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GitHub Engineer leaves alleging harassment

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 08:16

Julie Ann Horvath, a programmer at the online coding company GitHub, announces her decision to leave the company alleging that she faced harassment from her former employer. She wrote on twitter that she was harassed by the senior management for two years.

"I've been harassed by 'leadership' at GitHub for two years. And I am the first developer to quit. What I endured as an employee of GitHub was unacceptable, and went unnoticed by most," she said. She also said that she regrets that she did not leave sooner.

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Microsoft to release new version of Office for the Mac

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 10:45

Software giant, Microsoft has said that is planning to launch a a new version of Office for the Mac much after it launched its subscription service, Office 365.

The new version of Office for Mac is a version from 2011 indicating that the company is still nor comfortable with third party platforms for its office suit. Thorsten Hübschen, Microsoft Office boss in Germany said that that company is working on multiple Office versions for the Mac in development.

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Barnes & Noble to deliver Nook media to Microsoft’s Consumer Reader app

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 06:55

Barnes & Noble Inc., the world's largest bookseller, will reportedly stop offering a stand-alone Nook app for Microsoft Windows and instead collaborate with the Redmond-based software giant to offer a new reader app.

As per a recent 8-K Securities & Exchange Commission filing by Barnes & Noble, the bookseller will deliver Nook media to Microsoft's Consumer Reader app.

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United flights to offer new entertainment option

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 06:52

United Airlines will roll out a new entertainment system on its U. S. flights starting April this year.

The carrier has announced that passengers on its flights in the U. S. will be able to enjoy movies and television shows on their devices for free. The new entertainment system will enable passengers to stream content straight to their devices like laptops, tablets and smartphones, and watch them during their journey.

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Faulty air-bags cause 303 deaths in GM cars: watchdog group says

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 06:28

More than three hundred drivers and front-seat passengers died in accidents due to faulty air bags system in two models of General Motors (GM) that the auto giant recalled around a month back, a watchdog group said.

The Friedman Research Corp. reviewed the air bag failures in GM cars from model years 2003-2012, and found that a total of 303 people died after the air bags in their cars failed to deploy. Friedman Research Corp. was commissioned by consumer group Center for Auto Safety.

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Active library users are more social: study

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 06:24

People who go to libraries are more social than those who don't, according to a new study released by Pew Research Center on Thursday.

Researchers questioned a total of 6,000 Americans, aged 16 and above, and found that those who were actively using libraries were more social than those who do not go to a library.

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SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son recalls how he got exclusive rights for selling iPhone in Japan

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 06:52

Late Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc, was originally reluctant to give SoftBank exclusive rights to sell the iPhone in the Japan but Masayoshi Son finally managed to gain the exclusivity for his company, the Japanese savvy technology entrepreneur recounted in a recent interview.

In a recent TV interview, Masayoshi Son recounted how he managed to score the deal to become the Apple iPhone's exclusive carrier in Japan. He said that he had called Mr. Jobs and arranged for a meeting nearly two years ahead of Apple's officially acknowledging the iPhone's existence.

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Leaked brochure reveals features of next HTC One

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 06:48

A purported leaked brochure from mobile phone operator Telstra has shed light on some of the supposed features of the yet-to-be announced "All New HTC One" smartphone.

According to the leaked brochure or advert, the All New HTC One smartphone will come equipped with a 5-inch full HD screen that would offer a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip and 2GB of RAM.

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Amazon equips first-gen Kindle Paperwhite with Goodreads & FreeTime

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 06:35

Amazon has just announced the release of a software update for the first-generation Kindle Paperwhite, equipping the first-generation devices with a number of new features.

The most notable new features that have been integrated into the first-generation Kindle Paperwhite are online reading community Goodreads and FreeTime

Users of the first-generation Kindle Paperwhite had been demanding the new features for their devices since November last year, when these features were released for the company's newer devices.

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Experian data theft exposes 200M customers’ personal information

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 06:32

A Vietnamese personal data theft ring sold an Experian-owned database containing information on as many as 200 million consumers to more than one thousand criminals.

Hieu Minh Ngo pleaded guilty to running the ring from Vietnam-based home. He admitted that his ring provided nearly 1,300 criminals with access to American consumers' personally identifiable information (PII). He pleaded guilty during a March 3 federal court hearing.

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SoftBank President Masayoshi Son vows ‘Price War’ if T-Mobile deal approved

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:45

SoftBank Corp. President Masayoshi Son has announced that he would start a "price war" in the US telecom market if regulators allow his company to acquire T-Mobile USA.

