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China's Xiaomi shifts some smartphone user data out of Beijing on privacy concerns

People stand near a logo of Xiaomi ahead of the launching ceremony of Xiaomi Phone 4, in BeijingBy Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Thursday it is migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations. Data belonging to the privately owned company's non-Chinese users will be moved in several phases to Amazon Inc servers in the United States and data centers in Singapore, Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra said in a Wednesday blog post on Google Plus. ...




Apple CEO says to add 25 stores in China within two years: Sina

Apple CEO Tim Cook holds a new iPad after a presentation at Apple headquarters in CupertinoBEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company is planning to open 25 retail stores in China within the next two years, according to a Chinese transcript of an interview posted by web portal Sina.com. Apple, which currently earns about 15 percent of its revenue in Greater China, has 15 outlets in the country. The Apple chief executive made similar comments Monday on the company's fourth-quarter earnings call. "We're investing like crazy in the market," Cook said on the call. ...




French mobile market needs mergers, but we won't lead: Orange
PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - French telecoms operator Orange SA still believes the mobile market needs consolidation, but an executive said on Thursday his company is not prepared to kick-off such a move, three months after it dropped a bid for rival Bouygues SA. Chief Financial Officer Ramon Fernandez said Orange was open to discussions on possible combinations with other companies in its home market, but for now it was prepared to wait for others to make the first move. ...

Huawei says third-quarter smartphone shipments jump 26 percent, strong demand for high-end devices
By Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said third-quarter smartphone shipments jumped 26 percent year-on-year, doubling devices shipped to the high-margin premium market dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc. Shenzhen-based Huawei, the world's third-biggest smartphone supplier after the dominant pair, shipped 16.8 million smartphones globally in the quarter ended Sept. 30, according to company data. About a quarter of those were mid- to high-end models, more than twice as many as the same period last year. ...

Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, California(Reuters) - Google Inc launched an email service called "Inbox" on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way. Google said it was sending out invitations to selected Gmail users to try out the new service. Users can also email the company at inbox@google.com to get an invitation. For now the new service is being provided alongside Gmail, which was launched in 2004. It will be available on the Web as well as on Android smartphones and iPhones. ...




Lufthansa close to deal with IBM for IT infrastructure unit

Barrier tape of German airline Lufthansa is seen at Munich airportBERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa is close to a deal to sell its IT infrastructure unit to IBM , including an outsourcing agreement for the services, as part of a shake-up of its technology activities, it said on Wednesday. Europe's largest airline by revenue is undergoing restructuring and cost-cutting efforts to better position itself to compete with low-cost carriers and Gulf rivals. ...




Hungary needs cash, so it wants to tax internet traffic

Hungary needs cash, so it wants to tax internet traffic




Apple dumps SSL 3.0 for push notifications due to POODLE flaw

Apple dumps SSL 3.0 for push notifications due to POODLE flawApple will switch to the TLS encryption standard after disclosure of vulnerability that could expose encrypted data.>




Apple computer sells for record $905K in NY: Bonhams

Apple-1 computerOne of the first Apple computers ever built sold in New York on Wednesday for $905,000, leading Bonhams auction house to declare it the world's most expensive computer relic.




Windows 10 has new ways to protect you against internet data breaches

Windows 10 has new ways to protect you against internet data breaches




Watch the world's rhythms compared with the aid of simple circles

Watch the world's rhythms compared with the aid of simple circlesPizza, good movies, and great music are just some of the things that make the world go round. Over at TED-Ed, John Varney explains how rhythm can literally be perceived as a circular concept, as opposed to the traditional left-to-right format we're accustomed to. The five-minute animation beautifully describes what Varney calls the "wheel method" of tracing rhythm, while showing the relationships between musical forms across the world. It's a surprisingly easy watch, even for those who lack background in the subject matter.




Bang and Olufsen have made a portable Bluetooth speaker, no, we're not kidding

Bang and Olufsen have made a portable Bluetooth speaker, no, we're not kidding




'SimCity BuildIt' lets Canadians play urban planner before anyone else

'SimCity BuildIt' lets Canadians play urban planner before anyone else




Kenny G frantically disassociates himself from Hong Kong demonstrators

Kenny G frantically disassociates himself from Hong Kong demonstratorsWhen famous saxophonist Kenny G tweeted a selfie from a Hong Kong protest site, he probably wasn't expecting to be rebuked by the Chinese government. The musician has since made it extremely clear that he is in no way supporting the demonstrators in Hong Kong, and that his appearance at a protest site was purely coincidental. Some fans took my picture. — Kenny G (@officialkennyg) October 22, 2014




Yahoo's mail app has notifications for flights and events too

Yahoo's mail app has notifications for flights and events too




?Zuckerberg delights audience in Beijing with Mandarin prowess

A screenshot from the video of Zuckerberg's fireside chat in Beijing.The Facebook founder and CEO speaks for 30 minutes in Mandarin at a question and answer session and talks about his company's plans to engage its largest untapped market.>




