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Any.do adds collaboration, sharing features to its to-do app

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Productivity-focused app Any.do, which is available on iOS, Android and the web, has gained popularity largely because, well, it helps people get things done. But, with households and businesses being about more than just one particular user, the...

Nintendo and ResMed are developing non-wearable bedside sleep and fatigue tracker (Sophie Knight/Reuters)

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Sophie Knight / Reuters:Nintendo and ResMed are developing non-wearable bedside sleep and fatigue tracker  —  Nintendo to develop device to track sleep, fatigue: CEO  —  Nintendo signage is displayed at the company's booth at the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los Angeles, California June 11, 2014.

LG slims smartphone bezels to a virtually non-existent 0.7mm

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You might talk about how much you hate large bezels, but LG is actually doing something about it. It just unveiled a 5.3-inch, 1080p LCD display with 0.7mm bezels, less than the width of a credit card. The Korean company said they're the world's...

Autodesk puts up $100M fund for 3D printing companies (Signe Brewster/Gigaom)

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Signe Brewster / Gigaom:Autodesk puts up $100M fund for 3D printing companies  —  Autodesk is seeking both hardware and software companies to receive a chunk of the fund, with an eye on fostering the 3D printing company as a whole.  —  Autodesk is gearing up to release its open-source 3D printer and accompanying software …

Australian Gov't Tries To Force Telcos To Store User Metadata For 2 Years

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AlbanX writes The Australian Government has introduced a bill that would require telecommunications carriers and service providers to retain the non-content data of Australian citizens for two years so it can be accessed — without a warrant- by local law enforcement agencies. Despite tabling the draft legislation into parliament, the bill doesn't actually specify the types of data the Government wants retained. The proposal has received a huge amount of criticism from the telco industry, other members of parliament and privacy groups. (The Sydney Morning Herald has some audio of discussion about the law.) Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Alibaba plays trademark card to protect lead as China's $8 billion e-commerce spree nears

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BEIJING (Reuters) - A trademark spat between Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and rival JD.com flared into public view after JD published an Alibaba letter urging publishers to be careful about advertising in promotions for China's annual "Singles' Day" spree, the world's largest online shopping day.

Alibaba plays trademark card to protect lead as China's $8 billion e-commerce spree nears

(2 days ago)
BEIJING (Reuters) - A trademark spat between Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and rival JD.com flared into public view after JD published an Alibaba letter urging publishers to be careful about advertising in promotions for China's annual "Singles' Day" spree, the world's largest online shopping day.

Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

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An anonymous reader writes Scientists of the Northeastern University, in collaboration with European scientists, developed a modeling approach aimed at assessing the progression of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and its international spread under the assumption that the outbreak continues to evolve at the current pace. They also considered the impact of travel restrictions, and concluded that such restrictions may delay by only a few weeks the risk that the outbreak extends to new countries. Instead, travel bans could hamper the delivery of medical supplies and the deployment of specialized personnel to manage the epidemic. In the group's page, there's also an updated assessment of the probability of Ebola virus disease case importation in countries across the world, which was also invoked during the Congressional Ebola debate. The group also released a map with real-time tracking of conversations about Ebola on Twitter. Policy makers and first responders are the main target audience of the tool, which is able to show a series of potential warnings and events (mostly unconfirmed) related to Ebola spreading and case importation. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

In glow of Apple, NXP pitches tap-to-pay technology to car makers

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - NXP Semiconductors is taking advantage of the recent excitement around Apple Inc's new mobile payment system with the tap-to-pay technology built into the newest iPhones by pitching it to car makers.

Tim Cook says he's 'proud to be gay'

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Tim Cook has long topped lists as the "most powerful" gay person in the world, and today he's publicly addressed his sexuality for the first time. "Throughout my professional life, I've tried to maintain a basic level of privacy," the Apple CEO says...

Taiwanese smart energy startup Gogoro, led by former HTC exec, is close to raising $150M (Chris Ziegler/The Verge)

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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:Taiwanese smart energy startup Gogoro, led by former HTC exec, is close to raising $150M  —  Mysterious smart energy company raises $150 million, led by ex-HTC executive  —  Horace Luke, Gogoro's CEO.  —  Taiwanese firm Gogoro came out of stealth mode this morning — sort of …

Channel Master temps cord-cutters by adding YouTube to its subscription-free DVR

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Let's imagine that you want to cut the cord, but still want to watch local OTA programming. If you want a DVR with online features, you've only really got the option of buying TiVo's Roamio OTA. Unfortunately, that device comes with a $15 per month...

Fox Sports Go comes to Windows Phone

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If there's one downside to being a sports fan, it's that you can't take your HDTV with you wherever you go. Like, for instance, you get a lot of weird looks if you try and watch a 40-inch plasma while trying to buy groceries down at the local market....

