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AMD faces class action lawsuit over “Llano” APU sales

Renowned computer chip-maker AMD is facing a class action suit by Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP who earlier this week filed the complaint accusing the company of breaching the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 over its "Llano" APU.

The complaint, filed in the United States District Court of the Northern District of California on Wednesday, describes the buyers of AMD common stock between October 27, 2011 and October 18, 2012, as plaintiffs.

Smartphone subscriptions will triple to 5.6bn by 2019: Ericsson

Smartphone devices are already growing at a faster rate than that of conventional phones, and the number of smartphone subscriptions will triple to 5.6 billion worldwide in the next six years, according to Ericsson AB's estimates.

Sweden-based Ericsson, the world's leading manufacturer of telecommunications networks, said in a newly released report that total number of mobile subscriptions would increase to hit 9.3 billion by 2019, of which 5.6 billion would be smartphone subscriptions.

Twitter launches ‘report abuse’ button across all platforms

Responding to increasing cases of online threats and harassments, micro-blogging site Twitter has introduced a `report abuse' button across all platforms.

The `report abuse' button, which was previously available only on Twitter's iOS app, is now also available on Android app as well as desktop Web.

Before the launch of the button across various platforms, Twitter users had to struggle to find out how to report an abusive tweet. But, following the change, all users will get a simple `report abuse' button positioned directly on their accounts.

Game industry suffers lower-than-expected fall in July sales

Decline in video game sales at retail continued in July this year; however, the decline was not as bad as analysts had expected.

As per fresh figures released by industry-tracking firm NPD, total sales for video game products (including hardware, software and accessories) slipped 19 per cent year-on-year from $549.1 million in July 2012 to $443 million in July 2013.

However, the decline in video game sales was lower than NDP analyst Doug Creutz's expectation of 29 per cent.

In a note to investors, Creutz wrote, "U. S. publishers [are] down, but [it's] better than expected."

Activision shows off COD: Ghosts multiplayer capability

Activision has revealed new details of its Call of Duty: Ghosts videogame, which is scheduled to be released later this year.

The publisher is the multiplayer action capability of the upcoming game, which a claim that the new game would continue the tradition of offering unrivaled gameplay and most engaging entertainment experience.

Eric Hirshberg, chief executive of Activision, said, "Call of Duty set the benchmark for the current gen and that's exactly what we're aiming to do for the next generation."

U.K. Govt. mulling plan to ban Google Glass for drivers

The U. K. government is mulling a plan to put a ban on the use of Google Glass by drivers, according to a fresh report published by British technology site Stuff.

The technology site cited a spokesperson for the U. K. government's Department for Transport saying that the department was concerned that the use of Google Glass while driving could distract their attention.

Irrational announces DLC pack for BioShock Infinite

Videogames developer Irrational Games on Tuesday announced the release of the first downloadable content (DLC) pack for its best-selling first-person shooter "BioShock Infinite," and also confirmed that at least two more episodes of DLC were in production.

The new content will allow gamers to once again play the role of detective Booker DeWitt and, later on, as DeWitt's partner Elizabeth.

Researchers show how fake GPS signals can send ships off course

team of researchers from the University of Texas managed to pilot a yacht sailing hundreds of meters off course in the Mediterranean Sea by spoofing GPS signals, putting a question mark on the reliability of the technology.

Researchers led by assistant professor Todd Humphreys from the university's aerospace engineering & engineering mechanics department used a GPS spoofing device and the send a 65 meter luxury yacht hundreds of meters off course, while the crew remained assured that the yacht was advancing on the right course.

Much-praised Web filtering service Homesafe is under Huawei’s control: BBC

China's controversial firm Huawei controls the pornography filtering system that has recently been praised by British Prime Minister David Cameron, the BBC has reported.

According to the report, Huawei's UK-based employees can decide which Web content the TalkTalk's filtering service Homesafe should block.

Huawei has repeatedly been accused of having close ties with the Chinese government, which has earned a notorious status for spying on other countries through Web.

Shortage of consultants puts A&E in crisis

MPs have stated that high-quality care is being compromised as over 80 per cent of emergency and accident cases don't have adequate consultants to attend to them for about 16 hours a day.

According to the Commons health select committee, there is a recruitment crisis being faced by medics at the emergency departments in hospitals as the doctors are less and workload is more and this is putting off young doctors.


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