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A North Korean defector sees his art silenced in China

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:11

A North Korean defector sees his art silenced in ChinaLook at us, by Sun Mu. An exhibition of works by a former North Korean propaganda artist was cancelled this week in China, reportedly under orders from the Chinese government. As AFP reports, Beijing's Yuan Dian gallery was planning to show a collection from Sun Mu, a North Korean defector who uses a pseudonym for fear of retribution from Pyongyang. The month-long exhibition was due to open on July 27th, but according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency, Chinese police blocked people from entering the gallery and removed Sun Mu's paintings just before the opening.

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Amazon to invest $2 bln to expand in India

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:10

The Amazon logo is seen on a podium during a press conference in New York, on September 28, 2011MUMBAI, India (AP) — The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees.

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The latest Google Now trick will totally improve your travel experience

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:00

The latest Google Now trick will totally improve your travel experienceGoogle is slowly upgrading the powers of its voice-based search assistant, giving Google Now more and more awesome powers that can help users when they need it most. The company revealed on Google+ that Google Now can scan a user’s Gmail account for hotel information, and use it to respond to certain hotel-related questions travellers are likely to search for. For more interesting Google Now tricks, check out this handy list of commands, and our Google Now hub. “Traveling this summer?” the company wrote. “If your hotel confirmation is in your Gmail, you can now ask Google for things to do, eat or see to do nearby without the fuss looking up where you’re staying. Tap the mic on the

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Briefly: Now TV reaches Xbox One, Facebook Gifts service shutters

Electronista - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:58
Now TV, the on-demand streaming service from satellite broadcaster Sky, is now available on the Xbox One game console in the United Kingdom. Previously available on the Xbox 360, as well as a large number of streaming devices and the PlayStation 4 as of last week, Pocket-Lint reports the Now TV app on Xbox One lets users pay in advance for passes to view the Sky Sports, Entertainment, and Movies packages, without requiring a satellite subscription....

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Microsoft Xbox One to launch in China on September 23

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:53

Xie, general manager of management and operations of Microsoft in China, speaks during the presentation of the Xbox One by Microsoft as part of ChinaJoy 2014 in ShanghaiMicrosoft Corp will launch its Xbox One gaming console in China on September 23, making it the first foreign company to start selling consoles in the world's third-biggest gaming market after a ban on the devices was lifted this year. Yusuf Mehdi, head of marketing and strategy for Microsoft's Xbox group, announced the launch date at an event in Shanghai. In the United States, the Xbox One with Kinect costs $499 and without it is $399, a difference of more than $200 compared with the respective prices in China.

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Say goodbye to Facebook Gifts

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:52

Facebook 'Buy' buttonWhen Facebook Gifts went live in the US in September 2012, it actually sold real-world presents that users could buy and send to their friends. From August 12, the service will be no more, however, if you've used Facebook Gifts or still have a gift card with remaining credit bought via the site, there's no need to panic. Facebook says that it will be taking the lessons learned from Gifts and using them to help businesses market and sell their wares directly to the site's billion+ users instead. Announced on July 17, the idea is that if an ad on Facebook features the button, a Facebook user can click on it and purchase the product or service in question, without leaving Facebook to do so.

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Wii U drags Nintendo into $97 million Q1 loss

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:15

Wii U drags Nintendo into $97 million Q1 lossNintendo’s struggles continued in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, as relatively poor Wii U sales and high costs resulted in yet another loss for the struggling video game giant. Nintendo on Wednesday reported a June-quarter loss of 9.92 billion yen, or $97.3 million, compared to an 8.6 billion yen profit in the same quarter last year. Revenue totalled 74.7 billion yen, or roughly $732.3 million, in the quarter, which represents an 8% decline from the year-ago quarter. Perhaps the most disconcerting news is that this markedly worse performance comes on the back of dramatically improved Wii U unit sales; Nintendo said it sold 510,000 Wii U consoles in the fiscal first quarter, which is a huge improvement over the 160,000 units it sold in the

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Chinese smartphone makers are eating away at Samsung Galaxy sales

