(Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon.com Inc has launched a hardware that allows its Prime members to order a product by pushing a button. The 'Dash button', which is connected with the Amazon app through Wi-Fi, is brand specific and the company has tied up with household names such as Tide, Huggies and Gillette. Reuters had reported in September that Amazon would boost staffing at its secretive Silicon Valley-based hardware unit as it tests Internet-connected "smart" home gadgets.
A plan to salvage RadioShack Corp’s business by co-branding most of its 1,740 surviving stores with cellular phone provider Sprint Corp earned U.S. bankruptcy court approval on Tuesday, ending four days of contested court hearings. The stores are what survived of more than 4,000 outlets after RadioShack went bankrupt in February. Judge Brendan Shannon, in Delaware bankruptcy court, approved a sale of the stores to the Standard General hedge fund, which plans to keep most of them open under a deal in which Sprint will occupy one-third of each space.
Japan's Sony Corp has halved its stake in camera and endoscope maker Olympus Corp and is no longer its top shareholder, according to Olympus. Sony now owns 5 percent of Olympus shares compared to 10 percent as of end-September 2014, Olympus said in a statement. Sony bought shares in Olympus in 2012, providing it with cash to fix its depleted finances after an accounting scandal forced it to restate several years of earnings.
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ellen Pao faces an uphill battle should she choose to appeal her defeat last week in a gender discrimination lawsuit against former employer Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Not only did a San Francisco Superior Court judge side with Pao on some key evidentiary disputes in the run-up to trial, but employers have been highly successful litigating in the California appeals court where Pao's case would land. Conversely, the court - which covers San Francisco and 11 other Northern California counties - handed victory to employers in more than half of the cases they lost in the lower courts, reversing 10 of 18 cases. Pao's lawsuit helped spark a wide-ranging debate about the treatment of women in Silicon Valley, which has continued after a jury last Friday decided she had not proved Kleiner broke the law when it passed her over for promotion.
By Se Young Lee and Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean rivals Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and LG Electronics Inc said on Tuesday they have agreed to call off all their legal disputes including a bitter months-long conflict over a set of damaged washing machines. The announcement comes more than a month after LG appliances chief Jo Seong-jin was indicted by Seoul prosecutors on a charge of deliberately damaging Samsung washing machines at a retail store in Germany last September, following a formal complaint filed by Samsung seeking criminal punishment. When LG published surveillance video footage to YouTube in an attempt to prove Jo's innocence, Samsung said the video was heavily edited in the executive's favor. The agreement extends to Samsung Electronics subsidiary Samsung Display and to LG Display Co Ltd. Samsung Display employees were indicted in February on charges of stealing organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display panel technology from LG Display.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Klaus Tschira, one of the co-founders of European software giant SAP, has died unexpectedly at the age of 74, his foundation said on Tuesday. Tschira, a trained physicist, left IBM to found SAP in 1972 together with four IBM colleagues: Hasso Plattner, who is still the company's chairman, Dietmar Hopp, Hans-Werner Hector and Claus Wellenreuther. The German business software company began by developing software that could process data in real time rather than overnight in batches, and went public in 1988. It is now Europe's biggest technology company, with revenue of 17. ...
GoDaddy, which has built its reputation trying to make Web hosting sexy, storms into Wall Street with a stock offering Wednesday aiming to revive the public markets' appetite for technology. Arizona-based GoDaddy is expected to raise more than $400 million in an initial public offering (IPO) which marks the end of a noticeable drought for the sector, which has been pumped up by cash from private equity investors. In another sign that seems to hint at keen investor interest, GoDaddy has raised the number of shares on offer from 22 to 23 million. GoDaddy, known for its provocative television ads with scantily clad women and its sponsorship of race car driver Danica Patrick, will be only the fourth IPO for the tech sector so far this year, according to Renaissance Capital.
