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Google Stops Showing Authorship In Search Results

Google today announced that it has stopped showing the names of authors in its search results.<p>The company first started showing authorship on its search results pages a few years ago. At first, this was a pretty complicated process (I remember a Google engineer walking me through it back then), but …

Sony quietly starts selling Digital Paper E Ink tablet online

Sony's Digital Paper E Ink e-reader/tablet hybrid has now been made available to buy, directly through the Sony website, as well as from the licensed resellers through which the tablet started being sold in May, Good E Reader has reported.<p>Sony has also updated its web page for the tablet to expound …

Apple's next iPhone event confirmed for September 9th

We've been hearing rumblings about an iPhone 6 event next month for some time now, but Apple has made it official: the company's next affair will indeed be held on September 9th. While there aren't the usual clues as to what we can expect -- the invite merely states "Wish we could say more" -- the …

Google's Project Wing is a secret, drone-based delivery system

Google has been working on self-driving cars for some years now, but the company has just revealed that it is working on yet another ambitious and autonomous vehicle project. According to the BBC and <i>The Atlantic</i>, the secretive Google X team has been working for two years on Project Wing, a …

Apple's iWatch May Not Launch Until 2015

Apple may be planning to delay the launch of its iWatch until 2015, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Echoing several past reports that have also alluded to a 2015 launch date, Kuo suggests that difficulty manufacturing the device will lead to its postponement.<p>We …

Twitter's going to show you popular tweets whether you like it or not

The experiment is now a reality<p>Seeing tweets from people you don't follow, and that aren't retweets? That's no longer an experiment, but a feature, Twitter says. A new change to the service is surfacing tweets from users people aren't following, something Twitter suggests will make things "more …

Google Brings Android 360-Degree Photo App to iPhone

Google tries to make sure its most popular Android apps are also available to iPhone users, but not everything makes the cut.<p>Now Google's Photo …

IBM Builds a Chip That Works Like Your Brain

The potential: A computer that can not only see and hear, but understand what's going on around it.<p>Can a silicon chip act like a human brain? Researchers at IBM say they’ve built one that mimics the brain better than any that has come before it.<p>In a paper published in the journal Science today, IBM …

The Robots Are Coming, but Are They Really Taking Our Jobs?

A new study shows experts are split on whether artificial intelligence will boost—or decimate—the economy.<p>Here's what we can agree on: The robots are coming. They're coming to your house, to your doctor's office, to your car, and to your favorite coffee shop. By 2025, technologists believe …

Samsung faces Chinese and Indian mobile challengers

<b>The times are changing. And so are the preferences of smartphone users in the world's two biggest markets - India and China.</b><p>Theses changes do not bode well for global market leader, South Korea's Samsung Electronics.<p>Recent industry figures have shown that during the second quarter of the year, …

Mobile

Leaked iPhone 6 photos show larger screen, rounded edges

Pictures leaked to technology website TechRadar add fuel to the rumours that Apple's forthcoming smartphone will have a larger screen<p>New leaked photos of the iPhone 6 reinforce rumours that Apple's forthcoming device will have a larger screen, slimmer frame and rounded edges.<p>The photos, leaked to</b> …

Researchers pack more signal into ultra low-power Wi-Fi gadgets

What if a dead phone could send text messages? What if smartwatches could send WiFi signals without using up all their battery power? That's the idea behind backscatter wireless devices, which reflect ambient wireless signals instead of generating the signals from scratch. That's a lot easier on …

Skully's Android-powered smart motorcycle helmet goes up for pre-order

If you take your motorbike rides seriously enough to want a smart heads-up display in your helmet, you can now do something about it. Skully has just launched a crowdfunding campaign for its Android-powered head protector, now named the AR-1; plunk down $1,399 and you should be one of the first to …

EA's Xbox One subscription service launches today

EA's new subscription service is now available to Xbox One owners. After launching in beta at the end of July, the publisher has today opened up EA Access to everyone who owns Microsoft's new console. The service gives you unlimited access to select EA games for $4.99 a month or $29.99 per year, …

