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Samsung Electronics says demand for Galaxy S6 models much higher than planned for

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday said demand for both the flat-screen and curved-screen models of its new flagship Galaxy S6 smartphones is “much higher” than initially planned for. The comment expands on guidance for a near-term supply shortage for the curved-screen Galaxy S6 edge model by Samsung’s mobile chief J.K. Shin last week. “Although there may be some difficulties for the short term, we will

UPDATED: iOS 9 release date, features and rumors

iOS 9 release date, compatibility and features Apple hasn’t skipped a beat with its annual iPhone and iPad updates, so there’s little doubt that it’ll be called iOS 9 and launch in tandem with the new iPhone. But that’s months away. iOS 9 is likely to be previewed well before the iPhone 6S unveiling, specifically at this summer’s World Wide Developer’s Conference. iOS 9 is due to take center stage

Apple is taking a stance against selfie sticks

Apple has just revealed the start date for this year’s WWDC, and with it, one very important declaration: selfie sticks will be banned. “You may not use selfie sticks or similar monopods within Moscone West or Yerba Buena Gardens” states Apple’s website, as a number of Twitter users have spotted. First, Moscone West. Next, the world.

SQL's out forever: Microsoft shuts the gates on another product

Yet another outdated Microsoft product will come to the end of its lifecycle next year when SQL Server 2005 breathes its final safe moment on planet earth. Support for all editions of SQL Server 2005 will cease on April 12, 2016 and Microsoft is nudging companies in the direction of either SQL Server 2014 or Azure AQL Database in advance of support running out. Microsoft reminds SQL Server 2005 customers

Review: Fuji X-A2

Introduction and features Fujifilm’s X-series of compact system cameras are one of the success stories of recent times. Their popularity seems to have taken even their manufacturer by surprise. A combination of retro styling, traditional controls, robust build and high image quality have made models like the Fuji X-T1, X-E2 and X-Pro1 very attractive to enthusiast photographers. In a bid to cater for less experienced photographers Fuji also offers the

Analysis: Apple's WWDC logos through the ages: what did they tell us?

Apple’s WWDC 2014 developer conference is set for June 2 and we’re already feverish with anticipation. What will Apple announce? iOS 8? An OS X Mavericks successor? An iPhone, an iPad, some Macbooks? For the sake of our wallets, we hope not all of the above. As in previous years, the company has designed a natty new logo for the occasion. But what can we tell from these colourful squares

Nokia in talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent; France backs deal

By Jussi Rosendahl and Leila Abboud HELSINKI/PARIS (Reuters) – Nokia Oyj is in talks to buy smaller telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent , a deal combining the industry’s two weakest players that is backed by the French government but could pose challenges in cutting costs. In a joint announcement, the Finnish and French companies said they were in “advanced discussions” on a “full combination, which would take the form of a

General Dynamics says still focused on government cybersecurity business

General Dynamics Corp on Tuesday said it remained focused on its core cybersecurity business of serving government agencies and that its sale of Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions was aimed at trimming a non-core business. General Dynamics spokeswoman Lucy Ryan said Fidelis had doubled in size since General Dynamics acquired it in 2012 but that it served a commercial customer base, not in the company’s core area. Nadia Short, vice president and

Early Warning, BioCatch team up to prevent fraud at U.S. banks

Fraud prevention group Early Warning, which is owned by five of the largest U.S. banks, has teamed up with Israel’s BioCatch, a specialist in behavioral biometrics, to boost protection of customer accounts. BioCatch Chief Executive Ron Mortiz said the move addresses “some of the biggest challenges currently facing the financial industry, namely preventing account takeover and new account fraud as well as malware attacks”. Early Warning is owned by Wells

China's cyber laws could saddle firms with redundant data centers: U.S. lobby

Chinese restrictions on transferring data overseas would burden firms with building “redundant” data centers in China and hamper domestic companies expanding abroad, the American Chamber of Commerce in China said on Tuesday. China has introduced a series of policies in recent years to keep financial and personal data such as credit history and health records on Chinese soil, particularly since intelligence contractor Edward Snowden disclosed details of U.S. spying. China

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