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Tax Dispute Costs $348 Million to Apple

Tax Dispute Costs $348 Million to Apple

A settlement of 318 million euros ($348 million) has been reached between the tax office of Italy and Apple after the latter failed to make its tax payments of six years. A deal is also likely to be signed by the iPhone and iPad manufacturer to outline protocols for making its tax payments from 2015 onwards.

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Facebook notifies some members about ‘46 years of friendship’ due to technical glitch

Facebook notifies some members about ‘46 years of friendship’ due to technical glitch

Some Facebook users received congratulations for 46 years of friendship on the social network due to a technical error caused by software. The error was caused by a bug caused due to Unix Time, or Epoch time that calculates the number of seconds that have passed since January 1, 1970.

The message displayed on certain profiles congratulated user for befriending each other 46 years ago. While confirming the technical glitch, Facebook spokesperson Chelsea Kohler said, “We’ve identified this bug and the team’s fixing it now so everyone can ring in 2016 feeling young again.”

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Final Fantasy IX to be released on PC, iOS, Android in 2016

Final Fantasy IX to be released on PC, iOS, Android in 2016

Lovers of Final Fantasy video game will be able to play ninth part of the game on the PC, iOS, and Android at some point in 2016. One more exciting thing is that the game’s official website will have an English translation.

The company has particularly specified that the game is coming to both iOS and Android platforms, which would be a pleasing factor for fans, who are still waiting for an Android release of Final Fantasy VII.

As it was said for the Final Fantasy VII, Square has been promising exciting updates for the ninth edition.

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Changes in market conditions acting as big hurdle to own all-electric vehicles

Changes in market conditions acting as big hurdle to own all-electric vehicles

There is a rise in demand for electric vehicles like Tesla’s Model S, but not at the pace as it has been expected. In December 2015, Navigant Research has projected that the number of plug-in cars will increased from around 120,000 in 2015, including more than 300 Tesla Model S, to 950,000 in 2024.

In fact, President Barack Obama said in 2011 that the US would become the first nation in the world to have one million electric vehicles on the road and it would happen by 2015. But two years later, the Department of Energy gave up that goal.

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Qualcomm designs special ‘drone’ version of its Snapdragon system on chip

Qualcomm designs special ‘drone’ version of its Snapdragon system on chip

Qualcomm plans to release with a new device that aims to make drones smarter and cost-effective. Qualcomm has designed a special drone version of its Snapdragon system on a chip. The new chipset aimed at drones will have a heavy use of the GPU to carry out computer vision tasks.

Qualcomm has also come up with an information video that might be showing at the 2016 Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas. The key features of the device include an optical flow camera, visual inertial odometery, motion planning, obstacle mapping and many more interesting features.

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Facebook Tells Its Users They’ve Been Friends for 46 Years

Facebook Tells Its Users They’ve Been Friends for 46 Years

The famous social networking site Facebook is now telling its users that they have been friends for 46 years. Don’t worry, you’re not living out a 13 Going on 30 scenario, you are just celebrating your 46 years of friendship with Facebook because of a glitch.

At first, it was thought that the issue was experienced by really old accounts. Due to the glitch the largest social network has sent out messages congratulating users for 46 years of friendship with people in their list.

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DDoS attack-affected BBC websites are now operating normally

DDoS attack-affected BBC websites are now operating normally

Owing to denial of service (DDoS ) attack, BBC’s main news website was down for many hours on Thursday. Visitors received an error message. The BBC released an official statement that the outage has taken place owing to a technical issue, but the problem was later attributed to the attack.

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Microsoft to bring Change in its Policy in Notifying Victims of the Possible Hotmail Attacks

Microsoft to bring Change in its Policy in Notifying Victims of the Possible Hotmail Attacks

It seems Microsoft has taken right decision when seen from the point of view of its customers. Several years ago, Chinese authorities had hacked into more than a thousand Hotmail email accounts, targeting international leaders of China’s Tibetan and Uighur minorities in particular. At that time, Microsoft decided not to tell the victims about the hacking of their sites and allowing the hackers to continue their campaign.

Oculus announces delay in Touch Controller launch till second half of 2016

Oculus announces delay in Touch Controller launch till second half of 2016

Oculus VR announced today that Oculus Touch controller will be delayed will the second half of 2016. The company said that it needs more time to perfect the product before it is launched for customers. Few months before the launch, the company will open pre-orders for Oculus Touch Controller.

The company has also expanded its pre-production test runs with developers. It will provide Touch Controller to more developers for extensive testing of the product.

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AT&T to introduce two new phone plans by withdrawing two-year contracts plan

AT&T to introduce two new phone plans by withdrawing two-year contracts plan

By introducing two types of new plan, AT&T is going bid farewell to its two-year contract plan, the foundation of phone plans for past so many years, from January 8. As per the new scheme, you can pay the full price up front or pay the amount in installments.

The nation’s second-largest wireless carrier will do away with the standard contract plan in which customers were charged a set price for the cost of a phone and two years of wireless service. Next, a program in which customers could rent out their smartphones by paying monthly installments will come into effect.

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