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3 Sep 2015 - Global
The venture capital investing boom has sent billions of dollars to startups that serve the upper crust of society with an app to deliver your laundry or order a valet to park your car, yet many VCs... continue to resist investing in viable businesses bringing toilets, water and electricity to the rural poor.
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Panasonic confirms Lumix G 25mm F1.7

DP Review - 3 Sep 2015 03:02
Following a development announcement in July, Panasonic is making good on its promise of a 25mm F1.7 lens. With a seven-blade aperture, it acts as a 50mm equiv. on Micro Four Thirds bodies and takes... advantage of Panasonic's 240 fps contrast detection AF system.
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Qualcomm offers a few scantQualcomm's introducing its Snapdragon 820 processor using the latest and most annoying trend in tech: dribble out one small detail at a time over the span of weeks. We've already heard about the... GPU/ISP and the DSP, and now Qualcomm is talking about the Kyro CPU. Unfortunately, the blog post in which it details the CPU is thin on details.
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For future wearables, thePeople who wear networked gadgets all over their bodies may someday become networks themselves. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have found a way for wearables to communicate... through a person's body instead of the air around it. Their work could lead to devices that last longer on smaller batteries and don't give away secrets as easily as today's systems do. The proliferation of smartphones, smart watches, health monitoring devices and other gear carried close to the body has led to so-called personal area networks that link the gadgets together and provide a path to the Internet through one that has a Wi-Fi or cell radio. Today, those PANs use short-range over-the-air systems like Bluetooth.
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'Star Wars Battlefront' Won'tStar Wars Battlefront won't offer a server browser like Battlefield, relying instead on a new skill-based matchmaking system. Some gamers are less than thrilled at this news.
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(Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has reached a settlement agreement with nine former employees who had filed a lawsuit claiming that their personal data was stolen in a 2014 hacking tied to... the studio's release of a comedy film set in North Korea, "The Interview."
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Huawei's Force Touch pips iPhone

The Australian - 3 Sep 2015 01:32
Huawei's Force Touch pipsHuawei has brought out a smartphone with the ‘Force Touch’ feature a week before we’ll see it on Apple’s iPhone 6S.
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Snapchat hires manager away from Facebook

L.A. Times - 3 Sep 2015 01:26
Snapchat hires manager awayA Facebook product manager has joined Snapchat's growth team in Venice, becoming the latest Silicon Valley worker to be drawn south by the fast-expanding entertainment app maker.
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Stephen Colbert to hostStephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams will team up for a "Celebrity Nerd-Off" Q&A session that fellow nerds will love. The event is a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival, an organization that Colbert... has long supported. The post Stephen Colbert to host ‘Celebrity Nerd-Off’ with Star Wars director J.J. Abrams appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Rotten Apples

The Huffington Post - 3 Sep 2015 01:22
Rotten ApplesI've been an avid Apple user ever since I starting writing my college papers on the Macintosh Classic in the early 90s. As years wore on, I upgraded as my budget allowed, eventually acquiring the... first iMac G3 in 1998. Apple products were so incredible back then, and I'd laugh at friends and family members when they'd call to ask for help removing a virus from their pathetic PCs. "A virus?" I'd snap, "Macs don't get those. Sorry. Gonna go organize my iTunes playlists now. Good luck with that." Shortly thereafter, Apple released the first generation iPod. It's success eventually led to the release of the first iPhone, which was a disaster. As we all know, subsequent versions were not, and before long, everyone and my mother had an iPhone and had ditched their glitchy PCs for iMacs and...
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Hulu launches an ad-freeAshley and Khail discuss their favorite phone and wearable out of IFA 2015, and debate if $12.99 is worth it for a (mostly) commercial-free Hulu subscription.
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Beautiful makeover for aVisual-effects artist Michael Eurek builds an absolutely incredible high-definition remake of Zora's Domain from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time using Unreal Engine 4.
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NASA looking at 'hitchhiking'A spacecraft concept under development could shoot diamond harpoons at space rocks to slingshot itself around our corner of the galaxy.
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Day 1 of IFA brings fresh OLEDThe first of two press-only days at IFA 2015 is now in the books, and it was Panasonic and Sony who nabbed the biggest headlines. The post Day 1 of IFA brings fresh OLED competition, 4K phones, a... turntable revival appeared first on Digital Trends.
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CBS Sports to Stream SuperCBS Sports this week announced it will expand its streaming NFL coverage on the Apple TV, with plans to stream two regular season games, four playoff games, and Super Bowl 50. The games will be... available on laptops, computers, and tablets via CBSSports.com, in addition to being available on connected television devices like the Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, and Chromecast. Games will be streamed live and will be free to watch, with no cable authentication required. New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins in London will be the first regular live game streamed for free, and it will be broadcast on October 4 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The second regular season game CBS will show is the Carolina vs. Dallas on November 26 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. AFC playoff coverage will also be streamed, including...
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Telstra signs Equinix colocation deal

