Samsung says Microsoft deal invites 'charges of collusion': filing
By Dan Levine (Reuters) - Samsung said its collaboration with Microsoft on Windows phones raised antitrust problems once Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia's handset business, according to a court filing. The filing late on Thursday stems from Microsoft Corp's lawsuit accusing Samsung Electronics Co Ltd of breaching a business collaboration agreement. The lawsuit, filed earlier this year in a New York federal court, says South Korean smartphone company Samsung still owes $6.9 million in interest on more than $1 billion in patent royalties it delayed paying. ...
UBS cannot arbitrate vs Nasdaq over Facebook IPO: court
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided U.S. appeals court rejected UBS AG's bid to force Nasdaq OMX Group Inc to arbitrate a dispute over the exchange operator's alleged "catastrophic mismanagement" of Facebook Inc's $16 billion initial public offering. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Friday said UBS' agreement with Nasdaq to help make a market for Facebook shares did not entitle the Swiss bank to arbitration, in its effort to recoup more than $350 million of losses. ...
Pirate Bay co-founder sentenced to 42 months in jail in Denmark
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A co-founder of the Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was sentenced on Friday to three and a half years in prison, in what the prosecutor called Denmark's biggest-ever hacking case. Gottfrid Warg, 30, also known under his hacker alias "Anakata", was found guilty of hacking into the mainframe of IT provider CSC in Denmark, accessing the Danish Civil Registration System and local police's criminal register in 2012. When sentencing, the Court of Frederiksberg in Copenhagen said the attack was systematic, intensive and took place over a long period of time. ...
Leaner Sony gains smartphone lift despite its own mobile malaise
By Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp posted a smaller than expected second-quarter operating loss on Friday, hailed by its finance chief as proof that the Japanese group's restructuring program is paying off. The company said the reduced operating loss was due in part to rising sales of image sensors to smartphone manufacturers, though the poor showing from its own Xperia phones weighed heavily on results. ...
Samsung Electronics seeks China comeback with first metallic smartphones
By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled two mid-tier handsets with a premium design as it prepared to deliver a riposte to its low-priced Chinese rivals and reclaim its title as the top brand in the world's biggest smartphone market. Samsung's smartphone woes began late last year and persisted through July-September, with its global market share down on year for the third straight quarter and its profit scraping at a three-year low. ...
Tencent teams up with IBM to offer business software over the cloud
BEIJING (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Friday it would collaborate with International Business Machines Corp (IBM) on a new cloud software business for corporate customers, a marked departure for one of the dominant forces in China's consumer Internet industry. Best known for its popular WeChat messaging app and its online games rather than business software, Tencent said its cloud unit would now target small and medium enterprises in the healthcare and "smart city" industries. ...
HP's MB Chronowing smartwatch is more watch than gadget
Earlier this year, HP announced a collaboration with fashion designer Michael Bastian for a new smartwatch that would appeal to more than just nerds. Online retailer Gilt will selling the new watch this coming Friday and The Wall Street Journal has gotten a first look at the device. According to the Journal, the MB Chronowing will be available with leather, rubber, or nylon straps for $349, or with a crocodile strap and sapphire-glass crystal for a heftier $649.
This iPhone App Uses Your Health Metrics to Tell You When You’ll Die
Happy Halloween! We’re all going to die someday! At least that’s the conceit of a new $1 iOS app called Deadline. It culls information from Apple’s brand new wellness data center, HealthKit, asks you a few basic questions, and then crunches some numbers to tell you how long you’ll live.
Video: Kodak’s answer to GoPro lets you take spectacular 360-degree action videos
As awesome as GoPro cameras are, we don’t think we’ve ever seen them film anything as spectacular as what we see in a new demo video for Kodak’s new Pixpro SP360 Action Cam. The new camera features a 16-megapixel sensor that has a full viewing range of 360 degrees and lets you film in 1080p video. This 360-degree viewing range is crucial because it allows the camera to be used in several different modes that let you take stunning panoramic videos, including a Ring mode, a Dome mode, a 360-degree Panoramic mode and a Globe mode. MORE AWESOME VIDEOS: Incredible GoPro video shows what it’s like to hunt from the perspective of a lion In addition to these features, the
Sony's quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes
TOKYO (AP) — Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink.
You can download the newest version of Outlook for Mac right now
Microsoft on Friday announced that it plans to release a new version of Office for Mac next year, with a beta version to be launched in the first half of 2015 and the full release set for the second half of the year. The company also announced that Mac users can now download a new Outlook for Mac version, as long as they’re Office 365 customers. FROM EARLIER: Leak may reveal release details for next-gen Office for Mac and Android The company said it is focused on Office for smartphones (iPhone, Windows Phone and Android) and tablets (iPad and Windows) following the Office 365 release, but it won’t ignore Office for Mac. “Continuing our commitment to our valued Mac customers, we
Hungary's Orban shelves Internet tax after demos
Hungary's prime minister on Friday shelved plans to introduce an Internet tax that had sparked major demonstrations and further concerns about civil liberties in the EU member state. Proposed changes to the tax code that would have imposed a new levy on online data transfers "cannot be introduced in its current form," the right-wing Viktor Orban, 51, said in a morning radio interview. The proposed Internet tax was seen by Orban critics as the latest step to silence dissent, particularly since Hungarians have to go mostly online to find news that doesn't toe the government line. The European Union has criticised the proposed legislation, with a spokesman for EU digital commissioner Neelie Kroes calling it a "particularly bad idea" and "part of that pattern of actions which have limited freedoms" in Hungary.
