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Apple Confirms iPhone 6 Record Pre-Orders

Apple, the Cupertino, California based tech giant, announced that a record number of pre-orders on the first day that total 4 million for the two new models combined had been received. The company in its official statement also warned that many customers would be receiving their new iPhones late. Units available for general sales will also be limited said the Apple statement. The company has confirmed that demand for its two new iPhone models has exceeded the initial supply for pre-orders and while a substantial amount is scheduled for delivery... 
 

3D Mammogram by GE Wins Approval from FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a device that takes mammograms that will produce both two-dimensional and three-dimensional images to help medical care providers in screening for and diagnosing breast cancer. The device the SenoClaire was approved by the U.S. regulatory agency with restrictions the FDA placed to offer a reasonable assurance of the safety and efficiency of the new mammogram device. The FDA announced that the device has hardware and software upgrades to another device known as the Senographe Essential 2D that is already... 
 

Here Maps by Nokia Featured Exclusively in Samsung

Nokia’s map service Here Maps once available only at the App Store of Apple will soon make a re-debut on smartphones made by Samsung. A great deal of attention is being paid to whether Nokia’s maps will or will not become a competitor of Google Maps. Last week an IT news and tech site TechCrunch posted a quote from a Nokia official who said that the company’s Here Maps would be featured exclusively in the Tizen and Android Samsung smartphones as well as in Gear S. Here Maps is one of the strategic businesses of Nokia after it sold to Microsoft... 
 

PlayStation Network Attacked by Hackers

Sony has confirmed an outage of the PlayStation Network from an outside attack that overwhelmed the company’s online service, which is part of a bizarre tale including the flight of the president of Sony’s Online sector being diverted due to security. In a Sunday statement, Sony said that the company Sony Entertainment Network and PlayStation Network had been hit by an attempt to overwhelm the network with high traffic that is artificial. Sony was working to fix the PSN network quickly said the Sunday statement. On Monday, Sony released another... 
 

Google Acquires Jetpac for Social Travel Apps

Google, in what looks to be a move for better search results for searches that are photo-driven, has acquired Jetpac a developer of apps that are social travel. Jetpac is known for the research it does into social media which includes its app that takes data that is public from Instagram and allows users to learn strange new facts about many things, including the happiest city and the drunkest city around. In 2012, the startup launched as a social travel guide for iPad, but since that time has morphed into a completely different entity as it has... 
 

Microsoft Windows Mobile Phone Still Struggling

The Microsoft Windows phone is four years old this year but the celebration has not been that big. The Microsoft operated handset, known for the tiled interface, is still struggling against more popular rivals Apple and Google, as it cannot surpass a market share of 5% in the increasingly competitive smartphone space. During the second quarter, volumes of shipments of mobile phones that carried the operating system Windows, declined from the same period one year ago, while Google and Apple’s combined market share grew to more than 96%, according... 
 

Google Investing in Underwater Internet Cable

Even the world’s largest ocean will not stop Google from getting its way. The Internet search giant announced on Tuesday, it would join forces with five other companies to construct an underwater $300 million cable system. The system will span the entire Pacific Ocean, making Internet faster for those using it in Asia. The high-speed submerged cable known as Faster will connect two locations on the coast of Japan with major cities on the West Coast of the U.S. including Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Once the underwater cable... 
 

SyNAPSE Chip by IBM Mimics Brain

The True North computer chip by IBM is designed to think as a human brain does. The size of the chip is equal to a postage stamp yet it is able to outdo the majority of supercomputers. IBM developed the revolutionary chip or new processor to think. The idea is it simulates the movement of millions of the brain’s neurons and can perform tasks that are complicated with only small energy output. The chip is able to accomplish this relying on its web of many transistors patterned after the arrangement of the brain’s nerves. The processor is designed... 
 

Google Giving More Weight to Websites That are Encrypted

After reports of a ring of hackers from Russia who stole over a billion logins as well as password from websites that were vulnerable, Google announced that its search results would give a higher priority to the websites that use connections that are encrypted to keep their visitors online securer. Other factors, including the quality of the website’s content, still will hold much more weight as it pertains to the search results, but moving forward, Google announced that websites with HTTPS or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure connections would... 
 

