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Microsoft unveils Xbox Music

Microsoft unveils Xbox MusicSan Francisco, Oct 16 - Microsoft has unveiled Xbox Music, which combines free music streaming, music subscription and purchasing into an all-in-one service.

The company said it will first roll out the service Tuesday on its Xbox 360 video game console and later in October on personal and tablet computers and smartphones.

Xbox Music will come pre-installed as the default music player for the Windows 8 operating system that is to be officially launched Oct 26, Xinhua reported Monday.

With the new service, users can listen to streaming songs for free, from a catalog of over 30 million titles, on PCs and tablets running on Windows 8.


Shabnam Asthana to be first PR expert from India to address PRSSA 2012 National Conference

Shabnam Asthana to be first PR expert from India to address PRSSA 2012 National Conference	San Francisco (U. S.), Oct. 8 : The city of San Francisco will play host to the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) 2012 National Conference from October 12 to October 16.

This year's event will focus on the theme "Bridging The Gap".

A significant feature of this event will be the presence of Shabnam Asthana, an Indian, among the distinguished panel of speakers.


Apple starts production of smaller iPad: reports

Apple starts production of smaller iPad: reportsSan Francisco, Oct 4 - Mass production of a smaller and cheaper version of Apple's iPad tablet computer has started, media reports said Wednesday.

Asia-based LG Display and AU Optronics have already began manufacturing the LCD screens for Apple's new device in September, Xinhua quoted The Wall Street Journal as saying.

Apple has kept the screen size of its iPad unchanged at 9.7 inches since the product debuted in January 2010.

In comparison, a smaller Apple tablet will feature a 7.85-inch liquid-crystal display with a lower resolution than the latest iPad, according to the Journal.


Google buys firm behind Apple’s photo-sharing app Snapseed

Google buys firm behind Apple’s photo-sharing app SnapseedSan Francisco, Sept 18 : Google has announced that it has acquired Nik Software, a German software company behind the popular photo application Snapseed on Apple''s iOS platform.

"We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone," said Google Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra in a post on Google''s social networking service Google+.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.


Microsoft eyes opportunities in China's push for innovation

Microsoft eyes opportunities in China's push for innovationSan Francisco, Sep 18 - China's efforts to be a global innovation leader offers opportunities to foreign companies like Microsoft, a senior executive of the software giant said.

"We're committed to continue our partnership with China as we look towards the future, which promises a new era of computing and new opportunities to create continued positive growth and change," Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, told Xinhua.

"As the country (China) continues to strengthen its position as a global innovation leader, we believe the future will happen here," he said.


Google acquires Nik Software

Google acquires Nik SoftwareSan Francisco, Sep 18 - Google has announced that it has acquired Nik Software, a German software company behind the popular photo application Snapseed on Apple's iOS platform.

"We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone," said Google senior vice president Vic Gundotra in a post on Google's social networking service Google+.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, Xinhua reported Monday.


Half a billion Android devices activated: Google

Half a billion Android devices activated: GoogleSan Francisco, Sep 13 - Google Wednesday announced that 500 million devices running on its Android operating system have been activated so far.

"Today is a big day for Android... 500 million devices activated globally, over 1.3 million added every single day," Hugo Bara, Google Android's director of product management, said in a Google+ post.

In June, Google said 400 million Android devices had been activated and the rate was 1 million per day, reported Xinhua.

Google announced the milestone just before Apple unveiled iPhone 5.


Apple iPhone 5 is slimmer, lighter

Apple iPhone 5 is slimmer, lighterSan Francisco, Sep 13 - Apple's much awaited next-generation iPhone is finally here. The iPhone5 sports a larger four-inch screen that is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than its predecessor.

Said to be a bit more thumb-friendly, iPhone 5 with 16:9 aspect ratio was unveiled by Apple chief executive Timothy D. Cook Wednesday at the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts in San Francisco.

"It's an amazing time at Apple, an extraordinary time," said Cook as he walked on stage, wearing a black button-down shir and blue jeans somewhat like Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs who always wore his trademark black turtleneck and jeans.


