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  • DZONE 6:08 pm on June 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Northern Ireland to stay with UK or leave for United Ireland ? 

    Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called for a border poll on a united Ireland, after the UK has voted to leave the EU.

    Support for the EU is considerably higher in Northern Ireland than the rest of the UK.

    As the region shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland, it is unknown how the relationship between the two countries will be affected by Brexit.

    Some politicians have (More …)

  • DZONE 12:25 pm on June 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , news, UK EU referendum, UK to leave EU, UK voted to leave, What will happen to the EU,   

    UK voted to leave: What happens now? 

    Britain has voted to leave the European Union, with the Leave campaign securing around 51.8 per cent of the vote.

    The UK has been a member of the European Union (and its precursors) since 1973, and the British government now faces the gargantuan task of unraveling decades of legislation, treaties and deals between the UK and the EU, the single biggest market in the world.

    The EU referendum vote itself is not a legal notification. The formal announcement to the EU is expected to happen at a meeting of the European Council (the EU’s heads of government) on Monday, June 27.

    Once that happens, it will trigger Article 50 of the 1973 Treaty of Rome, which gives both sides two years to reach an agreement.

    However, because the UK is so intricately entwined with the EU, (More …)

  • DZONE 1:56 pm on May 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Guide to properly pronounce internet acronyms 

    Everyone knows LOL means laugh out loud, but how do you say it? Is it el-oh-el? What about as one fluid word “lawl”? Or maybe with a strong oh, like “lowl”? We’re here to help you navigate the Internet’s acronyms and slang when you’re out IRL with friends.

    Pronouncing anything you see on the Internet has been a fraught business since the days of the  Great GIF Wars of 2013 . But the dictionary has only weighed in on the pronunciation of a few of these, so we’ll have to use our own interactions, expertise, and pop culture knowledge as a citizen of the Internet.  W e’re here to help you navigate the Internet’s acronyms and slang when you’re out IRL (eye-are-ell) with friends.

    Pronunciation of these  acronyms can (More …)

  • DZONE 1:48 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Sri Lanka T20 World Champions 

    Kumar Sangakkara struck an unbeaten 52 as Sri Lanka defeated a disappointing India by six wickets yesterday to finally win the World Twenty20 title.

    Sri Lanka reached 134-4 in 17.5 overs to complete the long-awaited win in an ICC world tournament after restricting India to an unimpressive 130-4.

    Former captain Sangakkara ensured there was no heartbreak this time after Sri Lanka had lost in four ICC world finals over the past seven years, including the World Cups in 2007 and 2011. Sri Lanka were making their third World Twenty20 final appearance. They lost to Pakistan in the 2009 final and to the West Indies in 2012.

    Sangakkara had struggled in (More …)

  • DZONE 12:21 pm on December 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    American Express to pay $75.7 million for overbilling 

    American Express AMEX logoCredit-card giant American Express Tuesday announced a $75.7 million settlement to resolve charges that it overbilled consumers and misled customers on services provided.

    American Express, a Dow component, will pay $16.2 million in fines and at least $59.5 million in customer remediation, the company said.

    The customer remediation will go to more than 335,000 customers, said the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a statement. The action also involved the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

    “We first warned companies last year about using deceptive marketing to sell credit card add-on products, and everyone should be on notice of this issue,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

    “Consumers deserve to be treated fairly and should not pay for services they do not receive.”

    The settlement resolves a variety of (More …)

  • DZONE 6:26 pm on November 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Apple products, AppleCare, Ariz. Apple, Arizona, , , , , mac, , Made in the USA, manufacturing jobs, Mesa, Mesa Arizona, news, Renewable energy   

    Apple to build Made in the USA 

    made in usaCreating more than 2,000 jobs and running on 100 percent renewable energy, the tech giant embarks on building a new US manufacturing facility.

    Apple executives have been talking about creating more manufacturing jobs in the US for the past year, and on Monday the company put its money where its mouth is.

    The iPhone maker announced that its newest US manufacturing facility is slated to be built in Mesa, Ariz. Apple aims to create thousands of jobs and run the facility on 100 percent renewable energy.

    “We are proud to expand our domestic manufacturing initiative with a new facility in Arizona, creating more than 2,000 jobs in engineering, manufacturing, and construction,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told CNET. “This new plant will make components for Apple products and it will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one, as a result of the work we are doing with SRP to create green energy sources to power the facility.”

    According to Arizona’s governor’s office, the facility will employ 700 people and will create 1,300 construction and management jobs. Besides the manufacturing facility, Apple is also building a solar power grid to fuel the plant, according to 9to5Mac.

    Last December, Apple CEO Tim Cook made some waves when he announced that the company was moving some Mac production to the US. He said that Apple was investing $100 million in the venture.

    Since this announcement, Apple has unveiled plans to open a manufacturing facility in Texas and an AppleCare repairs facility in Pennsylvania, according to 9to5Mac.

