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Nest releases public API, backtracks on Google data collection

Electronista - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 09:10
After nine months gestation, the Nest smart thermostat programmer's API has been released to the public. The cross-platform tool will allow coders on any platform to develop communications and integration tools for the smart device, including bringing new features to it such as geofencing and advanced scheduling tools. Unmentioned in the API documentation is the fact that, contrary to previous statements, Google will collect data from the Nest thermostat and connect its own apps to the product....






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One of the best free Android launchers on the planet is now available to everyone

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:55

One of the best free Android launchers on the planet is now available to everyoneBack in mid-February — on Valentine’s Day, in fact — I included Aviate in a collection of 5 great Android apps that can do amazing things the iPhone cannot. The app was using a queue system for new users, and it often took more than a week for new accounts to be activated. Receiving an invite from an existing Aviate user would bypass the queue and give users instant access, and I mentioned in my coverage that I had a few invites left. Four months later, people still contact me almost every day looking for invites — that’s how hot Aviate is among Android users. And now, Yahoo-owned Aviate has finally opened up the app so that anyone can begin using it as soon


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Amazon and Warner Bros. make peace, restore ability to preorder movies

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:46

Amazon and Warner Bros. make peace, restore ability to preorder moviesAmazon and Warner Bros. appear to have resolved a pricing dispute that temporarily led the online retailer to halt disc preorders for Warner's latest movies. In May, Amazon quietly cut off the option to preorder popular titles like The Lego Movie, an aggressive negotiating tactic that was seen by many as crossing the line. The company has been trying to hammer out more favorable financial terms both with media suppliers like Warner Bros., and also major book publishers. Amazon and Hachette have remained entrenched on opposite sides of their very public war for over a month now, and neither side seems willing to budge.


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Bloomberg: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models could launch at the same time

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:30

This is how many hours you have to work to buy your kid an iPhoneAfter various reports indicated that Apple’s iPhone suppliers including Foxconn and Pegatron are getting ready for the iPhone 6, Bloomberg chimed in saying that the two bigger iPhone 6 models will enter mass production in July. The publication has learned from people familiar with the matter that the two iPhone 6 models will have 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, and could both be released in September. However, Apple is apparently encountering some manufacturing issues with the bigger iPhone 6 model, having to overcome “lower production efficiency” before volume can be increased. The bigger iPhones should help Apple better compete against Android, especially in the numerous markets where buyers frequently purchase smartphones with larger displays. The publication reveals that in China, 40% of


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Malware worms its way into more apps: study

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:28

 studyMalicious software is increasingly making its way into mobile phones through "cloned" versions of popular apps, and software weaknesses in legitimate ones, security researchers said Tuesday. McAfee Labs said in its quarterly threat assessment that weaknesses in app security is becoming a growing problem for owners of mobile devices. McAfee Labs sampled 300 Flappy Bird clones and found that almost 80 percent contained malware. In the worst cases, the malware gained root access, which allows uninhibited control of anything on the mobile device including confidential business information," the report said.


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Futuristic elevated transport system to be built in Israel

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:22

Trade visitors gather at the IAI exhibition booth at the Singapore AirshowBy Ari Rabinovitch TEL AVIV (Reuters) - California-based skyTran has teamed up with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to construct the world's first public pilot project for skyTran's elevated transit network. A number of skyTran projects are being planned globally, including in India and the United States, pending the success of the pilot in Israel. The pilot will be a 400-500 meter (yard) loop built at IAI's campus in central Israel and, if successful, will be followed by a commercial network in Tel Aviv in the coming years, skyTran CEO Jerry Sanders told Reuters, without disclosing the cost. SkyTran is a rapid transit system in which lightweight two-person vehicles are suspended from elevated magnetic levitation tracks.


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The current ebola epidemic is the worst ever and it's spreading

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:18

The current ebola epidemic is the worst ever and it's spreadingAbove: A UNICEF worker in Conakry, Guinea distributing soap and chlorine and teaching residents how to combat ebola. The largest outbreak of ebola ever recorded is spreading in West Africa, and it’s unlikely to end soon. According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization — which are constantly ticking up as new cases are detected — 528 people have been infected with the virus and 337 have died. Cases have been recorded in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.


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We Need a Citizen Maker Movement

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:08

We Need a Citizen Maker MovementHere's the issue our nation is facing: The inability of the non-military side of our public institutions to process complex problems. Today, this competence and especially the capacity to solve technical challenges often exist only in the private sector.


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Building an arsenal: Samsung filed 3 times more smartphone patents than Apple in 2013

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:05

 Samsung filed 3 times more smartphone patents than Apple in 2013Samsung has apparently had enough of being bullied by Apple in the global smartphone patent war, and it has no intentions of taking the matter sitting down. According to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 State of Innovation Report, Samsung filed a whopping 2,179 smartphone patents last year, including 1,362 related to semiconductor materials and processes. That staggering figure is more than three times the 647 mobile telephony patents Apple filed in 2013. Apple, long known for launching aggressive patent attacks on various longtime players, was ranked fourth among companies filing smartphone patents in the U.S. last year. Ahead of it was Qualcomm with 1,383 mobile telephony patents, BlackBerry with 854 patents and Intel with 697. In the APAC region, Samsung led fellow tech giants in the region by a


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Samsung Galaxy Tab S review

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:00

Samsung Galaxy Tab S reviewSamsung's latest tablets are just a little bit thinner and a little bit lighter than the iPad, with a slightly better display. But tablets are more than a pile of specs, and a high-resolution Super AMOLED screen doesn't make the software any better.


