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Leak reveals HTC Nexus 9 launch details and accessories

Leak reveals HTC Nexus 9 launch details and accessories Google’s upcoming Nexus 9 tablet is yet to be confirmed, but the high-end HTC-made tablet keeps appearing in more and more reports. Also known as Volantis, Flounder or HTC T1, the device is expected to arrive in the coming months, likely alongside a new Nexus smartphone in time for the Android L launch. Meanwhile, @upleaks, who has provided many Nexus 9 details in the past, has posted more details about the device’s launch, listing some accessories for the tablet in the process. FROM EARLIER: New Nexus 9 leak confirms key hardware details “The WiFi variant of HTC T1 coming to soooooo many countries, include Korea and Japan,” the tipster said, adding that the LTE version of the tablet will also be


EU seeks rivals' feedback on Facebook, WhatsApp deal

Illustration photo shows "likes" on WhatsApp's Facebook page displayed on a laptop screen in Paris By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are asking Facebook's rivals and telecoms operators whether the world No. 1 online social network's proposed $19 billion bid for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp will lead to price hikes and curb innovation. The move came after Facebook sought EU approval for the deal, the largest in its 10-year history, which will give it a strong foothold in the fast-growing mobile messaging market and pit it against telecoms companies. The European Commission said on Monday it will decide by Oct. 3 whether to clear the deal unconditionally, demand concessions or extend the preliminary review into a wider probe. In a questionnaire sent to third parties and seen by Reuters, the EU regulator asked if the deal would have a negative, neutral or positive impact on users and customers in mobile messaging and social networks.


Video: Drone captures amazing bird’s-eye view of Apple’s new spaceship campus

Video: Drone captures amazing bird’s-eye view of Apple’s new spaceship campus We’ve all seen photos of the new spaceship-like headquarters Apple is building in Cupertino, California right now, but none of us have seen it quite like this. YouTube user “jmcminn” last week posted a video he shot using a DJI Phantom 2 “drone” equipped with a GoPro Hero 3+ video camera. The video gives us the first bird’s-eye view of Apple’s Campus 2, which is currently under construction in Cupertino. The video is incredibly clear and it shows us exactly how unique and interesting (in other words, bizarre) Apple’s futuristic new spaceship campus is shaping up to be. The full drone video is embedded below.


Sending nude selfies is increasingly common behavior

Sending nude selfies is increasingly common behavior Hundreds of nude and revealing photos of female celebrities were released onto the internet last night by a hacker. A separate study from Purdue University found that among 21 year olds, 80 percent had sent or received a sext and 46 percent had sent a nude selfie.


Would you pay $400 for an iWatch?

Would you pay $400 for an iWatch? Given how not-so-well most smartwatches have sold so far, Apple would have to be crazy to charge $400 for the iWatch unless it brought something truly new to the table… right? Re/code’s sources say that Apple execs “have discussed charging around $400 for the company’s new wearable device” although that’s apparently just one of many price points under consideration for different device types. In fact, pricing for the iWatch is apparently still very much up in the air and Re/code’s sources still aren’t sure whether Apple will even unveil any pricing at all during its September 9th event when it will show off its first wearable computer alongside the iPhone 6. Unlike the iPhone 6, which has practically been leaked to death


NASA to reformat Mars rover's memory from 125 million miles away

NASA to reformat Mars rover's memory from 125 million miles away NASA's long-running Mars rover Opportunity is going to have its memory reformatted in an attempt to resolve a series of recurring errors that have been interrupting its work for a day or two at a time with some frequency over the last month. The rover, which is now over 10 years old and well beyond its original mission lifetime, reset itself over a dozen times last month because of what NASA says is likely an issue with worn-out flash memory that it's attempting to store data in. Pieces of flash memory can wear out after repeated use, and it's possible that the rover is still attempting to use these worn-out parts of its memory. "The flash reformatting is a low-risk process, as critical sequences and flight software are stored elsewhere in other non-volatile memory on the rover," John Callas, project manager for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project, says in a statement.


