Technology

  • A Few Surprising Elements from eBay’s 2Q15 Earnings Market Realist - Wed, Sep 21, 2016 4:03 AM AEST

    On July 16, 2015, eBay (EBAY) announced its second quarter earnings. It had a few surprising elements. The company reported a rise in its revenue by 7% YoY.

  • Apple's top-selling app says goodbye CNBC - Sat, Sep 19, 2015 4:58 AM AEST
    Apple's top-selling app says goodbye

    The developer of the Peace ad-blocking app has withdrawn from the Apple App Store because of concerns about inadvertently hurting honest publishers.

  • Ad-blocking on iPhones chips at website money model AFP - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 10:50 PM AEST
    Ad-blocking on iPhones chips at website money model

    A top iPhone ad-blocking application was pulled from the App Store on Friday by its creator, amid a surge in interest in new programs to thwart marketing messages. Programmer Marco Arment removed the Peace app after it spent more than a day as the most downloaded paid application at Apple's online shop. "Achieving this much success with Peace just doesn't feel good, which I didn't anticipate," Arment said in a post at Marco.org.

  • Apple explores rules of the road for self-driving cars AFP - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 9:07 PM AEST
    Apple explores rules of the road for self-driving cars

    The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Friday said that it met with Apple to discuss rules of the road regarding testing self-driving cars. "The Apple meeting was to review DMV's autonomous vehicle regulations," a department spokesperson told AFP in an email response to an inquiry. Apple has not commented on rumors that it is working on a self-driving car, and the California-based technology colossus did not respond to an AFP request to contribute to this story.

  • Cablevision and Oracle are big market movers Associated Press - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 6:32 AM AEST

    Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Cablevision Systems Corp., up $3.97 to $32.51 European telecommunications company ...

  • Adobe beats Street 3Q forecasts Associated Press - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 6:12 AM AEST

    The San Jose, California-based company said it had profit of 34 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 54 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The ...

  • Better battery life, smarter Siri in Apple software update Associated Press - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 4:36 AM AEST
    Better battery life, smarter Siri in Apple software update

    Apple's iPhones and iPads are getting free software updates Wednesday, including battery improvements and a smarter virtual assistant. The new features and capabilities in the update, iOS 9, are primarily ...

  • Guide to software refinements in iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch Associated Press - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 4:15 AM AEST
    Guide to software refinements in iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch

    Apple's mobile devices are getting free software updates Wednesday, as iPhones and iPads receive battery improvements and a smarter virtual assistant, while the Apple Watch gets more types of apps. The ...

  • AP names Hamilton as new technology editor Associated Press - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 2:50 AM AEST
    AP names Hamilton as new technology editor

    David Hamilton, a former assistant managing editor of CNET and Wall Street Journal reporter, has been named technology editor for The Associated Press. Hamilton will lead a team of business reporters covering ...

  • Russian authorities find Google guilty in antitrust probe AFP - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 5:32 PM AEST
    Russian authorities find Google guilty in antitrust probe

    Russia's antitrust authority said Monday it had found US Internet giant Google guilty of unfairly keeping rival services off mobile devices in a probe demanded by local search engine provider Yandex. The Federal Antimonopoly Service deemed Google in breach of a law on "protecting competition" after an investigation launched in February following a complaint by Russia's largest search engine, agency official Vladimir Kudryavtsev told Russian news wires. Google could face a fine of up to 15 percent of the income it has made from the sector in Russsia over the past year.

  • Wearable tech market bursting at the seams: survey AFP - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 3:34 PM AEST
    Wearable tech market bursting at the seams: survey

    The market for wearable tech, led by Apple Watch and a range of connected fitness gadgets, is exploding, a survey showed Monday. The report by research firm IDC said global wearable device shipments will reach 76.1 million units in 2015, up 163.6 percent from 2014. The biggest growth segment in this category is "smart wearables," which includes watches and devices with more capabilities than "basic" wearables such as fitness bands.

  • GlobalFoundries offers employees voluntary buyouts Associated Press - Sat, Sep 12, 2015 11:36 PM AEST

    The company that purchased the IBM microchip plants in Vermont and New York is offering voluntary buyouts to many employees in response to a downturn in the industry. GlobalFoundries Spokesman Jim Keller ...

  • Microsoft names Brad Smith president and chief legal officer Associated Press - Sat, Sep 12, 2015 9:03 AM AEST

    Microsoft has given longtime executive Brad Smith the title of president, as the company continues its transition to a new generation of leadership. Smith's full title will be president and chief legal ...

