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Icahn urges shareholders to appeal for share appraisal

Icahn urges shareholders to appeal for share appraisalCarl Icahn, an activist investor associated with computing giant Dell, has asked the shareholders to demand a share appraisal from the company management in an effort to defeat a bid from company founder.

Dell's second-largest shareholder wrote an open letter to the shareholders aiming to convince them that the takeover offer form Michael Dell is not as generous or the smartest move strategically for the company. Icahn, who owns

ADCOM launches new Thunder smartphone in Indian market

ADCOM launches new Thunder smartphone in Indian marketAdvantage Computers India Pvt Ltd (ADCOM), which imports IT and technology products, tablets and mobiles in India, has announced the launch of the new affordable ADCOM Thunder smartphone series in the Indian market.

The new Thunder smartphone will feature 5.3 inch screen and will be powered by a dual core CPU. It runs on Android 4.1, and has 4 GB ROM and 512 MB RAM for faster performance. As for the camera, the device features a 8MP camera for clarity in pictures.

Google’s Cesar Chavez doodle on Easter infuriates Christians

Google’s Cesar Chavez doodle on Easter infuriates ChristiansAccording to The Huffington Post, Google's decision to commemorate leftist idol Cesar Chavez's 86th birthday with a special Google doodle on March 31, rather than celebrating Easter Sunday, has been widely criticized by many Christians.

With Google not having recognized Christ's return on its home page, most Christians are infuriated at the thought that the Internet search giant chose to promote the inspirational leader Chavez - who was an activist, labor leader, and an organizer - instead of putting up an Easter doodle.

Australia’s High Court rules in favor of Google in AdWords case

Australia’s High Court rules in favor of Google in AdWords case On Wednesday, the five judges of Australia's High Court gave their verdict in the landmark AdWords case; ruling that Internet search giant Google's policy to allow companies to purchase AdWords that contained the names of their rivals could not be deemed a violation of fair trade law.

In their unanimous ruling in favor of Google - marking a significant legal victory for the company -, the judges said that Google could not be held responsible for the misleading advertisements which run on its site.

LG Optimus G2 will likely be released some time in autumn

LG Optimus G2 will likely be released some time in autumn According to a new CNET report, LG will likely release its new Optimus G2 smartphone some time in autumn this year. With the report underscoring the likelihood of an end-May or early-June launch of the handset, it is quite evident that Optimus G2 will be launched almost a year after the Optimus G release.

The CNET disclosure about the probably launch time-frame of the LG Optimus G2 smartphone would apparently prove to be a dampener for the speculations making rounds about an earlier release of the handset.

Infosys net profit flat in third quarter

Infosys net profit flat in third quarterBangalore, Jan 11 - Infosys Ltd posted Rs. 2,369 crore (Rs. 23.69 billion) net profit for the third quarter (Oct-Dec) of this fiscal (2012-13), registering a flat growth year-on-year (YoY) in rupee terms.

In a regulatory filing Friday, the IT bellwether said consolidated income for the quarter under review (Q3) increased 12 percent YoY to Rs. 10,424 crore (Rs. 104 billion) and 5.7 percent sequentially.

Twitter updates its mobile app for iOS and Android

Twitter updates its mobile app for iOS and Android In a Thursday post on its engineering blog, microblogging service Twitter announced that its mobile app for iOS and Android has now been updated; as a result of which search and discovery functions will witness a notable enhancement.

First 'Sleeping Dogs' campaign DLC to be released on October 30

First 'Sleeping Dogs' campaign DLC to be released on October 30In a recent announcement at a New York Comic Con panel, United Front Games and Square Enix London Studios revealed that ‘Nightmare in North Point’ – the first story-expansion piece of downloadable content (DLC) for ‘Sleeping Dogs’ – will be released on October 30.

To be the first of a series of story-linked expansion DLCs for the August-launched Sleeping Dogs title, Nightmare in the North will essentially be a Halloween-themed DLC which will introduce the supernatural element to the title’s Hong Kong version.

NPD: US video game sales plunged 24% in September

NPD: US video game sales plunged 24% in SeptemberAccording to the latest statistics released by market research firm NPD Group, a 24 percent year-on-year plunge - to $848 million from $1.11 billion - was witnessed in the retail sales of software, hardware and accessories in the US in September.

With the decline marking the tenth successive month of falling video game sales in the US, NPD Group said in an emailed statement that the falloff was led by dwindling US sales of game consoles, which saw a 39 percent drop, to $211 million, during the month.

IHS iSuppli: PC sales set to decline in 2012 for the first time since 2001

IHS iSuppli: PC sales set to decline in 2012 for the first time since 2001 According to the latest projections from research firm IHS iSuppli, the global PC market is heading towards contraction in 2012; thereby underscoring that it will be for the first time in 11 years - since 2001 - that the market will witness a plunge.

