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Huawei releases new Honor budget smartphone, to be sold online

A worker adjusts the logo at the stand of Huawei at the CeBIT trade fair in HanoverHuawei Technologies Co Ltd launched on Tuesday the Honor 4C smartphone, the latest bid by the Chinese technology firm to gain market share in the highly competitive budget handset segment from domestic rivals such as Xiaomi Inc. The phone has a 5-inch display, slightly larger than the iPhone 6 and the same as Xiaomi's Mi 4 smartphone, and starts at 799 yuan ($129). To cut on marketing costs, the Honor 4C will be sold primarily online through outlets including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's Tmall, Huawei's marketing director George Zhao told the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing.




China iPhone sales boost Apple; shares up modestly

A woman holds up the iPhone 6 Plus at the Apple Store in Tokyo(Reuters) - Apple Inc beat Wall Street's revenue and profit forecasts on Monday as it sold more iPhones in China than the United States for the first time, but the company gave no sales figures for its new Apple Watch. Apple's iPhone sales in China soared, increasing its revenue in the country 71 percent to $16.8 billion, although that was helped by gift-buying for Chinese New Year. Chief Executive Tim Cook said that China's expanding middle class is fueling iPhone sales there, which is the bulk of the company's sales.




Tencent takes on Alibaba, Xiaomi with open smart hardware operating system
By Paul Carsten and Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Tencent Holdings Ltd launched on Tuesday an operating system for internet-connected devices such as TVs and watches that is open to all developers, taking on domestic rivals Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Xiaomi Inc in the smart hardware space. Tencent Operating System (OS) and TOS+ allow manufacturers and developers to freely use the platform if they agree to share revenue. This model mirrors Google Inc's Android mobile OS, and could help Tencent replicate the U.S. firm's conquest of the majority of the world's smartphones. Tencent is the dominant social networking and online entertainment company in China, and the success of its OS would deepen its control over users' screens.

Facebook launches video calling in Messenger app

A Facebook logo reflected in the eye of a woman is seen in this picture illustration(Reuters) - Facebook Inc introduced free video calling in its Messenger phone app on Monday as the company seeks to transform its mobile messaging service into a full-featured platform with the same reach as its 1.4 billion user social network. Messenger, with more than 600 million users, now has a video icon at the top right corner of its screen. Earlier this year, Messenger launched voice and video calling between computers. (http://bit. ...




Microsoft phones infringe patents: U.S. International Trade Commission judge

Photo illustration shows a man silhouetted against a video screen with the Microsoft logo in the background as he poses with a Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone in ZenicaBy Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp lost a round in a potentially costly patent battle when a U.S. International Trade Commission judge on Monday found that the software giant used InterDigital Inc's technology in its mobile phones without permission. The judge, Theodore Essex, said that Microsoft infringed two wireless cellular patents owned by InterDigital , a patent licensor, and said it would not be against the public interest to ban the Microsoft devices from being imported into the United States. Wilmington, Delaware-based InterDigital first accused Nokia Corp of infringing its patents in 2007.




Google launches portal to buy patents

A logo is pictured at Google's European Engineering Center in Zurich(Reuters) - Google Inc said it would launch an experimental portal that allows interested patent holders to sell their patents to the company. Patent holders can tell Google about the patents they're willing to sell and the expected price through the portal, the company said on its blog. Google said it will let the submitters know of its interest in buying their patents by June 26 and expects to pay the sellers by late August.




AR comic book spreads awareness about sexual violence in India

AR comic book spreads awareness about sexual violence in India




Mobility move streamlines SJP Air operation

Mobility move streamlines SJP Air operationMoving to mobility and incorporating cloud-based services helped air conditioning installation and repair business SJP Air streamline its end-to-end operation.




TPG defeats NBN in court fight over FttB power

TPG defeats NBN in court fight over FttB powerTPG has won a fight against the government-owned company formerly known as NBN Co over the use of power plugs in its fibre-to-the-basement rollout.




Bodyprint could let you unlock your phone with your ear print

Bodyprint could let you unlock your phone with your ear printAn experimental system uses a smartphone's capacitive screen as a low-res sensor keyed to the user's body prints.




TPG or M2: Which company is iiNet's perfect match?

TPG or M2: Which company is iiNet's perfect match?iiNet now has two potential buyers in M2 and TPG, but what is the difference, and which would be better for iiNet customers?




Watch DARPA's magic bullets change course to hit moving targets

Watch DARPA's magic bullets change course to hit moving targetsWe already have smart guns, but DARPA has taken the next logical step — the defense agency has built smart bullets. The military agency has shown off new footage of its Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance — shortened to EXACTO rounds — that show the smart bullets maneuvering in mid-air to hit moving targets. DARPA first showed off its EXACTO technology in a video released last year.




ACCC forces EA to offer refunds for Origin digital downloads

ACCC forces EA to offer refunds for Origin digital downloadsThe Australian competition watchdog has welcomed an enforced undertaking from gaming giant EA to provide refunds to customers downloading games on the Origin platform.




Acer readying Predator Android gaming tablet

Acer readying Predator Android gaming tabletThe company looks to extend its gaming brand with a competitor to the Nvidia Shield that may launch in Q3 2015.




Swedish armored vehicles get F1-inspired active suspension

Swedish armored vehicles get F1-inspired active suspension




?CenturyLink expands datacentre footprint to Australia with NextDC

?CenturyLink expands datacentre footprint to Australia with NextDCCenturyLink's network services are now being serviced locally as part of a new agreement the company has signed with NextDC to extend its datacentre footprint to Australia.




How Apple's wrist taps could be a game changer

How Apple's wrist taps could be a game changerCan Apple's new smartwatch throw the stakes in your favor? Will we reach a point where, like some instances with phones, you have to leave your watch at the door?