From Tupac's performance as a hologram at Coachella to Audrey Hepburn's CGI advert for Galaxy chocolate, it's become increasingly common for stars to make digital reappearances after they die. Some celebrities, however, are taking steps to prevent this posthumous exploitation, with recently-uncovered documents showing Robin Williams to be among their number. The late comic left provisions restricting the use of his likeness for 25 years after his death, according to the Hollywood Reporter. This means that there won't be any films, adverts, or holographic stand-up gigs featuring Williams' voice or image until at least August 11, 2039. "It's interesting that Williams restricted use for 25 years," Laura Zwicker, an attorney responsible for handling the estates of rich individuals, told the Hollywood Reporter.
A carpenter's workshop, lit in soft amber tones, provides the scene for our earnest, moustachioed narrator. "To me, the selfie stick is not just an accessory," he says thoughtfully, "it's an extension of who you are." He then looks wistfully into the distance past the camera. In another, more modernly austere studio, a log is tenderly crafted into a selfie stick, a process which its young creator describes as being akin to "when the sun turns the rain into a rainbow." The passion and emotion in his words are palpable.
Microsoft is going back to the basics for a joke at the expense of Windows Phone today. What do you do when your smartphone operating system has less than three percent market share worldwide? Reboot. While the software giant isn’t quite dramatically rebooting all over again, it has genuinely launched an MS-DOS mobile app for Windows Phone as part of an April Fools’ Day prank. It’s one of the more elaborate efforts we’ll likely witness on the most irritating and trivial day of the year. ...
Quentin Tarantino's dialog is fast-paced, whip-smart, and endlessly quotable, but he doesn't just use words to flesh out his memorable characters. The Pulp Fiction director uses the camera to hint at motivations and feelings — a process documented by filmmaker Rishi Kaneria in his latest supercut. Kaneria combines an array of Tarantino's profile shots, using a quote from a DVXuser forum member to explain that by setting the camera side on to a character's face, you give the audience the least amount of information about their state of mind. ...
Lawyers have warned that under legislation before the Australian parliament, copyright owners could face no challenge to cases brought to the court seeking to block sites, meaning that sites could be blocked without the court determining whether the sites actually infringe on copyright.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance programs, and those notes have little to do with either subject.
People who are still complaining about the price of the gold Apple Watch will probably also freak out reading about the Titanio 29er, an impressively light-weight titanium electric bike that’s also rather expensive. DON’T MISS: How to access the secret hidden menus on your iPhone or Android phone Priced at $4,999, ProdecoTech’s 29-incher has some interesting specs, including an electric motor that can deliver a max output of 420 watts and a top speed of 18mph. The 33V/9.3Ah battery is good for 30 miles on a charge, and the best part about it is that it’s disguised as a water bottle. The pedal-assist motor is placed in the front-wheel, Wired says, and it offers five levels of motorized assistance. The Titanio
Here's Cadillac's next huge car, both literally and figuratively: the CT6, which stands for Cadillac Touring 6. GM's luxury brand has been teasing the CT6 for quite some time, and for good reason: it's a flagship sedan, a segment that the company has been absent from since it discontinued the forgettable DTS several years ago. It's no coincidence that crosstown rival Lincoln debuted the giant Continental concept at this very same show — Cadillac and Lincoln are both learning that luxury marques look a little lost without a big flagship in the lineup, and the red-hot Chinese market is demanding large American sedans anyway. The time is right, if you believe GM and Ford.
Much like in real estate, sometimes the price you pay for Internet service simply boils down to location, location, location. Earlier this week, AT&T rolled out their gigabit Internet service in Cupertino, right in Apple’s backyard. Dubbed AT&T GigaPower, Ma Bell is offering blazing Internet speeds of 1Gbps for $110/month. Of course, if you just so happen to live in an area where Google Fiber is available, AT&T will lower the price to $70/month. Don’t Miss: Twitter needs to fix this potentially dangerous Periscope flaw The Verge reports that similar pricing discounts can be seen all over the map. The same story seems to be true wherever you look. In Dallas, where AT&T’s headquarters are located, the company charges the full $110.
