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Indian minister: discussing Apple's request for FDI rules waiver

A pedestrian walks past an Apple iPhone 6 advertisement at an electronics store in Mumbai, IndiaBy Manoj Kumar NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government on Monday said it was discussing Apple Inc's foreign direct investment application that seeks a waiver from a local sourcing rule. Nirmala Sitharaman, commerce and industry minister in the federal cabinet, told reporters her ministry would discuss the issue with the finance ministry. The finance ministry's foreign investment promotion board (FIPB), which clears foreign direct investment applications, has asked the iPhone maker to sell at least 30 percent locally sourced goods if it wished to open shops in India.


05/30/2016 03:31 AM

Data analysis from Paris raid on Google will take months, possibly years: prosecutor

A woman holds her smart phone which displays the Google home page, in this picture illustrationBy Chine Labbé PARIS (Reuters) - Analysis of data seized by investigators in last week's raid of Google's Paris headquarters could possibly take years, French financial prosecutor Eliane Houlette said on Sunday. Dozens of French police raided Google's offices on Tuesday, escalating an investigation over suspected tax evasion. "We have collected a lot of computer data," Houlette said in an interview with Europe 1 radio, TV channel iTele and newspaper Le Monde, adding that 96 people took part in the raid.


05/29/2016 12:37 PM

Bangladesh panel finds possible insider role in central bank cyber theft

Photo illustration of the SWIFT logoOfficials of Bangladesh Bank may have been involved in a brazen theft of $81 million from its account with the New York Federal Reserve Bank in February, the head of a government-appointed panel investigating the cyber heist told reporters on Monday. Hackers broke into the computer systems of the Bangladesh central bank and issued instructions through the SWIFT network to transfer $951 million of its deposits held at the New York Federal Reserve Bank to accounts in the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Most of the transactions were blocked but four went through, amounting to $81 million, sparking allegations by Bangladeshi officials that both the Fed and SWIFT had failed to detect the fraud.


05/30/2016 08:05 AM

Gawker privacy lawsuit evolves into battle of tech billionaires

Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley investor who co-founded PayPal, talks to students during his visit to the 42 school campus in ParisBy Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Billionaire media owner Pierre Omidyar is backing news and entertainment web site Gawker Media in its lawsuit against wrestler Hulk Hogan, adding a new twist to a case pitting technology money against press freedom. Omidyar, owner of The Intercept publisher First Look Media, is asking other media outlets to file legal briefs in support of Gawker, First Look said in a statement on Friday. First Look said its goal was to protect constitutional rights.


05/27/2016 09:11 PM

Push for encryption law falters despite Apple case spotlight

A worker checks an iPhone in a repair store in New YorkBy Dustin Volz, Mark Hosenball and Joseph Menn WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After a rampage that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, key U.S. lawmakers pledged to seek a law requiring technology companies to give law enforcement agencies a "back door" to encrypted communications and electronic devices, such as the iPhone used by one of the shooters. Draft legislation that Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Intelligence Committee, had circulated weeks ago likely will not be introduced this year and, even if it were, would stand no chance of advancing, the sources said. Key among the problems was the lack of White House support for legislation in spite of a high-profile court showdown between the Justice Department and Apple Inc over the suspect iPhone, according to Congressional and Obama Administration officials and outside observers.


05/27/2016 01:08 AM

Cyber firms say Bangladesh hackers have attacked other Asian banks

Photo illustration of the SWIFT logoBy Dustin Volz and Jeremy Wagstaff WASHINGTON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Hackers who stole $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank have been linked to an attack on a bank in the Philippines, in addition to the 2014 hack on Sony Pictures, cybersecurity company Symantec Corp said in a blog post. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has blamed North Korea for the attack on Sony's Hollywood studio. A senior executive at Mandiant, the cybersecurity company investigating the Bank Bangladesh heist, also told Reuters the hackers had recently penetrated banks in Southeast Asia.


