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Apple may use Beats to change its rhythm toward music streaming

May 19, 2014

Apple may use Beats to change its rhythm toward music streaming

Over a decade ago, the late Steve Jobs pulled one of his trademark reality-distorting maneuvers, browbeating music label executives into selling songs on Apple Inc.’s nascent iTunes digital store for a mere 99 cents apiece. Now it is Apple that is being forced into ...

Monster hits continue to survive the Internet age

May 18, 2014

Monster hits continue to survive the Internet age

by Jennifer Rankin

A monster lays waste to America’s cities, smashing skyscrapers and tearing up passenger trains. It’s the familiar tale of Godzilla, a mutant lizard last seen rampaging through cinemas in 1998 and now back on the big screen. Godzilla, which was made for an estimated ...

May 17, 2014

Russia launch ends in embarrassment

A rocket carrying Russia’s most advanced communication satellite to date fell back to Earth minutes after liftoff Friday in the latest blow to the country’s space industry. Space officials said the Proton’s control engine failed 545 seconds after its blastoff from the Baikonur space ...

May 17, 2014

Net giant buys smartphone sign translator

Google has bought a startup whose software allows smartphone users to wave the device at road signs, menus and newspapers in a foreign language and get an immediate translation, Google said Friday. The purchase of Quest Visual means the technology used in its Word ...

Apple, Google call truce in patent war

May 17, 2014

Apple, Google call truce in patent war

The technology titans behind the top two smartphone platforms in the world called a truce Friday in a long-running patent war. “Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies,” the companies said in a ...

New eyewear tells you when to take a break

May 16, 2014

New eyewear tells you when to take a break

by Minoru Matsutani

Driving when drowsy is dangerous and staring at a computer monitor for extended periods can cause eyestrain. Wouldn’t it be great if your glasses told you when to take a break or warned you when your eyelids were getting heavy? Jins Meme actually will ...

U.S. FCC proposes new 'net neutrality' rules

May 16, 2014

U.S. FCC proposes new 'net neutrality' rules

U.S. regulators on Thursday advanced a “net neutrality” proposal that would ban Internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to websites but may let them charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery of their traffic to users. For the next four ...

Miami looks to become America's next tech hot spot

May 6, 2014

Miami looks to become America's next tech hot spot

Famed for its beaches, cruises and cafecitos, South Florida is now angling to become one of the next U.S. tech hot spots by leveraging its role as the gateway to Latin America and luring northern entrepreneurs with cheap living costs and lots of sun. ...

May 3, 2014

Google is sued for abuse of market power

Google has been sued for allegedly abusing its market power by forcing makers of handheld devices that use its Android operating system to also provide its applications. Google’s requirements that manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics adopt less popular applications in order to use consumer ...

Apple, Samsung infringed patents

May 3, 2014

Apple, Samsung infringed patents

A jury has awarded Apple $119.4 million, far less than it demanded, in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smartphone features — and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung’s patents. Friday’s ...

Japan, EU to hold cyberspace talks

May 3, 2014

Japan, EU to hold cyberspace talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Union leaders will agree at a summit in Brussels on May 7 to launch a dialogue to boost cybersecurity, according to a draft of a statement that is expected to be issued after the meeting. With China as ...