Cabcharge to deliver payment software to Secure Parking

Cabcharge to deliver payment software to Secure ParkingFor the first time, Cabcharge will be rolling out its electronic payments software outside of the transport payments industry as part of a new agreement with Secure Parking.




Graphene produces a working 3D holographic display

Graphene produces a working 3D holographic displayA wide viewing angle, full-colour, holographic 3D display has been built using graphene-based materials.




The promise and pain of gaming in India

The promise and pain of gaming in IndiaThe world's majors have rushed to the country and startups are mushrooming, but India needs to see a radical revamp of its infrastructure if gaming companies hope to match their stellar experiences in neighbouring China.




Apple's Mac is selling strong, iPad not so much

FILE - In this May 11, 2012 file photo, travelers pass the Apple store at New York's Grand Central Terminal. Apple reports quarterly financial results on Monday, April 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's iPhone was again the company's star in the first three months of the year. The tech giant sold 61 million iPhones, or 40 percent more than in the same period a year ago. That represented about two-thirds of its $58 billion in revenue.




?University of Queensland taps big data tech

?University of Queensland taps big data techThe University of Queensland has inked a multimillion-dollar deal for the development of a supercomputer designed to handle the big data behind complex research projects.




Audi makes eco-friendly diesel from carbon dioxide and water

Audi makes eco-friendly diesel from carbon dioxide and water




Apple profit soars on iPhone, China sales

Apple said Monday its first-quarter profit jumped 33 percent from a year ago, lifted by sales of 61 million iPhones in the first three months of the yearApple on Monday reported a sharp rise in its quarterly profit, lifted by robust sales of its iPhones and a jump in revenue from China. Revenue increased 27 percent from the same period a year ago to $58.01 billion, Apple said. A major contributor was the expansion of iPhone sales in China. Revenue for "greater China" leapt 71 percent to $16.8 billion in the quarter, allowing the region to overtake Europe as Apple's second-largest market.




?India's Flipkart hooks up with Dabbawalas for last-mile delivery

?India's Flipkart hooks up with Dabbawalas for last-mile deliveryDabbawalas have been feeding Mumbai's population for decades. Now, they will deliver their packages.




Roche Diagnostics & SAP Team to Fight Diabetes

Roche Diagnostics & SAP Team to Fight DiabetesHealthcare technology is changing our world thanks to innovative pioneers like Roche Diagnostics. With connected care, the quality and results of medical treatments are drastically improving, especially for preventable lifestyle diseases like type 2 diabetes.




Watch: Stephen Hawking uses theoretical physics to comfort heartbroken One Direction fans
Stephen Hawking is incredibly cool for a whole host of reasons and one of them is his terrific sense of humor. During an appearance at the Sydney Opera House over the weekend, the legendary physicist was asked what his advice would be for any young fans who are still heartbroken because Zayn Malik had left the boy band One Direction last month. Hawking not only delivered a funny and empathetic response but he even found a way to tie it into his primary field of study as well. RELATED: One of the world’s best smartphone keyboards just made Stephen Hawking’s life much easier “My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics,” Hawking

Luke Skywalker shows his family photo album from Return of the Jedi

Luke Skywalker shows his family photo album from Return of the JediAs Master Yoda famously said, "there is another Skywalker." Two others, actually, in pictures taken on the set of the classic Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by Luke actor Mark Hamill. The 35-year-old photos, seen in public for the first time on StarWars.com, show Mark Hamill with wife Marilou and son Nathan as they hang out in Yoda's Dagobah house, chill with Ewoks, and take turns sitting in the Emperor's chair.




Postr marches into the mobile lock-screen wars

Postr marches into the mobile lock-screen warsPostr is banking on superior user experience design to succeed where others have fallen: Paying users to view ads on their Android devices.




Daily Roundup: Hackers read President's email, eSports injuries and more!

Daily Roundup: Hackers read President's email, eSports injuries and more!




'Avengers' superfan sits pretty in a HulkBuster highchair

'Avengers' superfan sits pretty in a HulkBuster highchairNothing will make a baby feel all-powerful more than this handcrafted HulkBuster highchair. The latest "Super-Fan Builds" give a little girl a suit that would impressive even Tony Stark.




Comic creator gets awesome augmented-reality tattoo

Comic creator gets awesome augmented-reality tattooSutu, the creator of "Modern Polaxis," has tattooed an image from his augmented reality comic book on his arm -- the full effect of which can only be seen through augmented reality, naturally.




?Westpac's tap and pay snubs non-Samsung smartphones

?Westpac's tap and pay snubs non-Samsung smartphonesWestpac continues to extend its tap-and-pay functionality to the Samsung range while it works on using host card emulation technology to enable the function for other Android handsets.




Footage emerges of Nepal quake, Everest avalanche

Footage emerges of Nepal quake, Everest avalancheVideo of the devastation wrought by a major earthquake on Kathmandu and resulting avalanche at Mount Everest base camp have begun to trickle on to YouTube.




DARPA's steerable bullet proves it can hit moving targets

DARPA's steerable bullet proves it can hit moving targets




Wearables wilt Australian tablet sales: Telsyte

Wearables wilt Australian tablet sales: TelsyteAn increased interest in wearable devices, along with the release of the iPhone 6 and market saturation, hit tablet sales in Australia during 2014, according to a new study by Telsyte.




Konami cancels 'Silent Hills,' bums us out permanently (Tomorrow Daily 168)

Konami cancels 'Silent Hills,' bums us out permanently (Tomorrow Daily 168)On today's show, Khail and Ashley speculate about what's going on at Konami, watch paper transform into an interactive medium, and watch tiny robots pull more than 100 times their own weight.




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