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Apple's rivals hope its Watch will boost their own wearable tech

Apple Watch is shown on screen during an Apple event at the Flint Center in CupertinBy Harro Ten Wolde BARCELONA (Reuters) - Apple's rivals want to benefit from its magic, hoping that its long awaited new smartwatch will finally conjure demand for wearable technology that has so far generated more buzz about its potential than actual sales. Gizmos that users wear on their bodies have yet to live up to the hype as the next big thing in technology. "If Apple is successful, it'll create a rising tide that will lift the whole market," said Ben Wood, a top gadget reviewer at technology market research firm CCS Insight. His company predicts Apple will sell 20 million of its new smart watches this year, helping spur 150 percent growth in the wearable technology sector to 75 million gadgets, rising to 350 million by 2018.

03/05/2015 01:02 PM

U.S. trade office says monitoring Alibaba e-commerce site

Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Ma reacts while giving a speech at National Taiwan University in TaipeiThe U.S. trade office said on Thursday it is keeping an eye on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's  consumer shopping website for sales of counterfeit and pirated goods, but refrained from putting the site back on a piracy blacklist. Alibaba has fought hard to tackle counterfeit products to keep its reputation from being tarnished in the run-up to, and after, its initial public offering last year. The U.S. Trade Representative removed China's, Alibaba's consumer-to-consumer shopping website, from its list of notorious markets in 2012.

03/05/2015 12:07 PM

Mandarin Oriental says credit card systems compromised in cyberattack
Hotel operator Mandarin Oriental International Ltd said on Thursday that it was the victim of a cyberattack and that it found malicious software on credit card systems at "an isolated number" of hotels in the United States and Europe. The company said in a statement on its website that it was working with credit card companies, law enforcement and forensic experts as it investigates the matter.
03/05/2015 02:34 PM

Kleiner ex-partner Pao to testify in own Silicon Valley bias case

Ellen Pao walks to San Francisco Superior Court in San FranciscoBy Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former venture capitalist Ellen Pao could take the stand as early as Thursday in her gender discrimination lawsuit against her previous employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, giving testimony that will likely make or break the case. Questioning Pao provides the best opportunity for each side to clinch their arguments, but it is also extremely risky, according to employment law attorneys following the trial. The lawsuit, which the former Kleiner Perkins partner filed in 2012 against the venture capital firm, has helped spark a broad and ongoing discussion about sexism in Silicon Valley. To win, Pao needs "to come across as extra-capable," said Kathleen Lucas, a San Francisco attorney who represents employees.

03/05/2015 11:45 AM

U.S. begins auction for 50,000 bitcoins tied to criminal website

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and coins are seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in ParisBy Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday started auctioning off 50,000 bitcoins following the conviction of Ross Ulbricht for running Silk Road, the underground website where authorities said drugs and other illegal goods could be bought using the virtual currency. The six-hour online auction of roughly $13.5 million worth of bitcoins at current prices began at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT). The Marshals Service conducted auctions in June and December for nearly 80,000 bitcoins seized during the Silk Road raid in 2013. Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper said he would be a bidder.

03/05/2015 11:24 AM

Music app Shazam to add sights to sounds

Shazam's Chief Executive Rich Riley poses after an interview at the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaBy Leila Abboud BARCELONA (Reuters) - Shazam, the company behind the mobile phone app that enables its 100 million users to recognize music they hear, and buy the recordings, is now promising to extend the app's scope to objects, such as products in retail outlets. "Shazam is already a verb. We want to expand the universe of what you can Shazam," Chief Executive Rich Riley told Reuters at the Mobile World Congress industry fair in Barcelona. To fund the expansion the London-based company raised $30 million from several unidentified billionaires and financial institutions in January, coming on top of $40 million raised from Mexican telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim in 2013.