Vodafone and EE begin LTE-A rollout in the UK (Samuel Gibbs/Guardian)

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Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:Vodafone and EE begin LTE-A rollout in the UK  —  UK joins world's fastest mobile internet club with next generation 4G+ rollout  —  EE joins Vodafone with mobile data speeds five times faster than average UK broadband in London, with Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool added in 2015

MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey

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MarkWhittington writes Professor Richard Binzel published a commentary in the journal Nature that called for two things. He proposed that NASA cancel the Asteroid Redirect Mission currently planned for the early 2020s. Instead, he would like the asteroid survey mandated by the George E. Brown, Jr. Near-Earth Object Survey Act of 2005, part of the 2005 NASA Authorization Act, funded at $200 million a year. Currently NASA funds the survey at $20 million a year, considered inadequate to complete the identification of 90 percent of hazardous near-Earth objects 140 meters or greater by 2020 as mandated by the law. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

It's official: Lenovo owns Motorola

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The cash has been handed over, the contracts are signed and the lawyers are sipping champagne, which can only mean that Lenovo's deal to buy Motorola has been completed. The purchase makes Lenovo the world's third-largest smartphone maker, and the...

EE flips the switch on its faster 4G network in London

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EE's been conducting closed trials of LTE-Advanced technology since last year, so imagine the red faces when Vodafone reported earlier this month that its own faster 4G network was about to go live in three cities. EE's now being forced to play...

Tim Cook: "I'm Proud to be Gay" (Tim Cook/Businessweek)

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Tim Cook / Businessweek:Tim Cook: “I'm Proud to be Gay”  —  Throughout my professional life, I've tried to maintain a basic level of privacy.  I come from humble roots, and I don't seek to draw attention to myself.  Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus …

Flipboard gets a makeover and thousands of new topics

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The folks at Flipboard must have been crazy busy these past months: the company has just unleashed a huge update for its iOS and Android apps, a few weeks after it finally released an app for Windows Phone. This update gives the digital...

Lenovo Completes $2.9 Billion Motorola Purchase From Google (Ina Fried/Re/code)

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Ina Fried / Re/code:Lenovo Completes $2.9 Billion Motorola Purchase From Google  —  When Motorola President Rick Osterloh said Tuesday that the Lenovo deal was nearly done, he wasn't kidding.  —  Lenovo officially completed its $2.9 billion deal with Google early Thursday.  —  “Today we achieved a historic milestone …

Homejoy Officially Moves Beyond Cleaning With Launch Of Handyman Services In The Bay Area (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:Homejoy Officially Moves Beyond Cleaning With Launch Of Handyman Services In The Bay Area  —  In its first big move beyond home cleaning, Homejoy is adding carpet cleaning and general handyman services to its offerings in the Bay Area.  —  Co-founder and CEO Adora Cheung …

Sony Replaces Mobile Division Head (Takashi Mochizuki/Wall Street Journal)

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Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:Sony Replaces Mobile Division Head  —  Hiroki Totoki Has Been Widely Viewed as Instrumental in Sony's Structural Reforms  —  TOKYO— Sony Corp. on Thursday named Senior Vice President Hiroki Totoki as the new head of its mobile division, the electronics giant's latest move to prop up its struggling smartphone business.

Google releases its souped-up bookmarks manager for Chrome... again

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We've caught glimpses of Google's new image-rich bookmarks system for Chrome a couple of times in the past, and now it's back with a new name, but not much in the way of new features. The extension formerly known as Google Stars is now simply (and...

London police raise privacy hackles with gang violence software

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London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has completed a 20-week study in a bid to more accurately predict whether specific gang members are likely to commit violence. The software, developed by Accenture, pulls data together from systems already...

Google Play Movies & TV app gets redesign, second-screen experience w/ actor & soundtrack info (Jordan Kahn/9to5Google)

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:Google Play Movies & TV app gets redesign, second-screen experience w/ actor & soundtrack info  —  Google today announced that it's rolling out an updated Google Play Movies & TV app for Android that introduces a second-screen experience when streaming TV shows and movies to a Chromecast or Nexus Player-connected TV.

Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

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Presto Vivace writes H-1B records that are critical to research and take up a small amount of storage are set for deletion. "In a notice posted last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said that records used for labor certification, whether in paper or electronic, 'are temporary records and subject to destruction' after five years, under a new policy. There was no explanation for the change, and it is perplexing to researchers. The records under threat are called Labor Condition Applications (LCA), which identify the H-1B employer, worksite, the prevailing wage, and the wage paid to the worker. The cost of storage can't be an issue for the government's $80 billion IT budget: A full year's worth of LCA data is less than 1GB." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Chat App Line's Revenue Doubles Year-On-Year To Reach $192 Million in Q3 2014 (Jon Russell/TechCrunch)

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:Chat App Line's Revenue Doubles Year-On-Year To Reach $192 Million in Q3 2014  —  Days after Facebook revealed that WhatsApp, its $18 billion messaging app acquisition, posted an overall loss for the first half of this year, Line — a rival app with 500 million registered users …

Sony changes head of troubled mobile division

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Thursday it would appoint senior vice president Hiroki Totoki as the new president of Sony Mobile Communications on Nov. 16, replacing Kunimasa Suzuki at the top of its troubled smartphone business.

