Technology

  • Dartmouth contests showcase computer-generated creativity Associated Press - 8 hours ago
    Dartmouth contests showcase computer-generated creativity

    Can an algorithm pass for an author? Can a robot rock the house? A series of contests at Dartmouth College is about to find out. Dartmouth is seeking artificial intelligence algorithms that create "human-quality" ...

  • Yahoo tests using Google search skills AFP - Thu, Jul 2, 2015 9:39 PM AEST
    Yahoo tests using Google search skills

    Yahoo said on Thursday that it is testing letting Google put its online search skills to work at some of its online properties. The pioneering Silicon Valley Internet firm was looking at whether having a mix of players handling search results or search ad placement at its websites would benefit Yahoo and its users. "As we work to create the absolute best experiences for Yahoo users, from time to time, we run small tests with a variety of partners including search providers," a Yahoo spokesperson said, noting that Google was among those search firms.

  • Facebook tests video ads in budding YouTube challenge AFP - Thu, Jul 2, 2015 6:42 PM AEST
    Facebook tests video ads in budding YouTube challenge

    Facebook on Thursday confirmed that it is dabbling in video ads and sharing revenue with content creators, in a move that would compete with Google-owned YouTube. An advertising model being tested by the leading online social network is part of a "Suggested Videos" feature designed to recommend clips for people based on snippets they tune into in News Feed at Facebook. Suggested videos are related to what is watched by members of the social network, perhaps focused on the same topics or posted by similar publishers.

  • Progress Software posts 2Q profit Associated Press - Thu, Jul 2, 2015 6:27 AM AEST

    On a per-share basis, the Bedford, Massachusetts-based company said it had net income of 11 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and stock option expense, were 35 cents per share. The business ...

  • The future of news: Stop the presses! Financial Times - Thu, Jul 2, 2015 4:23 AM AEST

    The internet era has not been kind to newspaper publishers. It has almost killed classified advertising, accelerated a decline in circulation and directed eyeballs towards a seemingly infinite supply of ...

  • Sale of IBM microchip plants in Vermont, New York completed Associated Press - Thu, Jul 2, 2015 2:51 AM AEST

    GlobalFoundries announced Wednesday it had completed its purchase of IBM's microchip plants in Vermont and New York, giving a new lease on life to a big employer in Vermont and New York's Duchess County. ...

  • Apple loses appeal over ebooks case Financial Times - Wed, Jul 1, 2015 4:02 AM AEST

    Apple has lost its latest appeal against a 2013 ruling that said it played a "central role" in a conspiracy with publishers to raise ebook prices. The defeat comes on the same day that the company ...

  • When It Comes to Cybersecurity, Millennials Throw Caution to the Wind US News - Wed, Jul 1, 2015 2:30 AM AEST

    Despite being the first generation to have grown up using the Internet, studies indicate millennials can be surprisingly unaware of online security threats they face. In fact, a 2013 survey by Marble Security, a mobile threat intelligence and defense company, found that 26.2 percent of young adults born in the U.S. between 1980 and 2000 have had an online account hacked, compared with a 21.4 percent national average. To make matters worse, many millennials continue to engage in risky behaviors online.

  • 10 New Features YouTube Is Rolling Out for Creators (Hint: 3-D Is Getting More Immersive) Entrepreneur - Wed, Jul 1, 2015 1:30 AM AEST
    10 New Features YouTube Is Rolling Out for Creators (Hint: 3-D Is Getting More Immersive)

    Other updates include new channel management capabilities on mobile and a rejiggered comments ranking.

  • Cisco to buy security company OpenDNS for $635 million Associated Press - Wed, Jul 1, 2015 12:00 AM AEST

    Cisco said Tuesday that it plans to buy privately-held OpenDNS for $635 million to boost its network security business. OpenDNS, based in San Francisco, makes online software that protects devices and ...

  • Microsoft shake-up sees ads switch to AOL Financial Times - Tue, Jun 30, 2015 8:27 AM AEST

    Microsoft is to hand over much of its advertising operations to AOL and AppNexus, in the latest shake-up by chief executive Satya Nadella to weed out underperforming businesses and narrow the company's ...

