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Laptops, Convertibles, Tablets: Which Should You Choose? – Lifehacker Australia

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014

Even if you’ve decided that mobile phones will only play a relatively minimal role in your environment (calls, texts, emails and basic browsing), your mobile choices have only just begun. The conventional laptop still plays a vital role, but now competes with tablet machines and hybrids (which can convert from tablet to laptop form as needed) for corporate attention. Here’s our take on when each form factor makes sense. Hardware…

5 laptops for college students that won’t break your budget – ConsumerReports.org

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014

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JD.com, Tencent Offer Early Preorders of Microsoft’s Xbox in China – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014

BEIJING—Internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings Ltd. will use its alliance with JD.com Inc. to offer early advance sales of Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One consoles in China, as the online retailer ramps up efforts to compete with electronic-commerce major Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Beijing-based JD.com said Monday that users of Tencent’s WeChat and mobile QQ messaging software would be able to reserve the new Xbox with a deposit of 499…

Cell phone unlocking bill could be a historic step in Internet politics – VentureBeat

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014

Yesterday, the most unproductive Congress is history managed to pass a consumer cell phone unlocking bill, and President Obama has agreed to sign it into law. On the surface, a wonky intellectual property bill that allows consumers to switch carriers is, relatively speaking, a minor political achievement. But the bill’s passage could prove to be an important event in the history of democracy. The bill began as a surprisingly viral…

Qualcomm’s Problems Just Got Worse as China Builds Chip Giant – Forbes

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014

Ever since Edward Snowden became a household name, China has been taking a new approach to developing domestic technology. Any doubt about this was squashed last week when the merger of two large Chinese semiconductor companies was completed. The question now is, should foreign players such as Qualcomm Qualcomm Inc. and MediaTek Inc. be worried? Last week, Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings Co., Ltd., a solely state-owned…

Intel’s CFO Sells $20.8 Million in Stock – Barron’s

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014

Five Intel insiders took advantage of a stock price near a multiyear high and sold 1,159,605 shares for $39,177,241, an average of $33.78 each, from July 16 through 21. Chief Financial Officer Stacy J. Smith exercised options and sold 614,432 Intel (ticker: INTC) shares for $20,839,382. Regulatory filings show that Smith exercised options at prices ranging from $12.98 to $26.79, and they were set to expire April 17, 2015, at…

Robert Lewandowski Scores Outrageous Chip for Bayern Munich vs … – Bleacher Report

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014

Bayern Munich fans knew all about Robert Lewandowski when they picked him up from rivals Borussia Dortmund in the summer, but the Pole has given them a reason to get very excited with this outrageous finish against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Telekom Cup. Surrounded by opponents, he somehow manages to create some space in a crowded penalty area, then dink an outrageous chip over the goalkeeper. [Vine, DeMarkeSports]

Top Pentagon Intel Official: No Mideast Peace ‘In My Lifetime’ – Foreign Policy (blog)

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014

This story has been updated. ASPEN, Colo. — A top Pentagon intelligence official said he saw no prospect of  Mideast peace in the decades to come, a strikingly pessimistic assessment of one of the Obama administration’s top foreign policy priorities. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who will be stepping down from his post as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency later this year,…

5 laptops for college students that won’t break your budget – ConsumerReports.org

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014

New Car Price Report Find out what the dealers don’t want you to know! Get dealer pricing information on a new car with the New Car Price Report. Order Your Report

JD.com, Tencent to Presell Microsoft’s Xbox in China – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014

BEIJING—Tencent Holdings Ltd. will use its alliance with online retailer JD.com Inc. to sell in advance Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One consoles in China, as it ramps up efforts to compete with electronic-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in China’s online-shopping market. Beijing-based JD.com said Monday that users of Tencent’s WeChat and mobile QQ messaging software will be able to reserve the newest Xbox with a deposit of 499 yuan (US$81)….

