Technology

  • Apple pushed down to 3rd in China smartphones for Q2 AFP - Mon, Aug 3, 2015 6:59 AM AEST
    Apple pushed down to 3rd in China smartphones for Q2

    Two Chinese smartphone makers pushed US technology giant Apple into third place in the world's biggest market in the second quarter, an independent analyst firm said Monday. Upstart Xiaomi, known for delivering high-performance products at cheap prices, was the largest smartphone vendor in China based on shipments with a 15.9 percent market share in the April-June period, Canalys said in a press release. Telecom equipment maker Huawei was close behind at 15.7 percent, it said, followed by Apple, South Korea's Samsung and Chinese firm Vivo, without giving the percentages for those three.

  • Researchers warn of bogus emails offering Windows 10 Associated Press - Sat, Aug 1, 2015 10:28 AM AEST

    Some hackers are exploiting Microsoft's offer of free upgrades to its new Windows 10 operating system. Security researchers are warning about a wave of bogus spam emails with malicious attachments, labeled ...

  • Is Google ready to cross the half-trillion-dollar threshold? MarketWatch - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 10:11 PM AEST

    The stock has behaved in very much the manner expected this year, with its most recent earnings beat as the catalyst the shares need to propel it higher, with the question now being how much further can ...

  • Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10 Associated Press - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 12:32 PM AEST

    Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download. That's a far cry from the company's goal ...

  • Informatica misses 2Q revenue forecasts Associated Press - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 8:01 AM AEST

    On a per-share basis, the Redwood City, California-based company said it had net income of 18 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 37 cents per share. The software company posted ...

  • Japan's Sharp says April-June loss widens to $274 mn AFP - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 7:58 AM AEST
    Japan's Sharp says April-June loss widens to $274 mn

    Japanese electronics giant Sharp said Friday its net loss widened in April-June as it struggles through a painful restructuring and weak sales of display screens and smartphones. Earlier this year, Sharp said it was cutting 10 percent of its 49,000 positions worldwide as part of a turnaround plan intended to keep it afloat after posting a bigger-than-expected $1.86 billion annual loss. "Sharp is barely surviving and it is still uncertain if the company turnaround can be carried out as planned -- there are still many hurdles to clear," said Hiroshi Sakai, chief economist at SMBC Friend Research Centre in Tokyo.

  • GSI Technology reports 1Q loss Associated Press - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 7:51 AM AEST

    The Sunnyvale, California-based company said it had a loss of 4 cents per share. The chip maker posted revenue of $14 million in the period. For the current quarter ending in September, GSI Technology ...

  • Pixelworks reports 2Q loss Associated Press - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 7:39 AM AEST

    The San Jose, California-based company said it had a loss of 12 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for stock option expense and non-recurring costs, were 8 cents per share. The maker of chips used in high-end ...

  • Guidance Software reports 2Q loss Associated Press - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 7:33 AM AEST

    The Pasadena, California-based company said it had a loss of 13 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for stock option expense and amortization costs, came to 5 cents per share. The results exceeded Wall Street ...

  • Computer Programs and Systems posts 2Q profit Associated Press - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 6:43 AM AEST

    On a per-share basis, the Mobile, Alabama-based company said it had profit of 52 cents. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment ...

  • Google rejects French demand over global right to be forgotten AFP - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 2:37 AM AEST
    Google rejects French demand over global right to be forgotten

    Google rejected a French demand to globally apply the so-called right to be forgotten, which requires the company to remove links to certain information about users if asked. It was responding to a call by France's national data protection authority, CNIL, to globally implement a May 2014 ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that allows people to ask search engines to delist links with personal information about them. "While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally," Google's global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said in a blog post.

  • Google disobeys French request to extend 'right to be forgotten' Financial Times - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 2:11 AM AEST

    Google will disobey a formal notice from France's privacy watchdog which has demanded the company extends Europe's "right to be forgotten" online around the world, in a move that risks further ...

  • Carpenter beats 4Q profit forecasts Associated Press - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 11:31 PM AEST

    The Wyomissing, Pennsylvania-based company said it had profit of 44 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for restructuring costs and non-recurring costs, came to 52 cents per share. The results beat Wall ...

  • China's Baidu announces $1 billion share buyback program MarketWatch - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 3:55 PM AEST

    Chinese Internet search provider Baidu Inc. said Thursday that its board of of directors has authorized a share buyback program worth $1 billion, which will take place over the next 12 months. The news ...

  • Facebook, Google Tighten Grip on Mobile Ads The Wall Street Journal - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 9:52 AM AEST

    Facebook Inc. offered fresh evidence of its allure to deep-pocketed big brands, as it and Google Inc. increasingly take the lion’s share of the fast-growing mobile advertising market. The social networking company posted a 39% increase in quarterly revenue, nearly three-fourths of which came from advertising on mobile devices. The jump in Facebook’s quarterly revenue reflects how larger companies are spending more to capture an audience that spends a large chunk of time on Facebook.

  • Yahoo plays catch-up in messaging with video texting app Associated Press - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 3:23 AM AEST

    Imagine making a video call without other people being able to listen in. Yahoo is trying to make that happen with Livetext, a new app that seeks to make video calling as private as texting. Yahoo says ...

  • Review: 5 ways Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor Associated Press - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 2:12 AM AEST
    Review: 5 ways Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor

    It took me just a weekend to get comfortable with Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system, something I never did with its predecessor, Windows 8, even after nearly three years. With Wednesday's update, ...

  • Atmel misses Street 2Q forecasts Associated Press - Wed, Jul 29, 2015 8:24 AM AEST

    On a per-share basis, the San Jose, California-based company said it had net income of 2 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 8 cents per share. The results fell short of Wall ...