Microsoft Ordered to Surrender Data

Microsoft must hand over emails of a customer. The emails are stored in an Ireland data center and a judge in the U.S. ruled the software giant must give the email to the United States government. The case had drawn a great deal of concern from major tech companies and privacy groups. Microsoft along with other companies in the U.S. challenged a search warrant for the emails. They argued that federal prosecutors could not seize information of customers stored in a foreign country. However, after a hearing of two hours in a U.S. District court in... 
 

Companies Paying For Posts on Social Networks

Facebook as well as other social media sites have been built on the premise that practically everything can be shared, except the money the posts produce. Two services and possibly more are attempting to change that. Social network Bubblews that completed a test phase last week pays certain users for posts that are able to attract traffic as well as advertisers. Bonzo Me, another social networking site since early this month has done something that is similar. Bonzo Me was created by surgeon Michael Nusbaum and he says that everyone on the many... 
 

Apple Gains Market Share on Samsung

Apple is gaining more market share in the high-end smartphone market partly due to an increased amount of competition from less expensive competitors, found one new study. The iPhone 5S has out sold its rival the Galaxy S5 from Samsung, despite being quite a bit older. Samsung has come under increased pressure as its lost ground in the smartphone market not just to cheaper rivals in China, but from high-end rival Apple. Financial earnings guidance for the second quarter for the electronics giant based in South Korea was released last week. The guidance... 
 

Silicon Valley Sex Trade is Booming

Sex workers for years have been Silicon Valley entrepreneurs that are only spoken about in hushed tones. However, with large amounts of money flowing through the technology industry, sex trade is on a boom. One 28-year old who works in the sex trade said she continues to see more and more numbers of technology clients in the Bay Area. Smartphones and search engines and not sex have given Silicon Valley it name. However, the sex industry is one industry closely linked to Bay Area boom times going way back to the time of the Gold Rush. However, not... 
 

Screen for iPhone 6 Leaks, Release Nears

Since the day the iPhone 5 was announced, there have been rumors as well as speculation as to when the iPhone 6 would be released. Until now, the rumors have continued across the Internet. Now that the WWDC event that focused in the new operating system iOS 8 for Apple is over, it is fitting that techies shift their focus to the rumors over the iPhone 6. A new report released by GSM Arena say the screen panel for the new Apple smartphone has been seen online and was compared to the iPhone 5s panel. The leaked images show the screen for the iPhone... 
 

Apple Reportedly Set to Launch Smartwatch in the Fall

Cupertino, California based Apple appears ready to become a player in the smartwatch arena with the possible launch of its first wrist attire this fall. According to two separate reports from two large international news agencies, the smartwatch from Apple will be launched as soon as this October. Quanta, a Taiwanese company is reported to be ready to begin mass production of the smartwatch in July. The device is said to be 2.5 inches diagonally and is said to boast wireless charging and a touchscreen display. One of the news agencies said that... 
 

Box Buys Streem Adding Streaming to Cloud Storage

Box the file manager service that is cloud-based announced it acquired Streem the Y-Combinator-back business, with everyone at Streem joining the Box team. Box purchased Streem through a mix of cash and stock however, no exact terms of the purchase were disclosed. Box launched back in 2005 and has become known for its success in the business filing sharing and cloud storage industry. All this, has taken place amidst an intense amount of competition, from behemoths in the tech world, such as Microsoft and Google. However, the business has not been... 
 

Google Share Falls on Mobile Device Searches as Apps Increase

The lead held by Google in searches made on mobile devices has come under pressure as users of tablets and smartphones look for their information through apps instead of from the query bar on their browser. By 2016, the share held by Google in the U.S. market should drop from its 2012 high of 83% to 64%, according to information supplied in a report by EMarketer. At the same time, Yelp with its popular application that helps its users find information and ratings for dry cleaners to restaurants will grow from 0.5% to 1.9%. EMarketer said in its... 
 