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:12

Chinese smartphone makers are eating away at Samsung Galaxy salesIn a smartphone market that grew by 23 percent over the past year, Samsung has somehow managed to ship fewer phones. Huawei is the standout from that group, recording a 95 percent increase in global shipments and sliding into third place behind Samsung and Apple. It's followed by Lenovo in fourth, but the more daunting thing for established brands like Samsung is the sheer number of upstart Chinese manufacturers capable of stealing away sales with lower prices. Samsung's biggest threat comes from China, not Cupertino

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Sony claims EA's Xbox One subscription service isn't 'good value'

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:08

Sony claims EA's Xbox One subscription service isn't 'good value'Electronic Arts surprised gamers with a subscription service for Xbox One yesterday, but Sony is less than impressed with the offering. EA Access lets Xbox One owners play titles like FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4 for just $4.99 a month, or $29.99 per year. Despite what seems like a good deal, with more games coming soon, Sony claims the program is not good value for PlayStation 4 owners. "We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect," a Sony spokesperson told Game Informer.

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Opinion: iPad Air + Logitech Folio + Office for iPad = Productivity?

Electronista - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:48
The question of how much productivity you can get done on the Apple iPad is one that has persisted since its introduction. Even if the question is not an easy one to answer, it seems almost irrelevant to even ask when one looks at how massively successful the iPad has been since its introduction. The question also depends on what one defines as being 'productivity,' when it has been clear for some time that plenty of people can and do use iPads for getting work done, particularly in creative endeavors. The recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM in enterprise, coupled with the arr...

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Amazon offers video credits for slower Prime deliveries, expands Fresh

Electronista - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:45
Amazon has made some changes to two of its delivery-based services. Users of Amazon Prime deliveries are reportedly being given video credits as an incentive to opt for slower deliveries. Amazon Fresh, the grocery delivery service operated by the retailer in a limited number of locations, is expanding its reach into San Diego, California....

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How one journalist accidentally turned fiction into fact

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:30

How one journalist accidentally turned fiction into factThe Daily Dot's EJ Dickson told a lie on the Internet, and it went on to be repeated by dozens of people and publications. The article opens with an explanation about how the writer and her best friend had embellished a Wikipedia entry about a well-known children's book character named Amelia Bedelia.

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Nintendo reports loss on shaky Wii U sales

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:23

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2013 file photo, shoppers take escalators painted with the logos of Nintendo and Super Mario characters at an electronics store in Tokyo. Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales. But the Japanese company behind Super Mario and Pokemon games stuck to its annual forecasts Wednesday, July 30, 2014 for a 20 billion yen ($196 million) profit on 590 billion yen ($5.8 billion) sales. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales.

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Chinese smartphone makers win as market swells

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:14

Chinese smartphone makers win as market swellsChinese smartphone makers racked up big gains as the global market for Internet-linked handsets grew to record levels in the second quarter, International Data Corp said Tuesday. Huawei and Lenovo, both based in China, came out winners as a record-high 295.3 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in the second quarter of this year, according to IDC. "As the death of the feature phone approaches more rapidly than before, it is the Chinese vendors that are ready to usher emerging market consumers into smartphones," IDC senior research manager Melissa Chau said in a release with the quarterly figures. "The offer of smartphones at a much better value than the top global players but with a stronger build quality and larger scale than local competitors gives these vendors a precarious competitive advantage."

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Nintendo posts quarterly net loss on Wii U costs

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:12

Gaming fans at the annual E3 video game extravaganza in Los Angeles, California on June 10, 2014Japanese videogame giant Nintendo on Wednesday posted a $97 million quarterly net loss, with higher costs tied to sales of its Wii U console digging into its bottom line while sales weakened. On Wednesday, Kyoto-based Nintendo said its net loss for the three months through June came in at 9.92 billion yen ($97.14 million) on sales of 74.70 billion yen, down 8.4 percent from a year earlier Nintendo said it sold 510,000 Wii U consoles globally in the quarter, well up from 160,000 units in the same quarter last year. "'Mario Kart 8', with a good start in sales, has contributed to a gain in momentum for the Wii U platform business," the company said.

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Instagram takes on SnapChat with Bolt

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00

BoltThe company's first standalone app offers one-tap self-destruct messaging but only to smartphone users in New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore. Instagram says that those countries were chosen for the initial launch because of their geographical diversity and because they are regions with high messaging app use.

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