Today's Top Technology Headlines
- Apple CEO says had 'very open' privacy talks in China: Xinhua
BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook was quoted on Friday as saying he had "very open" talks on privacy and security with a senior Chinese official, days after a web monitoring group linked the government to a hack into Apple's iCloud service in China. Cook's remarks, made in an interview to the official Xinhua news agency, were his first public comments since meeting Vice Premier Ma Kai in Beijing on Wednesday. Cook's China visit has been overshadowed by a report by web monitoring group Greatfire. ...
- Ericsson flags North America slowdown
By Sven Nordenstam and Olof Swahnberg STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson said on Friday a slowdown in North America created uncertainty over fourth quarter sales as operators cut spending after big investments in high-speed networks. A build-out of the newest 4G/LTE networks by operators in North America, where Ericsson makes about a quarter of its sales and Chinese rival Huawei is effectively barred from doing business, has supported the Swedish firm at a time of stagnation in much of Europe. ...
- Microsoft sales beat Street hopes, cloud profits up
By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by stronger sales of its phones, Surface tablets and cloud-computing products for companies, while keeping its profit margins largely intact. The results on Thursday allayed fears of investors in recent days that the industry shift toward lower-margin cloud services was proving hard for established technology leaders to master. Microsoft shares, which have climbed 33 percent over the past year, rose another 3 percent in after-hours trading to $46.36. ...
- Amazon's holiday-quarter forecast disappoints, shares dive
By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's sales projections for the crucial holiday quarter disappointed Wall Street and third-quarter results missed forecasts, sending the online retailer's shares 9 percent lower on Thursday. After an unusually busy first half of the year that saw the online retailer spend on developing everything from mobile phones and Hollywood-style production to grocery deliveries, investors were ready to see it curtail its ambitions and start delivering sustainable profits. ...
- China Telecom, Unicom to build content delivery firm: Chinese paper
(Reuters) - China Telecom Corp Ltd and China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd could soon jointly invest in a new content delivery network (CDN) company that would speed up Chinese users' Internet access, a Chinese paper reported on Friday. The proposed firm would be run by China Telecom's cloud computing subsidiary, according to a 21st Century Business Herald report citing an unnamed senior China Telecom employee. Rumors of a CDN joint venture between the country's second- and third-largest carriers have existed for more than year. Telecom and Unicom did not immediately respond to requests for comment. ...
- Google bolsters artificial intelligence efforts, partners with Oxford
By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is expanding its artificial intelligence initiative, hiring more than half a dozen leading academics and experts in the field and announcing a partnership with Oxford University to "accelerate" its efforts. Google will make a "substantial contribution" to establish a research partnership with Oxford's computer science and engineering departments, the company said on Thursday regarding its work to develop the intelligence of machines and software, often to emulate human-like intelligence. ...
- The deep surveillance of New York's first Ebola patient
Craig Spencer is now the most-watched man in New York. Last night, the 33-year-old doctor was confirmed as New York's first case of Ebola. In the hours since, detectives and reporters have pored over every detail of his seven days in New York.
- Iron Man's ‘Hulkbuster’ armor is the biggest clue to Marvel's 5-year future
This week's Avengers; Age of Ultron trailer was a surprise reveal for everyone — chief among them Marvel itself, who decided to combat a poor-quality leak by publishing the full HD version one week earlier than expected. There's a lot to glean from the trailer if you care to go frame by frame, but the definite centerpiece is Iron Man in a major public fight with the Hulk.
- Iron Man's ‘Hulkbuster’ armor is the biggest clue to Marvel's five-year future
Age of Ultron trailer was a surprise reveal for everyone — chief among them Marvel itself, who decided to combat a poor-quality leak by publishing the full HD version one week earlier than expected. There's a lot to glean from the trailer if you care to go frame by frame, but the definite centerpiece is Iron Man in a major public fight with the Hulk. What's more important is that Iron Man came prepared for the fight with a pre-built supersuit designed to take on his (former) best friend — and that says as much about Iron Man as it does the entire future of Marvel's cinematic universe.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt is shooting a 4K film with Samsung's NX1
- 9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $36!)
This has been a great week for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free, but we have a few more gems to share with you before the week is done. Thursday’s list included seven great paid iOS apps that were made available for free for a limited time (a few of them are still free if you hurry), but today we have nine apps regularly worth a combined $36 and each and every one is free for a short time. DON’T MISS: This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google’s game-changing email app ‘Inbox’ These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers.
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- Sprint's iPhone for life program to offer annual upgrade
- Video: The iPad Air 2 withstands a ‘bend test’ about as well as you’d expect
The reason the “bend test” videos for the iPhone 6 Plus went viral is that they raised questions about whether the device would bend just from carrying it around in your pants pocket. This shouldn’t be a concern for anyone who owns an iPad Air 2, since the tablet was never intended to be carried around in your pants pocket and we can’t imagine any reason for a sane person to do so. All the same, that hasn’t stopped YouTuber Marvin Macht from putting the iPad Air 2 through a bend test of his own and the tablet predictably did not hold up well under pressure. READ OUR iPAD AIR 2 REVIEW: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone The