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  • Microsoft phones infringe patents, rules judge; ban threat looms 4 hours 57 minutes ago

    New York: Microsoft Corp lost a round in a potentially costly patent battle when a US International Trade Commission judge on Monday found that the software giant used InterDigital Inc's technology in its mobile phones without permission. The judge, Theodore Essex, said that Microsoft infringed two wireless cellular patents owned by...
  • You don't really need an antivirus app for your Android phone: Google 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Most of you may have an antivirus app installed on your Android phone, but you actually don't need one. Explaining how secure Android devices have become, Google's lead engineer for Android security, Adrian Ludwig, says that the company often scans for malware and has become so proficient at...
  • Logitech moves away from computer mouse that helped build the company 4 days ago

    Frankfurt: Gadget maker Logitech International SA said quarterly operating profit fell 34 per cent on steep currency declines and shrinking demand for accessories like the computer mouse on which it built its global brand name. Nonetheless, strong demand for newer music and video accessories helped profits to come in higher than...
  • BlackBerry to extend its smartphone-level security to Internet-connected devices 6 days ago

    Toronto: BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it is launching a new certificate service that will help bring the security level it offers on smartphones to a slew of devices from cars to smart meters. Certicom, a subsidiary of BlackBerry and an industry pioneer in elliptic curve cryptography, announced a new offering...
  • BMW launches Google Glass-like wearable that flashes messages, navigation and parking tips to drivers April 15, 2015

    New York: Those who love the BMW MINI, here is another reason to go for it -- the German carmaker has unveiled an eye-wearable device like Google Glass that helps MINI drivers receive messages, get navigation tips and get to park their vehicle with ease. The eyewear features a built-in camera...
  • Google Android Lollipop OTA update bricks Nexus 7, Nexus 5 April 12, 2015

    New Delhi: As Google started rolling out its software's latest version, Android Lollipop, onto more devices, users have flocked its forums complaining about devices becoming unusable following the Android OTA update. Several people have reported that their Nexus 7 devices bricked after updates to various versions of Android Lollipop. Some of...
  • Less than one per cent of Android devices affected by harmful apps: Google April 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Latest data collected by Google has revealed that less than one per cent of Android devices have been affected by harmful app installations, including app downloads outside the official Google Play store, last year. The data was collected through a feature called Verify Apps which checks locally installed apps...
  • Two New York City women arrested in alleged bomb plot April 2, 2015

    New York: Two New York City women have been arrested in an alleged conspiracy to build a bomb and wage a "terrorist attack" in the United States, according to a federal criminal complaint made public on Thursday. Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, devised a plot to target police, government...
  • Chromebit: Google launches a new dongle that turns any display with an HDMI input into a computer; priced under $100 April 1, 2015

    New Delhi: Google has announced a new addition to its line of products- the Google Chromebit- a Chrome OS-based device that packs in itself the core specifications of a standard Chromebook and is likely to cost less than $100. Unveiled alongside Google's new lineup of low-cost Chromebooks, the Chromebit is made...
  • Windows 10 Mobile preview to be now available on most Windows Phone devices March 29, 2015

    New Delhi: As the official release of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 OS grows closer, the company has decided to extend its preview or test build to many more phones. The company's Operating Systems Group team has added code to the next test build of Windows 10 Mobile that will be...
  • A new wearable device that helps visually impaired avoid collision March 27, 2015

    New York: Researchers have developed a wearable device for the visually-challenged people that can help them avoid a collision. People who have lost some of their peripheral vision, such as those with glaucoma, or brain injury that causes half visual field loss, often face mobility challenges and increased likelihood of falls...
  • Microsoft Office will be free for devices under 10.1 inches March 26, 2015

    New Delhi: In a bid to clearly demarcate 'personal' and 'professional' experience, Microsoft has announced that its Office suite will continue to be free on smaller screens measuring under 10.1 inches. Kirk Koenigsbauer, the corporate vice president for the Office 365 Client Apps and Services team, said that 10.1 inches is...
  • Microsoft expands partnerships with leading device manufacturers to offer services across platforms March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: As part of its cross-device strategy, Microsoft has begun expanding its partnerships with leading device makers in a bid to further its services on more consumer devices. On March 23, Microsoft formally announced that it was expanding its partnership with Samsung and under the refreshed policies, Android smartphones by...
  • Google not giving up on Glass, readying it for users: Eric Schmidt March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Even as the sales of the debut version of Google Glass-the controversial wearable gadget- have been stalled for now, Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has said that the company isn't abandoning the project. Google had stopped selling its hi-tech Internet-connected eyeglass and shut down its Explorer program earlier this...
  • Car with alcohol testers in the making; won't let you drive if you are high March 22, 2015

