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BlackBerry to acquire Good Technology

BlackBerry to acquire Good Technology

It has been reported by Canada's BlackBerry Ltd that it will acquire mobile software provider Good Technology Corp for $425 million. As per the company, the deal will increase its ability to assist corporate clients manage smartphones that run on different operating systems.

This deal could help the company bring new customers, when it comes to its services business, which is a priority with its focus shifting to device management software for enterprise customers.

Computer Manufacturers showcase First Batch of Windows 10 computers at IFA 2015

Computer Manufacturers showcase First Batch of Windows 10 computers at IFA 2015

The world's leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, IFA kick-started in Berlin on Friday. On the opening day of home electronics show, IFA 2015, manufacturers of computers showcased the first batch of Window 10 devices.

Past few years were not good for the computer industry as the sale of computers declined rapidly. In the era of smartphones and tablets, consumers don't want to spend their money on computers. Now, the companies of the industry have pinned their hopes of revival on Window 10, latest version of Microsoft's operating system.

Apple likely to come up with fuel cell that could power a MacBook for weeks

Apple likely to come up with fuel cell that could power a MacBook for weeks

A patent has been filed by Apple for a new power technology that could possibly be able to keep a MacBook running for weeks without a recharge. The patent is for a fuel cell system, small internal power source that is not going to add weight to the flagship laptop. Referring especially to Apple's MagSafe charger for MacBooks, it might not be used for iPhones or iPads.

Apple has filed a patent for a latest power technology that is likely to keep a MacBook running for weeks without recharging. The patent has been made for a fuel cell system which will be so tiny that it won't add any weight to the flagship laptop. It is referred especially for Apple's MagSafe charger for MacBooks, which shows that it might not work for iPhones or iPads.

Google Unveils Its New Logo

Google Unveils Its New Logo

The tech giant Google has unveiled its first logo update since 2013. Goggle said in a statement that it changed its multi-colored logo to make it easier for users to use it on apps and mobile devices.

The company explaining the redesign said in a blogpost that it has changed a lot over the past 17 years, from its products to the evolution of their look and feel. And today it is introducing another change.

The firm's blue, red, yellow and green logo has been tweaked to a new sans-serif typeface and has softened colors. Users who visited the search engine's homepage today were able to see a moving animation that explains the entire change of the logo.

Apple’s Ad Blocking is likely to be a nightmare for Publishers

Apple’s Ad Blocking is likely to be a nightmare for Publishers

pple Inc.'s initiative to make it easier to block ads on iPhones and iPads has troubled publishers and heightened tensions with its Silicon Valley neighbors. With the upcoming version of Apple's mobile-operating system, users will be able to install apps that prevent ads from showing up in its Safari browser. The version is going to be out next month.

Apple's move of putting such 'ad blockers' within reach of a huge number of iPhone and iPad users has threatened to disrupt the $70 billion yearly mobile-marketing business. There are many publishers and tech firms that look up to generate far more revenue from an increasing mobile audience. As a result if less number of users will see ads than publishers etc. will get to collect very less revenue.

Google's self-driving cars don’t know how to handle a not-quite-stationary bike

Google's self-driving cars don’t know how to handle a not-quite-stationary bike

One Austin-based cyclist has reported an encounter in which one of the autonomous cars got comically uncertain of how to act when it noticed him doing a track stand at an intersection. Whenever his bike made even a slight movement, the car lurched forward and quickly hit the brakes. Though nothing happened out of it but it become quite clear that Google's self-driving code didn't have any idea about how to handle a not-quite-stationary bike.

While talking about the whole affair, Google told the Washington Post that this is the type of a real-life input it wanted to get as it is developing its intelligent vehicle tech. This affair has also come up as a frank reminder of how far autonomous vehicles have to go.

Next Apple TV could be double in price, says new report

Next Apple TV could be double in price, says new report

According to reports, on September, a new Apple TV is likely to be shown at Apple’s big iPhone event. Reports suggested that it could be more than double in price. 9to5Mac has reported that you need to spend between $US149 and $US199 for the next generation Apple TV. It would probably translate to around $250 in Australia. It’s a huge hike as compared to the present cost that is $US69 in the States and $109 locally.