UK police threaten companies that sell domains to piracy sites

Elgato Eve will monitor the air in your house, works with iOS 8 HomeKit

Elgato says its home monitoring system will be up and running when HomeKit is. Elgato's upcoming smart home tech promises to measure the quality of air in your home, as well as energy and water consumption.>


Here’s how all those celebrity nudes might have been stolen

Here’s how all those celebrity nudes might have been stolen After a massive breach that saw hackers steal nude pictures and videos from phones belonging to various celebrities, fingers have been pointed at Apple’s iCloud as the potential point of access. Now, various reports have emerged detailing the way these phones may have been obtained, and revealing Apple’s involvement in the process. FROM EARLIER: Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande and others leak in alleged iCloud hack Online publication The Next Web reveals that hackers aware of an iCloud security issue (found in the Find My iPhone service) and may have taken advantage of it to break into the phones of the affected celebrities, who include Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Hudson and many more. Apparently, a Python script was posted on Github last Monday that


Why Galaxy Note 4 is a must-win for Samsung? Hint: Big-screen iPhone

Why Galaxy Note 4 is a must-win for Samsung? Hint: Big-screen iPhone Apple is expected to launch its own big-screen smartphones a week after Samsung's Unpacked event, putting more pressure on the Korean electronics giant.>


5 more awesome Android apps you may not have heard of

5 more awesome Android apps you may not have heard of Because you can never have enough apps in your life, we’ve decided to comb through a recent thread of new Android app recommendations over at Reddit’s Android community and pluck out the best gems for your enjoyment. Some of these apps have been out for a while but some of them are brand new so don’t be shocked if they come with bugs. That said, they’re all highly rated and you can be sure the developers will issue patches to fix any reported issues people may find. And without further ado, here are five more terrific Android apps you may never have heard of. Moon+ Reader Pro Moon+ Reader Pro is a widely acclaimed book reader app that’s won praise for


Physicist shows why your WiFi sucks in that one room

Google may reveal first low-cost Android One phones at September 15th event

Google may reveal first low-cost Android One phones at September 15th event Google has begun working with hardware manufacturers to help them easily produce low-cost Android Phones, and the first phones built as part of that effort could see a release soon. Google is holding an event in India on September 15th, according to NDTV, and it seems likely that it'll take this opportunity to focus on these new phones. The phones come as part of Android One, a reference program announced back in June that allows manufacturers to make phones based on inexpensive hardware designs put together by Google.


Vodafone ditches Phones4u to go all in with Dixons Carphone

Say hello to men who hate the NSA but love invading the privacy of women

Say hello to men who hate the NSA but love invading the privacy of women Over the weekend someone released hundreds of revealing photos of celebrities that appear to have been stolen from private storage. In response to this, a bunch of anonymous guys on the internet copied them and posted them all over the town square, because the internet is written in ink and if you are ever a victim once in your life the internet will remind you of it forever.


European investors look past Ukraine, focus on ECB

A man walks past the London Stock Exchange in the City of London By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - European markets advanced despite the conflict in Ukraine, focusing on whether the European Central Bank will announce plans for economic stimulus when it meets this week. Ukraine reported its forces were under fire from Russian tanks again on Monday, as new signs emerged that the turmoil was damaging the European economy.


Iran president urges clerics to tolerate Internet

Iran president urges clerics to tolerate Internet Iran's president urged the country's clerics Monday to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies, which are often the target of criticism by influential hard-liners in the Islamic Republic. ...


