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Nine things we learned from Apple's monster financial results

Apple Watch to debut in April, iPhone sales have doubled in China, one billionth iOS device sold in November and moreApple enjoyed an impressive last three months in 2014, reporting record revenues of $74.6bn and a net profit of $18bn – the largest quarterly profit ever for any company, energy firms included.We already know about Apple’s record iPhone sales – 74.5m units – during the quart

The dawn of augmented and virtual reality technologies - Tech Weekly podcast

As Oculus Rift's foray into film begins and Microsoft reveals its HoloLens headset the team discuss the dawn of AR and VR tech Continue reading...

Why sex matters in Witcher 3, the Grand Theft Auto of fantasy games

The Witcher titles have never shied away from sex, but with a new open world design, gaming’s most awkward taboo could now be an instrumental plot deviceOn 14 July 2004 Sam Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games, sent an email to a staff member outlining the various types of sex he wanted to include in the company’s forthcoming game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. “Full sex (multiple positio

Artificial intelligence 'will not end human race'

Microsoft research chief admits that AI will pose legal, ethical and psychological issues as it becomes more sophisticatedThe head of Microsoft’s research division has dismissed fears that artificial intelligence could pose a threat to the survival of the human race.Eric Horvitz believed that humans would not “lose control of certain kinds of intelligences”, adding: “In the end we’ll be ab

Sony axes PlayStation Music Unlimited service in favour of Spotify deal

Streaming service will be exclusive partner for new PlayStation Music brand across consoles, smartphones and tabletsSony is closing its Music Unlimited streaming music service, in favour of an partnership with Spotify that will span its consoles, smartphones and tablets.Spotify will be the exclusive partner for a new service called PlayStation Music, which will launch in the spring in 41 c

Nintendo wins extra life from weaker yen, even as console sales keep falling

Japanese gaming giant profits from overseas sales but pressure remains to shift focus from consoles to mobilesJapanese video-game maker Nintendo has issued a profit warning with a silver lining – even as it sells fewer consoles, the sharp weakening of the yen means overseas sales will inflate its net income this fiscal year.The creator of famed game character Mario the plumber and the Wii

Alibaba in row with Chinese regulator over fake goods

Chinese regulator accuses e-commerce giant of failing to stop sales of dubious products, but company makes rare public retaliation against official criticismAlibaba, China’s biggest e-retailer, has been strongly criticised by a government regulator for failing to do enough to stop fake goods being sold on its site.The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) said in a report p

Android beats iOS for app downloads, but revenues are still a different story

Analytics firm App Annie says Google Play generated 60% more downloads than the App Store, but 70% less revenuesAndroid’s Google Play store generated nearly 60% more app downloads than Apple’s iOS App Store in 2014, but the latter was still much more lucrative for app developers according to analytics firm App Annie.The company’s annual report claims that the App Store generated more than

Insta-print selfie? Convert your smartphone into Polaroid-style camera

Kickstarter pledges quadruple Prynt’s $50k funding goal for case which turns iPhone and Android into mini-photo printers The rise of smartphones, social networks and photo-sharing apps have killed off the idea of printing photos for many people. Now a startup called Prynt is hoping to tempt some of them back.The US company is taking pre-orders on crowdfunding website Kickstarter for “the f

Which is the best streaming media box?

We put some of the latest streaming, gaming and TV tuner devices from the likes of Sony, Amazon and Microsoft to the testFrom gaming to movies, music and TV shows, everything can be streamed to the TV with the right box and all for under £100. But which shiny new boxes are currently worth your attention? Here are the main contenders. Continue reading...

Apple Watch will be available in April

Chief executive Tim Cook confirms the Apple Watch will ship in April to take on Google, Samsung, Sony and LGThe long wait from the announcement of the Apple Watch in September to actually being able to buy it will finally end in April.Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook announced the shipping date during an earnings call. The watch is the company’s first foray into wearable technology beyond

Facebook earnings surpass expectations boosted by mobile advertising

Company struggled after its 2012 IPO but has successfully repositioned itself saying mobile ads accounted for 69% advertising revenue in the fourth quarter Continue reading...

