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CYBER INSECURITY | Smart gadgets from guns to cars ripe for hacking

August 2, 2015 | 11:04 am | Glenn Chapman, Agence France-Presse

Hackers are not just after your computer: connected devices from cars to home security systems to sniper rifles are now targets for actors looking to steal or cause mischief.

Apple, BMW in courtship with an eye on car collaboration

August 2, 2015 | 10:50 am | Edward Taylor, Julia Love, Reuters

BMW and Apple may rekindle a courtship put on hold after an exploratory visit by executives of the world’s top maker of electronic gadgets to the headquarters of the word’s biggest seller of premium cars.

Finally, Windows 10 is here and it’s free

July 31, 2015 | 7:18 pm | Iñigo Jordana,

Microsoft launched their latest version OS — Windows 10. And for a specific time, it’s free upgrade for those already using genuine Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 on their PCs and tablets.

SULTANS OF SHRINK | Packing more chips into smart wearables

July 31, 2015 | 4:09 pm | Michael Gold, Reuters

The latest chapter in the miniaturisation of increasingly smart consumer electronics lies in the hands of chip packagers, an indispensable group of firms whose role in the supply chain alone is worth $27 billion.

Japan’s Sharp to exit US TV market

July 31, 2015 | 3:57 pm | Ritsuko Ando, Reuters

Japan’s Sharp Corp on Friday announced it was exiting the TV business in the Americas to shore up its finances, after booking a deeper-than-expected quarterly loss on weak smartphone display sales.

NO END IN SIGHT | Oracle, Google continue legal fight over Android

July 31, 2015 | 1:13 pm | Dan Levine, Reuters

Oracle Corp’s long-running legal battle with Google Inc over Google’s Android operating system for smartphones and other devices probably will not proceed to another trial until the middle of 2016.

Google rejects French demand over global right to be forgotten

July 31, 2015 | 11:10 am | Agence France-Presse

Google on Thursday rejected a French demand to globally apply the so-called right to be forgotten, which requires the company to remove links to certain information about users if asked.

Globe Telecom unit wins part of DOST’s Free Wi-Fi contract

July 31, 2015 | 9:54 am | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

A unit of Ayala-led Globe Telecom has been awarded a P74.8 million contract to provide Internet connectivity to 14 provincial areas as part of the Department of Science and Technology’s Free Wi-Fi project.

Uber to invest $1 billion in India — FT

July 31, 2015 | 8:00 am | Shivam Srivastava, Reuters

Online ride hailing service Uber Technologies Inc is set to invest $1 billion in India, which will bring its investment on par with that in China, the Financial Times reported.

A FRESH START | Microsoft’s Windows 10 wins plaudits

July 30, 2015 | 11:33 am | Lehar Maan, Reuters

Microsoft Corp’s launch of its first new operating system in almost three years, designed to work across laptops, desktop and smartphones, won mostly positive reviews for its user-friendly and feature-packed interface.

Russians hackers used Twitter, photos to reach computers — report

July 30, 2015 | 11:21 am | Joseph Menn, Reuters

Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile U.S. government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts.

Mobile business environment tough — Samsung

July 30, 2015 | 11:11 am | Se Young Lee, Reuters

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd offered a downbeat outlook for the third quarter after April-June profit dropped on a supply shortage for one of its main smartphone models, underscoring continued headwinds for the tech giant.

Nokia launches virtual reality camera

July 29, 2015 | 10:06 pm | Jussi Rosendahl, Reuters

Finland’s Nokia, once the world’s largest phone maker, has unveiled a spherical camera designed for making 3D movies and games that can be watched and played with virtual reality headsets.

Microsoft launches Windows 10 with an eye on mobile market

July 29, 2015 | 9:52 pm | Lehar Maan, Reuters

Microsoft Corp launched its much-awaited Windows 10 operating system at midnight on Wednesday.

Candle power to charge smartphones

July 29, 2015 | 6:57 am | Ben Gruber, Reuters

Light a candle, fill the device with water, and you have a charger.