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Facebook pressured to refuse access to Assad campaign in Syria election

Human-rights activists have called on Facebook to refuse access to its services to the political campaign of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, ahead of tomorrow's election in the country.<p>The Syria Campaign on Monday launched an online petition, calling on the social-media giant to cut off Assad’s …

Tasmania Police issue app-based tickets

In a first for Australian Police, cops in Tasmania are ditching on-the-spot paper tickets in favour of a new app-based method of issuing infringement notices. Known as the Police Infringement Notice System (PINS), the app is the first of its kind developed specifically for tablets issued to …

Intel's next-gen 'Broadwell' chip arrives in first mobile device

Intel President President Renée James will kick off the chipmaker's activities at the Computex conference, highlighted by a debut of a next-gen "Broadwell" chip in an Intel device.<p>James will disclose the "world's first 14 [nanometer] fanless mobile PC reference design" from Intel based on the …

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Apple Clarifies its Position on Virtual Currencies

Apple has finally confirmed its position on Bitcoin and other virtual currencies after updating its App Store Review Guidelines with the following new stipulation, as noticed by TechCrunch:<p>Apps may facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies provided that they do so in compliance with …

Apple Sinks After WWDC Lacks New 'iWatch'

For Apple, the reality of new product releases rarely matches the hype.<p>While rumors swirled for months about smart watches, smart TVs, and other new hardware products, Apple revealed only software upgrades on Monday at its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Impressive software updates …

A silent MacBook Air is now possible, if Apple wants it

Intel's new Broadwell processor promises to kill the cooling fan<p>Apple dedicated much of its WWDC 2014 keynote yesterday to the introduction of new Continuity software that blurs the line between the mobile iOS and desktop OS X operating systems. Today Intel has announced a reference PC design that …

PSP stops shipping in Japan ten years after going on sale

The biggest threat to Nintendo's handheld dominance bows out<p>Nearly ten years after first going on sale in Japan, the PlayStation Portable has reached the end of the line in its home market. Sony confirmed to <i>The Verge</i> that it will stop shipping units to Japanese retailers this month, noting that it …

Will.i.am: Apple-Beats deal opens doors

Black Eye Peas pop star and Beats Electronics founding shareholder Will.I.Am discusses Apple's purchase of Beats for $3.2 bn (£2bn)<p><b>Apple</b> has bought Dr Dre's Beats heaphones company in a move that Beats shareholder Will.I.Am said will enable further development of consumer electronics.<p>He said: "I …

Sony Launches Xperia T3, 'World's Slimmest' 5.3-Inch Smartphone

Sony has announced the Xperia T3, a 5.3-inch smartphone which the company claims to be the world's slimmest in its category.<p>Measuring 150.7 x 77 x 7 …

Cloud HR Startup Zenefits Raises Another $66.5M From Andreessen Horowitz and IVP At A $500M Valuation

Well that was fast.<p>It was a little more than four months ago that Zenefits raised a $15 million Series A Round from Andreessen Horowitz to power explosive growth in its cloud-based HR platform. But the company has already gone back for more funding, raising an additional $66.5 million from return …

Meet Liva, the 'world's smallest' Windows kit PC

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- If you're a fan of small, cute computers, the Liva Kit PC from Taiwanese company ECS will float your boat.<p>At just 190g (under 7oz) and measuring 118 by 70 by 56mm (4.6 by 2.8 by 2.2 inches) the Liva can be held in the palm of your hand. In fact ECS is -- very carefully and …

Akamai signs deal with OpenDNS to make the web faster

Content delivery network [company]Akamai[/company] is still attempting to speed up the web and it has teamed up with OpenDNS to add optimized DNS …

Apple Announces Swift, A New Programming Language for iOS and OS X

Apple today announced a new programming language called Swift at WWDC, which will replace Objective C as the language developers use for building iOS and OS X apps.<p>Craig Federighi announced the new language on stage saying, “We’ve used Objective-C for 20 years, and we love it. But we wondered what …

Europe launches largest civilian robotics research program, worth $3.8BN

A partnership between private-sector robotics firms and the European Commission has been launched, aiming to out-invest the United States, Japan and …