03/05/2015 07:03 AM

Lenovo’s awesome Yoga 3 Pro has me even more excited for the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air
Not to long ago I wrote about the agonizing decision I will have to make this year: Namely, picking between the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air and the 12-inch iPad Pro. While it’s still too early to say what would be the better choice between the two, I’m definitely more excited right now about the slimmer MacBook Air model, and I have a Lenovo laptop to thank for it. FROM EARLIER: Don’t expect Apple to unveil the Retina MacBook Air on Monday Announced in early October last year, the Yoga 3 Pro Windows laptop/tablet is a device I had largely ignored until recently, even though it packs Intel’s highly efficient Core M processor, which will also be on the new MacBook Air. But luckily, I
03/05/2015 03:03 PM

The new 'Horsemen of the Nasdaq' - how long will they ride?

A man walks past the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times SquareApple, Google, Facebook and Amazon hold dominant positions in the tech sector and have been among the biggest engines driving the Nasdaq above the 5,000 mark this week for the first time since 2000. The tech world moves so quickly that in 2000 Google wasn't yet public and Facebook didn't exist. Apple had yet to introduce the iPod, let alone the iPhone. "In other sectors there's a greater sense of permanence in the leadership, but tech is always changing," said Scott Kessler, head of technology sector equity research at S&P Capital IQ in New York.

03/05/2015 02:58 PM

Gmail's iPhone app adds iOS 8 features, makes notifications interactive

Gmail's iPhone app adds iOS 8 features, makes notifications interactive

03/05/2015 02:58 PM

Is your PC strong enough to run Windows 10? Here’s how to find out
Based on everything that Microsoft has shown us so far, Windows 10 looks like a dream come true for PC owners. The UI has been greatly improved, the additions are much more than bloatware, and we’re finally getting our Start menu back. But before you start sketching desktop orientations for your upgraded PC, it’s worth finding out if you’ll actually be able to make the upgrade when the new OS launches later this year. READ MORE: Leaked video shows Microsoft’s exciting next-gen Windows 10 web browser in action In order to help you do that, ZDNet has put together a handy guide that will tell you exactly what you need to make the switch. As ZDNet notes, Microsoft’s system requirements page for the Windows
03/05/2015 02:42 PM

Startup 'Simply Aware' Aims to Improve Public Health with At-home STD Testing

Startup 'Simply Aware' Aims to Improve Public Health with At-home STD TestingThe CDC estimates that there are over 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections every year. The majority of these new cases go untreated because they are never identified. Without treatment, STDs can lead to immediate and lasting complications, like infertility and even death. Together, cousins Tommy and Brian Peacock created a...

03/05/2015 02:39 PM

JxE Streams: Revisiting Rare with Xbox 'Conker: Live & Reloaded'

JxE Streams: Revisiting Rare with Xbox 'Conker: Live & Reloaded'

03/05/2015 02:30 PM

Apple's iTunes subscription music service unlikely to debut at March 9th event

Apple's iTunes subscription music service unlikely to debut at March 9th eventNot that we were expecting it, but 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple's premium iTunes streaming service will be a no show at Monday's "Spring forward" event in San Francisco. When it eventually launches, the subscription service will essentially be a do-over of Beats Music — this time under the iTunes brand and built directly into iOS. 9to5Mac says Apple's annual WWDC keynote is the most likely venue for an unveiling of the product. The new streaming music service could come as part of an iOS 8 software update later this summer, though it could also be positioned as one of the main (and few) big new features of iOS 9.

03/05/2015 02:27 PM

Comcast finds an exciting new way to anger subscribers
If you are already paying for HBO through your cable provider, then you should have no problem watching HBO Go on your device of choice at home, right? Right… unless you’re a Comcast subscriber. The Verge’s Chris Welch points out that PS4 owners who also subscribe to HBO through Comcast still aren’t able to access the app on their devices even though it released to the console earlier this week. DON’T MISS: Cord cutters are loaded with TV streaming options – here’s everything you need to know And as Engadget informs us, Comcast really is the only ISP where this is an issue. If you subscribe to Time Warner Cable, Charter or any other cable company, you’ll be able to use
03/05/2015 02:24 PM

First look at Lamborghini's even faster Aventador Superveloce

First look at Lamborghini's even faster Aventador SuperveloceThe prettiest yellow thing on the planet is now even more powerful

03/05/2015 02:18 PM

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