Why I don't finish most video games
My friends keep venting to me about the ending of Shadow of Mordor, the new video game set in the Lord of the Rings universe. Shadow of Mordor, for all its flaws, is an excellent adventure, one of the better video games I've played this year. The game's story, while passable, wasn't enough to pull me to the finish line.
Amazon explains one reason the Fire Phone was a massive flop
When it comes to the Fire Phone, Amazon made several huge mistakes that were easy to spot at the time of the phone’s release. Now Fortune reports that Amazon is owning up to one of them, as Amazon exec David Limp tells the publication that the device’s initial $200 on-contract price was way too high, especially for a company like Amazon that is known for offering killer deals. RELATED: Amazon’s Fire Phone might be an even bigger flop than we imagined “We didn’t get the price right,” Limp said of the phone’s limp sales. “I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations. We thought we had it right. But we’re also willing to say,
BlackBerry adds ephemeral messaging to BBM
Proving that it has its finger on the pulse of popular culture, the smartphone maker is bringing a Snapchat-style disappearing text and photos feature to its messaging app.
'One Minute to Midnight' turns political uprisings into a real-time strategy game
It didn't exactly create a genre, but Papers, Please — a game about immigration and bureaucracy that puts you in the role of a border guard — and other projects by its creator Lucas Pope exemplified a particular style of socially aware game. George Ing's One Minute to Midnight, which won Edge Magazine's Get into Games challenge this summer and was rediscovered by Rock Paper Shotgun earlier today, evokes a similar feeling. It's a miniature real-time strategy game set during a violent revolution in 2029, and you might describe the overall aesthetic as Occupy Wall Street by way of Sim City.
Microsoft just announced some great free Xbox games for November – here are the details
The Xbox One holiday release schedule is officially in full swing. Sunset Overdrive, one of the console’s biggest exclusives so far, launched to great reviews just days ago, and now Microsoft is preparing its latest selection of Games with Gold titles for the month of November. As always, the free Xbox One title will be available all month, but the two Xbox 360 games will trade out halfway through the month. Following up on the success of the ID@Xbox game Chariot in October, Microsoft is reaching back into its indie program to find another gem for Xbox One owners. This time around it’s Volgarr the Viking, a 16-bit hack-and-slash platformer that was originally funded on Kickstarter back in 2012. Two years later, it’s making
The next Amazon smartphone will be cheaper
Despite its name, the first Amazon handset has failed to set the world on fire, and according to a company executive, it's because at $200, the phone was simply too expensive.
The Droid Turbo’s battery is just as beastly as you expected
Verizon and Motorola earlier this week unveiled a brand new Droid-branded Android handset, the Droid Turbo that packs monster specs and equally impressive battery life. The handset packs a gigantic 3,900mAh battery that Motorola says can deliver up to 48 hours of “mixed usage” including standby time, and Phone Arena just proved that the Droid Turbo is the king of the hill when it comes to battery life. FROM EARLIER: Preview: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo In its continuous usage battery test it uses for all smartphones and tablets, the publication found the Droid Turbo offered the best battery life by far. The handset lasted for 10 hours and 42 minutes, besting the
Microsoft releases new Outlook for Mac, other Office updates coming in 2015
There's a reason Microsoft's latest version of Outlook for OS X leaked before the rest of its Office suite: the email client is ready, but other apps like Word and PowerPoint aren't quite finished yet. Today Microsoft is launching a brand new Outlook for Mac, and Office 365 subscribers can download it right now. The company is promising "improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel that is unmistakably Microsoft Office," and says this refresh brings Outlook on OS X closer in line with what users of the PC, web, and iPad Office apps have come to expect.
Facebook just created a new Tor link for users who wish to remain anonymous
Facebook just took the surprising step of adding a way for users of the free anonymizing software Tor to access the social network directly. Tor is an open source project that launched in 2002 to provide a way for people to access the internet without sharing identifying information such as their IP address and physical location with websites and their service providers. People who download the free Tor software can visit websites while keeping the actual location of their computer and its make and model secret.
Low Latency 113: Bro band
Out of nowhere, Microsoft debuted a fitness tracking smartwatch called the Band. At first glance, it's kind of awesome.>
'The Colbert Report' gets a date for its final episode
The Colbert Report has a date for its final episode. The show, a spin-off of the long running comedy news program The Daily Show, features the character "Stephen Colbert" played by the comedian of the same name. Stephen Colbert, the character, is a pompous, boisterous, loudmouth inspired initially by the conservative talk show hosts on FOX News, though the character now parodies all types of political talking heads.