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May 29 2015 8:41AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp will file its annual report up to two months later than usual as an ongoing independent investigation into accounting irregularities will likely last until mid-July, the Japanese conglomerate said on Friday.

May 29 2015 6:09AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese industrial conglomerate Toshiba Corp said on Friday that an ongoing independent investigation into accounting irregularities was likely to last until mid-July, and that it

May 29 2015 5:43AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
HANGZHOU, China/BEIJING (Reuters) - Huarong Asset Management Co Ltd is poised to become the second Chinese bad loan firm to auction soured loans online amid a push by the government to settle these debts as the economy slows, an executive at e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said.

May 29 2015 5:09AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese construction machinery maker Sany Group, which has been impacted by a sustained market slowdown, said it is venturing into smartphones, as part of a plan to diversify away from heavy machinery.

May 29 2015 4:40AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese industrial conglomerate Toshiba Corp said on Friday that an ongoing independent investigation into accounting irregularities was likely to last until mid-July, and that it

May 29 2015 4:03AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish fingerprint sensor firm Fingerprint Cards said it had cooperated with Google on fingerprint recognition in the new Android software platform, as the U.S. software group looks to boost the use of fingerprint sensors on mobile phones.

May 29 2015 3:33AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. data center company Equinix Inc said on Friday it had agreed to buy British peer Telecity Group in a deal worth 2.35 billion pounds ($3.6 billion) which ends Telecity's pursuit of smaller Dutch firm Interxion Holding NV .

May 29 2015 2:31AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. data center company Equinix Inc said on Friday it had agreed to buy British peer Telecity Group in a deal worth 2.35 billion pounds ($3.60 billion), creating the largest data center player in Europe.

May 29 2015 2:02AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
PARIS (Reuters) - French media group Vivendi said on Friday it would book a 4.2 billion euro ($4.6 billion) pre-tax gain from the sale of Brazilian telecommunications company GVT, which would help it pay interim dividends.

May 29 2015 1:24AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road will be sentenced on Friday for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.

May 29 2015 1:12AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Intel Corp is close to a deal to buy smaller chip maker Altera Corp for about $15 billion, the New York Post reported.

May 28 2015 11:39PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean messaging app operator Daum Kakao Corp said it has acquired social networking assets from U.S.-based Path Inc, giving it a strong presence in Indonesia and sending its shares surging 10 percent on its push to expand globally.

May 28 2015 11:32PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

In today's news, our favorite Cupertino company acquires a notable augmented reality company, IBM has started allowing employees to choose Macs for their workstations, and word from the supply line in China claims that both rumored upcoming iPhones will get a key new feature.

Apple Buys Augmented Reality Company Metaio

Apple's out buying smaller technology companies again, and this time it's Metaio, a sizable augmented reality company (via TechCrunch). The company has been around since 2003, and its technology has been used to create everything from augmented reality showrooms for Ferrari to an app that lets visitors to Berlin see what the site they're at would have looked like while the Berlin Wall was still standing (below).

It's not known what interest Apple has in augmented reality, although the company has secured several patents for virtual reality headsets and "hyper-reality displays" in the past. There's also a chance it has something to do with the Maps service, which Apple has been working diligently to improve lately. Metaio's Creator software is described as being so user-friendly that users can create augmented reality scenarios within minutes, which certainly sounds like it would be appealing to a company that places a heavy emphasis on such values.

While Apple's reasons may not be known, we do know that Apple has actually acquired the company, based on filings with the German government and Apple's usual canned statement when it acquires other companies: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

 

IBM Now Offering Macs to Employees Following Enterprise Partnership

Up until now news of Apple's enterprise partnership with IBM has largely focused on apps for small businesses on iPads and the like, but according to a memo that was relayed in pieces by several IBM employees on Twitter today, that partnership now affects the day-to-day desk lives of IBM's employees. Starting today, IBM employees can now choose between a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or a PC when they put in a request for a new or updated workstations.

Regardless of which system employees choose, the memo reportedly says, they'll have access to the same VPN, security, and similar tools as the traditional PC setups. IBM apparently already has a bring-your-own-device program that has resulted in 15,000 Macs being used internally, but under the new policy, IBM expects to see around 50,000 MacBooks in the hands of its employees by the end of 2015. And with that step, so the memo goes, IBM will become the world's largest Mac-supporting company (besides Apple itself, of course). The whole thing's kind of poetic, especially considering that the two companies used to be rivals.

 

Supply Chain Sources Claim Both New iPhones Will Support 'Force Touch'

When rumors first started circulating that the rumored upcoming iPhones would likely feature Apple's new "Force Touch" technology, the general consensus was that the feature would only be available on the larger "iPhone 6s." But that's no longer true, according to a new report from the supply chain view Taiwan's Economic Daily News (via GforGames), although it reportedly once was (in accordance with previous rumors). Now, supposedly, both of the two new rumored phones are on track to receive Force Touch support.

Apple announced Force Touch alongside the reveal of the 12-inch Retina MacBook, where it was described as a method of adding pressure to the traditional swipes and taps associated with touch interaction with electronic devices. Taiwan's TPK will reportedly be supplying all of the Force Touch sensors for both devices.

The news comes just two days after insider sources at Apple claimed that iOS 9 as a whole will be "Force Touch-ready" and that Apple was already working with developers in order to integrate the technology with existing apps.

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

May 28 2015 11:18PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
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May 28 2015 9:49PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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May 28 2015 9:22PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. telecoms regulators are leaning toward rejecting a T-Mobile U.S. Inc request that more airwaves be set aside for smaller wireless companies like itself to bid on during a government auction next year, according to people familiar with the matter.

May 28 2015 8:16PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
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May 28 2015 8:10PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
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May 28 2015 7:37PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - U.S. data center company Equinix Inc is nearing a deal to acquire British peer Telecity Group Plc, according to people familiar with the matter, in a tie-up that would create the largest data center player in Europe.

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