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Skype Translator helped me speak Spanish for the first time

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 09:34

Skype Translator helped me speak Spanish for the first timeI woke up this morning, ate my breakfast and spoke some Spanish. I can’t even speak Spanish. I didn’t emerge from a dream or experience a medical miracle, I used Skype Translator. It’s a new app designed to translate your speech in real time, making it possible to hold a conversation in a language you don’t understand.I spoke with Maria Romero Garcia, a Spanish professor who has helped Microsoft test early versions of its Skype Translator software. We discussed everything from the weather to holiday plans, and Garcia’s work as a translator. ...


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The Vergecast 131: Texting for drugs

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 09:13

 Texting for drugsAs the year winds to a close, we reflect back on the horrors of hacking, the collusion against Goliath, the merits of a physical keyboard, and something about The Mars Volta.


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MPAA decries Google's 'shameful' attack on its anti-piracy program

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 09:03

MPAA decries Google's 'shameful' attack on its anti-piracy programThe Motion Picture Association of America has responded to Google's condemnation of Project Goliath, a secret and ambitious anti-piracy program revealed in leaked Sony documents. Yesterday, the search company said it was "deeply concerned" by the MPAA's efforts to push new content-blocking methods and help attorneys general build legal cases against Google, accusing the organization of attempting to "secretly censor the internet." But a spokesperson for the MPAA says these claims are disingenuous.


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Samsung is pulling its ChatOn messaging app

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:58

Samsung's social messaging app will close down in February, except in the US.Despite initially denying media reports, several weeks on Samsung has now confirmed that from February, ChatOn will be no more.


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Private cloud tops Intel survey

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:52

Private cloud tops Intel surveyAn Intel survey has shown a marked preference for private clouds, with a virtualised datacentre a prerequisite for operating in the cloud.


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Samsung ChatOn will be turned off in February

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:48

Samsung ChatOn will be turned off in FebruaryWhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and other instant messaging apps appear to have won the day over Samsung's own-brand effort.>


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Apple CEO Cook "deeply offended" by allegations of factory worker mistreatment

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:38

Apple CEO Cook "deeply offended" by allegations of factory worker mistreatmentApple CEO Tim Cook is reported to be "deeply offended" by renewed allegations of poor working conditions in its Chinese factories following an undercover investigation carried out by the BBC.


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Misfortune Cookie Takes Bite Out of Internet Security

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:32

Misfortune Cookie Takes Bite Out of Internet SecurityThis cookie wants to take a bite out of you: A serious security flaw called Misfortune Cookie affects more than 12 million routers, modems and other "gateway devices" — as well as all the devices connected to them, from computers, smartphones and tablets to "smart home" devices such as toasters, refrigerators, security cameras and more.


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Google to Integrate Android Directly Into Cars (Report)

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:32

Google to Integrate Android Directly Into Cars (Report)Google knows that the next big platform war is going to take place behind the wheel, and it won't necessarily need Android phones as a Trojan horse. A new report says the company has plans to integrate its operating system directly into vehicles in 2015.


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Year in review: Top trends in mobile on ZDNet Mobile News

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:29

 Top trends in mobile on ZDNet Mobile NewsAs the year draws to a close, it's fun to look back at the most popular topics and see what that tells us.


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This iPad app will land your airplane if your pilot can't

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:22

This iPad app will land your airplane if your pilot can'tYou might think that Citymapper is a pretty useful app to have in an emergency, but it’s nothing compared to Xavion: an iPad app that can take control of a small airplane and steer it to the nearest airport without any human interaction. Whether it’s engine failure, a fuel shortage, or the pilot is just too drunk to fly, Xavion will step into the breach for $199 a year, taking control of the plane via Wi-Fi and working out the nearest safe place to land.


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2014: What Google searches tell us about the year in tech

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:20

 What Google searches tell us about the year in techThe technology sector reeled off plenty of innovation in 2014. Here's what Google search trends tell us about the year in tech.


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The 404 Show x Giant Bomb mashup: 2014 year in gaming wrap-up

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:00

 2014 year in gaming wrap-upJoin CNET's Jeff Bakalar as he sat down with Russ Frushtick along with Giant Bomb's Vinny Caravella and Alex Navarro as they round up everything 2014 had to offer in gaming. The guys cover the highs, the lows and everything in between including a look towards 2015.>


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Zero Day Weekly: ICANN hacked, critical GitHub vuln, too much Sony drama

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:59

 ICANN hacked, critical GitHub vuln, too much Sony dramaA collection of notable security news items for the week ending December 19, 2014. Covers enterprise, controversies, reports and more.


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Duet turned my old iPad into a fast MacBook display

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:57

Duet turned my old iPad into a fast MacBook displayI just spent $10 on Duet Display to turn my aging iPad into a secondary MacBook display. That’s about five times more than I’d normally consider prudent for an app, but it was worth every penny.


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'Samsung couldn't build a good OS if they tried,' claims Cyanogen CEO

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:53

'Samsung couldn't build a good OS if they tried,' claims Cyanogen CEOCEO and founder of Cyanogen, a company that specializes in modding Android, strikes out at one of the largest and most popular Android hardware maker, claiming "Samsung couldn't build a good OS if they tried."


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Watch Stephen Colbert and a chorus of celebrities sing goodbye to The Colbert Report

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:40

Watch Stephen Colbert and a chorus of celebrities sing goodbye to The Colbert Report"Now folks, if this is your first time tuning into The Colbert Report, I have some terrible news."


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Apple is 'deeply offended' by BBC's labor abuse allegations

Yahoo Technology News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:34

Apple is 'deeply offended' by BBC's labor abuse allegationsApple CEO Tim Cook has responded to an investigative report that revealed labor abuses at one of the company's Chinese suppliers, saying he's "deeply offended" by the allegations. In an internal email to UK employees obtained by the Telegraph, Jeff Williams, Apple senior vice president of operations, wrote that both he and Cook are "deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way."


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