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Optimism and confusion in Seoul over Trump-Kim summit

Agreement welcomed in South Korea amid bemusement over war games and dismay from North Korean refugees<p>Seoul has reacted with a mixture of optimism and confusion to the historic summit between Donald Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, after the US president announced an end to joint …

Donald Trump

Foxconn buys Belkin, Linksys, and Wemo

The Taiwanese company known best for manufacturing iPhones, Foxconn, will soon be the company behind some of the best known routers and other computer accessories. A subsidiary of Foxconn, Foxconn Interconnect Technology, announced today that it would acquire Belkin, which also owns the brands …

Foxconn

Amazon lays off hundreds of employees

Amazon is laying off hundreds of employees, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.<p>The majority of the layoffs are affecting the company's Seattle headquarters, but some global teams may be affected as well, according to the source.<p>The process of notifying employees has already started, the …

Employment

Jim Carrey says users should yank their Facebook accounts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Delete your account.That's what Jim Carrey says Facebook users should do, as the actor looks to pull the mask off fake news.The …

Social Media

Apple is choosing to sit out the smart speaker race with the HomePod

On February 9, Apple will launch the HomePod, its first smart speaker. Some publications, YouTubers, and tech-focused blogs have had the chance to try it beforehand, however, and the reviews are almost all saying the same thing: The HomePod is a great speaker that doesn't really focus on being …

Artificial Intelligence

Imported smartphones could become more expensive in India

Shutterstock<p>Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, tabled the 2018 Union Budget before the Parliament on Thursday. While the budget had its own merits, it did leave many disappointed with respect to prices of imported goods such as mobile phones.<p>The Minister announced import duties will jump to …

Televisions

Everyone Hates Horrible Bosses—Except Psychopaths, Who Love Them

You’d think that a terrible, power-mad boss in the workplace would drag everyone’s spirits down. But a recent study published in the <i>Journal of</i> …

iPhone chipmaker TSMC says high-end smartphones sales will decline this year, looks to Bitcoin for growth

Apple’s sole supplier of A-series processors for iPhones, TSMC, shared today that it expects premium smartphone shipments to decrease this year. Interestingly, the chip maker says that the cryptocurrency market is what will help keep its business growing.<p>In a report from <i>Nikkei</i>, one of TSMC’s CEO’s …

Bad news: A Spectre-like flaw will probably happen again

After acknowledging a major security flaw in modern smartphone chips, the head of one of those chip design companies is delivering more grim news.<p>"The reality is there are probably other things out there like it that have been deemed safe for years," Arm Holdings CEO Simon Segars said in an …

Global auto execs question the future of electric cars, survey says

Even as manufacturers crank out more and more electric vehicles, they remain skeptical of the long-term success of purely battery-powered cars.<p>In a recent survey of auto industry executives by auditing giant KPMG, it was revealed that their outlook on the future of battery EVs was less than sunny. …

$700 Otto smart lock is the latest luxe gadget to go belly-up

Would you buy a $700 lock for your front door? Some people would -- but they may never see the lock they preordered from a tiny Silicon Valley startup named Otto.<p>Just four months after the company revealed its remarkably compact, meticulously designed Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-enabled luxury lock, CEO …

Digital Distraction - are we losing the battle against time?

Humanity is caught in a digital trap of its own creation that envelops us more tightly with each passing year and robs us of the time we need to …

Life Sciences

Apple’s head of India operations to leave company as growth slows

<i>Update: Reuters reports that Michel Coulomb has been appointed to replace Kaul.</i><p>Coulomb has worked with Apple since 2003 and was most recently the managing director for Apple in South Asia, according to his biography on professional network LinkedIn.<p>According to a new report out of <i>The Economic …

Life After Demonetization: Meet The Local Startups Driving Digitization In India's New Economy

A year ago, the Indian government withdrew more than 86% of its currency from the system, setting the pace for cashless transactions. But, demonetization did more than just cause an abrupt drop in cash availability. As payment apps began replacing cash, the nation’s migration to digital picked up …

Africa's Richest Woman Prepares Deals After Losing Oil Post

Less than a month after being fired as head of Angola’s state-owned oil company, Isabel dos Santos says she is studying new deals.<p>Dos Santos, …