Google Developing Advanced Vision Tablet

Google Inc is amidst the developing of a new tablet that will be innovative as the search engine giant continues experimenting with the capabilities of advanced vision on mobile devices. The company is planning to produce approximately 4,000 prototype tablets beginning in June according to sources briefed on plans by the company. The device would have a 7-inch screen and be equipped with two cameras on the back, advanced software capable of capturing precise images of objects in three dimensions and infrared depth sensors, said the same sources. The... 
 

Lenovo Profit Grows on Smartphones and PCs

Lenovo continues to see its smartphone sales in China soar. Quarterly net profit for the company based in China was up 25% over the same period one year ago. The company continued its surge in the smartphone and PC markets. During the quarter that ended on March 31, Lenovo had net profit of $158 million, which was up from the same quarter one year ago of $127 million. Revenue at Lenovo also was higher by 19% to reach $9.4 billion. Lenovo is now the largest PC company in the world, thanks to sales in its own back yard of China. However, the company... 
 

Chadder: Privacy App Launched by John McAfee

These days John McAfee is known better for fleeing Belize to escape the police instead of being the pioneer in antivirus software. However, it seems he is getting back into the business of security as he has launched Chadder, an instant messaging app that is privacy focused. Future Tense, a company owned by McAfee entered into a joint venture with Etransfr a tech startup to launch the messaging app that is targeting a demographic that is younger. It promises to maintain the messages safe from any prying eyes by the encryption of their content and... 
 

Google Sued for Agreement with Makers of Smartphones

Google Inc has been sued over alleged market power abuse by allegedly forcing Android handset makers to adopt the popular apps from Google like YouTube so it would ensure it maintained a market monopoly. EVO 3D filed the lawsuit. The company is the manufacturer of HTC handsets that were made during 2011. It claims Google’s secret agreement caused the device to be more expensive. During the last three months of 2013, Android run phones had more than 78% of the overall market share. Others companies like Windows, Blackberry and Apple had market... 
 

Vine Redesign Lets Users Watch Videos with no Sign-in

Vine, the app owned by Twitter has redesigned its online site to allow its users to see the six-second videos without having to sign in or create an account. Four months in advance of its debut on the web, the developers of Vine made a decision to update certain features on the site to make sure it was more accessible to all users, including those who were not members. Before the update, a user had to create his or her own account to see the shore six-second videos, create playlists, upload videos, search trending tags or explore channels. To this... 
 

Profits at Facebook Triple Behind Mobil Ad Surge

Facebook revenue and profit blasted past Wall Street estimates for the first quarter. The posting of positive financial earnings was dampened somewhat by the announcement that David Ebersman the CFO, who was an important part of directing the company following its disastrous initial public offering, is leaving. Earnings were driven by a surge in mobile ad sales. The social media giant has repeated constantly that mobile is the place they see revenue and with the recent numbers, it looks as if Facebook executives were correct. Sales for the first... 
 

Zebra to Acquire Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise Company

On Tuesday, Zebra Technologies Corp announced it would acquire Motorola Solutions’ enterprise business for just over $3.45 billion, in a cash deal. The deal is a huge expansion for Zebra as the asset tracking and barcode printing company looks to make a stronger presence in logistics, transportation, manufacturing and retail, while expanding its reach geographically. CEO of Zebra Anders Gustafsson, in a prepared statement, said the acquisition would help to transform Zebra into a solutions provider that delivers great insights and intelligence... 
 

Brendan Eich Co-founder of Mozilla Resigns Amidst Controversy

Well-know techie Brendan Eich has resigned as the CEO of Mozilla, which he co-founded and leaves the Board of Directors of a nonprofit foundation that wholly owns it. The techie was caught up in a controversy over his support of Proposition 8 the anti-gay marriage law in California. The changes were confirmed by Mozilla on Thursday in a post on its blog. In the post, Mozilla said it prided itself on being held to a higher standard and this week it had not lived up to it. The company added it knew why people were angry and hurt and they had a right... 
 

