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Tattoo snafu irks inked Apple Watch wearers

April 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) – Early adopters of the Apple Watch, Apple Inc's first new product in five years, are complaining that a number of its key functions are disrupted by their tattoos. Owners of Apple Watch – including this reporter, who bought a 42mm version with stainless steel case and black classic buckle for A$1,029 ($822) – have found that their inked skin confuses the sensors on the underside of the device. Users of the watch, which went on sale last week, took to social media on Thursday under the hashtag #tattoogate to air their frustration with the flaw from Apple's renowned design house.

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Chinese demand for Apple’s big-screen phones fuel sales growth

April 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Bill Rigby SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple's large-screen iPhones are a big hit in China, taking market share from Samsung and selling at a pace that may make China a greater source of revenue than the Americas for Apple in coming years, analysts said. The world's most valuable consumer electronics company reported on Monday a 71 percent increase in sales in China to $16.8 billion, driven by its new, bigger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In the first three months of the year, for the first time, Apple sold more iPhones in China than in the United States. Consumer demand for the newest electronics pushed sales in China to 29 percent of total global sales for Apple in the first quarter, compared with 21 percent a year ago.

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Nokia denies return to phone manufacturing

April 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Finland's Nokia denied reports in Chinese media that it planned to return to manufacturing phones. “Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false,” Nokia said in a statement posted on its website. “Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.” However, Nokia has said it is looking into returning to the smartphones business by brand-licensing.

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Alibaba, China Telecom tie up to sell phones

April 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and state-owned China Telecom Corp Ltd have tied up to sell inexpensive smartphones aimed at boosting mobile commerce in smaller cities and rural areas. The phones, dubbed “Tianyi Taobao Shopping Handsets”, will come installed with either an app for easy access to Alibaba's flagship Taobao online shopping platform or its home-grown YunOS mobile operating system, it said in a statement late on Friday. The partnership is a bid to deepen Alibaba's e-commerce base in less developed parts of the country and promote its mobile operating system in a shrinking, cut-throat handset market. Mobile Taobao is China's most popular mobile shopping app with more than 200 million monthly active users, it said.

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How to Fight Genetic Disease

April 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Genetic diseases can be one of the most destructive to humans, and they can be difficult to fight. Making adjustments to the human genome is not a simple procedure, there are consequences for our actions. That’s why every medication used in human genetic immunization has to be thoroughly tested before it is deployed to market. Even testing must be cautious, but there are ways to test the effects on humans without resorting to human testing.

Utilizing Anti-Sense Therapy

Glioma affects the central nervous system, and is responsible for 80% of all malignant brain tumors. That’s a pretty significant chunk of cancer deaths, and one potential cause is genetics. Medical scientists have been exploring antisense drugs that target the human growth hormones, making necessary adjustments to the DNA, that may be a potential cure for this deadly form of cancer.

How it Works

Genes are a bit like computers in the sense that they follow specific instructions. Sometimes, just like computers, those instructions are bad and create a bug.

Antisense therapy relies on synthetic DNA or RNA that bonds with messenger RNA, or mRNA, to alter a particular gene and “debug” the problem. Although the process isn’t like staring at code at all. The genes are deactivated, or the mRNA could be told to bind with a splicing site. That would also alter its programming.

AIDS

The virus known as AIDS is widely known, and well understood, but no clear cure exists. As we learn more about AIDS and its effects we have begun exploring solutions utilizing T-Cells. Unfortunately, this practice is also controversial in some countries and so a cure has not yet been realized. Still, early evidence proves promising.


 

Bio: The Midland Certified Reagent Company specializes in the manufacture of synthetic oligonucleotides used in processes such as mutagenesis.

Low-key launch as Apple Watch finally goes on sale

April 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Teppei Kasai TOKYO (Reuters) – The Apple Watch launched globally on Friday with a small queue of Japanese tech-addicts lining up in Tokyo for Apple Inc's first wearable gadget, but there was no sign of the excitement usually attached to the company's product rollouts. Buyers can take the smartwatch home from a handful of upscale boutiques and department stores, including The Corner in Berlin, Maxfield in Los Angeles and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London, which Apple courted to help position the watch as a fashion item. About 50 people lined up to buy the watch at electronic store Bic Camera in Tokyo's Ginza district, while at the nearby Apple Store it was like any other Friday, according to Reuters reporters at the shops. “I buy one or two Apple products every time they release something new,” Chiu Long, a 40-year-old IT worker from Taiwan, told Reuters while queuing up at Bic Camera.

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Facebook revenue growth slows, costs weigh on profit

April 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Facebook has warned of heavy investments in 2015 as it steps up efforts to expand a collection of products that include messaging service WhatsApp, photo-sharing service Instagram and virtual reality headset maker Oculus Rift. As a result, Facebook's operating expenses rose 83 percent in the first quarter as R&D costs jumped 133 percent and marketing and sales spending nearly doubled. “The question is, can they keep costs under control and what will be the new revenue streams around video, Instagram and virtual reality around Oculus?” he said. Facebook's net income attributable to stockholders fell to $509 million, or 18 cents per share, in the three months ended March 31, from $639 million, or 25 cents per share, a year earlier.

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IBM sales fall for 12th quarter, currency weighs

April 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

(Reuters) – International Business Machines Corp reported a 12 percent fall in first-quarter revenue as the technology company continues to shed unprofitable businesses to focus on cloud-computing initiatives. It was the 12th straight quarter that the Armonk, New York-based company reported a drop in quarterly revenue, including the effects of currency. IBM's revenue has been shrinking for three years now as the company sheds low-profit businesses such as cash registers, low-end servers and semiconductors and focuses on emerging areas such as security software and cloud services, but the new businesses have so far failed to make up for revenue lost to divestitures. Some top shareholders have sought help from activist investors to shake up the company, Reuters reported earlier this month IBM did say that it has generated $7.7 billion in total cloud revenue over the past 12 months, up sharply from the year before.

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China fines Alibaba $129,000 for pricing violations

April 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

China's e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group, has been fined 800,000 yuan ($129,000) by the price bureau in eastern Zhejiang province for violations by third-party sellers during promotions on its e-commerce platforms. Since Alibaba turned “Singles' Day”, a November 11 Chinese response to Valentine's Day, into an online shopping festival in 2009, the event has grown to similar proportions as Cyber Monday and Black Friday in the United States. “The company has been fined 500,000 yuan ($81,000) for matters related to Singles' Day pricing by third-party sellers on our Tmall marketplace in 2013 and 2014 and 300,000 yuan($48,000) for pricing in other promotions in 2013 and 2015,” Alibaba Group said in a statement on Friday. While pricing is handled by third parties, not directly by Alibaba, the group said, it would nevertheless reinforce pricing rules and regulations with sellers to protect consumers.

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EU telecoms reform to address competition from WhatsApp, Skype

April 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission will take into account increased competition from cable operators and alternative services such as WhatsApp when it overhauls Europe's telecoms rules next year, a move that will be cheered by the telecoms industry. A draft seen by Reuters of the Commission's strategy for creating a digital single market says telecom operators compete with “over-the-top” services “without being subject to the same regulatory regime”. The bloc's telecom firms such as Orange and Deutsche Telekom have long called for lighter-touch regulation, after years of declining revenues and competition from new entrants, to enable them to invest in network upgrades. Telecom companies point to increased competition from services such as Skype (owned by Microsoft ) and online messaging as a reason for easing the regulatory burden.

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