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Big new iPhone brings Apple more profit

Sep 23, 2014 3:23 pm

Apple's largest iPhone is selling for $100 more than its other new model, but a new report says it costs Apple only $15.50 more to make the more expensive version. [more]

DealBook: Rocket Internet of Germany Sets Price Range for Its I.P.O.

Sep 23, 2014 2:06 pm

The company, which builds start-ups largely by mimicking existing technology ideas, plans to raise as much as $1.89 billion, which would value the company at up to $7.8 billion. [more]

Bits Blog: Keeping Old iPhones Out of the Sock Drawer

Sep 23, 2014 1:52 pm

Apple has sold millions of shiny new phones to people who already had cellphones. Thanks to a growing electronics-resale industry, now many of those old gadgets have somewhere to go. [more]

Microsoft to launch Xbox One in China in days

Sep 23, 2014 1:10 pm

US technology giant Microsoft will launch its Xbox One in China on September 29, becoming the first game console to enter the market in 14 years, it said Tuesday, in an apparent reversal of a delay announced just three days ago. [more]

Team develop 'autotune' software to make it quicker, easier and cheaper to model energy use of buildings

Sep 23, 2014 1:07 pm

There are many ways to save energy in residential and commercial buildings. There are products that use less energy for lighting, heating and cooling; materials that better insulate and seal building envelopes; and architectural and engineering designs that lower utility bills through efficient... [more]

Google to face charges if it fails to improve settlement: EU

Sep 23, 2014 1:03 pm

US Internet giant Google will face formal charges if it fails to improve its proposals to the European Union to resolve anti-trust complaints over its search engine, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said Tuesday. [more]

PlayStation TV to hit US in October

Sep 23, 2014 12:56 pm

PlayStation TV home entertainment system is set to hit North America on October 14 as Sony seeks to improve its financial footing with games, films and music. [more]

This is how Electronic Arts made FIFA 15

Sep 23, 2014 11:18 am

CNNMoney gets an all access pass to how FIFA became the best selling video game in history. [more]

US clampdown on tax maneuver leaves its mark

Sep 23, 2014 11:16 am

A handful of big companies pursuing overseas mergers to lower their tax bills came under pressure Tuesday after the U.S. unveiled rules to discourage them. [more]

A 3D-printed laptop prepared for crowdfunding campaign

Sep 23, 2014 11:00 am

Using PLA filament, a small London-based team have managed to achieve the 3D printing of their own Raspberry-Pi-based laptop, with a battery life of six to eight hours and Wi-Fi enabled out of the box. They are offering it to others in the form of a kit that they will bring to Kickstarter.... [more]

Hacker Gives Google a Hand With Chrome-Android Compatibility

Sep 23, 2014 10:42 am

An unplanned convergence of Android apps and the Chrome OS may be setting the stage for a wide-open cross-platform architecture that combines Android and Chrome. Freelance programmer Vlad Filippov, aka "Vladikoff," discovered a way around Google's limitations on its ARC, or App Runtime for... [more]

Paraffins to cut energy consumption in homes

Sep 23, 2014 10:21 am

Thermal energy storage is a common strategy in energy production systems in which the period of production does not coincide with that of consumption. This happens with the production of hot water by means of solar thermal panels, for example; here, hot water is produced during sunlight hours... [more]

EmTech: Google’s Internet “Loon” Balloons Will Ring the Globe within a Year

Sep 23, 2014 9:52 am

Google X research lab boss Astro Teller says experimental wireless balloons will test delivering Internet access throughout the Southern Hemisphere by next year.Within a year, Google is aiming to have a continuous ring of high-altitude balloons in the Southern Hemisphere capable of providing... [more]

'Huge explosions shook the city'

Sep 23, 2014 9:21 am

If anyone doubted Twitter's power to lead the news, Tuesday's raids by U.S. forces in Syria offered a new lesson. [more]

Dataminr Scours Social Media for Hot News Tips

Sep 23, 2014 9:01 am

Dataminr, software that analyzes Twitter postings for patterns that indicate breaking news, became commercially available to news organizations on Tuesday. [more]