05/27/2016 04:46 AM

Computex 2016: the future of computers revealed in Taipei

Computex 2016: the future of computers revealed in TaipeiComputex Taipei 2016 comes at a time when there's wider interest in the PC and computer hardware industry than there has been in many years. Taiwanese company Nvidia has just launched the GTX 1080 and 1070 GPUs amid a flurry of hype, much of which is down to the fact that you need a powerful PC to run virtual reality headsets like the Vive from compatriots HTC. VR is likely to be a major theme at this year's Computex, with HTC making an unexpected appearance after years of skipping the show.


05/30/2016 08:18 AM

This iPhone battery case has way more capacity than Apple’s for one-third the price
Apple's own iPhone battery case is an acquired taste, as you can see in the photo at the top of this post. The problem is that some people will never acquire that taste. And on top of its odd look, the case is also very pricey at $100, plus it has a small battery compared to other options out there. Speaking of other options, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s owners in search of a new battery case should check out the  iXCC 3100mah External Battery Backup Charging Case for Apple iPhone 6/6s , which is one-third the price of Apple's battery case with 65% more capacity. Here's what you need to know: The powerful 3100mAh Li-polymer rechargeable battery pack can effectively provide 100%+ extra battery life to your iPhone 6 / 6S, which is equivalent to add 14 + hours talk time or 10+ hours web browsing time. Without adding excessive extra bulk, iXCC new fully protective hard-shell battery case protects your Apple iPhone 6/6S from scratches and any other daily wear and tear. While maintaining the slim form factor of your iPhone6 /6S, this phone case is small and convenient enough to fit easily in your hand or in your pocket. Featuring sync-through technology that you can sync your iPhone 6/6S to a laptop or desktop without having to take the new battery case off. Simultaneously charge your iPhone and battery case via the included micro USB cable. The LED battery level indicator lets you know exactly how much power you have; and a softer side that safely holds your iPhone while providing easy access to all buttons and ports. Certified by Apple MFi program, compatible with ios 9 and all future updates. Two years warranty from iXCC to ensure the product quality work the way you need to. This sleek iPhone battery case from iXCC is  just $33.99 on Amazon , and that includes free Prime shipping.
05/30/2016 08:15 AM

First Click: Code Conference, Computex, Civil War II, and more in the week ahead

First Click: Code Conference, Computex, Civil War II, and more in the week aheadComputex has already shifted into high gear with Sam Byford in Taipei covering the action live all week long. Asus kicked things off early with a MacBook killer and a trio of nice looking phones as part of its “Zenvolution” event.


05/30/2016 07:30 AM

ASUS ROG unveils Avalon, a hassle-free approach to a DIY PC
05/30/2016 07:00 AM

ASUS upgrades its crazy ROG liquid-cooled gaming laptop
05/30/2016 07:00 AM

This is the first unibody metal phone without antenna lines

This is the first unibody metal phone without antenna linesAsus has somehow worked around the iPhone's most glaring aesthetic shortcoming, beating competitors like HTC, Huawei, and Meizu in producing a "full-metal" phone with completely discreet antennas. Alongside the 5.7-inch Deluxe, Asus today also unveiled the 6.8-inch ZenFone 3 Ultra, which resides firmly in phablet territory while also matching the invisible antenna design. Both devices have 1080p displays and an enviable 79 percent screen-to-body ratio, so Asus has truly done its utmost in terms of design measurables.


05/30/2016 06:04 AM

Iran orders foreign messaging apps to store data within its borders

Iran orders foreign messaging apps to store data within its bordersIran has ordered foreign messaging apps to store all data on its citizens within the country's borders, Reuters reports, giving the companies one year to comply. Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace announced the measures on Sunday, saying they are based on the "guidelines and concerns of the supreme leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to the local IRNA news agency. Iran has long held tight control over the internet, censoring objectionable content and blocking access to services like Facebook and Twitter.


05/30/2016 06:00 AM

Apple's plan to sell used iPhones in India officially gets rejected

Apple's plan to sell used iPhones in India officially gets rejectedLuckily for the Cupertino, California-based company, it still has hopes of opening up its own retail stores in the populous nation.


05/30/2016 05:53 AM

ASUS' me-too VR headset sure looks fancy
05/30/2016 05:36 AM

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