like Donkey Kong and Rosalina, but the highlight is easily Luigi's icy glare. If only he was driving a Mercedes.
As the age of the smartwatch begins, everyone is keeping a close eye on Apple. Considering the outrageous success of the iPhone, analysts and consumers alike believe that Apple might be able to turn the wearable industry on its head with a device that’s both functional and fashionable, but there’s still a lot we don’t know. The situation has become even more complicated this week as Patently Apple reports that Apple recently won a patent for something called the iTime, a wearable device with an entirely different feature set than the rumored iWatch. Unlike the iWatch, the iTime appears to be a much more basic device. Based on the photos appearing in the patent, the iTime will consist of a thin band (separated into two
Amazon likely has one or more of your credit cards already on file, so it only makes sense that one day the retail giant will make an app that lets you use digital versions of those cards wherever you'd like. Today isn't that day, but Amazon is launching a wallet app, albeit a very basic one. As spotted by TechCrunch, Amazon Wallet has quietly launched in beta in the Amazon Appstore and the Google Play Store. For now, it allows users to store and use their loyalty cards and gift cards, and to check what the balance is on gift cards from many large retail stores and restaurant chains.
London's Heathrow Airport is one of the world's busiest airports, serving 72.3 million travelers in 2013 alone, and demand for more flights is only growing. At least if London Mayor Boris Johnson gets his way. In order to keep up with skyrocketing demand projected for Heathrow into 2050s, Johnson years ago began advocating that Heathrow be closed and a new airport be built 40 miles east on a rural island in the Thames Estuary. Still, the London Mayor's Office has gone ahead and commissioned three outlandishly ambitious proposals from leading architectural firms for what to do with the area now occupied by Heathrow if it does end up moving.
Did you miss out on any of the awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps we’ve shared with you over the past few days that have gone on sale for free for a limited time? Don’t worry… we’ve got five more for you today. Supporting developers by paying for good apps is very important, but it’s difficult to resist a good sale every now and then. So get your iPhones and iPads ready, and be sure to download anything that looks appealing as soon as possible because these sales could end soon. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they
Wiki-hosting service Wikia is launching a brand new feature that lets users collaboratively annotate maps of just about anything — and that includes nerdy fictional locations like Game of Thrones' Westeros or even the inside of the Millennium Falcon. Though it's still in beta, the new section of the site already includes a number of user-created maps that give you a good idea of what's possible. A detailed cut-away image of the Millennium Falcon, for example, has such nitty gritty details that you can read about the ship's freight loading room or check where all of the exits are. The maps are also embeddable so that they can be shared relatively easily — after a recent open beta the feature is now live to everyone.
By the second Sunday of April this year, Michael C. Ruppert was broke. The 63-year-old cop-turned-writer and firebrand gained fame by starring in Collapse, a 2009 documentary in which he predicts society’s destruction. Publicity from the film was great — he went on a countrywide promotional tour — but compensation had fizzled out. By April, he was receiving just a couple hundred dollars per month in royalties to supplement his meager Social Security checks.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comcast Corp.'s second-quarter net income rose 15 percent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace than a year ago and video subscriber losses moderated.
(Reuters) - Netflix Inc's planned expansion in Europe will set the video streaming company up for growth, but will increase content and marketing expenses in the near term, analysts said. Netflix said it planned to expand into Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg in September, taking its international addressable market to more than 180 million broadband households — double the current U.S. market. Netflix, which now has over 50 million subscribers, already has presence in European countries such as the UK, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Netflix's international business is likely to post losses or stay in "early-stage margin mode" for the next several years, RBC Capital Markets analysts wrote in a note.
Apple has told suppliers to make between 70 million and 80 million combined 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 units by December 30, The Wall Street Journal has learned from sources familiar with the matter, in anticipation of what will be its biggest iPhone launch ever. Foxconn and Pegatron will start production of the smaller iPhone next month – something recent rumors also claimed – and Foxconn will be the exclusive maker of the 5.5-inch model, which will head to mass-production in September. Both companies are on a “hiring binge,” the Journal says, with Foxconn “hiring workers by the hundreds a day to staff production lines” at their factories in China. FROM EARLIER: New report claims to reveal release date for
Adam Greene, a book designer based in Santa Cruz, California, thinks he can change that with a Kickstarter for a new version of the Bible titled Bibliotheca. Bibliotheca is the realization of Greene’s long-held desire to help others discover the Bible. Bibliotheca consists of four volumes, three for the Old Testament and one for the New. "Growing up with the Bible, there were so many interpretive lenses held up to it for me," Greene tells The Verge.
As if the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie wasn't already going to be crazy enough, the film unveiled the first single off of its soundtrack last night — and it easily brings this movie onto a completely new level of insane. Called "Shell Shocked," the song is a thumping rap track featuring Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign, laying down lyrics that casually relate to the movie like, "All my brothers trying to get some cheddar / We all want to cut like Shredder. ...
