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Twitter opening office in HK despite China ban

NewsWorld365 - November 7, 2014
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Social media giant Twitter has said it will open an office in Hong Kong in the first quarter of 2015. The messaging service has been banned from operating in China since 2009 over fears that it could be used to organise protests against the government. However, Twitter said it wanted to tap into the next phase of its growth in the Asian region by expanding in Greater China. The office will house sales staff and joins the likes of Google and Facebook. “Our upcoming Hong Kong office in the first quarter will enable us to pursue strategic opportunities in Greater […]

Apple releases U2 album removal tool

NewsWorld365 - September 16, 2014
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Apple has released a tool to remove U2’s new album from its customers’ iTunes accounts six days after giving away the music for free. Some users had complained about the fact that Songs of Innocence had automatically been downloaded to their devices without their permission. It had not been immediately obvious to many of the account holders how to delete the tracks. The US tech firm is now providing a one-click removal button. “Some customers asked for the ability to delete ‘Songs of Innocence’ from their library, so we set up itunes.com/soi-remove to let them easily do so. Any customer that needs […]

iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data

NewsWorld365 - July 26, 2014
The exploded view of the home button which doubles as a fingerprint sensor is seen on an image of the new iPhone 5S at Apple Inc's media event in Cupertino

   Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week. The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the “trusted” computers to which the devices have been connected, according to the security expert who prompted Apple’s admission. In a conference presentation this week, researcher Jonathan Zdziarski showed how the services take a surprising amount of data for what Apple now says are diagnostic services meant to help engineers. Users are not notified that the services are […]

With sales sputtering, Apple’s iPad looks to IBM alliance

NewsWorld365 - July 23, 2014
A spectator takes a photograph on an iPad during the men's singles final tennis match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London

  Apple Inc’s iPad is losing steam just four years after its release, but an alliance with International Business Machines Corp could rejuvenate a flagging product by entering into a largely untapped corporate market. Apple shipped 13.2 million iPads in the June quarter, 8 percent fewer than a year earlier and lagging Wall Street’s forecast for 14 million or more. Sales of the device, which accounted for 15 percent of revenue, fell short of Wall Street’s expectations for the second quarter in a row. Apple helped create the tablet market in 2010 with its first iPad. But growth has plummeted from 2012, […]

Microsoft to slash 18,000 jobs in deepest cuts in tech giant’s history

NewsWorld365 - July 18, 2014
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Microsoft is embarking on the deepest cuts to its workforce in its 39 year history, axing 18,000 jobs over the next year, as it absorbs its newly acquired Nokia phone business and takes out layers of management. The new boss of the US company is cutting one in seven of the tech giant’s 127,000 global workforce as it attempts to integrate the Finnish business it acquired in April for $7.2bn. Satya Nadella, the firm’s chief executive for just five months, first hinted at job cuts last week when he outlined plans for a leaner business. That led to speculation about sweeping […]

iPhone to enter mass production this month

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Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronic goods, will begin mass production of Apple Inc’s next-generation iPhone this month, local media reported Friday. Mass production of a 4.7-inch successor to the wildly popular iPhone 5 series of smartphones will begin during the third week of July, Taiwan’s Economic Daily News said, without citing sources. Production of a 5.5-inch version will begin during the second week of August, it said. A separate report issued Thursday by a China state-run news service said Hon Hai is planning to hire 100,000 workers at its mainland facilities to meet […]

Google sets sights beyond smartphones

NewsWorld365 - June 25, 2014
A Google self-driving vehicle drives around the parking lot at the Computer History Museum after a presentation in Mountain View, California

Google Inc (GOOGL.O) (GOOG.O), whose Androidsoftware reigns as the world’s dominant smartphone operating system, will step up efforts to make inroads into cars, televisions and other devices at its annual developer conference this week, sources familiar with the matter said. The Internet company is racing against rivals such as Apple Inc (AAPL.O), SamsungElectronics Co (005930.KS) and other companies to extend its business into a broadening field of Internet-connected devices. “It’s a land grab,” said Sameet Sinha, an analyst with investment bank B. Riley & Co. “The person who gets a platform which controls the devices could be the dominant operating system, not of just devices, […]

US indicts Chinese military officers for cyber spying

NewsWorld365 - June 2, 2014
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Every nation spies, but China, as a matter of state policy, collects information and passes it on to state enterprises to help them compete in the international marketplace. Washington has continually complained but gotten nowhere with Beijing. Exasperated, Holder on Monday said “enough is enough.” Hence the criminal charges. China’s cyber thefts are no ordinary crime. Estimates of annual loss range from $20 billion to more than $300 billion, with best guesses around $110 billion. If China did not engage in this thievery it’s estimated that there could be 2.1 million more Americans employed each year. “It’s the greatest transfer of wealth in […]

Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes

NewsWorld365 - May 29, 2014
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  A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organisation not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would jeopardise a major opportunity to slash disease and deaths caused by smoking. The UN agency, which is currently assessing its position on the matter, has previously indicated it would favour applying similar restrictions to all nicotine-containing products. In an open letter to WHO Director General Margaret Chan, the scientists from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia argued that low-risk products like e-cigarettes were “part of the solution” in the fight against smoking, not part of the problem. “These products […]

Spotify to ask users to re-enter passwords after cyberattack

NewsWorld365 - May 28, 2014
The word 'password' is pictured on a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in Berlin

  Music streaming service Spotify AB will ask some of its 40 million users to re-enter their passwords and upgrade their software in coming days after detecting unauthorized access to its internal systems and data. Chief Technology Officer Oskar Stal said in a blogpost on Tuesday that it has found evidence of attackers accessing just one user’s data, which did not include payment or password information. But as a precaution, it intends to ask “certain Spotify users” to re-enter their log-in credentials, and upgrade their  Google (GOOGL.O) Android app. Spotify said it is not recommending any action yet for users of Apple  Inc (AAPL.O) iPhones […]

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