Samsung and Apple In Court Again over Patents

This latest round of legal battles between the world’s two largest smartphone players will take place in California. Apple is accusing Samsung of copying distinctive features systematically such as its slide to unlock its devices. However, Samsung claims it is the pioneer and Apple is doing all the copying. The California based Apple is suing the electronics giant based in South Korea, the current market leader in smartphones for $2 billion. Apple wants the court to force Samsung to pay a royalty of $40 on each device it says is copying its software.... 
 

FBI Amidst High Speed Trades Investigation

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently carrying out a probe of whether the companies that use high-speed trading have or are engaging in illegal insider trading through taking advantage of market information that is fast moving and unavailable to others. The current investigation which was launched approximately one year ago, involves a number of trading activities and is currently in the early stages, said a senior official with the FBI as well as a spokesperson with the agency. Amongst the activities that are being probed is if... 
 

New Down’s Syndrome DNA Test Ten Times Better

The importance of pre-natal exams for aberrations in chromosomes in the body was emphasized in a new study. The latest form of DNA test that has been developed by scientists to screen for Down’s Syndrome as well as other diseases that are related is dramatically accurate. This new test is based upon DNA sequencing. It will be utilized to test for Down’s Syndrome and its related chromosomal diseases. The newest tests are considered to have over 10 times the accuracy that convention tested currently used have. The Cell-Free DNA exam or cfDNA exam... 
 

Salesforce.com Increases Forecast for Revenue

Salesforce.com Inc increased its revenue forecast for the full year and said its goal is to improve the adjusted operating margin. This came after revenue for the quarter increased more than had been expected on sales at ExactTarget, a marketing firm for emails it purchased during June of last year. The biggest maker of sales software for online in the world said on Thursday its estimated revenue would be between $5.25 billion and $5.3 billion for the upcoming year ending in January of 2015, compared to its forecast done previously of between $5.15... 
 

Prostate Test Using DNA Would Predict Risk of Deadliest Cancer

A test using DNA can predict which men could face the highest risk of prostate cancer that could be deadly, said scientists. The group of scientists in London at the Institute of Cancer Research said men could be offered genetic screening similar to that for breast cancer in women. The scientists have shown that 14 different mutations can increase greatly the odds of prostate cancers that are aggressive, which could form a basis for the test. The group Prostate Cancer UK announced that this type of testing could revolutionize care for men. The most... 
 

Student’s Pants Set Afire by Apple iPhone

A student from Kennebunk, Maine who is 13 years old sustained what doctors described as moderate burns on Friday after an iPhone she had in her back pockets caught fire, reported a located newspaper. It is not clear from that report, which model of iPhone had been involved. The scary incident took place early in Friday at the Kennebunk Middle School, when the students reported hearing a popping sound when she sat at her school desk. Smoke immediately started to billow out of her back pants pocket where the iPhone had been located. Jeff Rodman, the... 
 

Top Trends in the Auto Industry for 2014

The start of the New Year marks the start of the annual auto show season. Many people are starting to wonder how the auto and technology industry will affect one another. Questions arise as to whether cars will start driving themselves or help the driver become a safer driver. Will the hybrids start becoming mainstream? One thing is certain Hybrids will become high performance. When someone thinks about hybrid vehicles the first thing to come to mind is limited performance but exceptional fuel economy. Therefore, the thought of high-performance... 
 

Google Acquires DeepMind

Google relies on artificial intelligence and machine learning in sectors such as visual processing and translation. That has prompted the high-tech company to purchase DeepMind Technologies, based in London, for an estimated $400 million. DeepMind is an artificial intelligence business. A representative from Google confirmed on Sunday the deal had been agreed upon, but said no additional information would be provided now. On Sunday, Re/code a news website reported that Google would be paying as much as $400 million to acquire DeepMind, which was... 
 