The Australian - 3 Sep 2015 01:00
Telstra signs EquinixTelco’s customers can now use Equinix’s five data centres across Sydney and Melbourne.
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Sony announced the Xperia Z5 Premium today, boasting a 5.5" 4K display. It was unveiled alongside the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, and each offers a new 23MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor... with an F2.0 lens. A new hybrid AF system claims to acquire focus in 0.03, which would make it the fastest AF system on any current smartphone camera.
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Syfy Space Shows 'Dark Matter'The space-based action shows "Killjoys" and "Dark Matter" will both be getting second seasons in 2016, the Syfy network announced this week.
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Apple's TV box will cost $149The much anticipated new TV box will cost $149 and will be able to search multiple online services, it has been claimed by Buzzfeed.
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Diver breaks up mortal combatDuring a fishing trip, Rick Trippe came across a dangerous sea snake and stonefish fighting each other. He separated them with his bare hands and lived to tell all about it.
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How to Move Your Data From Android to iOS

Mac Rumors - 3 Sep 2015 00:46
How to Move Your Data FromIn just a couple of weeks, Apple is going to make it ridiculously easy for Android users to switch to iOS with an upcoming app alongside iOS 9 called "Move to iOS." It will give Android users the... ability to wirelessly migrate contacts, message history, photos and videos, web browser saves, mail, calendars, and more. Until then, we have to do these things manually. Luckily, it isn't difficult to switch from Android to iOS. It just takes a few extra steps to get all of the data you want from one device to the other. We've got a guide for helping you transition from Android to iOS as simply as possible. Before following any of the instructions below, be sure to back up your Android device to ensure that you don't lose any important data in the event that something goes wrong during the...
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That massive data breach at the US Office of Personnel Management is going to cost the country a lot more than you might think. Officials have awarded ID Experts a contract to protect the 21.5 million... affected government workers against identity th...
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Tesla's Model 3 to Cost $35K,Tesla's long-awaited mass-market car, the Model 3, now has a price and debut plan courtesy of the company's founder, Elon Musk.
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Apple said to be unveilingThe tech titan will reportedly debut both a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and an iPad Mini 4 during its big product launch on Wednesday, rather than wait until later this year.
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Powerful Rocket Launches LightA series of gorgeous photos capture two different rocket launches that took place within 6 hours of each other, but thousands of miles apart, early this morning.
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Nest thermostat gets new look

Phys.org - 3 Sep 2015 00:40
Nest thermostat gets new lookBigger screen?
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Age determines theNew research finds that members of a group of jellyfish-like marine animals use their jets in different ways -- depending on age -- to steer the colony. No word on retirement age.
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Theater-Ticket Lotteries Go Digital

