Technology

  • Aust stocks slightly higher AAP - Thu, Dec 22, 2016 12:17 PM AEDT

    The Australian share market is slightly higher on low volumes as trading winds down ahead of Christmas. There's nothing outstanding though," Phillip Capital senior client adviser Michael Heffernan said. Mr Heffernan said it was "just the absence of bad news" driving the market on Thursday.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 presses deeper with new iPhones and more Yahoo7 Finance - Thu, Sep 10, 2015 7:10 AM AEST
    Apple presses deeper with new iPhones and more

    Apple is bolstering its money-pumping iPhone line while looking to dive deep into businesses with iPads and dominate living rooms with Apple TV hardware tuned to app-loving lifestyles. Tricked-out new iPhone 6 models, along with overhauled Apple TV hardware and iPad Pro tablets with enlarged screens, were major announcements at the technology titan's media event Wednesday in San Francisco. "Apple did the typical good job at the event," Gartner analyst Brian Blau told AFP.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What's in a billion? A Facebook milestone AAP - Fri, Sep 4, 2015 9:01 AM AEST

    A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period. Monday's milestone was mostly symbolic for Facebook, which boasts nearly 1.5 billion users who log in at least once a month. Facebook achieved one billion overall users in 2012, but this week's milestone is perhaps more significant.

  • French watchdog to probe ex-Alcatel-Lucent chief's 14mn-euro payout AFP - Tue, Sep 1, 2015 7:13 PM AEST
    French watchdog to probe ex-Alcatel-Lucent chief's 14mn-euro payout

    France's markets watchdog said Tuesday it would examine a deal that could see the former head of telecoms equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent receive around 14 million euros ($15.7 million) as part of its buyout by Finland's Nokia. The AMF watchdog will "check to see if there are no irregularities" in the payments that Michel Combes could receive over a three-year period, its head said in a statement to AFP, including compensation due to a non-competition clause. In a growing storm around the payments, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said he was "unhappy" that Combes was leaving the company "prematurely".

  • India regulator accuses Google of online search abuse AFP - Tue, Sep 1, 2015 12:38 PM AEST
    India regulator accuses Google of online search abuse

    India's competition investigators have accused Google of abusing its market dominance in online searches in the country, deepening the US Internet giant's woes with governments around the world. Three years after starting its investigation, the Competition Commission of India's preliminary report said Google favoured its own services when customers ran searches, suggesting breaches of competition law. "The conduct of Google is found to be unfair and discriminatory," the commission's 714-page report seen by AFP said.

  • Apple partners to boost business use of iPads-iPhones AFP - Mon, Aug 31, 2015 8:18 PM AEST
    Apple partners to boost business use of iPads-iPhones

    Apple and computer network titan Cisco on Monday announced a partnership aimed at putting more iPhones and iPads to work at businesses. The companies said in a joint release that they will optimize Cisco networks to provide a "fast lane" for devices and applications running on Apple's iOS mobile operating system. "Nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in the release.

  • Android smart watches get in time with iPhone AFP - Mon, Aug 31, 2015 5:58 PM AEST
    Android smart watches get in time with iPhone

    Google on Monday broke down the wall between Android smart watches and iPhones, taking on Apple Watch on its home turf. A version of Android Wear smart watch software tailored for Apple's mobile operating system made its debut, paired for now only with LG Watch Urbane, according to a Google blog post. "Today, Android Wear for iOS works with the LG Watch Urbane," Google said.

  • Apple shipped 3.6 million watches AAP - Sat, Aug 29, 2015 10:02 AM AEST
    Apple shipped 3.6 million watches

    According to analysts at International Data Corp, Apple shipped enough units of its new smartwatch to nearly overtake market leader FitBit in the last quarter. Since its introduction this northern spring, industry experts have debated how successful the new Apple Watch will be. Apple has not revealed how many watches it has sold, and some analysts have concluded consumer interest is lukewarm.

  • Pentagon joins Silicon Valley in 'flexible' tech hub AFP - Fri, Aug 28, 2015 9:55 PM AEST
    Pentagon joins Silicon Valley in 'flexible' tech hub

    The Pentagon is building a tech hub in Silicon Valley to help create new gadgetry for the supersoldiers of the future as well as tech-savvy consumers. A plan unveiled Friday called for a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute to be based in San Jose, California to work on new kinds of flexible technology that can be used both on the battlefield or for civilian health, smart homes and cities. The $171 million plan announced by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will get $75 million in federal funds, and bring together electronics and semiconductor companies like Applied Materials, Apple, United Technologies, Hewlett-Packard and Qualcomm with users of the technology such as Boeing, General Motors, the Cleveland Clinic, Corning and Motorola.