Three Reasons The Surface Pro 3 Is Struggling

The Surface Pro 3 is an exceptionally-designed, and well-engineered piece of hardware. Microsoft developed a number of innovative features that set the Surface Pro 3 experience apart from pretty much anything else out there, and the device truly lives up to the marketing tagline, “The tablet that …

Here, Take My Business Card With Built-in USB Drive

Young professionals who are fed up with LinkedIn, and who dislike the limitations imposed by traditional paper business cards, may find the best of …

Microsoft Launches $25 Nokia Handset With no Internet Service

Microsoft may be dropping Android and doubling down on its Nokia Lumia phones running Windows — but that isn't the company's only mobile focus. Nokia …

Mobile phone companies have failed – it's time to nationalise them

Nationalisation is a taboo among the political and media elite, its mere mention guaranteed to provoke near-instantaneous shrieks of "dinosaur!" and "go back to the 1970s". Imagine the Establishment's horror, then, when a succession of recent polls found that nearly seven out of 10 Britons wanted …

Savers could pay death tax while they are still living

Government wants to stop wealthy people benefiting from complicated schemes that allow them to dramatically reduce the amount they will owe after their death.<p>Savers could be forced to pay inheritance tax while they are still alive, under a new drive against tax avoidance planned by the …

Energy industry 'over-regulated', say former regulators

<b>Five former energy regulators have suggested that too much regulation may have hindered competition among energy suppliers, maintaining high prices.</b><p>They suggest that since 2008 regulation has been too aggressive.<p>The former regulators include Stephen Littlechild, head of electricity regulation from …

Tariffs

Companies planning to hire staff at fastest rate in 16 years

Rate at which businesses plan to take on staff surges according to research by accountancy group BDO<p>British companies plan to hire new staff at the fastest rate in 16 years, according to new research from accountancy group BDO.<p>The BDO Employment Index, which measures businesses’ hiring plans for …

Markets Down After Recap Tayyip Erdogan Wins Turkey Presidential Vote

Turkish stocks slipped along with the lira as Recap Tayyip Erdogan was chosen as the country's first directly elected president.<p>Erdogan's victory, …

Dollar strengthens as global tensions ease

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — The U.S. dollar edged up against the Japanese yen and the euro on Monday as investor concerns about geopolitical conflicts …

Britain’s billionaires who never went to university

These British entrepreneurs shunned university and set up shop instead - earning billions in the process. We chart how they did it<p>While an ever-increasing number of school leavers are going to university, these British billionaires prove that a degree isn’t the key to financial success.<p>There are …

Why first time buyers are still piling into a hot housing market

Lending to first time buyers hits record levels, as the desire to own a home negates high house prices and looming interest rate rises<p>Mortgage lending to first-time buyers has hit a seven-year high as the group continues to pile in to the housing market, despite high property prices, according to …

Heathrow and Gatwick bosses clash over rival expansion plans

Executives at Heathrow and Gatwick have clashed over rival expansion plans after both airports seized on record passenger numbers as justification for building new runways.<p>Heathrow said July had been its busiest ever month, with just under 7 million passengers travelling through its terminals, an …

British banks fall behind in European race

Analysis of lenders in Europe shows those in Spain, Italy and France have seen their stock market values soar in the last year<p>Britain's banks are still among the biggest in Europe, but their positions are slipping, according to an analysis from financial information company SNL Financial.<p>Despite …

Exclusive - GlaxoSmithKline faces fresh drug bribery claims in Syria

LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) faces new allegations that it bribed Syrian doctors and officials to boost sales of its medicines, following recent accusations of corruption in its non-prescription business in the country.<p>A logo of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd company is pictured …

UK is now the self-employment capital of western Europe, says IPPR report

Britain is dubbed the self-employment capital of western Europe in a report published on Tuesday that feeds concerns over the strength of the UK's economic recovery.<p>Figures from the IPPR thinktank show that the growth in self-employment in the UK has been the fastest of all western European …