    New York: Researchers are working on an in-built blood alcohol level tester that can prevent people under its influence from driving. The team at the University of Michigan studied the impact of installing these alcohol ignition interlock devices in all newly-purchased vehicles over a 15-year period. Their estimates of injury prevention and...
  • OnePlus expected to launch a gaming device in April March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: After dropping a hint about its new product category at MWC 2015, OnePlus now comes up with a detailed post teasing the launch of its upcoming device under a new product category. "It's been a little over a year since OnePlus was founded, and while we launched with our...
  • Here's why batteries powering your phones, laptops are unlikely to cause you any major harm March 5, 2015

    New York: News on Tuesday that major U.S. airlines are no longer going to ship powerful lithium-ion batteries might lead some to fret about the safety of their personal electronic devices. Those people can relax. A kitchen grease fire or drunk driver is more likely to harm you than the battery powering...
  • Apple is the biggest 4G smartphone, tablet vendor in India: Report March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: iPhone maker Apple has emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in the country with a market share of 45 per cent in October-December period, CyberMedia Research (CMR) today said. According to the research firm, over one million LTE devices, including smartphones, tablets and data cards were shipped...
  • Indian Medical Device Industry urges government to rationalise inverted duty structure February 19, 2015

    New Delhi: As Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will table the Union Budget 2015-16 on February 28, people across industries are having high hopes from the Narendra Modi government and are also laying down their demands. The $5 billion Indian Medical Device Industry has urged the government to implement to take...
  • Young Indians prefer mobile over TV, radio for news and entertainment February 19, 2015

    Kolkata: Young Indian consumers are preferring mobile devices over traditional media like television and radio for information, current affairs as well as source of entertainment and this trend is poised to surge in the coming years, a private telecom operator said. According to mobile service provider Tata Docomo, which recently conducted...
  • The first non-Sony Vaio laptops are hybrid devices that can be tranformed into tablets February 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Vaio is back with two hybrid devices - Vaio Z and Vaio Z Canvas - which can be turned into tablets. The Vaio Z is the company's new flagship and features a 13.3-inch screen, SSD, fifth-gen Core i7 processor, and an aluminium carbon shell body. The ultrabook features a...
  • Is Google developing a body odour busting device? February 16, 2015

    London: Tech giant Google has been awarded a patent for a body odour busting device which releases fragrances to keep the user smelling fresh. The wearable 'fragrance emission device' includes several sensors that can detect the physical activity of the user. These sensors would also detect a rise in temperature and moisture,...
  • Budget 2015: Medical device manufacturers seek import duty concession February 15, 2015

    New Delhi: Medical device manufacturers have sought import duty concessions in the next budget to be unveiled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely on February 28. The Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AIMED) has also sought a blanket ban on 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in brown-field projects....
  • Mobile apps as good as wearable devices to track physical activity February 11, 2015

    Washington: Smartphone apps can track an individual's physical activity just as accurately as wearable devices, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found. Researchers tested 10 of the top-selling smartphone apps and devices in the US by having 14 participants walk on a treadmill for 500 and 1,500 steps, each twice (for...
  • Google Glass to be redesigned from scratch: Report February 9, 2015

    New York: If you thought the eye-wearable device Google Glass is dead, think again! The new team at Google Glass wants to "redesign the product from scratch and not release it until it is complete", says a New York Times report. Glass is now overseen by Ivy Ross, a jewellery designer...
  • Apple to invest $2 billion to convert sapphire plant into data centre February 3, 2015

    Bengaluru: Apple said it plans to invest $2 billion to convert a failed sapphire glass plant in Arizona into a data centre. Apple teamed up with GT Advanced Technologies Inc, to set up the plant in Mesa in 2013 to manufacture scratch-resistant sapphire screens for Apple devices. But GT Advanced filed for...
  • Google to stop Glass sales; looks to redesign device January 16, 2015

    San Francisco: Google will stop selling its Internet-connected eyewear to consumers until the company can develop a more polished and affordable version that's less likely to be viewed as a freakish device. The sales moratorium on the nearly 2-year-old "Explorer" edition of Google Glass goes into effect January 19. The decision...
  • Mi Box mini: Xiaomi unveils a small media streaming device that fits like a power adapter January 15, 2015

    New Delhi:Xiaomi, alongside the Mi Note phablet, also launched the Mi Box mini - a small set-up box for ¥199 ($32). This streaming device is 1/4 the size of Mi Box and fits like a power adapter. It comes packed with Cortex-A7 quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB Flash. It also...
  • Apple sued for being deceptive about storage space January 3, 2015

    San Francisco: Apple faced a lawsuit accusing it of promising more available storage space than it actually delivers in iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices. The suit filed early this week in US District Court in Northern California argues that while Apple touts 16 gigabytes of digital storage on lower price...