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Fail fast, but learn quicker: How to take chances without risking tech disasters

4 hours 3 min ago

Taking calculated risks is a key part of using technology for business advantage: but how do tech leaders try new stuff without risking everything?

How to send encrypted messages to iOS, Android devices for free

4 hours 12 min ago

While Silent Circle's encrypted devices and services look tempting, there are now end-to-end encryption services on the market available without spending a cent.

Skeptical Audi returns to electric sports cars

4 hours 14 min ago
By Andreas Cremer BERLIN (Reuters) - More than two years since abandoning electric cars, Audi has returned with the R8 e-tron, in a move that looks more like an attempt to keep its options open than a full conversion to the technology. Audi, the flagship brand of German carmaker Volkswagen , has been reluctant to embrace the technology, arguing it was better to make diesel cars cleaner or focus on hybrids that combine a combustion engine with battery power. It wasn't enough, and Audi dropped the concept in 2012, the year rival Tesla's Model S came out with double the range. Audi came 18th last year in a survey of Europe's 20 top-selling brands' average CO2 output, auto industry forecaster JATO said on Tuesday.

Israel's TowerJazz to produce sensors for Intel's 3D cameras

4 hours 19 min ago

TowerJazz has won a contract from Intel Corp to produce infrared sensors for Intel's 3D cameras, the Israeli chip manufacturer said on Tuesday. The 3D cameras installed on laptops recognize gestures, enabling users to control their computers with hand and head movements. The technology was developed by Intel's Israeli subsidiary close to TowerJazz's manufacturing plant in northern Israel. Avi Strum, general manager of TowerJazz's CMOS image sensor business, said the technology has numerous potential uses, such as the ability for the likes of cooks or car mechanics to operate a computer with gestures rather than having to touch it with dirty hands.

Apple overtakes Samsung in global smartphone sales for the first time since 2011

4 hours 20 min ago

Apple overtook Samsung to become the number one smartphone retailer in the fourth quarter of 2014, knocking the South Korean giant off the top spot for the first time since 2011, according to new figures from Gartner. Worldwide smartphone sales saw a record fourth quarter, totaling 367.5 million units. "Samsung continues to struggle to control its falling smartphone share, which was at its highest in the third quarter of 2013," says Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.

Intel details new processors aimed at cracking the mobile market

4 hours 25 min ago

The chipmaker reveals more about its new chips that will power smartphones, phablets, and tablets.

12 companies leading the way in digital health

4 hours 29 min ago

Digital health is one of the most popular verticals in tech right now. Here are 12 companies doing super innovative research and offering revolutionary services.

MWC 2015: Intel unveils new Atom x3, x5, x7 mobile processors

4 hours 35 min ago

After announcing new brand levels, the company provides more details about the first chips that will fall under each category.

Why you should absolutely consider Microsoft’s new Lumias over any cheap Android phone

4 hours 39 min ago
Microsoft on Monday unveiled two more mid-range Lumia devices, which will be available for incredibly low prices. Even though they’re not the Windows Phone flagships we’re still waiting for, doesn’t make them any less interesting. In fact, they might be better smartphone choices than similarly priced Android handsets. FROM EARLIER: Check out Microsoft’s brand new Windows 10-ready affordable Lumia phones The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL aren’t as exciting as the Galaxy S6 edge or the iPhone 6, but they come packed with secret ingredients that might make them more valuable than your average affordable Android handset. Microsoft is smartly bundling these devices with some of its products many smartphone users might need on a regular basis, including, Office, OneDrive

IBM launches three more iPad apps in Apple partnership

4 hours 45 min ago

IBM has launched three new apps to help enterprise clients better serve their customers.

BlackBerry to launch new touchscreen slider device

4 hours 56 min ago

BlackBerry is set to launch a new touchscreen slider device this year, bearing similarities to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

Gazon: Mobile malware outbreak strikes Android devices

5 hours 7 min ago

AdaptiveMobile has uncovered a new mobile malware campaign which uses phone contacts to spread.

Ikea brings wireless smartphone charging to its furniture to defeat 'cable mess'

5 hours 18 min ago

Sweden's Ikea has released furniture with Qi standard wireless charging to do away with those smartphone cables.

Alibaba's Ma says to provide requested documents to Taiwan government

5 hours 19 min ago
By Faith Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding will provide Taiwan with the information required about its business, Executive Chairman Jack Ma said on Tuesday, after the government ordered the Chinese e-commerce giant to withdraw from the island within six months. Ma told reporters in Taipei that Alibaba's mistake was the "lack of sufficient communication" with the Taiwanese authorities. Earlier, the company said it had set up its Taiwan branch in accordance with regulations "at the time". "We fully understand the requests that Taiwan has made this time," Ma told reporters.

Taiwan orders Alibaba withdrawal after rules violation: official

5 hours 19 min ago

By J.R. Wu and Faith Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan has ordered Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to withdraw from the island within six months because the online retailer had violated investment rules required for a Chinese company, an economics ministry official said on Monday. Alibaba has been fined T$120,000 ($3,824) and must withdraw or transfer its holdings from its operation in Taiwan, Emile M.P. Chang, acting executive secretary for the Investment Commission, told Reuters. The commission falls under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and has authority over the review of Chinese investments in Taiwan. China deems Taiwan a renegade province and has not ruled out the use of force to take it back, particularly if the island makes a move toward independence.

BlackBerry outs touchscreen Leap, teases slider BlackBerry

5 hours 20 min ago

The company also plans to release a second Porsche edition device and another keyboard BlackBerry later this year.>

Daimler sees opportunity from convergence with tech firms

5 hours 20 min ago

By Edward Taylor GENEVA (Reuters) - German car and truck maker Daimler is not afraid of new competitors from the technology and telecoms industries, Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said on Tuesday. "There is tremendous opportunity in the convergence of the West Coast tech industry and the auto industry with its huge technological depth," Zetsche said at the Geneva auto show. Asked if Daimler would be open to new forms of cooperation with the likes of Apple and Google, Zetsche said they were already cooperating on several levels. "I don't think next year in Geneva we will talk about the Apple and Google car." Daimler was still pushing the electric car, and there may be an opportunity to build a large luxury electric vehicle since Tesla had proved there was a market for it.

Aston Martin crossover may deepen Daimler partnership

5 hours 20 min ago
By Laurence Frost GENEVA (Reuters) - Aston Martin on Tuesday announced plans for a luxury crossover SUV that may draw more heavily on its partnership with Daimler, as the British sports car maker confirmed moves to raise more capital and expand into new vehicle categories. Aston has secured about 150 million pounds ($230 million) in additional funding, Chief Executive Andy Palmer said in an interview at the Geneva car show before unveiling an electric DBX concept car prefiguring the new vehicle, expected by 2019. Palmer said Aston's main shareholders, private equity groups Investindustrial and Investment Dar of Kuwait, had agreed to back the capital hike and range expansion first reported by Reuters in December. He acknowledged that the future production SUV model could use a four-wheel drive architecture from 5 percent shareholder Daimler, which is already supplying Aston with electronics and V8 engines from its AMG performance division under a 2013 deal.

Samsung's big power play is packed in a small chip

5 hours 26 min ago

Jack Wallen is ready to eat his words with regards to the demise of Samsung as a powerhouse smartphone manufacturer. A new chip could be just what the once-giant of the industry needs.