National NewsIBM sales fall for 12th quarter, currency weighs
(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp reported a 12 percent fall in first-quarter revenue as the technology company continues to shed unprofitable businesses to focus on cloud-computing initiatives. It was the 12th straight quarter that the Armonk, New York-based company reported a drop in quarterly revenue, including the effects of currency. IBM's revenue has been shrinking for three years now as the company sheds low-profit businesses such as cash registers, low-end servers and semiconductors and focuses on emerging areas such as security software and cloud services, but the new businesses have so far failed to make up for revenue lost to divestitures. Some top shareholders have sought help from activist investors to shake up the company, Reuters reported earlier this month IBM did say that it has generated $7.7 billion in total cloud revenue over the past 12 months, up sharply from the year before.
Fugitive fails to revive Facebook lawsuit, block criminal case
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday forcefully rejected the fugitive Paul Ceglia's effort to revive what U.S. prosecutors have called his fraudulent lawsuit to extort social media company Facebook Inc and its founder Mark Zuckerberg. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said "overwhelming forensic evidence" showed that a 2003 "Work for Hire" contract that Ceglia claimed entitled him to a 50 percent stake in Facebook was forged. Facebook's market value was about $226 billion as of Friday's market close. "We believe the facts plainly show that the Work for Hire contract is authentic." A spokeswoman for Facebook said: "We are pleased that the truth has prevailed." A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan declined to comment.
Sony unveils new Xperia phone even as it retrenches in mobile
Sony Corp on Monday unveiled a new high-end Xperia handset featuring an aluminium frame and a 5.2-inch screen, showing it is still in the smartphone race even as it scales down its struggling mobile operations. The launch of the new flagship model comes amid a painful restructuring at the Japanese consumer electronics giant which has thrown the future of its smartphone division into doubt, with top executives saying an exit cannot be ruled out. Sony said the Xperia Z4 would be available in Japan around the middle of the year, though it did not provide a launch date, details on carrier partners or price. Hiroki Totoki, who was appointed last year to turn around the mobile unit, said Sony was targeting the upper end of the market where rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc dominate.
Uber must face lawsuit claiming bias against blind riders
Uber Technologies Inc must defend against a lawsuit accusing the popular ride-sharing service of discriminating against blind people by refusing to transport guide dogs, a federal judge ruled. In a decision late Friday night, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in San Jose, California, said the plaintiffs could pursue a claim that Uber is a "travel service" subject to potential liability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The judge rejected Uber's arguments that the plaintiffs, including the National Federation of the Blind of California, lacked standing to sue under the ADA and state laws protecting the disabled. Aaron Zisser, a lawyer for Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, California, which helped bring the case, said the plaintiffs are pleased with the decision.
Israel's Check Point Software steps up expansion plans
By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Network security provider Check Point Software Technologies plans to sharpen its focus on threat-prevention and mobile security, it said on Monday after posting better than expected first-quarter profit. Chief Executive Gil Shwed spoke of increased investment in new technologies and staff to cement the company's position of strength in a vibrant Israeli tech sector that accounts for about 12.5 percent of economic output and more than 50 percent of industrial exports. In February it bought cyber security start-up Hyperwise and this month acquired Lacoon Mobile Security to boost its offering for smartphones.
Humanoid robot can recognize and interact with people
A humanoid robot which can mimic human expressions greeted visitors on Saturday (April 18) at a Hong Kong electronics fair. About 40 motors control his face to form delicate facial expressions, according to product manager at Hanson Robotics, Grace Copplestone. "So Han's really exciting because not only can he generate very realistic facial expressions, but he can also interact with the environment around him. So he has cameras on his eyes and on his chest, which allow him to recognize people's face, not only that, but recognize their gender, their age, whether they are happy or sad, and that makes him very exciting for places like hotels for example, where you need to appreciate the customers in front of you and react accordingly," Copplestone said.
Comcast is making a desperate last-minute push to save the TWC merger
Comcast has spent ungodly sums lobbying the government to sign off on its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable but right now that investment is looking like a massive bust. The Wall Street Journal reports that Comcast knows the government at the moment is unlikely to approve the merger, which is why it’s making a last-minute blitz this week to see if there are any concessions it can offer that will get the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to support the deal. BACKGROUND: Antitrust regulators are gearing up to kill the Comcast-TWC merger “Comcast and Time Warner Cable are slated to sit down for the first time on Wednesday with Justice Department officials to discuss potential remedies in hopes of
Telstra not committing to premium charges for Netflix
Mattel hopes you'll design 3D-printed toys
Meet the Entrepreneur Who's Designing Her Company as a Work of Art
Renowned 20th century inventor and designer Buckminster Fuller once famously said: "When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong." Evoking the same sentiment, iconic pop artist Andy Warhol once declared, "Business is the most fascinating kind of...
