EU antitrust regulators to probe if Google’s Android licensing deals have been anticompetitive

According to a Financial Times report hinting at the possibility of a new antitrust investigation into Google, antitrust regulators of the European Union (EU) are asking mobile telecoms operators and handset manufacturers whether their licensing deals for Google's popular Android mobile operating system block competitors in the mobile telephony arena.

DigiTimes: iPhone Mini and iPad Mini 2 may start shipping in August

According to a DigiTimes report, based on the information shared by a number of Taiwan-based supply chain makers, Apple's much-rumored iPhone Mini handset and the next-generation iPad Mini - the iPad Mini 2 - will likely start shipping in a couple of months.

Nationwide initiative announced to thwart increase in smartphone thefts in US

In a new measure aimed at curbing the increasing incidents of smartphone thefts in the US, top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York revealed in a Thursday announcement that a nationwide coalition of law enforcement agencies is being formed to check smartphone robberies.

Twitter and Vizify launching new ‘#Followme’ feature for Twitter users

Popular microblogging site Twitter and landing page app Vizify - with which Twitter inked a partnership in December 2012 - are launching a new campaign dubbed `#Followme,' which will enable Twitter users to create a short multimedia synopsis of their activity on the site.

While Twitter is chiefly a great site for text-based information, without much focus on visuals, the Twitter-Vizify partnership - which has led to the launch of the `#Followme' campaign - will give the Twitter users a chance to come up with profiles that are visually more attention-grabbing.

Study: Use of hands-free technologies increases distracted driving

According to the findings of a study released by the Automobile Club of America on Wednesday, the use of hands-free technologies for making phone calls and sending text messages increases `distracted driving;' thereby implying that hands-free gadgets are unsafe for motorists.

The study - sponsored by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety - said that the growing list of gadgets which can be blamed for distracted driving now includes `dashboard technology' as well, over and above hand-held handsets and hands-free devices.

New USDE webpage offers look at 'fill-up' costs for electric cars

The U.S. Department of Energy (USDE) has launched a new webpage - www.energy.gov/eGallon - which gives the consumers the advantage of looking up the cost of regular unleaded gasoline alongside the price of the electric `eGallon.'

The `eGallon' tool released by the USDE will be beneficial to electric vehicle buyers who will now be able to find out how much they would pay in electricity as compared to what they would pay in gasoline for a similar vehicle running on regular unleaded gas.

Honda joins Chrysler, Toyota, GM in NHTSA’s air-bag defect probe

A Monday announcement by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) makes Honda the fourth bigwig automaker to be drawn into an air-bag defect probe.

With the NHTSA announcing that a preliminary investigation into air bags which can inadvertently deploy for no reason will include 320,000 Honda Odyssey minivans of model years 2003 and 2004, the extension of the probe underscores how a problem involving one single component supplier - in this case, TRW's auto parts unit based in Livonia, Mich. - can spread through the industry.

Early deaths: huge variation in councils

England witnesses around 153,000 deaths, which are premature, every year. Public Health England stated that three quarters of deaths happened due to cancer, heart attack or stroke and lung diseases.

Figures stated that the highest rates of early deaths are seen in Manchester, Blackpool, Liverpool and Salford.

Life expectancy is influenced by socio-economic background and the regional divide is also explained by this.

Apple’s next-gen Mac Pro desktop boasts a drastic and stylish redesign

One of the most important `product reveals' by Apple at the ongoing WWDC event was the highly-awaited next-generation Mac Pro desktop, which has been drastically and trendily redesigned by the company.

Along with its notably stylish new look, the next-generation Mac Pro boasts a lot of power; with Apple claiming that the redesigned desktop will be capable of providing "breakthrough performance" at one-eighth the size of the presently available Mac Pro models.

Asus unveils new Fonepad Note FHD 6 “phablet”

Device-maker Asustek Computer went on a sort of gadget-revealing spree at the 2013 Computex event in Taipei, Taiwan; and unveiled as many as 11 new devices, including its new hybrid "phablet" dubbed Fonepad Note FHD 6.

Essentially a successor to Asus' earlier-this-year unveiled 7-inch model, the new Fonepad Note FHD 6 is a device which brings together a number of innovations, including high-definition display and powerful Intel system-on-chip.

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