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Microsoft’s new ‘Snipp3t' iPhone app tracks celebrities

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 13:10

Microsoft’s new ‘Snipp3t' iPhone app tracks celebritiesMicrosoft is no stranger to iPhone apps, but its latest Snipp3t app is a surprise addition. Released over the weekend, Snipp3t lets you subscribe to follow and track your favorite celebrities. Each celebrity has a profile page created by Microsoft which includes a timeline of news and imagery from around the web, alongside options to like and comment on each piece of content. It’s almost like a miniature social network, and appears to be one of Microsoft’s latest experiments for using Bing data.


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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2' is already slated for a June 3rd, 2016 release

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:19

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2' is already slated for a June 3rd, 2016 releaseAfter raking in a healthy $65 million this weekend, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is officially getting a sequel. According to Deadline, the new movie is already in development and Michael Bay is back on board for a release on June 3rd, 2016. The turtles did surprisingly well this weekend It's important to note that TMNT would likely have received a sequel even if it were moderate box office success, given the strength of the property.


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Britons trust Wikipedia 'more than the news'

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:15

However the traditional Encyclopaedia Britannica is viewed as the most reliable source of information by far, trusted by 83 percent of respondents.British people trust Wikipedia more than the mainstream media, the information site's founder Jimmy Wales said Sunday, at the close of a three-day conference of the Wikimedia movement in London. A YouGov poll of almost 2,000 British adults found 64 percent trust the authors of Wikipedia entries to tell the truth "a great deal" or "a fair amount".


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Detroit makes millions from parking meters, but it can't afford to power them

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:03

Detroit makes millions from parking meters, but it can't afford to power themDetroit, which last year became the largest American city to declare bankruptcy, is missing out on potentially millions in revenue because just about half of its 3,404 parking meters are out of service, according to city officials. As part of efforts to reduce city spending, the Duracell batteries that power the meters were swapped out with off-brand units.


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Amazon puts Disney DVD and Blu-ray pre-orders on hold in latest contract dispute

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 09:32

Amazon puts Disney DVD and Blu-ray pre-orders on hold in latest contract disputeAmazon appears to be having another dispute with one of its suppliers. The retailer is no longer offering pre-orders of Disney films on Blu-ray or DVD in an apparent move to coerce the company to agree to modified terms. Presumably, Amazon is seeking a larger share of the profits from movie sales, but neither Disney nor Amazon have provided comment on the situation. The move appears to be affecting all yet-to-be released DVDs and Blu-rays of Disney movies, including Captain America: Winter Soldier, Maleficent, Muppets Most Wanted, and Million Dollar Arm.


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Exposing sharks in a positive light

Digital Photography Review - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 04:00

George Probst has been fascinated with sharks his whole life, but it wasn't until he found himself newly single with some extra money in savings that his dream of diving with and photographing sharks became a reality. He hopes his photos will inspire others to see sharks in a light unlike their typical portrayal in movies and pop culture. Find out about his process and see his work. See gallery

The self-proclaimed Banksy of Tehran

Yahoo Technology News - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 01:31

The self-proclaimed Banksy of TehranBanksy has some competition in Tehran, and his name is Black Hand. The graffiti artist is inspired by Banksy's legendary stenciling technique, and he has been adorning the streets of Tehran with playful political messages. In an interview with The Guardian, Black Hand explained the purpose of his work thusly: "I work on the issues that are happening in my country.


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Time-lapse video shows Pyongyang from a different perspective

Yahoo Technology News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 21:44

Time-lapse video shows Pyongyang from a different perspectiveMore than anywhere else on earth, North Korea is hidden from the world community. The two men, JT Singh and Rob Whitworth, traveled to the city with support from a state-run tourism agency and captured the footage needed to create this time-lapse video of the mysterious capital. It's an unusual video that's both eerie and enlightening at the same time.


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The Verge Playlist: Another Sunny Day

Yahoo Technology News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 18:00

 Another Sunny DayNo band defined my high school experience more than Belle & Sebastian. The ups, the downs, the awkwardness. I knew that no matter how dark things got, I could put on B&S and feel better. I'd be immediately transported to a sunny field in Glasgow, hugged by their modern but pastoral sound. I'm on my back, looking up at the sky. A mosquito bites my ankle. A bead of sweat trickles down the side of my forehead. I turn up the music. Everything's going to be okay..playlist-wrapper{display:block;margin:0 -20px 0 -95px;*zoom:1}.playlist-wrapper:before,.playlist-wrapper:after{content:" ...


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Listen to Zack Snyder defend Aquaman on Detroit Radio

Yahoo Technology News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 16:24

Listen to Zack Snyder defend Aquaman on Detroit RadioWhile it's a bit early to assume that Aquaman will indeed be in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder apparently has no qualms about leaping to the superhero's defense. During a Detroit radio broadcast yesterday, a man claiming to be Snyder phoned in to put a stop to the mockery, and SlashFilm claims that it was indeed the Man of Steel director. I don’t want to give anything away about the movie or anything like that but Aquaman has some cool abilities. Or fish?" The cool thing with Aquaman is his Trident.


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US bots flagged Ebola before outbreak announced

Yahoo Technology News - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 16:06
BOSTON (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic.
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