  • How Apple Product Launches May Change Your ETF U.S.News & World Report - Sat, Sep 12, 2015 12:17 AM AEST

    Apple (AAPL) did what it does every September, placating fanboys and stirring Wall Street as it unveils its latest lineup of gadgets. After all, Apple is off some 13 percent from its July highs around $132 -- a level that AAPL shares have battled with on numerous occasions this year. The latest attack sent Apple down by as much as 20 percent, the losses helped in large part by August's broader-market selloff.

  • What investors forget in Apple event frenzy: Analyst CNBC - Fri, Sep 11, 2015 2:50 AM AEST
    What investors forget in Apple event frenzy: Analyst

    The market has put too much emphasis on Apple product launches, casting a shadow over its "economic innovation," Daniel Ernst said.

  • Apple TV aims to capture 'cord cutters' AFP - Thu, Sep 10, 2015 10:44 PM AEST
    Apple TV aims to capture 'cord cutters'

    The new Apple TV unveiled this week has the potential to do for television what iPhone did to mobile phones, while claiming a starring role in home entertainment. Updated Apple TV hardware set for release in late October wasn't expected to revolutionize the television industry, but it could strike a blow to cable companies that have been in a power seat when it comes to delivering shows and other content. "It turns out fears surrounding the long-term prospects of the cable industry were well warranted," said Yahoo senior vice president Simon Khalaf, whose mobile analytics company Flurry was bought last year by the Internet pioneer.

  • Asia suppliers lose ground after Apple event fails to impress CNBC - Thu, Sep 10, 2015 5:56 PM AEST
    Asia suppliers lose ground after Apple event fails to impress

    A near 2 percent tumble in Apple shares following the firm's highly anticipated product event, reverberated across related tech shares in Asia on Thursday.

  • Apple stock lifts following product launches AFP - Thu, Sep 10, 2015 2:44 PM AEST
    Apple stock lifts following product launches

    At 1430 GMT, Apple shares traded up 1.4 percent at 111.69, following a drop Wednesday of some two percent. Analysts say Apple is seeking to diversify its product line amid a competitive global smartphone market, and that its new iPad Pro, Apple TV streaming device and Apple Watch may help.

  • Apple stakes new claim to living room, shows new iPhones Associated Press - Thu, Sep 10, 2015 1:43 PM AEST
    Apple stakes new claim to living room, shows new iPhones

    Apple staked a new claim to the living room on Wednesday, as the maker of iPhones and other hand-held gadgets unveiled an Internet TV system that's designed as a beachhead for the tech giant's broader ...

  • Computer giant Dell to invest over $125 bn in China AFP - Thu, Sep 10, 2015 10:27 AM AEST
    Computer giant Dell to invest over $125 bn in China

    US computer giant Dell on Thursday said it will invest more than $125 billion in China over the next five years to show its "long-term commitment" to one of its key markets. Dell has previously announced big investment plans in China, saying in 2010 that it was eyeing a $100 billion plan over the next decade. Dell China could not be reached for comment.

  • Apple unveils latest iPhone, bigger iPad, revamped TV box Associated Press - Thu, Sep 10, 2015 5:30 AM AEST
    Apple unveils latest iPhone, bigger iPad, revamped TV box

    Apple is taking a small step with its latest iPhone while trying to make a bigger leap in other key markets with its largest iPad yet and a long-awaited overhaul of its online video box for TVs. The trend-setting ...

  • The Latest: New iPhones go on sale Sept. 25 Associated Press - Thu, Sep 10, 2015 5:16 AM AEST
    The Latest: New iPhones go on sale Sept. 25

    The latest news on iPhones and other products from Apple's event in San Francisco. All times are PDT. 12:10 p.m. The new iPhones will go on sale on Sept. 25, with advance orders starting this Saturday. ...

  • The Latest: New iPads out in November amid sales decline Associated Press - Thu, Sep 10, 2015 3:59 AM AEST
    The Latest: New iPads out in November amid sales decline

    The latest news on iPhones and other products from Apple's event in San Francisco. All times are PDT. 10:55 a.m. Apple says its new iPad will be available in November. The larger-screen iPad Pro model ...

  • The Latest: Apple to sell larger-screen iPads Associated Press - Thu, Sep 10, 2015 3:41 AM AEST
    The Latest: Apple to sell larger-screen iPads

    The latest news on iPhones and other products from Apple's event in San Francisco. All times are PDT. 10:35 a.m. Apple says it will make a larger-screen iPad tablet aimed at business users. The iPad Pro, ...

  • The Latest: Apple investors hope for stock boost Associated Press - Thu, Sep 10, 2015 1:03 AM AEST
    The Latest: Apple investors hope for stock boost

    The latest news on iPhones and other products from Apple's event in San Francisco, which is expected to start at 10 a.m. PDT on Wednesday. All times are PDT. ___ 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT) Apple investors ...

