SAN FRANCISCO —Apple has ousted the executive who oversaw the mobile maps program which was a spectacular flop. The Dow Jones website AllThingsD, citing a source familiar with the matter, reported that Rich Williamson was fired last week in an extension of a shakeup at the California tech giant begun a month ago.
Apple did not respond to an AFP request for comment. The news comes a month after Apple announced the departure of its head of the mobile software unit, Scott Forstall, as well as retail chief John Browett.
Apple last month said it was promoting other executives including Jon Ive, Bob Mansfield,
HELSINKI —Finnish mobile giant Nokia it had filed lawsuits in the US, Britain and Canada against Blackberry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) claiming it has breached patent agreements.
In the suit filed in a California court, seen by AFP, Nokia sought to enforce the ruling of a Swedish arbitration tribunal that said RIM can’t sell products equipped with local area network technology (WLAN) without first agreeing on royalties with the Finnish company. The dispute arises from different interpretations of which technologies are covered by a licensing deal that allows RIM to use Nokia’s patents. Nokia and RIM agreed a cross-license for standard
The firing of the biggest rocket in Britain for some 20 years will take place next month at the Aerohub, Newquay Cornwall Airport.The hybrid rocket is being developed for the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car, which will attempt to reach 1,000mph (1,610Km/h) in 2014.
LOS ANGELES —General Motors will integrate Apple’s voice-activated software Siri in some of its cars next year to allow iPhone users to perform hands-free tasks. GM announced at the Los Angeles International Auto Show it will use the Siri intelligent assistant in the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic LTZ and RS.
GM said in a statement, Through the cars’ standard Chevrolet My
CHIBA —Expectant parents in Japan who can’t wait to show the world what their baby will look like can now buy a 3D model of the fetus to pass around their friends. The nine-centimeter resin model of the white fetus, encased in a transparent block in the shape of the mother’s body, is fashioned by a 3D printer after an MRI scan.
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TOKYO —Worried the family dog is too chubby? Japanese information technology giant Fujitsu says it may have the solution with a new health management service that lets owners keep a close eye on their pet’s exercise regimen through a pedometer attached to its collar.
The Wandant counts how many steps the pooch took during its latest outing, with the data then available online for pet owners’ perusal.
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BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Diego Maradona's girlfriend Victoria Ojeda has given birth to a boy called Diego Fernando and the Argentine soccer great is now expected to travel back to Buenos Aires to meet his son. "He's a Diego, with a big head and lots of hair," Alfredo Cahe, Maradona's long-time doctor, told reporters outside the Buenos Aires clinic where Ojeda gave birth late on Wednesday. "My feeling is that Diego's going to show up at any moment." Maradona, 52, is working in Dubai and Ojeda's lawyer Jorge Auruccio said he did not know if he would be flying home to Argentina to meet Diego Fernando, who weighed 3.2 kilograms (seven pounds). The pregnancy triggered angry exchanges on social media networks between Ojeda, 35, Maradona's ex-wife Claudia Villafane and his daughters Dalma and Giannina. In the 1980s, during his days at Serie Read Post
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The myriad designs parading on the runways of New York Fashion Week converged on one standout style-savvy look for fall and winter 2013: the black jacket. Ubiquitous in the latest collections, the jacket appeared with a boxy silhouette, swingy lines or oversized shoulders, but the black was non-negotiable. It was by far theRead Post
An inventor and his mom hit the road together so he can sell his latest invention. Diretor of the movie is Anne Fletcher and the writer is Dan Fogelman (screenplay). Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand and Adam Scott are starring in the movie with the genre Comedy. SYNOPSIS: Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen) is an inventor who lives in Los Angeles. He's come up with an amazing organic cleaner but can't get anyone interested in manufacturing it. Andy plans a business trip to promote the product and decides to take his mother (Barbara Streisand) along for the ride. She's been alone since his father died, so he comes up with a great idea—during the trip he'll surprise her with a stop in San Francisco, where one of her ex-flames lives. Movie is mainly shot in USA and will be released on 19th of December, 2012. It will be on theaters Read Post
The tourism agency of New Zealand announced strategies for increasing the number of Chinese tourists who visit New Zealand. Similarly, the agency also formulated policies and targets that would be put in place to ensure prolonged stay of the Chinese Read Post
The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls. For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. Read Post
India gave themselves a boost ahead of their series with England by winning a thrilling third and final one-day international against rivals Pakistan.
Saeed Ajmal took 5-24 as Pakistan bowled out India for 167 in 43.4 overs and the visitors were well set before collapsing from 144-6 to 157 all out.
SYDNEY: Australia beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the final Test to sweep the series 3-0 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Mike Hussey, playing in his 79th and final Test match, was there at the end and was unbeaten on 27 with Mitchell Johnson not out one.
A target of 141 looked routine but opener David Warner followed his first-innings 85 with a golden duck
Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next month's Australian Open because his recovery from a persistent knee injury has been hampered by a stomach virus.
Former world number one Nadal, 26, has suffered from tendonitis in his left knee since losing in the second round of Wimbledon in June.
The injury forced the Spaniard, who has won 11 Grand Slam events, to withdraw from both London 2012 and the US Open.