Uber delivers puppies on-demand delighting Americans in 10 cities

For $30, office workers in 10 cities across the US could use the company’s app to order 15 minutes of cuddle time with adoptable dogs Continue reading...

YouTube staff too swamped to filter out all terror-related content

Google says pre-sceening the 300 hours of material uploaded each minute would be like vetting a phone call before it is made Continue reading...

WTF? Wickr goes cat crazy to keep photos under cover

Secure messaging app introduces new feature to allow iOS users to display pictures on Facebook without giving up their rights. Continue reading...

Cyber London aims to make the UK a launchpad for cyber-security startups

Not-for-profit accelerator scheme and incubator space has backing from worlds of business, academia and government agencies Continue reading...

Snapchat update makes it easier to have affairs, but teen outcry prompts U-turn

The long-running ‘best friends’ feature was pulled in the app’s latest update, but CEO Evan Spiegel promises it will return Continue reading...

Creative data debate: how the analytics revolution is reshaping rugby - video

We live in the data age, where real­ time analytics provide invaluable insights into performance and strategy, from the boardroom to the rugby pitch. But are these elite domains becoming too dependent on numbers at the cost of the human touch? Or is data the new basis for creativity? Watch highlights from a recent debate, as part of the Accenture-sponsored Creative Data hub, around the role of dat

Apple smashes corporate profits record after soaring iPhone sales

*Total revenues of $74.6bn beat expectations and contribute to $18bn profit*Company sold 34,000 iPhones an hour in last quarter of 2014 Continue reading...

Data-led team building: increasing the odds of success

Moneyball has popularised the idea of team selection through data, but a reliance on statistics alone when recruiting in business or in sport will leave teams coming up short Continue reading...

Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instagram accounts hacked

Lizard Squad hackers claim to seize control of singer’s social media accounts and threaten release of nude pictures – but singer shakes it offTaylor Swift became the latest star to have their social media accounts hacked on Tuesday. Swift, whose account is the fourth largest on Twitter, appeared to be asking her 51.4 million followers to follow @lizzard and @veriuser. Our queen @taylorswif

The 'Boston Yeti' looks back on two-day snow romp: 'I'm feeling lots of love'

Self-dubbed ‘Boston Yeti’ talks about going viral on Twitter during the north-east blizzard, and what he plans to do now that the snow is winding down Continue reading...

Alibaba breaks with custom to berate Chinese authorities over highly critical report

The e-commerce giant complained of ‘misconduct’ and bias after regulators accused it of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers Continue reading...

Rapists use social media to cover their tracks, police warned

Police and Crown Prosecution Service conference on rape hears attackers are increasingly creating false narratives online Continue reading...

Danny Boyle begins shooting Steve Jobs biopic with Michael Fassbender

The fraught production, working from an Aaron Sorkin script, is finally under way, following drop-outs from David Fincher and Christian Bale Continue reading...

Netmums founder launches YouTube network for British 'mummy vloggers'

Siobhan Freegard sees an opportunity for more parenting videos: ‘YouTube is growing up, and the millennials are growing up too...’ Continue reading...

Yahoo spins off stake in e-commerce giant Alibaba to avoid massive tax bill

The plan places 15% stake in Chinese company into secondary firm called SpinCo – move spurs 10% rise in share price despite fall in fourth quarter revenues Continue reading...

Man charged with murder after Georgia couple pursued Craiglist ad

*Bodies of Bud and June Runion identified*Couple had sought to buy a classic car Continue reading...

Snapchat adds entertainment and news with Discover

App aims to broaden horizons from self-destructing messages with content from 11 partners including Comedy Central, MTV and People magazine Continue reading...

The computer-generated cookbook: just the thing for a hungry digital age

IBM’s game show-winning computer Watson turns its hand to helping chefs generate startling taste sensations ‘man alone might never imagine’ Continue reading...

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