Technology

  • 5 features an Amazon phone might offer Associated Press - 2 hours 38 minutes ago
    5 features an Amazon phone might offer

    A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer. Amazon hasn't ...

  • Facebook users to 'spot' friends AAP - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 10:48 AM AEST
    Facebook users to 'spot' friends

    US Facebook users will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching. Nearby Friends is an optional tool, and will only be available to people who choose to turn it on. The feature uses a smartphone's GPS system to tell a person's Facebook friends they are nearby - provided they have the feature turned on. Facebook said the Nearby Friends feature will be turned off by default, so users shouldn't expect to broadcast their location unknowingly to their Facebook friends and acquaintances.

  • Final Glance: Computer companies Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:01 AM AEST

    Shares of some top computer companies were mixed at the close of trading: Apple Inc. rose $5.93 or 1.1 percent, to $524.94. Hewlett Packard Co. fell $.56 or 1.7 percent, to $31.93. International Business ...

  • Advanced Micro Devices pares 1Q loss as sales grow Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 7:24 AM AEST

    Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices said Thursday it took a smaller loss in the first quarter as sales of visual and graphics chips climbed. The company said revenue from its graphics and visual solutions ...

  • What's That Song? Apple's iOS 8 May Be Able to Tell You. Entrepreneur - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 3:24 AM AEST
    What's That Song? Apple's iOS 8 May Be Able to Tell You.

    The tech giant's latest mobile operating system may boast a song recognition feature in a partnership with Shazam.

  • Early Glance: Internet companies Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 1:31 AM AEST

    Shares of some top internet companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Amazon rose $2.06 or .6 percent, to $325.74. eBay rose $.12 or .2 percent, to $54.81. Google A fell $19.10 or 3.4 percent, to $544.80. Groupon ...

  • Early Glance: Telecom companies Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 1:31 AM AEST

    Shares of some top telecom companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: AT&T Inc. fell $.04 or .1 percent, to $36.06. Verizon Communications Inc. rose $.11 or .2 percent, to $47.21.

  • Early Glance: Computer companies Associated Press - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 1:31 AM AEST

    Shares of some top computer companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Apple Inc. rose $1.19 or .2 percent, to $520.20. Hewlett Packard Co. fell $.56 or 1.7 percent, to $31.94. International Business Machines Corp. ...

  • Twitter Goes After a Facebook Cash Cow The New York Times - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:01 PM AEST

    The social network will begin offering “app install ads,” which prompt smartphone users to try new games and other apps. The category has been a lucrative franchise for Facebook.

  • Freight train industry to miss safety deadline Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:08 AM AEST

    Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad ...

  • IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:19 AM AEST
    IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump

    IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exacerbated by weaker demand in China and emerging ...

  • German media boss says he's scared of Google Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 7:43 AM AEST

    The head of Germany's biggest media company says he is afraid of Google and wants the company to become more transparent. Mathias Doepfner, the chairman of Axel-Springer SE, accuses Google of abusing its ...

  • SAP confirms 2014 forecasts after solid Q1 AFP - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 6:56 AM AEST
    SAP confirms 2014 forecasts after solid Q1

    German software giant SAP said Thursday it is sticking to its full-year forecasts for 2014 after profits rose slightly in the first quarter. SAP publishes two sets of accounts, one according to international financial reporting standards (IFRS) and another according to national accounting standards or non-IFRS. It provides forecasts based solely on non-IFRS data.

  • Midday Glance: Telecom companies Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:31 AM AEST

    Shares of some top telecom companies are up at 1 p.m.: AT&T Inc. rose $.26 or .7 percent, to $35.94. Verizon Communications Inc. rose $.06 or .1 percent, to $46.98.

  • Midday Glance: Computer companies Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:30 AM AEST

    Shares of some top computer companies are up at 1 p.m.: Apple Inc. rose $.49 or .1 percent, to $518.45. Hewlett Packard Co. rose $.09 or .3 percent, to $32.48. International Business Machines Corp. rose ...

  • Review: Forward to the past with Windows update Associated Press - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:14 AM AEST
    Review: Forward to the past with Windows update

    Even as Microsoft prepares for a future dominated by touch-screen devices, it is steering its Windows system to embrace more of the past. The divide between old and new is less pronounced in the latest, ...

  • 'Chief Yahoo' David Filo returns to board AFP - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:48 AM AEST
    'Chief Yahoo' David Filo returns to board

    Yahoo announced the nomination of three new board members, including company co-founder David Filo, who earned the nickname and formal job title of "Chief Yahoo." Filo was named along with Charles Schwab, head of a big investment firm bearing his name, and H. Lee Scott, former president and chief executive at Walmart. "As a co-founder and long time Chief Yahoo, Filo is the heart and soul of the company and in re-joining the board, he adds 19 years of deep and personal knowledge of Yahoo's business and culture to the conversation," Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer said.

  • The Future of Facebook May Not Say ‘Facebook’ The New York Times - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:06 PM AEST
    The Future of Facebook May Not Say ‘Facebook’

    The company’s strategy includes unbundling its mammoth social network into discrete and nimble components.

  • IBM hammered on earnings slump AFP - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 9:42 PM AEST
    IBM hammered on earnings slump

    IBM reported a 21 percent slump in first quarter earnings Wednesday, as the computer giant saw weaker hardware sales and focused more on services and the Internet "cloud." The results were largely in line with expectations, but in after-hours trade IBM stock slid 4.3 percent to $188. IBM said revenues from hardware sales including its big servers fell 23 percent, and posted an operating loss in part due to restructuring costs.