Buyer’s Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, AppleCare, and … – Mac Rumors

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014

This week’s Buyer’s Guide includes deals on the MacBook Air, the Retina MacBook Pro, and AppleCare, as well as an array of Apple-related accessories that are currently on sale. MacBook Air Apple’s MacBook Air is currently available for up to $150 off at Best Buy, with Adorama, Amazon, and B&H Photo offering similar deals on some models. The entry-level 11-inch MacBook Air with 128 GB of storage can be purchased…

Chart Suggests Speed-Bumped 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pros with 16GB of … – Mac Rumors

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014

Apple may be planning to launch a slightly refreshed line of 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros complete with faster Haswell processors and 16GB of RAM standard, according to a photo said to have come from the company’s Chongqing, China store (via BBS Feng, Google Translate). The purported pricing chart shows two standard configurations priced at 14,288 yuan and 18,688 yuan, which is the same as Apple’s current pricing for its…

Intel’s CFO Sells $20.8 Million in Stock – Barron’s

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014

Five Intel insiders took advantage of a stock price near a multiyear high and sold 1,159,605 shares for $39,177,241, an average of $33.78 each, from July 16 through 21. Chief Financial Officer Stacy J. Smith exercised options and sold 614,432 Intel (ticker: INTC) shares for $20,839,382. Regulatory filings show that Smith exercised options at prices ranging from $12.98 to $26.79, and they were set to expire April 17, 2015, at…

Qualcomm’s Problems Just Got Worse as China Builds Chip Giant – Forbes

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014

Ever since Edward Snowden became a household name, China has been taking a new approach to developing domestic technology. Any doubt about this was squashed last week when the merger of two large Chinese semiconductor companies was completed. The question now is, should foreign players such as Qualcomm Qualcomm Inc. and MediaTek Inc. be worried? Last week, Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings Co., Ltd., a solely state-owned…

Top Pentagon Intel Official: No Mideast Peace ‘In My Lifetime’ – Foreign Policy (blog)

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014

  ASPEN, Colo. — A top Pentagon intelligence official said he saw no prospect of  Mideast peace in the decades to come, a strikingly pessimistic assessment of one of the Obama administration’s top foreign policy priorities. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who will be stepping down from his post as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency later this year, told an audience at the…

5 Non-Digital Job Skills to Land a Digitally Minded Career – Mashable

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lori Kent, director of learning experience at smith + beta, also contributed to this article. When it comes to using digital tools to enhance your daily life, you may be quite savvy: You possess an insider’s knowledge of acronyms, platforms and gadgets. Enter the professional world, however, and you may discover business proficiency is another layer or two of knowledge that you have yet to gain. With an increasing focus…

Buyer’s Guide: Discounts on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, AppleCare, and … – Mac Rumors

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014

This week’s Buyer’s Guide includes deals on the MacBook Air, the Retina MacBook Pro, and AppleCare, as well as an array of Apple-related accessories that are currently on sale. MacBook Air Apple’s MacBook Air is currently available for up to $150 off at Best Buy, with Adorama, Amazon, and B&H Photo offering similar deals on some models. The entry-level 11-inch MacBook Air with 128 GB of storage can be purchased…

Intel’s CFO Sells $20.8 Million in Stock – Barron’s

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014

Five Intel insiders took advantage of a stock price near a multiyear high and sold 1,159,605 shares for $39,177,241, an average of $33.78 each, from July 16 through 21. Chief Financial Officer Stacy J. Smith exercised options and sold 614,432 Intel (ticker: INTC) shares for $20,839,382. Regulatory filings show that Smith exercised options at prices ranging from $12.98 to $26.79, and they were set to expire April 17, 2015, at…

Qualcomm’s Problems Just Got Worse as China Builds Chip Giant – Forbes

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014

Ever since Edward Snowden became a household name, China has been taking a new approach to developing domestic technology. Any doubt about this was squashed last week when the merger of two large Chinese semiconductor companies was completed. The question now is, should foreign players such as Qualcomm Qualcomm Inc. and MediaTek Inc. be worried? Last week, Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings Co., Ltd., a solely state-owned…

Electronic aura could be answer to lost passwords – The Guardian

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014

You are trying to book theatre tickets online with a rarely used credit card. Prompted to give a password, you find you can no longer remember it. The result is a failed transaction and a minor rise in blood pressure. It gets worse. While shopping later on, you drop your car keys. An opportunist picks them up and wanders around the shopping mall’s car park pressing the unlock button until…