    It’s unclear what device Apple will be making at the Arizona plant. Although, given Cook’s announcement last year, most signs point to a product in the Mac family. Apple said last month that it will build its new Mac Pro at the Texas facility.

  • DZONE 3:02 pm on November 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , android Kitkat, Android operating system, , Ben Wood, CCS Insight, , Google blog, Google Nexus, Google Nexus 5, kitkat, , LG Corp, news, Nexus 5, , , ,   

    Google launches Nexus 5 with Android Kitkat 

    Google Nexus 5Google has officially unveiled the latest incarnation of its flagship Nexus smartphone.

    Made by LG, the handset is smaller, slimmer and lighter than the Nexus 4 but its 4.96in (126mm) touchscreen is bigger. The Nexus 5 has been developed to show off the capabilities of the new version of the Android operating system.

    Called Kitkat, the software has been designed to work well on both high-end smartphones and cheaper feature phones. The alliance with Google has helped bolster LG’s fortunes even though, according to statistics from Gartner, it is still a long way behind rivals Samsung and Apple.

    In the April-to-June quarter, the consultancy indicated 3.8% of all smartphones sold were LG handsets putting the South Korean firm in third place. By contrast, Apple accounted for 18.8% of all sales and Samsung 29.7%.

    The specifications for the new phone were widely leaked before it was announced on the official Google blog.

    The gadget shares some of the hardware (More …)

  • DZONE 11:47 am on September 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Microsoft acquires nokia, Microsoft buys nokia, Microsoft takes over nokia, news, , , Stephen Elop, , , ,   

    Microsoft to acquire Nokia’s handset business 

    microsoft nokiaMicrosoft late Monday announced it is buying Nokia’s smartphone and cellular handset business in a deal worth $7.2 billion.

    As part of the deal, Microsoft will own the company which has been a leader in creating the Lumia line of smartphones that run Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. Microsoft is paying $5 billion to buy Nokia’s Devices & Services unit and an additional $2.2 billion to license Nokia’s patents for $2.2 billion.

    The deal formally puts the two companies together after collaborating closely since Feb. 2011 to create handsets that compete with those from Apple and Samsung. The companies have made in-roads in many parts of the world, including Europe, but are still facing headwinds in the U.S. Windows Phone has already surpassed BlackBerry as the third largest smartphone platform according to some analysts.

    The move is one of the boldest yet by CEO Steve Ballmer, who stated last month he plans to retire in 12 months. By buying Nokia’s handset business, Microsoft is showing it’s committed to turning itself into more of a devices company than a software company. The deal’s total value makes it the second largest ever done by Microsoft, just behind the $9.3 billion buy of Internet phone service Skype in May 2011, says S&P Capital IQ.

    “Nokia and Microsoft have always (More …)

  • DZONE 1:12 pm on August 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple will reveal new iPhone on September 10 

    iphone newApple will unveil the latest version of its iPhone on September 10, according to a new report.

    Apple is believed to be working on a smartwatch and a TV, but neither of those products are expected to be ready for rollout at next month’s event. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Likely to be called either the iPhone 6 or iPhone 5S, the phone’s release date would fit the schedule Apple has established since the first iPhone was released in 2007.

    The company has released a new iPhone model every year, and the release dates have all been in the summer or fall. The iPhone 5 came out in September 2012, the iPhone 4S in October 2011, and the three versions before that in the summer months.

    The release date is the most recent, and probably one of the most accurate, rumors that precede this Apple release.

    The upcoming Apple event will come at a unique time for the tech giant, which has dominated the smartphone and tablet markets for almost as long as they have existed. Android-based phones like Samsung’s Galaxy S4 have put a dent in iPhone sales, while some critics have said the latest updates to the iPhone and iPad lack significant innovation.

    The new iPhone will run (More …)

  • DZONE 12:56 pm on August 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Android 4.3, , Find My Phone, , , , news, Nexus, , ,   

    Google Android new feature to track you even when Wifi is switched OFF 

    Google Android 4.3Google’s latest Android phone operating system has revealed a feature that will scan for networks and track user’s locations even when Wi-Fi has been turned off.

    The code used to build Android 4.3 claims that ‘to improve location accuracy and for other purposes, Google and other apps may scan for nearby networks even when Wi-Fi is off. By identifying nearby Wi-Fi networks a device can determine a user’s location and it can be used as an alternative to GPS.

    The new feature of Android 4.3 means that even if a user disables Wi-Fi to save battery or conceal their location, for example, it will stay on and run in the background. It also indicates that any location, or ‘other’ information obtained during this scan will be shared with Google or other apps installed onto a device.

    Google is yet to comment on what these ‘other purposes’ could be.

    According to Ron Amadeo from fan site Android Police, who discovered the code: ‘Google wants you to leave your Wi-Fi on, or at least partially on, all the time.

    ‘Now I know you might immediately scream ‘MY BATTERY [LIFE!’] but this will probably save battery.

    Google wants you to leave Wi-Fi on (More …)

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