The UK Court of Appeal has turned down an attempt by Google to overthrow a previous verdict that allowed people to sue it over privacy settings.
The case, according to the BBC, centres around allegations that Google got round security settings on the Apple Safari browser and threw advertising cookies on people’s websites to advertise stuff. more»
It seems that BlackBerry has turned the corner as it reported a quarterly profit today – results that sent its share price up by over five percent.
Revenues however fell to $550 million for its quarter, down from $793 million in the same period last year. more»
More tales of poor sales of PCs have emerged.
This time it’s Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) which are showing a decline, according to IDC.
Sales fell in 2014 by a rather whopping 14 percent, representing 18.55 million units – it’s the second year in a row that this region has declined. more»
Dutch giant Philips had already said it would split its existing business into two companies – automotive lighting and LED and its healthcare business.
But now it looks like it’s exiting its core business – lighting – completely.
The lighting company will be spun off and will be floated on the stock exchange, probably in 2016. more»
Online giant Amazon said it is to offer unlimited cloud storage, offering two plans for people who want to upload vast collections of media that they have.
The first is called the Unlimited Photos Plan – it comes with a free three month trial, then a subscription of $12 a year – this lets you store as many photographs as you like on the Amazon Cloud and includes 5GB of extra storage for videos, documents or other files. more»
European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is set to start a year long quest to break down barriers to e-commerce trading across borders.
According to a report on Reuters, she believes barriers are preventing the growth of sales online. She also appy ears to believe that some companies are using the existing situation to block trade between the 28 European Union countries. more»
Biometric systems, particularly in relation to smartphones, look like they’re going to boom during this year.
ABI Research, a market analysis company, said that worldwide revenues for such systems will deliver $3.1 billion this year.
The systems will be targeted not only at home users but at authentication systems for the enterprise market, according to ABI. more»
It appears that Apple is set to release three more iPhones in the second half of this year.
Informed sources have leaked details of the models to Taiwanese wire Digitimes.
It reports that the phones will be the iPhone 6S, the iPhone 6S Plus and a four inch device currently codenamed the iPhone 6C. more»
Chinese telecomms provider ZTE said higher sales of 4G network kit and smartphones meant that for its financial year it turned in a 94 percent net profit increased.
The Shenzhen based corporation said the net profit rose to $423.5 million in its 2014 financial year. more»
Members of Parliament are to be given iPad Air 2s worth around £500 apiece after the general election in May.
The Times reports that parliament’s administrative body, the House of Commons Commission, thinks that the 650 members having an Apple device “will save money”. more»
Softbank sold 300 Pepper robots in February and that’s going to drive the artificial intelligence and app market to develop faster than most people think.
According to market research company Trendforce, while the Pepper robot (pictured) is primarily available now to the commercial market, later this year Softbank and French startup Aldebaran will sell it to the general public, fuelled by third party apps people are currently creating. more»
Telco giant BT is to enter the mainstream smartphone market again this year and will offer 4G services at an aggressive £5 SIM only rate.
But the move is likely to prompt investigation by UK regulators as the number of providers has now sunk to just three companies. more»
A research company believes that Samsung will be the number one smartphone vendor in 2015, taking the lead over Apple.
Digitimes Research (DR) said the top 10 vendors this year will be Samsung, Apple, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Huawei, Xiaomi, Microsoft, TC, Coolpad and Oppo. more»
Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office in matters of cyber security, said that the UK and Israel have established three collaboration ventures to get government funding for cyber security.
The governments will contribute £1.2 million of funding to create a bilateral cyber research programme, he said. more»
Physicists at the Australian National University said they’ve made a material which can put a perfect bend in light.
The device, called a topological insulator, has the potential to aid the telecomms industry to create a computer chip using light.
And Professor Yuri Kivashar, from the university, said the material may also have use in microscopes, aeriel designs and quantum computers. more»