• Ericsson sues Apple over patent violations
    Ericsson sues Apple over patent violations AFP News - 8 hours ago

    Swedish telecoms group Ericsson announced Friday a lawsuit against Apple claiming that the US tech giant continued to use its technology in iPhones and other wireless devices after refusing to renew a licencing agreement. "Apple currently uses our technology without a license and therefore we are seeking help from the court and the ITC (International Trade Commission)," Ericsson's head of intellectual property, Kasim Alfalahi, said in a statement. "Features that consumers now take for granted -- like being able to livestream television shows or access their favourite apps from their phone -- rely on the technology we have developed," he added. Ericsson said it has filed two complaints to the ITC and seven more to a court in Texas after Apple rejected an offer from Ericsson to "have a court determine fair licensing terms." The Swedish company was also seeking a marketing ban for Apple products that use the patents, which relate to second and fourth generation LTE mobile wireless technology. More »

  • Google backflips on Blogger sexual content ban
    Google backflips on Blogger sexual content ban AFP News - 9 hours ago

    Days after announcing a ban on sexually explicit content or "graphic nudity" on its Blogger platform, Google has reversed course. Google said Friday that after a barrage of public comments, it decided not to implement the ban, but instead would step up efforts to enforce its policy barring "commercial porn." "We've had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities," product manager Jessica Pelegio said in a post to the Google product forum. "So rather than implement this change, we've decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn." She added that operators should continue to mark any blogs containing sexually explicit content as "adult" to get an adult content warning. Google's new policy elicited complaints earlier this week over Twitter, with some calling it censorship. More »

  • Google to start ranking ‘mobile-friendly' sites higher
    Google to start ranking ‘mobile-friendly' sites higher AFP Relax - 16 hours ago

    Search giant Google announced on Thursday that it has adapted its search algorithms to yield results that are better-adapted to mobile devices. As of Thursday, Google is also working to make apps feature more prominently in search results. More »

  • Twitter boosts effort to stop spoofing, data leaks
    Twitter boosts effort to stop spoofing, data leaks AFP Relax - 17 hours ago

    Twitter said Thursday it was ramping up efforts to crack down on impersonation on the messaging platform as well as the leaking of personal, private data. The announcement came as an update to Twitter's online safety push announced in December. Bhatnagar said Twitter is devoting more resources to curbing harassment and other safety issues. Twitter, which has been growing more slowly than rival social networks, has been making effort to boost confidence and engagement in the one-to-many messaging platform. More »

  • Review: SKK Mobile V2, a P3,999 watered-down LG G2
    Review: SKK Mobile V2, a P3,999 watered-down LG G2 Technostorm Reviews - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    How well does this P3,999 offering from an underdog in the local mobile industry stack up against the competition? Let's find out. More »

  • In landmark decision, US plan bans two-speed Internet
    In landmark decision, US plan bans two-speed Internet AFP News - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    US regulators on Thursday approved landmark Internet rules that would prevent broadband providers from separating online traffic into slow and fast lanes. The Federal Communications Commission's 3-2 vote in favor of so-called "net neutrality" followed an intense debate in Washington pitting backers of online services like Netflix, Twitter and Yelp against big Internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon. The ruling, climaxing a years-long regulatory battle, sets a new standard that treats all Internet traffic as equal, preventing Internet firms from charging fees for better access. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said the plan would foster a free and open Internet where broadband services cannot be "gatekeepers" for what is available online. More »

  • Mystery Apple event planned for March 9, likely on Watch
    Mystery Apple event planned for March 9, likely on Watch AFP Relax - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Apple sent invitations Thursday for a mystery event due to take place March 9, amid speculation about an imminent launch of its much anticipated Apple Watch. Apple said the event would take place at 10:00 am (1900 GMT) in San Francisco. It will mark Apple's first new product type since the iPad in 2010. Apple has previously indicated that the entry price would be $349 in the United States, and that two different sizes would be available in three collections, including the "Apple Watch Edition," featuring 18-karat gold cases in yellow or rose, sapphire crystal and finely crafted bands and closures. More »

  • Amazon hires former White House spokesman Carney
    Amazon hires former White House spokesman Carney AFP News - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Former White House spokesman Jay Carney has taken a new public relations job with online retail giant Amazon, the company said on Thursday. A company official told AFP that Carney, 49, has been hired as a senior vice president to head Amazon's newly-created Global Corporate Affairs department, which will include the company's existing public relations and public policy teams. More »

