Technology

Las Vegas Sands websites restored 1 week after hacking

LAS VEGAS – Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. has restored its websites a week after they were hacked. The Las Vegas-based company pulled down its sites Feb. 13 after hackers defaced them with images condemning comments CEO Sheldon Adelson had made about using nuclear weapons on Iran. Sands restored the websites Monday afternoon. The …

Google’s 4th quarter earnings, revenue rise 17 per cent to lift stock even as ad prices fall

SAN FRANCISCO—Google’s earnings are still rising at an impressive clip even as a long-running slump in its ad prices deepens and management gambles on risky ventures such as its unprofitable purchase of smartphone maker Motorola Mobility. The latest evidence of the company’s moneymaking prowess emerged Thursday with the release of results covering the holiday shopping …

Yahoo says usernames and passwords stolen, information used to gather names, addresses

NEW YORK—Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo’s email customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people those Yahoo mail users have recently corresponded with, the company said Thursday. Yahoo didn’t say how many accounts have been affected. Yahoo is the second-largest email service worldwide, after Google’s Gmail, according to the …

Billionaire Icahn invests another $500 million in Apple, arguing the stock remains a bargain

SAN FRANCISCO—Outspoken billionaire Carl Icahn has tossed another bushel of Apple stock into his investment portfolio and suggested some new products as he tries to persuade the iPhone maker to do more to lift its market value. In an attempt to give his arguments more credence, Icahn disclosed that he invested another $500 million in …

Apple will refund at least $32.5M in case about kids’ purchases on apps without permission

WASHINGTON—Apple will refund at least $32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that kids made without their parents’ permission while playing on mobile apps, the government announced Wednesday. The Federal Trade Commission said Apple will make full refunds for any such in-app purchases made by kids while playing on mobile phones …

Top Gadgets & Tech Of 2013: Best Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop, App, Console, OS And More

2013 was the year when consumer technology really became part of our daily lives. Thanks to a confluence of hardware, software and infrastructure the devices we own can now help us with exercise, trips, dating, and even cooking! We’ve summed up 2013 in tech in our infographic featuring best smartphones, tablets and other gadgets. We …

Samsung teams up with Comcast, Netflix to get ultra high definition content to its new TVs

LAS VEGAS—Samsung, the world’s largest maker of TVs, is tackling the problem of getting ultra-high-definition content to its new TV sets by teaming up with the Internet streaming services of Comcast, Netflix and Amazon. Like other TV makers, Samsung is betting that a quadrupling of the resolution of TV sets will get consumers interested in …

BlackBerry files patent infringement suit against Ryan Seacrest startup

TORONTO—BlackBerry (TSX:BB) is suing Typo Products, a company co-founded by TV personality Ryan Seacrest, saying that its new iPhone case rips off the famous BlackBerry keyboard. In documents filed in a California court, BlackBerry accused Typo of copying its keyboard design in an effort to capitalize on the smartphone maker’s “commercial recognition and goodwill.” “Typo’s …

BC teen who won Google prize juggles school work with science fair project

Ann Makosinski is becoming a master of managing her time. After taking the top prize in her age group at Google’s annual science fair, the high school student has been fielding inquiries from companies interested in her project, juggling homework and extra curriculars with speaking engagements, and still finding time for the occasional pizza night …

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