Today's Top Technology Headlines
- Russian watchdog again puts off decision on Google fine
Russia's state competition watchdog has again postponed a decision on a possible fine on Alphabet Inc's Google, the agency said on Tuesday. The regulator ruled last September that Google had broken the law by requiring pre-installation of certain applications on mobile devices running on its Android operating system, following a complaint by Russia's Yandex.
- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Microsoft back EU hate speech rules
Facebook , Twitter , Google's YouTube and Microsoft on Tuesday agreed to an EU code of conduct to tackle online hate speech within 24 hours in Europe. EU governments have been trying in recent months to get social platforms to crack down on rising online racism following the refugee crisis and terror attacks, with some even threatening action against the companies. As part of the pledge agreed with the European Commission, the web giants will review the majority of valid requests for removal of illegal hate speech in less than 24 hours and remove or disable access to the content if necessary.
- Court rules Dell's $24.9 billion buyout priced 22 percent below fair value
By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) - Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners underpriced their 2013 $24.9 billion buyout of Dell Inc [DI.UL] by about 22 percent and may have to pay tens of millions to investors who opposed the deal for the computer maker, a Delaware judge ruled on Tuesday. The fair value of Dell's stock at the time of the buyout was $17.62 per share, not the original price of $13.75 per share, according to Delaware Vice Chancellor Travis Laster. The investors originally sought appraisal on nearly 40 million shares and some claimed a fair value was as high as $25 per share.
- Microsoft CEO visiting China as anti-trust probe nears third year
BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp chief executive Satya Nadella is in Beijing this week, a company spokesman said on Tuesday, as China's anti-trust investigation of the U.S. software titan nears its third year. Nadella is expected to meet government officials to discuss the probe, a source familiar with the matter said. Cook met China's Vice Premier Wang Yang on May 17.
- China's President Xi pledges more support for technology firms
China's President Xi Jinping has vowed to increase government support for technology companies, state media reported, in an attempt to raise the country's competitiveness that could also further fuel concerns over protectionism. Beijing has put forward so-called Internet Plus and Made in China 2025 strategies, which aim to make Chinese firms world technology leaders and call for progressive increases in domestic components in priority industries such as robotics and aerospace equipment. Foreign business groups have voiced concerns that such policies could limit foreign firms' opportunities in China and ultimately starve innovation.
- Indian minister: discussing Apple's request for FDI rules waiver
By 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.
- More evidence future iPhones will have edgeless displays and no home button
Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 will likely be a solid upgrade; after all, who doesn't like faster internals and improved camera technology? All the same, iPhone users eagerly hoping for Apple to completely and dramatically overhaul the iPhone's somewhat stagnant design will likely have to wait until 2017. DON'T MISS: 10 3D Touch shortcuts no iPhone user should have to live without In fact, Apple's 2017 iPhone may represent such a dramatic upgrade that Apple is reportedly thinking about ditching the iPhone 7s moniker and instead calling the iPhone 7's successor the iPhone 8. Getting down to business, we've seen a growing chorus of reports over the past few weeks which suggest that Apple's 2017 iPhone will feature a glass design and a curved OLED display . Equally as intriguing are reports that Apple's follow-up to the iPhone 7 will feature an edge to edge display with the home button (which also doubles as the device's Touch ID sensor) embedded underneath the display. While this certainly sounds pretty impressive, there are well-founded concerns that users will demand a home button with tactile feedback. Not to fear, new evidence from the rumor mill suggests that Apple already has a solution in place for that. According to a report from Nikkei , Apple's 2017 iPhone will "be able to create more complex tactile vibrations on the display because of a tiny, but high-performance motor equipped inside." The report doesn't go into further detail, but if we are to believe reports of an iPhone with an edgeless display, it stands to reason that those "complex tactile vibrations" will be incorporated in such as way as to mimic the mechanical tactile feedback users of current iPhones are used to. It's important to remember that this isn't entirely new territory for Apple. Remember, the trackpad on Apple's revamped MacBook is completely stationary and has no 'click button.' Instead, the MacBook features a system of well-designed sensors and vibrations to provide users with the tactile feedback they're accustomed to. As anyone who has used a new MacBook can attest, the implementation is flawless, if not a bit surreal. Apple's dedicated MacBook page reads in part: The Force Touch trackpad may look like other trackpads on the surface, but underneath it’s unlike anything that’s existed before. Force sensors detect how much pressure you’re applying, and the new Taptic Engine provides a click sensation when you press anywhere on the surface. Now the click that once was a single, mechanical function is just the start of what you can do with Force Touch. Coupled with the recent report that Apple's 2017 iPhone will feature "complex tactile vibrations", it's not a stretch to imagine that Apple is planning to add an enhanced version of its Taptic Engine to the iPhone 7s and completely do away with the home button as we know it today.
