Japanese dozing desk allows to use laptop while lying in bed

If standing desks just seem too much like hard work and you’d really prefer to stay in bed – Japan has the answer. A new ‘dozing desk’ has gone on sale, allowing users to type on their laptop while lying in bed.

The contraption securely mounts a laptop above the user, and its legs can be moved to any position, transforming into a sofa desk and even a dinner table. Made by Japanese firm Sanko, it has a top plate that rotates 360 degrees, while three joints on each leg allow it to be moved into the perfect position – even if you are lying down on the the job.

Called the Super Upward-Looking Dozing Desk, the firm even says it has some more mundane uses, boasting: ‘you can even use it as a coffee table.

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Driverless cars could be on roads as early as January 2015

New generation of computer-controlled vehicles will use GPS technology to navigate the streets, but the Highway Code will have to be updated. It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but driver-less cars are soon to become a reality.

The computer-generated vehicles, which use GPS technology to locate the cars on an electronic map, could be on our roads from as early as January. But the move will require a change to the Highway Code, meaning ministers will need to update current laws.

The government will announce plans today to start testing the automated vehicles early next year. So far, worries about legal and insurance issues have restricted the cars to private roads.

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Phone Unlocking set to become Legal

Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to “unlock” cellphones so the devices can — at least in some instances — be used on other carriers.

The law, which President Obama said he looks forward to signing, undoes a move by the Librarian of Congress in 2012. That made it a copyright violation to unlock a phone without the carrier’s permission.

The law passed Friday by the House of Representatives makes it legal to unlock phones for personal use, at least until the Librarian’s next round of rulemaking, next year. The measure was passed earlier by the Senate.

Unlocking typically involves entering codes

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Apple Unveils Updated MacBook Pro for same price

As anticipated, Apple has boosted both the memory and processing power of its professional laptop range and has also cut the price of its one remaining non-Retina display model.

Now, all models with a Retina display come with double the memory and improved battery life. So for 13-inch models, that means 8 GB instead of 4 GB of RAM as standard and 16 GB in the 15-inch models.

All 13- or 15-inch notebooks also get upgraded to the latest iteration of Intel’s Haswell processor, so performance and battery life will also get an upward push.

However, Apple is keeping prices the same. That means that an entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will cost $1,299 with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8 GB of memory, 128 GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris graphics.

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Apple iWatch expected to relese on October with Several Sizes

As promised, we are in full iWatch watch-mode, putting our ears to the ground for all the latest intel on Apple’s expected Internet-connected wrist device. The latest insider information points to a fall release, as early as October.

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Apple’s smartwatch will come in a variety of different screen sizes. And we should expect the iWatch(es) to pack 10 sensors, which will at least in part act as health and fitness trackers, according to The Journal.

Apple recently debuted Health, an app that collects your various health signs and stats in one place. For now, most of that data needs to come from devices made by other companies. An iWatch that can actually track all of those signs would make sense for Apple, to bring the process full circle.

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Microsoft to release Nokia X2 with Android as 1st phone after its takeover

Microsoft has unveiled its first phone after completing its takeover of Nokia’s handset division – and the device is powered by Android.

The operating system, developed by Google, is usually seen as a rival to Microsoft’s own Windows Phone OS.

Microsoft said the Nokia X2 offered it a way to hook users into its cloud-based services, several of which come Pre-installed as apps. One expert said the alternative would have been leaving “money on the table”.

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Yahoo CEO gets paid $214 million for doing nothing

Marissa Mayer has hit it big in the executive compensation lottery.

According to recent public filings and an analysis prepared by Equilar, an executive compensation data firm, by the end of last year, Mayer, the Yahoo chief executive, had received compensation worth potentially $214 million – most of which was for doing nothing.

Her good fortune stems from Yahoo’s stake in the Chinese Internet behemoth Alibaba, a deal that was arranged in 2005 by Yahoo’s co-founder, Jerry Yang. The enthusiasm and hype over a likely initial public offering by Alibaba has driven Yahoo’s stock to a sky-high valuation, a surge that has showered Mayer with vast riches.

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