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It's official: Motorola Mobility now belongs to Lenovo

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:01

 Motorola Mobility now belongs to LenovoThe transfer of Motorola from Google marks the end of a short chapter for the storied handset vendor -- and brings Lenovo badly needed credibility in the smartphone business.>


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Google Play Books is now a lot better for reading nonfiction titles like textbooks

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:00

Google Play Books is now a lot better for reading nonfiction titles like textbooksBy now, you're likely quite familiar with the concept of reading an ebook, whether on a tablet or dedicated e-reader: you load it up with as many books as you can, tap or flip your way through the pages, and maybe highlight a few favorite passages or look up some word definitions along the way. Google believes that's a fine formula for reading a novel, but sorely lacking when reading nonfiction books — think cookbooks, textbooks, or any other book that you don't typically read straight through from cover to cover. ...


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Any.Do updates its to-do app with new sharing features

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:56

Any.Do updates its to-do app with new sharing featuresThere's a revamped version of minimalist to-do app Any.Do out today, and using it might cost you. Today, the company announced Any.Do 2.0, a version of the cross-platform service focused on turning your lists into collaborative projects. It's meant to unify your work and personal lists, while making it easier for other people to see and modify them — the creators want you to be using it to organize your entire life (or, as CEO Omer Perchik puts it, your "portfolio of experiences and aspirations"), not just check off items. ...


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7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get free for a limited time (save $23!)

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:55

7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get free for a limited time (save $23!)It’s been a great week so far for paid iPhone and iPad apps that were made available for free for a limited time, and a few good ones from Wednesday’s post are still free if you hurry. Thursday is another day, however, and today we have another batch of seven apps to share. Want to download $23 worth of nifty iOS apps without paying a dime? Scroll through the list below and hurry before these limited-time sales end. DON’T MISS: Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging through your library when you show them a photo These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no


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'Game of Thrones' stars sign for seventh season

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:49

'Game of Thrones' stars sign for seventh seasonIt looks like HBO wants a seventh season of Game of Thrones. The series has already been ordered through its sixth season, and now The Hollywood Reporter says that HBO has reworked its stars' contracts to make sure that they'll all be onboard should it order a seventh. And at this point, it seems highly unlikely that it wouldn't — the show has been an enormous hit, and a seventh season would make the series run at least as long as the books are supposed to.


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The kindest cut: my journey into the nether regions of male birth control

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:41

 my journey into the nether regions of male birth controlThe doctor gives my scrotum a firm tug, stretching the skin flat. “This is where I would punch the hole,” he explains. I wince, and he says, “I can assure you, it doesn’t hurt at all.” From there, he explains, it’s a simple process to extract and sever my vas deferens, the tiny tubes that carry my seed. Just to be safe, he’ll cauterize the cut ends before tying them back together, burning my baby-making apparatus into oblivion.


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Here are the first unboxing videos of the amazing Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:30

Here are the first unboxing videos of the amazing Nexus 6 and Nexus 9The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are Google’s latest Nexus-branded smartphone and tablet, and while both devices are available for preorder from Google Play — the Nexus 6 is already sold out though — Android fans are yet to get their next Nexus toys. While you wait for your Nexus 6 and/or Nexus 9 to be delivered to your door, you can already check out the first unboxing videos, with Phone Arena having already posted such videos on YouTube. FROM EARLIER: You can preorder Google’s incredible Nexus 6 right now As you can easily see, Google opted for a minimal retail box design for both the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 — somewhat similar to what Apple has


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A 'haunted' ad comes alive to scare the heck out of Swedes

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:26

A 'haunted' ad comes alive to scare the heck out of SwedesAn amusement park in Stockholm uses a terrifying technique to frighten people on the street into paying attention to their latest attraction.>


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Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay in new essay

Electronista - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:25
Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out as gay in a new essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek. Although the fact has been widely known for some time, Cook has never before stated it publicly. He says that he is "proud to be gay," but admits that it "wasn't an easy choice" to come out. "Privacy remains important to me, and I'd like to hold on to a small amount of it," the essay reads later on. "I've made Apple my life's work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That's what our employees deserve -- and our customers, developers, shareho...






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Nintendo sleep sensor to take aim at 'quality of life'

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:22

Nintendo shows how its using new sensing technology to visualize sleep and fatigue.The company unveils a new service that would monitor a person's sleep patterns and provide feedback on improving restfulness.>


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LG Display develops screen for smartphones with 0.7mm bezel

Electronista - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:21
LG Display has developed a new display for smartphones, one which has an extremely thin bezel. The 5.3-inch Full HD-resolution display has a thin 0.7mm bezel on the left and right-hand sides, allowing for smartphones using the display to have a narrower gap between the edges of the screen and the outer edges of the mobile device, similar to the Sharp Aquos Crystal....