  • Rise of the Machines: video gamers beware
    Rise of the Machines: video gamers beware AFP Relax - Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Researchers unveiled a software system Wednesday which had taught itself to play 49 different video games and proceeded to defeat human professionals -- a major step in the fast-developing Artificial Intelligence realm. "This... is the first time that anyone has built a single general learning system that can learn directly from experience to master a wide range of challenging tasks," said co-developer Demis Hassabis. More »

  • Cyber thugs taking data hostage
    Cyber thugs taking data hostage AFP News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Marriage therapist Valerie Goss turned on her computer one day and found that all of her data was being held hostage. Malicious code referred to as "ransomware" had encrypted her files and locked them away. Instead, she bought a new computer and fortified it with security software. "Unfortunately, it is the right thing to do," said Malwarebytes chief executive Marcin Kleczynski. More »

  • Gmail available in Burmese, the email's 74th language AFP Relax - Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Google said Wednesday that Gmail is now available in Burmese, marking the 74th language for the popular email service. "As a country of 53 million, Myanmar's recent opening-up has triggered an explosion of people coming online," Google product manager Brian Kemler said in a blog post. "As recently as 2011, a mere 500,000 Myanmar citizens were able to access the Internet, which was less than one percent of the population," he added. He said the number of people in Myanmar who can get online has grown to 2.6 million, as the availability of mobile phones has increased. More »

  • Google unveils reorganization in Europe
    Google unveils reorganization in Europe AFP News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Google said Wednesday it was launching a reorganization of its European operations in the face of a tougher regulatory environment. The overhaul was first reported by the Financial Times, citing Matt Brittin, an executive who will head a new unit unifying two separate European divisions. Google's press office confirmed the reorganization in an email to AFP without elaborating. Sources familiar with the reorganization said it was aimed at simplifying Google's structure in Europe and responding better to customers and policymakers in the region. More »

  • Bank regulator eyes tougher rules to fight hacking
    Bank regulator eyes tougher rules to fight hacking AFP News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Banks could be required to beef up their online password systems under new regulations designed to avert a so-called "cyber 9/11," a top financial regulator said Wednesday. Benjamin Lawsky, who leads New York state's Department of Financial Services, said more steps were needed to prevent what he called an "Armageddon-type cyber event" that disables the financial system. "Indeed, we are concerned that within the next decade or perhaps sooner we will experience an Armageddon-type cyber event that causes a significant disruption in the financial system for a period of time -- what some have termed a 'cyber 9/11.'" Lawsky said such an event could create "a run or panic that spills over into the broader economy." He said the department is considering mandating banks and other financial institutions to establish a "multifactor authentication" system whereby users would log in with a randomly generated password sent to a smartphone in addition to a conventional password. Lawsky is also considering forcing financial institutions to require certifications of cybersecurity controls from third parties working in a bank, such as a law firm or a company brought in to do maintenance. More »

  • Apple to appeal $533 patent infringement award
    Apple to appeal $533 patent infringement award AFP News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Apple said Wednesday it would appeal a $533 million award from a federal court in Texas in a patent infringement lawsuit over flash memory technology used in its iTunes music store. The statement emailed to AFP came a day after the jury ordered Apple pay damages to Smartflash LLC, which calls itself a technology licensing and development company. "Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no US presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented," the California tech giant said. More »

  • Virtual reality headsets growing in mainstream appeal AFP Relax - Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By the end of the decade as many as 55 million virtual reality and augmented reality headsets will be shipping annually -- and not just to video game obsessives either. Devices like the Samsung Gear VR and of course, Google's Project Cardboard are giving more consumers both an affordable and effective sneak peek of virtual reality's potential. Google claims that over 500,000 cardboard headsets have already been ordered. More »