Apple is Overhauling its Photos Offering Across iOS and Mac

Never letting an opportunity slip by to tweak its photo tools, Apple announced a new Photos app for iOS that will eventually make its way to the Mac. As revealed at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, the new Photos lets you share edits and organization across all devices with …

Cloudera buys big data encryption specialist Gazzang

Hadoop software company Cloudera has acquired Gazzang, a startup specializing in encryption software for big data environments. It’s Cloudera’s first …

Updated App Store guidelines suggest possible U-turn on Apple’s ban on Bitcoin apps

Apple may be planning a reversal of its policy of banning Bitcoin apps from the App Store. <i>Reuters</i> noted that the company has updated its review guidelines to with an admittedly vague statement suggesting that apps dealing in virtual currencies may in future be permitted.<p>Apps may facilitate …

How to protect yourself from Gameover Zeus

Thousands of Britons are infected with dangerous malware and have just two weeks to protect themselves before it attempts to empty their bank accounts, warns the National Crime Agency. Here are the simple steps you need to take now to stay safe<p>More than 15,000 people in the UK have been infected …

How activity trackers remove our rights to our most intimate data

For a company that aims to excel in making information and products clean and easy to use - and one with an eye on consumer electronic devices for lucrative markets - it makes absolute sense that Apple should exploit the trend for fitness and health data with Health, its new app.<p>Apple insisted from …

Robot butterflies made from recycled phones are slightly terrifying

A series of robot butterflies have been constructed from bits of old mobile phones, in a bid to promote recycling -- and to remind puny humans never to build a race of deadly mechanical insects.<p>The robot beasts, which were unveiled at the Natural History Museum in London, each have their own mobile …

The FDA now lets you search through America's medicinal mistakes

OpenFDA database tracks nine years of patients' adverse reactions to drugs<p>The US Food and Drug Administration has started the process of opening up its huge health databases to the public with a new initiative called openFDA. Members of the public are now able to search through nine years of drug …

Western Digital Elements 3TB external desktop drive: $94 shipped (Reg. $150)

B&H is offering the WD 3TB Elements External Desktop hard drive $94 shipped. That’s $56 under the regular price, $46 under Amazon’s current price, nearly $19 off the next best price from a trusted retailer, and within a few bucks of lowest 3TB desktop drive we’ve seen from any manufacturer.<p>It …

Apple unveils OSX Yosemite and Health kit in San Francisco - video

Apple unveils the next Mac system, known as Yosemite, and a new health dashboard with iOS 8 at the company's worldwide developers conference in San Francisco. Yosemite will make it easier for different Apple devices to work together, and OS 8 will have a built-in health-management tool to help …

Marvell outfits its chips for the internet of things

Marvell believes the internet of things will need Zigbee, Apple and voice recognition.<p>The new Marvell silicon includes a microcontroller as well as a …

Drop launches a connected kitchen scale and a rethink for recipes

The connected home is mostly about light switches and locks today, but several companies are trying to launch connected products with more of a …

Intel Bets On Surface Pro 3-Like “2-In-1” Devices

Today at the Computex event in Taiwan, Intel unveiled a reference design ‘2-in-1’ device, raising the profile of tablet-hybrids. The chip maker, increasingly betting on mobile in the face of a immiserated personal computer market, wants to grow its market share in the tablet industry.<p>The idea of a …

Android 4.4.3 brings some Gmail flair to Dialer and People apps

Factory images and binaries of Android 4.4.3 are now on Google’s servers, and the first OTAs are hitting Nexus 7 (2013) units, but what exactly does the change from 4.4.2 to 4.4.3 bring users?<p>The changelog is just the obligatory bug fixes and performance improvements, but it looks that Google took …

Radio Physics Solutions Raises £700K To Detect 3D Printed Guns

With nearly every new and truly disruptive technology comes a moral panic. 3D printers gave us 3D printed guns and other potential DIY weaponry, even if the technology remains relatively immature. Hell, so iconic is the notion of a 3D printed gun, one of the first proof of concepts was recently …