  • Apple Music launches Tuesday: Here's what we know CNBC - Tue, Jun 30, 2015 2:10 AM AEST
    Apple Music launches Tuesday: Here's what we know

    Apple Music launches on Tuesday. Here's what you need to know before you think about ditching Pandora or Spotify.

  • Justices won't hear Google appeal in dispute with Oracle Associated Press - Mon, Jun 29, 2015 11:44 PM AEST

    The Supreme Court is staying out of a long-running legal battle between technology giants Oracle and Google over copyright protection for a computer program that powers most of the world's smartphones ...

  • Micron Technology squeezed by falling PC demand Associated Press - Sat, Jun 27, 2015 6:39 AM AEST

    Shares of Micron Technology tumbled 18 percent Friday, hitting levels not seen in more than a year as demand for PCs continues to fade. Net income and revenue both fell in the third quarter and the declines ...

  • 5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Display-Ad Budget Entrepreneur - Fri, Jun 26, 2015 7:00 AM AEST
    5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Display-Ad Budget

    Don't let your ad budget go down the drain. Learn how to target efficiently.

  • News to be at core of Apple AAP - Thu, Jun 25, 2015 9:01 AM AEST

    Apple is diving deeper into the news business with a new application that could make the US tech giant a key industry player. Apple News, part of the upcoming iOS 9 operating system, aims to be the primary news source for users of the iPhone and iPad - likely at the expense of sources such as Facebook, Google and news apps such as Flipboard. In a surprising move, Apple has unveiled it will be hiring experienced journalists to manage its news feeds - marking a departure from the algorithmic process used by rivals.

  • Fact sheet: 2015 Kia Sedona Limited Associated Press - Thu, Jun 25, 2015 12:34 AM AEST

    BASE PRICE: $26,100 for L; $28,300 for LX; $32,300 for EX; $36,300 for SX; $39,700 for Limited. PRICE AS TESTED: $43,295. TYPE: Front-engine front-wheel drive, seven-passenger minivan. ENGINE: 3.3-liter, ...

  • Google adds free ad-supported tier to music app in the US Associated Press - Wed, Jun 24, 2015 4:42 AM AEST
    Google adds free ad-supported tier to music app in the US

    Google is adding a free tier to its subscription streaming music service in the U.S., aiming to convert the millions of people who click on the Google Play Music app every month but turn away because they're ...

  • Apple did right thing: Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx CNBC - Tue, Jun 23, 2015 7:58 AM AEST
    Apple did right thing: Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx

    Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx cheered Apple's turnaround on artist royalties, telling CNBC he hoped its initial plan to not pay wasn't an old trick.

  • Sony doubles PlayStation storage in Xbox counter AFP - Mon, Jun 22, 2015 6:35 PM AEST
    Sony doubles PlayStation storage in Xbox counter

    Sony next month will release a new PlayStation 4 with double the storage capacity, countering Microsoft's recent release of a beefed-up version of rival console Xbox One. "Offering twice the storage of the existing PS4, you'll be able to download more of the games you love to your PS4, extend your play with more great add-on content and save and share even more of your best gaming highlights," Sony said.

  • Your first trade for Friday CNBC - Fri, Jun 19, 2015 8:10 AM AEST
    Your first trade for Friday

    The "Fast Money" traders give their final trades of the day.

  • 4 Lessons Microsoft's Resurgence Can Teach Enterprise-Software Startups Entrepreneur - Fri, Jun 19, 2015 3:30 AM AEST
    4 Lessons Microsoft's Resurgence Can Teach Enterprise-Software Startups

    Once complacent because of the dominance of its software, the company is moving forward in both cloud and mobile.

  • Former Nokia chief Elop out in Microsoft shakeup AFP - Wed, Jun 17, 2015 3:31 PM AEST
    Former Nokia chief Elop out in Microsoft shakeup

    Microsoft announced a management shakeup on Wednesday, including the departure of Stephen Elop, the former Nokia chief who came on board with the US giant's acquisition of the Finnish firm's handset unit. Elop, 51, came to Microsoft as part of the deal unveiled in 2013 to buy the mobile phone unit of the Finland-based tech group. It was the second stint at Microsoft for the Canadian national, hired as chief executive by Nokia in 2010 in a bid to revitalize the group's smartphone efforts.

