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Action camera maker GoPro reports bigger loss as costs double

Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:45pm EDT (Reuters) – GoPro Inc, which makes wearable cameras used by surfers, skydivers and other action junkies to post their exploits online, reported a bigger quarterly loss as costs nearly doubled. GoPro shares fell 11 pct to $42.70 in extended trading after its first financial results since its initial public offering in June. Research and development spending more than doubled to $34.7 million while costs from its Nasdaq share market […]

BlackBerry opens up BBM to Windows phone users

TORONTO Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:41pm EDT (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday its popular messaging system BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger, would now be open to those using the Windows phone platform, a move that potentially makes the messaging service more appealing to its enterprise clients. BlackBerry, which is seeking to reinvent itself as a more software and services driven company as its smartphone market share has dwindled, has been lately touting new BBM […]

Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729

By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:45pm EDT (Reuters) – Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa. The World Health Organisation said it would launch a $100 million response plan on Friday during a meeting with the affected nations in Guinea. It is […]

New malaria parasite enters Southeast Asia

A new strain of malaria, one that is drug-resistant, has been spotted in Southeast Asia, with the Philippines already preparing for said disease. The Department of Health is currently disseminating information about this new malaria strain, further adding the 50% of the provinces are already malaria free.

Guilt may spoil restorative effects of entertainment

(Reuters Health) – People who play video games or watch television to unwind after a hard day may end up feeling worse about themselves, not better, says a new study. Although enjoying something pleasurable can restore “vitality” after a draining bout of demanding work, researchers found that users of entertainment media will get less benefit if they see the activity as procrastination rather than rest. The spent state following a period of self-control to complete […]

JD.com to sell Microsoft’s Xbox One games console in China

BEIJING Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:41pm EDT (Reuters) – JD.com Inc, China’s second-biggest e-commerce company by market share, will accept pre-orders for Microsoft Corp’s Xbox One games console in China from July 28 to July 30, the firm said on Monday. The pre-orders will be taken via Tencent Holdings’ mobile social networks Mobile QQ and WeChat, known as Weixin in China, JD.com said in a statement. Tencent holds a 17.6 percent stake in JD.com. The […]

Dell, BlackBerry downplay threat from Apple-IBM alliance

By Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp TORONTO Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:11pm EDT (Reuters) – IBM Corp’s recent move to partner with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now. Top executives at Dell and BlackBerry Ltd scoffed at the threat posed by the alliance this week, arguing the tie-up is unlikely to derail the efforts of […]

Facebook says SEC’s IPO probe ends, extending WhatsApp closing date

Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:55pm EDT (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission dropped its probe into the social networking company over events surrounding its controversial initial public offering. In its quarterly report filed on Thursday, Facebook said the regulator in May “notified us that it had terminated its inquiry and that no enforcement action had been recommended by the SEC.” Facebook shares began trading on May 18, 2012, but soon […]

Apple iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data, researcher finds

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:00pm EDT (Reuters) – Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week. The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the “trusted” computers to which the devices have been connected, according to the security expert who prompted […]