Analog wrist watch can call emergency numbers even without a phone

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There are some smartwatches out there like Will.i.am's Puls that can make voice calls without having to connect to a phone. But have you ever heard of an analog watch with the same capability? No? Well, now you will: the GPS-equipped Limmex emergency...

The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time

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bmahersciwriter writes Citation is the common way that scientists nod to the important and foundational work that preceded their own and the number of times a particular paper is cited is often used as a rough measure of its impact. So what are the most highly cited papers in the past century plus of scientific research? Is it the determination of DNA's structure? The identification of rapid expansion in the Universe? No. The top 100 most cited papers are actually a motley crew of methods, data resources and software tools that through usability, practicality and a little bit of luck have propelled them to the top of an enormous corpus of scientific literature. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

China's Baidu says mobile investment a priority as third quarter revenue falls short

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's dominant search engine Baidu Inc said it would continue to invest significantly to adapt its business to the mobile era, a transition that has tripped up other Internet peers born in the desktop PC era like Google Inc .

Xiaomi moves into third place in global smartphone war

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Xiaomi Inc has become the world's third-largest smartphone vendor just three years after first hitting the market, trailing only Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc, according to a new industry study.

Movie theaters ban Google Glass and other camera-toting wearables

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Many individual American movie theaters are already hostile to guests who use wearables like Google Glass, and they've now made that opposition official on a national level. Both the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association...

Facebook open-sources OSquery, a security tool to monitor OS processes, network connections (Cade Metz/Wired)

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Cade Metz / Wired:Facebook open-sources OSquery, a security tool to monitor OS processes, network connections  —  Facebook, Google, and the Rise of Open Source Security Software  —  Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan says that people like Mike Arpala are hard to find.

Dropbox finds its way into HP, Acer PCs and tablets

(2 days ago)
Due to incorrect information provided by Dropbox, the story, "Dropbox finds its way into HP, Acer PCs and tablets," posted Tuesday, mischaracterized the nature of the special deals the company plans to offer to buyers of Hewlett-Packard and Acer devices bundled with the Dropbox client software.

Lenovo announces 13" Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows, available November, prices start at $699.99 (Peter Bright/Ars Technica)

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:Lenovo announces 13" Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows, available November, prices start at $699.99  —  Lenovo adds a 13-inch Windows tablet to the Yoga mix  —  Not content with launching five Yoga-branded tablets earlier this month, Lenovo has added a sixth device to its range.

Baidu profit up 27 percent as mobile grows (Associated Press)

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Associated Press:Baidu profit up 27 percent as mobile grows  —  BEIJING (AP) — Chinese search engine Baidu Inc. said Thursday its quarterly profit rose 27 percent as user traffic for its mobile operation surpassed passed its desktop computer-based search business.  —  The Beijing-based company …

Microsoft Health, a platform including a cloud service announced, works with Jawbone UP, RunKeeper, more; app available for Android, iOS (Todd Holmdahl/The Official Microsoft Blog)

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Todd Holmdahl / The Official Microsoft Blog:Microsoft Health, a platform including a cloud service announced, works with Jawbone UP, RunKeeper, more; app available for Android, iOS  —  Introducing Microsoft Health  —  Today we're announcing a new platform called Microsoft Health.  Within health and fitness, there is rapid innovation …

Dropbox finds its way into HP, Acer PCs and tablets

(2 days ago)
Due to incorrect information provided by Dropbox, the story, "Dropbox finds its way into HP, Acer PCs and tablets," posted Tuesday, mischaracterized the nature of the special deals the company plans to offer to buyers of Hewlett-Packard and Acer devices bundled with the Dropbox client software.

Dropbox finds its way into HP, Acer PCs and tablets

(2 days ago)
Due to incorrect information provided by Dropbox, the story, "Dropbox finds its way into HP, Acer PCs and tablets," posted Tuesday, mischaracterized the nature of the special deals the company plans to offer to buyers of Hewlett-Packard and Acer devices bundled with the Dropbox client software.

Visualizations may shape smarter city development

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There's more to making cities smart than the Internet of Things and the collection of big data.

Dropbox finds its way into HP, Acer PCs and tablets

(2 days ago)
Due to incorrect information provided by Dropbox, the story, "Dropbox finds its way into HP, Acer PCs and tablets," posted Tuesday, mischaracterized the nature of the special deals the company plans to offer to buyers of Hewlett-Packard and Acer devices bundled with the Dropbox client software.
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