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Lenovo Profit Boosted by Smartphones, Tablets

January 30, 2013 9:10 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | Comments

Personal computer maker Lenovo Group said Wednesday its quarterly profit rose 34 percent to a record high on strong sales of smartphones and tablet computers.The company, vying with Hewlett-Packard Co. to become the world's biggest PC maker.

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IBM Sends Watson to NY College to Boost its Skills

January 30, 2013 9:07 am | by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press | Comments

IBM is announcing Wednesday that it will provide a Watson system to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the first time the computer is being sent to a university. Just like the flesh-and-blood students who will work on it, Watson is leaving home to sharpen its skills.

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Review: Microsoft Office Pricey, but Good Value

January 30, 2013 9:02 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

As much as I like Google Docs for word processing and spreadsheets, I find the online software clunky at times. So I was skeptical when I heard Microsoft is trying to sell its new version of Office as an online subscription.

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ScreenDirect: A Business‐to‐Business Solution for Direct Digital Content across Screens

January 29, 2013 5:11 pm | by Shodogg | Comments

Shodogg, a media technology company focused on connecting mobile devices to any second web‐enabled screen, has announced that it has been awarded a patent for its screen connectivity technology. The company also announced the release of its business‐to‐business solution, ScreenDirect.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Nowhereelse.fr, which has posted images of legitimate parts for unreleased iPhones in the past.

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