STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson said on Friday a slowdown in North America created uncertainty over fourth quarter sales as operators cut spending after big investments in high-speed networks.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook was quoted on Friday as saying he had "very open" talks on privacy and security with a senior Chinese official, days after a web monitoring group linked the government to a hack into Apple's iCloud service in China.
(Reuters) - China Telecom Corp Ltd and China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd could soon jointly invest in a new content delivery network (CDN) company that would speed up Chinese users' Internet access, a Chinese paper reported on Friday.
The Apple Power Mac G5 was a head-turner when it first appeared back in 2003. Slick, crafted from sturdy aluminum, and tough, it seemed to embody the term "industrial design." Macs have changed a lot since then, but German designer Klaus Geiger (via MacRumors) sees no reason why such an iconic design should fade away or be confined to specialty collections. As such, he's "upcycled" several old units for a project and transformed them into contemporary furniture.
One of his most memorable designs is a bench playfully called "Benchmarc," in which two gutted Power Mac G5s support a handsome block of wood that matched the curves on the handles for the G5 chassis on each end. It looks like it'd be right at home in the waiting room of a Mac app developer's offices.
Geiger showcases several more designs on his site, such as a set of drawers constructed from two G5 frames turned on their sides. As with all of Geiger's designs, the insides have been pulled out, in this case allowing users to pull back the front of the units to reveal storage space inside. If you need to move it, wheels on the bottom allow you to roll it around.
Additional photos show an entire office suite designed around the old units, including everything from conference tables to bookcases. In lesser hands, even with the undeniable beauty of the G5, such a project might still have ended up looking like some outdated junk stashed in a corner. In Geiger's hands, it looks like the kind of thing any admirer of contemporary furniture would enjoy having in their home or office.
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An iOS public beta may still be the stuff of legend, but Apple today ensured that developers could get easy widespread feedback for their prerelease iOS apps by extending the amount of people who can test them through TestFlight. Initially showcased at WWDC back in June, TestFlight now allows third-party developers to invite up to 1,000 members of the public to best test their apps ahead of launch.
That's a big step up from Apple's original description of the service, which limited developers to 100 beta invitations. Indeed, TestFlight is now all about inclusiveness. At the very least, it removes the barrier of required technical expertise from the process and ensures that a wider pool of beta testers have a chance to identify bugs and related problems.
Even the process of gaining access to beta tests is easier. Obtaining a TestFlight invitation from a developer simply directs users to the official app through iTunes Connect, where they then download and run TestFlight without having to worry about finding their device's UDID or installing provisioning files. They're not even required to check their e-mail for news about recent builds, as notifications in iOS 8 inform them when new builds are ready.
Those updates may not go out as frequently as some developers wish. One big catch associated with TestFlight is that apps must pass a Beta App Review from Apple, much like the reviews apps must already pass before they're allowed to appear on iTunes. That puts the service at a disadvantage compared to existing testing platforms like Hockey, which suffer from no such setbacks.
But for developers, it's likely worth the wait. If you're interested, head over to the special page Apple's made regarding getting started with the service.
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Google just released a new way to keep your email organized so you can spend more time being productive. Read on to learn how to use all the new features of Inbox by Gmail.
(Reuters) - E-commerce services provider Digital River Inc said on Thursday it entered into an agreement to be acquired by an investor group led by Siris Capital Group LLC for about $840 million.
(Reuters) - Pandora Media Inc, operator of the leading Internet radio service, reported a lower-than-expected increase in listeners in the third quarter, sending the company's shares down 8 percent in extended trading on Thursday.
(Reuters) - Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc valuation is set to be valued at $13 billion, up from its $10 billion valuation in March this year, as it discusses an employee stock sale, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's America Movil said on Thursday its third-quarter net profit fell 38 percent compared with a year earlier, missing expectations as taxes and exchange rate losses rose.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc said it is committed to spending $1 billion to lease office buildings over the next 13 to 14 years.
People are trying to figure out ways to use drones for everything from delivering beer to collecting whale mucus. No matter the application, power and size are a concern. If you want a […]
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by stronger sales of its phones, Surface tablets and cloud-computing products for companies, while keeping its profit margins largely intact.
The LEGO games continue to actually deliver entertainment over disappointment. As a result, other heavyweight property licenses are gatecrashing the block party, eager to piggyback on the success. This time it’s the turn of Marvel and an incredible cast of iconic superheroes, 150 in fact, to assemble inside a world full of typical TT Games humor.
Doctor Doom leads a band of comic-book villains on the quest for “Cosmic Bricks” – the powerful remnants of the Silver Surfer’s shattered board. Thwarting his plans rests on guiding Iron Man, Wolverine, Thor and friends through armies of foes, bashing and crashing through detailed environments.
Chaotic and cartoonish the action may be, but the real joy and reward comes from using each character’s unique skills to progress. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is nothing if not an imaginative puzzler, colorful enough for young fans while still challenging veteran players. It’s not without scope either, somewhat surprisingly shifting from linear levels to an open-world mode to great effect.
Choose a hero from the growing roster unlocked along the way and explore a sprawling LEGO Manhattan, uncovering secrets and playing mini-games. It’s here the genuine replay value lies and that nagging need to collect absolutely everything kicks in. On a technical level, too, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes excels on Mac, despite minor control and camera issues that occasionally frustrate.
Well-scripted cutscenes, plus charming voice acting and sounds, ensure you won’t stay annoyed for long. Graphically this is a feast for all ages, with animation slick enough to keep the pace frenetically fun.
The bottom line. Cute characterization, wit, and multiple gameplay styles bring new life to Marvel’s universe in a tongue-in-cheek caper fans will adore.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's America Movil on Thursday said its third-quarter net profit fell 38 percent compared to a year earlier as taxes rose and the cost of sales jumped.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's sales projections for the crucial holiday quarter disappointed Wall Street and third-quarter results missed forecasts, sending the online retailer's shares 9 percent lower on Thursday.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's America Movil on Thursday said its third-quarter net profit fell 38 percent compared to a year earlier.
(Reuters) - Pandora Media Inc , operator of the leading Internet radio service, reported a lower-than-expected increase in listeners in the third quarter, sending the company's shares down 6 percent in extended trading on Thursday.