ZURICH/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s iPod upended the music industry, and its iPhone knocked Nokia off its smartphone perch, but Swiss watch makers breezily dismissed warnings that the technology giant’s new wristwatch gadget could do something similar to them.
“They are essentially transient products rather than items of enduring value,” one Swiss watch industry expert sniffed.
BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Know what a “Wearable”
is? Most top tech executives would struggle to define it. Now
they’re hoping that Apple will do it for them.
Next week, Apple Inc is expected to stride into the
market for wearable accessories that link wirelessly up to
phones and create a template for other firms that have struggled
to create products consumers would want to be seen in.
FRANKFURT, Sept 2 (Reuters) – A regional German court has
issued a temporary injunction against Uber, the U.S.-based
online chauffeur service, saying its drivers lacked necessary
commercial permits, potentially barring the company from
operating in cities across Germany.
San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon
taxi-like services on their smartphones, has faced regulatory
battles and court injunctions from its early days, even as it
has expanded rapidly into roughly 150 cities around the world.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Foodpanda, an online
take-away food delivery company active in dozens of emerging
markets, said it had raised $60 million in new financing from a
group of investors including existing backer Rocket Internet AG.
Foodpanda, one of a stable of ecommerce and financial
services ventures created by Berlin-based Rocket Internet, is in
a global race to stake out the highly local food take-away
market, an online segment that has featured two high-profile
share listings this year and big investments by U.S. and
European venture firms.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Security researchers have revealed two separate threats this week they say could put up to 90 percent of the world’s 2 billion plus smartphones at risk of password theft, stolen data and in some cases let hackers take full control of devices.
One vulnerability involves flaws in the way scores of manufacturers of Apple, Google Android and Blackberry devices, among others, have implemented an obscure industry standard that controls how everything from network connections to user identities are managed.
VIENNA, July 3 (Reuters) – German startup backer Rocket
Internet is entering the British market for self-storage, with a
pick-up and store business that seeks to eliminate the need for
customers to rent their own locker space.
SpaceWays, as the new company is called, will launch in
London on Thursday, with plans to expand to other British cities
and around the globe in the near future, said one of the three
co-founders hired by Rocket Internet to create the service.