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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

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jmcbain writes: Yesterday, Apple reported its financial results for the quarter ending December 27, 2014. The company posted $18 billion in profit (on $74 billion in revenue), the largest quarterly profit by any company, ever. The previous record was $16 billion by Russia's Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) in 2011. Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones last quarter, along with 5.5 million Macs and 21.4 million iPads. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Nintendo halves operating profit view on slack 3DS sales; weak yen lifts net profit

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TOKYO/OSAKA (Reuters) - Struggling Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co warned it won't make its annual operating profit target due to slack sales of its 3DS handheld game consoles, though the yen's current weakness means overseas sales will boost net profit.

Swyp wants to replace all the credit, loyalty and gift cards in your wallet

(One hour ago)
High-tech cards that store all your credit, gift and loyalty card info haven't exactly made it big yet, but the competition's already heating up. The newest entry in the race is called Swyp: a metallic device with a screen that transforms into the ca...

Embedded Linux Conference Headlined By Drones

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DeviceGuru writes: The Linux Foundation has released the full agenda for its annual North American Embedded Linux Conference + Android Builders Summit, which takes place Mar. 23-25 in San Jose, Calif. The ELC, which this year is titled Drones, Things, and Automobiles, increasingly reflects new opportunities for Linux in areas such as drones, robots, automotive computers, IoT gizmos, 3D sensing, modular phones, and much more. For those worried that ELC is skimping on the basics as it explores the more colorful sides of Linux, worry not, as there are still plenty of sessions on booting, trace analysis, NAND support, PHY frameworks, power management, defragmenting, systemd, device tree, and toolchain. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

An interview with Slack founder Stewart Butterfield on the company's strategy for a successful launch (First Round Capital)

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First Round Capital:An interview with Slack founder Stewart Butterfield on the company's strategy for a successful launch  —  From 0 to $1B - Slack's Founder Shares Their Epic Launch Strategy  —  Slack started working on the app at the end of 2012.  ("Never mind the part where we first tried …

Scientists 3D print cartilage to repair damaged windpipes

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Believe it or not, scientists aren't yet finished discovering new ways to 3D print body parts. A team at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has developed a 3D printing technique that lets them produce cartilage for repairing damaged trachea...

Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

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An anonymous reader writes: The record for smallest computer implementation of chess on any platform was held by 1K ZX Chess, which saw a release back in 1983 for the Sinclair ZX81. It uses just 672 bytes of memory, and includes most chess rules as well as a computer component to play against. The 32-year-old record has been beaten this week by the demoscene group Red Sector Inc. They have implemented a fully-playable version of chess called BootChess in just 487 bytes (readme file including source code). Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Androids will greet guests at Japanese smart hotel

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For centuries, hospitality in Japan has meant kimono-clad innkeepers attentive to the last detail. Now, androids from the company that licenses Hello Kitty will staff a new hotel.

Yahoo's spinoff of Alibaba holdings is tax-free, remains so if Alibaba eventually buys spinoff (Matt Levine/Bloomberg View)

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Matt Levine / Bloomberg View:Yahoo's spinoff of Alibaba holdings is tax-free, remains so if Alibaba eventually buys spinoff  —  Yahoo Would Rather Not Pay Taxes on Its Alibaba Shares  —  The basic contours of the Yahoo/Alibaba situation are well known.  Yahoo owns Alibaba shares worth $40 billion.  Those shares are in a glass box.

China regulator blasts Alibaba for illegal business on its sites

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Chinese government has accused e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd of not paying enough attention to illegal business conducted on its platforms and failing to take effective steps to snuff it out.

Samsung's Gear VR headset arrives at Best Buy (but not at retail)

(3 hours ago)
If you've been curious enough about virtual reality to buy Samsung's Gear VR headset, you've had to visit either AT&T's website or Samsung's to pick one up. Not very convenient, is it? Your VR shopping just got a little bit easier, though, as Best Bu...

FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots

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alphadogg writes: The FCC on Tuesday warned that it will no longer tolerate hotels, convention centers or others intentionally interfering with personal Wi-Fi hotspots. This issue grabbed headlines last fall when Marriott International was fined $600,000 for blocking customer Wi-Fi hotspots, presumably to encourage the guests to pay for pricey Internet access from the hotel. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Lockitron Announces The $99 Bolt, A Deadbolt You Can Unlock With Your Phone (Kyle Russell/TechCrunch)

(4 hours ago)
Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:Lockitron Announces The $99 Bolt, A Deadbolt You Can Unlock With Your Phone  —  Y Combinator alum Lockitron is today launching the Bolt, a $99 follow-up to its troubled crowdfunded keyless-entry gadget.  —  Lockitron co-founder Cameron Robertson says the company learned a lot from the difficulties …

Apple sold 5M Apple TVs since April of last year for a total of 25M units since its debut (Peter Kafka/Re/code)

(4 hours ago)
Peter Kafka / Re/code:Apple sold 5M Apple TVs since April of last year for a total of 25M units since its debut  —  Apple TV Hasn't Changed in Years, but Has Sold 25 Million Units Anyway  —  For the record: Tim Cook told Wall Street that Apple has sold 25 million Apple TVs over the product's lifetime.

Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

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Deathspawner writes: Following its huge Windows 10 event last Wednesday, Microsoft released a brand-new preview build to the public, versioned 9926. We were told that it'd give us Cortana, Microsoft's AI assistant, as well as a revamped Start menu and updated notifications pane. But as it turns out, that's not even close to summing up all that's new with this build. In fact, 9926 is easily the most substantial update rolled out so far in the beta program, with some UI elements and integral Windows features seeing their first overhaul in multiple generations. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Forget taking notes, this Bluetooth headset captures your calls

(4 hours ago)
Journalists everywhere will weep with joy if this Bluetooth recording device comes to fruition (at least this one will). We're talking about Bluewire, a headset that records both sides of a smartphone or VoIP conversation over Bluetooth. That means i...

Man Hacks Into Baby Monitor

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A nanny is terrified to learn someone hacked into baby monitor camera and watched her every move. KPRC's Phil Archer reports.

Misfit Flash will gain ability to control Nest, August, and Logitech connected devices, communicate with IFTTT, Yo, and Spotify (Scott Stein/CNET)

(5 hours ago)
Scott Stein / CNET:Misfit Flash will gain ability to control Nest, August, and Logitech connected devices, communicate with IFTTT, Yo, and Spotify  —  Misfit turns $50 Flash fitness band into smart home remote, too  —  The Flash's click-button will integrate across several services as Misfit aims to turn …

Sony is reportedly cutting 1,000 jobs in its smartphone group

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There's no doubt that Sony's smartphone division is struggling, and it sounds like that's about to exact a big toll on the company's workforce. Nikkei reports that Sony expects to cut 1,000 jobs in its mobile group, adding to the 1,000 layoffs it ann...

Microsoft is no longer manufacturing the Surface 2 (Josh Lowensohn/The Verge)

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:Microsoft is no longer manufacturing the Surface 2  —  Microsoft's Surface just had a very healthy quarter, bringing the company $1.1 billion in revenue.  While we don't actually know how many units that is, Microsoft says that most of them were its newest model, the Surface Pro 3 …

Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

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HughPickens.com writes: Halfway up the Shard, London's tallest skyscraper, you are asked to step out of the elevator at the transfer floor, or "sky lobby," a necessary inconvenience in order to reach the upper half of the building, and a symptom of the limits of elevators today. To ascend a mile-high (1.6km) tower using the same technology could necessitate changing elevators as many as 10 times. Elevators traveling distances of more than 500m [1,640 ft] have not been feasible because the weight of the steel cables themselves becomes so great. Now, after nine years of rigorous testing, Kone has released Ultrarope — a material composed of carbon-fiber covered in a friction-proof coating that weighs a seventh of the steel cables, making elevators of up to 1km (0.6 miles) in height feasible to build. Kone's creation was chosen to be installed in what's destined to become the world's tallest building, the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. When completed in 2020, the tower will stand a full kilometer in height, and will boast the world's tallest elevator at 660m (2,165ft). A 1km-tall tower may seem staggering, but is this the build-able limit? Most probably not, according to Dr. Sang Dae Kim. "With Kingdom Tower we now have a design that reaches around 1 km in height. Later on, someone will push for 1 mile, and then 2 km," says Kim. He adds that, technically speaking, 2 km might be possible at the current time. Anything higher would require new materials and building[..]

Apple Just Had The Most Profitable Quarter Of Any Company Ever (Greg Kumparak/TechCrunch)

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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:Apple Just Had The Most Profitable Quarter Of Any Company Ever  —  Apple had a pretty good quarter.  —  And by “pretty good,” I mean it was the biggest quarter in history.  And not just for Apple.  For any company.  Ever.  —  This page charts the past record holders.

Microsoft confirms Windows 10's 'Spartan' browser to get extensions (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:Microsoft confirms Windows 10's ‘Spartan’ browser to get extensions  —  Summary:Microsoft's new ‘Spartan’ browser will include support for extensions at some point, Microsoft officials have confirmed.  —  Microsoft's new browser for Windows 10, codenamed “Spartan,” will be getting extensions …

U.S. FCC warns against blocking personal Wi-Fi access

(6 hours ago)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday warned hotels and other entities against blocking personal Wi-Fi access, or hot spots, saying it was illegal and could incur heavy fines.

Sony to cut 1,000 jobs in smartphone business: sources

(6 hours ago)
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp plans to cut around 1,000 additional jobs in its struggling smartphone division as it tries to bring its electronics business back into the black, sources said on Wednesday.

YouTube defaults to HTML5 on the web

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If you've been hoping for YouTube to drop the notoriously buggy Flash video format as its default player, well good news. Nearly five years after the streaming giant started supporting the HTML5 standard for its videos, it's finally now its player of...

U.S. FCC warns against blocking personal Wi-Fi access

(6 hours ago)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday warned hotels and other entities against blocking personal Wi-Fi access, or hot spots, saying it was illegal and could incur heavy fines.

Wi-Fi growth set to drive sales of new Ethernet speeds

(6 hours ago)
Steadily growing demand for faster enterprise wireless LANs in the next four years is expected to drive up sales of both Wi-Fi gear and a new type of Ethernet for connecting next-generation access points.

