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Microsoft Retools Office for Touch Screen, Web Use

January 29, 2013 10:01 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The revamped Office boasts touch controls, just like the redesigned version of the Windows operating system that Microsoft Corp. released three months ago. The company is trying to ensure that its products retain their appeal at a time when people increasingly rely on smartphones and tablet computers instead of PCs.


Netgear Buys Sierra Wireless' AirCard Business

January 29, 2013 9:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Networking equipment maker Netgear Inc. is buying Sierra Wireless Inc.'s AirCard business for $138 million in cash, the companies said Monday. Netgear will assume $6.5 million in liabilities, 160 employees and facilities in Carlsbad, Calif., and Richmond, British Columbia, where Sierra Wireless is based.


Apple Updates iPhone, iPad Software

January 29, 2013 9:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple has released a software update for iPhones and iPads that speeds up data downloads on some major overseas telecom networks and a handful of small U.S. carriers. Apple says iOS version 6.1 adds the ability to access the "LTE" networks of 36 additional iPhone carriers.


Canada, Holland: WhatsApp Violates Privacy Norms

January 29, 2013 9:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Regulators in the Netherlands and Canada say the popular messaging application WhatsApp is violating internationally accepted privacy norms by stockpiling phone numbers belonging to people who don't even use the service. Many communications services ask for access to their customer's address books to help connect them with friends.


Crucial, Long-Overdue BlackBerry Makeover Arrives

January 29, 2013 9:17 am | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | Comments

The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone is promising a speedier device, a superb typing experience and the ability to keep work and personal identities separate on the same phone. It's the fruit of a crucial, long-overdue makeover for the Canadian company.


Yahoo's 4Q Report Shows More Signs of Progress

January 29, 2013 9:12 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Yahoo got a little healthier during the last three months of 2012 as the long-suffering Internet company took advantage of higher ad prices and more money coming in from overseas investments to deliver numbers that exceeded analyst forecasts.


UN Group OKs New Video Format to Save Bandwidth

January 28, 2013 10:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The U.N. telecommunications agency says its members have agreed upon a new compression format that could dramatically cut the amount of Internet bandwidth currently used by video files. The Geneva-based agency says videos encoded using the H.264 format — which is favored by devices such as Apple's iPad — currently account for two-fifths of web traffic.


Japan Launches 2 Intelligence Satellites

January 28, 2013 10:26 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Japan launched two intelligence satellites into orbit on Sunday amid growing concerns that North Korea is planning to test more rockets of its own and possibly conduct a nuclear test. Officials say the launch Sunday of the domestically produced HII-A rocket went smoothly and the satellites.


Boeing Probe Shifts To Monitoring System Maker

January 28, 2013 10:16 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The joint U.S. and Japanese investigation into the Boeing 787's battery problems has shifted from the battery-maker to the manufacturer of a monitoring system.Japan transport ministry official Shigeru Takano said Monday the probe into battery-maker GS Yuasa was over for now as no evidence was found it was the source of the problems.


Nokia Music+ Offers $3.99 Premium Streaming Service

January 27, 2013 2:19 pm | by Samantha Murphy | Comments

In an effort to better compete with Spotify and other music services, Nokia announced on Sunday it is expanding its free music streaming service with an enhanced paid version of its existing Nokia Music platform Nokia Music — the ad-free service

Images of Alleged Next-Gen iPhone Components Surface

January 27, 2013 12:15 pm | by CNET | Comments

A French blog posts images of what it says are speaker components for the next round of Apple smartphones, what it calls an iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. French blog, which has posted images of legitimate parts for unreleased iPhones in the past.


Google Officially Responds to Safari-Tracking Lawsuit

January 25, 2013 11:24 pm | by Pete Pachal | Comments

Last winter, a Stanford researcher discovered Google was bypassing iPhone users’ privacy settings in the mobile

Has Apple Lost Its Cool to Samsung?

January 25, 2013 10:53 pm | by The Wall Street Journal | Comments

Samsung Electronics is succeeding where other technology companies have tried and failed: closing the coolness gap with Apple.

AT&T to Pay $1.9B for Verizon Spectrum

January 25, 2013 5:17 pm | by Reuters | Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc has inked two deals worth more than $2.68 billion this week as it accelerates its push to expand its wireless spectrum holdings to beef up capacity for high-speed services. The No 2. U.S. mobile provider said on Friday that it agreed to buy wireless airwaves from Verizon Wireless for $1.9 billion in cash.


iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini rumors afoot

January 25, 2013 4:21 pm | by CNET | Comments

Purportedly leaked details of the next generation of Apple's most popular products include an upgraded rear camera for the reported "iPhone 5S" and a Retina screen for the next iPad Mini.


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