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  • Total eclipses aren't that rare—and you've probably missed a bunch of them

    August 19, 2017 1:20 PM 10

    They happen about once every 18 months A syzygy feels magical, and not just because it gets you at least 25 points in Scrabble. The whole concept of celestial bodies aligning feels poetic. When it results in a total solar eclipse here on Earth, you can feel for a few moments as though you’re part of something much greater and grander than yourself. The transience

  • The iPad Pro is about to start really competing with laptop computers

    August 19, 2017 12:31 PM 13

    Apple released several videos on Friday focusing on upcoming software that will arrive in the coming months. Six new, slickly-produced videos feature new things that Apple's iPad Pro models can do with iOS 11, which is still in beta. Apple doesn't usually make advertisements for beta software, suggesting that a big Apple launch is right around the corner

  • Google Searches for Ways to Boost News Subscriptions

    August 19, 2017 8:15 AM 15

    Tech giant testing tools, including shared data and new payment options, with publishers Google is working on new tools to help news organizations sell subscriptions, a move that could help ease its strained relationship with publishers. The tech giant said it is testing changes to its “first-click-free” policy that allows access via Google search results

  • Higher Costs Chip Away at Lenovo’s Profitability

    August 18, 2017 8:09 AM 11

    Rising memory-chip prices contributed to a first-quarter loss of $72 million HONG KONG—A supply squeeze in memory chips is hampering Lenovo Group Ltd.’s turnaround strategy, pushing the PC and phone maker to its first quarterly loss in nearly two years. Lenovo Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing said a sustained rise in the cost of memory chips hurt profitability

  • Ericsson sues smartphone maker Wiko over patent infringement

    August 17, 2017 9:23 AM 18

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish mobile infrastructure firm Ericsson is suing French-Chinese smartphone maker Wiko in two German regional courts over patent infringements, it said on Thursday. Ericsson said Wiko had infringed its rights for several years without any licence or compensation, despite negotiations since 2013. Wiko, which has its head office

  • Tencent’s Mobile-Games Growth Continues

    August 16, 2017 7:33 PM 15

    Chinese internet company reports 70% surge in profit, buoyed by revenue from ‘Honor of Kings’ Global top-grossing mobile game “Honor of Kings” is the gift that keeps on giving for Tencent Holdings Ltd., the Chinese internet behemoth and the world’s biggest videogame publisher by revenue. The Shenzhen-based company reported a 70% surge in second-quarter

  • Tencent, Alibaba in Group Buying $11.7 Billion Stake in State-Owned Telecom

    August 16, 2017 4:02 PM 23

    China Unicom will use proceeds to upgrade networks, launch 5G; state stake to fall to 37% from 63% HONG KONG—China’s internet titans are among the companies joining in a government-encouraged plan to pump US$11.7 billion into state-owned telecommunications giant China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. Beijing has said it wants government-owned companies to open themselves

  • Verizon to Compete With AT&T for Police, Emergency-Response Customers

    August 16, 2017 3:39 AM 27

    Carrier’s separate public-safety network meant to give priority access to first responders Verizon Communications Inc. said it is building dedicated lanes at the core of its U.S. wireless network for firefighters and other first responders, a bid to compete with AT&T Inc.’s plans for its own public-safety network. In March, AT&T won a $6.5 billion federal

  • China e-car newcomer Future Mobility raises $200M in new financing

    August 16, 2017 2:55 AM 31

    BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese-funded electric-car startup Future Mobility Corp, led by former BMW and Nissan Motor Co sales executive as president and co-founder, has raised $200 million in its latest round of financing. Daniel Kirchert, Future Mobility's president, told Reuters in an interview main investors in its new financing round include Fullshare

  • Amazon Sells $16 Billion of Bonds to Finance Whole Foods Deal

    August 15, 2017 11:04 PM 21

    In rare trip to bond market, Amazon is greeted with strong demand from investors Amazon.com Inc. sold $16 billion of bonds Tuesday to help fund its purchase of Whole Foods Market Inc., meeting strong demand from investors as it made a rare trip to the debt market. Amazon sold a $3.5 billion 10-year bond at a 0.9-percentage-point yield-premium to Treasurys