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Is this mystery satellite Putin’s secret space weapon?

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:55

Is this mystery satellite Putin’s secret space weapon?An oddball Russian satellite that launched to orbit last May is now raising suspicions. The so-called Object 2014-28E was put into orbit at the same time with several communications satellites, but Russia has not elaborated on its purpose. The object has been maneuvering in a precise way and it’s possible its purpose is to clear out space junk or refuel other satellites. RELATED: Clock ticks for mankind as ‘Cyberdyne’ goes public But the worry here is that this may be part of Russia’s program to develop satellite-killing weapons in orbit. Soviet Russia started an “Istrebitel Sputnik” program aimed at creating orbital weaponry decades ago, but the development was iced in the ’90s following the collapse of the Soviet system. Russia has


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Twitter in talks to buy Bieber-backed selfie app Shots: CNBC

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:47

The Twitter logo is pictured at its headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco(Reuters) - Twitter Inc is in talks to buy Shots, a selfie photo-sharing app, CNBC reported, citing a source close to the Justin Bieber-backed company. The microblogging website is particularly interested in the app's more than 3 million users, nearly two-thirds of whom are women under 24, CNBC said. (http://cnb.cx/1AQ7U34) A Twitter spokesperson said the company does not comment on rumor and speculation. Shots could not be reached immediately for comment. (This version of the story was refiled to fix media coding.) (Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D'Souza)


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Sony to offer partial refunds for gaming console

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:36
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people who bought the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita are in line for a partial refund from Sony because of questionable claims in its advertising.
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How to stop your friends from seeing when you read their Facebook and WhatsApp messages

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:30

How to stop your friends from seeing when you read their Facebook and WhatsApp messagesTexting apps on smartphones are very popular with users, and third-party social apps with instant messaging features are gaining ground as well. But most of them also come with one annoying feature, at list for some people, that lets senders know the recipient has read the message. The “read receipts” feature can be turned off on most popular instant messaging apps, though not on all of them, with Facebook being one such example. FROM EARLIER: How to stop Facebook from eating your iPhone’s precious storage space Thankfully, Lifehacker has put together a list of things users can do to turn off read receipts on Facebook, so that their contacts no longer know whether their messages have been delivered and read. The one


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4K TV shipments soar to 6.4M in 2014

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:27

4K TV shipments soar to 6.4M in 2014After several slow quarters, a report from DisplaySearch on global TV shipments suggests consumers may be ready for new TVs.>


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The 404 Show 1,586: Giving thanks to tech, Jurassic World, BlackBerry Hail Mary (podcast)

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:08

 Giving thanks to tech, Jurassic World, BlackBerry Hail Mary (podcast)It's our last show before Thanksgiving and the guys are discuss what tech they're thankful for. Plus, we'll try and understand how anyone could have thought making another Jurassic amusement park was a good idea.>


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LG is already rolling out Lollipop for its best phone of the year

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 17:05

LG is already rolling out Lollipop for its best phone of the yearJust as previously teased, LG’s top Android handset of the year is receiving its official Android 5.0 Lollipop update a lot faster than initially expected, with the company having already announced that the Korean version of the G3 is ready to be upgraded to Google’s latest Android version. FROM EARLIER: How to add Adobe Flash support to Android 5.0 Lollipop LG said that the update will be available to all G3 buyers in Korea later this week, either as an over-the-air (OTA) download from the three major mobile operators in the region, or directly from the company’s website. Android 5.0 Lollipop is a major Android update, bringing users a new design language called Material Design that Google will employ in all


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Conquer Black Friday by shopping online

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:57

Conquer Black Friday by shopping onlineThere's no shame in staying home when online deals are aplenty on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Bridget Carey highlights trends in this year's deals, and how stores are competing with Amazon.>


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Jurassic World's monster is a genetically modified Jimmy Buffett #brand

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:45

Jurassic World's monster is a genetically modified Jimmy Buffett #brandThe Verge has obtained irrefutable evidence that legendary chillbro Jimmy Buffett is behind the mayhem in the upcoming film Jurassic World. In the screenshot above, you can clearly see children running away from a Margaritaville, proving either that a genetically modified dinosaur parrot or Buffett-raptor hybrid is on the loose.


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Facebook Fabric: An innovative network topology for data centers

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:45

 An innovative network topology for data centersFacebook's engineers introduced a revolutionary way of moving bits around a data center, and showcased it in their new Altoona, Iowa facility.


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Microsoft to pay China $140 million for 'tax evasion'

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:41

A shadow of a man using his mobile phone is cast near Microsoft logo at the 2014 Computex exhibition in TaipeiSEATTLE (Reuters) - China has levied about $140 million in back taxes from Microsoft Corp in the first major case concerning cross-border tax evasion in the country, as regulators ramp up pressure on U.S. corporations doing business there. According to an article published by China's Xinhua official news agency on Sunday, an unnamed U.S. multinational must pay the Chinese government 840 million yuan ($137 million) in back taxes and interest, as well as more than 100 million yuan in additional taxes a year in the future. ...


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Excellent iOS apps for Black Friday

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:40

Excellent iOS apps for Black FridayThe biggest shopping day of the year is gearing up to be a madhouse at the stores, but with the right apps you can map out your shopping strategy and get the best deals before they're gone.>


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'Jurassic World' brings the Galaxy Gear back to life

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:38

'Jurassic World' brings the Galaxy Gear back to lifeEvolution is a brutal and unforgiving mistress. The Jurassic Park movies have always offered a brief escape from its clutches for a few select dinosaur species, but the new Jurassic World is bringing back some deprecated technology as well: the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Though only a year old, this smartwatch has already had its operating system swapped out and been turned into a freebie to be given away with smartphone purchases. Discarded by its maker and replaced by newer and better models, the Gear may aptly be regarded as the dinosaur of the fast-developing smartwatch industry.


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You have to check out this unique iPhone app that adds a game to your Today widgets

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:36

You have to check out this unique iPhone app that adds a game to your Today widgetsApple’s massive iOS 8 update was released this past September and developers are still updating their apps to take full advantage of the thousands of new capabilities Apple added in its new mobile software. In fact, developers will continue to add new features made possible by iOS 8 for many months to come. One of the most interesting new user-facing features added in iOS 8 is the addition of Today widget support, which is a battery-friendly compromise that adds widget functionality to iPhones and iPads but moves it off of the home screen. And now, a new app has brought what is definitely one of the most fun and creative Today widgets we’ve seen so far. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale


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OmniFocus for Mac review

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:36
Personal task management
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Audacity for Mac review

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:26
Audio editor/recorder with effects, mixing, & unlimited undo
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10 Important Trends in Startup Internet and Technology Business

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:22
We are entering an exciting new era for innovation and technology that is full of unmeasurable potential and opportunity. Not only does this apply specifically to the internet, but goes beyond it in many areas of business and technology. For the startup, investment and job markets, it means a climate for fresh new areas. For legacy businesses,...
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