National NewsGT Advanced settles with Apple, to exit sapphire production
(Reuters) - GT Advanced Technologies Inc said it reached an agreement with Apple Inc under which it will stop making sapphire materials and focus on supplying equipment to make sapphire crystals. GT said it would be released from all exclusivity obligations with Apple and a mechanism would be provided for the iPhone maker to recover its $439 million pre-payment to the company, without interest. GT, a former supplier to Apple, filed for bankruptcy on Oct 6 in a stunning turn of events for a company whose fortunes looked bright only a few months ago. ...
Canada's Rogers says profit falls 28 percent, eyes rebound
By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian telecom and media company Rogers Communications Inc posted a 28 percent decline in third-quarter net income on Thursday, but reaffirmed its profit targets for the year as it heralded the end of a corporate shuffle. Rogers, the country's largest provider of cellular service, added just 17,000 net wireless subscribers on contracts, who typically spend more per month and are less likely to switch providers than those who pay for service upfront. That was a sharp drop from the 64,000 added a year ago. ...
GrubHub revenue jumps as more customers order food online
(Reuters) - GrubHub Inc reported a more than five-fold jump in quarterly profit as more consumers used the online food-order-and-delivery company to order meals. The company's shares rose as much as 6 percent to $39.50 in early trading on Thursday. GrubHub, which delivers everything from expensive steaks to bento boxes, receives a commission from restaurants on orders booked through its website and mobile application. Online food delivery companies have been benefiting as more people use smartphones and other devices to order online. ...
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. ...
Russia's Yandex brightens 2014 revenue outlook
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's biggest search engine Yandex said on Thursday it expected revenues to rise by 27 to 30 percent this year, compared to its previous forecast for 25-30 percent growth. The company's third-quarter revenues increased 28 percent, year-on-year, to 13.1 billion roubles ($314.5 million), it said in a statement. Net profit came in at 4.4 billion roubles, including a 1.4 billion rouble net foreign exchange gain. That was down 12 percent from a year ago when Yandex recognized a 2 billion rouble gain after the sale of a 75 percent stake in Yandex.Money to Sberbank . ...
Keanu Reeves has definitely seen a ghost before
Autonomous meme-generation beacon Keanu Reeves was on Jimmy Kimmel last night, promoting his latest movie, John Wick. In the middle of the standard interview questions — what was Keanu's favorite movie to work on? (The Matrix) — Kimmel threw out the question I hope we'd all ask: Has Keanu Reeves ever seen a ghost?
Netflix series 'Bloodline' starring Kyle Chandler will premiere in March
Netflix has announced that its original series Bloodline will premiere in March. Bloodline stars Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights fame along with Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men, Freaks and Geeks), Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff), and Sissy Spacek, among others. Created and executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler — the trio behind FX's Damages — Bloodline "centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home."
The best and most extensive iPhone 6 Plus camera review you’ll ever see
We have seen a number of photography experts and professional photographers review the camera on Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus phablet. Apple’s iPhones are widely known for being among the best in the business when it comes to smartphone camera quality, and the optics on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the best Apple has ever used. Since only the 6 Plus includes optical image stabilization (OIS), this is the handset photographers typically focus on when reviewing Apple’s latest handsets. Reviews up to this point have been great. We have seen a number of respected photography experts review the iPhone 6 Plus camera and sing it praise, and we’ve even seen some photo samples that are so incredible it’s
Can we build a better brain?
The Big Future: Can we build a better brain?
How will the future change the human brain? This week's Big Future takes a look at a new wave of neurological techniques that directly alter the brain's electrical patterns, correcting seizures and movement disorders. The most promising technology, deep brain stimulation, is already in use across the world to treat Parkinson's symptoms and dystonia using a single wire surgically implanted in the brain.
With Inbox, Google dares to be different
Foxconn eyes China display plant for $5.7 billion -- report
Bay Area tech company caught paying imported workers $1.21 per hour
LG to donate 2,000 smartphones to UN's Ebola effort
Apple Pay Double Charge Snafu: Fix Coming
If you've used Apple Pay in its debut week, you might have been double charged for that McDonald's double cheeseburger. CNN Tech reporter Samuel Burke experienced the issue himself, claiming that he was billed twice for every Apple Pay purchase he made with his Bank of America card via Apple Pay. Multiple Twitter users reported the same problem, and most complaints are coming from folks with Bank of America cards.
Christian Bale's Batman is the Steve Jobs performance we've been waiting for
For all his brilliance, Steve Jobs was a notoriously intense man — some would say even a huge jerk. He reportedly bullied and belittled others when they failed to meet his high standards. He went beyond the reach of the law in order to achieve his own goals, believing, according to one person, that "normal rules didn't apply to him." He created a ubiquitous system capable of tracking people across an entire city. ...
