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Sep 3 2014 1:20AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German internet service provider United Internet said on Wednesday it had agreed to acquire buyout group KKR's 74.9 percent stake in cable group Versatel for about 586 million euros ($769 million) in cash.

Sep 3 2014 1:19AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Google Inc's partnership with three Indian phone makers is set to rev up fast-growing demand for lower priced smartphones, and spell more trouble for Samsung Electronics which is rapidly losing share in emerging markets.

Sep 3 2014 1:01AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - Baidu Inc launched on Wednesday a service that helps retailers advertise on the smartphones of nearby users as China's dominant search engine company expands its location-based technology to drive growth.

Sep 2 2014 10:48PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Google Inc said a research team led by physicist John Martinis from the University of California Santa Barbara will join the company to start a project to build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics.

Sep 2 2014 10:46PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

There's a good chunk of the world that still hasn't bought a Mac for various reasons despite their love of iOS devices, but Apple is taking steps to make sure they remain connected to their Apple files regardless of which machines they're forced to use. Today, the Cupertino company sent out invitations to members of AppleSeed (Apple's pre-release software-testing program) to try out the beta iCloud for Windows, which includes access to iCloud Drive.

The great thing about this for those of us who have to use a Windows machine for day-to-day work is that it means that Apple files will now be accessible regardless of whether you're running an iPhone, an iPad, or an Acer notebook. There's one small catch: if you're an AppleSeed member who wants to take part in the beta, you'll have to have a machine that's capable of running at least Windows 7.

Apple first announced iCloud Drive back at WWDC in June, touting it as one of the key features in the upcoming release of iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite. iCloud Drive has been a part of the testing process for those services for some time now, but todays announcement marks the first time that it's been extended to Windows users.

iCloud Drive resembles existing cloud-based services such as Dropbox, Box, and Google's own Google Drive suite of apps, and you'll reportedly be able to drag and drop a file from either Mac OS X, iOS, or Windows and see it pop up on another system immediately. Apple plans to have pricing tiers for the service, along with a separate CloudKit service catering toward developers that has higher storage allowances and data transfer limits.

And in the wake of all of the concerns about iCloud's safety? Let's hope the Cupertino company can keep data safe when exposed to Microsoft's comparatively vulnerable system.

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Sep 2 2014 10:44PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has often displayed uncanny timing, with its well-orchestrated end-of-year iPhone releases. But the leak of racy celebrity photos in the past few days put the company in the unusual position of having to mend its image just days before a highly anticipated Sept. 9 product launch.

Sep 2 2014 10:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Sep 2 2014 9:18PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has often displayed uncanny timing, with its well-orchestrated end-of-year iPhone releases. But the leak of racy celebrity photos in the past few days put the company in the unusual position of having to mend its image just days before a highly anticipated Sept. 9 product launch.

Sep 2 2014 8:35PM EST | Source: Geek.com
pebble-steel-smartwatch
By the end of this year, we are going to be drowning is smartwatches. Some of them are going to be square, some round, but all of them will be fighting to convince […]

Sep 2 2014 8:16PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

The essentially spotless reputation of Apple's widely used iCloud service was dealt a serious blow this weekend when word emerged that several celebrities discovered that private photos of themselves had made their way onto the Internet at large. Word emerged yesterday via NBC News that Apple is working closely with the FBI to investigate the leaks, but this morning the Cupertino company claimed the leaks weren't really iCloud's fault. Instead, it was the fault of weak passwords.

Apple outlined its findings in a press release. It reads: "We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source. Our customers' privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords, and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud(R) or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved."

The leak most notably affected Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, and celebrities such as Kate Upton, Kristen Dunst, and Mary E. Winstead also reported leaks. Other celebrities (or their representatives) — such as Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, and gymnast McKayla Maroney — claimed that the photos circulating about on sites such as Reddit were fakes. Apple yesterday reported that it was "actively investigating" the reports. Nat Karris, speaking for Apple, said merely that "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report."

Suspicions about iCloud's weaknesses emerged after a tool on Github was discovered that could allow some users to enter multiple passwords without getting locked out due to a flaw in Find My iPhone. The press release suggests that this wasn't the case. The news is especially bad for Apple is it emerged just on the eve of the company's highly anticipated September 9 event, which is rumored to focus on two new iPhones and (maybe) the long-rumored iWatch. Other rumors suggest that Apple might be on the verge of finally announcing mobile payment plan, which could pose problems since the service is almost certainly connected to iCloud.

Apple's press release also offered advice as to how to avoid such break-ins in the future. "To protect against this type of attack," it says, "we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification." Apple stated that it is continuing to work with law enforcement officials "to help identify the criminals involved."

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Sep 2 2014 7:48PM EST | Source: Geek.com
QX1
Sony has had some success with its line of mirrorless cameras using the E-mount lens system for both casual and more serious photographers. However, the QX10 and QX100 add-on lenses for smartphones have […]

Sep 2 2014 7:11PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

The MacBook Air has really come into its own with later revisions and price cuts, which is why, despite being an amazing computer, it’s mildly disappointing that the mid-2014 model is a very minor refresh, with just two significant changes. The processors are a mere 0.1GHz faster: now 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPUs are used throughout the range, replacing the 1.3GHz chips inside the mid-2013 models.

