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Foxconn to acquire Sharp in $5.6bn deal

Foxconn to acquire Sharp in $5.6bn deal

Troubled Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp Corporation is set to be acquired by Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., better known as “Foxconn”, at the end of this month. Unlike similar multi-billion dollar acquisitions that are usually leaked to the press first, news of this particular deal came straight from the horse's mouth. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou told Reuters that the two companies had agree on a price of ¥659, or $5.6 billion at today's exchange rate. “We have a consensus”, Reuters quotes Gou as saying. “The rest is a process … I don't see a problem completing this process”. This isn't the... more »
Inside the Dark Net: Isn’t that technically virtual pedophilia?

Inside the Dark Net: Isn’t that technically virtual pedophilia?

Showtime’s new eight-part documentary series Dark Net begins unsurprisingly disconcerting. For those of us that have lived sheltered lives, even with Google around to lead us astray, episode one of the series, Crush, delivers some amusing, frightening and provocative examples of what goes on in the deep web. Things you probably knew existed, but still, it’s educative to actually see what a penis looks like in a male chastity device – a “cage”, as the penis’s online admirer likes to call it. Crush moves back and forth between three stories: an online BDSM relationship featuring the aforementioned cage; a female victim... more »
What you missed in Big Data: Taming the Internet of Things

What you missed in Big Data: Taming the Internet of Things

The industry effort to bring the vast amounts of machine-generated data coming off the connected universe under control received a significant boost last week after not one but two major vendors joined the fray. The first to jump aboard was Microsoft Corp., which launched a managed service for aggregating transmissions from the sensors and other new devices that are appearing on the the corporate network. The Azure IoT Hub allows data to be sent in the opposite direction well, thus providing a two-way communications channel that organizations can use to carry out maintenance tasks like rolling out security updates to employee-owned... more »
What you missed in Cloud: Value-added functionality

What you missed in Cloud: Value-added functionality

While other leading cloud providers like Amazon Inc. regularly undercut the competition to try and attract new users, Salesforce.com Inc. hopes to set itself apart by moving in the opposite direction of the price curve. Last week saw the customer relationship management giant introduce a new iteration of its platform that offers a host of value-added features for organizations willing to pay a premium. The roster includes the invoicing automation functionality that the company obtained through its acquisition of partner SteelBrick Inc. last year and an analytics tool for estimating the chances of converting a lead into a paying client. But... more »
Master these 9 features in Apple's Notes app for a more organized life

Master these 9 features in Apple's Notes app for a more organized life

With the updated version of the Notes app released with iOS 9, users got access to a whole variety of new features including the ability to add checklists, links and photos to notes. Below we take a look at how to use 9 Notes' features to take better notes and organize your life: Create checklists in your notes The updated Notes app for iOS 9 allows you to create interactive checklists to ensure you stay on track with your to-do-list. Read the full steps in our tips and tricks for creating checklists in your Notes app. Add images and photos to your notes To add... more »
Bitcoin scammer Ryan Kennedy arrested on rape charges

Bitcoin scammer Ryan Kennedy arrested on rape charges

Ryan Kennedy, the head of former Dogecoin exchange Moolah, has been arrested in the United Kingdom on rape charges. According to local reports, Kennedy stands accused of raping five women over the course of eight years and faces a total of 14 charges, 11 of rape, two of assault by penetration and one of causing a woman to engage in sexual activity without consent. The offenses are alleged to have been carried out in Gloucestershire between late 2007 and last year, all during the time Kennedy was defrauding people through his various online schemes. This is not the first time Kennedy has appeared... more »
Here's the best tech ads from Super Bowl 50 | #SB50

Here's the best tech ads from Super Bowl 50 | #SB50

Super Bowl Sunday might be about a game of football, but for many the football plays second fiddle to the advertising during the game, and this year was no exception. A number of leading tech companies (and some smaller ones) took the opportunity to advertise what they had on offer and at no small cost: a 30-second advertisement during the Super Bowl this year is believed to have been around $5 million, that's for one play. Here are the best tech ads from Superbowl 50. T-Mobile Drake gets advised to add terms & conditions to a song. Of note at the end is T-Mobile... more »
Twitter is beholden to social justice warriors, that's why they'll change the timeline | #RIPTwitter

Twitter is beholden to social justice warriors, that's why they'll change the timeline | #RIPTwitter

The chattering classes were aghast this weekend over a report Friday from Buzzfeed that Twitter was set to launch an algorithmic timeline as soon as this week. What this would mean is that instead of the current system wherein Twitter presents tweets in chronological order, Twitter would select which tweets a user can see in their timeline, promoting some content over others, or as Buzzfeed describes it, fixing an alleged problem of signal-to-noise on the service. The result of the alleged proposal saw #RIPTwitter emerge as a popular hashtag among users who claimed they would go as far as quitting Twitter should... more »
Report: Google prepping new smartphone supported virtual reality headset

Report: Google prepping new smartphone supported virtual reality headset

Fresh off news in January that it's getting serious about virtual reality (VR), Google, Inc. is said to be preparing to launch a new headset for smartphones, at least according to one report over the weekend. The Financial Times claims that the new headset will be a successor to Cardboard, and will feature better sensors, lenses and a more solid plastic casing. The device is said to be similar to Samsung Electronic Co. Ltd.'s Gear VR, in that it will rely on a smartphone for its display and 'most of its processing power;" the difference here is that Google's existing Cardboard VR headset... more »
Super Bowl tech: Experts tackle the connected stadium | #SB50

Super Bowl tech: Experts tackle the connected stadium | #SB50

What's it take to run stadium Wi-Fi for nearly 80,000 fans, keep them fed and highly entertained? We hear from the tech experts who know a thing or two about scaling IT for today's modern, connected stadiums like Levi's in Santa Clara, CA, host of this year's Super Bowl event. Built in 2014, with a seating capacity at 68,500 to 75,000, the stadium is hyped as the highest-tech sports venue in the country and promises to produce a personalized fan experience for all. It takes a great deal of technological innovation to provide the experience and scale to the demands of a... more »
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