Daily that challenged LA Times shuts down

Sep 23, 2014 7:58 am

The Los Angeles Register, a newspaper launched earlier this year to challenge the region's dominant Los Angeles Times, announced Tuesday it was shutting down. [more]

Banking Trojan Targets Petrochemical Outfits

Sep 23, 2014 7:55 am

The pernicious program Citadel has been around for awhile, but it's using some new tricks on new targets. From its humble origins as a "man in the browser" thief of banking credentials, Citadel has become a knave of all trades. Once it lands on a computer, it can be configured in a number of ways... [more]

Smart meters could cause conflict for housemates, study shows

Sep 23, 2014 7:55 am

Arguments about whose turn it is to do the washing up, negotiating rights to the TV remote control and disputes over noise—as many students returning to university for the new academic year are about to learn the hard way, sharing a house can be a tricky business. [more]

Windows Inspection Tool Set

Sep 23, 2014 7:39 am

Windows Inspection Tool Set is a free open source program for the Windows operating system that provides users with a set of tools to manage various aspects of the operating system. After you have installed the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the software on your system and started it up, it displays... [more]

Goodgame Studios reveals revenue, coy on IPO plans

Sep 23, 2014 7:30 am

German online games company Goodgame Studios has for the first time revealed financial details of its business, amid speculation that it is planning a stock market flotation. [more]

New Computer codes to aid greener, leaner aircraft design

Sep 23, 2014 7:03 am

A computer model that accurately predicts how composite materials behave when damaged will make it easier to design lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft. [more]

Artificial intelligence that imitates children's learning

Sep 23, 2014 7:02 am

The computer programmes used in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) are highly specialised. They can for example fly airplanes, play chess or assemble cars in controlled industrial environments. However, a research team from Gothenburg, Sweden, has now been able to create an AI programme... [more]

Rubber technology important in reducing CO2 emissions

Sep 23, 2014 7:00 am

Despite numerous measures taken by manufacturers, the worldwide level of CO2 car emissions is still increasing at an alarming rate. The automotive sector is working hard to develop lightweight constructions, which is the best way to reduce fuel consumption and therefore also the greenhouse... [more]

EU case against Google shows need for new publishing models in the information age

Sep 23, 2014 6:40 am

When Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation launched a broadside at Google, claiming the company abuses its overwhelming market position in Europe, it looked a lot like a clash between web and print – the Information Age vs the Gutenberg Age. [more]

Larry Ellison Bought an Island in Hawaii. Now What?

Sep 23, 2014 6:00 am

How the tech billionaire came to own 87,000 acres, three hotels, a wastewater-treatment plant, a cemetery and 380 cats. [more]

Q&A: How to Flip Scanned Images

Sep 23, 2014 5:58 am

Plus, what a Windows Phone 8 owner can do to prevent children from accessing certain apps. [more]

16,000 demonstrators rally against restarting Japan nuke plant

Sep 23, 2014 5:43 am

Some 16,000 people rallied Tuesday in the Japanese capital against the government's plan to restart nuclear reactors, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster, Jiji Press said. [more]

Bits Blog: With Talko App, Ray Ozzie Creates a Permanent Voice

Sep 23, 2014 5:43 am

Ray Ozzie, onetime chief software architect at Microsoft, has a way to make phone conversations as permanent and searchable as other Internet communication. [more]

Apple and Google make changes in the battle for new markets

Sep 23, 2014 5:00 am

Has Google finally decided to take total control of its Android destiny with the release of its Android One operating system? [more]

DealBook: Philips to Split Into Two Companies as Part of Overhaul

Sep 23, 2014 4:49 am

The Dutch electronics giant will split into two entities: one focused on health care and technology, and one on lighting. [more]

EnGo public charging station serves university students

Sep 23, 2014 3:10 am

Kinetic tiles and solar panels are ready to power up mobile devices for people on the go thanks to something called the EnGo charging station. The technology involves a combination of kinetic tiles and solar panels. The tiles are designed to harvest energy from footsteps. [more]

Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to phones

Sep 23, 2014 1:30 am

Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. [more]

Government hackers try to crack

Sep 23, 2014 1:20 am

The government's own watchdogs say they tried to hack into earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability. [more]

New comic book stars Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg

Sep 23, 2014 1:10 am

The life of billionaire Facebook executive and "Lean In" author Sheryl Sandberg has been distilled into a 32-page comic book set for release this week. [more]

