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This could be one of Android L’s most useful new features

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:41

This could be one of Android L’s most useful new featuresOne of the most useful features Google has added to Android in the past year is multi-user support for tablets, but months later, the feature still hasn’t made its way to smartphones. Based on a response in the Android issue tracker, this long awaited feature might appear alongside Android L. One user took to the issue tracker to express disappointment that Android phones aren’t able to handle multiple users on a single device. “Storage space of phones is growing, 32GB or even 64GB,” wrote the user. “For example, some families are sharing their phones with their kids for gaming. On a tablet, you can set up an account for your kids and restrict the access on your own apps. My idea is to


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Meet the San Francisco architect who is reinventing design for people with blindness

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:34

Meet the San Francisco architect who is reinventing design for people with blindnessArchitect Chris Downey is standing next to a pile of Sheetrock, balancing a white cane in the air like a tightrope walker's pole. The week before, construction had begun on a new office for the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco, or ILRC, a nonprofit community center for people with disabilities. Downey holds the cane up to approximate for the center's executive director, Jessie Lorenz, how the reception desk will jut out at an angle from a concrete column.


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Robots to up-end the world of work, for good and bad

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:25

Japanese mobile communication giant Softbank's humanoid robot "Pepper" in Tokyo on June 28, 2014Robots and artificially intelligent devices will take over many jobs now done by people, and experts are divided as to whether their spread will do human society more good than harm. The Pew Research Center said experts see a growing role for self-driving cars, delivery drones, robotic workers, smartphone-based assistants and even algorithmic journalism by 2025. Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Internet Project, said experts see "the accelerating displacement of work that can be done more efficiently and cost-effectively" by robots. "Automation is (the 'Harry Potter' villain) Voldemort: the terrifying force nobody is willing to name," said Jerry Michalski, founder of Relationship Economy eXpedition, a think tank of corporate executives.


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'Batman v. Superman' moves release date to avoid 'Captain America'

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:22

'Batman v. Superman' moves release date to avoid 'Captain America'Batman v. Superman is arriving a little bit sooner than previously planned: according to The Wrap and Variety, its release date is being moved forward about a month and a half to March 25th, 2016, just up from its previous date of May 6th. Many had assumed that the movie would eventually be moved, as it would have been facing off against Marvel's third Captain America film had it stayed on May 6th — and given Marvel's record at the box office, Warner Bros. likely had little interest in putting up a fight. The Wrap also reports that Batman v. Superman will be released in 3D, though it's unclear if it's being shot natively in 3D or being post-converted, as Man of Steel was. The film, directed by Zack Snyder, has already had its release date shuffled around before.


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Foursquare unveils revamped app after split

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:14

The "all-new Foursquare" debuts as a personalized tool that learns about users' tastes and interests through their smartphone habitsThe location-based social network Foursquare unveiled its new local search and recommendation service Wednesday after splitting off its app enabling friends to keep track of each other. The "all-new Foursquare" debuts as a personalized tool that learns about users' tastes and interests through their smartphone habits.


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Tibco Software in talks with potential buyers: WSJ

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:07
(Reuters) - Business software maker Tibco Software Inc has been approaching potential suitors, including private equity firms, Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Tibco shares closed up 7.5 percent at $20.75 on the Nasdaq on Wednesday. The company had a market value of $3.2 billion as of Tuesday close. The early-stage sale talks were not part of a formal process, the Journal reported. (http://on.wsj.com/1pbn0cK) Tibco could not be immediately reached for comment. (Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bangalore; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)
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Library of Congress says it found source code of a never-released 'Duke Nukem' game

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:03

Library of Congress says it found source code of a never-released 'Duke Nukem' gameThe Library of Congress believes it's found the source code to a never-released version of handheld game Duke Nukem: Critical Mass, unearthed from a trove of games submitted for copyright registration. It was originally supposed to be the start of a new trilogy, but it was released to terrible reviews, and its big brother Duke Nukem Forever didn't do much better. Gibson is still trying to reconstruct the game, but he's found game music and even pieced together a basic 3D model of Duke in a jetpack. Every work is automatically granted copyright in America, but in order to sue for damages, authors have to officially register with the Library of Congress, sending copies of their book, game, movie, or other project to be examined and potentially held in perpetuity.


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Apple looks poised to run over Samsung and HTC this fall

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:00

Apple looks poised to run over Samsung and HTC this fallThe new comScore report on U.S. smartphone subscriber market share has one major surprise: Apple managed to increase its American market share to 42.1% in June from 41.4% in March. This is fairly astonishing considering it has been nearly a year since Apple rolled out new models but particularly since Samsung launched its brand-new Galaxy S5 in April and HTC rolled out its much ballyhooed One (M8) in March. So two leading Android vendors debuted their well-received flagship models during the spring… and Apple’s American market share still inched up another notch. We know now that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 was indeed somewhat disappointing, since Samsung missed its Q2 2014 phone revenue consensus. And we know that HTC’s One (M8) has been a bitter letdown for the company,


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Teachers explain why they’re ditching iPads for ‘much more useful’ Chromebooks