  • The Latest: Can Apple keep selling more and more iPhones? Associated Press - Thu, Sep 10, 2015 1:00 AM AEST
    The Latest: Can Apple keep selling more and more iPhones?

    The latest news on iPhones and other products from Apple's event in San Francisco, which is expected to start at 10 a.m. PDT on Wednesday. All times are PDT. 7:30 a.m. PDT (10:30 a.m. EDT) New iPhones ...

  • Apple unveils large-format iPad Pro tablet AFP - Wed, Sep 9, 2015 6:37 PM AEST
    Apple unveils large-format iPad Pro tablet

    Apple on Wednesday unveiled its iPad Pro, saying the large-screen tablet has the power and capabilities to replace a laptop computer. Apple also unveiled two updated iPhones, aiming to build on the success of its large-screen handsets introduced late last year. The device features "desktop-class performance" and operates faster than 80 percent of portable PCs that shipped in the last 12 months, said Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller of the device.

  • Tech world waits for iPhone news and hopes for magic AFP - Wed, Sep 9, 2015 6:36 AM AEST
    Tech world waits for iPhone news and hopes for magic

    The tech world on Wednesday will have its eyes on Apple, expecting new versions of the company's coveted iPhone but hoping for magic in the form of unexpected innovation. Apple remained mum even as rumors ran rampant about what is in store at an upcoming San Francisco media event. Analysts and industry insiders predict that Apple will unveil updated iPhones along with an Apple TV revamp that may signal a push into the online television streaming sector, dominated by Netflix.

  • Apple event to focus on new iPhones, Apple TV and Siri Associated Press - Wed, Sep 9, 2015 1:54 AM AEST
    Apple event to focus on new iPhones, Apple TV and Siri

    Hey, Siri, what does Apple have in store for us this week? Along with new iPhones, the iconic tech company is expected to show off a new Apple TV system and a bigger role in the home for Siri, its voice-activated ...

  • Verizon to start 5G wireless testing ahead of schedule AFP - Tue, Sep 8, 2015 8:58 PM AEST
    Verizon to start 5G wireless testing ahead of schedule

    US telecom giant Verizon announced Tuesday it would start field testing of the superfast fifth generation of wireless technology or 5G, in 2016. The announcement aims to accelerate the deployment of the new wireless system that could unleash innovation and new services such as driverless cars and remote surgery. "5G is no longer a dream of the distant future," said Roger Gurnani, chief information and technology architect for Verizon.

  • BlackBerry to buy security company AAP - Tue, Sep 8, 2015 1:26 PM AEST
    BlackBerry to buy security company

    BlackBerry says it will make another security-related acquisition, buying Good Technology for $US425 million ($A613.81 million) in cash. BlackBerry, once known for making smartphones, is now trying to focus on software that lets IT departments manage mobile devices. The company said Good Technology will help it offer a unified secure platform for mobile devices that runs on any operating system.

  • The career of Windows co-founder Gates AAP - Mon, Sep 7, 2015 12:01 PM AEST

    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates laid the cornerstone of his success with Windows, the operating system used by nearly all of the world's PCs. Thirty years since Windows' debut and 20 since the introduction of the game-changing Windows 95, the operating system is still a cash cow for the software company - and has made Gates the richest man in the world. Despite his great success, Gates has always been a man who shunned public appearances.

  • Faces of diversity at US Internet giants AFP - Sun, Sep 6, 2015 2:40 AM AEST
    Faces of diversity at US Internet giants

    GOOGLE was overall 70 percent male in January 2015, a make-up unchanged from the previous year. Some 60 percent of Google employees were white, while about 31 percent were said to be Asian. Google said that it has ramped up university recruitment and is devoting $150 million this year to improving diversity.

  • Wave of new Windows 10 devices on show at Berlin tech fair Associated Press - Sat, Sep 5, 2015 3:54 AM AEST
    Wave of new Windows 10 devices on show at Berlin tech fair

    Computer manufacturers are unveiling the first big batch of devices running Windows 10 at the IFA home electronics show opening in Berlin on Friday. The industry has seen sluggish sales in recent years ...

  • Toyota getting in gear with smart cars AFP - Fri, Sep 4, 2015 9:45 PM AEST
    Toyota getting in gear with smart cars

    Toyota on Friday announced plans to invest $50 million into building artificial intelligence into cars, an indication it could be joining the race to develop driverless vehicles. The joint research with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will take place over the next five years, Toyota Motor Corporation said, emphasizing its interest in technology that could be used by people as they grow old or become less able to drive safely. "We will initially focus on the acceleration of intelligent vehicle technology, with the immediate goal of helping eliminate traffic casualties and the ultimate goal of helping improve quality of life through enhanced mobility and robotics," Toyota's research and development chief Kiyotaka Ise said in a statement.