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China's Xiaomi shifts some smartphone user data out of Beijing on privacy concerns

People stand near a logo of Xiaomi ahead of the launching ceremony of Xiaomi Phone 4, in BeijingBy Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Thursday it is migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations. Data belonging to the privately owned company's non-Chinese users will be moved in several phases to Amazon Inc servers in the United States and data centers in Singapore, Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra said in a Wednesday blog post on Google Plus. ...


10/22/2014 11:41 PM

Apple CEO says to add 25 stores in China within two years: Sina

Apple CEO Tim Cook holds a new iPad after a presentation at Apple headquarters in CupertinoBEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company is planning to open 25 retail stores in China within the next two years, according to a Chinese transcript of an interview posted by web portal Sina.com. Apple, which currently earns about 15 percent of its revenue in Greater China, has 15 outlets in the country. The Apple chief executive made similar comments Monday on the company's fourth-quarter earnings call. "We're investing like crazy in the market," Cook said on the call. ...


10/23/2014 04:18 AM

French mobile market needs mergers, but we won't lead: Orange
PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - French telecoms operator Orange SA still believes the mobile market needs consolidation, but an executive said on Thursday his company is not prepared to kick-off such a move, three months after it dropped a bid for rival Bouygues SA. Chief Financial Officer Ramon Fernandez said Orange was open to discussions on possible combinations with other companies in its home market, but for now it was prepared to wait for others to make the first move. ...
10/23/2014 04:39 AM

Huawei says third-quarter smartphone shipments jump 26 percent, strong demand for high-end devices
By Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said third-quarter smartphone shipments jumped 26 percent year-on-year, doubling devices shipped to the high-margin premium market dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc. Shenzhen-based Huawei, the world's third-biggest smartphone supplier after the dominant pair, shipped 16.8 million smartphones globally in the quarter ended Sept. 30, according to company data. About a quarter of those were mid- to high-end models, more than twice as many as the same period last year. ...
10/23/2014 04:54 AM

Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox'

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, California(Reuters) - Google Inc launched an email service called "Inbox" on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way. Google said it was sending out invitations to selected Gmail users to try out the new service. Users can also email the company at inbox@google.com to get an invitation. For now the new service is being provided alongside Gmail, which was launched in 2004. It will be available on the Web as well as on Android smartphones and iPhones. ...


10/22/2014 02:10 PM

Lufthansa close to deal with IBM for IT infrastructure unit

Barrier tape of German airline Lufthansa is seen at Munich airportBERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa is close to a deal to sell its IT infrastructure unit to IBM , including an outsourcing agreement for the services, as part of a shake-up of its technology activities, it said on Wednesday. Europe's largest airline by revenue is undergoing restructuring and cost-cutting efforts to better position itself to compete with low-cost carriers and Gulf rivals. ...


10/22/2014 08:22 AM

Hungary needs cash, so it wants to tax internet traffic

Hungary needs cash, so it wants to tax internet traffic


10/23/2014 04:53 AM

Apple computer sells for record $905K in NY: Bonhams

Apple-1 computerOne of the first Apple computers ever built sold in New York on Wednesday for $905,000, leading Bonhams auction house to declare it the world's most expensive computer relic.


10/23/2014 04:10 AM

Windows 10 has new ways to protect you against internet data breaches

Windows 10 has new ways to protect you against internet data breaches


10/23/2014 03:54 AM

Watch the world's rhythms compared with the aid of simple circles

Watch the world's rhythms compared with the aid of simple circlesPizza, good movies, and great music are just some of the things that make the world go round. Over at TED-Ed, John Varney explains how rhythm can literally be perceived as a circular concept, as opposed to the traditional left-to-right format we're accustomed to. The five-minute animation beautifully describes what Varney calls the "wheel method" of tracing rhythm, while showing the relationships between musical forms across the world. It's a surprisingly easy watch, even for those who lack background in the subject matter.


10/23/2014 03:38 AM

Bang and Olufsen have made a portable Bluetooth speaker, no, we're not kidding

Bang and Olufsen have made a portable Bluetooth speaker, no, we're not kidding


10/23/2014 03:00 AM

'SimCity BuildIt' lets Canadians play urban planner before anyone else

'SimCity BuildIt' lets Canadians play urban planner before anyone else


10/23/2014 02:18 AM

Kenny G frantically disassociates himself from Hong Kong demonstrators

Kenny G frantically disassociates himself from Hong Kong demonstratorsWhen famous saxophonist Kenny G tweeted a selfie from a Hong Kong protest site, he probably wasn't expecting to be rebuked by the Chinese government. The musician has since made it extremely clear that he is in no way supporting the demonstrators in Hong Kong, and that his appearance at a protest site was purely coincidental.


10/23/2014 01:39 AM

Yahoo's mail app has notifications for flights and events too

Yahoo's mail app has notifications for flights and events too


10/23/2014 01:37 AM

​Zuckerberg delights audience in Beijing with Mandarin prowess

A screenshot from the video of Zuckerberg's fireside chat in Beijing.The Facebook founder and CEO speaks for 30 minutes in Mandarin at a question and answer session and talks about his company's plans to engage its largest untapped market.>


10/23/2014 01:27 AM

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