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China Levies $140 Million Tax Settlement on Microsoft Corporation

Tech giant Microsoft needs to pay the Chinese government a huge amount in fines, a first major case in the country concerning cross-border tax evasion as regulators build up pressure on U.S. corporations doing business there. According to an article published by China’s Xinhua official news agency, China has levied about 840 million yuan ($140 million) in [...]

Google Play

Chinese app developers can now offer paid Android apps via Google Play store

Google Inc. has announced merchant support for Chinese developers, meaning they can now offer free or paid apps for Android users in over 130 countries via its Google Play store. They however cannot earn any money in China, as the Play Store is unavailable in the country. Nonetheless, this is a small step towards giving Chinese [...]

McAfee presents the 12 Scam of Christmas

McAfee Announces Its Annual “12 Scams Of The Holidays” List To Warn Consumers Of Cybersecurity Threats This Holiday Season

Security software firm McAfee announced its annual “12 Scams of the Holidays” list to bring awareness among the public on the most popular ways cyber scrooges scam consumers during the holiday season as they surf their digital devices. This holiday season, sales are expected to rise to around $616.9 billion, while e-commerce sales are predicted to [...]

Android booth on the floor at Google I/O in San Francisco.

Google Maps on Android, iPhone gets Material Redesigned

Google has announced that it will roll out its new Material Design-inspired Maps app soon to fit the style of Android 5.0 Lollipop, bringing some additional features with it as well. The makeover follows those for Android, Chrome OS, the web and other apps such as Google Calendar. Material Design has introduced bright solid colour [...]

Jawbone Wearable

Jawbone launches new wearable fitness trackers: $49 Move and $179 UP3

Wearable tech startup Jawbone on Tuesday unveiled two new devices to complement its current line-up of fitness bands and expand its wearables range from an entry-level device to the world’s most advanced multi-sensor tracker. The two new devices in its UP line are the $49 UP Move and $179 UP3. With a $49 price tag, the new wearable [...]

Nixie Selfie Taking Drone

Meet Nixie, world’s first selfie-taking wrist mounted drone

Wearables have become the new modern gadgets. From GoPro camera to Google Glass wearable eyepiece, every company in tech is either making them or designing businesses around them. But now the developers of a new quadcopter drone have developed what could be the world’s first wearable drone that can fly high to take photographs. Called Nixie, this [...]

Carnival Corp. revealed that its entire 101-ship fleet, spread across nine brands around the world, will eventually use the hybrid wireless network.

Carnival Corporation Launches Hybrid Wireless Network At Sea

Owing to the growing use of social media by cruise passengers, the world’s largest cruise company Carnival Corp. on Monday announced it has developed a new wireless network that will deliver an enhanced high-speed Wi-Fi to passengers and crew. Carnival Corp. said its entire 101-ship fleet, spread across nine brands around the world, will eventually [...]

Microsoft Band, a $199 fitness band goes on sale Thursday!

Microsoft launches a new multi-platform fitness band for $199

Microsoft has finally entered the crowded wearable-computer market with its first major wearable device. It’s called Microsoft Band, and it comes with both watch and fitness tracker features that analyse health, sleep data and more. “This is just the beginning of a multi-year vision for Microsoft in the health & fitness and wearables category,” the [...]

United States Postal Service (USPS)

US Postal Service Approved Nearly 50,000 Unauthorized Requests to Monitor Mail

It has emerged that the United States Postal Service approved almost 50,000 requests from law enforcement agencies and its own mail-inspection wing to secretly monitor the mail of American citizens for criminal investigations and national security concerns last year, according to a 2014 audit. The audit found that in most cases the Postal Service approved requests to spy on an individual’s [...]

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi

India basking in Spotlight after SoftBank invests $837 Million in eCommerce

It seems to be quite a rosy day for Snapdeal.com, one of India’s biggest e-tailers, having raised $627 million in fresh capital earlier this week. That said, Japanese SoftBank Internet and Media Inc’s (SIMI) too is sitting pretty after it announced on Monday that it intends to invest nearly $10 billion in India over the [...]

Twitter headquarters, San Francisco

Twitter acquires TwitPic’s domain and photo archive to keep it alive

TwitPic, a photo and video sharing service announced that it is getting acquired by Twitter. The deal will give Twitter ownership of its expansive photo archives and the TwitPic domain which was set to shut down on Saturday. TwitPic added that the deal meant that the users will continue to have access to their photos [...]

Mozilla Firefox Hello

Mozilla Rolls Out A New Browser-Based Video Chat Service Firefox Hello

Mozilla, the maker of popular Firefox browser has a brand new feature coming very soon. It’s gearing up to take on services like Skype and Viber with a new browser-based video and voice chat feature called Firefox Hello. The new software is still in beta stage and is scheduled to get its public rollout in [...]

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You’re living in the Future if Websites can Design Themselves

The thesaurus really needs to consider adding one expression – ‘building a website’ equals ‘a labyrinthine task’ to keep a track of our emotions and millions of tears that were shed by amateur site owners. The world of web development now looks a little grim, doesn’t it? The good side of this torturous territory is that [...]

A Family Dollar store in Charlotte.

Activist Investor Elliott Nominates Directors at Family Dollar

Paul Singer’s Elliott Advisors Ltd. revealed a 4.9 percent stake in Family Dollar Stores Inc., and is pushing America’s second largest retailer to sell to Dollar General Corp., a scenario quite similar to the Carl Icahn scene that happened recently. According to a statement yesterday, Elliott encouraged the opinion by assigning seven directors. A revitalized [...]

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FBI Director Warns Against Cellphone Encryption Technology, Says Encryption Hurts Law Enforcement

Recent news that both Google Inc and Apple Inc providing default smart device encryption for their respective mobile devices has the intelligence community on edge. U.S. FBI Director James Comey on Thursday demanded that Congress should pass a law banning the use of default encryption, arguing that law enforcement efforts to crack murder cases could [...]

Starbucks

Starbucks to roll out “Pay-Ahead” Smartphone service in 2015

Starbucks, one of the largest coffee chains in the world, announced on Thursday that it plans to introduce a new feature which will let its customers across the country order ahead of time on their smartphones by 2015. The Seattle-based company stated that it will pilot the feature in Portland in the coming months, before [...]

Will.i.am launches the Puls, a sensor-packed wearable fashion line

Will.i.am launches the Puls, a sensor-packed wearable fashion line

The latest wearable device is not coming from a tech company but rather from the award-winning musician and tech entrepreneur Will.i.am. During the Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference on Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco, Will.i.am launched Puls; a massive app-infused watch that he hopes will be successful enough to bring him some tech-industry credibility. “This is not [...]

Skype Qik

Skype launches video messaging app Skype Qik for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone

On Tuesday, Microsoft-owned Skype released Skype Qik, a new social app that makes sending short videos extremely easy. The app is free and available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. Microsoft originally acquired video-streaming service Qik back in 2011 for $150 million. Qik was known for offering a video streaming service like YouTube for [...]

Google Shopping Express Service

Google Expands U.S. Shopping Service To Multiple Cities, Introduces Membership Fee

Google, which launched their Google Shopping Express service last year is now changing the way the service works and also expanding it to more cities. Just like Amazon Prime, Google will now start charging membership fees from customers for its fast online shopping delivery service, the company said Monday. The service lets shoppers order products online from [...]