  • Subscription products boost Adobe fiscal 2Q results Associated Press - Wed, Jun 17, 2015 8:53 AM AEST

    Software maker Adobe Systems says its transition to a subscription-based business is mostly complete. Over the last two years the maker of Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat has been transitioning to cloud-based ...

  • Adobe tops 2Q profit forecasts Associated Press - Wed, Jun 17, 2015 6:10 AM AEST

    On a per-share basis, the San Jose, California-based company said it had net income of 29 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 48 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street ...

  • Push for facial recognition privacy standards hits roadblock Associated Press - Tue, Jun 16, 2015 5:16 PM AEST

    Retailers have the ability to scan your face digitally, and use that identification to offer you special prices or even recognize you as a prior shoplifter. But should they use it? Should they get your ...

  • Here's Why Mobile Users Are Leaving Your App and What to Do About It (Infographic) Entrepreneur - Mon, Jun 15, 2015 4:00 AM AEST
    Here's Why Mobile Users Are Leaving Your App and What to Do About It (Infographic)

    People have a need for speed from their mobile apps. Here's how you can keep up.

  • The best new features from Apple, Google AAP - Sat, Jun 13, 2015 9:01 AM AEST

    Samsung has tried this with some Android phones and tablets, with mixed success. With Apple, it will be a core feature. Apple Maps has improved a lot for driving and walking directions since it ousted Google Maps in 2012 as the default service on iPhones.

  • ExOne reports 1Q loss Associated Press - Fri, Jun 12, 2015 6:27 AM AEST

    On a per-share basis, the North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania-based company said it had a loss of 53 cents. The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks ...

  • Apple eyes lead role in streaming music AAP - Thu, Jun 11, 2015 10:01 AM AEST

    Apple's iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favourite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of iPods and iPhones wants to carve out a leading role in a revolution well under way, with a new, paid streaming-music service set to launch this summer. With millions of listeners already tuning in to streaming outlets like Pandora and Spotify, analysts and music-industry sources say Apple has been gearing up to launch its own service, aimed at winning back some of those customers and nudging longtime iTunes users into a new mode of listening.

  • Google launches company to tackle city life woes AFP - Thu, Jun 11, 2015 3:53 AM AEST
    Google launches company to tackle city life woes

    Google unveiled a company devoted to making a thriving business out of solving big-city problems such as overpriced housing and traffic-snarled streets. Sidewalk Labs based in New York City was described as an "urban innovation" firm with a mission to develop technology that makes living and running big cities better. "Sidewalk will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage," chief executive Larry Page said in a post at the Internet titan's Google+ social network.

  • Qualcomm replaces China head 6 months after fines Associated Press - Wed, Jun 10, 2015 11:20 PM AEST

    Qualcomm is replacing the head of its China operations six months after the chipmaker was fined $975 million in a wave of anti-monopoly penalties from Beijing. The Chinese government said in February that ...

  • Intel launches investment fund for minority, women-led firms Associated Press - Wed, Jun 10, 2015 6:16 AM AEST

    Intel is launching a $125 million investment fund for technology startups led by women and minorities, a move the chipmaker says is aimed at changing the face of Silicon Valley. The new fund, which is ...

  • Apple Music aims to strike modern lifestyle chord AFP - Wed, Jun 10, 2015 3:53 AM AEST
    Apple Music aims to strike modern lifestyle chord

    Apple is striking a power chord with a new music service in a bid to drown out offerings from established players such as Spotify, Deezer, YouTube and Pandora. "All of these companies have a huge head start on Apple and Apple will have to convince users to switch," said Edison Investment Research analyst Richard Windsor. Apple Music will do likewise, while also adding real people who design playlists based on artists or genres.

  • Apple music appears confused but company seizing big opportunities Yahoo7 Finance - Tue, Jun 9, 2015 10:06 AM AEST
    Apple music appears confused but company seizing big opportunities

    Highlighted by a new subscription music service, the occasionally uneven 2-1/2 hour presentation lacked the big bang of some of Apple's new product announcements and more focused keynotes of the Steve Jobs era.