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Hilarious video shows what life would be like if Google Search was actually a person

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:55

Hilarious video shows what life would be like if Google Search was actually a personGoogle Search has changed the way the world accesses information and in doing so, it also changed the way we think when querying for information. For example, we might ask a person on the street, “what time is it in Belize?” whereas the same question typed into Google might be, “current time Belize.” But what would life be like if Google Search was an actual person instead of just a short white box we fill with our various requests? According to a new video that imagines this very scenario, life would be pretty funny. The comedians at College Humor just released a follow-up to their first video, “What if Google was a guy?” The hilarious part 2 of the series picks


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IBM's Watson to help sequence cancer DNA

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:49
NEW YORK (AP) — IBM is teaming up with the New York Genome Center to help fight brain cancer.
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Airbnb Etiquette: A Wake-Up Call to Unprofessional Hosts

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:43
"What do you mean, strip the sheets?"A few months ago my company rented a place on Airbnb for four nights during a business trip to San Francisco. The Dreamforce conference happened to be going on so even the mediocre hotels were north of $300 a night.All was well in our two-bedroom, $400 a night condo until it came time to leave. The host sent me a lengthy list of “checkout duties”: strip the sheets, put the towels in the laundry, wash the dishes, put the keys in some special envelope, and on and on.Of course, this is the definition of a first world problem, but I did take issue with it. ...
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Titanfall for the Xbox 360 has been delayed until next month

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:40

Titanfall for the Xbox 360 has been delayed until next monthBeing stuck in the last generation of consoles doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on one of the biggest games of 2014, but it does mean you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to get your hands on it. EA announced on Thursday that the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall has been pushed back to April 8th in the United States and April 11th in Europe. Bluepoint Games, the developer of the last-gen version, was originally planning to have Titanfall ready for a March 25th release, but Bluepoint and EA “see a few things that can be made even better,” so the game has been delayed. EA is promising the full Titanfall experience on the Xbox 360 —


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Comcast Xfinity TV adds 18 live-streaming channels with USA, HGTV and more

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:34

Comcast Xfinity TV adds 18 live-streaming channels with USA, HGTV and moreJust in time for the official start of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, Comcast has added a load of new channels to its Xfinity TV offering, including options for watching the first second round upsets. Alongside March Madness viewing with access to TNT, TBS and truTV, key additions to the live-streaming library include A&E, Bravo, Cooking Channel, E!, Food Network, HGTV, History, Syfy, USA and more.


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Comcast adds 18 new live streaming channels to its Xfinity TV Go app

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:29

Comcast adds 18 new live streaming channels to its Xfinity TV Go appComcast's TV customers are now able to stream 18 more channels outside their home through the Xfinitiy TV Go app, bringing the app's total channels to just over 50. The new channels include Syfy, Starz, History, A&E, TBS, TNT, and USA, among others. Comcast originally launched the app for iOS and Android in late November, revamping and rebranding an earlier app that gave TV customers access to on-demand content, but not live channels. With today's announcement, Comcast is quickly stepping up its offerings in a small arms race between TV providers to give customers access to live shows away from home.


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Facebook announces new 97.25% accurate facial recognition tech

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:29

Facebook claims that its new facial recognition program Deepface is virtually foolproof when it comes to identifying faces (here, Sylvester Stallone).The social network announced that its analysts have developed Deepface, a new facial recognition technology that is almost as accurate as human perception. The new program, created by four artificial intelligence analysts, is accurate around 97.25 percent of the time, or almost as often as human perception, which is estimated to be around 97.5 percent accurate. Developed using a dataset of 4 million images of 4,000 faces, Deepface corrects the angle of each face analyzed before comparing it to a 3D model of the average face.


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Attention, Online Shoppers: PoachIt App Notifies You When Your Favorite Items Go On Sale

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:27
When shopping online, it can be tough to pull the trigger on the purchase. Why buy a pair of booties for $150 when their price could be slashed to $110 tomorrow — or the company could release a coupon code overnight? More than $8 million, founder Gidi Fisher told Betabeat in an email. He was inspired to start PoachIt thanks to his wife's expensive handbag obsession.
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Video: Watch the final Game of Thrones trailer before season 4 begins

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:25

 Watch the final Game of Thrones trailer before season 4 beginsThe most pirated television show of the year last year will soon be back with a brand new season, and it’s certainly safe to call it one of the most eagerly anticipated seasons of the year. The season 3 finale of HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones was viewed by an estimated 5.4 million people as it aired, and more than 5.9 million people downloaded the episode illegally. It was easily one of HBO’s biggest single episodes, and now we’re less than one month away from the premiere of a brand new season. HBO has been building up massive hype for the new season with a series of trailers, the first of which was released back in early January. Now, the network has


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Samsung NX mini offers 'selfie'-friendly functions, wink triggering

Electronista - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:21
Samsung has launched a new mirrorless camera that it claims is the world's slimmest and lightest. The NX mini's body weighs 158 grams (5.5 ounces) and measures 22.5mm (0.88 inches) thick, but still offers a 3-inch flip-up HVGA touchscreen display that flips 180 degrees, making it useful for "selfie" photographs or, as Samsung terms it, group "wefie" shots....
    