Google Employee Targeted by Activists

Activists who call themselves the Counterforce made an engineer from Google and resident of Berkeley the focus of protests against what they called the Mountain View-based company’s evil techniques in surveillance. This week the group said, it went to the street, in which Anthony Levandowski, an employee at Google lives, to stage a protest outside his home. The activists said they rang the doorbell of the Google engineer, and then waited outside for nearly 45 minutes holding a sign that said “Google’s Future Stops Here.” The activists said... 
 

LG G Flex Arrives Soon in the U.S.

The large smartphone that has a bend in the middle – the G Flex by LG – will be arriving soon in the U.S. This week AT&T will have the LG G Flex. AT&T said there were some oddities on the device that were not on the international version. Firstly, AT&T apps, but also a group of strong components that make this phone release as powerful as any other released internationally or nationally. Within the curved handset is a 2.26 GHz Qualcomm quadcore processor with Snapdragon 800. The display is 6-inches with a pixel resolution of 1280... 
 

New Mobile Service Launched by Co-Founder of Twitter

One of Twitter Inc’s creators unveiled on Tuesday a new mobile service named Jelly. The hope is for another hit product in what is becoming an increasingly more crowded field of mobile and social products. The new smartphone app Jelly has a goal to improve the way users search for and hopefully find information, by asking people instead of using search engines on Internet. Biz Stone, the co-founder and CEO of Jelly said in a video on the website of the company that everyone today is online and connected, so if someone has a question there has... 
 

Sham Surgery is as Good as Regular Surgery

Patients that underwent a simulated knee surgery procedure fared equally as well as patients who received the real surgery, according to new research that has raised eyebrows over the most common orthopedic surgery performed in the U.S. The new findings just published on Thursday add to a series of papers that suggest that the procedure arthroscopic partial meniscectomy does not help many patients. The procedure typically is done to relieve pain in the knee, whether due to an injury or normal wear. However, other doctors have said it is still early... 
 

Facebook Watch Out Here Comes WhatsApp

The mobile messaging service WhatsApp that allows free texts, videos, photos as well as audio messages has now surpassed active monthly members of 400 million, said the startup on Thursday. The escalation was rapid from 350 million active users announced during October to Thursday’s 400 million. It is the largest mobile messaging service that is cross platform in the world. The app based in Mountain View, California has more active users monthly than 232 million on Twitter. It is still far behind the 1.2 million of Facebook, but WhatsApp is at... 
 

Google Mulling Over its Own Server Chips

The dominance Intel Corp has held in semiconductors has been threatened already by the shift in the market towards mobile device. Things could get worse however as Google, Inc. is considering designing server processors that use the technology from ARM Holdings, said some with information about the matter. That signifies that there is at least a potential partial move away from using Intel. The chipmaker has over 95% of the overall market on chips for servers that use processors found in personal computers. The potential endeavor for Google would... 
 

Apple Victorious in Court Against Samsung

On Thursday, Samsung Electronics lost in its attempt to ban the sales of the older Apple iPad and iPhones in South Korea when a court dismissed the South Korea based electronics giant’s lawsuit that claimed the Cupertino, California based company infringed on three mobile patents owned by Samsung. The suit was part of the global courtroom battles the two tech giants are having that date back to 2011, when the first suit was filed by Apple against Samsung for copying the feel and look of its iPad and iPhone. In Seoul District Court, a judge ruled... 
 

Internet Giants Demand Limits on Government Surveillance

Eight of the true Web giants joined together in a public campaign to demand new limits on the ways the government can collect information from Internet users amidst concerns of an increase of online surveillance. The eight companies include Microsoft Corp, Google Inc, Apple Inc, Twitter, Facebook Inc, AOL Inc, Yahoo, Inc and LinkedIn Corp. The group released an open letter directed to President Obama and the U.S. Congress to bring restrictions and reforms to the surveillance activities. Documents that have been leaked by Edward Snowden, the former... 
 

New USB Cable to be Reversible

Developers have announced that the failed attempts to charge a tablet or charge a phone with a USB cable that is upside down, will finally come to an end. The next USB will be a reversible one, said developers. This means that users of the Universal Serial Bus cable would be able to plug it into the device no matter how it was facing, which ends the frustrated attempts of using the upside down cable. The cable, which is Type-C, is due to be completed by the middle of 2014 and in the market before 2016. It will also be smaller so that is will be... 
 

