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Apple’s MacBook gets a Skylake speed boost, 8GB of memory, longer battery life and a Rose Gold finish

Apple’s single-port-wonder MacBook gets a mid-season upgrade today with faster processors, better graphics, faster internal memory and an hour more of battery life today. You can also get Apple’s Rose Gold finish on a Mac for the first time ever, if that’s your sort of thing.<p>The technical nuts of …

Yahoo's bidding price could get a big boost because of a business it has nothing to do with

Yahoo has no role in running Yahoo Japan whatsoever. But as part of the deal, Yahoo also signed a royalty agreement to collect 3% of Yahoo Japan's gross profit every year. That royalty payment was worth about $90 million last year alone.<p>Until now, most people didn't pay much attention to the Yahoo …

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Amazon and Flipkart are speechless after India announces new foreign investment rules

The Indian government has clarified its policy for foreign direct investment (FDI) in the fast-growing e-commerce sector. And the new policy seems to have left some of the large incumbents dumbstruck.<p>India has allowed 100% FDI in online retail consumer businesses that operate as …

India

Apple patent reveals stackable Smart Connector plugs and possible MagSafe Lightning cable

The Smart Connector Apple introduced on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and used again on the latest 9.7-inch model, may become more capable over time. An Apple patent granted today reveals possible plans to allow multiple devices to be simultaneously connected to the port, using stacked …

Magnetism

FBI’s war with Apple shows how little control we have over our privacy

The now well-known and increasingly long-running battle between Apple and the FBI over the unlocking of an iPhone is over. Or, it is for now.<p>But with the FBI reportedly getting access from a third-party, leading to a request to withdraw the case, there are unanswered questions about the security of …

Edward Snowden

Google, Amazon, Microsoft To Support Apple In Court

A growing list of tech giants is vowing to file friend-of-the court briefs, defending Apple's position that the company should not be forced to hack into a confiscated iPhone.<p>The FBI's battle with Apple over an encrypted iPhone has inspired a legal alliance in Silicon Valley. Next week, Microsoft …

Microsoft is buying a company that’s key to its cross-platform future

Microsoft today says it's acquiring mobile app development startup Xamarin for an undisclosed sum, giving the company a tool for building mobile apps that can work across iOS, Android, and Windows phones. Xamarin, which has 15,000 customers including large brand names like Coca-Cola and JetBlue, …

Google's new AI can determine image location without geotags

Have you ever looked through your photo library and tried to determine where an image was taken without any additional detective work? It’s not always an easy task.<p>Today, MIT Tech Review details a new project led by Tobias Weyand, a computer vision specialist at Google. The project breaks photos …

Artificial Intelligence

Morgan Freeman is lending his voice to Google's GPS navigation system

Morgan Freeman is finally a GPS navigation voice.<p>The actor will be lending his reassuring voice to Google's app Waze. Well, for a limited time.<p>It's all a bit of marketing magic for his new movie "London Has Fallen" (out March 4). In the movie, he plays the vice president, so when you select Freeman …

Morgan Freeman

63% Of Companies Operating In The Cloud Can Develop An App In 3 Months Or Less

• 79% of IT teams are currently developing apps for customers, partners and employees.<br>• 68% of CIOs predict they will spend more on mobile applications, cloud migration and security in the next two years.<br>• 56% of IT leaders are experiencing a skills gap in data engineering.<br>• IT leaders list cloud migration …

Engineering

'Passive Wi-Fi' uses 10,000 times less energy

Wi-Fi is a surprisingly brutal energy monster; as an increasing number of devices rely on constant connections to cloud services, its draw on global …

Microsoft starts downloading Windows 10 automatically through Windows Update

Software update upgraded to ‘recommended’ status, meaning those with automatic updates set will see it downloaded in the background and a request to install Windows 10 over Windows 7 and 8<p>Microsoft has followed through with its plans to push adoption of Windows 10 by downloading it in the …

Google reveals how much it paid the guy who bought Google.com last year

Is this a dad joke? This is a dad joke<p>Last October, ex-Google employee Sanmay Ved somehow managed to purchase "google.com" from Google Domain when the company apparently forgot to renew its domain name. Although he only owned it for about a minute before Google reversed the transaction, Ved …

Oracle's finally killing its terrible Java browser plugin

Oracle is taking the final step to rid the web of its terrible Java browser plugin. While the plugin started off life back in the '90s as an innocent way to bring app-like features to browsers, in recent years it has been a headache to users and IT admins struggling to fight against its mountain of …

Brazil

Google Drive and Gmail are down [Update: Fixed!]

If you use Google’s Drive storage as the hub for all your documents, images and everything else in your digital life, then it’s probably pretty frustrating that problems with the service are preventing some people from accessing any of their files.<p>Reports of an issue with Drive surfaced on Twitter …

Google