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Apr 18 2015 6:45AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Financial technology company SunGard Data Systems Inc is preparing to appoint financial advisers to explore a sale that could value it at as much as $10 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Apr 18 2015 4:03AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group, has been fined 800,000 yuan ($129,000) by the price bureau in eastern Zhejiang province for violations by third-party sellers during promotions on its e-commerce platforms.

Apr 18 2015 12:33AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

In today's Apple Daily, two Oklahomans stab each other while arguing about whether iOS or Android is better. In other news, Apple Pay might finally be coming to Canada in November, and Apple will start offering free "Apple Watch Basics" workshops at select Apple Stores on April 24.

Roommates Stab Each Other While Arguing About iOS vs. Android

Many people have a strong opinion as to whether iPhone or Android smartphones are better, but few push it quite to the limit like two roommates in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who reportedly stabbed each other several times with broken beer bottles while arguing over whether the iPhone or "the new Samsung smartphone" reigns supreme. At the time, they were also stumbling around drunkenly in an apartment complex parking lot at 1 a.m. in the morning.

In addition to the stabbings, apparently one of the two men also "smashed a bottle over the back of the other man's head." As local station KTUL reports (via BGR), it's currently not clear who should be charged or, indeed, whether they should charge the two at all.

Adding to the absurdity, KTUL's report claims that the police "did not respond when our photographer asked which phone is better."

 

Apple Pay May Come to Canada in November

After a long wait, Canada might be the first country outside of the United States to support Apple Pay. According to "people familiar with the matter" who spoke with The Wall Street Journal, our friends north of the border might finally get to use the service beginning in November.

There are, of course, some hurdles to overcome. The sources claim that Apple is currently in talks with Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, CIBC and National Bank of Canada, which together account for more than 90 percent of Canadian bank accounts. All of the banks seem interested in the service, the sources claim, but they're a little wary of "Apple’s fee proposals" and they're "concerned about security vulnerabilities like the ones that U.S. banks experienced as they rolled out the service."

The six banks involved have reportedly enlisted the services of consultancy firm McKinsey & Co. in order to help create a security protocol. There's also talk of requiring users to enter a PIN number with each purchase or, more in line with the spirit of the service, registering and confirming cards with Apple Pay via a one-time text message.

Canada seems well-prepared to accept the service, though; in fact, because of the widespread availability of "Chip and PIN" payment there (in which users simply tap their credit cards against a receiver in order to pay), it's arguably better prepared than the United States.

 

'Apple Watch Basics' Workshops Coming to Apple Stores

Just in time for the official launch of the Apple Watch on April 24, you'll be able to attend workshops at your local Apple Store on how to get the optimal experience out of the device. If you're one of the lucky ones who can walk in and get an Apple Watch on release day, there's a good chance you can also walk over to the presentation area and attend "Apple Watch Basics." Just to be on the safe side, though, it's best to make a reservation.

You can check to see if your store offers the workshop by searching for your local store on Apple's website. It's also an extended opportunity to see if the device is something you'd like to wear, as it likely goes into much greater depth than what you'd find during the typical 15-minute presentation with an Apple Store employee.

According to the mouseover text on Apple's reservation form, the workshop will place a special emphasis on "Ggances, gestures, watch faces, and more." Some of the larger Apple Stores are also offering a "Stay in Touch with Apple Watch" workshop as well, which shows you "how to respond to messages and mail, share your location, take a call, and even send your heartbeat to someone you care about."

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Apr 17 2015 10:09PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
This free app lets you play Shadow of Mordor, Tomb Raider and other desktop titles. But does it really work?






Apr 17 2015 9:06PM EST | Source: Geek.com
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A few years ago, wireless charging was a very expensive niche feature. Even the most basic charging pads would run you $50 to $60, but things are much different now. You can get […]

Apr 17 2015 6:15PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Apr 17 2015 5:49PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Have an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. The ability to answer iPhone calls from your other Apple devices can be pretty convenient, but it can also be intrusive at times. In this edition of Ask, we'll show you how to disable the call-forwarding Continuity feature that was introduced in iOS 8.

Question

Like a lot of Apple users, I own multiple Apple devices — an iPhone, an iPad, an iMac — and I tend to have them all on the same wi-fi network. But I don’t like having phone calls sent to my iPad or iMac, especially when I’m trying to work! How do I disable that aspect of Continuity, so my iPhone doesn’t push the calls to my other devices? 

Answer

The recently introduced Continuity features, which allow you to smoothly transition between all your Apple devices running iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite, can be very useful, but sometimes it can give you more than you've bargained for. Fortunately, this one is easy to fix if you know where to look. To deactivate the forwarding of calls to your other devices, navigate to Settings > Facetime on your iPhone. From there, turn off iPhone Cellular Calls and your phone will no longer push calls to other Apple devices.


To prevent the forwarding of calls, you just need to turn off the iPhone Cellular Calls option.

 

Got an Apple tech question? Email ask@maclife.com.

Apr 17 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Apr 17 2015 4:41PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
New York, NEW YORK - Scientists at Columbia University in New York have successfully built a camera that is capable of producing images using power harvested from the surrounding incident light. 

Apr 17 2015 4:26PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Apple may have sold as many as 57 million iPhones last quarter, according to analyst Gene Munster. That would be a sharp jump from 43.7 million from a year ago. But would that make Wall Street happy?






Apr 17 2015 3:39PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Apple may have sold as many as 57 million iPhones last quarter, according to analyst Gene Munster. That would be a sharp jump from 43.7 million from a year ago. But would that make Wall Street happy?






Apr 17 2015 2:29PM EST | Source: Geek.com
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It’s no secret that there are free-to-play mobile games on app stores created in such a way as to make you want to play them all the time. This in turn leads to […]

Apr 17 2015 2:07PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Software security and storage provider Symantec is moving ahead with its plans to split into two publicly traded companies by January, a move that it views as more tax-efficient than a sale of one of its units, top executives said this week.

Apr 17 2015 1:28PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Friday voted to open a swath of government-controlled airwaves for commercial use by tech and telecom companies such as Verizon Communications Inc and Google Inc as they seek to meet growing data demands from new wireless devices.

Apr 17 2015 1:20PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will take into account increased competition from cable operators and alternative services such as WhatsApp when it overhauls Europe's telecoms rules next year, a move that will be cheered by the telecoms industry.

Apr 17 2015 12:59PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Internet platforms such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! will be the subject of a widespread inquiry by European regulators to determine whether they are transparent enough in how they display search results.

Apr 17 2015 12:41PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
PRAGUE (Reuters) - O2 Czech Republic's extensive telecoms infrastructure assets that are to be spun off into a separate company contribute about 50 percent of the group's operating profit, O2 said on Friday.

Apr 17 2015 12:26PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Friday voted to open a swath of government-controlled airwaves for commercial use by tech and telecom companies such as Verizon Communications Inc and Google Inc as they seek to meet growing data demands from new wireless devices.

Apr 17 2015 12:08PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Friday unveiled a long-awaited suite of touch-friendly Office apps that allow Windows phone users to work on Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents on their phones with touch commands and to transfer them easily between devices.

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