- The future of AR is firefighters with infrared breathing masks
Firefighters may soon get a much needed improvement to their infrared imaging systems thanks to a pair of engineers at a research institute in Switzerland. Adrien Birbaumer and Martijn Bosch from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have created VIZIR, a smart visor for firefighters that will allow them to see thermal images through their breathing mask visor while keeping their hands free. A thermal camera is attached to the firefighters helmet, and looks to be attached via an easily movable arm in case the camera is hit by debris.
- Sirin Labs' Solarin is today's most ridiculous $16,000 Android phone
Sirin Labs is a new company making its debut in London today that stakes its future on very wealthy people believing their privacy and security to be priceless. Its launch product is the Solarin, a 5.5-inch Android smartphone accompanied by a series of bombastic claims about being the very best. Converted into US dollars and with tax added in, the Solarin costs an amusing $16,666.
- Facebook, YouTube, Microsoft, Twitter Crack Down on Hate Speech
Some of the biggest names in technology, including Facebook, YouTube, Microsoft and Twitter, have vowed to remove illegal online hate speech within 24 hours, supporting a European Commission code of conduct to rid the Internet of incendiary messages. In a code of conduct released today, the European Commission said its goal is to squash illegal online hate speech before it goes viral. The commission also called on the technology firms who agreed with the code of conduct to educate and "raise awareness" with users about appropriate online behavior.
- Facebook reportedly considering making Messenger more secure
- 12 best paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time
We hope you enjoyed the long weekend, and we hope that you also found some time to honor all the brave men and women who have given their lives protecting our country. Now that everyone is back to the grindstone, we're going to help ease you back into the work week with a list of 12 paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free right now. 12 is a whole lot of apps but if that's not enough for some reason, you'll find several more freebies in yesterday's post . DON’T MISS: Is this why the iPhone 7 is so boring? These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. DataControl Normally $0.99. DataControl is a easiest way to track your data usage. With its simple and clear design, you don't have to worry about busting your data plan. Say goodbye to data overage. Data Widget. Check your usage from Notification Center. Forecast in time. DataControl predicts how much data for daily use is reasonable. And tells you in usage percentage and cool colors. Real-Time Stats. Besides your usage statistics directly from iOS, you can see network speed. LET/4G/3G, and Wi-Fi are supported. Practical Design. Instantly offers the most important stats you need most. Features: - Track cellular LTE/4G/3G and Wi-Fi - Monthly, 30-day data plans supported - Bill-cycle data tacking automatically - Compatible with all carriers - No need to register or login - Pure functions. No Ads or monetizing your info or whatsoever Your data will be safe with DataControl. Download DataControl Recorder Pro Normally $4.99. It's an easy to use but powerful recording App. FEATURES: ● Password Protected ● Tags ● Notes ● Photos ● Markers ● Favorites ● iCloud ● Archive ● Video ● PDF ● Sharing Download Recorder Pro Note-Ify Normally $0.99. «Note-Ify Notes» - is a simple and convenient note-taking app. Organize your notes, ideas, shopping lists, tasks and different reference information. It features user-friendly and customizable interface. Key features: - FOLDERS - for easy grouping of notes - ICLOUD-SYNC - Your notes are available on the iPhone, iPad, Mac OS X * - COLORS - if you want to highlight the different types of notes just mark Important notes as red, Affairs - as green (for example) - Favorite Notes - select and group important to you notes - PASSWORD on a separate note - you can lock notes with password that contain confidential information (passwords, card numbers, love letters ;-)) - MAIL-TO-SELF - fast "one-click" sending of notes to the selected email-address, don't waste your time on typing your email. Just click on the button and note is in your mailbox - SKINS, FONTS, COLORS - configure the application so as you want Download Note-Ify Bites Normally $1.99. A first for smart phone users; set to change communication interaction as we know it forever. It's been a while since anything new and exciting for instant messaging has hit the market, it’s time for the next evolution. Bites is the ONLY iPhone app that lets you share licensed sound Bites with your friends in instant messaging. The Bites App was created to redefine messaging and instant messaging platforms. The concept is simple, enhance messaging platforms by enabling the simple use and sharing of customised sound Bites that relate to everyday life. These Bites stimulate the conversation which will ultimately take communication to the next level. As the humble emoticon once replaced the use of exclamation marks in text messaging by allowing the user to more accurately describe their emotions with the use of graphic icons, Bites’ ultimate goal is to enhance instant messaging by supplying users with compelling sound Bites. Users of the app will now be able to portray descriptive feelings or explanations in their conversations and communication using the sounds that relate to those emotions. The app is packed with beautifully designed buttons which are linked to an array of Bites licensed sounds for user sharing. The Bites app lets you manage your sounds in the app and with the 'More Bites' section, users are able to choose to download additional sounds to their personal libraries. Bites is set to add multiple new sounds to the platform for each update. Users can expect to see loads of new sounds that can further add to their conversations and experiences. We have packed in over 200 free sounds for users to share. A request feature enables users to communicate with the team at Bites to get new sound Bites to the app on demand. The app size is no greater than 50 megabytes so you won’t need to worry about space on your device. In app purchases for additional sound effects are charged to your iTunes account. Play, share, enjoy, download more, repeat. 