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BlackBerry cuts jobs worldwide as it consolidates businesses

May 24, 2015 | 12:41 am | Euan Rocha, Anannya Pramanick, Reuters

Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd is cutting jobs across the world, the company said, as it consolidates its software, hardware and applications business.

Microsoft, Salesforce talks fell through on pricing — CNBC

May 24, 2015 | 12:33 am | Devika Krishna Kumar, Amya George Tharakan, Reuters

Microsoft Corp and Inc held “significant talks” this spring but failed to agree on a price, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Adult online dating site reports data security breach of member information

May 23, 2015 | 10:41 pm | Victoria Cavaliere, Reuters

An online dating site for adults seeking sexual trysts has been hacked, potentially compromising the personal information of some of its 64 million members, the company said.

NBI promises no more long queues with new online system

May 22, 2015 | 4:20 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has vowed that Filipinos may no longer have to suffer through long queues for getting their NBI clearance with the implementation of its new online system.

Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations

May 22, 2015 | 4:09 pm | Maria Tsvetkova, Eric Auchard, Reuters

Russia’s media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws and a spokesman said they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules.

Worldwide Chromebook sales set to reach 7.3 million units in 2015 — Gartner

May 22, 2015 | 3:30 pm | Lehar Maan, Reuters

Market research firm Gartner Inc estimated 7.3 million Chromebooks would be sold this year, helped mainly by demand from the education industry.

Most security questions not so secure according to Google

May 22, 2015 | 8:44 am | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

Many online users are using security questions that are easy pickings for a determined hacker to guess based on their cultural affinity, such as guessing that an English user’s favorite food is… well, pizza.

VR WORLD | Eye-tracking tech makes virtual reality hands-free

May 21, 2015 | 5:14 pm | Reuters video,

The world’s first eye-tracking virtual reality headset lets users interact with the environment just by looking at it.

Young tech workers driving NYC real estate demand

May 21, 2015 | 4:04 pm | Reuters video,

Jesse Keenan, of the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia, talks about the rising demand for landmark buildings by tech companies, competing to attract young workers in New York City.

Over P5.2-B in govt cash assistance disbursed via Smart eMoney in 2014

May 21, 2015 | 3:55 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

Over P5.2 billion in cash assistance from the government has been disbursed to various beneficiaries in the country last year using the platform of Smart eMoney, Inc. as the financial conduit.

MIND-BENDING TECH | Amputees control bionic legs with their thoughts

May 21, 2015 | 8:54 am | Amy Pollock, Reuters

Amputees can control their bionic prosthetic limbs with their minds, thanks to tiny implanted surgically placed in a patient’s residual muscle tissue.

Huawei stakes claim in ‘Internet of Things’ market with new operating system

May 21, 2015 | 8:35 am | Gerry Shih, Reuters

China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s biggest telecommunications equipment maker became the latest tech giant to present its own take on the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT).

Apple, Android app makers cool to Microsoft overtures

May 20, 2015 | 6:52 pm | Bill Rigby, Reuters

Microsoft’s plan to make its new version of Windows a mobile hit by letting it accept tweaked Apple and Android apps has met an obstacle: some of the software developers the company needs to woo just aren’t interested.

New technology to expand wind energy

May 20, 2015 | 6:29 pm | Zheng Qihang, Liu Shuai, Xinhua

The next-generation of larger wind turbines can unlock previously untapped wind resources in regions about one-fifth of the United States, making wind energy capable of generating electricity in all the 50 U.S. states.

Davao inmates turn to renewable energy to improve their lives

May 20, 2015 | 5:58 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

Inmates at the Davao City jail have now turned to renewable energy to have their meals cooked quickly with solar-heated water.