Hybrid Play clips turn playground toys into videogame controllers

Hybrid Play clips turn playground toys into videogame controllers




iPad Air 2 has a smaller battery, iFixit finds

iPad Air 2 has a smaller battery, iFixit findsThe one new feature you didn't expect from Apple's iPad Air 2? iFixit says the new device has a battery that's 15 percent smaller, yet Apple claims it still gets the same battery life.>




Ford's next cars will brake by themselves to avoid collisions

Ford's next cars will brake by themselves to avoid collisions




Microsoft is ending free Xbox Music streaming

Microsoft is ending free Xbox Music streamingMicrosoft is closing its free Xbox Music streaming service effective December 1st. The company will continue to offer music streaming through its Xbox Music service, but users will need to purchase an Xbox Music Pass to do so, at a monthly price of $9.99. The company doesn't specify why it's removing the free, ad-supported streaming option, but says it's "focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers." Microsoft has updated Xbox Music a number of times since launch, producing versions for its newest Xbox One console and latest Windows Phone operating systems, but it still lags behind competitors such as Spotify in terms of social features.




Sonos sues Denon for allegedly copying its wireless speaker tech

Sonos sues Denon for allegedly copying its wireless speaker tech




Microsoft is suddenly releasing some of the year’s coolest Android apps

Microsoft is suddenly releasing some of the year’s coolest Android appsMicrosoft is no longer all about “Windows, Windows, Windows!” as ex-CEO Steve Ballmer used to say. Instead, the company is willing to create applications and programs for any platform and recently it’s been releasing some very cool new applications for Android. Droid Life spotlights three particularly sweet apps that just came out of the Microsoft Garage project that definitely look worthy of Android fans’ time — and one of them even pulls off the incredible feat of making Bing more relevant. RELATED: The best Android Wear app we’ve seen was just released by… Microsoft? The coolest app is called Torque and it’s been designed to work with Android Wear watches. What makes this app great is that it takes away the




Hear the space age unfold on NASA's historic SoundCloud account

Hear the space age unfold on NASA's historic SoundCloud account




Target offers free holiday shipping, wish lists for the first time

TargetThe increasing reach of Amazon has brick-and-mortar retailers changing their game plans. The latest is Target, who for the first time is offering free shipping.>




Uber drivers kick off 'Global Day of Protest'

Uber drivers kick off 'Global Day of Protest'The ride-sharing app's drivers in the US and London are complaining about fee hikes, fare cuts and the lack of a tip option.>




See what makes the iPad Air 2 so skinny

See what makes the iPad Air 2 so skinny




NASA's new Soundcloud album: Listen to the exploration of space

NASA/JPL/Space Science InstituteNASA has created an album of sounds on Soundcloud, including rocket launches, recordings from space shuttle missions and even a song about water on the moon.>




Star Apps: The Madden Brothers

Star Apps: The Madden BrothersGood Charlotte founders and brothers Benji and Joel Madden return to their pop-rock roots on "Greetings From California."




Tickets for Sony's PlayStation gaming show go on sale Friday

Tickets for Sony's PlayStation gaming show go on sale Friday




Early Apple computer sells for $905,000 at auction
NEW YORK (AP) — A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction on Wednesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year.

Video: Samsung shows how the Galaxy Note 4 will bring out your inner Picasso

Video: Samsung shows how the Galaxy Note 4 will bring out your inner PicassoOn Tuesday, Samsung released new ads that show how its new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone can be a tool for real-life artists everywhere. MORE GALAXY NOTE 4: iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4: The ultimate camera shootout Jon Burgerman, an English-born illustrator, is seen drawing a beautiful mural on a window before it transitions to him doing so on his Galaxy Note 4 using the device’s S Pen. In the second video, Janine Rewell, an illustrator from Finland, does the same thing. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 includes an S Pen that can be used for drawing, writing notes notes, or selecting content from the screen. Both videos also show off the Galaxy Note 4’s Multi Window and drawing features. You can




Xbox Music ditches free desktop streaming on December 1st

Xbox Music ditches free desktop streaming on December 1st




Magic Johnson ready to assist tech in diversity

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2014, file photo, Earvin "Magic" Johnson addresses the audience after receiving the Brass Ring Award for his humanitarian efforts at the 2014 Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The retired Los Angeles Laker became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.




Tablets, cars drive AT&T wireless gains_not phones

In this Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 photo, people pass an AT&T store, in New York's Times Square. AT&T reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T said it gained 2 million wireless subscribers in the latest quarter, but most were from cheaper non-phone services such as tablets and Internet-connected cars. The nation's second-largest wireless carrier is facing pricing pressure from smaller rivals T-Mobile and Sprint in a competitive environment in which most Americans already have a cellphone.




Check out these great music streaming apps for Windows Phone

Check out these great music streaming apps for Windows PhoneMany of the best music streaming for mobile devices are also available on Windows Phone. Here are some of my favorites.>




Xiaomi is moving some of its users' data out of China

Xiaomi is moving some of its users' data out of China




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