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Apple Employs Amazon A9 Search Executive To Run Siri

Apple Employs Amazon A9 Search Executive To Run Siri

According to reports, Apple has just nabbed Amazon A9 search executive, William Stasior, to take charge of the company’s Siri department. At Amazon, Stasior ran its A9 division, responsible for Amazon’s search and search advertising units. At Apple, Saisor will cover all new ground with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad’s voice assistant, Siri. As we head into the future it will be interesting to see what type of changes Stasior brings to the table.

By On October 17, 2012 Respond
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Microsoft’s Xbox Music Service Finally Arrives

Microsoft’s Xbox Music Service Finally Arrives

When Microsoft first announced that it was launching an ‘Xbox Music’ service later this year, it felt somewhat confusing. Was the company trying to built up a rival to Apple’s iTunes or was it going to be a different service, it was wondered. But now that we are on the very brink of the actual launch of the service, Microsoft promises that it packs much, much more.

By On October 16, 2012 Respond
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Apple Retail Stores To Deploy Passbook Support Soon

Apple Retail Stores To Deploy Passbook Support Soon

Apple’s Passbook application launched last month with iOS 6 and we’ve seen many companies supporting it. The stunning part of the whole situation is Apple hasn’t even deployed Passbook usage at its own retail outlets yet. That’s about to change though. Because, later this month, Apple will update its retail store payment system, Easypay, to support Passbook cards.

By On October 16, 2012 Respond
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Europeans Lead The Path To iOS 6 Adoption, Study Reveals

Europeans Lead The Path To iOS 6 Adoption, Study Reveals

Ever since Apple released the iOS 6 update, it has been taken up and adopted by iOS users bit too rapidly. We have seen fast adoption rates for newer iOS releases in the past but the adoption rate for iOS 6 seems to be beating them all. According to Chitika, the overall adoption rate of iOS 6 has already reached near 60%, merely three weeks after its launch.

By On October 16, 2012 Respond
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AMD Planning To Cut Down Workforce By 30 Percent

AMD Planning To Cut Down Workforce By 30 Percent

Advanced Micro Devices is, without a doubt, a very prestigious name in the chip-making industry and one would assume that the company is garnering huge success. But as it appears, that is not the case and the company has been off its earnings-target by a significant margin. Now, it is planning to cut down its workforce by up to 30 percent, laying off thousands of employees in the process.

By On October 14, 2012 Respond
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Amazon Kindle Owners May Be Subject To e-Book Refunds

Amazon Kindle Owners May Be Subject To e-Book Refunds

Kindle e-reader owners who have made e-book purchases over the months April 2010 and May 2012 may be subject to a full, or partial refunds. According to an internet retailer, e-book prices will drop and refunds will be granted if a judge approves the established settlements with publishers who were accused of fixing e-book pricing.

By On October 14, 2012 Respond
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ITU Holds Patent Roundtable To Resolve Patent Issues

ITU Holds Patent Roundtable To Resolve Patent Issues

In today’s tech world, patent wars have become somewhat of a norm. We have seen a blizzard of patent cases spring up in the last few years as the smartphone market has expanded. Apple is suing Samsung, Samsung is suing back, Microsoft is going after Motorola, Apple is going after Sony and so on and so forth. The list is endless. Now, the International Telecommunications Union is holding a roundtable to bring all parties together to find a way to settle these issues amicably.

By On October 13, 2012 Respond
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HP Turns Down Gartner Report, Claims To Be The Top Global PC Maker

HP Turns Down Gartner Report, Claims To Be The Top Global PC Maker

Three days ago, market research firm Gartner reported that HP’s long reign as the undisputed king of the PC market was over and that it had been overtaken by the Chinese firm Lenovo. HP has now responds by stating that Gartner’s figures are inaccurate, citing IDC’s report in which HP is still leading, albeit by a very marginal difference.

By On October 13, 2012 Respond
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Eric Schmidt Says Apple Should Have Stuck With Google Maps

Eric Schmidt Says Apple Should Have Stuck With Google Maps

Apple has stirred a lot of controversy by ousting Google Maps from iOS 6 and replacing the service with its own Maps app. Since Apple’s new maps lack a number of fundamental features and are often faulty in displaying information, this has frustrated iOS users. Talking about this issue, Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, says that Apple should have continued using Google Maps.

By On October 12, 2012 Respond
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Apple Bags Samsung’s Chip Design Maestro

Apple Bags Samsung’s Chip Design Maestro

Jim Mergard has worked at AMD for 16 years and is known for his extra-ordinary skills and expertise in designing chips. Mergard served at AMD in the capacities of vice president and chief engineer, but recently left to work at Samsung. However, Apple was quick to woo away the highly valued designer and bring him to Cupertino to work for Apple.

By On October 12, 2012 Respond
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Japanese Softbank Planning To Buy 70% Stake In Sprint

Japanese Softbank Planning To Buy 70% Stake In Sprint

Sprint is one of the largest carriers in the U.S. and has a huge base of subscribers. Now, a Japanese mobile carrier, Softbank Corp., has plans of acquiring a 70% stake in Sprint. The deal, it is being said, is going to rake in a massive $12.8 billion or even more.

By On October 12, 2012 Respond
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China Decries U.S. Report About ZTE And Huawei

China Decries U.S. Report About ZTE And Huawei

U.S. government has been casting suspicion on Chinese telecom companies, ZTE and Huawei for quite some time. A congressional report was recently released which officially endorsed these suspicions. Now, the Chinese government has strongly opposed the report, stating that this would hurt the principles of free and open market.

By On October 11, 2012 Respond
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Coca-Cola, Apple And IBM Top The List Of Most Valuable Global Brands

Coca-Cola, Apple And IBM Top The List Of Most Valuable Global Brands

There are a number of global brands which are wildly popular among the masses, not only in the developed countries but also in the developing nations. These brands range from technology to food to beverages and auto-mobiles and a whole range of other products. Interbrand has released its 13th annual Best Global Brands report revealing this years biggest brands. Coca-Cola has secured the top spot in the list, followed closely by Apple.

By On October 11, 2012 Respond
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Google Recruiting In Large Numbers In Unorthodox Quarters

Google Recruiting In Large Numbers In Unorthodox Quarters

Yesterday, Ashwani Sharma, along with other officials from Google India, visited Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, to conduct a recruiting event for the search giant’s U.S. campuses. This is the first time Google has staged a recruiting event (conducted in three universities) in the South Asian nation. This recruiting event is part of biggest manhunt since 2007; something analysts believe could result into recruitment of 6,300 fresh bloods.

By On October 10, 2012 Respond
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Patent Wars: Apple Pitted Against The Rest

Patent Wars: Apple Pitted Against The Rest

In recent times, as the pace of technological development has ramped up, so has the number of lawsuits being exchanged between major tech giants. These lawsuits often involve accusations of patent infringement and with time, are only increasing in numbers. For instance, Apple alone has been involved in a total of 148 lawsuits from 2006 to this day. A NYT infographic quite aptly shows this.

By On October 9, 2012 Respond
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