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Chipmaker Qualcomm may face EU antitrust probe: sources

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:40

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Qualcomm, the world's No. 1 mobile chipmaker, may face a European investigation related to a four-year-old complaint from a subsidiary of rival Nvidia Corp, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. An EU probe would come at an awkward time for Qualcomm, which is seeking to end an investigation by China's pricing regulator into monopoly practices. "The Commission may open a case after the summer," said one of the sources, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter. British cellphone chipmaker Icera, acquired by Nvidia Corp in 2011, took its grievances to the European Commission in June 2010, accusing Qualcomm of anti-competitive behavior.

Apple planning 12.9-inch iPad for 2015: Bloomberg

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:01

Apple Inc is preparing to roll out a larger, 12.9-inch version of its iPad for 2015, with production set to begin in the first quarter of next year, Bloomberg cited people with knowledge of the matter as saying on Tuesday. The report comes as Apple struggles with declining sales of its 10-inch and 7.9-inch tablets, which are faltering as people replace iPads less frequently than expected and larger smartphones made by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and other rivals encroach upon sales. Apple has been working with its suppliers for over a year on larger touch-screen devices, Bloomberg cited the sources as saying. Apple was not immediately available for comment.

Brilliant new GoPro accessory will let you see the world from a dog’s eye view

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:00

Love wacky GoPro videos? Well just wait until the Internet gets its hands on a terrific new GoPro accessory that lets you hook up your camera directly to your beloved pooch. The new GoPro Fetch is a dog harness that will let you securely strap on a GoPro camera to your dog’s back or around its neck, all without weighting the canine down. Once the camera is mounted, it can then be used to film footage that shows what your dog sees when it’s chasing squirrels, digging holes or sniffing at any number of disgusting things. The Fetch harness comes with two mounting slots that you can use, so technically you could strap two different cameras up to your dog

The Big Picture: a 3D-printed castle

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 21:29

Science just gave us another great reason to legalize pot

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 21:15

We’ve learned about a couple of good medical benefits to marijuana this year and now it seems there’s another one: Using medicinal marijuana makes it less likely that you’ll become hooked on painkillers. CNN reports that a new study published this in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal finds that states that have legalized medicinal marijuana have significantly fewer deaths from painkiller overdoses. FROM EARLIER: Could pot be good for your heart? In all, the study found that states that had legalized medical pot experienced around 1,700 fewer painkiller overdose deaths in 2010 than what would have happened if those states didn’t make medical marijuana legal and available. “We found there was about a 25% lower rate of prescription painkiller overdose deaths on

Does Swatch desperately need an iWatch rival?

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 20:30

Despite dismissing smartwatches in the recent past and denying that it’s working with Apple on future iWatch versions, Swatch is actually developing its own smartwatch, The Wall Street Journal has learned, hoping to better compete against the wide range of devices already available in stores — and particularly against the upcoming Apple iWatch, a looming threat for the company. Swatch’s smartwatch will be released in 2015, more than 10 years since its previous failed experience with similar devices, and is expected to integrate various new features including the “usual” fitness functions, among other things. Specific details aren’t available about the Swatch smartwatch, and it’s not clear what operating system it will run. However, analysts see Swatch as a vulnerable target for existing smartwatch makers, as the

This is not the iPhone 6

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 20:04

Netflix opposes Comcast-TWC merger in gigantic 256-page FCC petition

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:45

Netflix has filed a 256-page petition with the FCC asking the regulator to deny the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable because it would cause “serious public interest harm.” FROM EARLIER: Netflix rails against ISPs even as it agrees to pay off yet another one for better connections Netflix has defended Net Neutrality numerous times before, all the while having to ink interconnect deals with four major ISPs (including Comcast and TWC) to ensure its customers get an enjoyable movie streaming experience. In its lengthy FCC petition, Netflix explains that a Comcast-TWC giant would have huge leverage over Netflix, Hulu and other competing providers, as it would not only be in a position to charge these services fees for faster service, but also provide competing video-on-demand services

Snapchat valued at $10 bln: reports

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:08

US media on Tuesday reported that Snapchat was valued at $10 billion based on funding pumped into the startup by a powerhouse Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The valuation came from a move by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers to invest $20 million in Snapchat, according to The Wall Street Journal and technology news website Recode. A $10 billion valuation for Snapchat was a hot topic last month after unconfirmed reports that Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba was considering investing in the mobile-messaging startup.

Flappy Bird creator finds out how brutally hard the app market is

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 19:00

Last February, the world was consumed by Flappy Bird mania. The retro-looking, infuriatingly hard mobile game from Vietnam became the top app in 80 countries, generating tens of millions of downloads and a media frenzy that drove its creator to remove the app from iTunes completely. The Flappy Bird genius, Dong Nguyen, claimed the app was too addictive for some consumers and he could no longer sleep because of its gigantic success. Last week, Mr. Nguyen debuted a new game preceded by massive publicity storm. Swing Copters is even harder than its predecessor and demands absolute concentration and hours of practice — the formula that made Flappy Bird irresistible half a year ago.  But after five days, it’s already clear

AT&T merges wireless and business units led by de la Vega

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 18:38

By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is merging its wireless and business divisions into a single unit led by Ralph de la Vega, former chief executive of the company's wireless segment, a spokesman for AT&T said on Tuesday. The announcement comes as cable companies try to lure business customers away from traditional telecommunications carriers. To become a more seamless competitor, AT&T has been combining its wireline and wireless operations, including customer care and network operations. Glenn Lurie, who headed AT&T's emerging enterprises and partnerships unit, has been promoted to chief executive officer of AT&T's wireless segment, reporting to de la Vega, AT&T spokesman Brad Burns said in an email.

Apple's iOS ads are about to take over your whole screen

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 18:38

Apple's assuredly making phones with bigger screen sizes, and ahead of that, its ads are getting bigger too. Today the company announced two new ad formats for developers as part of its iAd platform: full-screen interstitial banner ads, and pre-roll videos.

8TB hard drives have arrived

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 18:32