Here are the latest awesome features Google added to Google Now
Google has quietly added a couple of new cards to its Google Now arsenal, with Reddit users having already spotted a special police activity card as well as a card that provides solar eclipse information. FROM EARLIER: Here are the best times to watch tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse The police activity card will inform users about any criminal activity taking place around them by integrating alerts from Nixle, a service that offers notification services for local police departments and other agencies. While criminal activity is not necessarily something you’d want to keep track of, it’s still an interesting new addition to Google’s smart virtual assistant and it could end up keeping you out of harm’s way. Beyond that, the solar eclipse information Google
Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer
BEIJING (AP) — China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The young billionaire delighted an audience of students at a prestigious Beijing university this week with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.
Sky to release five limited edition Now TV boxes next month
Movie laser guns have nothing on the real thing
Get a Lord of the Rings game bundle for $9.99
Leaked photos show the incredible new Droid Turbo for the first time
Yes, we already know just about all there is to know about Motorola’s upcoming new Droid Turbo smartphone, which will be unveiled next week by Verizon Wireless. Everything we know has leaked quite recently though, so some might consider the Droid Turbo to be the most surprising smartphone of the year. After all, no one expected one of the most sleek and powerful flagship smartphones of 2014 to come from Motorola, a company that recently turned its focus away from bleeding-edge tech and more toward customization and user experiences. Now, the world has seemingly been given its first glimpse of an actual Motorola Droid Turbo smartphone powered on and in use. DON’T MISS: Moto X review: Say hello to the best Android phone in
Google, Oxford University team up on artificial intelligence
Sony Xperia Z3v review
Sony has a rough time selling phones in the US. While it has managed to become one of the few Android makers to turn a profit on the backs of its global sales, Sony’s presence in the US has been crippled by delayed launches and carrier exclusives. If you’ve wanted to purchase a flagship Sony smartphone, such as the Z1 or Z2, you were forced to either be a T-Mobile customer, or pay full retail price for an unlocked device six months after it was readily available in other markets. (And if you wanted a Z1 Compact, your choices were even worse.)
Tumblr is making videos a lot more like GIFs
Tumblr may be known for moving images, but by and large that's been the GIF — not videos. Tumblr is today trying to address that, changing what it's like to watch videos in its mobile apps and on the desktop. On mobile, Tumblr is actually making videos seem a lot like GIFs: they'll automatically start playing when you're on Wi-Fi, they'll be muted by default, and they'll loop endlessly.
Marvel teases next Avengers movie in new trailer
Video: Nike CEO hints that Apple and Nike are working ‘stealth’ new wearable gadgets
Nike and Apple have a long history together, so as the worlds of fitness and technology continue to collide, it stands to reason that these two giants of their respective industries would come together once again. Of course when Nike discontinued its fitness band recently, rumors swirled suggesting that the company would move away from hardware as a new partnership with Apple was formed. Now, according to some not-so-subtle hints in a recent interview, Nike CEO Mark Parker indicated that there are indeed some exciting things to come from Apple and Nike. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Parker spoke for a good amount
CERN hopes you know what these things are, cause it has no idea
This insane, gruesome sculpture brings 'Doom' to life
Christian Bale confirmed to play Steve Jobs in Sorkin biopic
Apple figured out what it needs to do to increase iPhone 6 Plus supply
After claiming in many reports that Apple was trying to increase iPhone 6 Plus production to meet huge demand in China and other markets, Digitimes is back with a new report that explains what Apple plans to do to actually increase iPhone phablet supply. FROM EARLIER: You might not be able to find an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in stores this Christmas According to the Taiwan-based publication, the iPhone maker is apparently considering raising payments to Foxconn Electronics by as much as 20% to 25% in an effort to accelerate iPhone 6 Plus “mass production efficiency for the device.” Foxconn is currently making $20 per iPhone 6 Plus unit, according to estimates, but the fee could increase to $24-$25 per unit, assuming
Cassette deck hacked to play and control Spotify music
The $35 Raspberry Pi is the low-end computing system that launched a thousand projects, including a beet-powered Beetbox and this Spotify-compatible cassette player. CNET writes that Matt Brailsford's nostalgic masterpiece was inspired by the iRecorder, which is an iPhone speaker shaped like the old-fashioned tape machine.
Fly, you fools! 'Hobbit' stars take off in epic airline safety video
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth: The Joystiq Review
'Civilization: Beyond Earth' takes the strategy series out of the stratosphere
This is how humanity ends. We've fought our way out of caves and from shorelines, built cities, built rockets, finally slipped the surly bonds of Earth. We've made it to a new planet and conquered it, we've tamed the wildlife — worms and krakens and monsters — and we've come to a new plane. A new plane of understanding, a new plane of being, a new plane of existence itself. Our minds have been opened. We have transcended our humanity. We step into the light, and we see four words that congratulate us on our new consciouness.
Tomorrow Daily 073: Robot actors, the return of LED 'stickman baby,' and more
On today's show, we check out a gadget for your shoe that might help you escape a bad date, this year's updates to the "stickman baby" Halloween costume, and a robot actor in a Kafka-inspired performance.>
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