Technology

  • Wave of new Windows 10 devices on show at Berlin tech fair Associated Press - 20 hours ago
    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.

  • 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.

  • Big settlement in tech wage case harks back to different era Associated Press - Fri, Sep 4, 2015 7:53 AM AEST

    A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement that ends a lengthy legal saga revolving around allegations that Apple, Google and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent ...

  • Judge approves $415M settlement in Apple, Google wage case Associated Press - Fri, Sep 4, 2015 5:03 AM AEST

    A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement that ends a lengthy legal saga revolving around allegations that Apple, Google and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent ...

  • Apple smartwatch rivals turn back the fashion clock Financial Times - Thu, Sep 3, 2015 6:31 PM AEST

    Apple's rivals in the smartwatch market have hit on a new idea to win over consumers: make devices that look like traditional timepieces. From analogue clocks with health-tracking and wireless payment ...

  • Yahoo chief Mayer says she's pregnant with twins Associated Press - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 3:34 AM AEST
    Yahoo chief Mayer says she's pregnant with twins

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is pregnant with identical twins. Mayer, 40, said on her blog that she and her husband are expecting twin girls in December. "I have some exciting news to share — I'm pregnant!" ...

  • BAE Systems: holding its breath Financial Times - Wed, Sep 2, 2015 3:03 AM AEST

    Ignore for a moment the political furore over Faslane's Royal Navy submarine base. George Osborne, chancellor, drew attention to it this week by promising £500m more investment for the port that is home ...

  • 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.

  • Google tries to woo iPhone owners with Android watch app Associated Press - Tue, Sep 1, 2015 8:30 AM AEST
    Google tries to woo iPhone owners with Android watch app

    Google is introducing an application that will connect Android smartwatches with Apple's iPhone, escalating the rivals' battle to strap their technology on people's wrists. The move thrusts Google on to ...

  • India's antitrust probe into Google moves into next phase Associated Press - Tue, Sep 1, 2015 7:33 AM AEST

    A lengthy investigation into whether Google has been abusing its dominance of Internet search to stifle competition in India is moving into its next phase. The preliminary findings of the three-year-old ...

  • Adept Technology reports 4Q loss Associated Press - Tue, Sep 1, 2015 6:15 AM AEST

    The Pleasanton, California-based company said it had a loss of 10 cents per share. The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment ...

  • 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’s Ad Blockers Rile Publishers The Wall Street Journal - Mon, Aug 31, 2015 8:47 AM AEST
    Apple’s Ad Blockers Rile Publishers

    Apple Inc.’s move to make it easier to block ads on iPhones and iPads is troubling publishers and heightening tensions with its Silicon Valley neighbors. The next version of Apple’s mobile-operating system, due out as early as next month, will let users install apps that prevent ads from appearing in its Safari browser. Putting such “ad blockers” within reach of hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users threatens to disrupt the $70 billion annual mobile-marketing business, where many publishers and tech firms hope to generate far more revenue from a growing mobile audience.

  • 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.

  • What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day Associated Press - Sat, Aug 29, 2015 3:43 AM AEST
    What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day

    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. The number amounts to one-seventh ...

  • 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.

  • Movado rebounds as 2Q results top analyst estimates Associated Press - Fri, Aug 28, 2015 8:28 AM AEST

    Shares of Movado Group surged 21 percent Thursday after the luxury watchmaker's second-quarter results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The seller of Movado, Ebel, Hugo Boss and Lacoste watches said ...

  • Apple schedules new product event for Sept. 9 Associated Press - Fri, Aug 28, 2015 5:35 AM AEST
    Apple schedules new product event for Sept. 9

    Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets. The company has introduced a new iPhone ...

  • New estimate: Apple shipped 3.6 million watches last quarter Associated Press - Fri, Aug 28, 2015 5:33 AM AEST
    New estimate: Apple shipped 3.6 million watches last quarter

    A new report estimates Apple shipped 3.6 million watches in the last quarter — more than some analysts have estimated and enough to change the competitive landscape for fitness bands and other wearable ...

  • Apple schedules product event for Sept. 9 Associated Press - Fri, Aug 28, 2015 2:41 AM AEST

    Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets. Invitations for the event were sent to ...

  • 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.

  • Cell Carriers Battle for Wi-Fi Airwaves The Wall Street Journal - Wed, Aug 26, 2015 9:04 AM AEST

    Verizon Communications Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc. are preparing to broadcast cellular signals over some of the same free airwaves currently used by Wi-Fi networks. The wireless carriers plan to begin rolling out the technology next year.

  • 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.

  • Intuit skids on plan to sell Quicken and 2 other business Associated Press - Sat, Aug 22, 2015 4:23 AM AEST

    Shares of Intuit dropped 12 percent Friday after the maker of TurboTax software surprised Wall Street by saying it plans to sell several businesses, including its consumer finance program Quicken. Like ...

  • How Social Bias Creeps Into Web Technology The Wall Street Journal - Fri, Aug 21, 2015 6:34 AM AEST

    Increasingly, it also plays a role in more consequential decisions, such as who gets a job or loan, or who pays surge pricing in a ride-sharing app. In May, Flickr, a division of Yahoo Inc., rolled out software that recognized objects in photos uploaded by users and tagged them accordingly: car, boat, cat, dog. Carnegie Mellon University researchers examining Google’s ad-targeting system recently found that male Web users were six times more likely than female users to be shown ads for high-paying jobs.

  • Gartner says smartphone sales growth slows Associated Press - Fri, Aug 21, 2015 4:58 AM AEST

    Worldwide sales of smartphones in the second quarter grew at the slowest pace since 2013 as sales in China declined for the first time, according to research firm Gartner Inc. Gartner said Thursday that ...

  • Raven Industries posts 2Q profit Associated Press - Thu, Aug 20, 2015 10:07 PM AEST

    The Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based company said it had net income of 11 cents per share. The industrial products maker posted revenue of $67.5 million in the period. Raven Industries shares have decreased ...

  • 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.

  • Google stock target gets 50% boost on mobile, YouTube growth MarketWatch - Wed, Aug 19, 2015 11:08 PM AEST

    Google Inc. was upgraded to overweight from neutral at Atlantic Equities on Wednesday on recent improvements in mobile search and the potential for YouTube to serve as a "material growth driver" ...

  • 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.