Apple pushed out its fourth beta version of iOS 8 on Monday, and the update came right on time. iOS 8 beta 4 is a huge improvement over earlier betas in a number of ways, offering several new features such as a redesigned Control Center, as well as plenty of bug fixes that make it easier for iOS developers to test their apps ahead of iOS 8′s public release this fall. Of course, the fixes are also greatly appreciated by non-developers who pay $99 for the opportunity to get their hands on Apple’s unreleased iOS software before any of their friends. As it turns out, iPhone and iPad owners don’t even need to pay for a developer account to install iOS
Samsung has a new Galaxy S5 ad out that makes fun of the iPhone. But instead of mocking the existing iPhone 5s, which outsold the Galaxy S5 in the latter’s first full month of sales despite being eight months old at the time, the company chose to have its fun at the expense of a product that doesn’t yet exist: The upcoming iPhone 6. FROM EARLIER: Check out this big iPhone 6 rumor round-up video Called “Screen Envy,” the new TV commercial reminds iPhone owners that the big smartphone screen they have been waiting for is already here, and has been here for a couple of years. Samsung is obviously well aware of the rumors saying Apple’s new iPhones will, for the
United Technologies Corp posted an 8 percent increase in quarterly profit, topping estimates, as sales of its elevators and aircraft parts helped offset a sluggish performance in its Pratt & Whitney engine business. The maker of Sikorsky helicopters and Otis elevators said second-quarter net income rose to $1.68 billion, or $1.84 per share, from $1.56 billion, or $1.71 per share, a year earlier. Analysts on average were looking for $1.71 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Revenue rose 7 percent to $17.19 billion. United Tech posted organic revenue growth of 3 percent, which excludes sales from a helicopter agreement with Canada and net divestitures.
Mike Dittenber had always wanted to go skydiving. “It would be a transformation, with a lot of big winners, and losers as well.”
Based on what looks to be an early build of Windows 9, a new set of leaked images show both the revamped Start menu as well as some old-school window functionality for new-school users. Originally posted by Myce, the screens show off a build of Windows Threshold, Microsoft's Windows 8 follow-up that's designed to win over those sticking with Windows 7. The first image shows off the new Start menu we've seen before, fusing a Windows 7-style app list with colorful Live Tiles like Mail, Calendar and Weather, which originally debuted on the touch-friendly Windows 8 Start screen.
Nvidia wasn't able to get its graphics chips into either the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4, so it's doing the next best thing by trying to obviate home consoles altogether. Today the company introduces its new $299 Shield Tablet: an 8-inch Android device designed to sate all your gaming needs at once. It's powered by the souped-up Tegra K1 processor that Nvidia debuted to much fanfare in January, and already has a number of major game titles optimized to make use of its extra power. It's also compatible with a new Shield wireless controller and the same game-streaming capability as its predecessor Shield — allowing you to remotely play a game running on your PC at home.
NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon reported Tuesday that its second-quarter earnings nearly doubled after it secured full ownership of Verizon Wireless.
Xiaomi launched its flagship Mi 4 smartphone at a glitzy event in Beijing, where the Chinese budget handset maker's chief executive sought to challenge larger U.S. rival Apple Inc. The Mi 4 comes as budget handset makers in China are competing more aggressively on price and generous features, with even high-end manufacturers feeling the pressure. Dressed in a black T-shirt and blue jeans, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun took aim repeatedly at iPhone maker Apple during the presentation on Tuesday, comparing the design and manufacturing process of his new 4G handset to the U.S. firm's more expensive offerings. "Even our white color is whiter!" Apple, which was due to announce second-quarter earnings later on Tuesday, was not immediately available to comment. The forthright Jun spent nearly an hour on stage describing the Mi 4 phone's construction - particularly its beveled metal rim whose similarity with Apple's phones drew murmurs of "iPhone" from the journalists at the event.
There’s no doubt about it, the MacBook Air is one of Apple’s most iconic products, a very successful addition to the company’s laptop line. To further remind users how popular its ultra-slim laptop is, Apple on Monday released a terrific new ad that focuses entirely on the Air. Called “Stickers,” the 30-second clip only shows the lid of the laptop alongside a vast collection of stickers applied on it, such as the one in the image above, that are supposed to show the love of Air owners for their chosen computing machine. The ad is short and simple, but it’s also very fun and it focuses on people’s love of the Air rather than on computing — after all, people already know about
(Reuters) - Lions Gate Entertainment Corp will provide extra content through apps for dystopian thriller "Divergent" and other films to Comcast Corp customers who purchase digital versions of the film through Xfinity On Demand, the companies announced on Tuesday. The "Divergent" app will be available starting Tuesday on mobile devices and later on TV through Comcast's X1 set-top box. Lions Gate also plans to release bonus app content for future films with digital purchases through Xfinity, the companies said.
While Samsung struggles to move its smartphone inventory, Apple is gearing up for what looks like its biggest launch ever. According to a new report, the company is ordering between 70 and 80 million iPhone 6 units before the end of the year. This new report from The Wall Street Journal appears to confirm that Apple will be selling two versions of the iPhone 6: one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a larger 5.5-inch screen.