  • Uzbekistan launches 'morality' crackdown on Internet cafes
    Uzbekistan launches 'morality' crackdown on Internet cafes AFP News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Authorities in Uzbekistan tightened control over Internet cafes in the capital Tashkent on Wednesday in a bid to stem the impact of "violent and immoral" web content and video games on children. "The increased number of videoclips, pictures, films and websites that promote aggression, violence and immorality in internet cafes and computer clubs is having a negative impact on underage youth," the resolution said. Internet cafes, which are expected to comply within 10 days, have also been told to ensure computers are free of all materials promoting "promiscuity, religious extremism, nationalism, gambling" and to remove posters promoting cruelty and violence from their walls. Last year Uzbekistan ordered Internet cafes to install video cameras and keep records on users for three months at a time to ensure "the security of visitors" and "prevent negative factors" when using the Internet. More »

  • SIM maker Gemalto confirms possible spy attacks
    SIM maker Gemalto confirms possible spy attacks AFP News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    European SIM maker Gemalto said Wednesday it had suffered hacking attacks that were likely conducted by US and British intelligence agencies but denied any "massive theft" of encryption keys that could be used to spy on conversations. Investigative website The Intercept last week said the US National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ hacked into the firm in 2010 and 2011 and stole SIM encryption keys, with which they can reportedly monitor communications over mobiles without using a warrant or wiretap. The website made the allegations on the theft of the keys -- which encrypt and decrypt data -- based on a document leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and its report prompted some experts to decry a huge breach in mobile privacy. "At the time we were unable to identify the perpetrators but we now think that they could be related to the NSA and GCHQ operation." But the company denied that these attacks resulted in a large-scale theft of encryption keys. More »

  • Delhi seeks to block Uber app after rape claim
    Delhi seeks to block Uber app after rape claim AFP News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Authorities in Delhi have asked the national government to block the Uber app, saying the cab hailing company is operating illegally in the Indian capital. Authorities in the state covering Delhi banned Uber in December after one of its drivers was charged with raping a passenger, but it resumed operations just weeks later. On Wednesday the city's transport authorities told a Delhi court they had asked the federal government to intervene. "We told the court that we have sent a proposal to the central government to block the (Uber) Internet address if they continue," Delhi's deputy commissioner of transport S. Roy Biswas told AFP. More »

  • Lenny Kravitz designs a Leica camera
    Lenny Kravitz designs a Leica camera AFP Relax - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The German camera manufacturer has unveiled a new and exclusive model designed in collaboration with recording artist Lenny Kravitz, who is a longtime fan of the brand's exceptional equipment. Produced in a limited edition of just 125 units, the Leica M-P Correspondent will be available from March. The Correspondent will be released just ahead of "Flash," a book of photographs taken by Lenny Kravitz during his travels and concert tours. More »

  • Google Chrome Experiments celebrates 1,000 submissions
    Google Chrome Experiments celebrates 1,000 submissions AFP Relax - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Google on Tuesday revealed a microsite celebrating the 1,000 user-made projects that have been submitted to Chrome Experiments. More »

  • Pebble breaks Kickstarter records with new smartwatch
    Pebble breaks Kickstarter records with new smartwatch AFP Relax - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Pebble's new Pebble Time smartwatch hit Kickstarter on February 24 and has already ticked past $8 million in donations. Pebble's latest boasts up to 7-day battery life, with a timeline interface intended to highlight important events and a color e-ink display. More »

  • In Japan, robot dogs are for life - and death
    In Japan, robot dogs are for life - and death AFP News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The devices are "AIBOs", the world's first home-use entertainment robot equipped with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and capable of developing its own personality. Sony rolled out the first-generation AIBO in June 1999, with the initial batch of 3,000 selling out in just 20 minutes, despite the hefty 250,000 yen (more than $2,000) price tag. The AIBO, an expensive and somewhat frivolous luxury, had to go. - 'Beautiful noise' - Mori has had her AIBO for around eight years. More »

  • Japan's Robear: Strength of a robot, face of a bear
    Japan's Robear: Strength of a robot, face of a bear AFP Relax - Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Forget the frightening androids of dystopian sci-fi, the future of robots is cute polar bears that can lift elderly people into and out of bed. The "Robear" has a cub-like face with big doey eyes, but packs enough power to transfer frail patients from a wheelchair to a bed or a bath, Japan's Riken institute said Tuesday. "The polar cub-like look is aimed at radiating an atmosphere of strength, geniality and cleanliness at the same time," research leader Toshiharu Mukai told AFP. A historically low birth rate and ever-increasing life expectancy means Japan's population of elderly people is growing, while the pool of youngsters to look after them is shrinking. More »

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