Going by the new predictions from IHS, worldwide PC shipments in 2012 will apparently touch an approximate figure of 349 million units, marking a decline of 1.2 percent over the previous year figures of 353 million units.

Microsoft’s IE 10 on Windows 8 tops new ‘RoboHornet’ speed test

Microsoft’s IE 10 on Windows 8 tops new ‘RoboHornet’ speed testWith Google having recently unveiled an early version of a general-purpose browser speed test dubbed `RoboHornet', a few initial tests by Tom's Hardware have revealed that Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10) browser on Windows 8 tops the new speed test.

Swiss Railways accuses Apple of copying its design for clock display in iOS 6

Swiss Railways accuses Apple of copying its design for clock display in iOS 6According to a new 9to5Mac report, Apple's much-needed addition of the clocks app to the iPad with its newest iOS 6 operating system is, as per the claims of Swiss Federal Railways, a knock-off of the Swiss railways' "classic" design.

Pointing out that the design for the clock display which Apple has used in iOS 6 is a direct copy of clocks from Swiss railways, SBB - Switzerland's railway operator - said that Apple had copied the design of the clock without paying a licensing fee.

15% US adult internet users now use Twitter, report

15% US adult internet users now use Twitter, reportAccording to a new report, about 15 per cent of U. S. adult Internet users are logged on to the micro blogging sire, Twitter.

The 15 per cent mark is higher than 13 per cent recorded in May 2011. The site had recorded 8 US users in November 2010, according to the report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The report showed that while the groeth in the number of new user has slowed, the existing users are much more engaged on the site, using more features and spending more time.

Facebook users distrust company, survey

Facebook users distrust company, surveyA survey has revealed that about 900 million users of the social networking giant, Facebook from around the world do not hold a high opinion of the company and distrusts Facebook.

The poll showed that the if the company was a Facebook user itself, it would have several virtual friends but not many real friends. The users are found to be concerned about the amount of information shared by the company about the users with third party advertisers and others. The distrust does not speak well for the company as it might limit the appeal to the advertisers.

U.S. authorities discloses identity of LulzSec leader

U.S. authorities discloses identity of LulzSec leaderAuthorities in the US have disclosed the identity of Sabu, who is the former leader of the high-profile hacker group LulzSec.

They identified Hector Xavier Monsegur, a 28-year-old man from New York City as the former head of the group that targeted several government and corporate sector websites.

According to court papers in the case disclosed recently, Sabu was arrested in 2011 by the FBI and has since been acting as an informant for further investigations.

More large firms to allow social networks in offices, report

More large firms to allow social networks in offices, reportAccording to a new report by global research firm Gartner, the number of large firms that block access to social networking sties ate workplace is falling.

In the new report released on Monday, the research firm said that about half of large organizations said they have blocked access to social networking sites in workplace in 2010 and the company expects the percentage to fall to about 30 per cent.

Elcot awards Rs 278 crore order to HCL Infosystems

Elcot awards Rs 278 crore order to HCL InfosystemsThe Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd (Elcot) has awarded an order worth Rs. 278 crore to HCL Infosystems for a government program for supplying free laptops to students of schools and colleges in the state.

The company said that this order is the first phase of the Free Distribution of Laptops project that includes providing free laptops to students in Government and other state funded schools and colleges in the state. The first phase includes supplying 2 lakh laptops to the students.

Agni-V in final stages of testing, says Chander

Agni-V in final stages of testing, says ChanderAvinash Chander, Chief Controller R&D (Missiles and Strategic Systems) at DRDO has said that the country’s 5,000-km version of the nuclear capable missile, the Agni-V in its final stages of testing and will be set for launch soon.

"Agni-V is in the final phase of testing. I cannot predict the exact date of its launch, but it will be launched shortly," said Chander. He was speaking at a press conference at the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory in Chandigarh.

Mario Kart keeps its originality in Nintendo 3DS version

Mario Kart keeps its originality in Nintendo 3DS versionThe popular arcade racing game, Mario Kart appears to have kept its originality in the new version of the game developed for Nintendo 3DS, "Mario Kart 7" video game.

The biggest different in the game is that the carts are now not just meant fort eh surface as they can travel above the ground with gliders and underwater with propellers. Even as the features are new they appear to be natural and retain the racing ways of the popular game title.

Steve Wozniak meets young entrepreneurs in India

Steve Wozniak meets young entrepreneurs in IndiaSteve Wozniak, the co-founder of world's largest technology firm Apple, was in Bangalore in India to interact with young entrepreneurs and achievers of the Young Presidents Organisation, who eagerly listen to the story behind the most popular brand in the technology world.

Wozniak is the creator of the Apple II computer, which brought the global revolution in personal computing. He co-founded Apple Computer in April 1976 along with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne. Wozniak designed Apple I, which was the company's first product and the successful Apple II product.

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