SAM SAPPHIRES " Placing one foot in front of the other.I've climbed to higher lengths. Reaching beyond my own limitations, to show my inner strength. No obstacle too hard, for this warrior to overcome. I'm just a man on a mission, to prove my disability hasn't won. " - Robert M Hensel
Some may wonder why those people on disability checks are not have their power shut off, or perhaps they are going through a bankruptcy and are not paying for a lot all at once? Why are they moving around the rules, but those of us not on disability having to pay these things? This is a good question to ask,
Now that the anniversary of the death of Fiona Pilkington has risen, there is more talk about what we are going to do. A lot of times, people are thinking that these cases of disability hate crimes are being treated merely as isolated incidents of anti-social behavior in young people. Mrs. Pilkington
When people give compliments to those people that have, or are living with someone that has a disability about what they do every day and how they think they are strong, you might not be giving a lot of advice or praise to those people. A lot of times these remarks mean well by the person saying them, but can be offensive to those receiving them.
David Beckham hugged his teammates with tears in his eyes, then walked off the pitch to a standing ovation - for the last time in front of a home crowd at a football game. A clearly emotional Beckham was mobbed by his teammates on the field when coach Carlo Ancelotti decided to substitute him in the 81st minute
Your waist should be no more than half the length of your height, according to experts who claim that having too large a trouser size can dramatically shorten your lifespan. People with the highest waist-to-height ratio, whose waistlines measured 80 per cent of their height, lived 17 years fewer than average.
Rafael Nadal beat Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2 6-4 to win the Madrid Open. The Spaniard went through the match without dropping serve, winning the tournament for the third time. Nadal was in impressive form on his favourite surface, winning his fifth title of the year since returning from a left knee injury.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is retiring at the end of the season, bringing an end to more than 26 trophy-filled years at the club. "The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly," Ferguson said in a statement on Wednesday. "It is the right time."
Paris St Germain clinched their first championship in 19 years on Sunday with a 1-0 win at Olympique Lyon that put them seven points clear of second-placed Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1 with two games left.
Jeremy Menez scored the decisive goal in the 53rd minute for Carlo Ancelotti's.
The health benefits of exposing skin to sunlight may far outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer, according to scientists. Edinburgh University research suggests sunlight helps reduce blood pressure, cutting heart attack and stroke risks and even prolonging life.
U.K: School inspectors' reports should be scrapped and replaced with write-ups by parents, students and teachers, according to the thinktank Demos. The way the government currently holds schools to account is "profoundly toxic", the thinktank argues in a report published on Tuesday.
Users of iPad and Android tablets might not have noticed, but a lot of them are "frustrated" because they "can't type, they can't create documents, they don't have [Microsoft] Office there". At least according to Bill Gates, who three years ago said of the iPad: "there's nothing on the iPad I look at and
Saudi Arabian girls will be allowed to play sports in private schools for the first time, according to a decision announced on Saturday, the latest in a series of incremental changes aimed at slowly increasing women's rights in the ultraconservative kingdom.
Like many carbon-based lifeforms, you perhaps think that bankers are driven only by naked greed. But that is just because you don't understand them: They actually have a deep psychological need for that money. In a new article at the U.K. site eFinancialCareers, several bankers explain that they have legitimate reasons
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple reported Tuesday that its quarterly profit dipped for the first time in nearly a decade as it squeezed less money from its champions in the competitive smartphone and tablet markets.
The maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Macintosh computers swiftly stepped in to bolster its stock price
Chris Gayle has set a new record for the fastest century in the history of professional cricket with an astonishing ton off 30 balls for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, then went on to make the highest score ever seen in Twenty20, ending unbeaten with 175 off 66 balls.
Bayern Munich beat a Barcelona side missing Lionel Messi 3-0 on Wednesday to seal a crushing 7-0 win on aggregate and line up an all-German Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.
Without its all-time leading scorer, apparently not fit from his right hamstring injury, Barcelona failed to seriously threaten Bayern.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney's 680-million-pound ($1.04 billion) fortune put him at the top of a list ranking the UK and Ireland's richest musicians that also highlighted Adele as the wealthiest young music millionaire. McCartney was followed closely by music and stage impresario Andrew Lloyd-Webber at 620 million
Prince Harry, Britain's third in line to the throne, will take part in a race to the South Pole alongside wounded British servicemen and women, he announced on Friday.
The 208-mile (335-km) trek to the South Pole will see Britain's Royal compete against teams from the United States and Commonwealth countries.
Readings at the US government's Earth Systems Research laboratory in Hawaii, are not expected to reach their 2013 peak until mid May, but were recorded at a daily average of 399.72ppm on 25 April. The weekly average stood at 398.5 on Monday. Hourly readings above 400ppm have been recorded six times in
George Beverly Shea (February 1, 1909 – April 16, 2013) was a Canadian-born American gospel singer and hymn composer. Shea was often described as "America's beloved Gospel singer" and was considered "the first international singing 'star' of the gospel world"
For any law student, time is an invaluable asset. It's not just about working hard; it's about working smart. Here are 10 tips which will save time and sanity for all law students.
1. You don't have to read the whole thing. Before reading a case, search for the case summary