Wall Street Journal - 3 Sep 2015 00:35
Theater-Ticket Lotteries GoFor fans of New York theater, scoring cheap, last-minute seats is getting easier--and harder. More venues now have digital lotteries, where theatergoing hopefuls can enter to win same-day tickets.
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Tidal calls Apple 'BigJay-Z's streaming service Tidal claims that Apple blocked the platform from live streaming a Drake performance. Drake's manager said Apple had nothing to do with the decision not to include the rapper... on the live stream, but Tidal stands by its accusations. The post Tidal calls Apple ‘Big Brother,’ accuses company of blocking Drake live stream appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Words Matter in the Paris Climate Agreement

The Huffington Post - 3 Sep 2015 00:35
Words Matter in the ParisWords matter. This is especially true for the Paris Agreement on climate change to be concluded this December. Businesses and investors have a clear stake in the words in the agreement and in the... political commitment behind them, which will underpin the policy certainty they need to build the low-carbon economy. Getting the right words in the right place is essential to success. Businesses and governments alike recognize that the low-carbon economy is inevitable, irreversible and irresistible. Businesses and investors are already stepping up to the plate. Through the We Mean Business coalition, 154 companies with revenues totaling $3.5 trillion, and 111 investors with $8.1 trillion in assets under management, have now made 430 ambitious commitments to climate action. At the same time, 56...
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Finally, You Can Now Watch Hulu Without Ads

The Huffington Post - 3 Sep 2015 00:34
Finally, You Can Now WatchHulu announced today that it will now offer a commercial-free plan for $11.99 per month. That's $4 more than its regular plan.  Here's what we think of that news: As long as we've streamed video on... Hulu, we've wondered why there are commercials. Isn't an ad-free experience precisely why we pay for a streaming service? Netflix doesn't have ads. (Sort of.) Hulu has presumably fielded that question so many times it has a page on its website designated to letting you know commercials "reduce the monthly subscription price."  Anyway, for those who want to cough up a few extra bucks each month to remain blissfully unaware of the latest sedan models, here's what's new on Hulu this fall.    Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use...
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Machinima Settles FTC Charges Over Xbox One Endorsements

Wall Street Journal - 3 Sep 2015 00:34
Machinima Settles FTC ChargesMachinima Inc. agreed to settle charges that it didn't tell viewers it paid some influential publishers to post videos about Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox One system and games.
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See Plans For The 62-Mile WallNature isn't doomed if we work fast enough. That's the essential premise fueling The Ocean Cleanup, an organization that hopes to pull an unbelievable amount of plastic waste from the Pacific Ocean... in the next decade.  "The story has always been: We can't clean it up, so the best thing we can do is not make it worse," Boyan Slat, Ocean Cleanup founder, told The Huffington Post in a Skype interview. "To me, that's depressing." That is depressing. Imagine Earth as a stewing mound of sun-baked waste that everyone's standing on, nostrils clenched shut by fingers. Some may do their part to avoid making the mound bigger, but how many are able to make it smaller? Slat thinks his team can. The Ocean Cleanup, which is funded in large part by entrepreneurs like Salesforce CEO Marc...
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Volcano zone reservoirs couldThe heat is on for prospectors in what could be the next gold rush. According to a recent study in the journal Geothermics, a team of geologists has discovered a mother lode of gold and silver inside... super-heated reservoirs within New Zealand’s Taupo Volcanic Zone. Extreme heat from the volcanoes’ magma plumes is heating water, producing acidic underground reservoirs and springs that in turn dissolve the surrounding rock. This then allows the embedded gold and silver to come loose and collect in the water. If successfully drilled, one well could yield as much as $2.7 million in gold a year. According to lead study author Stuart Simmons, a research professor at the University of Utah’s Energy & Geoscience Institute, gold
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Weekly poll: Do you reallySo yeah. Sony's new Xperia Z5 Premium has a for-real 4K display. That'd be UHD, 3840 X 2160 pixels, checking in somewhere around 806 ppi. Holy crap.
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Recently launched NASA soil moisture satellite loses function in 1 of 2 science instruments
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Awesome Launch Photos: USAn Atlas V rocket carrying the MUOS-4 mission for the U.S. Navy lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Sept. 2, 2015.
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Bloomberg laid off dozens of journalists yesterday and is reorganizing itself to meet the paradoxical imperatives of doing news today. The post Bloomberg’s Future Is the Future of News for Everyone... appeared first on WIRED.
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Ask DJs about their favorite turntables and they'll frequently swear by Technics' SL-1200 -- even though it hasn't been made since 2007, the super-reliable deck is still the gold standard for vinyl... spinners. If you're one of those enthusiasts, you...
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Lenovo pits business againstLenovo didn't become one of the world's leading hardware sellers by offering just a handful of products, which is why its line up of ThinkPad hardware at IFA 2015 is so comprehensive, offering a... combination of tablets, enterprise desktops and even an all-in-one. The post Lenovo pits business against pleasure in new IFA 2015 hardware lineup appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Hackers could use babySome video-streaming baby monitors aren't safe from hackers, a security researcher finds, and it doesn't matter how much you paid either. Experts say this is part of a trend indicating poor security... in Net-connected household devices.
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Panasonic jumps into the OLEDThe TV builder says OLED delivers better blacks than its best plasma TVs while avoiding plasma's shortcomings.
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Federal Court Weighs WhetherNEW YORK, Sept 2
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Want a beefier battery forTesla has released specs and pricing information for its Roadster 3.0 battery pack upgrade. The new battery, which costs $29,000 to order and install, boasts roughly 35 percent more energy than the... previous version. The post Want a beefier battery for your Tesla Roadster? That'll be $29,000 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Sony Transforms BrandingSony has announced three new handsets in its flagship Xperia smartphone lineup, the Xperia Z5 Premium, the Xperia Z5, and the Xperia Z5 Compact. Given the confusion this summer over the previous... flagship, the branding is a promising sign that Sony is getting its mobile division back in order.
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HTC Desire 626 review

