Technology Sector

Apple, Google rejecting games with “Flappy” in the title

Apple, Google rejecting games with “Flappy” in the titleApple and Google have started rejecting games that have the word "flappy" in their titles, emerging reports suggest.

A Vancouver-based game app designer Ken Carpenter said Cupertino, California-based Apple rejected his game titled "Flappy Dragon" from its App Store, saying it found the game's name attempting to leverage a popular app.

Facebook experimenting with free water taxi service

Facebook experimenting with free water taxi serviceSocial-networking giant Facebook is experimenting with a free ferry service for its employees, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Taking a page from tech giant Google Inc's transportation book, Facebook launched a 90-day water taxi pilot program earlier this month. The pilot program operates a 30-person catamaran between the ports of San Francisco and Redwood City two times a week - on Tuesday and Friday.

No fee or fare is charged for the water trips. What is more, passengers are provided with free coffee and snacks.

Lenovo posts 29% jump in Q3 net income

Lenovo posts 29% jump in Q3 net incomeChinese tech giant Lenovo on Wednesday reported better-than-expected profit for quarter ended December 31, thanks to strong sales in both its personal computer (PC) and smartphone businesses.

The Beijing-based company reported an increase of 29 per cent in net income, from $204.9 million in the October-December quarter of 2012 to $265.3 million in the October-December quarter of 2013.

The third-quarter profit figure reported by the company is well above analysts' $247.2 million consensus forecast.

Twitter redesigning webpage to give Facebook-like look

Twitter redesigning webpage to give Facebook-like lookWashington, Feb. 12 : Twitter is reportedly working on a major redesign of its web page that is said to make the social network site look like Facebook.

The all new profile page of Twitter has the avatar photo and biography placed well to the left side of the page, giving a lot of space to the header photo.

However, Twitter's magazine-style web layout will only affect the desktop version of Twitter, making the tweets larger,

Nokia, HTC settle long-running patent battles, agree on collaboration

Nokia, HTC settle long-running patent battles, agree on collaborationWashington, Feb. 11 : Nokia and HTC have reportedly settled their long-running patent infringement battles by agreeing on a 'patent and technology collaboration' that would settle all outstanding litigation.

Patent battles between the two mobile manufacturing companies were being played out in several countries and have seen a handful of HTC phones banned from sale in Europe.

Nokia to release new low-end Android phone this month

Nokia to release new low-end Android phone this monthWashington, Feb 11 : Nokia is reportedly set to introduce a new low-end handset with Google's Android mobile operating system, at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona on February 24 this month.

For months, rumours were rife about Nokia working on a device that used the open source Android operating system.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the device will not be able to access the Google Play application store, however, it will run services created by Nokia and Microsoft, including Here maps and Mix Radio, Cnet reported.

Hyundai India unveils Grand i10-based Xcent sedan

Hyundai India unveils Grand i10-based Xcent sedanThe Indian arm of automobile giant Hyundai on Tuesday unveiled its entry-level sedan Hyundai XCent, which will compete with the likes of Maruti's Suzuki DZire and Honda's Amaze.

B S Seo, Managing Director & CEO of Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), said that the Hyundai XCent symbolized the company's commitment to offer high standards of quality to its Indian customers.

HP wants £38 million tax refund at Autonomy

HP wants £38 million tax refund at AutonomyHewlett-Packard has slashed revenues and profits figures for Autonomy and demanded a 38 million tax refund from the government.

HP has said two years earlier that it has discovered accounting irregularities at Autonomy. The computing giant had cited 2010 accounts for Autonomy Systems to prove allegations. UK's software firm Autonomy was accused of inflating its revenue and profit by about 81 per cent.

Buying Motorola will put Lenovo in a better position

Buying Motorola will put Lenovo in a better positionThe acquisition of Motorola will put Lenovo in a better position to become a one-stop shop for in PCs, tablets and smartphones, according to Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett.

Gillett said the acquisition of Motorola would enable Lenovo to compete in all three device markets and join the likes of Apple Inc.

Apple records $57.6 billion revenues in the previous year

AppleTechnology giant, Apple has said that it has recorded revenue of $57.6 billion during the previous year as it sold a high number of iPhones around the world.

The company said that it sold 51 million iPhones during the year and launched a host of new editions of the iPhone and iPads. The company said that it recorded first quarter profits of $13.1 billion around the world. The higher profits revived the company's falling revenues and record revenue figures.

Wipro working towards becoming really global company

Wipro working towards becoming really global companyWorking towards becoming a really global company, Wipro will make its senior management team more diverse in terms of nationality and the one that has more women.

