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German lawyer makes hate-speech complaint against Facebook

File photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CaliforniaGerman prosecutors are again considering whether to press charges against Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives for failing to staunch a tide of racist and threatening posts on the social network during an influx of migrants into Europe. Munich prosecutors said they had received a complaint filed by a German technology law firm two weeks ago alleging that Facebook broke strict national laws against hate speech, sedition and support for terrorist organizations. Attorney Chan-jo Jun, who filed a similar complaint in Hamburg a year ago, is demanding that Facebook executives be compelled to comply with anti-hate speech laws by removing racist or violent postings from their site.


09/30/2016 12:35 PM

Qualcomm to fight EU antitrust charge at November 10 hearing: sources

A man walks past Qualcomm stand while attending during the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaU.S. chipmaker Qualcomm will attempt to fend off EU antitrust charges at a hearing on Nov. 10 that it used anti-competitive methods to squeeze out a rival, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The European Commission may take Qualcomm's arguments at the hearing into account in the case, which could delay the Commission's decision and possible fine against the company if it is found to have infringed EU antitrust rules. Qualcomm requested the closed-door hearing nine months after the European Commission accused it of forcing British phone software maker Icera out of the market by selling certain baseband chipsets below cost between 2009 and 2011.


09/30/2016 12:10 PM

Avast not done with deal-making after AVG buy, but no rush

An AVG logo is seen during the International CTIA WIRELESS Conference & Exposition in New Orleans, LouisianaBy Jason Hovet PRAGUE (Reuters) - Avast Software, maker of the world's most popular computer antivirus program, will need a year to absorb its $1.3 billion buy of rival AVG but may seek further acquisitions before an expected flotation, its chief executive said in an interview. Prague-based Avast closed its purchase on Friday of AVG Technologies, another software firm with Czech roots specializing in consumer security. The combined company will have over 400 million users and 40 percent of the consumer computer market outside of China.


09/30/2016 09:19 AM

BMW says it plans to offer electric X3 SUV and Mini models

A BMW vehicle is being charged on media day at the Paris auto show, in ParisGerman luxury auto maker BMW AG said on Friday it will offer all electric versions of its next generation BMW X3 compact sport utility vehicle and electric Mini models, expanding its entries in the emerging electric luxury vehicle market. BMW confirmed a report earlier Friday by Bloomberg News. Reuters reported on Sept. 9 that top BMW executives were skipping Paris auto show events this week to resolve differences over electric vehicle strategy and chart a new electric product offensive, including a possible electric Mini.


09/30/2016 01:24 PM

Cognizant says conducting corruption probe; president replaced
(Reuters) - IT services provider Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp said it was conducting an internal investigation into possible violations of U.S. anti-corrupt practices laws related to payments in India, sending its shares tumbling on Friday. Cognizant also said President Gordon Coburn had resigned and would be replaced by Rajeev Mehta, the head of IT services. Cognizant said the investigation was looking at whether certain payments related to Cognizant facilities in India violated the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other laws.
09/30/2016 11:14 AM

Samsung slammed by Chinese state TV over Note 7 recall 'discrimination'

A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone is displayed at its store in SeoulBy Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has slammed South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co for what it said was "discrimination" against China consumers in its handling of a global recall of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to replace batteries. In a commentary piece posted on its website on Thursday evening, CCTV said Samsung's behavior in China after the Sept. 2 recall of 2.5 million phones was "full of arrogance". CCTV said a video apology Samsung issued to U.S. consumers, along with various replacement options and compensation, was in stark contrast to its treatment of those in China, where the company issued a brief statement saying most phones didn't need to be replaced.