Masayoshi Son, who bought controlling stake in Sprint last year, said merging the third and fourth-largest mobile-phone operators in the US would enable his merged entity to compete against larger rivals AT&T Inc. and Verizon.

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Intel may soon introduce faster version of Thunderbolt technology

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:37

Renowned chipmaker Intel has hinted that it could soon introduce a faster version of its widely acclaimed connector technology Thunderbolt with a throughput of up to 50Gbps.

Thunderbolt technology, which connects computers to external hard drives and other peripherals, offers a much faster alternative to widely used USB technology. But, Thunderbolt technology is also more expensive than the USB technology.

While USB technology is found in most personal computers available today, Intel's Thunderbolt ports can be seen in select Windows PCs and Apple's Mac computers.

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Samsung launches free streaming radio service Milk Music

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:08

South Korea-based gadget maker Samsung Electronics Co. recently introduced a new free music service called Milk Music service in the United States.

Designed to be awfully fast, easy to use as well as highly customizable, Milk Music service includes more than 200 stations and nearly thirteen million songs.

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Supply worries push U.S. gasoline prices up

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:06

The average U. S. price of gasoline has increased by nearly 10 cents over the last two weeks amid worries about the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, according to latest Lundberg survey.

The latest Lundberg Survey, released on Sunday, said the price of regular gasoline jumped to $3.51 per gallon, up 0.0987 and 0.2154 from the last two and four weeks, respectively.

Midgrade gasoline now costs an average of $3.69 per gallon, while premium variant of the fuel costs $3.84.

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Panasonic launches new P31 phablet

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 10:29

Panasonic has announced the launch of P31 phablet with a large screen and host of improvements including a quad core processor.

The P31 has a 5-inch screen powered by a 1.3GHz Quad Core smartphone and will run on Android Jelly Bean. The device will have an 8MP Full HD capable Autofocus camera while the 2000 mAh battery allows the phone to run for long time. The device will be the first to feature Panasonic's "Play Life" bouquet of features offering customers a customizable user experience.

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Ford shifts medium duty trucks’ production from Mexico to Avon Lake plant

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 06:33

American automobile giant Ford Motor Co. on Friday announced its new line of F-650 and F-750 medium duty trucks that will roll out from the company's Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, west of Cleveland.

Ford is shifting production of its medium duty trucks from Mexico to its Avon Lake plant as a result of its collective bargaining agreement made in 2011 with officials of Ohio Assembly Plant and United Auto Workers Union.

The auto giant is investing $168 million to shift production of the medium duty trucks from Mexico to the Avon Lake plant.

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Google barge departs San Francisco bay area

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 06:31

Complying with a regulatory order, Internet search giant Google Inc's mysterious barge has left the San Francisco bay area.

The multi-story vessel made of recycled shipping containers left the Treasure Island to adhere to a regulatory order passed on 31st of January that declared that the Internet search firm did not have the proper permit to build the vessel there.

Stockton, which is nearly 80 miles east of San Francisco on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta, is going to be odd-looking vessel's new home.

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Dell launches Latitude 13 “education series” laptops

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 10:19

Computer giant Dell on Thursday introduced the world to its new education-geared range of laptops called Latitude 13, which can efficiently withstand the common knocks & tumbles to which school children often subject their devices.

Available immediately with starting price tag of $539, the Latitude 13 laptop features a 13.3-inch screen that offers a resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels. Processor options range from Intel's Celeron Dual Core chip all the way to a powerful Core i5.

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U.S. Court rejects Apple’s repeat bid for Samsung smartphone sales ban

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 07:40

A U. S. Court has one again rejected Apple Inc's request to ban more than twenty Samsung devices, giving a tough blow to the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant's chances of winning the patent legal battle against Samsung Electronics Co.

U. S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose rejected the request saying that Apple had not met a more fundamental requirement that its patented touchscreen software boosts demand for the handsets in question.

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Oscar Mayer’s new device can turn iPhone into a bacon-scented alarm clock

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 06:34

American meat & cold cut production firm Oscar Mayer has come up with an innovative small device that can transform an iPhone into a bacon-scented alarm clock.

When plugged into an iPhone's headphone jack, the device emits the sound as well as smell of sizzling bacon. Users can use Oscar Meyer-created mobile app to set an alarm to wake up to the smell of bacon in the morning.

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