As a platform that people would actually use, Windows RT was dead from the start. It was confusingly branded and its app ecosystem was small enough to make even Windows Phone’s look robust. With the announcement of the Surface 3 on Tuesday, Windows RT is officially dead — the new tablet will run on full Windows and will be thus be fully upgradable to Windows 10 in the fall. That said, while we (very) briefly mourn Windows RT’s passing, we should take comfort in the fact that its most useful organs have been donated to other platforms. FROM EARLIER: Microsoft unveils the Surface 3 with full Windows for $499 First, we should recall why Microsoft bothered to make Windows RT in the
On today's show, Khail and Ashley explain why you probably don't have to worry about Facebook's new drone project, check out some early Google and Samsung April Fools' Day gags and take a look at a dress made from beer and bacteria.
The final report of the Australian government's Competition Policy Review has called for the reform of the country's taxi industry in order to accommodate new ride-sharing services like those provided by Uber.
"If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable." -- Rainer Maria RilkeMaybe Wearables provide us with the opportunity to get a step closer to nature-within ourselves and in the environment around us. In that vein, I would like to share some...
With Apple rumored to be getting into the TV streaming business later this fall, the company recently made an extremely interesting executive hire. First spotted by Mark Gurman over at 9to5Mac, Apple last month was able to lure Mike Rockwell away from Dolby, where he most recently served as the company’s Executive Vice President of Products and Technology. The Rockwell hire is particularly interesting given that his top two listed skills on his LinkedIn profile are “streaming media” and “digital video,” two areas Apple has a keen interest in. Of course, Apple’s Beats Music revamp is slated to launch with iOS 9 while the company’s rumored TV streaming service may launch as soon as this October. Don’t Miss: How to access the secret
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The grandson of billionaire Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty was found dead on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Los Angeles, the family said in a statement. Andrew Getty's parents, Ann and Gordon, confirmed the 47-year-old's death and requested privacy for the family during "this extremely difficult time", adding that further details would be released as they became available. Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Commander Andrew Smith said it was very early in the investigation and witnesses were being questioned, but no one was in custody. The death appeared to be either accidental or natural, Los Angeles County Coroner's Office spokesman Ed Winter told reporters in a news conference broadcast by TV station KTLA 5.
Arkansas lawmakers passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Tuesday that critics said would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians, drawing a swift demand from Wal-Mart Stores Inc for the governor to veto the bill. Arkansas followed Indiana, which passed a similar act last week. The world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart , based in Bentonville, Ark., issued a statement saying the Arkansas bill threatened to undermine "the spirit of inclusion" in the state and "does not reflect the values we proudly uphold." Signed by Doug McMillon, chief executive officer, the statement asked Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson to veto the legislation.
By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, all staunch opponents of President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, have collectively applied for and won at least $352 million through grant programs set up by the law, federal records show. "Receiving federal grants that existed prior to the ACA is not the same as participating in the core elements of the ACA." The money in question stems from less controversial parts of the law that enhance public health and other nuts-and-bolts programs, rather than the insurance exchanges and expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor that have drawn fierce opposition from Republicans.
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Amid anger over an Islamic insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians threw out the incumbent and elected a 72-year-old former military dictator in a historic transfer of power officially announced early Wednesday following the nation's most hotly contested election ever.
Russia and Iran's foreign ministers claimed a breakthrough early Wednesday in talks on a framework deal curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, but the US said not all issues had been agreed yet, as discussions were suspended for the night. "One can say with relative certainty that we at the minister level have reached an agreement in principle on all key aspects of the final settlement of this issue," Russian media quoted Sergei Lavrov as saying at talks in Switzerland. This came after Russia's top diplomat and the foreign ministers of five other major powers and Iran continued working through the night as they missed a midnight (2200 GMT) deadline to agree the main outlines of what they hope will be an historic accord. The powers hope a full agreement, due to be finalised by June 30, will see Iran scale back its nuclear capability to prevent Tehran developing nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian programme.
A host of political luminaries attended the dedication Monday of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on Columbia Point, right next to the presidential library of Teddy’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy.
The mother of accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes says in a new book that she prays for her son’s victims daily, even calling out the deceased by name. “The first time I prayed for them by name and by wound, I was shaking, overcome,” Arlene Holmes writes.
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