09/30/2016 02:31 AM

Nutanix exceeds expectations in upsized IPO
(Corrects revenue figure in paragraph 9 to $445 million, not $351 million) By Lauren Hirsch (Reuters) - Nutanix Inc said on Thursday it sold a more than expected 14.87 million shares priced at $16, valuing the company at more than $2 billion. San Jose, California-based Nutanix's share price exceeds the $13.40 value last placed on its shares in a 2014 funding round, an upgrade encouraging for the many unprofitable technology companies that, like Nutanix, have been weary of testing public market valuations. Its $16 IPO price was above its indicated range of $13 and $15.
09/30/2016 03:38 PM

A $10 dongle will fix the iPhone 7’s biggest problem, but not your broken soul
Hey, did you hear? The iPhone 7 doesn't have a headphone jack! Sure, Apple included a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter in the box, but that doesn't help when you want to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. Enter a bigger, better dongle. The iLDock is still a Kickstarter with a lot of hurdles to clear, but if it makes it to market, it could be the best solution yet to the headphone jack problem. Of course, that's not saying a lot. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 8 isn’t even here yet and details are leaking about its successor The premise of the iLDock is simple: it's a tiny rectangle about the size of a couple quarters that plugs into the Lighting port on your iPhone 7. It then gives you a Lightning port and a 3.5mm jack to connect to. If you buy the bigger, more stupid-looking model, you also get a USB port and SD card ports. The impressive thing about this dock is how cheap it's being sold for. On Kickstarter pre-order (which has some serious caveats -- see below) it's going for $10, which is exactly $1 more than the official Lightning-to-3.5mm jack adapter from Apple. If the project delivers (and on time), that's an absolute steal. As I said, I have some reservations. The project is promising delivery in late November. Given that it hasn't started manufacturing yet -- and doesn't have the cash to do so until its Kickstarter ends in four weeks' time, that is a delivery goal somewhere between "ambitious" and "never gonna happen." A $10 price is also cause for concern. Officially, Apple won't say how much it charges to license the technology behind its Lightning port, but rumors put it at around $4 per accessory. Then you've got the cost of actually manufacturing the case, the headphone port, all the circuitry, shipping, Kickstarter's cut, and paying the people to produce the awful promo video. I'm struggling to see how that will be done for less than $10 per unit. The fact that the "lightening" port is also misspelt doesn't fill me with confidence, either. In any case, those misgivings haven't stopped hundreds of people spending thousands of dollars to pre-order dongles over the last 24 hours. Let's hope for their sake, as well as the future sanity of all iPhone 7 owners, that the iLDock pulls through.
09/30/2016 03:32 PM

Trump rants hit at Alicia Machado supposed 'sex tape'

Trump tweets: Check out sex tape of ex-Miss UniverseDonald Trump unleashes a Twitter storm on the former Miss Universe and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. There's no evidence a sex tape exists.


09/30/2016 03:04 PM

Apps vs. mobile websites: Which option offers users more privacy?

Apps vs. mobile websites: Which option offers users more privacy?Is it better to use a mobile app or the equivalent mobile website when it comes to privacy? Researchers have an answer, and offer a privacy resource that rates 50 free online services.


09/30/2016 02:59 PM

So long, Phoneys! Apple is about to ban everyone’s favorite iOS 10 stickers app
Apple, as opposed to Google , just doesn’t know how to kick back and relax sometimes. After a prank app called Phoneys skyrocketed to the top of the iMessage App Store charts, Apple informed the developer of the app, Adam Howell, that the app will be removed  in a week if he doesn’t implement some design tweaks that would fundamentally alter the appeal and overall utility of the app. For those unfamiliar, Phoneys is a fun iMessage app that let users send stickers designed to look exactly like the blue iMessage bubbles iOS users are accustomed to. The end result is that users can send their friends messages and make it seem as if they were the ones who sent it. DON'T MISS:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding As Sara Perez noted , “And thanks to the new layering feature in the updated version of iMessage, you can place these stickers — which say things like “ My political views are totally wrong ” or “ I have terrible taste in music ” — overtop your friend’s message to make it look like they texted these self-deprecating statements to you.” Intrigued, I actually paid for the app earlier this week and, suffice it to say, it’s a whole lot of fun. Now the app doesn’t work exactly as advertised because the font within the iMessage bubble is bigger than it should be. What’s more, the placement of the sticker itself isn’t always aligned correctly. Nonetheless, it still makes for a fun, if not confusing prank to pull on friends. Alas, it turns out that Apple wasn’t on-board with the shenanigans. Detailing Apple’s reaction, Howell recounts ( via Medium ) a phone conversation he had with Apple. Bill was nice, but to the point. Apple’s lawyers weren’t happy that Phoneys got through the review process. The stickers couldn’t be blue or green, they couldn’t use San Francisco as the typeface, and the app could no longer be marketed as a “prank” app, because Apple doesn’t approve prank apps (even though I myself had never used the word “prank” when marketing Phoneys, others did, and I certainly understood where he was coming from). They were not going to pull the app, Bill made sure to emphasize. They’d give me a week, until next Thursday, to fundamentally change it so that the bubbles looked nothing like iMessage bubbles, instead looking something closer to “comic book cartoon bubbles”. I said okay, thanks a lot Bill, and that was the end of the conversation.   All that said, you might want to grab the app here while it’s hot ... and still available.
09/30/2016 02:53 PM