  • Akamai Technologies misses 2Q profit forecasts Associated Press - Wed, Jul 29, 2015 6:15 AM AEST

    On a per-share basis, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company said it had net income of 37 cents. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense and amortization costs, were 57 cents per share. The results ...

  • Ultimate Software beats Street 2Q forecasts Associated Press - Wed, Jul 29, 2015 6:11 AM AEST

    On a per-share basis, the Weston, Florida-based company said it had profit of 12 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 62 cents per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. ...

  • Taiwan, Thailand join deal to end tariffs on tech products Associated Press - Wed, Jul 29, 2015 2:16 AM AEST

    The World Trade Organization says Taiwan and Thailand have joined an agreement reached last week to abolish duties on more than 200 technology products. The Geneva-based trade body said the two Asian nations ...

  • Microsoft's free Windows 10 giveaway: What that means Associated Press - Wed, Jul 29, 2015 12:41 AM AEST
    Microsoft's free Windows 10 giveaway: What that means

    Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software hopes that giving the upgrade away for free will help it carve out a new role in a world where people ...

  • Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means Associated Press - Tue, Jul 28, 2015 11:24 PM AEST
    Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means

    Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and ...

  • Intel and Micron memory chip tuned to data driven age AFP - Tue, Jul 28, 2015 9:17 PM AEST
    Intel and Micron memory chip tuned to data driven age

    Intel and Micron Technology on Tuesday unveiled what they touted as a new kind of memory chip that could "revolutionize" computing devices, services and applications. Intel and Micron, both based in the United States, said chips with 3D XPoint technology, described as a "major breakthrough," were already in production and represented the first new breed of memory since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989. "This new class of non-volatile memory is a revolutionary technology that allows for quick access to enormous data sets and enables entirely new applications," Micron president Mark Adams said in a release.

  • Microsoft aims to woo with Windows 10 Financial Times - Tue, Jul 28, 2015 2:34 PM AEST

    Windows Vista - one of the least-loved pieces of software in Microsoft history - was estimated to be used on only 19 per cent of PCs by the time the next version of the operating system came along to replace ...

  • Time will tell if Apple Watch catches on AAP - Tue, Jul 28, 2015 11:01 AM AEST

    For all those who hailed the iPhone as the "Jesus Phone" in 2007, the Apple Watch's arrival has hardly been the second coming. Early Apple Watch owners seem generally happy with it, but Apple's bigger worry should be those on the sidelines - even hardcore Apple fans, not to mention the rest of us - who are waiting to take the plunge. Apple hasn't released sales figures, but its quarterly financial report, released last week, suggests that they were lower than many Wall Street analysts expected.

  • Amkor Technology posts 2Q profit Associated Press - Tue, Jul 28, 2015 7:27 AM AEST

    The Tempe, Arizona-based company said it had profit of 4 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted to extinguish debt, were 8 cents per share. The chip packaging and test services provider posted revenue of ...

  • Android flaw lets hackers break in with a text message AFP - Tue, Jul 28, 2015 2:03 AM AEST
    Android flaw lets hackers break in with a text message

    Cyber security firm Zimperium has warned of a flaw in the world's most popular smartphone Android operating system that lets hackers take control with a text message. "Attackers only need your mobile number, using which they can remotely execute code via a specially crafted media file delivered via MMS (text message)," Zimperium Mobile Security said in a blog post. Android code dubbed "Stagefright" was at the heart of the problem, according to Zimperium.

  • Sohu.com reports 2Q loss Associated Press - Mon, Jul 27, 2015 7:03 PM AEST

    On a per-share basis, the Beijing-based company said it had a loss of 71 cents. Losses, adjusted for stock option expense, came to 37 cents per share. The operator of a popular Chinese Web portal posted ...

  • Lawsuit reveals extent of Ethiopian hacking amid Obama visit Associated Press - Mon, Jul 27, 2015 2:42 AM AEST
    Lawsuit reveals extent of Ethiopian hacking amid Obama visit

    As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an ...

  • Rocker Vince Neil drops lawsuit over social media passwords Associated Press - Sat, Jul 25, 2015 7:48 AM AEST
    Rocker Vince Neil drops lawsuit over social media passwords

    Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil got back his social media passwords after suing a consultant he hired to manage the accounts and accusing her of posting online without his consent, a lawyer for the rocker ...

  • Microsoft aims to reboot connections with Windows 10 AFP - Sat, Jul 25, 2015 3:16 AM AEST
    Microsoft aims to reboot connections with Windows 10

    Microsoft is aiming to build lasting relationships with Windows 10, the operating system to be launched on Wednesday and seen as critical to reviving the fortunes of the once-dominant tech giant. For the first time, Microsoft is making a major new version of Windows available free as an upgrade to anyone using either of the prior two generations of the system. The goal is to swiftly have Windows 10 powering a billion devices, creating a gigantic audience to induce developers to crank out must-have apps for the platform.

  • Key Technology posts 3Q profit Associated Press - Fri, Jul 24, 2015 7:40 AM AEST

    The Walla Walla, Washington-based company said it had net income of 5 cents per share. The automation systems manufacturer posted revenue of $30.8 million in the period. Key Technology shares have declined ...

  • Align Technology tops Street 2Q forecasts Associated Press - Fri, Jul 24, 2015 7:19 AM AEST

    On a per-share basis, the San Jose, California-based company said it had profit of 39 cents. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment ...

  • DST Systems posts 2Q profit Associated Press - Thu, Jul 23, 2015 11:54 PM AEST

    The Kansas City, Missouri-based company said it had net income of $2.91 per share. Earnings, adjusted for investment gains, came to $1.39 per share. The information processing and software services provider ...