If we take a look over the price hike then it would mean that Apple’s streaming box is notably going to be more costly in comparison to Google’s Chromecast and even Telstra’s soon to hit the market gadget, Roku based Telstra TV which is likely to cost around $100.

Apple CEO reassures Shareholders about Its Business in China

Apple CEO reassures Shareholders about Its Business in China

Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive Officer, took an unusual step reassuring shareholders on Monday about its business in China. The statement came ahead of a 13% drop and rebound in stock of the iPhone maker.

Sudden drop in the Chinese stock market and Beijing’s recent devaluation of yuan have shaken Apple investors that were already worried about slowing growth in the world’s No. 2 economy.

Cook took a daring step by commenting on Apple’s business health midway through a financial quarter. Before the opening bell on Wall Street, Cook sent his response in an email saying that iPhone activations in China had accelerated over the past few weeks.

Apple announces Replacement Programme for some iPhone 6 plus models taking blurry photos

Apple announces Replacement Programme for some iPhone 6 plus models

On Saturday, Apple announced some of the iPhone 6 plus handsets sold between September 2014 and January 215 could be affected by manufacturing defect and there could be a camera flaw in the handsets. The eligible handsets will be replaced for free.

The defect is in the real iSight camera. Due to the defect, the handsets provide blurry photos. The company has mentioned that customers can submit their affected iPhones at any authorized Apple service provider.

Inspection will be carried out to verify the eligibility of device under the replacement program and the eligible handsets will be replaced for free. Apple has also started a support page in which owners can known if their phone is included in the recall or not by entering their iPhone 6 Plus' serial number on the website.

Mozilla Makes Private Browsing More Private

Mozilla Makes Private Browsing More Private

Latest actions by subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation are indicating that the company is dedicated to making private browsing more private. According to reports, the company is working to block those website elements that could help a third person find out actual browsing behavior across sites.

A number of current browsers, including Firefox, offer an option ‘Do Not Track’, but most browser companies do not provide the promised results. The tools that are being experimented by Mozilla have the ability to obstruct those third parties that track a user by using cookies, or browser fingerprinting.

Apple Working To Build Self-Driving Car

Apple Working To Build Self-Driving Car

The Guardian has learned that Apple is building a self-driving car in Silicon Valley. The multinational technology giant is looking for some secure locations in the San Francisco bay area to test the car.

In May, engineers from Apple’s secretive Special Project team met with officials from GoMentum Station, a 2,100-acre former naval base near San Francisco that is being turned into a high-security testing ground for autonomous vehicles.

In correspondence obtained by the Guardian under a public records act request, Apple engineer Frank Fearon wrote, “We would ... like to get an understanding of timing and availability for the space, and how we would need to coordinate around other parties who would be using [it].”

AT&T Worked With NSA to Retrieve Information about Billions of Emails: Report

AT&T Worked With NSA to Retrieve Information about Billions of Emails: Report

According to a report by the New York Times and ProPublica, AT&T has worked for several decades in collaboration with the National Security Agency (NSA) to retrieve information about billions of emails.

The report asserted that AT&T gave the NSA access to the information regarding the mails that were sent through its network. The company even allowed the agency to monitor communications at the United Nations.

The New York Times and ProPublica citing NSA documents obtained from former agency contractor Edward Snowden said in its article that AT&T provided the information under 'legal rules'.

Yahoo strikes deal with Oracle to promote Yahoo search

Yahoo strikes deal with Oracle to promote Yahoo search

According to reports, Yahoo could soon add its users to its search engine, without knowing about it. The company's Chief Executive Marissa Mayer announced a partnership with Oracle that is intended to bring more users to try Yahoo search. He was speaking at the company's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday.

Users installing or updating Oracle's Java software will be encouraged to make Yahoo their browser's default search engine and home page, beginning from this month.

New Battery Design is hybrid between Flow Batteries and Conventional Solid Ones

New Battery Design is hybrid between Flow Batteries and Conventional Solid Ones

Cambridge, Mass.-based Battery Company 24M and researchers at MIT have developed a new manufacturing approach for lithium-ion batteries. The approach will not only prove cost effective, but will improve their performance and make it easier to recycle.

Not much change has been noticed in the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries in the two decades. Yet-Ming Chiang, the Kyocera Professor of Ceramics at MIT, was of the view that the existing technology is not perfect and there is a need to made advancements.

