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Netflix makes it easier to recommend your favorite shows to friends

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:40

Netflix makes it easier to recommend your favorite shows to friendsNetflix just unrolled a social recommendation feature that will make evangelizing your favorite shows far easier. To use the new function, you'll need to first connect your account to Facebook before you can select your friends from a row of pictures. Netflix will then allow you to add an optional personal note before it relays your suggestions.

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Law enforcement iCloud hacking tool used in Jennifer Lawrence nude photos theft

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:40

Apple provides key new details on the massive iCloud hack of nude celebrity picsApple on Tuesday confirmed that various celebrities using iPhones have had their iTunes accounts hacked by third parties who managed to steal sensitive information including nude pictures and videos, but revealed that a massive iCloud security issue isn’t to blame. Instead, attackers used other means of associating user names and passwords to get into their targets’ iCloud accounts. Wired has learned more details about the massive hack, revealing that a law enforcement tool may have been used in the attacks. FROM EARLIER: Claimed hacker behind iCloud nude photos theft says it took ‘months’ of planning to pull off heist The compromising data theft has been denied by some of the many celebrities affected, although others, including actress Jennifer Lawrence, confirmed

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Toshiba Chromebook 2: MacBook Air Looks for $600 Less

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:35

 MacBook Air Looks for $600 LessChromebooks are slowly transcending their reputation as barebones web surfing notebooks, and Toshiba's Chromebook 2 is shaping up to be one of the strongest yet. Launching October 5th for $330, the Chromebook 2 sheds a few ounces from its predecessor's body, while making the jump to full 1080p. Sporting an aluminum-brushed body with slim edges and black island keys, the Chromebook 2 is looking more and more like Toshiba's answer to the Apple MacBook Air.

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In quest for next windfall, tech funds look to healthcare

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:34

Mount Sinai Hospital is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy David Randall and Christina Farr NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some of the best-known technology investors are looking beyond their tried-and-true Internet plays to bet on healthcare data as the next growth market. Venture capital firms and portfolio managers of large mutual funds are among those investing in companies that gather and analyze healthcare data, all in hopes of tapping into the shift to electronic record keeping and consumer acceptance of personal health tracking devices. Unlike biotechnology firms, which are often hit-or-miss based on the success of drugs under development, investors say these health technology firms tend to have a reliable path to profits by selling services and data to insurance companies, doctors and hospitals. Overall, venture capital funding for healthcare technology firms is up 176 percent so far this year, at $2.3 billion, versus the same period last year, according to Rock Health, a San Francisco–based seed funding firm.

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Asus brings back the $199 Windows netbook to battle Chromebooks

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:29

Asus brings back the $199 Windows netbook to battle ChromebooksMicrosoft’s attack on cheap Android tablets might have started this week, but the software maker is also directly targeting Chromebooks. Asus is one of the first PC makers to announce a $199 laptop running Windows 8.1 with Bing. It’s Microsoft’s answer to Google’s Chrome OS, and the low licensing costs mean many PC makers will be able to create laptops for $199 or even less. Asus’ EeeBook X205 uses the Eee branding that the company first used on its netbooks nearly seven years ago, and this EeeBook is very much a netbook in many ways.

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Infineon says to appeal EU price-fixing fine

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:11
Infineon said it would appeal against an 82.8 million euro (66.1 million pounds) price-fixing fine imposed by the European Commission and was prepared to take the matter to court. EU antitrust regulators earlier fined Philips, Samsung Electronics and Infineon a total of 138 million euros for fixing prices of chips used in mobile SIM cards, bank and ID cards and other applications. "Infineon rejects the allegations as unfounded," Infineon said in a statement on Wednesday. "Infineon will review the decision very closely and is ready to appeal at the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg," it added.
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Lenovo Y70 Touch gaming notebook, Erazer X315 unveiled at IFA

Electronista - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:58
Alongside the Tab S8, Lenovo launched two computers aimed at gamers at IFA. The Y70 Touch gaming notebook packs a 17.3-inch 1920x1080 display with touch controls, while the Erazer X315 is a desktop gaming PC claimed to be an affordable system shipping with a choice of a quad-core 3.1GHz AMD Kaveri A8 or quad-core 37GHz Kaveri A10 processor....

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Home Depot appears to be the next victim of massive credit card theft

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:50

Home Depot appears to be the next victim of massive credit card theftHome Depot might be the next victim of a massive cyberattack, Krebs on Security and The Wall Street Journal report, although specific details have not been offered by the company yet. FROM EARLIER: Your credit card might already be for sale on the black market “I can confirm we are looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate,” Home Depot spokeswoman Paula Drake told Krebs on Security. “Protecting our customers’ information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers. If we confirm that a breach has occurred, we will make sure customers are notified immediately. Right now, for

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Sonos whole-home audio keeps getting easier, cheaper, and better

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:44

Sonos whole-home audio keeps getting easier, cheaper, and betterIf you've got $199 to burn then you now have everything you need to enter the Sonos ecosystem of whole-home audio. Sonos accomplished all of this with software. The Sonos 5.1 update (teased in April) allows the company's range of speakers to operate on your existing Wi-Fi network while promising the same high quality audio performance synonymous with SonosNet — Sonos' bulletproof peer-to-peer wireless mesh network created by wiring the Bridge or a Sonos speaker directly into your router.

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Acer doubles down on hybrids, aims for sub-$50 smartphones next year

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:42

Hybrids are still the way to go as far as Acer's concerned.The Taiwanese tech giant isn't giving up on hybrid laptops, or on Microsoft's operating system, revealing a slew of new notebooks at the IFA tech trade show in Berlin.>

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Give money to your favorite YouTube channels with Fan Funding

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:17

Give money to your favorite YouTube channels with Fan FundingYou can finally tip your favorite YouTubers for a job well done, thanks to the new Fan Funding feature. According to AndroidPolice, all it takes is clicking the relevant icon on the top left corner of a video, interacting with the support button on a user's channel, or accessing the functionality through the YouTube Android app.

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Photo hacking rekindles digital privacy worries

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:08

FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Oscarsat the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. As the celebrity photo-hacking scandal has made clear, privacy isn't what it used to be. Whether famous or seemingly anonymous, people from all walks of life put all sorts of things online or into cloud-based storage systems, from vital financial information to the occasional nude photo. Periodic cases of hacking fuel outrage, but there's no retreat from digital engagement or any imminent promise of guaranteed privacy. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)As the celebrity photo-hacking scandal has made clear, privacy isn't what it used to be.

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Lenovo launches Tab S8 as its first Intel-based Android tablet

Electronista - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:06
Lenovo kicked off its IFA device launches, by revealing its first Intel-powered Android tablet. The Lenovo Tab S8 uses a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 with 2GB of RAM, with the processor's Burst Performance Technology said to help provide more processing power when it is required, in turn saving on battery life when performing lower-impact tasks....

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Google working on super-fast 'quantum' computer chip

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:45

Google working on super-fast 'quantum' computer chipGoogle on Tuesday said it is working on a super-fast "quantum" computer chip as part a vision to one day have machines think like humans. The Internet titan added renowned researcher John Martinis and his team at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to the Quantum Artificial Intelligence team at Google, according to director of engineering Hartmut Neven.

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