Supreme Court will decide if law prohibiting derogatory trademarks is unconstitutional

Supreme Court will decide if law prohibiting derogatory trademarks is unconstitutionalThe United States Supreme Court has agreed to decide if a federal law that bans the trademarking of "disparaging" terms constitutes a free speech violation, Reuters reports. The case in question involves a Portland-based band called The Slants, who were denied a trademark because their band name is a racist term for people of Asian descent. The court's decision could impact the ongoing legal battles of the Washington Redskins, who have also challenged the law.


09/30/2016 02:32 PM

J.J. Abrams and the cast of Star Trek take a stand against Donald Trump

J.J. Abrams and the cast of Star Trek take a stand against Donald TrumpWhen Star Trek Beyond hit theaters, Simon Pegg wasn’t shy about discussing how the film was an attack against surges in xenophobia and nativism in the US and UK — and now Pegg, director J.J. Abrams, and cast and crew from all corners of the Star Trek universe are speaking out as part of a group called Trek Against Trump. In an open letter posted to Facebook yesterday, the group made its case, stating that Star Trek has always portrayed an inclusive future, where "people of all races are accorded equal respect and dignity, where individual beliefs and lifestyles are respected so long as they pose no threat to others." The racially charged presidential campaign of Donald Trump "stands in complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe," the letter says, before urging voters to register at Rock the Vote so they can oppose Trump’s candidacy.


09/30/2016 02:26 PM

Moment's lenses work with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus but require a special mounting plate

Moment's lenses work with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus but require a special mounting plateMoment The iPhone 7 is all about the camera. You knew that. But maybe you need more than the iPhone 7 Plus's dual cameras to capture a perfect photo. Moment announced today that its lenses now officially work with the iPhone 7, even with the 7 Plus’s dual cameras, though the lenses only cover the wide-angle camera.The lens choices include a wide lens, tele lens, superfish lens, and a macro lens. They all cost $99.99 and require either a Moment Case or Moment Mounting Plate. The Mounting Plate costs $9.99, and the case will be $49.99 when it's eventually announced. ...


09/30/2016 02:18 PM

Watch a mad man create the redesigned iPhone 7 Apple wouldn’t make
Now that Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been released, it has become impossible to make an objective argument that the new handsets are "boring." We saw that narrative all over gadget blogs ahead of the phones' release but as we repeatedly reminded readers, you can never judge a book by its cover when it comes to iPhone leaks. In the end, we were correct; Apple's new iPhone's look just like we thought they would thanks to all those leaks, but leaks never paint a complete picture. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the fastest phones in the world by a huge margin, and they feature new cameras that are easily among the best out there. While the iPhone 7 as a whole is anything but boring, the phone's design is certainly disappointing to many users who aren't happy being stuck with the same look for the third year in a row. Some users have decided to buy a new iPhone anyway and others may skip this year's new model, but one person took matters into his own hands. DON'T MISS:  Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding We've seen several videos from YouTube user "PeripateticPandas" in the past, and they have all had one thing in common: iPhones were destroyed. Mercilessly. We saw this YouTuber fix Bendgate , eliminate the iPhone 6's protruding camera , and even transform an iPhone 6s into an iPhone 7 . Keeping true to form, the channel is back with a new video focusing on Apple's latest iPhone. This time around, the goal was to create the redesigned iPhone 7 that everyone was hoping for in 2016. The full video is embedded below and please, don't try this at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y33yz5CFoSg
09/30/2016 02:16 PM

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