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ITV hopes World Cup to lift ad revenues by up to 13%

UK News - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:58

ITV chief executive Adam Crozier has expressed hope that the football World Cup in Brazil could lift the company's advertising revenues by up to 13 per cent later this year.

In the three months ended March 31, the commercial broadcaster suffered a fall in the number of viewers, while revenue growth missed analysts' expectations.

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DWP committed to doing all to reduce fraud & error in Universal Credit

UK News - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:56

The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has said that the government's Universal Credit benefit scheme is running successfully, adding that it is absolutely committed to take every possible step to reduce the level of fraud and error in the benefit system.

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UK unemployment rate slips to 6.8%

UK News - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:53

Increase in self-employment dragged the UK's unemployment rate to its lowest level in more than past five years in the first quarter of this year, according to figures revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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BoE not to hike interest rates to slow housing boom

UK News - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 08:13

Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney on Wednesday said that the British economy was returning towards "normal" but declared that the central bank had no plans to hike interest rates in the near future.

Many analysts are of the view that BoE should increase interest rates to tackle soaring property prices.

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Samsung to offer new safety measures on Galaxy S5

UK News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 08:25

South Koren electronics giant, Samsung has said that it will offer new safety measures on its latest smartphone in order to prevent smartphone theft.

The company said that it is aiming to reduce the increasing theft of smartphones with its new anti theft features. Samsung, whic is now the world's largest smartphone maker, has said the users will be able to activate the security feature for free. The company is offering "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock" anti-theft features on its Galaxy 5 S, which is expected to be released soon in the market.

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Nest disabling a faulty feature on its Protect smoke alarm

UK News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:45

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Nest Labs has confirmed that it is disabling a feature on its popular Nest Protect smoke alarm due to the risk that users could unintentionally turn off the alarm with the wave of a hand.

The Google-owned company's Nest Wave technology allows owners to turn off the smoke plus carbon monoxide alarm from a distance. However, the company's researchers found in recent laboratory test that a unique combination of circumstances could cause the feature to become accidentally activated.

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Facebook’s new face recognition system is as accurate as human

UK News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:22

Social-networking giant Facebook's new face-recognition system, dubbed DeepFace, is said to be as accurate in detecting a face as humans.

DeepFace is a complex artificial intelligence system that can render a 3-dimensional (3D) model of any given human face and can recognize it on account of its availability on the social network.

As per Facebook researchers, the new face recognition system can identify a human face correctly from the two given photographs 97.25 per cent of the time, which is very close to a human's face-recognition ability of 97.53 per cent.

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Amazon Fire TV available for $99

UK News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:33

Tech giant Amazon's newly unveiled set-top box 'Fire TV' has become available for purchase through the online retail giant's official website Amazon. com for $99.

The Fire TV, which allows users to stream video games, feature-length films etc, offers free Netflix and Amazon Prime access for the first month.

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EU member states determined to end roaming charges

UK News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:27

European travelers will be able to use their mobile phones in other EU countries without incurring additional charges by the end of next year as the European Parliament has voted to eradicate roaming charges.

Welcoming the vote, Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly stressed that it is very important in this digital ear that all consumers get access to the mobile technology and internet at reasonable prices when they are in other countries.

Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, said they were just one step away from putting an end to roaming charges across the region.

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Ex-Microsoft employee pleads guilty to leaking trade secrets

UK News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:45

A former senior architect at Microsoft accused of leaking the company's trade secrets to a blogger has finally pleaded guilty to the charges.

Alex Kibkalo was last month accused of stealing and leaking early copies of Windows 8 operating system to a French blogger in August 2012.

According to the Redmond-based software giant, Kibkalo leaked information about Windows 8 RT software updates and the Activation Server software development kit (SDK).

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Google celebrates April Fools’ Day with Pokemon challenge

UK News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:26

Continuing its tradition of playing pranks on April Fools' Day, Internet search giant Google on Monday launched a Pokemon Challenge and asked web users to capture a bunch of little monsters to get the newly available position of Pokemon Master.

