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​Symbian was once held ransom for several million euros, and Nokia paid it

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 16:57

​Symbian was once held ransom for several million euros, and Nokia paid itLong before Nokia took up residence at Microsoft and became enamored with Windows Phone, the company had another mobile OS to care for: Symbian. For a while, it was the most widely used smartphone OS in the world, ...


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Chinese officials let Microsoft's anti-Android patents out of the bag

Electronista - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 16:55
After the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) approved Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's device and services business, Microsoft was found to have 200 patent families necessary to build Android phones. In the process of posting news on the merger approval, however, the MOFCOM posted a list of 310 Microsoft patents that Android could be infringing upon....






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YouTube to launch music service amid indie dispute

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 16:52
LOS ANGELES (AP) — YouTube will launch a new subscription music service, the company acknowledged Tuesday after being dragged into a public dispute over royalties that will result in the blockade of some independent artists' music videos.
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YouTube will block music videos from labels who don't join new paid service

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 16:47

YouTube will block music videos from labels who don't join new paid serviceArtists like Jack White, Adele, Vampire Weekend, and more could disappear from YouTube unless the independent labels backing them agree to YouTube's new licensing deal — which includes stipulations about its upcoming premium streaming service. What exactly is going on?


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Briefly: Oyster iOS update and Android launch, Spotify Web API

Electronista - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 16:31
E-book subscription service Oyster has released its platform for Android devices, as well as Kindle Fire and Nook HD e-readers. Typography, layouts, a refreshed color palette and other refinements are included with the release; Oyster's four themes have been revised alongside the new Wythe theme designed for outdoor reading. Book details now include a "read time" estimation for how long it will take to finish a book, and the color palette becomes complementary to the cover imagery. Editor's notes for top titles offer between 100 and 300 characters, from publications such as Huffington Post, T...
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Big Potential for Vietnam's IT Services

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 16:28

Big Potential for Vietnam's IT ServicesVietnam plays a small role in global IT services today, but it has big potential to contribute more in coming years. Many Vietnamese IT companies and policymakers want to develop the human capital necessary for future success.


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Online 'nanodegrees' boost your career without requiring time off

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 16:21

Online 'nanodegrees' boost your career without requiring time offClimbing the career ladder can be daunting. You frequently need new skills to move ahead, but it's not always practical to take time off just to get some new credentials. However, AT&T and Udacity may have just solved this conundrum by unveiling "nanodegrees:" short online courses that are designed to boost your talents without disrupting your life.


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Amazon is about to jump into smartphones

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 16:20

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, introduces the Amazon Kindle Fire during an event in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon, the corporate juggernaut that started out with books and soon moved into music, video, cloud computing and Kindle e-readers, is hosting a launch event Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in Seattle, and media reports indicate the product will be an Amazon phone — perhaps one with multiple cameras that can produce 3-D photos. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, a company of seemingly boundless ambition, appears to be venturing into yet another market: smartphones.


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The ‘Netflix for Books’ just launched on Android

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 16:17

The ‘Netflix for Books’ just launched on AndroidIf you’re a hefty reader who isn’t overly attached to physical books then you may want to check out a new app that promises to for books what Spotify has done for music and what Netflix has done for movies. Per Android Police, a new app called Oyster has just launched on Android that offers an all-you-can-read book subscription service that will cost you just $10 per month. Oyster has more than 500,000 titles to choose from so far and it’s got a book discovery feature that’s similar to how Amazon and Netflix recommend new products that you might be interested in based on your past reading, listening or viewing habits. Oyster says that new books will be added every


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Facebook launches Slingshot with message unlocking via reciprocation

Electronista - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 16:05
Facebook has launched its Snapchat competitor for a second time, following its accidental release and retraction earlier this month. Slingshot, out for both iOS and Android in the United States, allows users to pass messages, images, and video to each other, though the recipient will not be able to read the message until they "react" with their own message....






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Canon UK announces EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM for EOS M

Digital Photography Review - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 16:00
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Canon UK has announced the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM, a compact telephoto zoom for the EOS M mirrorless system. Canon claims the new lens offers high-end optical performance, a 'near-silent' stepping motor and a 3.5-stop optical image stabilization system. Providing an 88-320mm equivalent range on the EOS M, it's the fourth lens in the series, priced at €389.99/£329.99 with availability (at least in Europe) in July.