Flying high, Apple readies Watch to ship in April

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The Apple Watch will ship in April, CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday, ending speculation about when Apple will release its first new category of product in more than four years.

Windows 10 Spartan browser will get extensions

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer development team has confirmed there will be a browser extension system for Project Spartan, meaning developers will be able to extend its functionality with software that can be built directly into the browser.

Linux makers release patch to thwart new 'Ghost' cyber threat (Jim Finkle/Reuters)

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Jim Finkle / Reuters:Linux makers release patch to thwart new ‘Ghost’ cyber threat  —  (Reuters) - Red Hat Inc and other makers of the widely used Linux operating system for business computers updated their software on Tuesday to thwart a serious new cyber threat they warned could allow hackers to gain remote control of their systems.

Mexico says may sanction Google over data protection breach

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's federal transparency body said on Tuesday it had initiated proceedings to impose sanctions on Google's Mexican unit for possible breach of the country's data protection law.

FCC: Blocking Wi-Fi in hotels is prohibited (Megan Geuss/Ars Technica)

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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:FCC: Blocking Wi-Fi in hotels is prohibited  —  Marriott asked the FCC to please let it block Wi-Fi.  The hotel gets a firm answer.  —  On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission issued an “Enforcement Advisory” stating that blocking W-Fi in hotels is unequivocally “prohibited.”

LG Display fourth quarter profit at four-year high, 2015 growth seen strong

(7 hours ago)
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd booked its highest quarterly profit in almost four years on Tuesday, buoyed by firm demand for liquid crystal displays (LCD) from television makers and client Apple Inc.

Electronic Arts Q3 beats expectations with $1.43B net revenue, boosted by strong game sales for older consoles and mobile phones (Anya George Tharakan/Reuters)

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Anya George Tharakan / Reuters:Electronic Arts Q3 beats expectations with $1.43B net revenue, boosted by strong game sales for older consoles and mobile phones  —  Games publisher Electronic Arts profit, revenue beats estimates  —  (Reuters) - Electronic Arts Inc (EA.O), publisher of the “FIFA” and “Madden NFL” …

Facebook Opens Registration For F8 Conference Featuring Oculus, WhatsApp, Instagram (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

(7 hours ago)
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:Facebook Opens Registration For F8 Conference Featuring Oculus, WhatsApp, Instagram  —  Omnipresence seems to be the theme for Facebook's F8 conference this year.  Today, registration opened allowing developers to apply for $495 tickets, though it's free to livestream.

Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

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Nerval's Lobster writes: What does it take to become a great — or even just a good — software developer? According to developer Michael O. Church's posting on Quora (later posted on LifeHacker), it's a long list: great developers are unafraid to learn on the job, manage their careers aggressively, know the politics of software development (which he refers to as 'CS666'), avoid long days when feasible, and can tell fads from technologies that actually endure... and those are just a few of his points. Over at Salsita Software's corporate blog, meanwhile, CEO and founder Matthew Gertner boils it all down to a single point: experienced programmers and developers know when to slow down. What do you think separates the great developers from the not-so-fantastic ones? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Daily Roundup: The Pixar of VR, Apple Watch ship date and more!

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In today's Daily Roundup, we look at Oculus Story Studio, the new film-innovation lab creating cinematic content to take advantage of VR devices. Meanwhile, Apple continues to crush it and announces when the Apple Watch will ship, and we learn more a...

Netflix is revamping its data architecture for streaming movies (Jonathan Vanian/Gigaom)

(8 hours ago)
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:Netflix is revamping its data architecture for streaming movies  —  Netflix is revamping the computing architecture that processes data for its streaming video service, according to a Netflix blog post that came out on Tuesday.  —  The Netflix engineering team wanted an architecture …

#ThingsIDidWhenFacebookWasDown: Social Sites Suffer Outage

(8 hours ago)
Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram were both down between Tuesday between about 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. ET.

Freescale revenue outlook pushes shares higher as CEO talks cars

(8 hours ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Freescale Semiconductor Ltd gave a revenue forecast for the current quarter above Wall Street's expectations, and its shares rose 12 percent in extended trade as its chief executive pointed to growing demand from automobile makers for its chips.

What movies do you want to see in virtual reality?

(8 hours ago)
It's no secret that virtual reality seems to be all the rage at this year's Sundance Film Festival. With a number of consumer oriented VR headsets on the horizon, filmmakers are clearly excited about this technology and experimenting with ways to tak...

Prynt, a case that turns your phone into a Polaroid camera, is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter for $49 (Kyle Russell/TechCrunch)

(8 hours ago)
Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:Prynt, a case that turns your phone into a Polaroid camera, is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter for $49  —  The Case That Turns Your Phone Into A Polaroid Camera Is Now On Kickstarter  —  The Prynt case, which lets you print photos directly from your phone, is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter.

Yahoo sets Alibaba stake spinoff plan, shares jump

(8 hours ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc plans to spin off its 15 percent stake in China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , responding to pressure to hand over to shareholders its prized e-commerce investment valued at roughly $40 billion.
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