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Exclusive: Apple iPhone 6 screen snag leaves supply chain scrambling

The leaf on the Apple symbol is tinted green at the Apple flagship store on 5th Ave in New YorkBy Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Suppliers to Apple Inc are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone as the need to redesign a key component disrupted panel production ahead of next month's expected launch, supply chain sources said. It's unclear whether the hiccup could delay the launch or limit the number of phones initially available to consumers, the sources said, as Apple readies larger-screen iPhones for the year-end shopping season amid market share loss to cheaper rivals. Cupertino, California-based Apple has scheduled a media event for Sept. 9, and many expect it to unveil the new iPhone 6 with both 4.7 inch (11.94 cm) and 5.5 inch (13.97 cm) screens - bigger than the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5s and 5c. Two supply chain sources said display panel production suffered a setback after the backlight that helps illuminate the screen had to be revised, putting screen assembly on hold for part of June and July.


08/22/2014 05:15 AM

U.S. undercover investigators among those exposed in data breach

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Jim Finkle and Mark Hosenball BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cyber attack at a firm that performs background checks for U.S. The breach at Falls Church, Virginia-based US Investigations Services (USIS) exposed highly personal information of workers at the Department of Homeland Security's headquarters as well as its U.S.


08/22/2014 09:06 PM

Amazon developing own online advertising software: WSJ

A zoomed illustration image of a man looking at a computer monitor showing the logo of Amazon is seen in Vienna(Reuters) - Amazon Inc is planning to develop its own software for placing advertisements online, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. While the in-house platform is initially planned to replace ads supplied by Google Inc on Amazon's own website, the new system could challenge Google and Microsoft Corp's advertising business in the future, the newspaper cited the people as saying. Amazon's system would resemble Google's AdWords, and is planned to make it easier for marketers to reach the company's users, the newspaper reported the people as saying. The retailer is also building a tool that would help advertising agencies buy in bulk for thousands of advertisers, the Journal said, citing the people.


08/22/2014 08:02 PM

Walgreen stores go offline due to technical glitch

A Walgreens logo is seen outside its store in New York City(Reuters) - Pharmacy chain Walgreen Co suffered a system outage for several hours on Friday, taking all of its 8,200 pharmacy outlets offline and delaying prescription orders. The company faced a "technical issue" during a system update and had to bring the entire system offline to resolve it, spokesman Michael Polzin said. Some prescription orders may have been lost as a result of the outage, Polzin said, but most were queued and processed when the system was restored. Shares of Walgreen closed at $61.05 on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.


08/22/2014 06:07 PM

Obama tech policy maven moves to Silicon Valley role
By Mark Felsenthal and Edwin Chan WASHINGTON D.C./SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Todd Park, President Barack Obama's chief technology officer who played a role in fixing the flawed Healthcare.gov website, is moving to a new job recruiting top Silicon Valley talent to government, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Park, a successful tech entrepreneur who became a top adviser to Obama, will move to the West Coast at the end of the month as part of a White House team, the source said on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public. His move to California signals a growing effort by the government to try to recruit from Silicon Valley.
08/22/2014 08:46 PM

Oregon sues Oracle, claiming fraud over failed Obamacare website
By Teresa Carson PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - The state of Oregon sued Oracle America Inc. and six of its top executives Friday, accusing the software giant of fraud for failing to deliver a working website for the Affordable Care Act program. The 126-page lawsuit, filed in Marion County Circuit Court, claims that fraud, lying and "a pattern of racketeering" by Oracle cost the state and its Cover Oregon program hundreds of millions of dollars. Oregon paid Oracle about $240.3 million for a system that never worked, the suit said. Oracle issued a statement saying the suit "is a desperate attempt to deflect blame from Cover Oregon and the governor for their failures to manage a complex IT project.
08/22/2014 05:33 PM

This manicure is also a roofie detector

This manicure is also a roofie detector


08/23/2014 02:04 AM

Sony is shutting down PlayStation Home in Japan

Sony is shutting down PlayStation Home in Japan


08/23/2014 12:08 AM

Chromecast software vulnerability paves way for another root exploit

Chromecast software vulnerability paves way for another root exploit


08/22/2014 11:40 PM

SpaceX rocket malfunctions and explodes during 'complex' test

SpaceX rocket malfunctions and explodes during 'complex' test


08/22/2014 10:57 PM

Microsoft reportedly working on a Chromecast-like streaming device

Microsoft reportedly working on a Chromecast-like streaming deviceMaking a cheap video streaming stick has worked out pretty well for Google; Now it seems Microsoft may be making its own play to build a similar device tailored for Windows users, according to recent FCC filings. Windows Phone Daily spotted documents that indicate Microsoft's upcoming streamer will feature Wi-Fi, HDMI compatibility, and a USB port — so the hardware sounds not unlike Chromecast (or any other set-top box for that matter). Obviously Microsoft won't be using Google's Cast technology to stream video on your TV;


08/22/2014 10:43 PM

New York Attorney General asks Airbnb to hand over 124 hosts' personal data

New York Attorney General asks Airbnb to hand over 124 hosts' personal data


08/22/2014 10:42 PM

New wearable wants to help you run better, smarter and safer

New wearable wants to help you run better, smarter and safer


08/22/2014 09:53 PM

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The ultimate showdown continues

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The ultimate showdown continuesAll three major mobile operating systems now have a virtual assistant, but there still isn’t a final verdict on which is the best. In fact, with such frequent updates, it might be impossible to ever declare a winner, but that doesn’t mean we can’t constantly compare the three anyway. Earlier this year, WPCentral posed the same questions to all three assistants at once in order to see which was more effective. In another series of videos stretching all the way back to last November, Phonebuff has been testing each assistant individually to see how they respond to 50 unique voice commands. Google Now was the first candidate, then came Siri, and now it’s Cortana’s turn. Even though Cortana is still technically in beta


08/22/2014 09:45 PM

Apple offers battery replacements for some early iPhone 5 units

Apple offers battery replacements for some early iPhone 5 units


08/22/2014 09:07 PM

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