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Amazon smartphone release date, specs, price and rumours

Amazon smartphone release date, specs, price and rumours (via The Inquirer) ONLINE RETAIL GIANT Amazon is expected to announce its debut smartphone, likely to launch under its Kindle brand, at an event in Seattle on 18 June, with the firm looking to challenge the likes of Apple and Samsung. We’ve rounded up everything we already… Read More »

SanDisk buys storage rival Fusion-io for $1.6 bn

US computer storage company SanDisk said Monday it was buying flash memory firm Fusion-io for $1.6 billion. The deal will help SanDisk, a maker of memory cards used for computers, smartphones and other devices, to boost its flash memory capacity with… Read More »

Nintendo jumps on toy figure trend to boost Wii U

Nintendo said it is adding real-world game figures to Wii U play to boost the popularity of its console, which has lagged rivals in the market. Nintendo is blending Will U virtual play with tangible toys as it faces off against powerhouse offerings… Read More »

Official: BMW Smart Charging App helps drivers charge for less

Official: BMW Smart Charging App helps drivers charge for less (via Renewable Energy News | Alphatech5) By John Beltz Snyder Filed under: EV/Plug-in, BMW As electric vehicles proliferate and people try to conserve energy, moves toward smart charging seem only natural. Now, BMW is offering smarter charging, and it should mean more money in the pockets… Read More »

Sony winning console wars

Sony winning console wars (via AFP) Sony are winning the console wars for the first time in nearly a decade, a company official confirmed Monday, offering a rare bright spot on the firm’s otherwise troubled balance sheet. Stellar sales of the new PlayStation 4 gave the Japanese electronic… Read More »

Software to star at Apple developers conference

Software to star at Apple developers conference (via AFP) Apple on Monday kicks off its developers conference, where the focus will be on software in iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macintosh computers with scant hope for the next big thing. In trademark style, Apple has remained mum about what it will unveil at… Read More »

Google gets 12,000 requests to be ‘forgotten’ on first day

Google gets 12,000 requests to be ‘forgotten’ on first day (via AFP) Google received 12,000 requests from people seeking to be “forgotten” by the world’s leading search engine on the first day it offered the service, a company spokesman in Germany said Saturday. The requests, submitted on Friday, came after Google set… Read More »

AT&T to buy DirecTV for nearly $50 billion

AT&T to buy DirecTV for nearly $50 billion (via AFP) US telecommunications giant AT&T clinched a deal Sunday to acquire broadcast satellite service provider DirecTV for nearly $50 billion. Shareholders are set to receive $95 per share under the terms of the merger, including $28.50 per share in cash and… Read More »

Apple eyeing Beats Electronics for $3.2 bn

Apple eyeing Beats Electronics for $3.2 bn (via AFP) Apple is eyeing a $3.2 billion buyout of Beats Electronics, the firm founded by rapper Dr. Dre that makes headphones and other audio products, in what would be Apple’s biggest acquisition yet, news reports said. A deal could be reached as early as next… Read More »

Is Halo 5 going to be an open world shooter?

Is Halo 5 going to be an open world shooter? (via Lazygamer) If I tell you that there is a huge open world shooter coming later this year you would be forgiven for thinking that I’m talking about Destiny. But it’s actually the Destiny developers’ old game that is rumoured to be going open world. According… Read More »

Facebook Has Lots of New F8 Toys for Developers

Facebook Has Lots of New F8 Toys for Developers (via Dice News in Tech) At this year’s F8 conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company’s internal motto had shifted from “Move fast and break things” to “Move fast with stable infrastructure.” That new motto, while nowhere near as catchy… Read More »

Steer clear of Internet Explorer, warn international CERTs

Steer clear of Internet Explorer, warn international CERTs (via The Inquirer) UNITED STATES and UK computer emergency response team (CERT) security outfits have warned users to avoid Internet Explorer (IE) until Microsoft manages to fix its latest problem. Microsoft has already told its users to take care, but has not released… Read More »

Galaxy S5 drop claims put to the test

ONE OF THE Samsung Galaxy S5's standout features is the fact that it boasts IP67 certification, which means as well as being resistant against dust and water, it should withstand a fair few drops. More specifically, the Galaxy S5 should withstand 38… Read More »

China tech giant Huawei condemns ‘NSA spying’

China tech giant Huawei condemns ‘NSA spying’ (via AFP) Chinese telecoms and Internet giant Huawei condemned the US National Security Agency on Monday after reports revealed the organisation had been secretly tapping the company’s networks for years. The New York Times and Germany’s Der Spiegel said on Saturday… Read More »

Microsoft Hoping to Bring Xbox Live to All Mobile Games and Platforms

Microsoft Hoping to Bring Xbox Live to All Mobile Games and Platforms (via BestTechie) Microsoft is reportedly developing a new branch of Xbox Live, its popular gaming network for online play and media distribution. This new branch will act as a platform for extending the service into the mobile space, allowing more smartphones (and their… Read More »

How to foil the NSA and GCHQ with strong encryption

How to foil the NSA and GCHQ with strong encryption (via The Inquirer) “Ye are many – they are few.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley THE MOST INTERESTING DEVICE shown at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week was the secure Blackphone developed by Silent Circle and Geeksphone. The Blackphone features anonymous search… Read More »

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