BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China is weighing a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys and install security "backdoors", a potential escalation of what some firms view as the increasingly onerous terms of doing business in the world's second largest economy.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Some of China's largest Internet companies deleted more than 60,000 online accounts because their names did not conform to regulations due to take effect on Sunday, the top Internet regulator said.
VIENNA (Reuters) - Mexico's America Movil is set to install Ericsson manager Alejandro Plater as new operations chief at Telekom Austria, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday.
ZAGREB (Reuters) - Damir Sabol, Croatian computer expert and entrepreneur, was helping his son with his maths homework when he had an idea.
LONDON (Reuters) - Nikon , the 98-year-old Japanese company best known for its cameras, has agreed to buy British retinal imaging firm Optos for 259.3 million pounds ($400 million) as it moves into the medical sector.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson is suing Apple Inc for patent infringement, Ericsson said on Friday.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has dropped some of the world's leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance.
(Reuters) - Fresh off a $532.9 million jury win against Apple Inc , a Texas company is again suing the tech giant, this time over the same patents' use in devices introduced after the original case was underway.
Apple has finally sent out invitations for its next media event, which will likely focus on pricing and peripherals for the upcoming Apple Watch. In other news, Apple has at last opened its iWork for iCloud to everyone, and the Cupertino company is adding spiffy little cosmetic features to Apple Maps.
Apple to Hold Media Event on March 9; Apple Watch Set for April
Apple's next big media event will take place on Monday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time, according to invitations that the Cupertino company sent out this morning. The event will be held at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and it's widely thought that Apple will use the occasion to provide more details about the upcoming Apple Watch.
The clues aren't just in the timing, but in the name itself, which reads "Spring Forward" in reference to the switch to Daylight Saving Time that occurs on the day before in the U.S. And since most of us will be setting our non-digital clocks ahead an hour on that date, it'd be a nifty way to discuss a "time change" by revealing details such as the full pricing structure and specific accessories for the long-awaited piece of wearable tech.
While the event is thought to place a special focus on the Apple Watch, it's possible Apple will round off the event with slightly less groundbreaking announcements, such as the long-rumored launch of the 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display.
As for the Apple Watch itself, Cook said not long after the origibal reveal that the device would ship in April, and alleged insider sources who spoke with MacRumors claim that we'll see the launch more toward the start of the month than the end — possibly between April 6 and April 10.
Apple Opens iWork for iCloud to Everyone
Apple's iWork for iCloud suite of productivity apps just became a lot more useful, particularly for the poor saps out there who don't own an Apple device. As of today, the web-based versions of Apple's Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are available for everyone.
That was quick. News that the beta version embraced such inclusivity dropped on February 13, and apparently Apple determined that everything's working according to plan in that short a time. New users who sign up for an account through the site get access to 1 GB of free storage, which can then be used to edit and store documents for retrieval anywhere where there's an Internet connection (as long as it's through recent versions of Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer).
In the past, Apple's iWork suite was limited to users who owned an Apple device, which greatly limited its appeal on professional circles in light of that glaring limitation in comparison to Google Drive or Microsoft office. With the doors now flung open, however, there's a chance that could change.
Apple Brings Animated Landmarks to Apple Maps
Apple's been busy lately trying to turn Apple Maps into something useful and interactive, whether it's through the upcoming inclusion of information from GasBuddy and GreatSchools that we mentioned yesterday or via those "mystery cars" that seem designed for a Google Street View-like service. But judging from new features introduced to its 3D Flyover map of London late yesterday (via the Daily Mail), it's also trying to make the service more fun.
Visitors who look up London through Apple's Maps app will now see some impressive little cosmetic features, such as the correct time on the famous tower housing Big Ben, and a constant spin on the London Eye (London's gigantic Ferris wheel). It's pure fluff, but it does help make Apple Maps stand out a bit from its competition. According to the Mail, Apple will start rolling out similar features for other cities within the coming weeks. In addition, Apple has also introduced new Apple Flyovers for several cities around the world (including Edinburgh, Venice, and Guadalajara).
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Ant Financial Services Group, Alibaba's affiliate which runs online payment platform Alipay, is seeking to raise up to $4 billion in a private placement of shares and is looking at a domestic IPO in 2017, the state-run Shanghai Securities News reported.
(This February 25 report has been corrected to clarify that companies not included on procurement list can still bid for state public tenders)
(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp , which ruled computing in the age of the mainframe, is targeting $40 billion in annual revenue from the cloud, big data, security and other growth areas by 2018.
We're all about saving you your hard-earned money so this week's refurbs are all about keeping it low price. That's why nothing in this week's bag o' deals goes any higher than just under $1K. You can get quite a few awesome Macs for under a grand and they'll last you years and years, so consider these deals extra great. And if you had more to spend in your budget, but you were wise enough to come here first, then check out what you can do with some of your other coin.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm wants wireless carriers to set up new technology that would offer cellphone users better reception in places like subway tunnels and shopping malls.
Adobe Premiere Elements is a fantastic video-editing package that provides more than enough power for any home project, as well as plenty of guidance. It’s also half the price of its next biggest rival, Final Cut Pro. For professional/prosumer editing, Final Cut is worth paying extra for its added precision and features, but for holiday videos, birthday memories, or even a web show for YouTube and the like, Elements is plenty.
However, Elements 13 isn’t a huge update over version 12; the biggest change being belated support for Retina displays. As far as editing goes, the two biggest additions are aimed at new users and those who want to make a movie without too much “clip squinting.” Video Story is a new wizard that offers templates such as birthday, wedding, and graduation. Each is a storyboard broken into pre-defined chapters such as “Dressing Up” or “Getting The Degree,” with the option to add extras or delete. Some take a single clip, others multiple (with Auto-Analyzer on hand to break up long footage), with the Video Story combining and mixing them up with music, fades and looks. You can then add captions and narration. You can edit default captions, and either publish the whole thing there or send it to the timeline.
The Favorite Moments edit takes an extended clip that you want to extract elements from, but instead of making multiple in-and-out cuts, you just scan to the part you want, click a Mark button and adjust the length of each selection before exporting just those bits to the timeline as a combined clip or individual ones.
These two features (on top of an already excellent line-up) make 13 a great choice for new users. It’s hard to say the other improvements are worth the upgrade price if you have version 12. There are new Guided Edits for putting video behind a title, and applying primitive effects masks, though the latter is let down by only allowing a hard-edged rectangular mask rather than feathering and circles. These aren’t bad as one-time tutorials. After that, Elements 13 runs out of steam, with a few updates to features like the Shake Stabilizer, but nothing really major. A pity, but there’s always the next version...
The bottom line. Plenty of features for detailed editing, just not many new ones for a new release.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the strictest-ever rules on Internet providers, who in turn pledged to battle the new restrictions in the courts and Congress, saying they would discourage investment and stifle innovation.
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