Today's Top Technology Headlines
- Alibaba plays trademark card to protect lead as China's $8 billion e-commerce spree nears
BEIJING (Reuters) - A trademark spat between Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and rival JD.com flared into public view after JD published an Alibaba letter urging publishers to be careful about advertising in promotions for China's annual "Singles' Day" spree, the world's largest online shopping day. In the letter, dated Oct. 16 and published on Thursday on a JD social media account, Alibaba's Tmall.com marketplace warned Chinese publishers against running ads with the "Double Eleven" motif that are not official Alibaba promotions. ...
- Time Warner Cable loses more video customers in latest quarter
Time Warner Cable lost a net 184,000 household video customers in the three months ended Sept. 30, far more than the 136,000 that market research firm StreetAccount had estimated. The company, which is being acquired by market leader Comcast Corp for $45.3 billion, lost a net 152,000 customers in the April-June quarter. Comcast reported higher quarterly revenue and income last week as more people signed up for high-speed internet and fewer customers dropped their cable subscriptions. As of Sept. 30, Time Warner Cable had 10.8 million household video subscribers, down from 11.4 million a year earlier.
- Samsung seeks smartphone revamp to arrest profit slide
By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it would revamp its smartphone line-up to take on competitors in the rapidly growing mid-to-low range segment, after third-quarter earnings set it on course for its worst year since 2011. The global smartphone leader's market share declined in annual terms for the third straight quarter in July-September, lagging Apple Inc in the premium market and overtaken by rivals like Lenovo Group Ltd and Xiaomi Inc at the bottom end, research firm Strategy Analytics said. ...
- Apple's Tim Cook says 'proud to be gay'
Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook publicly came out as gay, saying in a magazine article that he wanted to support others who find it difficult to reveal their sexual orientation. "So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook said in an article he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek published on Thursday. A popular gay and lesbian magazine, Out, placed Cook at the top of its annual top 50 list of gay people in 2013.
- In glow of Apple, NXP pitches tap-to-pay technology to car makers
By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - NXP Semiconductors is taking advantage of the recent excitement around Apple Inc's new mobile payment system with the tap-to-pay technology built into the newest iPhones by pitching it to car makers. Apple's inclusion of near-field-communications, or NFC, in its latest smartphones and its Apple Pay system unveiled last month has given a long-awaited seal of approval to the technology. ...
- Wal-Mart and allies in face-off with Apple Pay over mobile payments
By Nathan Layne and Nandita Bose CHICAGO (Reuters) - Suddenly it's Apple versus Wal-Mart in the fight for shoppers' digital wallets. With the development of a new mobile payment system, a group of retailers led by Wal-Mart Stores is aiming to upend the $4.5 trillion credit card market and control the precious transaction data generated at the checkout line. The difficulty of the task became clear this week when drugstore chains CVS Health Corp and Rite Aid , in a move apparently aimed at shoring up the retailers' pay system, stopped accepting payments on Apple Inc's iPhones. ...
- 'Game of Thrones' stars sign for seventh season
It looks like HBO wants a seventh season of Game of Thrones. The series has already been ordered through its sixth season, and now The Hollywood Reporter says that HBO has reworked its stars' contracts to make sure that they'll all be onboard should it order a seventh. Game of Thrones' stars were only signed for six seasons, which made extending their contracts a must to keep the show going, according to the Reporter.
- The kindest cut: my journey into the nether regions of male birth control
The doctor gives my scrotum a firm tug, stretching the skin flat. “This is where I would punch the hole,” he explains. I wince, and he says, “I can assure you, it doesn’t hurt at all.” From there, he explains, it’s a simple process to extract and sever my vas deferens, the tiny tubes that carry my seed. Just to be safe, he’ll cauterize the cut ends before tying them back together, burning my baby-making apparatus into oblivion.
- Here are the first unboxing videos of the amazing Nexus 6 and Nexus 9
The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are Google’s latest Nexus-branded smartphone and tablet, and while both devices are available for preorder from Google Play — the Nexus 6 is already sold out though — Android fans are yet to get their next Nexus toys. While you wait for your Nexus 6 and/or Nexus 9 to be delivered to your door, you can already check out the first unboxing videos, with Phone Arena having already posted such videos on YouTube. FROM EARLIER: You can preorder Google’s incredible Nexus 6 right now As you can easily see, Google opted for a minimal retail box design for both the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 — somewhat similar to what Apple has
- A 'haunted' ad comes alive to scare the heck out of Swedes
- Nintendo sleep sensor to take aim at 'quality of life'
- Metallica will play for a week on Craig Ferguson's 'Late Late Show'
Craig Ferguson, host of the Late Late Show, announced he was leaving his gig for new horizons earlier this year. He'll be getting a slightly unexpected — but amazing — musical send-off: Metallica says they'll play a song on the show every night for a week to commemorate Ferguson's time as host, Rolling Stone reports.
- Samsung's Gear S smartwatch coming to the US on November 7th
Samsung's Gear S smartwatch will launch in the United States on November 7th, the company announced today. All four major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will carry the device, and you'll also be able to purchase it from Samsung's store-in-a-store shops at Best Buy locations across the US. The Gear S will be available in black or white, but Samsung's not revealing any pricing details;
- Life would be better if our cars had Formula 1 steering wheels
Whether you're talking on-track performance or off-track health benefits, Formula 1 has been at the forefront of technology for decades. One obvious example is the evolution of the cars' steering wheels, which have sprouted enough knobs, buttons, lights, and displays that they look more like something out of a spacecraft than an earthbound machine. McLaren Mercedes — the second-oldest active F1 team behind Ferrari — just posted a look back through some of the most radical wheel designs that their team's drivers have used over the years with some insight into when, why, and how they changed.
- Here’s the $100 smartphone Microsoft says is better than the iPhone
When in doubt, attack the iPhone. This is a strategy that has been employed countless times over the past seven years, ever since Apple’s iPhone first came along and turned the smartphone industry on its head in 2007. One company actually managed to turn iPhone-bashing into a successful business, but it costs Samsung double-digit billions in marketing money each year to make its anti-Apple campaign work. Of course, most companies don’t have that kind of money to spend on marketing and advertising, so they haven’t fared quite as well. Microsoft is no stranger to targeting Apple in marketing, of course, and its latest effort is one of its most curious to date. DON’T MISS: Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging