30 October 2014

Time Warner Cable loses more video customers in latest quarter

Time Warner Cable office is pictured in San DiegoTime 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.


30 October 2014

Apple's Tim Cook: 'So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook had 'open talks' in China.The Apple boss has publicly discussed his sexuality for the first time in a bid to help anyone "struggling to come to terms with who he or she is".>


30 October 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay in Bloomberg Businessweek column

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday made a surprising announcement in an opinion piece on Bloomberg Businessweek, which is very much in line with his many public notes in the recent past about diversity at the workplace. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. 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 the essay. FROM EARLIER: Tim Cook offers a heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs on the 3rd anniversary of his passing The executive admitted that he never hid his sexual orientation while working at Apple, even though he had not publicly declared it until now. “For

30 October 2014

Microsoft Band is a Windows Phone fitness tracker that works with Android and iPhone too

Microsoft Band is a Windows Phone fitness tracker that works with Android and iPhone tooThe Microsoft Band packs in a range of features including a colour touchscreen, heart rate tracker and GPS.>


30 October 2014

Apple's Tim Cook says 'proud to be gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach(Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook publicly came out as gay in an article he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek. Cook has never previously acknowledged his 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 the article. (http://buswk.co/1DBoBfo) (Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bangalore; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)


30 October 2014

Mysterious smart energy company raises $150 million, led by ex-HTC executive

Mysterious smart energy company raises $150 million, led by ex-HTC executiveHorace Luke, Gogoro's CEO.


30 October 2014

Is HP's latest the PC of the future?

The Sprout by HPHP wants to blur the lines between digital and physical creativity and believes the answer is the Sprout, a truly novel new computer that lets people get hands on with designs, literally.


30 October 2014

Samsung’s Q3 profit nosedives, stock soars

Samsung’s Q3 profit nosedives, stock soarsInvestors sent Samsung shares soaring more than 4.5% on Thursday as the company reported dismal third-quarter earnings… that were thankfully less dismal than analysts were expecting. In a world where the high end of the smartphone market is being squeezed by more capable mid-range and low-end phones, Samsung’s response has been to flood the market with cheaper low-margin phones. How did that work out? In the third quarter, Samsung’s operating profit plunged 60% on year to $3.9 billion and its revenue slid 20% to about $44.6 billion. DON’T MISS: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo One tweet from mobile analyst Horace Dediu says it all: Q3 (latest) Samsung’s Android device operating profit $18/unit. Estimated


30 October 2014

Lenovo closes acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google

Lenovo closes acquisition of Motorola Mobility from GoogleMotorola will continue to operate in Chicago under the leadership of President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Osterloh.>


30 October 2014

Tim Cook: I'm proud to be gay

Tim Cook: I'm proud to be gayIn an editorial at Bloomberg Businessweek today, Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals he's proud to be gay. "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 explains that "plenty" of Apple employees know he’s gay and "it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me."Cook admits the choice to come out wasn’t easy as privacy is important to him, but the trade-off to inspire equality is clearly something the Apple CEO has considered. ...


30 October 2014

LG obliterates the bezel with new smartphone LCD display

LG obliterates the bezel with new smartphone LCD displayEveryone who has seen Sharp's Aquos Crystal smartphone has been impressed by it. Thanks to incredibly thin bezels on three sides of its display, that Japanese phone looks like a prop from a sci-fi movie rather than a real device. But LG already has something even better in the works with a new Full HD smartphone display that takes the bezels down to an unprecedented 0.7mm. That's only for the left and right edges of the screen, though looking at the images provided from LG Display shows a sufficiently futuristic panel that should make for some fine competitors to Sharp's smartphone.


30 October 2014

Google's Android VP on why a pricier Nexus 6 may lead to higher sales

GoogleGoogle tells CNET about its choice to go with a more traditional distribution approach as it pushes its flagship smartphone to mainstream consumers.>


30 October 2014

Motorola is now part of Lenovo

Motorola is now part of LenovoMotorola Mobility officially becomes part of Lenovo today. Lenovo’s acquisition was announced back in February for $2.91 billion, and today marks the finalization of the deal. Motorola is now "a Lenovo company," but the brand will remain as a subsidiary of Lenovo, headquartered in Chicago. "The iconic Motorola brand will continue, as will the Moto and DROID franchises that have propelled our growth over the past year," explains Rick Osterloh, Motorola president. ...