A man wearing a black top and denim jeans stands on stage promising to unveil "one more thing." As much as that might sound like the familiar finale to an Apple keynote, it's actually Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun building up to the announcement of his company's new Mi Band at an event in Beijing today. In the immediate wake of the Mi 4 launch event, Xiaomi's global vice president Hugo Barra spoke with The Verge and was keen to correct a few misconceptions around his company. He sees Mi as "an incredibly innovative company" that never stops trying to improve and refine its designs, and the allegations of it copying Apple are "sweeping sensationalist statements because they have nothing better to talk about." There are many overlaps in design between Apple's products and Mi's: the new Mi 4 has chamfered edges much like the iPhone, and the Mi Pad matches the screen size and resolution of the Retina iPad mini while using the same plastic as in the iPhone 5C.
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi announced two new devices today: the Mi 4 smartphone and the Mi Band, which is also the company's first wearable. This is also the first LTE phone for Xiaomi, though it is currently only compatible with China's LTE networks.
An extensive research paper from a security specialist revealed earlier this week that governments and other third-parties with malicious intentions would be able to use certain tools in iOS to extract information from iPhones and other iOS devices, without the user’s consent or knowledge. Apple has already issued a response on the matter, denying the existence of backdoors in its products, and further emphasizing the security and privacy features of iOS. “We have designed iOS so that its diagnostic functions do not compromise user privacy and security, but still provides needed information to enterprise IT departments, developers and Apple for troubleshooting technical issues,” Apple wrote in an email statement that was published on Twitter by Financial Times journalist Tim Bradshaw.
China will crack down on smartphone apps featuring pornography and obscene content, the government said on Tuesday, the latest move in an official campaign to 'clean the Internet'. The ruling Communist Party has since last year intensified a campaign against what it calls 'rumors' and 'pornography' online due to their harmful effect on the country. The anti-porn campaign targeting mobile apps will encourage companies to remove the offensive material themselves, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on its website. China will also "enhance abilities to discover pornographic and obscene apps" and "improve the process of punishment", MIIT said.
Nearly 100 fake Twitter accounts are being used to spread propaganda about the troubled Chinese regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, according to an investigation from Free Tibet, a London-based advocacy group. As the New York Times reports, many of the purportedly fake accounts are used to portray the regions in a rosy light, despite decades of unrest under communist rule, and some include attacks on the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader. Many of the accounts have since been suspended by Twitter, but Free Tibet warns that there may be hundreds more. An example of a fake Twitter account uncovered by Free Tibet.
By David Randall and Edwin Chan NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple, once a can't-miss stock, is finding it tough to persuade portfolio managers to come back into the fold. Yet the company remains one of the most significantly underweighted stocks among large cap fund managers, according to a Goldman Sachs report. Part of the reason for a lack of portfolio manager enthusiasm is that Apple Inc no longer seems to be the hot growth company of old, fund managers say. Apple reports results for its fiscal third quarter on Tuesday, July 22.
(Reuters) - Apple Inc has asked suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million of its two forthcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year, its largest initial production run of iPhones, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Its forecast for the iPhones with 4.7-inch (11.9-cm) and 5.5-inch (14-cm) displays is much larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million for iPhone 5S and 5C models, the people told the Journal. Foxconn and Pegatron Corp plan to start mass producing the 4.7-inch iPhone model next month, and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, whose parent is Foxconn, will begin making the 5.5-inch version exclusively in September, the people said.
No one knows for sure if Apple really is announcing a bigger iPhone, but that hasn't stopped Samsung from taking yet another jab at its rival. The company's derisive new commercial shows a man excitedly commenting on rumors about the upcoming iPhone 6's screen size. His enthusiasm is crushed when his friend, who is glued to a Galaxy S5, asks, "This hasn't happened yet?" The 30-second video then continues with the narrator slyly alluding to the fact that bigger smartphones are available right now — if iPhone proponents are willing to defect, that is. ...
Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that TV streaming service Aereo was in violation of the Copyright Act, leaving the company dead in the water. With established brands like Netflix and Hulu already providing millions of users with premium content, it's small wonder that Aereo had difficulties breaking into the market. The documents containing the bleak numbers were submitted as part of Aereo's attempts at metamorphosing into a cable provider. Unfortunately for the company, the Copyright Office stated that "internet retransmissions of broadcast television fall outside the scope of the Section 111 license" for cable companies. Aereo's application has not been rejected outright, however, and may be "accepted provisionally" according to a letter obtained by CNBC, which was later published in full by the National Association of Broadcasters.
Over the past few years, the two top wireless carriers in the United States have been working tirelessly to push subscribers away from unlimited data plans and onto capped plans that provide a certain amount of data each month, after which overages are charged. The reasons for the shift are fairly obvious — as more data hungry mobile services proliferate, carriers make more money. Which carrier has been the best so far when it comes to monetizing data and shifting subscribers over to tiered data plans? According to a new study by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Verizon is the leader by a fairly substantial margin. CIRP conducted a survey of 500 U.S. wireless subscribers in early July and determined that as of