|Honda Accord Hybrid named 2014 'green car of year'
11/22/2013 12:14:00 AM
Melbourne, Nov. 22 (ANI): Honda's Accord Hybrid has won the 2014 Green Car of the Year award from an auto industry magazine at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Accord has a gas-electric hybrid version, but also an internal combustion engine that runs on petrol, for which it has been selected for this award, Stuff.co.nz reports.
Green Car Journal's editor and publisher Ron Cogan said that its price and good petrol mileage helped make a widespread, positive impact on the environment.
|Bill Gates chokes up talking about the future of Microsoft
11/21/2013 2:24:00 PM
Washington, Nov. 21 (ANI): Microsoft chairman Bill Gates reportedly got choked up while talking about the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, as Steve Ballmer retires after 13 years of service.
Gates grew emotional while saying that both he and Ballmer were committed to making sure that the next CEO is the right person at the right time for the company which they both love, CBS News reports.
According to the report, the co-founder of the software giant thanked Ballmer
|Rupert Murdoch and third-wife Wendi Deng agree to divorce with 'mutual respect'
Sydney, Nov. 21 (ANI): Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and his third wife Wendi Deng have reached a divorce settlement to end their 14-year marriage with mutual respect.
Murdoch and Deng shook hands and briefly hugged after a brief proceeding in a Manhattan court.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Deng is expected to keep the couple's home in Beijing and their three-level Fifth Avenue penthouse apartment in Manhattan, purchased in 2004 for 44 million dollars.
In a statement
|Lixil, Unicef launch international program to improve sanitation in schools
11/20/2013 9:47:00 PM
Tokyo, Nov.20 (ANI): ISIS (Improved Sanitation in Schools) 2018 project has been launched by LIXIL Corporation, a leading global supplier of building materials and housing equipment solutions in partnership with UNICEF.
The project will help improve sanitation and hygiene in underprivileged communities around the world.
A multi-year commitment project, expected to provide 2,000,000 school children across the globe access to improved sanitation facilities and hygiene education by
|First Starbucks outlet to open in Bangalore
11/20/2013 8:31:00 PM
New Delhi, Nov.20 (ANI): Famed coffee retailer Starbucks will soon open its first outlet in Bangalore.
Starbucks, which has joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, parent of Tata Coffee will open its outlet in Bangalore on November 22.
Addressing mediapersons here on Wednesday, Group President, Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific John Culver said: I think we are very proud that we have now operated in India for over a year, we have nearly thirty stores, and we are in the process
|Indian companies may slash the biggest investment plan in Afghanistan
11/20/2013 5:24:00 PM
Kabul, 20 Nov. (ANI): The increased security risks feared after the withdrawal of the US led NATO forces next year have forced the Indian consortium of six companies to consider slashing the proposed USD 11 billion investments for mining iron ore in Afghanistan. It is the largest investment proposal in Afghanistan so far. It proposes to harness the Afghan mineral resources estimated at over I trillion dollars according to the US Geological Survey.
The Afghan Iron and Steel Consortium,
|Marissa Mayer says Yahoo is all about 'entertaining'
11/20/2013 4:46:00 PM
Washington, Nov. 20 (ANI): Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has said that some companies aim to connect, others to organize, but her company is all about entertaining.
Mayer also instituted a policy called Process, Bureaucracy and Jams (PBandJ) as a system for working through conflicts and problems.
The company's recent announcement suggested that the company has doubled the content, Cnet reports.
Yahoo also brought on veteran New York Times technology columnist David Pogue to lead
|Yahoo increases share buyback authorization by $5bn
11/20/2013 1:29:00 PM
Washington, Nov. 20 (ANI): Yahoo has reportedly increased its share repurchase authorization by 5 billion dollars and has planned to offer 1 billion dollars in convertible notes.
The search engine has aggressively repurchased its common stock using cash obtained from selling a portion of its stake in China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.
According to Fox News, shares of Yahoo increased 1.6 percent to 35.17 dollars on Tuesday following the announcement.
Yahoo spent 3.1
|Nokia shareholders agree to $7.2bn Microsoft acquisition deal
11/20/2013 11:10:00 AM
London, Nov. 20 (ANI): Nokia shareholders have reportedly agreed to sell out the Finnish company's mobile business to software giant Microsoft for a deal valued at 7.2 billion dollars.
The acquisition deal was objected by some of Nokia's investors, but it has now been given a go ahead by majority of the investors that is expected to close early next year.
According to the BBC, shares of Nokia have been plummeting owing to competition from rivals like Apple and Samsung.
|JP Morgan agrees to record $13bn settlement with US regulators
11/20/2013 12:15:00 AM
London, Nov. 20 (ANI): U.S. investment bank JP Morgan has agreed to a record 13 billion dollars settlement with American regulators for misleading investors during the housing crisis.
The bank has acknowledged making serious misrepresentations to the public, but denied of violating U.S. laws, the BBC reports.
According to the report, about 4 billion dollars of the settlement amount will go to homeowners affected by JP Morgan's practices.