T K Kurien, chief executive of the Indian software giant, said that the company would have to be different in the future as it could not go on with traditional management structures.

Infosys ups revenue guidance to 12 percent

InfosysMysore (Karnataka), Jan 10 - Infosys has once again revised its revenue guidance for this fiscal (2013-14) upwards to 12 percent from previous estimate of 10 percent in dollar terms.

In a regulatory filing to stock exchanges Friday, the IT bellwether said revenues were expected to grow 11.5-12 percent in dollar terms and 24.4-24.9 percent for fiscal 2014 (FY 2014) from 22 percent in rupee terms as estimated in the second quarter of this fiscal.

Earlier, the reported net profit of Rs. 2,875 crore for third quarter (Oct-Dec) of this fiscal, posting 21.4 percent year-on-year (YoY) growth.

Apple boasts Mac Pro’s energy, material efficiency in environmental report

Apple boasts Mac Pro’s energy, material efficiency in environmental reportCupertino, California-based tech giant Apple Inc's latest environmental report for its new Mac Pro computer boats some fairly large savings on energy as well as raw materials.

According to the newly published report, the company has highly made use of aluminum and copper to build the new Mac Pro machine. It may be noted here that aluminum and copper are two of the most-desired metals by recyclers. Compared to the old Mac Pro computer, the new machine consumes 74 per cent less steel.

LG may soon unveil fitness wristband

LG may soon unveil fitness wristbandConsumer electronics giant LG is all set to unveil a wearable fitness device/band, according to a recently published tweet.

Famous Twitter sensation @evleaks posted a tweet claiming that LG is preparing to unveil a fitness band that will be similar to Nike FuelBand; rather than to a smartwatch like the Galaxy Gear. In August 2013, a senior LG executive had said that the company could introduce a branded smartwatch sometime in the near future.

Xbox Australia’s ‘Halo 5’ post was made in error: Microsoft

Xbox Australia’s ‘Halo 5’ post was made in error: MicrosoftSoftware and entertainment giant Microsoft has clarified that the recent Facebook post that stated Master Chief's return in Halo 5 was made in error.

Xbox Australia had made a post on social-networking site Facebook that revealed the identity of the Xbox One Halo videogame as not only a spin off starring Master Chief. It said the new game was Halo 5 - the next game in widely popular Halo franchise.

Google celebrates New Year with dancing numbers

Google celebrates New Year with dancing numbersGoogle, the world's most popular Internet search engine, marked the last day of 2013 and the first day of 2014 with an animated doodle.

The search engine posted the doodle on its homepage on December 31, 2013. The doodle featured the numbers 2, 0, 1, 3 and 4. While the numbers 2, 0, 1, 3 were dancing above a flashing dance floor, the number 4 stood at a side waiting for its turn to replace the number 3.

At the strike of midnight ushering in the New Year, the number 4 replaced the number 3, welcoming the year 2014.

LG preparing to unveil its first webOS-based smart TV: report

LG preparing to unveil its first webOS-based smart TV: reportConsumer electronics giant LG is preparing to unveil its first webOS-based smart TV as soon as next week, according to industry sources.

Citing anonymous industry sources, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that LG will take wraps off its webOS-powered TV at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which will take place from 7th of January through 10th of January in Las Vegas.

Growth of Christmas Day app downloads falls

Growth of Christmas Day app downloads fallsA record number of apps were downloaded on Christmas Day this year but the rate of growth slowed from the previous year, according to a report published recently by the Los Angeles Times.

The report said that Christmas Day, which is usually the biggest day for app developers, turned into a gold rush for developers this year.

Apple CEO Tim Cook gets paltry pay increase in 2013

Apple CEO Tim Cook gets paltry pay increase in 2013Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook's pay package remained roughly the same in 2013 as in 2012, a recent regulatory filing submitted to the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) by the iPhone/iPad-maker revealed.

Mr. Cook pocketed $4.25 million in pay and perks in 2013. The package included a base salary of $1.4 million, a bonus of $2.8 million, and a compensation of $52,721 that the company contributed to life insurance premium, holiday cash-out etc.

Facebook is ‘dead and buried’ as teenagers are adopting other social networks: study

Facebook is ‘dead and buried’ as teenagers are adopting other social networks: studyTeenagers are no longer interested in social networking platform Facebook and they are switching to simpler social networks like Tweeter, Snapchat and Whatsapp, according to a fresh study.

Prof. Daniel Miller of University College London said 16-18 year olds are not only switching on to rival networks but also they feel embarrassed to be associated with Facebook.




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