  • Windows 10 spreads to more than 75 million devices AFP - Wed, Aug 26, 2015 6:03 PM AEST
    Windows 10 spreads to more than 75 million devices

    Microsoft said Wednesday that Windows 10 has spread to more than 75 million devices since the new operating system was released less than a month ago. The US software colossus is intent on seeing the new-generation operating system aimed at computers, mobile and other devices running on a billion gadgets. Windows 10 is powering more than 90,000 different computer and tablet models, including some that date back to the year 2007, Microsoft's corporate vice president of marketing for Windows and devices, Yusuf Mehdi, said in a series of tweets.

  • IBM in bid to stop Qld damages claim AAP - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 11:54 AM AEST

    Technology giant IBM can't be sued over Queensland's health payroll disaster under a 2010 settlement with the state, the company's lawyers say. Lawyers for IBM Australia have fronted the Brisbane Supreme ...

  • Microsoft's Cortana assistant launched on Android AFP - Mon, Aug 24, 2015 7:57 PM AEST
    Microsoft's Cortana assistant launched on Android

    Microsoft said Monday its Cortana virtual assistant software was available to users of Android mobile devices. Cortana is Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri and Google Now, which respond to voice commands on mobile devices. The launch is part of an effort by Microsoft to expand its mobile presence despite a weak showing for its Windows Phone devices.

  • 20 Tech Stocks The Richest Hedge Fund Billionaires Are Betting On Now Forbes - Thu, Aug 20, 2015 6:00 PM AEST

    What’s the next big tech stock? Just follow the leaders. These top picks – ten buys and ten sells – are ranked by the number of billionaires who bought or sold the stock in a material way (at least 10,000 ...

  • Google vs Apple: Which will be better in 11 years? CNBC - Thu, Aug 20, 2015 8:52 AM AEST
    Google vs Apple: Which will be better in 11 years?

    Google went public 11 years ago, and "Fast Money" traders discussed whether it was worth owning in the next 11 years.

  • Apple challenges figures on Apple Music user retention AFP - Wed, Aug 19, 2015 10:37 PM AEST
    Apple challenges figures on Apple Music user retention

    Only 21 percent of users who have tested Apple Music no longer use it, Apple said Wednesday, countering the results of a survey that found defection rates at more than twice that amount. Apple said that the number was much lower. In the MusicWatch survey, 28 percent of respondents who were trying out Apple Music said they also have Spotify Premium subscriptions, but only 11 percent were users of the free version of Spotify and six percent used the free version of internet radio Pandora.

  • Google's Alphabet move was brilliant: Bill George CNBC - Wed, Aug 19, 2015 9:00 PM AEST
    Google's Alphabet move was brilliant: Bill George

    Here's why Google's Alphabet reorg was a really smart move, says former Medtronic CEO Bill George.

  • Hacking a big danger for small businesses AAP - Wed, Aug 19, 2015 2:01 PM AEST

    It's not just big businesses like JPMorgan Chase and Target that get hacked. Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too. The costs associated with computer and website attacks can run well into the thousands and even millions of dollars for a small company.

  • 5 Ways to Buy Big Data Stocks U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Aug 19, 2015 1:36 AM AEST

    Digital information is being created at a monstrous pace with the explosion of Web applications, e-commerce, online transactions and social media. A lot of that is raw noise, but the patterns that shine through can be extremely valuable to corporate management looking for operating efficiency, better-targeted marketing or even just quicker damage control when the chatter starts going the wrong way," says Hilary Kramer, hedge fund manager, equity analyst and editor of several financial newsletters. The key trends driving expansion in big data include growth in the mobile space as consumers create new data via their phones, the adoption of the cloud and social media, Zino says.

  • Google's Android update: code name Marshmallow AFP - Mon, Aug 17, 2015 6:52 PM AEST
    Google's Android update: code name Marshmallow

    Google gave a name Monday to its soon-to-be released operating system for its Android mobile devices: Marshmallow. The moniker for the 6.0 version of the dominant mobile computing system follows a tradition of using sugary treats for Android including Lollipop (5.0), KitKat (4.4), Jellybean (4.1) and Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0). "Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten center, or in fluff form, who doesn't like marshmallows?" product manager Jamal Eason asked in a post on the Android developer blog.

  • Apple may put TV streaming service on hold: Report CNBC - Sat, Aug 15, 2015 1:50 AM AEST
    Apple may put TV streaming service on hold: Report

    Apple fans might have to wait a little bit longer for its TV streaming service, according to Apple Insider.