Five years back, Chiang and colleagues developed the new process. In the process, the electrodes are suspensions of small particles carried by a liquid and pumped through different compartments of the battery.

Apple wants to fix iPhone’s design flaw

Apple wants to fix iPhone’s design flaw

Apple is looking forward to fix the iPhone's biggest design niggle and the company will deal with the issue in its future handsets.

The issue that the company wants to fix is the phone's antenna, which is located at the back of the plastic strip coating, along the top and bottom of the phone's rear. As a result of the plastic, radio waves enter the chassis.

And because of the same plastic coating, the antenna does not appear eye-pleasing, when it is set against the phone's aluminum casing. And now Apple has filed a patent application for a new composite metal material that appears similar to anodized metal, however allows the transfer of radio waves.

Apple launches replacement programme for 3TB hard drives in iMacs sold in 2012 and 2013

Apple 3TB hard drives in iMacs sold in 2012 and 2013

Apple has launched a replacement programme after it has identified a problem in the hard drives of iMacs sold in 2012 and 2013.

Under this programme, anyone with an affected system will be helped through a free drive replacement.

As per the company's announcement, a very small number of 3TB hard drives used in 27-inch iMac systems may fail under certain conditions', however there are no details regarding the drive considered in the issue and also on the 'certain conditions' which could lead to failure of drive.

Death toll Due To Air bags Explosion rises to eight

Death toll Due To Air bags Explosion rises to eight

Deaths caused due to exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan has reached eight, US safety regulators and Honda Motor Co. confirmed on Friday.

As per officials, a woman who died in a Los Angeles-area car crash last September is the eighth person who got killed by exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

The woman in the lawsuit has been identified as Jewel Brangman, who died from neck and head injuries when the driver's air bag in her rented 2001 Honda Civic inflated with too much force and spewed metal shrapnel.

Both Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that the cause for jewel’s death was air bags explosion.

The 26-year-old is the seventh victim in the US and eighth worldwide, including a woman in Malaysia.

Image of ‘Plus’ version of Samsung's S6 Edge shown on Twitter

Image of ‘Plus’ version of Samsung's S6 Edge shown on Twitter

An image of new, ‘Plus’ version of Samsung's S6 Edge handset has been shown on Twitter. It seems that it may have a display between 5.5 and 5.7 inches, however the industrial design is almost the same.

The famous account @OnLeaks, which is also considered reliable, shows the device that is both taller and wider compared to the original S6 Edge. From dimensions released alongside the shot, it seems that it is 154.45 millimeters by 75.80 millimeters and 6.85 millimeters thick.

Some minor changes have been introduced in the larger handset. In this model, the bottom microphone has been swapped to the opposite side, and it appears that the volume buttons are slightly at different position.

1,400 passengers grounded at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin Airport after cyber attack

1,400 passengers grounded at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin Airport after cyber attack

On Sunday, over 1,400 passengers were grounded at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin Airport as a result of a cyber-attack against Polish flagship carrier.

According to an airline spokesman, it is the ‘first attack of its kind’. The carrier said in a statement, the incident took place at around 4:00 pm (1500 GMT), in which the airline's ground operations system was attacked.

The incident was resolved by 9:00 pm. It caused the cancellation of 10 flights departing from Warsaw.

LOT spokesman Adrian Kubicki also said, “We’re using state-of-the-art computer systems, so this could potentially be a threat to others in the industry. The attack is now being investigated by the authorities”.

Sony’s X900C and X910C TVs to enter market in July

Sony’s X900C and X910C TVs to enter market in July

Sony's promised X900C and X910C TVs are scheduled to arrive in July.

The lone X910C model, a 75-incher will launch for $5,499. Both run on the Android TV platform. All of these units pack Android TV, Triluminos displays and an X1 processor will make the most of 4K video.

Sony is going to introduce its wafer-thin, Android-powered 4K TVs in July. The X910C measures at a mammoth 75 inches and will be available later this summer for $5,500. The X900C is coming in two smaller but still pretty big sizes. The 55-inch model costs $2,500, while the 65-inch model is of $4,000.

The Android platform for X910C and X910C will provide built-in access to the standard suite of streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Hulu, and Sling TV.




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