Faster Aging and Health Problems Due to Sexual Frustration

For many years, it has been accepted that for a number of species the expectation of food that does not come to fruition shortens live spans. Researchers have now found that is also true when it comes to the expectation of sex that is then denied, at least when it comes to fruit flies. Male fruit flies perceiving sexual interest from female counterparts, without an opportunity to mate, went through rapid decreases in resistance to starvation, fat stores and additional stress. The flies that were sexually frustrated lived for shorter periods. Mating... 
 

Apple Ends Discounts Offers Gift Cards

Apple on Black Friday launched its yearly sale from the big holiday shopping day that follows Thanksgiving. However, instead of offering direct discounts on its hardware, as has been the custom in the past, the tech giant offered gift cards for up to as much as $150 with all purchases. This is now becoming more popular as retailers are slashing prices or giving gift cards of greater amounts than even Apple. Apple gift cards were given out for $150 when a purchase was made for any new iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Purchasing an iPad Air got the... 
 

Sony Playstation 4 Sells One Million Units

Sony’s new Playstation 4 is starting hot, as consumers in the U.S. and other parts of North America purchased over 1 million of the PS4’s during just the first 24 hours the unit was available. The new home video console costs $399 and went on sale starting last Friday. The start of sales for the unit was the fastest for all the previous PlayStation consoles. Shuhei Yoshida, who is the president of Worldwide Studios at the Sony Computer Entertainment, announced the sales figures Sunday on Twitter. As is often the case when a huge release of a... 
 

Laser Attacks on Airplanes are Increasing

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned of a huge increase in laser attacks that target airplanes in the area of New York City temporarily blinding the aircraft’s pilots. The reported instances at the three major metropolitan area international airports has increased by 17% since last year. Injuries, said FBI officials are also increasing. The most recent two cases took place this past Tuesday, according to a FBI statement. A Shuttle America aircraft had its cockpit illuminated with a green laser when it was making its final approach at... 
 

Softbank Purchases Mobile Game Maker from Finland

Japanese telecommunications behemoth SoftBank has agreed to purchase a 51% stake in Supercell an online game business from Finland. The purchase of controlling interest is said to be near $1.5 billion. This deal signifies the quick rise of the Finnish company, whose games include Hay Day and Clash of Clans. Supercell was founded in Helsinki in 2010. It has focused on the creation of games for the increasing number of users of tablets worldwide. On Tuesday, in a blog post, Supercell’s founder and CEO Ilkka Paananen said the sales prices would help... 
 

Microsoft Increases Dividend

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that the board of directors had approved an increase of 22% in the quarterly dividend for the company. The increase brings the dividend to 28 cents per share. The company also said it was offering a $40 billion buyback of stock program. The increased dividend represents a 5 cents increase over the previous dividend from the largest software business in the world. The new dividend will be paid out on December 12 to the shareholders of record as of November 21. At the same time, the new buyback program for company stock... 
 

Nokia is Gone, but Newkia is Here

On the same day Microsoft acquired Nokia for $7.2 billion, Newkia was formed in Singapore. The sole goal for the Singapore-based company is acquiring employees from Nokia and their expertise, but focusing on only the Android platform. The fate of Nokia most likely would have been much different if it had take the route of Android and that is why Newkia planned to absorb as much know-how from Nokia as possible. Analysts said the Microsoft buyout of Nokia was just a reflection of the failure by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop when he chose to go with the Windows... 
 

Apple Buys Embark for Transit Mapping

Apple, it appears, is doing one important thing, listening intently to its customers. The Cupertino, California based company has received many complaints about the Maps application the company has in iOs. The complaints called the app practically useless. This was due to many customers in the larger metropolitan areas relying on transit directions that Google Maps had provided for the iOs app. However, with the introduction of its own app, Apple Maps, Google Maps was replaced but at once, many customers started to complain that Apple ruined something... 
 
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