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Samsung Galaxy Tab S review: slim design, long battery life, stunning screen

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:00

 slim design, long battery life, stunning screenIt'd be silly of me to talk about tablets in the past tense -- we still write stories about them daily and clearly, we review them, too. But of the ones we've seen lately, most have been low-end; mid-range at best. The market for high-end slates, once crowded with companies big and small, now looks more like a fraternity.


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Xplore's latest Windows tablet promises rugged design without the bulk

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:00

Xplore's latest Windows tablet promises rugged design without the bulkXplore Technologies makes tablets that are so rugged, just picking one up will cause your palms to go all hairy. Up until now, it's made chunky Windows tablets like the XC6, and slender, less powerful slates that are capable of running Android. The Xplore Bobcat wants to sit between the two ranges, offering the brawn of Windows 8 with the svelte looks of the company's RangerX tablets.


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FreedomPop plans app-specific data plans, sponsored data allowances

Electronista - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:36
Sprint-based wireless provider FreedomPop could soon change the way it offers data allowances to its users, with an app-focused approach. A report claims the company is testing app-based data allowances, letting users pay for bandwidth for specific smartphone apps, on top of the current 500MB free cellular usage the carrier provides its customers each month....






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New leak shows the Moto X+1 like you’ve never seen before

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:30

New leak shows the Moto X+1 like you’ve never seen beforeWe’ve seen the upcoming Moto X+1 in both leaked photos and videos at this point but @evleaks brings us a press shot of the X+1 featuring a new protective case from Incipio that will be promoted by Verizon as a key differentiator.  According to leaked Verizon promotional materials, the case will be a “rigid Plextonium polycarbonate shell with [an] impact absorbing inner core” that will make the device much more durable than it otherwise would have been. The leaked pic of the X+1 in the case shown on @evleaks’ website makes it look pretty unobtrusive for being such a durable case and it doesn’t seem to add a lot of bulk to the phone. The Moto X+1, which will likely be


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Both iPhone 6 Models May Ship in September

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:30

Both iPhone 6 Models May Ship in SeptemberBy now you may have heard that Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 is expected to come in two flavors: one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a much larger 5.5-inch screen. Previous reports pegged Apple's phablet for a later launch, but now comes word that both devices may go on sale in September. According to Bloomberg, the iPhone 6 will enter production in July, which will give Apple time to get the devices on shelves before the fall.


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First look: OS X Yosemite

Electronista - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:27
Apple's WWDC 14 was a massive event with many interesting talking points and implications as our team examined. Although Apple has been relatively quiet on the hardware front since the launch of the all-new Mac Pro in late 2013, it is now very clear that it has been doing anything but standing still. iOS has become Apple's flagship operating system, by virtue of the massive success of the devices that the OS powers. Apple's iOS install base is ten times as large as its Mac install base (even though at 80 million users, the latter is now at record levels for Apple too). Consequently, Apple has...
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CNN wants to prove that drones are safe for news reporting

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:21

CNN wants to prove that drones are safe for news reportingStunning video footage like that from a recent tornado in Arkansas (see below) shows the potential for drones to radically change journalism. However, it's illegal to operate them in the US, especially near a disaster or accident scene -- which has prompted a new research project from CNN and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The aim is to figure out which type of equipment, personnel and safety measures would be needed to safely operate news-gathering drones in US airspace.


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Soundhawk's smart earpiece tunes out noise to augment your hearing

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:20

Soundhawk's smart earpiece tunes out noise to augment your hearingWe've all been there. You're standing around, trying to have a conversation -- meaningful or otherwise -- but that wretched, raucous noise means all you can do is cock your head and mouth "I can't hear you!" to your friend. San Francisco-based startup Soundhawk doesn't want that to ever happen again. The team can't boost your hearing to Superman-esque levels, but with a new $299 gadget they can at least augment your ears when you need it the most.


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The Definitive Ranking Of The 100 Best Emoji

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 06:57

The Definitive Ranking Of The 100 Best EmojiIt was recently announced that there will soon be some 250 new emojis. Yay!! In honor of this new era in little Japanese pictograms, we thought we'd pay tribute to the classics. To do so, we've ranked the 100 best emojis, not according to frequency of use as the smart people at FiveThirtyEight recently did, but according to a more scientific set of criteria that is definitely not just our own personal opinion. Without further ado, here are the 100 greatest emoji: 100. The '100' Symbol Thing This one only made it because of this article's headline. 99. Floppy Disk


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Retina MacBook Air coming soon, as larger ‘iPad Pro’ gets delayed

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 06:45

Retina MacBook Air coming soon, as larger ‘iPad Pro’ gets delayedApple is going to start 12-inch MacBook Air mass-production next quarter, Digitimes has learned from sources familiar with the matter, with Quanta Computer apparently being entrusted with assembling the new MacBook Air model. Apple wants a slightly bigger Air model than its entry-level 11-inch model in order to better differentiate the iPad and Air – the 11-inch MacBook Air has a screen size similar to the iPad Air’s – and “establish a clear boundary between the two product lines.” The 11-inch is expected to be phased out in the long term, although that’s just speculation from the publication’s sources. Apple has recently launched new MacBook Air models, which pack slightly faster and more energy-efficient processors and cost $100 less than 2013


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