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Updated: 1 hour 29 min ago unveils Puls, a smart 'cuff' that makes phone calls

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:49 unveils Puls, a smart 'cuff' that makes phone callsAfter two and a half years of development, finally unveiled the smart "cuff" he has been working on with his consumer electronics company, The Puls is a wearable wristband that tells time, but "it's not a watch," the Black Eyed Peas singer said repeatedly on stage at Dreamforce in San Francisco. The key difference is that the Puls makes phone calls and accesses online services using a 3G radio. Puls will launch on carriers AT&T in the United States and O2 in the United Kingdom.

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FBI warns U.S. businesses of cyber attacks, blames Beijing

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:46

Vehicles drive on flyovers during the evening rush hour in central ShanghaiBOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday that hackers it believes to be backed by the Chinese government have recently launched attacks on U.S. companies. The "flash" warning to businesses described tools and techniques used by the hackers and asked companies to contact federal authorities if they believe they are the victims of such attacks. The document said the agency recently obtained information regarding "a group of Chinese government affiliated cyber actors who routinely steal high-value information from U.S. ...

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Netflix's U.S. growth slows, shares plunge

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:42

The Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, CaliforniaBy Lisa Richwine (Reuters) - Netflix Inc signed up fewer video streaming subscribers than forecast for the quarter that ended in September as its U.S. growth slowed markedly, sending its shares plunging as much as 27 percent. The company blamed a $1 price hike to $8.99 a month for discouraging new sign-ups. It lured 3.02 million new streaming customers globally, versus the 3.69 million it projected in July. Netflix attracted about 980,000 new customers in the United States, its largest market, down from 1.29 million in the same period a year earlier. ...

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Facebook, Apple offer to cover costs of freezing eggs for female staff

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:28

Human embryo image public domainApple and Facebook have updated their company benefits policies to include fertility treatments in a bid to retain female staff.>

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The best iOS Reddit app relaunches under Reddit ownership

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:18

The best iOS Reddit app relaunches under Reddit ownershipReddit has let others do the heavy lifting for it on the mobile side for years, developing apps that often do more — and better — than its own client, which the company abandoned long ago. Arguably one of the best, and certainly the most popular, is Alien Blue on iOS, which existed both as an iPhone app and a specialty app for the iPad. Now Reddit's gone and acquired it, along with developer Jason Morrissey, who is joining the company to continue working on it.

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Netflix's stock plunges as subscriber growth slips

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:56

FILE - This March 20, 2012 file photo shows Netfilx headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. Netflix reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — This is a sequel that Netflix shareholders never wanted to see: The world's largest Internet video service has once again turned off potential viewers with a price increase that is punishing the company's stock price.

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Mozilla plays with Humble Bundle to push Web games

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:42

Mozilla plays with Humble Bundle to push Web gamesHumble Bundles are no stranger to games, but the latest pay-what-you-want package of games is built for your Web browser.>

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Apple Pay launch tipped for October 20th by Panera Bread

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:31

Apple Pay launch tipped for October 20th by Panera BreadApple made no secret that its payment service Apple Pay wasn't ready to roll when the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went on sale last month, saying only that it would be ready sometime in October. Now it appears that the waiting game to start using your phone and fingerprint as a credit card is almost over. A purported internal memo from Panera Bread, one of Apple's payment launch partners, notes that the service will be up and running beginning Monday, October 20th, says 9to5Mac.

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The latest Xbox One bundle contains two free Assassin’s Creed games

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:25

The latest Xbox One bundle contains two free Assassin’s Creed gamesMicrosoft announced on Wednesday that it had partnered with Ubisoft in order to bring two new Xbox One bundles to market this holiday season. The Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle will contain free digital downloads of both the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity and last year’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for $399. There will also be a $499 bundle which will include a Kinect. Both bundles will be available worldwide on November 2nd, but Unity won’t be playable until its release on November 14th. These aren’t the only bundles on offer over the holidays either. Microsoft has also announced a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundle and a Sunset Overdrive bundle, both of which will be available on the respective launch

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eBay misses slightly on revenue, but PayPal stays strong

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:09

eBay misses slightly on revenue, but PayPal stays strongThe company's marketplace business continues to grow, despite a security breach in the spring, but it doesn't meet Wall Street's expectations for overall revenue.>

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EBay 3Q profit tops estimates, but sales miss

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:04
NEW YORK (AP) — EBay Inc. on Wednesday reported better-than-expected earnings for the third quarter as its PayPal payment unit continued to have strong growth.
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HBO Go-ing away from cable, will stand on its own

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:04

This file publicity image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from "Game of Thrones." HBO plans to offer a stand-alone version of its popular video-streaming service, CEO Richard Plepler said at an investor meeting at parent Time Warner Inc. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/HBO, Keith Bernstein, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. So, is this the end of pay-TV as we know it?

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Google tests waters for potential ultra-fast wireless service

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:02

A technician gets cabling out of his truck to install Google Fiber in a residential home in ProvoBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is preparing to test new technology that may provide the foundation for a wireless version of its high-speed "Fiber" Internet service, according to telecommunication experts who scrutinized the company's regulatory filings. In a public but little-noticed application with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday, Google asked the agency for permission to conduct tests in California across different wireless spectrums, including a rarely-used millimeter-wave frequency capable of transmitting large amounts of data. ...

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Samsung’s new batteries put an interesting spin on ‘Bendgate’

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:50

Samsung’s new batteries put an interesting spin on ‘Bendgate’It was just days ago that technology fans the world over were growing increasingly concerned about the tendency of their expensive electronics to bend out of shape, but Samsung appears to have found a way to make flexibility a feature rather than a bug. Tizen Indonesia reports that the SDI branch of Samsung’s R&D department unveiled a flexible battery for wearable devices at this year’s InterBattery exhibition in South Korea this week. FROM EARLIER: The biggest reason to hold off buying the Moto 360 According to the report, the batteries are so flexible that you can actually roll one up and it will still be perfectly functional. A flexible design would give Samsung the ability to place larger batteries inside very small devices, possibly extending their battery life

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