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Metallica will play for a week on Craig Ferguson's 'Late Late Show'

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:18

Metallica will play for a week on Craig Ferguson's 'Late Late Show'Craig Ferguson, host of the Late Late Show, announced he was leaving his gig for new horizons earlier this year. He'll be getting a slightly unexpected — but amazing — musical send-off: Metallica says they'll play a song on the show every night for a week to commemorate Ferguson's time as host, Rolling Stone reports.


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Samsung's Gear S smartwatch coming to the US on November 7th

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:16

Samsung's Gear S smartwatch coming to the US on November 7thSamsung's Gear S smartwatch will launch in the United States on November 7th, the company announced today. All four major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will carry the device, and you'll also be able to purchase it from Samsung's store-in-a-store shops at Best Buy locations across the US. The Gear S will be available in black or white, but Samsung's not revealing any pricing details;


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Life would be better if our cars had Formula 1 steering wheels

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:10

Life would be better if our cars had Formula 1 steering wheelsWhether you're talking on-track performance or off-track health benefits, Formula 1 has been at the forefront of technology for decades. One obvious example is the evolution of the cars' steering wheels, which have sprouted enough knobs, buttons, lights, and displays that they look more like something out of a spacecraft than an earthbound machine. McLaren Mercedes — the second-oldest active F1 team behind Ferrari — just posted a look back through some of the most radical wheel designs that their team's drivers have used over the years with some insight into when, why, and how they changed.


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Here’s the $100 smartphone Microsoft says is better than the iPhone

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:05

Here’s the $100 smartphone Microsoft says is better than the iPhoneWhen in doubt, attack the iPhone. This is a strategy that has been employed countless times over the past seven years, ever since Apple’s iPhone first came along and turned the smartphone industry on its head in 2007. One company actually managed to turn iPhone-bashing into a successful business, but it costs Samsung double-digit billions in marketing money each year to make its anti-Apple campaign work. Of course, most companies don’t have that kind of money to spend on marketing and advertising, so they haven’t fared quite as well. Microsoft is no stranger to targeting Apple in marketing, of course, and its latest effort is one of its most curious to date. DON’T MISS: Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging


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Dyson unleashes new Fluffy DC74 cordless vacuum in Asia

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:05

The Dyson Fluffy is named after its fluffy microfiber roller.The new roller suction head uses microfibre and carbon strips to suck up anything from fine dust to large pieces of kibble.>


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Microsoft outs Band fitness wearable in Apple App store screenshots

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:01

Microsoft's Band fitness device, as it appeared at Apple's App Store.The new device's sensors will track heart rate, steps taken, calories burned and sleep, according to a Microsoft privacy statement.>


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A banking giant and payment startup unite to modernize money transfer

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:00

A banking giant and payment startup unite to modernize money transferAs the mainstream adoption and subsequent uproar around Apple Pay has shown, people are beginning to expect that the financial industry catch up with the supercomputer in their pocket. Credit cards and cash are still on the front lines, but the bigger changes will come when startups bring their innovations inside the banking industry itself. ...


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Watch the trailer for 'Ex Machina,' a sci-fi thriller from the writer of '28 Days Later'

Yahoo Technology News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:52

Watch the trailer for 'Ex Machina,' a sci-fi thriller from the writer of '28 Days Later'If you're a sci-fi fan, you're probably familiar with some of Alex Garland's incredible work: he wrote the tense thriller Sunshine and the revered zombie film 28 Days Later. Now Garland is directing his first film, and the result is Ex Machina: a thriller about two men testing the intelligence of an AI inside a robotic woman's body. The men, played by Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, both work for an "internet-search giant" — so it's easy to imagine what the film may be trying to parallel there — but the crux of the story appears to be around some strange emergence of sexuality and deception. ...


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Motorola buyout deal closed, mobile device maker now Lenovo subsidiary

Electronista - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:47
Lenovo has completed the acquisition of Motorola Mobile from Google. The deal, according to Lenovo, makes the combined company the "world's third-largest maker of smartphones." Motorola is a now wholly-owned subsidiary of Lenovo, but will remain headquartered in Chicago. Lenovo is expecting profitability to return between four and six quarters from now....






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