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Pandora raises fees and drops annual subscriptions, citing rising music costs

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:04

Pandora raises fees and drops annual subscriptions, citing rising music costs"For example, the royalty rates Pandora pays to performers via SoundExchange for subscription listening have increased 53 percent in the last five years and will increase another 9 percent in 2015." SoundExchange is a nonprofit that collects royalties on behalf of artists.


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Here’s how to give your Android phone a huge speed boost, just like Apple sped up iOS 7.1

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:04

Here’s how to give your Android phone a huge speed boost, just like Apple sped up iOS 7.1Apple released its eagerly anticipated iOS 7.1 update last week and while the new software added a bunch of great new features and cleaned up a few annoying bugs, there is one thing in particular that stands out as the best thing about iOS 7.1: the speed improvements. Apple’s new iOS 7.1 software is incredibly fast on iPhones and iPads, and the difference completely changes the user experience for the better. But why should iPhone users have all the fun? With a few simple adjustments to three settings, you can enjoy the same great speed improvements on your Android smartphone or tablet. One of the many great things about Android is its flexibility. Google’s mobile software is open to all


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KitKat now rolling out to Sony's Xperia Z Ultra, Z1 and Z1 Compact

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:02

KitKat now rolling out to Sony's Xperia Z Ultra, Z1 and Z1 CompactAn Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Xperia Z Ultra, Z1 and Z1 Compact is rolling out as of today, Sony's announced. In addition to what the newer OS version itself brings, Sony's folded in some tweaks of ...


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Lyft Introduces ‘Happy Hour,’ the Opposite of Surge Pricing

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:00
Look how happy all those Lyft customers are about their cheap fare! (Lyft) During slower times on the road, you’ll receive from 10% to 50% off your ride, so a trip that normally costs $14 would be as low as $7 when Happy Hour is in effect. You’ll be able to see when it’s Happy Hour as soon as you open the app! We created Happy Hour as a straightforward way to keep Lyft busier for drivers and more affordable for passengers.
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Alibaba's choice of U.S. IPO spurred by rivals, Hong Kong impasse: sources

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 08:54

An employee walks past a logo of Alibaba (China) Technology Co. Ltd during a media tour organised by government officials at its headquarters on the outskirts of HangzhouBy Denny Thomas and Elzio Barreto HONG KONG (Reuters) - After a year of waiting, the man running what could be the biggest-ever technology IPO finally lost patience with Hong Kong. Joe Tsai, the Alibaba Group Holding executive in charge of plans for the highly anticipated deal, only abandoned hope of a Hong Kong listing in the last few weeks, according to people familiar with the matter. The final straw was the snail's pace of a public consultation process of reviewing local listing rules on which Alibaba had pinned its hopes, the people said. Last Sunday, after nearly a year of talks with Hong Kong regulators and stock exchange officials, Alibaba said it will list shares in the United States in a deal expected to exceed Facebook Inc's $16 billion offering in 2012.


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Quirky and GE cook up a smarter, prettier air conditioner

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 08:46

Quirky and GE cook up a smarter, prettier air conditionerQuirky is more than just bendy power strips these days -- recently, it's been pushing its vision of the connected home thanks to a multi-million dollar partnership with GE. So far their deal has yielded stuff like intelligent egg trays (seriously) and clocks, but they're unveiling something much cooler today: the Aros, an 8,000 BTU smart air conditioner. Yes, really.


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Pandora is about to get a lot more expensive – even for current subscribers

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 08:45

Pandora is about to get a lot more expensive – even for current subscribersIf you are a regular Pandora user toying with the idea of subscribing to the streaming music provider’s paid “Pandora One” service, it’s time to pay up. Pandora on Tuesday evening confirmed that it will soon increase the cost of its subscription service to $4.99 per month. The bump from the current $3.99 rate represents a 25% increase, but there’s good news and bad news: the good news is that current monthly subscribers will be locked in at $3.99. The bad news, however, is that those who pay the discounted annual rate of $36 per year will be forced into a monthly $3.99 plan. This rate will be discounted from the upcoming change in Pandora’s monthly subscription plan, but it


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Sony Unveils Project Morpheus, a Virtual Reality Headset for PS4

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 08:37

Sony Unveils Project Morpheus, a Virtual Reality Headset for PS4SAN FRANCISCO —As rumored, Sony today (Mar. 18) announced a virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4. Called Project Morpheus, the device joined the growing ranks of virtual reality gaming hardware at the Game Developers Convention (GDC) in San Francisco, Calif. No price and availability information has been released yet, as Sony says the device is still in development. Project Morpheus is a sleek white headset with a curved black visor that goes over the eyes and has blue lights on the trim.


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Last day to vote in the 2013 Engadget Awards!

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 08:29

Last day to vote in the 2013 Engadget Awards!Thousands of readers have voted for their favorite products in our 2013 Engadget Awards, and there's still time for those of you who haven't. Head here to pick from finalists across 12 categories, but be quick about it; voting closes at 11:59PM ET tonight. We'll be posting Readers' Choice results, along with our editors' picks, later this week.


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Briefly: YotaPhone reaches UK, Sony PS Vita gains streaming apps

Electronista - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 08:26
The YotaPhone, an Android smartphone from Yota Devices with an energy-saving rear 360x640 e-paper display accompanying the conventional 4.3-inch 720x1280 screen, has gone on sale in the United Kingdom. Sold through the company's own online store for £419 ($696), notes ZDNet, the dual-screen device has a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 1,800mAh battery....
    






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