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BlackBerry Passport available after launch event for $599, CEO claims

Electronista - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:22
The BlackBerry Passport will launch at an event on Wednesday, and be available to buy the same day, according to an interview with the BlackBerry CEO. The smartphone, with a square 4.5-inch 1440x1440 display and a keyboard, will apparently go on sale as an unlocked device for $599 in the United States, a price that undercuts quite a few of the current flagship smartphones....






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Embracing the Digital Learning Paradigm

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:18

Embracing the Digital Learning ParadigmWith four children at different educational crossroads, I am fascinated by how wireless technology is transforming teaching and learning. From our preschooler who expertly navigates through early learning apps, to our middle school daughters who rely on their smart device to track assignments at home, and collaborate on group projects on...


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Innovation: Hedge First, Optimize Later

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:18

 Hedge First, Optimize LaterThere is a sequence to growth, an implicit order. Consecutive development activities are initiated and concluded by the forward and aft positions. We look out to discover opportunities and threats to our growth before we may streamline our actions to maximize their value to us. First, the unknown must be found and revealed. This is not only to...


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Microsoft hopes an incredibly cute cat video will convince you to buy its phone

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:13

Microsoft hopes an incredibly cute cat video will convince you to buy its phoneA list of questions I have about this cat video, created by Mia Mullarkey for a Microsoft social media contest meant to advertise the Lumia 930:


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I tricked my brain into thinking real life was VR

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:55

I tricked my brain into thinking real life was VRIf you talk to anybody who's into virtual reality for more than ten minutes, you will probably end up speculating about when we might achieve total immersion: the point at which a simulated experience becomes functionally indistinguishable from real life. Most people will submit that we're not near that point yet, barring a nightmare scenario that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey posited at the company's conference this weekend — imagine "you're in a room that has no movement, no sound except for yourself breathing, and no scent... and you're in a straitjacket. The prototype Oculus just announced, Crescent Bay, is indisputably a big step forward from the current development kit, giving you a free range of motion for the first time.


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Trent Reznor previews the 'Gone Girl' soundtrack and it's as creepy as you'd expect

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:51

Trent Reznor previews the 'Gone Girl' soundtrack and it's as creepy as you'd expectThe inspiration for Gone Girl's soundtrack — the third collaboration between director David Fincher and musicians Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross — differs by one key word. Here's Reznor's description, as told to the Wall Street Journal, followed by Fincher's slight correction: Reznor: "[Fincher] said, 'Think about the really terrible music you hear in massage parlors... The way that it artificially tries to make you feel like everything's OK.


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'Game of Thrones' cosplay with an '80s twist

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:51

Terminodor ready to patrol the halls of Dragon Con. TERMINODOR!A group of friends attend Dragon Con dressed as the '80s- and '90s-inspired "Game of Thrones" characters created by artist Mike Wrobel.>


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Microsoft delays Xbox One launch in China, still due by 'end of this year'

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:50

Microsoft delays Xbox One launch in China, still due by 'end of this year'Microsoft has delayed the China launch of its Xbox One at the last minute. The console was originally scheduled to arrive there on Tuesday, but Microsoft now says it's pushing back the release. "At Xbox, we pride ourselves on delivering first-rate gaming and entertainment experiences, and to allow us to deliver on that promise, we need to reschedule the launch of Xbox One," a spokesperson told Polygon. "Working with our partner, BesTV, we look forward to launching in China by the end of this year."


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Alibaba becomes world's largest IPO after additional share sale

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:48

Alibaba becomes world's largest IPO after additional share saleThe company's IPO hit a record $25 billion after it initially touched $21.8 billion. The jump was due to underwriters exercising an option to sell another 48 million shares.>


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Giuliani to help fight Noriega's video game suit

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:41

 Black Ops II." Activision on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 announced that former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani is joining the video game maker's legal team in seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the former Panamanian dictator for use of his likeness without permission. (AP Photo/Activision Blizzard)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining a video game company's legal fight against disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who is suing Activision over his inclusion in one of its popular "Call of Duty" games.


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Here’s what happens when you put a brand new iPhone 6 Plus in a blender

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:35

Here’s what happens when you put a brand new iPhone 6 Plus in a blenderWhile millions of people around the world fighting their way through crowds in order to get their hands on one of Apple’s hotly anticipated new iPhones, the people behind YouTube channel Rated RR were among them — but for a rather unorthodox reason. Instead of buying a new iPhone 6 Plus to replace a current smartphone, they bought one so that they could immediately destroy it in the most savage fashion imaginable. DON’T MISS: This is what it’s like to switch from the Galaxy Note 3 to the iPhone 6 Plus In a video posted on Saturday, RatedRR put Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus phablet through the most torturous test conceivable in search of the answer to a simple (and meaningless) question: When the “pros” blend


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Someone used EA's GIF maker to create an insane karaoke video

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

Someone used EA's GIF maker to create an insane karaoke videoI don't like the NFL, Evanescence and trendy marketing stunts. But I love football, GIFs and bizarre YouTube videos. That's why I'm torn over this Evanescence lyric music video, constructed entirely with GIFs created in EA Sports' Madden GIFERATOR.


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Oculus Unveils Crescent Bay Prototype at Connect Event

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:16

Oculus Unveils Crescent Bay Prototype at Connect EventIt’s only been two months since the second development kit from Oculus started shipping, but at Oculus Connect this past weekend in Los Angeles, the leader in virtual reality unveiled its newest prototype, codenamed Crescent Bay. Oculus Connect is the first of what is sure to become a yearly tradition, giving the team an opportunity to show off its latest and greatest tech. Hands-on reports say that Crescent Bay is a big of a step forward as there was between the first and second development kits.


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Samsung Galaxy Alpha Available on AT&T on Sept. 26

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:16

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Available on AT&T on Sept. 26The Korean company today announced that its metal Galaxy Alpha smartphone will be available starting Sept. 26, exclusively through AT&T. You can get it for $200 down on a two-year agreement, or between $25 and $30 a month on the carrier's installment program. Instead of a cheap-looking plastic frame that's on most Galaxy devices, the Alpha comes in a sturdy metal frame that's reminiscent of an iPhone. Other than the metal body, the Alpha carries a 4.7-inch, 720p display that's the same size and almost the same resolution as the iPhone 6.


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iPhone 6 outshines 6 Plus over launch weekend

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:10

PicasaAdoption of the the 4.7-inch model has surpassed that of the 5.5-inch edition, according to mobile analytics firms. But is the smaller phone more popular or just easier to find?>


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Where do the most people go for TV online? YouTube

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:08

Where do the most people go for TV online? YouTubeA Magid survey found more people report going to Google's video site to watch television shows than Netflix or Hulu.>


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Watch live: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at NYC Climate Week today at 12 PM ET

Yahoo Technology News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:05

 Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at NYC Climate Week today at 12 PM ETAs part of the opening day of Climate Week NYC, an international nonprofit event focused on sustainability in New York City, Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the stage today at 12 PM Eastern to discuss his company's own recent efforts in the area. Cook is the only head of a major tech company to be speaking at the event, a point that Apple would do well to emphasize given its earlier Earth Day advertising campaign cheekily inviting Samsung to "copy" Apple's use of clean energy. Cook will be joined today by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon the CEO of Ikea and other business leaders and journalists (the event is timed with the UN's own climate summit this week).


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