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Facebook blow as EU court quashes transatlantic data deal

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 17:33

Facebook and other Internet giants could be barred from sending European citizens' personal information to the US after the EU's top court on Tuesday struck down a key transatlantic data deal in the wake of the Edward Snowden scandal. The landmark verdict stemmed from a case lodged by Austrian law student Max Schrems, who challenged the 2000 "Safe Harbour" agreement between Washington and Brussels on the grounds it did not properly protect European data. After declaring Safe Harbour "invalid," the European Court of Justice said authorities in Ireland, where Facebook has its European HQ and where Schrems lodged the case, now had to decide whether transfers of data to Facebook in the United States should be suspended outright.

GE's Immelt on software strategy: 'Why not us?'

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 17:32

General Electric Jeffrey Immelt pitched CIOs on the company's software ambitions, plans to recruit a few of them and using its industrial knowhow to take on the likes of IBM and other application giants.

RunZoo game aims to foster Mideast peace through kids

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 17:21

A diverse team of developers wants Israeli and Palestinian kids -- and children in other conflict zones -- to find common ground through the shared experience of cooperative gaming.

Microsoft unveils its first laptop, the Surface Book

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 17:17

The company introduced the Surface Book, the Surface Pro 4, new Lumia phones, and Xbox One and HoloLens updates.

10 must-have IT budget items

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 17:13

If you're staring at your IT budget and wondering what can stay and what can go, consider these 10 critical items that should remain.

Apple is acquiring a new photo-recognition startup

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 17:09

Siri may be about to get smarter in the way it handles photos. Bloomberg reported yesterday that Apple has acquired the machine-learning startup Perceptio, founded by two experienced AI researchers. It's the kind of technology that would be useful in building a counterpart to Google Photos' recent image-scanning features, although it would be providing the features without leaning on Google's outside servers or databases.

Facebook dealt privacy blow as US-Europe data-sharing pact declared illegal

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 17:08

A ruling by Europe's highest court puts the social network and thousands of other companies in a tough spot over how they handle user data.

After public spat with T-Mobile, AT&T gets FCC waiver to offer Wi-Fi calling

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 17:07

It doesn't support teletype services (TTY) for the deaf and hard of hearing very well, which the FCC generally requires of wireless networks. In its place, AT&T wants to deploy real-time text (RTT), which it says is faster, richer, and generally better than TTY — a decades-old technology.

Starbucks names Adobe alum Martin-Flickinger CTO

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 16:59

Gerri Martin-Flickinger will become Starbucks CTO after being CIO at Adobe. She will oversee Starbucks' technology roadmap and IT organization.

Porsche is rejecting Android Auto for the most hilariously predictable reason

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 16:45
Pardon the pun, but Apple and Google are on something of a collision course in the car space. While Google has been refining and expanding upon its self driving car initiative for quite some time now, rumor has it that Apple is also looking to make a big play in the automotive space, perhaps as early as 2019. Even today, Apple and Google are duking it out over the smart software that helps transform everyday automobiles into full fledged drivable computers. Apple of course has CarPlay while Google has its own competing Android Auto platform. DON’T MISS: Microsoft made the ultimate laptop: the Surface Book Over the past year or so, Apple and Google have been locked in an ongoing battle

Adobe shares tumble on revised 2016 revenue forecast

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 16:45

The creative software giant expects revenue of $5.7 billion and earnings of $2.70 per share, below a consensus of $5.93 billion and $3.19 per share.

Russia orders Google to stop preinstalling its own Android apps

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 16:30

Russian competition authorities give Google until November 18 to reverse contracts requiring phone makers install its apps.

Microsoft's Panos Panay is pumped about everything (2012–present)

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 16:27

The creator of the Surface, Panos Panay, is pumped. About what, you may ask? Everything, we say. More specifically, you may request? Alright, fine, we relent. What follows is a small sample of things Panos Panay has been pumped about over the last three years:

Airbnb's next big push? China

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 16:27

Many of the top tech titans have faced roadblocks in China, but the CEO of the home-rental marketplace says he believes his company can be different.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 hardware event in 9 minutes

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 16:24

Microsoft debuted new phones, a new tablet and a Surface Book. They even threw in some augmented reality for good measure. Here's the highlights from the hardware event.

Take 9 minutes to watch Microsoft's best product unveiling in years

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 16:23

Earlier today, Microsoft pulled off its best tech event in literally years, exciting the group of Windows enthusiasts (and impressing the press) with a cavalcade of hardware announcements. It's that last one that has everybody talking — Microsoft finally made a laptop, and at first blush it seems like a really good one. Microsoft's Panos Panay found a way to make even the nerdiest specs relevant and, dare we say, interesting.

Adobe forecasts 2016 profit, revenue below estimates

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 16:19

(Reuters) - Adobe Systems Inc forecast 2016 revenue and profit below estimates, sending its shares down 8 percent in after-market trading. The Photoshop maker said it expects full-year revenue of about $5.7 billion, well below the average analyst estimate of $5.93 billion. Adobe forecast an adjusted profit of $2.70 per share. Analysts on average estimate $3.19, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The company's shares were down at $78.30 after closing at $85.15 on the Nasdaq on Tuesday. (Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)