Next-gen flagship Moto X+1 leaks in new photos

Next-gen flagship Moto X+1 leaks in new photos Motorola is set to announce a handful of new products later this week during a media gathering that BGR will be attending, but it looks like the star of the show has made an early appearance. TK Tech News on Monday posted photos it claims show the upcoming Motorola Moto X+1, and the images appear to be authentic. There are a few interesting takeaways from the photos. First, it looks like Motorola may have its exotic case backs ready for launch this time around. Early buyers of last year’s Moto X didn’t have access to fun materials like wood, and reports suggest that this year’s model will be available in even more unique finishes. The new photos show the Moto X+1 with


France's Moscovici set for EU economy role, under supervision

Former French Finance Minister and France's candidate for the European Commission Moscovici gestures during his meeting with Greece's Deputy Prime Minister Venizelos in Athens Former French finance minister Pierre Moscovici has a "good chance" of being named to the European Commission's top economic and monetary job, a French diplomatic source said on Monday, as attention turned to the line-up of the next EU executive. EU leaders on Saturday appointed Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as the next president of the European Council, chairing and preparing policymaking EU summits, and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as foreign policy chief. European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, who was chosen in July, is expected to unveil the new EU executive team early next week, a Commission source said. Juncker is still battling member states to get more women nominees to avert a possible clash with the European Parliament.


What you need to know about the world's most popular game streaming service, Twitch

10 Steps to Getting a Raise

10 Steps to Getting a Raise If you are afraid to ask for a raise, you are not alone. Most people, no matter how self-confident they are, feel quite anxious about this issue. But good work should be rewarded and most companies know that great talent is hard to come by and turn over costs are expensive. If you're doing an outstanding job, your bosses will do what it takes...


Here’s another way the iPhone 6 might disappoint you

Here’s another way the iPhone 6 might disappoint you We hope you weren’t getting your hopes up too much that Apple was going to just give you a cool new reversible USB cable when you bought the iPhone 6. 9to5Mac directs our attention to a new research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says that Apple’s new reversible USB Lightning connector won’t be shipping with the iPhone 6 and it’s not clear whether Apple plans to release the new connector at all. Kuo says that Apple believes the reversible USB connector will offer only “limited improvements to overall user experience” and thus won’t be worth the extra money to ship with the iPhone 6. FROM EARLIER: The most disappointing rumor about the iPhone 6 may have just been confirmed


Mars rover to get a long-distance memory wipe and reformat

An artist's representation of NASA's Mars rover. NASA aims to correct a series of problems with the Opportunity rover's memory by giving it a reformat from far, far away.>


Asus says it will unveil the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch yet on Wednesday

Asus says it will unveil the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch yet on Wednesday Asus says that it's built the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch to date and that it plans to fully unveil it just two days from now, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency. Called the ZenWatch, this will be Asus' first Android Wear smartwatch, and it'll reportedly be sold for less than $199 — potentially making it less expensive than competing watches from Samsung and LG. It's also reported to include voice control features in English and, eventually, in Chinese, but it's not clear how those would differ from the built-in commands that are already used to control Android Wear watches. The watch will reportedly come in one size and can be used even without being paired to an Android phone, but that's about it in the way of details right now.


$55 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can now download for free (7 apps total)

$55 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can now download for free (7 apps total) It’s Labor Day, and what better way to celebrate than by downloading a bunch of great paid iPhone and iPad apps for free? We’re starting off September on the right foot with seven nifty paid iOS apps that are all on sale for free for a very limited time. See anything you like? You’d better hurry, because these awesome sales could be over at any time. As a side note, there are still a few freebies from our last post in this series, and you can get them now if you hustle. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long


My Banned Word Holiday Rant

My Banned Word Holiday Rant According to the US Department of Labor (www.dol.gov), Labor Day (the first Monday in September) is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our...


My Banned Word Holiday Rant

My Banned Word Holiday Rant According to the US Department of Labor (www.dol.gov), Labor Day (the first Monday in September) is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our...


