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Consumers winning as Sprint wages price cutting war

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:42

Sprint Drops T-Mobile Bid, Replaces CEO and Goes in New DirectionSprint is the latest mobile carrier to slash prices and analysts say more cuts are on the way.


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This one fact alone will make you insanely jealous of Google employees

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:30

This one fact alone will make you insanely jealous of Google employeesWhy do people love working at Google so much? There seem to be many reasons and one of them is without a doubt the fact that Google showers its employees with perks when they come into the office every day. Business Insider has scored an interview with Google’s former executive head chef Nate Keller, who tells the publication that by the time he left Google in 2008, he and his team were serving up to 40,000 free meals for Google employees per day.  Even more astonishingly, he says that Google employees were eating roughly $1 million worth of chicken every single month — and again, this was back in 2008, the same year that the very first Android phone launched.


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Twitter will remove images of deceased by family member requests

Electronista - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 06:12
Twitter is now accepting requests to remove images and videos of the deceased. In a change of policy, the service announced it will take down photographs and other materials "in certain circumstances," with requests from immediate family members and other authorized individuals being considered for removal "in order to respect the wishes of loved ones."...






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New York man wins $125,000 settlement after being arrested for photographing police

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:52

New York man wins $125,000 settlement after being arrested for photographing policeA man who claims to have been arrested and strip-searched after photographing New York City police has reached a $125,000 settlement with the New York Police Department (NYPD). As the New York Daily News reports, 45-year-old Dick George told a Brooklyn federal court that in 2012, he witnessed NYPD officers conduct a stop-and-frisk operation on three young African-Americans. George photographed the encounter on his cellphone while sitting in his car, and later advised the youths to note the officers' badge numbers next time. Two officers overheard his advice and allegedly pulled him from his car, with one warning George that he was going to get what he deserves "for meddling in our business," according to court papers.


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After Journalist's Beheading, Twitter Says Families Can Ask Images of Deceased Be Removed

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:48

After Journalist's Beheading, Twitter Says Families Can Ask Images of Deceased Be RemovedHours after images and videos of the beheading of journalist James Foley were disseminated across Twitter, the social media service announced a conditional change that would allow families to request that images of the deceased be removed from Twitter. In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances."  On Twitter's website, it clarified the policy and its "certain circumstances" caveat: Immediate family members and other authorized individuals may request the removal of images or video of deceased individuals, from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death, by sending an e-mail to privacy@twitter.com.


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Briefly: Sharp Aquos Crystal on Sprint, Sony Xperia M2 Aqua launch

Electronista - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:20
Sprint has confirmed it will carry the recently-announced Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone on its network. Boasting a 5-inch 720p display with minimal bezel and mid-ranged specifications, Sprint will be selling the Aquos Crystal for $240 off-contract and $10 per month under Easy Pay, while the prepaid brand Boost and Virgin will both offer it for $150. Sprint did not advise of when the Aquos Crystal will be available, but the Japanese launch earlier this week points to a release on August 29th....






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TCL and Roku intro streaming-focused smart TVs

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 05:08

Developed with Roku, TCL's new smart TVs allow users to access hundreds of content streaming sources at the click of a remote.In collaboration with streaming device specialist Roku, the Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL has announced the upcoming launch of a new range of TVs. Ranging in size from 32 to 55 inches, the new models facilitate access to services such as Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. The idea is to build the technology of Roku's streaming players directly into TCL's TVs, allowing users to easily and intuitively access their favorite content streaming sources through the remote. In fact, the remote even has specific buttons that take the user directly to Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Rdio and Vudu.


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Australia says Bitcoin not taxable as currency

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 02:37

Crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin should not be considered as money or a foreign currency when it comes to taxation, Australia's tax authority saysCrypto-currencies such as Bitcoin should not be considered as money or a foreign currency when it comes to taxation, Australia's tax authority ruled Wednesday. In guidance designed to help people finalise their tax returns, the Australian Tax Office said Bitcoins were a form of property, disappointing those hoping they would be seen as a currency. The decision follows a similar move by the US Inland Revenue Service in March. "Transacting with Bitcoins is akin to a barter arrangement," the Australian Tax Office said in its guidance.


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Watch Jimmy Fallon kill Pierce Brosnan in N64 'GoldenEye' showdown

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 02:12

Watch Jimmy Fallon kill Pierce Brosnan in N64 'GoldenEye' showdownPierce Brosnan might have been the best Bond — even if he wasn't very pleased with his own performances — but he's certainly not the best at playing Bond. The actor appeared on The Tonight Show yesterday, whereupon host Jimmy Fallon took the chance to play Nintendo 64 video game GoldenEye 007 against the star of the movie GoldenEye. Sadly, Brosnan wasn't on his filmic form, spending all of the bout slapping at thin air while Fallon pumped him full of lead.


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Samsung NX3000 real-world samples

Digital Photography Review - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 02:01

The Samsung NX3000 is a rangefinder-style mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that sports a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a 3" flip-up LCD, 5 fps continuous shooting, and Wi-Fi with NFC. We took delivery of an NX3000 recently and we've been out shooting with it and the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom lens to see how it performs in the real world. Click through for a link to our gallery

Review: Life n Soul 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones

Electronista - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 02:01
When it comes to music on the go, consumers generally have some options to consider when looking for the best experience. While Bluetooth speakers are good in a large number of situations, in some place they just aren't practical. This leaves consumers to look away from speakers and toward their counterparts for sonic deliver, Bluetooth headphones. But not all headphones are created equal, especially when the boutique market for headphones is examined. One company, Life n Soul, hopes to grab attention with its 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones. Do the headphones warrant some attention, or are they...






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