Android Central - 3 Sep 2015 00:08
HTC Desire 626 reviewIt's the affordable option, not the powerful one. {.intro} Quick Intro The HTC Desire 626 is built to be an affordable and worthwhile purchase. While it isn't the frontrunner of the class, it still... packs a punch. The battery life, design, and easy expansion of storage space are fantastic even when the trade off is a lower resolution screen and a single speaker. The Good Awesome battery Great size and design SD slot for expanded storage The Bad Single speaker low resolution below average load times Desire 626 Full Review The affordable Desire line from HTC have been staples of European and Asian markets for years, and now that the US it getting in on the action there's even more reason to pay attention to these phones. In a market that already has some strong contenders HTC definitely needs...
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Starz Play now live on Roku Platform

Digital Trends - 3 Sep 2015 00:06
Starz Play now live on RokuIf you're a Starz Premium subscriber who also owns a Roku device, you can drop all productive pursuits and start binge-streaming the channel's content today -- you're welcome, bosses of America. The... post Starz Play now live on Roku Platform appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Kim and Kanye have the rightA number of experts claim that a unique name can impact a child's personality, causing them to think of themselves as special, daring and unconventional.
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Specs, pricing, design of theAccording to a new report, Apple's upcoming new Apple TV may come in 8GB and 16GB and won't support 4K. It's a bit thicker than previous models and will ship with a revamped remote with some very cool... new features for iOS 9. The post Specs, pricing, design of the new Apple TV unveiled ahead of launch appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Tech Makers: Stop TreatingGuest author Liraz Margalit, PhD, is a web psychologist at ClickTale, a company that provides website optimization software and consulting. Smartphones and tablets both get us online, store our photos... and keep track of our calendars. But they are not the same. In fact, user behavior varies quite a bit between the two. While they're both portable and sleek, and used to get online access when users are away from desktop computers, people have different mindsets around them.  See also: The Biggest Digital Marketing Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make In the course of my job as a web psychologist, I'm deeply steeped in research, much of which reveals distinct and separate usage patterns. The smaller devices, which tend to be carried on our person, tends to inspire active engagement, while the larger...
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Recent cyberattacks have left U.S. officials mulling economic sanctions as retaliation against Russia and China.
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