Physics' best-known lectures are now available to everyone on the web

Alibaba IPO planned for week of September 8, report says

FILE PHOTO: Jack Ma, chairman and then-chief executive officer of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., laughs at a news conference in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. Alibaba, which rode China's emergence as an economic superpower over the last 15 years to become a massive online marketplace for everything from forks to forklifts, filed today for what could become the largest U.S. initial public offering ever. Photographer: Daniel J. Groshong/Bloomberg via Getty Images The Chinese e-commerce giant is reportedly set to launch its blockbuster IPO in the US in the very same week Apple is expected to bring us the iPhone 6.>


5.5-inch iPhone 6 shell shown off in hands-on video

5.5-inch iPhone 6 shell shown off in hands-on video We can finally see it now — the light at the end of the tunnel. The seemingly unending flood of leaks and rumors surrounding Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 handsets will, in fact, soon come to an end. Apple is scheduled to unveil one or both new iPhone models next week during a big press conference on September 9th and then we can finally move on… to iPhone 6s rumors. In the meantime, however, we can expect plenty more leaks between now and next Tuesday, the latest of which examines the aluminum housing said to be from Apple’s upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone phablet. FROM EARLIER: Watch a fully assembled iPhone 6 boot up for the very first time French blog Nowhereelse.fr on Monday published a video


​Apple teams with top credit cards for iPhone 6 payments, reports say

​Apple teams with top credit cards for iPhone 6 payments, reports say Apple is partnering with American Express, Visa, and MasterCard on a mobile wallet system expected to be introduced with the iPhone 6 on September 9, according to two different reports.>


Xbox One Asia launch: Everything you need to know

Xbox One Asia launch: Everything you need to know The Microsoft console is finally arriving in the region. How much will it cost in each country? Which games are available? All the answers are here.>


Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande and others leak in alleged iCloud hack

Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande and others leak in alleged iCloud hack With just over a week to go until the iPhone 6 is finally unveiled, Apple’s most important product launch of the year, the company may have a major scandal to deal with that’s directly related to its iOS ecosystem. Mashable reports that hackers managed to break into a number of iCloud accounts belonging to certain celebrities, and alleged nude photos and even compromising videos have been posted as a result. It’s not clear how the hack was possible or whether or not iCloud was indeed hacked by a malicious third party interested in stealing such sensitive information in order to sell it online. The hackers first took to 4chan to tease the “goods,” revealing they managed to access handsets belonging to quite a


Samsung vows to expand Smart Home platform, add third-party gadgets

Colin West McDonald / CNET Samsung's connected home tech will shortly be getting a boost, the South Korean tech giant has promised, with a software development kit due later this year.>


Study: Social networks are making you distrustful and unhappy

Piggyback tech: Winning tack for Nook and Windows Phone?

HTC President of Americas Jason Mackenzie introduces the HTC One M8 for Windows in New York City in August 2014. Commentary: Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have both brought key software to alternative devices that have a solid footing. But just one has a clear-cut edge.>


Major card companies are signed on for Apple’s iPhone 6 payments solution

Major card companies are signed on for Apple’s iPhone 6 payments solution The iPhone 6 is widely expected to include an NFC chip that will enable mobile payments on the device, a move Apple is finally ready for. In addition to leaks that seem to prove the iPhone 6’s hardware will support wireless payments, fresh reports from Bloomberg and Re/code indicate that Apple has recruited the three major credit card providers to back its iPhone wallet plans. FROM EARLIER: Watch a fully assembled iPhone 6 boot up for the very first time Bloomberg has learned from a person familiar with the matter that Apple has inked deals with Visa, MasterCard and American Express, which will be confirmed during the iPhone 6’s September 9th media event. Re/code also confirms that at least American Express is on


Sony's RX10 camera now shoots higher-quality video at a lower price

U.S. inflation bonds back in vogue

Home for sale sign hangs in front of a house in Oakton, on the day the National Association of Realtors issues its Pending Home Sales for February report, in Virginia Fund managers said the rising cost of housing - which accounts for as much as a third or more of various measures of inflation and is outpacing other consumer cost increases - has revived price pressure in the economy. "TIPS have had a good tail wind this year.