Apple unveils slimmer, lighter iPhone 5

Apple unveils slimmer, lighter iPhone 5San Francisco, Sep 13 - Apple's highly anticipated, next-generation iPhone is finally here. Sporting a larger 4-inch screen iPhone 5 is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than its predecessor.

Said to be a bit more thumb-friendly, iPhone 5 with 16:9 aspect ratio was unveiled by Apple chief executive Timothy D. Cook Wednesday at the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts in San Francisco.

"It's an amazing time at Apple, an extraordinary time," said Cook as he walked on stage, wearing a black button-down and blue jeans somewhat like Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs who always wore his trademark black turtleneck and jeans.


HP plans to cut 2,000 more jobs

HP plans to cut 2,000 more jobsSan Francisco, Sep 11 - Hewlett-Packard (HP) plans to cut 2,000 more jobs, expanding total job cuts to nearly 29,000 in its latest reorganization efforts, the company said in a document.

In a regular filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission Monday, the world's largest personal computer maker said it expects to "eliminate approximately 29,000 positions in connection with the 2012 Plan through fiscal year 2014", reported Xinhua.

HP said as of the end of July, the company has shed 3,800 jobs.


US retailer launches tablet for kids

US retailer launches tablet for kidsSan Francisco, Sep 11 - Toys "R" Us, a leading toy retailer in the US, has unveiled its own tablet computer specifically designed for kids, intensifying the competition to win over young tablet users.

The device, called "Tabeo", has a 7-inch, multi-touch screen and is priced at $149.99, reported Xinhua.

The tablet will be available exclusively at Toys "R" Us stores across the US starting Oct 21 and can now be pre-ordered online at the retailer's website from Monday.

It runs on Google's Android operating system, offers Wi-Fi connectivity to access the Internet and features a front-facing camera.


Amazon introduces new Kindle e-reader, HD tablet

Amazon introduces new Kindle e-reader, HD tabletSan Francisco, Sep 7 - Online retail giant Amazon Thursday introduced a new suite of its Kindle devices, from e-reader Kindle Paperwhite with front-lit display to 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet computer.

Kindle Paperwhite is a black-and-white e-reader with a front-lit display. The redesigned screen allows users to read easier in the dark and offers more contrast as well as brightness, reported Xinhua.

The Paperwhite technology enables the new Kindle to have as much as eight weeks of battery life, making the device highly power-efficient.


Microsoft launches TV campaign to challenge Google

Microsoft launches TV campaign to challenge GoogleSan Francisco, Sep 7 - Microsoft has launched a nationwide campaign called "Bing It On" in the US, trying to show web users the quality of its Bing search engine is better than Google's.

The software company unveiled the site "bingiton. com" where users can input five search queries and the unbranded search results of Bing and Google will be shown in two columns, reported Xinhua.

For each query, users can choose a winner (or a draw) and the test will show which search engine come on top in the end.


Facebook CEO commits to lock his stock for 12 months

Facebook CEO commits to lock his stock for 12 monthsSan Francisco, Sep 5 : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has no intention to sell his stock for at least 12 months, said the social network company in a regular public filing.

According to a memo with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Tuesday, Zuckerberg will make none of his 504 million shares reach the market for at least 12 months, and he would have to inform SEC in advance if he wants to release any of his stake.

Zuckerberg's Facebook shares currently are worth about $8.9 billion, reported Xinhua.


Samsung ordered to pay Apple $1bln for infringing patents

Samsung ordered to pay Apple $1bln for infringing patents San Francisco, Aug. 25 : A U. S. federal court jury on Friday said it has found Samsung infringed six of Apple''s patents and ordered it to pay more than 1 billion U. S. dollars in damages to Apple.

The verdict was read in a U. S. district court in San Jose, in northern California, after three days of jury deliberation.

The nine-member jury found that Samsung products violated Apple ''s patents related to screen bounceback and zooming, saying that the Korean company also infringed the design and graphical interface of Apple''s iPhone.


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