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This app gives you - Best & the most updated collection of Live Wallpapers in the entire App Store - Best in class & detailed collection - All wallpapers are 1080x1920p, in resolution - This app supports all sorts of retina display - Clean, fresh & interactive User Interface This is the great app to have in your iPhone. So do not wait! Just download the app & get the best out of your iPhone 6S & 6S Plus. Download 3D Touch Wallpapers Spoticors Normally $1.99. With Spoticors, you can take control to Spotify, you'll be navigate in your saved playlists, listen your music library, search new songs with voice control and save songs in your music library. - iPhone 5s or later required - For a complete experience, Apple Watch required -ABOUT WATCH APP The companion Watch app (included) functions as a *remote* and requires Spoticors on iPhone to be active. It does not work independently. Music always plays through iPhone, therefore Bluetooth devices must be paired with iPhone, not Watch. -SPOTIFY PREMIUM REQUIRED Most features require a Spotify Premium account (sold by Spotify). LIMITATIONS ⁃ Watch app only plays music through iPhone. Spoticors must be active or playing in background on the iPhone for the Watch app to be usable. ⁃ No offline play. Data connection is required for voice recognition and streaming. ⁃ Spotify Connect is supported indirectly through Spotify app. -IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This product uses Music by Spotify but is not endorsed, certified or otherwise approved in any way by Spotify. Spotify is the registered trademark of the Spotify Group. Download Spoticors SpeakText 2 Normally $9.99. SpeakText 2 - Speak & Translate Web pages and Documents The app integrates the system text-to-speech engine, speaks & translates offline without internet connection. A must have app to speak aloud & translate text, documents and web pages of Safari. 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PDF file format is not supported. ● Tree document file explorer ● Cloud files import & export support ● Support three ways to open documents 1. Open In... 2. Apple iTunes 3. Cloud services Import documents from the Apple iCloud Drive, Box, Dropbox and Google Drive cloud services. ● Add favorite articles with "Starred" ● Read all unread articles automatically ● Swipe to control skipping sentences ● Support useful speaking options ● Speaking face animation ● Highlight words while speaking ● Exercising and improving your language skills during a bike riding, jogging or walking Download SpeakText 2 BusyBox Normally $2.99. Over 100000 people track their time with BusyBox! ============================== BusyBox lets you track the time you spend on all your activities. + Daily Tracking + Visualize your activities for the current day. + Data Visualization + Track the total time you spend on each activity. + Notes + If you need to log more details about your tasks, you can associate notes to your task logs. Logs can then be filtered by note contents. + Export your Data + Export your activity data to an excel file that can be read in excel, open office or any spreadsheet software. The notes are also exported to the excel file. + Open In + Open the excel file in any app that can open excel files on your iPhone. + Share via Email + Send the excel file via email. Download BusyBox
- Xbox One price drops to $299 ahead of 'slim’ console rumor for E3
Microsoft is discounting its Xbox One to $299 ahead of new hardware expected next month at E3. Microsoft's timing is well suited to its E3 press conference, which starts on June 13th. Rumors suggest Microsoft will launch a new "slim" Xbox One at E3 next month. While Microsoft's console price drop looks temporary, it could be a permanent move to position the smaller successor at a higher price point and sell off existing inventory of the current Xbox One model.
- Jenji Kohan is producing a new Netflix comedy about women's wrestling
Orange Is the New Black showrunner Jenji Kohan is keeping her hands full by executive producing GLOW, a new comedy about female wrestling that's just been given a series order by Netflix. It's being created and run by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, and Kohan and Orange Is the New Black producer Tara Herrman are serving as co-executive producers. The opening theme is a sight to behold, mainly because it includes lines like, "We come from the streets, we come from the city / We come from a world where there is no pity!" Truth be told, it looks like something out of a Saturday Night Live sketch, which is exactly why it's serving as fodder for a comedy series.
- Robot home-help and virtual reality at Taiwan's Computex
A knee-high robot designed to help around the house ended up serenading Taiwan's president as Asia's largest tech trade show kicked off Tuesday in Taipei. The Computex fair comes as Taiwan looks to tech innovation as a way out of economic stagnation, seeking to diversify its reputation as a hardware hub best-known for manufacturing chips. Organisers are hoping that new zones dedicated to smart living and start-ups will breathe new life into the show, as well as Taiwan's tech industry, which is increasingly under pressure from international rivals including China.