New Fujifilm X-series firmware adds direct instax printing

Digital Photography Review - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 15:59
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Fujifilm has announced a firmware update for three of its X-Series camera, allowing them to print images instantly from the instax Share SP-1 printer. The Fujifilm XQ1, X-M1 and X-A1 cameras updated with the new firmware will be able to send photos directly to the compact instax printer, rather than by way of mobile device as is currently the case. The firmware should be available in late June, and Fujifilm plans to add the feature to more cameras. Learn more

Soap the Intelligent, Touch Screen Router Makes Way for Home Automation

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 15:59

Soap the Intelligent, Touch Screen Router Makes Way for Home AutomationScavenging the IndieGogo startup farm leaves me with a lot of candidates for my next tech discovery. I think I found a promising product that really fits into a niche that is supported by a lot larger market than you may imagine - I'm talking about a touch screen internet router.


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Kanye West: Apple bought Beats because Samsung worked with Jay Z

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 15:56

 Apple bought Beats because Samsung worked with Jay ZKanye West spoke at a conference in Cannes this morning, and he used the opportunity to talk about Apple's acquisition of Beats and the importance of companies connecting with culture at large. According to Adweek, West posed that Apple's purchase never would have happened if Jay Z hadn't struck a deal with Samsung last year to have his album debut on its phones. It was a controversial deal and a shrewd business move, but it gave Samsung a level of cool that's generally hard to buy. "There would have been no Beats deal without the Samsung deal.


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Now Your Dreams Of Riding In Optimus Prime Can Be A Reality

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 15:55

Now Your Dreams Of Riding In Optimus Prime Can Be A RealitySome people prefer to roll up to a party in an expensive sports car or limousine; others prefer to show up in a Transformer. Luckily for the latter group, Uber is offering customers in Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles the chance to go for a spin in none other than Optimus Prime. To promote the June 27 release of Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction," the popular car request service will pick people up in the giant, flame-emblazoned truck the iconic hero transforms into. (Story continues below.) Your Uber experience is about to be transformed in @Uber_Dallas, @Uber_PHX and @Uber_LA


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Oxford University's smart glasses help people with partial vision see more detail

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 15:53

Oxford University's smart glasses help people with partial vision see more detailWhen we hear the term "smart glasses" these days, we tend to focus more on the smart and less on the glasses. Researchers at Oxford University see things the other way around: putting the emphasis on glasses suggests a device that helps the visually impaired see the world, not augment it. This is the project Dr.


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Elon Musk takes on carbon with solar, battery bets

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 15:49

FILE - In this June 18, 2010, file photo, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo., center, helps as SolarCity employees Jarret Esposito, left, and Jake Torwatzky, install a solar panel on a home in south Denver. SolarCity, one of the nation's largest installers of rooftop solar systems, on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 announced it is buying Silveo, a solar panel manufacturer. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The energy world is not keeping up with Elon Musk, so he's trying to take matters into his own hands.


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Man sells his record-breaking video game collection for $750,000

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 15:48

Man sells his record-breaking video game collection for $750,000Maybe obsessively collecting every video game known to man has its rewards after all. Engadget brings us word that avid gamer Michael Thomasson has sold his collection of more than 11,000 games and 100 different consoles on gaming auction site GameGavel for $750,250, which is a pretty astonishing sum given that there’s no way whoever is paying that much money for his collection will ever play the vast majority of those games. The 41-year-old Thomasson says that he decided to sell his games due to “family commitments,” although he says that he’s not done gaming in general and will keep buying games in the future. When we first got word of the collection’s auction last week, the highest bid for it was just over $90,000,


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Garmin releases premium navigation application Viago

Electronista - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 15:47
Navigation experts Garmin have released a new app for Android and iOS, bringing a wealth of new travel features to devices. The new app, called Viago, will offer features that the company says aren't found in other free navigation apps. Consumers will be able to purchase additional add-ons within Viago to supplement the travel experience....






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Apple settles on damages in digital book case

Yahoo Technology News - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 15:45
Apple has reached a settlement on the damages owed to consumers for orchestrating a scheme to drive up the prices of digital books.
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