China is a major cyberthreat to the United States and is "trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in America," Hillary Clinton said recently. The Democratic presidential hopeful made the comments during a recent campaign event in New Hampshire, the latest in a series of verbal lashings directed at Chinese cybersecurity policy from candidates in both parties.
HTC reported a net loss of $261 million in the second quarter, ending a streak of four quarters of slight net profits. Revenues fell by nearly half compared with the same period a year ago, and the Taiwanese phone-maker closed some production lines.
Apple Watches and Beats headphones are examples of recent products by tech companies that aim to blend functionality with form and fashion, in some cases to compete with traditional luxury brands. That strategy has helped increase the perceived value of such devices, allowing the companies to charge a premium.
"Minecraft: Story Mode" will debut on PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360, and PCs and Macs by the end of the year, Adam Rosenberg writes. The game, developed by Telltale Games, will be "driven by the choices that players make" and will feature a celebrity cast led by Patton Oswalt. Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson and Corey Feldman will be among the other actors lending their voices to the game.
MasterCard is looking to eliminate the need for passwords by working on an application that would enable consumers to authenticate online transactions by scanning their face. The scan process involves blinking to eliminate the risk of thieves using photographs. The company is also working on voice recognition and heartbeat technology as alternative identity verification methods.
Consumers are buying more 43-inch TV displays than 42-inch displays, LG Display and AU Optronics reported, making the larger screen the new favorite in the 39- to 43-inch TV range. Samsung Display and Chinese vendor BOE are slated to ramp up 43-inch display production this year or early next year.
Renee James, president of Intel for the past two years and a 28-year veteran of the chip company, plans to leave Intel early next year to become CEO of an undisclosed company. Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital, will retire in January and will be succeeded by Wendell Brooks. Mike Bell and Hermann Eul also plan to leave Intel.
Cognac producer Remy Martin will embed a near-field communication chip in the cap of its bottles to ensure proper identification of its products. Cognac bottles with the NFC chips are scheduled to debut in China this fall.
Purchase conversions from consumer clicks on mobile ads are much less likely than are conversions from clicks on desktop advertising, adMarketplace has found. So companies such as Google, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook are adding "buy" buttons to their ad offerings to try to simplify online shopping for smartphone users.
Ford Motor Co. is planning a summer debut for its new wireless-based Sync 3 in-car software with BlackBerry's QNX operating system, which replaces Microsoft's platform. Research showed most drivers found the original interface, MyFord Touch, too confusing.