  • Google takes hit on growth disappointment AFP - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 9:33 PM AEST
    Google takes hit on growth disappointment

    Google lost some of its luster Wednesday as quarterly results failed to meet lofty Wall Street expectations, sending its shares down sharply. Chief executive Larry Page hailed "another great quarter" for Google, with revenue of $15.4 billion, up 19 percent year on year. But Google shares tumbled 2.8 percent in after-hours trade to $540.49. Google remains the world's most important search engine, which generates large amounts of advertising revenues.

  • Google profits grow, but short of expectations AFP - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 8:35 PM AEST
    Google profits grow, but short of expectations

    Google said Wednesday its first quarter profit rose 32 percent from a year ago to $3.45 billion, in results below most Wall Street expectations. Chief executive Larry Page hailed "another great quarter" for the tech giant, with revenue of $15.4 billion, up 19 percent year on year. But Google shares tumbled 5.7 percent in after-hours trade to $556.64, suggesting that the growth was below investor forecasts. Analysts also expected a higher revenue figure of $15.5 billion.

  • Google posts $3.45 billion first-quarter profit AFP - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 8:14 PM AEST
    Google posts $3.45 billion first-quarter profit

    Google said Wednesday its first quarter profit rose 32 percent from a year ago to $3.45 billion, in results below most Wall Street expectations. "We completed another great quarter. Google's revenue ...

  • ASML sees lull in orders from computer chip makers Associated Press - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 4:37 PM AEST

    ASML Holding NV, the largest supplier of equipment to computer chip makers such as Intel and Samsung, says it sees only incremental sales gains in the coming two quarters. The Veldhoven, Netherlands-based ...

  • Intel reports lower 1Q net income, higher revenue Associated Press - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:24 AM AEST
    Intel reports lower 1Q net income, higher revenue

    Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year amid a continued slump in the worldwide PC market, but revenue grew slightly because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center ...

  • Review: Windows Phone advances with 8.1 update Associated Press - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 2:20 AM AEST
    Review: Windows Phone advances with 8.1 update

    Microsoft's new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions. Before, voice search lacked the natural language interactions of Apple's Siri and Google Now. The ...

  • Would You Spend $1,500 on Google Glass? Entrepreneur - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 2:10 AM AEST
    Would You Spend $1,500 on Google Glass?

    As the smart glasses go on sale to the masses, we want to know if it's worth the money -- and the hassle.

  • Intel steadies as PC declines ease AFP - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:18 PM AEST
    Intel steadies as PC declines ease

    US computer chip giant Intel reported a modest dip in earnings in the first quarter on Tuesday, amid a stabilization of the key personal computer segment. Intel said revenues from its PC division dipped just one percent to $7.9 billion, as the sector steadied after years of losing ground to mobile devices. Intel said its data center or "cloud" revenues rose 11 percent to $3.1 billion.

  • Yahoo sees signs of growth in 'core' AFP - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 9:45 PM AEST
    Yahoo sees signs of growth in 'core'

    Yahoo reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit Tuesday, results hailed by chief executive Marissa Mayer as showing growth in the Web giant's "core" business. Profits were down 20 percent from a year ago with revenues nearly flat for Yahoo, which has been making major shifts under Mayer, a former Google executive. Mayer said Yahoo's mobile service was attracting more than 430 million monthly users. "More than half of Yahoo's total monthly audience joins us on a mobile device," she said.

  • Heartbleed in a heartbeat Financial Times - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 6:19 PM AEST

    The Canada Revenue Agency, the country's tax authority, and Mumsnet, the popular UK website for mothers, on Monday became the first prominent sites to disclose their data had been compromised by the "Heartbleed ...

  • Zebra to buy Motorola Solutions enterprise unit Financial Times - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 1:00 PM AEST

    Zebra Technologies, the inventory tracking company, is poised to buy Motorola Solutions' enterprise business in a roughly $3.5bn deal that marks the latest in what has already been a bumper year for technology ...

  • Heartbleed: Android Phones Still at Risk for Data Breach BusinessWeek - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 4:51 AM AEST

    A design flaw in Android 4.1.1 makes millions of smartphones still vulnerable to hackers

  • Google swoops on Titan drone maker Financial Times - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 4:36 AM AEST

    Google has bought Titan Aerospace following Facebook's footsteps in acquiring a drone maker to help it bring internet to far flung corners of the developing world. The large technology company said it ...

  • 'Heartbleed' steals social security and mums messages Financial Times - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 4:19 AM AEST

    The first evidence of cyber thefts as a result of the "Heartbleed" bug has emerged with social insurance numbers stolen from the Canadian tax authority and passwords and private messages accessed ...

  • Canadian tax ID numbers stolen in breach Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 12:49 AM AEST

    Canada's tax agency says the ID numbers of roughly 900 people were stolen from its systems, which were left vulnerable by a computer bug called "Heartbleed." The Canada Revenue Agency blocked ...

  • Review: Siri-like Cortana fills Windows phone gap Associated Press - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 12:44 AM AEST
    Review: Siri-like Cortana fills Windows phone gap

    Thanks for asking, Cortana. And thanks for making the Windows phone software better, Microsoft. With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major ...