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Microsoft to announce major layoffs later this week — report

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella needs an editor, according to investor and former tech executive Jean-Louis Gassée.<p>Today, we have a report that seems to confirm Gassée’s interpretation about Nadella’s true message: Winter is coming.<p>Gassée critiqued the long-winded, 3,100-word strategy memo …

This 'invisible security layer' for your Dropbox files now lets you email attachments without fuss

Google's Chromecast streamer learns some cool, new tricks

SAN FRANCISCO — Google announced at Google I/O today that its $35 Chromecast streaming device has added some new features that are sure to please its users.<p>The most important new feature is the ability to mirror any images or video from your phone to your TV set. This can be done with one touch in …

mCube raises $37M to prepare the way for the Internet of Things

In its third round of institutional financing, mobile sensor-maker mCube has announced that it has raised $37 million.<p>The company’s existing investors, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, MediaTek, iD Ventures America and DAG Ventures, all participated in the financing round. Additionally, new …

Supreme Court holds that privacy rights apply to cellphones, police need a warrant to search

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock/BernardaSV<p>In addition to its decision in the landmark Aereo case, the Supreme Court also handed down a …

Google I/O protesters heckle at developer event

<b>Google has announced a raft of new services and products at its annual developer conference - but its event was twice interrupted by protesters.</b><p>One woman held up a sign reading "develop a conscience", while another shouted that the firm was creating "machines that kill people".<p>The yearly Google I/O …

Augmented Reality

Microsoft predicts a grim future if the government keeps collecting data illegally

We’re facing a “bleak” future if more isn’t done to protect individuals’ private data. That’s what Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith said today.<p>Smith has implemented a months-long public campaign to pressure Congress into taking significant steps toward reserving a user’s right to his or her …

Consumers willing to pay more for iPhone with a larger screen

Shoppers are willing to pay more money for an iPhone with a larger screen, new research has found<p>Consumers are willing to pay more money for an <b>iPhone</b> with a larger screen, according to new research.<p>Half of 4,000 shoppers looking to upgrade their phone in the next three months said they were …

Google upgrades Glass with double the memory, battery boost

On the eve of I/O, Google unveils new Glass innards with 2GB of RAM and 15 percent longer battery life.<p>Google is still keeping up in the air the eventual release date of a consumer model for Glass, its controversial head-mounted display that first debuted on the face of co-founder Sergey Brin at …

Google reveals first Android Wear watches to go on sale

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1087000/1087961_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1515069162_b2df681a62e170e961262e8d4318b571<p><b>Google has announced the first smartwatches powered by its Android Wear operating system are now available for pre-order.</b><p>The LG G Watch and …

Panasonic 4K-Capable FZ-1000 Superzoom May Be the Sony RX10’s Worst Nightmare

Late last night Panasonic added an exciting new camera to the superzoom category. Dubbed the Lumix FZ-1000, a more accurate name might have been …

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West Africa needs to look at partially decriminalising drugs, says thinktank

West Africa Commission on Drugs calls for radical policy rethink to curb regional instability caused by narcotics trade<p>West African governments must treat drugs as a public health issue and consider partial decriminalisation to stop the region becoming "a new front line in the failed "war on …

Sony’s new $99 PlayStation TV box could be key to its TV service plans

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Sony<p>Sony (S SNE) announced a new $99 gadget at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles Monday that could play an interesting role …

Obama Announced Student Loan Changes--What it Means for Borrowers

At $1 trillion and counting, President Barack Obama is taking executive action in effort to ease the student loan debt crunch.<p>The president announced Monday the expansion of 2010’s “Pay as You Earn” program that caps some graduates’ repayments at 10% of their monthly discretionary income. The …

NCAA To Pay Athletes $20 Million in Dispute Over Video Game Images

The NCAA said it reached a settlement Monday to pay $20 million to former and current student-athletes who claim the organization used the their …

Home Is Where The Money Is for Medicare Advantage Plans

<b>This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.</b><p>Some of the senior citizens who called Arizona insurance agent Denise Early wondered why their Medicare Advantage health plans were eager to send a doctor to …

Health Care

Revealed: Asian slave labour producing prawns for supermarkets in US, UK

Thai 'ghost ships' that enslave and even kill workers are linked to global shrimp supply chain, Guardian investigation discovers • Trafficked into slavery on Thai trawlers to catch food for prawns • Thailand's seafood industry: state-sanctioned slavery? • Ask your questions - live chat as it …

Few benefit from Obama's student loan program

Amid great fanfare, President Obama on Monday announced plans to help more graduates tackle student loan debt.<p>However, the number of students that will benefit is like a drop in the bucket.<p>"We're probably not going to have many new borrowers saying: I'm going to qualify for this," said Mark …

BP loses another round in its battle to stiff oil spill victims

Oil giant<p>BPthis week extended its .000 batting streak in its effort to kill its own settlement in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, losing a bid to have the Supreme Court halt payments to spill victims while it stretched out its appeal.<p>The court's ruling was as terse as it gets, a single …

Deepwater Horizon

The Richest Of The Rich Get Richer

The world’s richest 1% had a banner year in 2013, propelled by robust equities performance in developed economies and healthy GDP growth in emerging markets. Global private wealth jumped 14.6%, reaching a total of $152 trillion, and disproportionately enriched the wealthiest investors, according to …

World's forced labour laws to be tightened, says ILO

<b>For the first time in 84 years, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will this week decide on reforms to its convention on forced labour.</b><p>This is a global practice in which millions of workers live in a form of modern slavery.<p>They are handled as property and are forced to work in industries …

Globalization

Amazon stops taking pre-orders for 'Lego Movie' in dispute with Warner Bros.

Another high-profile Amazon vendor has apparently found itself at the mercy of the company's aggressive pricing tactics. The <i>New York Times</i> reports that Amazon has stopped taking pre-orders for upcoming Warner Home Video offerings including <i>The Lego Movie</i>, <i>Winter's Tale</i>, and <i>Transcendence</i>, among …

Warner Bros

Assassins Creed 3 FUNNY MOMENTS Gameplay (Hunting Animals, Rioting, Pinching Bums and MORE!)

Netflix is making sure customers know whom to blame for slow, grainy video

When online video stutters, buffers, or won’t play altogether, people get irritated—and Netflix has started encouraging its customers to blame their internet service providers for the substandard performance.<p>The screenshot above was captured by Yuri Victor, a designer at Vox Media, as he tried to …

Net Neutrality

Hey, Google fans: Chrome is about to get a whole lot faster on iOS

After artificially dominating the iOS browser war for years, Apple just leveled the playing field.<p>Two years ago, Google launched Chrome for iOS. Yet, despite topping the charts in free app store downloads, Google hardly left a dent in the iOS browser market; that’s because Apple requires all iOS …

Xbox One Ups Its App Ante With Vine, Twitter, HBO Go

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it will be adding 45 new apps to both its Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles.<p>Some of the major new additions …