In the accompanied video, Google executive Brian McClendon joked that recruits must capture all 150 Pokemons from their far-flung hideouts from around the globe.

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Apple doesn’t own everything: Samsung

UK News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:24

Apple is a great company but it does not own everything; South Korea-based smartphone maker Samsung's attorney John Quinn said on Tuesday in a US court as he was arguing against the Cupertino-based tech giant's claim that Samsung copied Apple devices.

Attorneys of the two companies made their opening statements yesterday at the companies' third trial in the long-running legal battle in a San Jose, Calif.-based federal court.

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Crackle, Vudu, Rdio & PlayOn finally available via Google Chromecast

UK News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:27

Gradually expanding the list of its offerings, Google's Chromecast has become compatible with a number of much sought-after services like porting video content service Crackle, , and online movie service Vudu, and music-streaming service Rdio.

Crackle, which is a video streaming app from Sony, allows users to stream TV shows and films for free. To generate revenue for its owner, this app shows advertisements. Both the Android- and iOS-based Crackle apps are now compatible with Chromecast.

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Hackers flood Pinterest accounts with images of women’s rear ends

UK News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:17

The Council of Better Business Bureaus has issued a scam alert warning Pinterest users to be very careful when clicking on pins that do not look like the usual pins that their friends or relatives usually post.

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Facebook exploring possibility of spreading internet through drones & satellites

UK News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:09

Mark Zuckerberg-led social networking giant Facebook is working on drones and other new technologies to spread internet access to every corner of the world.

Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer, yesterday revealed a new lab, dubbed the Facebook Connectivity Lab, where engineers are building flying drones, satellites as well as infrared lasers that will beam internet access to the two-thirds of the world not yet connected.

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Mozilla employees want CEO Eich to step down

UK News - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 02:28

Situation is getting tensed at Mozilla as the employees increased their voice demanding Brendan Eich to step down from the post of the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

Eich was appointed a few days ago but has been facing intense opposition from employees due to his "anti-gay" views. His views, which are considered homophobic, became a serious issue for the company as several employees publically demanded his resignation. Eichhad contributed $1,000 to support California's Proposition 8, which was seeking a ban on same-sex marriage in California.

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Ford’s investment in Ohio engine facility expected to boost local economy

UK News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 13:15

New jobs at Ford's Lima Engine Plant will provide a major boost to the community, Vice President of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Jimmy Settles said.

Automobile giant Ford on Friday announced its plans to spend $500 million to upgrade its Ohio-based Lima engine manufacturing facility to enable to produce the new 2.7-liter 6-cylinder EcoBoost engine. The planned investment will generate nearly 300 new jobs at the plant, which already employs nearly 800 people.

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Charter urges Time Warner shareholders to reject Comcast merger deal

UK News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 13:12

Charter Communications Inc. has urged Time Warner Cable shareholders to reject their company's $45 billion merger deal with Comcast.

In a proxy statement filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Charter pointed out the risk of regulatory rejection of the proposed merger deal, potential delays and costs associated to the merger, made it in their interest to reject the deal.

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Ford to invest $500M to make new engine at Ohio plant

UK News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:54

American automobile giant Ford Motor Co on Friday announced its decision to spend $500 million to upgrade its Ohio-based engine plant to enable it to produce the new 2.7-liter six-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

The Lima Engine Plant, which currently makes 3.5-liter and 3.7-liter V6 engines for a range of Ford models including the Edge, will make the EcoBoost V6 engines that are turbocharged and make use of gasoline direct-injection to deliver the power of larger engines. The new engines will be used to the company's F-150 pickup trucks.

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Photo-sharing service Instagram closes in on Twitter

UK News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:49

Facebook's photo-sharing service Instagram is closing in on Twitter, thanks to its faster than ever seen before growth rate.

According to figures released by research firm eMarketer, nearly 35 million people in the United States alone used Instagram at least once a month in 2013. The figure is not far below Twitter's figure of 43.2 million, given the fact that Twitter is four years older than Instagram.

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