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U.S. jury awards Apple $290 million in retrial against Samsung

U.S. jury awards Apple $290 million in retrial against Samsung

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – A U.S. jury awarded Apple Inc about $290 million in a damages retrial against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, restoring a large chunk of a historic verdict the iPhone maker won last year. After a week long trial, the jury deliberated for nearly two days before reaching a decision on Thursday in a San Jose, California…read more →

John McAfee sells a $100 gadget that blocks NSA

John McAfee sells a $100 gadget that blocks NSA

Part-time fugitive and antivirus software founder John McAfee has a new invention he’s working on. After spending some of his time filming a drug-fueled video tutorial to uninstall the antivirus program he helped create, McAfee now believes he can outsmart the NSA. Speaking at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on Saturday, McAfee unveiled his grand plan to create a “D-Central”…read more →

Apple Passes Coca-Cola as Most Valuable Brand

Apple Passes Coca-Cola as Most Valuable Brand

APPLE is the new most valuable brand in the world, according to a closely followed annual report. The report, to be released on Monday, is from Interbrand, a corporate identity and brand consulting company owned by the Omnicom Group that has been compiling what it calls the Best Global Brands report since 2000. The previous No. 1 brand, Coca-Cola, fell…read more →

PayPal acquires Braintree for $800 million

PayPal acquires Braintree for $800 million

PayPal agreed to pay about $800 million in cash for Braintree, a Chicago-based start-up that was founded in 2007 and has about 4,000 merchants using its service. Braintree’s platform helps process payments for start-ups such as Airbnb, TaskRabbit and Uber. Braintree, headed by Bill Ready, also owns Venmo, which lets users pay each other for free through a mobile app….read more →

Moon to become next hot vacation destination

Moon to become next hot vacation destination

Golden Spike, a company full of ex-NASA people, announces ambitious plans to launch commercial spaceflights to the moon by 2020 I feel sorry for all those suckers who blew $20 million and only got a lousy trip to the International Space Station. If they had held out, they might have had an opportunity to invest many more millions on a…read more →

In 10 years, folks will share 1,000 times

In 10 years, folks will share 1,000 times

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Facebook CEO and co-founder addressed an adoring crowd at Y Combinator’s startup school today, speaking confidently about Facebook and describing a world in which people will share a whole lot more than they do now — via Facebook and other social companies. “It’s sort of a social-networking version of Moore’s Law,” said Zuckerberg, who was interviewed by Y…read more →

Microsoft Surface tablet back-ordered

Microsoft Surface tablet back-ordered

Call it round one of a Microsoft-Apple hardware heavyweight bout. A few days before the expected rollout of Apple’s new tablets, all Microsoft Surface tablets are now officially back-ordered in the U.S. A Microsoft representative confirmed with CNET today that delivery of three Surface RT modelshas been pushed back. On Tuesday, the same day that sales were launched, the order status of…read more →

Apple may phase out iPad 2

Apple may phase out iPad 2

Tablet buyers may see the iPad 2 sink away as the iPad Mini prepares to surface, says Evercore Partners analyst Rob Cihra. Chira said he thinks Apple could phase out the iPad 2 because the company’s vision leads toward “clearer product tiers,” according to AppleInsider. Apple is expected to unveil the iPad Mini at a launch event on October 23. Launched in March 2011, the 16GB iPad 2 is…read more →

Apple releases iOS 6.0.1 with over-the-air update tool

Apple releases iOS 6.0.1 with over-the-air update tool

Apple has rolled out the first bug fix update to iOS 6 since the software’s release in mid-September. Version 6.0.1, which went out as a free update this morning, fixes a handful of bugs, including one that Apple says kept iPhone 5 users from installing over-the-air software updates. Apple’s fix includes installing a special “iOS updater” app to help the process along, which…read more →