Baidu leaves Japanese search market
The clever way Netflix determines subscription rates in each country
History has shown that any effort aimed at eradicating piracy via brute force is destined to fail. Arguably, the only way to truly stem piracy is to, quite simply, embrace the notion that piracy exists and subsequently do everything in your power to deliver a product or service that’s fundamentally more appealing than scouring the depths of BitTorrent. Apple successfully implemented this strategy when it introduced the iTunes Music Store, instantly making the digital download experience a much safer and simpler endeavor than acquiring music through illicit means. DON’T MISS: New leak reveals how gigantic the 12-inch iPad may be compared to the iPad Air 2 In a similar vein, the way that Netflix sets up its pricing structure across different territories is quite brilliant.
Microsoft chooses Australia for first store outside North America
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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata begins U.S.-bound production with 1,000 Launch Edition examples
OMG! Oh My Gold! Beyonce has a special gold Apple Watch
YouTube will stop working on the older Apple TV and other aging devices soon
Like burning down a forest to make sweet nutrients for new growth, YouTube is winding down its service to myriad older devices today. In a notice, spotted by MacRumors, YouTube notes that "select" devices that were made in 2012 (or earlier) will find that any special-made YouTube apps will no longer work. So far, the list of devices that the update puts out to pasture includes older TVs and Blu-ray disc players from Sony and Panasonic, Google TV devices running version 3 or 4, game consoles without support for Adobe Flash or HTML5, along with iOS devices running anything less than iOS 7. The update also impacts the second-generation Apple TV, requiring users to start videos on their iPhones, iPods, and iPads then stream them using AirPlay.
The Big Picture: Chevy's self-driving concept car is straight out of sci-fi
Watch the newest, longest trailer for ‘Jurassic World’ right here
Didn’t get your fill of trailers for upcoming blockbuster movies last week? On Monday, Universal Pictures released a new trailer for Jurassic World, packed with so much new footage that I’m not sure what surprises the film could possibly still have in store by the time it hits theaters in June. MORE TRAILERS: Watch the all new action-packed ‘Fantastic Four’ trailer right here If the last trailer was meant to set up the story of the long-awaited sequel, this new trailer brings the focus to the action. We see exploding helicopters, dinosaur corpses and Chris Pratt taming a group of raptors all within 2 and a half minutes. If you thought that the studio might scale back for the 2015 entry
Republic Wireless to credit customers for unused data
Disney Research makes dubbed movies more believeable
The world’s most obnoxious fitness app is coming to the Apple Watch
Anyone who has ever tried Carrot Fit at least once can tell you how delightfully annoying the fitness app is. It’ll make fun of you while it trains you, and make you laugh when you least expect it during a gruesome seven-minute workout from hell. And Carrot Fit users who plan on also purchasing the Apple Watch should know that Carrot Fit now has Apple Watch support. DON’T MISS: How to install ‘Netflix for pirates’ on an iPhone 6 without jailbreaking The company on Monday announced Apple Watch updates for a few of its apps, including Carrot Fit and Carrot Weather – the second is an equally humorous weather app that you might also enjoy. As for Apple Watch functionality in
What's on your HDTV: 'StarTalk', 'Taken 3' and 'Breakin' on Blu-ray
Gesture-enabled touchpad fits on your thumbnail (Tomorrow Daily 164)
On today's show, Khail and Ashley discuss MIT's new mini touchpad and where you might use it, a learning project called zSpace that hopes to mix tech and education in a new way and the results of SpaceX's third attempt at making reusable rockets viable.
The new Star Wars trailer is better with music from Inception
Like Kenny Loggins and Top Gun, composer John Williams helped make Star Wars sound so unique that you can tell what movie it is with just a spit second of the opening theme. Answering that for myself, I went the obvious route and plugged in "Mind Heist," which was famously used for the trailer of Inception, and is full of BBBBBRRRRRRAAAAAWWWHHHHHs. Composed by Zack Hemsey (not Hans Zimmer, who scored the rest of Inception), the track has been used numerous times over existing trailers to show how well the piece — which livens up a little after the one-minute mark — can be applied to just about anything. Doing this yourself on the Star Wars trailer is rather simple, but I've chosen to make it pretty difficult.
Beyoncé is wearing a gold Apple Watch band that you can't buy
Nowhere on Apple's website will you find a solid gold link bracelet for the Apple Watch. Jony Ive never mentions it at any point in this video describing the gold watch's creation. On two occasions now, high-profile early owners of Cupertino's first smartwatch have been photographed wearing a gold band that's probably worth more than any single possession you own. Aside from color, the band appears identical to the link bracelets Apple is currently offering in silver and space black, lending credence to the idea that these are coming from Apple directly.