Oil & Gas Industry

Moleskine's smart notebook will work with Microsoft Office

Microsoft has long sold its Surface devices on the idea that they can double as digital notebooks; laptops one minute, journals the next thanks to their detachable displays and styli. (Heck, the Surface Book has a "Clipboard" mode.) With today's Moleskine partnership, however, the company seems …

Microsoft Office

India's Infosys shares fall on media report of stake sale by founders

(Reuters) - Shares in India’s Infosys Ltd fell as much as 3.5 percent to their lowest in over a month on Friday after a newspaper reported the company’s founders were planning to sell their stakes, citing people familiar with the development.<p>The logo of Infosys is pictured inside the company's …

IT

Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation

WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.<p>“I hope you can …

Japanese Princess Mako set to marry 'Prince of the Sea'

<b>Tokyo (CNN) —</b> Japan's Princess Mako is giving up her royal status -- all in the name of love.<p>The groom-to-be is a prince himself ... of sorts.<p>The Imperial Household tells CNN plans are underway for the 25-year-old princess, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, to become engaged to Kei Komuro, also 25, …

Japan

Indian IT's planned layoffs give a glimpse of the bloodbath ahead

Automation and lack of appropriate skill sets to cater to a new world of digital will mean up to 40 percent of Indian IT's employees will be laid off …

Warren Buffett Says Artificial Intelligence Will 'Hurt' Berkshire Hathaway's Business

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett isn’t known for worrying much about technology. The legendary stock-picker has famously shunned smartphones, …

Sheryl Sandberg explains how she's coping with her husband's death, how Mark Zuckerberg has helped her, and why 'grief leave' is as important as maternity leave

Sheryl Sandberg has had a difficult two years. While she has been working as the chief operating officer of Facebook, which recently reported one of its strongest quarters ever, she was dealt a devastating blow. In May 2015, her husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly.<p>He and Sandberg were on vacation …

Microsoft Monday: More Frequent Windows 10 Updates, Halo 6 Details, Bill Gates' Trip To India

Microsoft Monday is a weekly column that focuses on updates about the Redmond giant. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about Halo 6, more frequent Windows 10 updates, responses to the replacement of Patch Tuesday Security Bulletins, the Q3 earnings results and much more!<p><b>More Frequent</b> …

The $999 Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s expensive answer to Chromebooks

Microsoft just revealed the newest Surface model and it’s aimed directly at the education market. Called the Surface Laptop, this is the notebook Microsoft hopes schools will buy instead of a Chromebooks. But unlike other Surface models, it does not run the traditional desktop version of Windows, …

India is too excited about its first high-tech train

India's first high-tech train is here.<p>The country that boasts of Asia's largest rail network and possibly the world's highest passenger traffic, will …

Sheryl Sandberg's new book a tale of grief, resilience

NEW YORK (AP) — Though perhaps best known as Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg is also a mentor, a mother, a billionaire and an author. …

Sheryl Sandberg

Uber's chief of communications is the latest to leave the company

Another day, another Uber executive leaving the company.<p>This time it's Rachel Whetstone, head of communications and policy.<p>In an email to staff, CEO …

Even after massive Yahoo bungles, CEO Marissa Mayer is set to take home millions

Yahoo’s systems have been breached so many times in the past couple of years, it’s hard to keep track of just how many users’ details have been stolen from the company. Still, I’ll give it a go: 1.5 billion in 2016, an additional 32 million that year in a separate attack and an unspecified number …

U.S. iPhone factory idea thrown into doubt by remarks made by Foxconn chairman

The idea that Foxconn might establish an iPhone assembly factory in the United States – something which had already seemed unlikely – has been thrown into further doubt by remarks made by the company’s chairman.<p>Apple reportedly asked both Foxconn and Pegatron to look into the possibility of …

Tim Cook

Marc Benioff says the ‘roaring’ market has ended Salesforce's $5 billion buying binge

And Salesforce didn't even fill its shopping cart up as much as it wanted, with a failed bid for LinkedIn (which Microsoft acquired for $26 billion) and early, but ultimately abandoned, interest in buying Twitter.<p>But the buying binge is officially over, says Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.<p>"The …

Marc Benioff