30 October 2014

Samsung will 'fundamentally reform' its smartphones after dire earnings report

Samsung will 'fundamentally reform' its smartphones after dire earnings reportSamsung's earnings this past quarter have been exactly as downbeat as the company predicted: operating profit is down 60 percent and income from sales is now 20 percent smaller than a year ago. In other words, Samsung's spending more money to generate smaller revenues. This has all been down to Samsung's most lucrative and important mobile devices business, which has been struggling to adapt to a new competitive environment.


30 October 2014

Microsoft smartwatch is official… but it’s more of an affordable fitness band

Microsoft smartwatch is official… but it’s more of an affordable fitness bandJust as previously rumored, Microsoft is also interested in the wearable space, and the company just launched a smart device for your wrist that’s supposed to offer health-related features at an affordable price. The Microsoft Band is not a smartwatch, but rather a fitness… well, band, that’s supposed to let users track workout data. FROM EARLIER: Microsoft just stuck a dagger into Google Drive and Dropbox The Microsoft Band is powered by Microsoft’s Health app, which lets users track heart rate, steps, calorie burn and sleep quality. Furthermore, the band offers notifications, such as incoming calls, texts, emails, calendar alerts, social updates and others, “right on your wrist,” just like other similar devices. The device comes with “cutting-edge” technology, Microsoft


30 October 2014

Lenovo closes $2.91 billion acquisition of Motorola unit from Google

Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing smiles during a news conference announcing the company's annual results in Hong KongBEIJING (Reuters) - China's Lenovo Group Ltd said Thursday it has closed its $2.91 bln acquisition of the Motorola handset unit from Google Inc , paving the way for a fresh assault on the U.S. smartphone market. The purchase comes as Lenovo, the world's leading PC maker, ramps up its effort to diversify its business and establish itself as a smartphone maker with global appeal. Google acquired the iconic smartphone brand and its prized patent portfolio in 2012 for $12.5 billion but struggled to reverse Motorola's years-long decline. ...


30 October 2014

US theaters advised to ban 'smart' watches and glasses

US theaters advised to ban 'smart' watches and glassesA pair of influential US film industry organizations on Wednesday put out word that movie theaters should ban smart watches or eyewear that could be used to record movies.


30 October 2014

China's Xiaomi becomes world's third biggest smartphone maker without leaving Asia

China's Xiaomi becomes world's third biggest smartphone maker without leaving AsiaOver the past three months, more than 327 million new smartphones were shipped out from factories around the world, and young Chinese company Xiaomi has been responsible for more than 5 percent of them. Xiaomi's rise has been remarkable both for how quick it has been and for the fact that the company still operates primarily in its home market of China. It has recently broadened its reach to adjacent countries in Southeast Asia like India and Singapore, but its growth remains testament to the incredible explosion in smartphone demand that China is experiencing.


30 October 2014

Watch a working Project Ara prototype demonstrated ahead of Spiral 2 reveal

Watch a working Project Ara prototype demonstrated ahead of Spiral 2 revealThe engineers behind Project Ara are trying to make the last smartphone you'll ever need. It's an ambitious scheme, but engineers working at NK Labs in Boston have already produced a working prototype, which they showed off to modular smartphone evangelist Dave Hakkens during a recent visit. At the moment only half of the prototype's space is open to developers, but NK Labs says it has already improved on the Spiral 1: the Spiral 2 will use special Toshiba chips that will open up much of the phone's modular space for developer functions.


30 October 2014

37 awesome things we saw at Tokyo Designers Week

37 awesome things we saw at Tokyo Designers WeekTokyo Designers Week is one of the Japanese capital's biggest calendar events in art, culture, architecture, and design, and it gets bigger every year.