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:25

Teachers explain why they’re ditching iPads for ‘much more useful’ ChromebooksAs popular as the iPad has been for end consumers, schools have also been a major part of the tablet’s success. Ever since Apple launched the iPad in 2010, schools all over the country have experimented with placing them in classrooms or giving them to students to bring home with them. The Atlantic reports that although many institutions were initially satisfied with the results, many are now beginning to see the potential upshot of affordable laptops over expensive tablets. According to Joseph Morris, director of market intelligence at the Center for Digital Education, American K-12 schools are expected to spend nearly $10 billion on technology in 2014 and about a third of that will go directly to computer hardware. Schools have a very difficult and


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Dish chairman says bid for T-Mobile possible now Sprint is out

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:20
By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dish Network Corp Chairman Charlie Ergen said it makes sense for the satellite operator to consider making a bid for T-Mobile US Inc now that Sprint is out of the picture. "Certainly to the extent that Sprint either dropped out or wasn't interested or the government wouldn't allow it ... then T-Mobile is something that we would have an interest in," Ergen said on Wednesday on a conference call after Dish reported quarterly results. While the company's core pay TV business has stalled, Dish shares have risen more than 40 percent to $63.81 over the past 12 months mainly on investors' high hopes for the value of the company's spectrum. Late Tuesday, Sprint Corp dropped its planned bid to acquire T-Mobile U.S. Inc, the No. 4 U.S. carrier, after regulatory hurdles proved too steep, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
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CA seeks growth through new products, M&A

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:05
Business software maker CA Inc, trying to shake off sluggish sales growth, is digging into a sizeable war chest built over the years to propel growth through acquisitions and a renewed focus on its own products. CA may spend more than the $300 million to $500 million it earmarked for acquisitions in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 to bolster its cloud and security operations, Chief Executive Michael Gregoire told Reuters in an interview. We have a lot of flexibility to do a variety of acquisitions," Gregoire said, adding that he prefers doing small deals. CA, which also makes cloud software, is keen to reclaim its status as a high-growth company, following its struggle in recent years to cope with competition from bigger rivals such as IBM Corp, Oracle Corp and VMware Inc. "If they make the right acquisition that can really go a long way towards moving the top line in the right direction," FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives said.
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Pandora strikes first partnership with independent artists

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:02
Pandora Media Inc has partnered with a global rights agency representing thousands of independent artists and bands, such as Arcade Fire, Wilco and Lenny Kravitz, the online streaming music service said on Wednesday. The partnership with Merlin is the first for Pandora, meaning it will now have a direct relationship with more than 20,000 independent record labels and distributors that represent about 10 percent of the worldwide music market. Pandora licenses the rights to play recording artists through SoundExchange in the United States, using a rate established by the government. "We see tremendous opportunity to work more closely with artists and the music community," Pandora Chief Executive Officer Brian McAndrews said in an interview.
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Class Action Privacy Lawsuit Against Facebook Gains 25,000 Members

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:59

Class Action Privacy Lawsuit Against Facebook Gains 25,000 MembersMax Schrems has launched a class action lawsuit against Facebook, claiming that Facebook's monitoring of a user's activity is in violation of European Union laws. More boldly, he claims Facebook cooperates with the U.S. surveillance scheme Prism. The case will request $667 in damages for the first 25,000 members of the class.  While Facebook has not commented on the lawsuit (as they have not yet been formally served with papers) they have previously said they did not know about Prism before it was publicly leaked. Any users outside of the U.S. and Canada are able to sign up, as the case will be against Facebook Ireland, rather than Facebook USA.


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Wikipedia says EU court ruling is Web 'censorship'

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:58

The "Wikipedia" logo is seen on a tablet screen on December 4, 2012 in ParisThe foundation which operates the Wikipedia information website said Wednesday an EU court ruling on the right to be "forgotten" is creating "memory holes" in the Internet. The ruling "is undermining the world's ability to freely access accurate and verifiable records about individuals and events," said Lila Tretikov, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation in a blog post. Tretikov added that "the impact on Wikipedia is direct and critical." "The decision does not mandate that search engines disclose link censorship," she said.


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We want photos of you from back in the day with old tech and gadgets!

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:58

We want photos of you from back in the day with old tech and gadgets!Our sister site Polygon recently collected and published dozens of images of gamers in the '90s, which inadvertently reminded us just how cool we used to be back then. It made us want to do something similar — we're looking for photos of you, the reader, as a child / from back in the day with your old-school gadgets. Tweet your photos at us with #vergeoldschool, share them on Instagram with #vergeoldschool, email them to sam at theverge dot com, or drop them in the comments in this post.


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FCC chairman Wheeler seems very happy that Sprint killed the T-Mobile merger

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:50

FCC chairman Wheeler seems very happy that Sprint killed the T-Mobile mergerCount Federal Communications chairman Tom Wheeler as one of the people who is happy that Sprint decided to call off its proposed $32 billion merger with T-Mobile. In a brief statement released on Wednesday, Wheeler expressed satisfaction that there would still be four major wireless carriers in the United States and added that Sprint should now take this opportunity to actually improve its network and service offerings instead of simply trying to acquire more spectrum through pricey mergers. “Four national wireless providers are good for American consumers,” Wheeler wrote. “Sprint now has the opportunity to focus their efforts on robust competition.” Sprint’s big chance to regain some of the ground it’s lost to its rivals will come next year when


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