Factory activity in Europe, Asia cools; demand lull a concern

An employee works at a machine manufacturing factory in Huaibei By Sumanta Dey and Wayne Cole BANGALORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Factory activity in Europe and Asia cooled in August after a strong July, as new orders dwindled in the face of escalating tensions in Ukraine and a patchy recovery in China, purchasing managers indexes showed. Despite euro zone manufacturers barely raising their prices, growth in the region slowed slightly more than initially thought, and activity in China's vast factory sector slackened on weak foreign and domestic demand, stoking speculation that further policy stimulus would be needed. "A concerted slowdown in the China, euro zone and UK manufacturing PMIs as the second quarter gets under way raises alarm bells about global demand conditions," said Lena Komileva, chief economist at G+ Economics in London.


KPMG refuses to approve BES accounts, warns of further loss

People walk near an office of Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo (BES) in downtown Lisbon Auditor KPMG has refused to approve bailed-out Banco Espirito Santo's first-half report and accounts, published on Monday, citing the bank's failure to provide adequate information on its financial position and also warned of possible further losses. BES's consolidated report confirmed a loss of nearly 3.6 billion euros (4.73 billion US dollar), first revealed on July 30, largely due to its exposure to its founding Espirito Santo family's crumbling business empire. The losses forced the Bank of Portugal to step in on Aug.3 with a 4.9 billion euro rescue plan for the country's biggest bank, using public funds. Regulators also decided to put BES's healthy assets into a new entity, Novo Banco, while BES's exposures to the troubled Espirito Santo business empire as well as its Angolan subsidiary will move into a "bad bank." KPMG, which had been hired to audit the results, said in a report published alongside BES's accounts that these did not provide any adjustments and additional information required as a result of the rescue.


Central European PMIs point to slowdown as sanctions hit sentiment

Apples are displayed at a fruit and vegetables market in Warsaw By Jason Hovet PRAGUE (Reuters) - Polish manufacturing activity shrank for a second straight month in August and Czech expansion slowed more than expected, adding to signs weaker euro zone economies and crisis in Ukraine are cooling growth in the EU's east. Economies in central Europe have rebounded strongly from a sharp slowdown or even contraction in the past year but are starting to slow, and analysts expect that to continue for the rest of the year even while a longer-term recovery stays on track. Hungary's seasonally-adjusted PMI, calculated using a different methodology, dropped to 51 from 56.6. Central Europe's economies, which share trade links with Russia, are only just beginning to feel the impact of tit-for-tat sanctions between the European Union and Russia over pro-Moscow separatists fighting in Ukraine.


Twenty years on, Schaeuble pleads again for core Europe

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble attends a news conference at the Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble renewed a call for a core group of European Union countries to move ahead faster with economic and political integration, 20 years after his ground-breaking proposal fell on deaf ears in key partner France. In an article published in the Financial Times on Monday, Schaeuble proposed creating an EU commissioner with the power to reject national budgets that breach the bloc's fiscal rules, and establishing an inner-core parliament for the euro zone. "In order to make progress in all of these areas, we should keep using the approach that proved its mettle back in 1994: to establish cores of co-operation within the EU that enable smaller, willing groups of member states to forge ahead," Schaeuble wrote in the article, co-authored by fellow German Christian Democrat Karl Lamers. They acknowledged that many EU countries remain reticent about closer political union that would involve transferring more sovereignty to Europe.


China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe

People visit the Microsoft booth during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in Taipei A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatibility of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website. Microsoft is one of at least 30 foreign companies that have come under scrutiny by China's anti-monopoly regulators as the government seeks to enforce its six-year old antitrust law. According to a state media report on Monday, Microsoft's use of verification codes also spurred complaints from Chinese companies.