The bank had earlier agreed to pay
|Dropbox seeking $250 mn in capital funding, raising valuation to $8 bn
11/19/2013 3:39:00 PM
Washington, Nov. 19 (ANI): Dropbox is reportedly seeking to raise 250 million dollars over the next few weeks in venture capital funding, thereby putting the company's valuation at a staggering amount of 8 billion dollars.
The lofty figure matches the total amount Dropbox has accrued since its launch five years ago and also points to explosive growth as proof of strong momentum, the Verge reports.
According to the report, Dropbox presently has over 200 million users and has doubled
|BMW unveils latest 'iconic' MINI
11/19/2013 3:17:00 PM
Munich, Nov.19 (Business Wire India/ ANI): Luxury car giant BMW has unveiled a new MINI at UK's Plant Oxford, laden with all-new vehicle architecture, evolutionary design and a range of new fuel-efficient engines.
Prime Minister David Cameron said that he was lucky enough to get an early preview of the new Mini, a classic British icon, during a visit to the factory in Oxford last month adding that the 750 million pound investment is great news for both the local and wider economy, along
|Japanese firms use cutting edge technology for safe and swift delivery
11/19/2013 1:33:00 PM
Tokyo, Nov.19 (ANI): For quick delivery of goods to the Asian region, Yamato Holdings, a Japanese courier service known as TA-Q-BIN, has constructed Japan's largest comprehensive super logistics terminal called the Haneda Chrono Gate.
The company has introduced latest material handling machines at their logistics base for home and international delivery of goods.
Haneda Chrono Gate started operations in October this year.
Mitsumasa Inoue, Head of Haneda Chrono Gate, Yamato
|Google to pay $17 mn for violating consumer privacy
11/19/2013 11:54:00 AM
Sydney, Nov. 19 (ANI): Google has agreed to pay 17 million dollars to 37 states and the District of Columbia for violating consumer privacy by placing unauthorized cookies on computers using certain Apple Safari web browsers in 2011 and 2012.
The New York Attorney General's office claimed that Google Inc. altered coding from its Doubleclick advertising platform to circumvent default privacy settings on Safari without consumers' knowledge, News.com.au reports.
|Apple could block Samsung in patent row, says US court
11/19/2013 10:48:00 AM
Wellington, Nov. 19 (ANI): Apple could block Samsung's products in the US over patent infringement, if it is able to prove that the features drove sales of the South Korean manufacturer's smartphones.
Apple has won a US appeals court ruling related to patents of some features like a multitouch technology, that Apple says makes its iPhone unique.
According to stuff.co.nz, the ruling will let Apple pursue the block on some of the products in the US manufactured by rival Samsung.
|Al Jazeera America losing audience in US
11/18/2013 2:51:00 PM
New York, Nov. 18 (ANI): Al Jazeera America is reportedly losing audience in the United States as it drew just 13,000 viewers a day since its launch on August 20.
The US offshoot of the Qatar-based media company seems to be losing its audience to its predecessor, Al Gore's Current TV, the New York Post reports.
It drew just 5,000 viewers in the 25 to 54-year old audience sought by advertisers, the report added.
Al Jazeera America is presently carried in about 44 million
|Apple in talks to buy Israeli 3D sensing company PrimeSense
11/18/2013 11:25:00 AM
Washington, Nov. 18 (ANI): Apple is reportedly in talks with 3D sensing company PrimeSense, based in Tel Aviv; however, the details of the deal aren't disclosed yet.
Israeli publication Calcalist estimated the deal between the tech giant and PrimeSense at 345 million dollars.
Sources revealed that the deal hasn't been completed yet due to issues like liquidity preferences, and the value of the deal would not be a big jump over for investors, AllThingsD reports.
|Sony sells more than 1million units of PS4 in 24 hours of debut
11/18/2013 11:25:00 AM
Washington, Nov. 18 (ANI): Sony has reportedly sold more than one million units of its latest gaming console PlayStation 4 on the first day of going on sale in the US and Canada.
Sony had earlier revealed that there were about a million of PS4s which were preordered before the launch day.
According to AllThingsD, the sales would drive the electronic manufacturer to meet its year-end goal of three million units sold worldwide, compared to its 2006 sales of the previous version of
|China becomes world's largest gold consumer
11/17/2013 3:28:00 PM
Washington, Nov. 17 (ANI): China has bet India and become world's top gold consumer.
China has purchased 798 tonnes of the precious metal so far this year, compared to 715 tonnes that India bought, the latest World Gold Council report has revealed.
According to CNN, the group recently lowered its 2013 forecast for India's gold consumption by 10 percent to 900 tonnes.
It estimated that China will buy 1,000 tonnes by the end of the year.
Albert Cheng, the World Gold
|Chevrolet Corvette named 'Automobile of the Year'
11/17/2013 3:28:00 PM
Washington, Nov. 17 (ANI): Automobile Magazine has named the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 'Automobile of the Year'.
The new Corvette has more power and better fuel economy than last year's model.
It is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that can put out as much as 460 horsepower, CNN reports.
The magazine in a review of the car said that the Corvette has long been a tremendous performance value wrapped in an all-American package.
Automobile magazine editor-in-chief