HBO is sick of Game of Thrones torrents and it’s now going after individual pirates
Long gone are the days when HBO seemingly paid little mind to piracy. Following the leak of the first four episodes of season 5 of Game of Thrones, TorrentFreak is reporting that HBO is now dead serious about thwarting individuals from illegally downloading the world’s most pirated show. Specifically, HBO is now putting individual pirates on notice. HBO has already issued “thousands of warnings to Internet subscribers whose connections were used to share leaked Game of Thrones episodes.” The warning messages, naturally, are being relayed through each individual user’s ISP. DON’T MISS: This is the most useful Apple Watch app we’ve seen so far – and it’s on sale for free What’s more, HBO has provided ISPs with a handy reminder
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Baltimore police have used secret cellphone interceptors more than 25,000 times
The Baltimore Police Department is starting to come clean about its use of cell-phone signal interceptors — commonly known as Stingrays — and the numbers are alarming. According to recent court testimony reported by The Baltimore Sun, the city's police have used Stingray devices with a court order more than 25,000 times. It's a massive number, representing an average of nearly nine uses a day for eight years (the BPD acquired the technology in 2007), and it doesn't include any emergency uses of the device, which would have proceeded without a court order. Stingrays work by mimicking cell towers, sniffing out phones and triangulating their location once the phones start to transmit.
Manhattan DA makes the most over-the-top claim about iPhone encryption we’ve heard yet
We’ve heard a lot of hysterical claims from law enforcement officials about all the awful things that will happen if Apple and Google encrypt their mobile operating systems, but this new piece of hyperbole from Manhattan’s district attorney may take the cake. FROM EARLIER: How to install ‘Netflix for pirates’ on an iPhone 6 without jailbreaking 9to5Mac points out that Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr. this week went on a rant during a radio interview about how by encrypting iPhone traffic, Apple is essentially aiding terrorists. “Apple has created a phone that is dark, that cannot be accessed by law enforcement even when a court has authorized us to look at its contents,” Vance said. “That’s going to be the terrorists’ communication
Google wants you to download your web search history
Kabam refocuses attention on high-end games
Buy a OnePlus One without an invite starting today
One of the most exciting Android phones released in 2014 has been available only to consumers who have received invites and those who jumped on limited sales events since its launch, but on Monday, OnePlus finally announced open sales for its CyanogenMod smartphone: the OnePlus One. DON’T MISS: How to install ‘Netflix for pirates’ on an iPhone 6 without jailbreaking “In our first big celebration of the One’s successful year, we are opening up sales globally for everyone, every day of the week,” says OnePlus marketing specialist Bradon Harwood. “We have always wanted to put great products into the hands of more people. And, we now feel confident that we have matured enough to handle the increased complexity that comes along with opening up sales completely.” For
IKEA's future kitchen tells you how to cook
Star Wars: Rogue One will bridge the gap between Episodes III and IV – watch the first trailer
Believe it or not, the release of the second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was not the finale of Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim last week. In fact, that was just the highlight of the first day. In the succeeding days, there were more announcements, more interviews and more trailers, including an early teaser for Rogue One, the first film of the Star Wars Anthology Series. DON’T MISS: Download all six Star Wars films in Digital HD starting on April 10th Over the weekend, director Gareth Edwards revealed that Rogue One “will revolve around a rogue band of resistance fighters who unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy.” The
Microsoft's first store outside of North America to open in Australia
Microsoft is planning to open its first flagship retail store outside of North America later this year. The software giant is opening a new store in Sydney, Australia with a similar layout to its existing stores in the US and Canada. Microsoft has been gradually expanding its footprint of brick and mortar stores across the US and Canada, with 110 in total. The new Australian store will be located at Westfield Sydney on Pitt Street Mall, and will include access to Windows phones, PCs, Surface tablets, Xbox consoles, and all of Microsoft's software products.
Why the Apple Watch might be Apple’s most profitable product ever
For a long time, Apple has made ungodly sums of money from the iPhone, which has traditionally been its most profitable product. However, the launch of the Apple Watch may be about to give Apple an even more lucrative cash cow. 9to5Mac points us to a new research note from Think Big Analytics principal analyst Carl Howe, who believes that the Apple Watch is on track to be the most profitable Apple product ever with average gross margins of more than 60%. FROM EARLIER: New leak reveals how gigantic the 12-inch iPad may be compared to the iPad Air 2 The major driver for this high profitability is unsurprisingly the Apple Watch Edition, which Howe notes really doesn’t cost Apple that much
HBO is bringing Vimeo's first original series to TV
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