China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe

People visit the Microsoft booth during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in Taipei A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatibility of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website. Microsoft is one of at least 30 foreign companies that have come under scrutiny by China's anti-monopoly regulators as the government seeks to enforce its six-year old antitrust law. According to a state media report on Monday, Microsoft's use of verification codes also spurred complaints from Chinese companies.


New Apple iPhone to have 'mobile wallet' function: Bloomberg

The Apple logo is pictured on the front of a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San Francisco (Reuters) - Apple Inc plans to enable its next iPhone to become a mobile wallet by allowing owners to securely make mobile payments in a store with the touch of a finger, Bloomberg said on Sunday, citing a person familiar with the situation. The agreement includes participation by Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc and American Express Co and will be announced Sept. 9 along with unveiling of the next iPhone, according to the source, who Bloomberg said asked not to be identified because the talks are private.


Euro zone factory growth slows in August amid Ukraine tension: PMI

Employees work on the assembly line of the Falcon 7X aircraft in the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux By Jonathan Cable LONDON, (Reuters) - Euro zone manufacturing growth slowed slightly more than initially thought last month as new orders dwindled and factories suffered amid rising tensions in Ukraine, a business survey showed on Monday. Factories barely increased prices last month, and manufacturing activity in France fell at the fastest pace in 15 months, in disappointing news for the European Central Bank before Thursday's monetary policy-setting meeting. Markit's final August manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index came in at 50.7, the lowest in over a year and below both July's 51.8 and an earlier flash estimate of 50.8. "Although some growth is better than no growth at all, the braking effect of rising economic and geopolitical uncertainties on manufacturers is becoming more visible," said Rob Dobson, senior economist at Markit.


Retreat in China's PMIs heightens calls for policy easing

A worker installs rubber onto the windows of the doors along a production line at a truck factory of Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd in Hefei By Koh Gui Qing BEIJING (Reuters) - Growth in China's vast factory sector cooled in August as foreign and domestic demand slowed, two surveys showed on Monday, spurring new calls for more policy easing to prevent the economy from stumbling once more. A purchasing managers' index (PMI) published by the National Bureau of Statistics fell from a 27-month high to 51.1 in August, slightly less than forecast as factories shed jobs for at least the 24th consecutive month. The declines in both PMIs prompted some analysts to re-state their support for more policy action to lift the fading growth momentum in the world's second-biggest economy. He said the central bank could cut interest rates or reduce the amount of reserves that banks must hold as deposits to re-stoke the economy.


Telecom Italia in a bind after losing GVT bid battle

People walk past a Telecom Italia phone booth in Rome By Leila Abboud, Pamela Barbaglia and Stephen Jewkes PARIS/LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - Telecom Italia has lost a promising path to earnings growth by failing to secure Brazilian broadband business GVT and may now turn from hunter to hunted in a fast-consolidating telecoms industry. Winning the auction for French media company Vivendi's GVT was vital for both Telecom Italia and its rival, Spain's Telefonica, as their European markets have been shrinking. Italy was gripped by a mobile price war for much of last year, revenue is falling and competition remains tough. Telecom Italia lost out to Telefonica as it could not afford to top its 7.45-billion-euro offer for GVT.


Swatch prefers go-it-alone route for smartwatch plans

The logo of Swiss watchmaker Swatch is seen on the door of a Swatch watches shop in Strasbourg By Silke Koltrowitz BIEL (Switzerland) (Reuters) - Swatch Group is happy to go it alone with a launch next year of watches with "smart" features to compete with so-called wearable gadgets from the big tech companies, a market potentially worth $93 billion. Swatch Chief Executive Nick Hayek said these new watches might allow the wearer to count the number of steps they take and calories they burn. "All the big technology firms want to work with us and I don't rule out that we are or could be collaborating in some areas. Apple Inc has just invited media to a "special event" next month, fuelling speculation it might present a much-anticipated "iWatch." The possibility of an iWatch launch is partly responsible for Swatch shares losing almost 15 percent so far this year, lagging a 3 percent rise in the European sector.


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