Reprivatisation of RBS bank ‘unrealistic’ in next five years: UK minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s largely state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland is unlikely to be reprivatised before 2018, Business Secretary Vince Cable said in an interview published on The Telegraph newspaper website on Saturday.

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Casio Updates G-Shock Bluetooth Line With Added Functionality

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Don’t call it a smart watch. The Casio GB line appeared in 2011 with little fanfare – it was up against devices like the Pebble in the public imagination and so an underpowered smartwatch was of little interest. However, Casio has updated their Bluetooth line with the GB-6900B And GB-X6900B, improved versions of their iconic G-Shock watches that allow you to control your phone from your watch and, more important, control your watch from your phone.

For example, you can do the standard remote control actions on the watch including turning phone audio up and down and seeing snippets of text messages and emails. However, the new Casio Engine 2 movement also allows you to set watch features via an interface on the phone including alarms, stopwatch activation, and the like. Most interesting are the phone sensing features that allows you to find your phone if it is near the watch and to tap the watch to turn off an incoming call.

ABlogTowatch has a full rundown of features and notes that many of these are things you might actually use. While it doesn’t sense your heartbeat, blood pressure, and pants size it does do a few important things well and, more important, connects to your phone via low power Bluetooth profile 4.0. This makes it easier to justify connecting the watch to your phone simply because the battery will wear slower than traditional Bluetooth devices.

Again, the G-Shock isn’t for everybody. However, if you’re looking to geek out you could do worse for $200. The watches should be available here in a few months.

Reprivatisation of RBS bank ‘unrealistic’ in next five years -UK minister

LONDON, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Britain’s largely state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland is unlikely to be reprivatised before 2018, Business Secretary Vince Cable said in an interview published on The…

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Buddhist mob attacks S Lanka mosque

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Apple Developer Center lives again; company offers extra month of membership

After dealing with various outages for more than three weeks, Apple finally announced any developer services still down at its Developer Center are running again. And for users’ trouble, Apple is extending every membership by one month.

The downtime came after an “intruder” accessed the development site’s servers on July 18. Apple acknowledged the issue on July 21 and at the time could not “rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or e-mail addresses may have been accessed.” That notice led to an anecdotal spike in password reset requests for Apple IDs, though the company told MacWorld that the system in question was not used to store “customer information,” application code, or data stored by applications.

Apple slowly began restoring many of the offline services, and last week developers could access iOS and OS X betas, view prerelease documentation, download certificates, and watch videos from Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) sessions without worry. Apple sent out a status update on the remaining services on August 5, hoping “to reinstate most of the remaining services this week: Xcode automatic configuration as well as access to license agreements, TSIs, program enrollments, and renewals in Member Center.”

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