Perhaps more significantly, the prices are down by $100 across the range, including both the entry-level 11-inch and 13-inch models, and the high-end versions that boast 256GB of storage. Everything else about them is the same, but since they were already outstanding, and the price drop brings the entire range below $1,200, this is hardly an indictment.

As you’d expect, benchmark results are barely changed from last year. Testing the higher-end models in each of the screen sizes, we found our Cinebench rendering tests crept ahead by a few points and battery life was 20-35 minutes longer. Whatever the model, you can still use an Air all day on a single charge.

While the current MacBook Air is undoubtedly excellent, rumor has it a new Retina version is coming soon. Could it make more sense to wait for that, even though it’s likely to be more expensive? Or maybe look for a clearance model from the 2013 range, which is likely to be even cheaper than the price-dropped 2014 line, and only marginally slower? Whichever you buy, you’re getting an incredible machine.

The bottom line. The MacBook Air gives amazing portability and all-day battery without compromising on power.

Review Synopsis

Product: 

MacBook Air (mid-2014)

Company: 

Apple, Inc.

Contact: 

Price: 

$1099 (11-inch), $1199 (13-inch)

Positives: 

Outstanding battery life. Extremely portable. This 2014 release gets a price cut.

Negatives: 

Is a Retina model coming soon that could render this one obsolete?

Sep 2 2014 6:22PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The week before a crucial launch of its new iPhone, Apple Inc said intimate photos of celebrities including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence were leaked online through the apparent hacking of individual iCloud accounts.

Sep 2 2014 6:20PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A German regional court has issued a temporary injunction against Uber, the fast-growing, U.S.-based online chauffeur service which is no stranger to legal challenges from taxi-cab rivals and regulators around the globe.

Sep 2 2014 6:18PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - TouchTunes Interactive Networks, a digital jukebox company that lets customers pick songs they want to hear in restaurants and bars, is exploring a sale that could fetch roughly $500 million, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Sep 2 2014 6:13PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - United Technologies Corp unit Pratt & Whitney has sued a titanium supplier for fraud, after questions over the material led Pratt to briefly suspend delivery of its engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Sep 2 2014 5:59PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Travel management and expense software maker Concur Technologies Inc is exploring sale of the company and has approached Oracle Corp and Germany's SAP SE, Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Sep 2 2014 5:45PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The week before a crucial launch of its new iPhone, Apple Inc said intimate photos of celebrities including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence were leaked online through the apparent hacking of individual iCloud accounts.

Sep 2 2014 5:36PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X utilities such as Terminal, Apple’s command line application. These easy hacks can make life better and simpler, and don’t require any knowledge of coding — all you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!

The Mac prides itself on keyboard shortcuts. For almost every command, there is an equal keyboard shortcut that can provide an action faster. Being familiar with the keyboard shortcuts on your Mac will help you navigate and work faster. In this how-to, we present to you five command that will change your life once you start using them. They're simple to use, easy to remember, and can make using your Mac even faster. Continue reading for the full details.

1. Quick Delete

Deleting a file can be a little time-consuming as you drag the file from the Finder window to the Trash, and then empty your Trash by either right-clicking on the Trash, or using the menu item in the Finder menu.

This process can be a bit quicker with this keyboard shortcut. After clicking on a file in the Finder, press Command + Delete to cause the file to be immediately sent to the Trash.

To further speed up the process, you can empty the Trash by pressing Command + Shift + Delete, then pressing return when the confirmation dialog is displayed. Pretty nifty, huh?

2. Instant Dictionary

Sometimes we just need to know the meaning of a word while we're writing an article or using iMessage. Fortunately, OS X includes a built-in dictionary, and, since OS X Tiger, it has also included a keyboard shortcut to make finding the meaning of a word much easier.

Simply place your mouse over a word in a text field, and then press Command + Control + D. When you do this, you'll see a popover appear above or below the word that displays the dictionary meaning.

If you're having a hard time getting the word to select, then highlight the word with your mouse cursor, then try the steps above again. Click anywhere outside of the popover (or press the Esc key) to have it dismissed.

3. Special Characters

When typing, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to include an accent mark on a certain letter, or perhaps use another special character. OS X has your back in this situation.

To easily access special characters while typing, simply press and hold down a key that contains an alternative character. Similar to iOS, you'll see a popover appear that allows you to select an accent mark or another alternative to the pressed character.

4. Paste and Match Style

If you've ever copied and pasted text from a website into a text document, then undoubtedly you've had to reformat the text to match the styling of your document. This can be a bit of a pain if you copy and paste a lot of text.

To ensure that the style isn't kept when pasting text into your document, you'll want to use the Command + Option + Shift + V command. This command means to "Paste and Match Style." This command is invaluable, but often forgotten about, or unheard of by new Mac users.

5. Secret Menu Bar Options

This is a hidden trick that will leave you wondering how you've ever lived without it. The majority of Apple system icons in the menu bar have a secret life: By option-clicking them, you can get even more information, and access hidden features.

One of our favorite tools is the volume icon in the menu bar. Clicking on it normally would just reveal a single line volume control to adjust the volume output; however, if you hold down the Option key and click it, you'll see many new options that you'd normally have to go digging through System Preferences to get access to. This shortcut can let you have access to settings for output and input devices, without ever leaving your currently active application.

Try this little trick with other system icons to see what you can find.

Follow this article's author, Cory Bohon on Twitter.

Sep 2 2014 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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