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Microsoft launches voice search and trend spotting for iPad

MICROSOFT has hit the launch button on a full screen touch version of its Internet search engine Bing for iPad users.

Cellphone carriers to roll out ‘mobile wallets’ in Utah

b>SALT LAKE CITY:/bA joint venture between three of the nation's four largest cellphone carriers will soon offer the United States' first commercially available mobile fare payment programme to a public transportation system.

SF lawmakers approve Twitter tax break

b>SAN FRANCISCO:/bCity lawmakers approved a tax break to keep Twitter Inc from fleeing San Francisco. The measure exempts Twitter from a payroll tax on new hires if the micro-blogging service moves to the blighted Mid-Market area.

Google’s citizen cartographers map out the world

GOOGLE has revealed that an army of citizen cartographers is behind its widely used mapping service, helping the Internet search giant chart the world, including often inaccessible places.

Texas Instruments buying Nat-Sem

b>SAN FRANCISCO:/bTexas Instruments Inc is buying National Semiconductor for US$6.5bil (RM21bil) in a marriage of two of the world's premier makers of analogue chips. These are widely used in electronics to transform signals such as sound into digital form that computers can understand.

Asus releases something for everyone

b>KUALA LUMPUR/b>: Asus has just launched a new range of notebooks, all of which feature second-generation Intel Core processors.

Workshop where ideas get made

b>SAN FRANCISCO/b>: In the tech-obsessed South of Market neighbourhood that digital sensations like Twitter and Zynga call home, a newfangled workshop for would-be inventors blends a startup sensibility with the area's historic manufacturing roots to give geeks a chance to get out from behind the keyboard.

U Mobile revamps, opens flagship store

b>KUALA LUMPUR:/bCellular service provider U Mobile Sdn Bhd has opened a 1,720sq ft flagship store at the Berjaya Times Square shopping centre here.

Foursquare a fun complement to city jaunts

b>NEW YORK:/bAt first, I didn't see the point of Foursquare, the mobile service that turns sharing your location with friends into a game of sorts. More than a year later, I still don't, but I'm hooked - much to the chagrin of my fiance, who prefers to spend his time on more noble pursuits such as i>Angry Birds/iand Facebook.

Asian nations more into cloud computing

b>KUALA LUMPUR/b>: Asian countries are better primed than others in readiness to implement cloud computing, according to software giant Microsoft Corp.