Change Firefox menu shortcuts with Menu Wizard

Sep 23, 2014 12:13 am

Menu Wizard is a handy browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that you can use to hide or move menu items. It supports the Firefox menu bar (not displayed anymore by default), the tab and main context menu, and the bookmarks bar by default so that you can customize what is displayed and how... [more]

DealBook: Aging Tech Giants Look to Deals to Help Bolster Revenue

Sep 22, 2014 8:14 pm

Big hardware firms like EMC are looking at a range of possible transactions as they pursue relevance and growth. [more]

Farewell, Bonny Bodhi?

Sep 22, 2014 7:57 pm

Well autumn is nigh upon us here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, and any day now the a/c will downshift to "medium" over at the Broken Windows Lounge. Oktoberfest ales are selling like hotcakes, and more than a few bloggers are rejoicing at the end of the Dog Days in fact -- but... [more]

Months After Beats Purchase, Apple’s Plans for Music Service Are Still Unclear

Sep 22, 2014 6:48 pm

Apple paid $3 billion for Beats, which makes headphones and also offers streaming music — a service that analysts say could be discontinued, though Apple remains vague. [more]

Times Insider: How a Times Cybersecurity Reporter Protects Her Data. And What You Can Do to Protect Yours.

Sep 22, 2014 6:24 pm

Times technology reporter Nicole Perloth shares her thoughts on cybersecurity, on how she protects her online identity, and how you should protect yours. [more] Is Given an Overhaul

Sep 22, 2014 5:51 pm

Federal health officials said the shorter application on has fewer pages and fewer screens to navigate, and allows people to sign up with fewer clicks. [more]

Hotels Use Online Reviews as Blueprint for Renovations

Sep 22, 2014 3:38 pm

Hotel managers are relying more and more on reviews from websites like TripAdvisor for direction regarding renovations and upgrades of their facilities. [more]

BlackBerry sets new phone launch in revival bid

Sep 22, 2014 2:57 pm

BlackBerry is set to unveil its latest smartphone Wednesday, in a move aimed at reviving the fortunes of the struggling Canadian tech group. [more]

Apple set to shut down Beats music service: report

Sep 22, 2014 2:27 pm

Apple is set to discontinue the Beats streaming music service it acquired earlier this year to focus on iTunes, the news website TechCrunch reported Monday. [more]

Sony's PlayStation TV Could Be a Busy Little Gadget

Sep 22, 2014 2:20 pm

Sony Computer Entertainment on Monday confirmed that nearly 700 games will be available for its PlayStation TV system when it launches in North America on Oct. 14. They will include popular and classic franchises such as Killzone: Mercenary, Final Fantasy, Twisted Metal and Metal Gear Solid. The... [more]

A Closer Look: Ways to hide, secure data on phones

Sep 22, 2014 2:20 pm

Apple got a lot of attention last week when it released a new privacy policy along with a declaration that police can't get to your password-protected data. [more]

China blocks 'privacy' search engine DuckDuckGo

Sep 22, 2014 2:09 pm

China has begun blocking the privacy-protecting search engine DuckDuckGo, which avoids storing user data or tracking online activity, according to the company and security researchers. [more]

Investors fret Yahoo's future, stock dips

Sep 22, 2014 2:07 pm

Yahoo's stock fell Monday as investors grappled with uncertainty about the Internet company's future in the wake of last week's record-setting Wall Street debut by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. [more]

FBI widens probe of naked celebrity photos

Sep 22, 2014 2:05 pm

The FBI vowed Monday to widen a probe into the massive hacking of naked celebrity photos if necessary, after new reported leaks including nude shots of Kim Kardashian. [more]

How much does your iPhone really cost?

Sep 22, 2014 1:27 pm

The iPhone 6 retails at $649 but only costs $227 to make. [more]

Malware can still bypass Google Chrome’s extension installation protection

Sep 22, 2014 1:18 pm

Malicious browser extensions have been a big issue in the past couple of years. One should not confuse outright malicious extensions with adware or toolbars even though they are related to some extend. The core difference between those groups of extensions is that malicious extensions go beyond... [more]

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