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As iPhone sales slump, Apple’s immediate future rests with iPhone 7

NEW YORK: Ask Siri if iPhone 7 will be the answer to Apple Inc’s problems, and you’re told that a visit to Apple’s website should answer that question “and more”. If only it was that easy. Apple’s shares closed down 6.3 percent at $97.82 on Wednesday, wiping off about $36 billion in market value, a day after the company reported ... Read More »

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Awakening coming to Xbox 360

CALIFORNIA: Even though Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is only halfway onto the Xbox 360 (due to the campaign mode being removed in order to try and galvanize people to buy an Xbox One), players on the 360 will still be able to play the DLC Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Awakening soon when it comes to the ... Read More »

HTC building two Nexus phones, codenamed Marlin and Sailfish

TAIPEI: Today, various reports have surfaced on the web with details on the next Nexus smartphones. According to Android Police citing anonymous sources, the next generation Nexus handsets are codenamed “Marlin” and “Sailfish,” and are both being built by HTC. Though Android Police didn’t share its sources, the codename Marlin was actually referenced by a Qualcomm engineer in an AOSP ... Read More »

Amid talk of ‘peak iPhone’, Apple’s prospects hinge on next model

CALIFORNIA: Ask Siri if iPhone 7 will be the answer to Apple Inc’s problems, and you’re told that a visit to Apple’s website should answer that question “and more”. If only it was that easy. Apple’s shares closed down 6.3 percent at $97.82 on Wednesday, wiping off about $36 billion in market value, a day after the company reported its ... Read More »

The Lawmakers Who Control Your Digital Future Are Clueless About Technology

LONDON: It is becoming increasingly clear that Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, co-chairs of the Senate Intelligence Committee, don’t have the slightest clue about how encryption works. Good thing they’re currently pushing disastrous legislation that would force tech companies to decrypt things for law enforcement! Today Feinstein and Burr co-authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Encryption ... Read More »

China aims to boost robot output

BEIJING: China plans to triple its annual production of robots used in the manufacturing sector to 100,000 in five years, an industry regulator said on Tuesday. The target is being pursued as the country upgrades its labor-intensive manufacturing with technological innovation. China is also aiming to sell more than 30 billion yuan ($4.6 billion) worth of service robots by 2020 ... Read More »

iPhone 7 to drop headphone jack – report

CALIFORNIA: A detailed design sketch published in a Japanese magazine appear to confirm rumours the new iPhone 7 will not feature a headphone jack. Japanese Apple blog Mac Otakara has published the schematics that show the new iPhone won’t include a headphone jack at the base of the phone. Headphones connected via bluetooth or the lightening jack would be the ... Read More »

Nintendo NX Console launching worldwide in March 2017

TOKYO: Nintendo’s next console code-named “NX” will release globally in March 2017, the company announced during its latest financial earnings report on Wednesday. The only details Nintendo confirmed about the console is that the NX will feature a “brand-new concept.” Anyone looking to get more details or a view of the console will have to keep waiting. The company won’t ... Read More »

India orders panic button on mobiles for women’s safety

MUMBAI: All mobile phones sold in India from January 2017 must have a panic button enabling the user to call for help, the government has said, amid concern for women’s safety after a series of violent crimes in recent years. From January 2018, mobile phones must also have a built-in global positioning system (GPS), the ministry of communications and technology ... Read More »

Dual-camera Huawei P9 hits Polish market

WARSAW: Huawei’s dual-camera smartphone P9, its 2016 flagship model, made its debut in Poland on Tuesday. Huawei has collaborated with Leica to offer the dual-lens model, which is also equipped with the “Hybrid Focus” technology that uses up to three measurement methodologies: laser measurement, depth measurement and contrast measurement. The camera automatically selects the one that provides the best results ... Read More »

HTC Desire 830 leaked with hands-on images and specs in tow

TAIPEI: After a couple of years in the mobile wilderness, HTC finally looks armed to do battle at the top end of the smartphone market with its new flagship. As we sit and wait for the HTC 10 to hit stores, it’s easy to forget that the Taiwanese firm has been working on other devices beyond its most cherished new ... Read More »

Kingsglaive final fantasy 15 Japanese release date announced

TOKYO: In the latest Final Fantasy 15 Active Time Report, game director Hajime Tabata and Aniplex publicity producer  Toshiyuki Kanzezawa announced that Kingsglaive Final Fantasy 15 will release on July 9th in Japan. Tickets for the movie are already available for sale and those who buy tickets early will be given a free metallic A3 poster. Kingsglaive Final Fantasy 15 ... Read More »

China open to SINO-US space cooperation

BEIJING: China is open to space cooperation with all nations including the United States, the heavyweights of China’s space program said on Monday, the anniversary of China’s first satellite launch 46 years ago. “China will not rule out cooperating with any country, and that includes the United States,” said Yang Liwei, China’s first astronaut. Payload has been reserved in the ... Read More »

Fibre optic technology firm lands £1.2m investment

ENDINBURGH: Optoscribe, a spin-out from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University that specialises in fibre optic communications, has raised £1.2 million to ramp up its headcount and manufacturing capabilities. The oversubscribed funding round was led by business angel investment syndicate Archangels, which provided £825,000, supported by £325,000 from Edinburgh venture capital firm Par Equity, and £50,000 from the Scottish Investment Bank. Archangels chief ... Read More »

Huazhong University of Science and Technology Crowned the ASC16 Champion 

WUHAN:  ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2016 (ASC16) concluded in Wuhan on April 22. The event was co-organized by Inspur and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. The co-host Huazhong University of Science and Technology, won the championship and the e Prize with its extraordinary performance. Shanghai Jiaotong University was runner-up, and Zhejiang University won the Highest Computing Award. In addition, ... Read More »

Europe to bet up to €1 billion on quantum technology

The European Commission has picked a third research area where it hopes to have a major impact by spending a massive amount of cash. Research groups across the continent will receive up to €1 billion over the next 10 years to develop quantum technologies, which might be used to develop anything from faster computers and very secure communication systems to ... Read More »

Xiaomi wants you to believe the 6.4 inch Mi Max fit in your pocket

BEIJING: Xiaomi’s doing some teasing this week. The company’s upcoming Mi Max smartphone is rumored to be coming in at a ridiculous 6.4-inch form factor. Someone in their marketing department probably caught wind of some early uncertainty about its size, because they just put up this teaser: It fits! In your pocket, anyway. And you’d better hope they’re moderately-sized pockets. ... Read More »

Sony Xperia X, Xperia XA available for UK preorder

LONDON: Back at February’s Mobile World Congress event, Sony announced a new line of Xperia devices – the Xperia X range. This consisted of three models, the Xperia X, Xperia XA (showing above) and Xperia X Performance, with a different specification and price tag. The Xperia X is based around a 5.0-inch, 1080p display featuring Sony’s proprietary Trilumious technology, a ... Read More »

Facebook is going to start showing you pieces people actually read

CALIFORNIA: Facebook is changing its algorithm yet again, and this time it wants to show you more things that you’ll actually spend time reading or watching. The social network looks at a wealth of data when deciding which posts you actually see on News Feed, but until now it hasn’t cared too much about what you actually do when you ... Read More »

Facebook now supports group voice calls in Messenger for iOS and Android

CALIFORNIA: Facebook announced that it has began the global roll out for group calling support for Android and iOS devices. The announcement was made by Messenger chief David Marcus on Facebook. He stated, “Really excited to announce the global roll out of group calling in Messenger today. From any group conversations, just tap on the phone icon to initiate a ... Read More »