Samsung probe finds battery was main cause of Galaxy Note 7 fires: source

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s investigation into what caused some Galaxy Note 7s to catch fire has concluded that the battery was the main reason, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday. The world’s biggest smartphone maker will likely announce the results of the investigation on Jan. 23, a day before it announces detailed fourth-quarter earnings results, said the person who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and declined to be identified. The firm will also announce new measures it is taking to avoid a repeat of the product safety failures in its future devices, the person said. A Samsung spokesman declined to comment. After… Read More

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Microsoft buys into Canada’s AI research with purchase of Maluuba

Microsoft Corp. is buying into Canada’s artificial intelligence research community with a deal to purchase Maluuba, a deep-learning and AI– technology startup based in Waterloo, Ont., and Montreal. The company, founded in 2011 by two University of Waterloo grads, focuses on teaching machines to read like a human brain – a massive computer science challenge that has bedevilled researchers for decades. Early on, the company also developed language-recognition software for voice assistants in smartphones and cars. The company raised $9-million in venture funding in January, 2016, but neither company released details Friday about the sale price. A statement from a Microsoft spokesperson didn’t rule out possible layoffs among the 50… Read More

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Nintendo disappoints with $399 price for new Switch console

Nintendo Co Ltd on Friday priced its first console in about four years above market expectations, disappointing investors and clouding its prospects of winning back gamers who have shifted from consoles to smartphones. The Japanese firm said it will launch the Switch, a hybrid home console and handheld device, on March 3. It will be priced $399.99 in Canada, the same as Nintendo’s current Wii U console, whereas in Japan, it will cost about 20 per cent over its predecessor at 29,980 yen. Nintendo, which began by making playing cards in the late 19th century, is counting on the Switch to revive its earnings which rely heavily on console sales.… Read More

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Amazon to go on hiring spree in the United States

Amazon.com Inc on Thursday said it plans to create more than 100,000 jobs in the United States, from software development to warehouse work, becoming the latest company to boast a hiring spree since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election in November. The world’s largest online retailer will grow its full-time U.S. work force by more than 50 per cent to over 280,000 in the next 18 months, it said in a press release. Amazon is spending heavily on new warehouses so it can stock goods closer to customers and fulfill orders quickly and cheaply. The new hires, from Florida to Texas and California, will be key to the company’s… Read More

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Facebook launches project to improve ties with news media

Facebook Inc launched its “Journalism Project” on Wednesday, as the world’s biggest social media network looks to deepen its relationship with news organizations. The launch comes less than a week after the company said it was hiring former CNN reporter, anchor and host Campbell Brown to lead its news partnerships team. As part of the new project, Facebook said on Wednesday it would focus on improving its current storytelling formats such as Live, 360, and Instant Articles. Facebook said it would test a feature using Instant Articles to allow readers to see multiple stories at a time, as a package, from their preferred news organizations. The company said it would… Read More

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WhatsApp, Gmail roped into tougher EU privacy proposal

Online messaging and email services such as WhatsApp, iMessage and Gmail will face tough new rules on how they can track users under a proposal presented by the European Union executive on Tuesday. The web players will have to guarantee the confidentiality of their customers’ conversations and ask for their consent before tracking them online to serve them personalised ads. The proposal by the European Commission extends some rules that now only apply to telecom operators to web companies offering calls and messages using the internet, known as “Over-The-Top” (OTT) services, seeking to close a perceived regulatory gap between the telecoms industry and mainly U.S. Internet giants such as Facebook,… Read More

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Google to present enhanced-fact purchasing in new undertaking with Distance, BMW

Google is going out an actual world program for the many bold virtualreality energy: permitting buyers notice the things they may acquire without making home. The Alphabet Inc. product on Friday released two new retail partners, with BMW and Distance Inc., implementing its 3D-reading task named Dance. The engineering employs cameras and receptors in mobile phones to overlay electronic photos in actual area – comparable to the reach mobile-game Pokemongo. The retail bargains declared in the buyer technology present CES in Nevada tip at Google’s wider desire to mix its mapping features having its key enterprise of facilitating trade. As electronic- and enhanced-fact engineering quickly increases, professionals estimate the retail… Read More

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Apple to speculate $1-thousand in SoftBank finance to guide computer

Apple Inc. is about to spend $1-thousand in SoftBank Party Corp.’s big new technology finance, introducing its brand to your growing set of serious parties and offering the iPhone creator a fresh opportunity to engage up-and-coming systems. Qualcomm Inc., Foxconn Technology Co. Ltd. and Oracle Corp. Chairman Larry Ellison also want to add, in accordance with someone knowledgeable about the situation. “We’ve worked closely with SoftBank for quite some time and we feel their fresh finance can speed the advancement of systems which might be logically vital that you Apple,” mentioned Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet. The Wallstreet Journal earlier noted the expenditure. The $100-thousand Perspective finance, which Japan’s SoftBank seeks… Read More

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Twitter’s China employer Kathy Chen leaves after 8 weeks

Facebook Inc government Kathy Chen, earned to perform Better China only over nine weeks before, has quit, in accordance with a twitter directed by her on the weekend. Facebook continues to be plugged in China since 2009 but remains employed through electronic personal sites (VPN). Locally, the Sina Weibo microblogging program and Tencent’s WeChat message software tend to be more trusted. But Asian agencies, like the condition media agency Xinhua, use Facebook to attain people abroad. Chen, who formerly worked at Microsoft and Cisco, was earned to appeal more Asian promoters to Facebook. During the time, social-media critique dedicated to her early assist Chinese state-connected companies. “Now the Facebook APAC… Read More

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