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Microsoft Surface Hub makes meetings productive again

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 14:27

The teleconferencing phone hub doesn't cut it anymore. The Microsoft Surface Hub jumpstarts modern workforce collaboration.

Apple Music has an iCloud problem

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 14:27

Apple has managed to reinvent its Music app by stuffing a subscription music service inside it — without making it all hopelessly confusing. It's the way the service heavily leans on iCloud. Or more specifically, "iCloud Music Library." If you've not yet come across this option, broadly speaking it's a rebranded version of iTunes Match that comes included with Apple Music's $9.99 monthly fee.

Xiaomi announces Brazil launch

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 14:14

Chinese firm is confident that its cheaper smartphones will be a hit - even in tough economic conditions

Facebook's iconic logo gets a trim for your smartphone

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 14:12

The company has changed its wordmark to reinforce the importance of mobile devices and to give the logo a more "approachable" feel.

Street Fighter 5 won't make you buy another disc to get more characters

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:43

"This is the only disc you're ever going to need to own to get all of the content in the game."

Star Wars Battlefront features the 'absolute core' of film series

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:35

"We can't do everything, unfortunately."

Cosmonaut captures space-time crown with 803 days off Earth

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:34

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka is the new king of space after breaking the old record of 802 days.

India business leaders pledge billions in WiFi campaign

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:33

Some of India's biggest industrialists pledged billions of dollars Wednesday to back Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious plan to provide Internet connection for all. After storming to power at a general election in May 2014, the Internet savvy prime minister promised to connect 250,000 villages by 2019 as part of his government's bid to close India's gaping digital divide. Modi, who has 13 million followers on Twitter, said business leaders have now pledged 4.5 trillion rupees (US$70 billion) in funding and urged others to follow suit during a week-long drive of events to promote the campaign.

Visa joins MasterCard, AmEx in ending use for Backpage sex ads

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:17

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Visa Inc said on Wednesday it is joining MasterCard Inc and American Express Co in barring its credit cards from being used to pay for ads on following a request from a Chicago sheriff who said the site is used by sex traffickers. Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said that "escort" ads on and similar classified advertising sites make up the foundation of a sex-trafficking industry that preys on the young and vulnerable. Earlier this week, he asked both Visa and MasterCard to cut off any association with the "adult" section.

Apple Music to contribute less than 1% in revenue, analyst says

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:17

The new service may not be a big moneymaker, says analyst Gene Munster, but Apple has other reasons for getting into the streaming music market.

New 'Steve Jobs' trailer shows the three faces of Apple's co-founder

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:15

Michael Fassbender is in belligerent form in the new extended trailer for the keynote-focused biopic.

Apple patches security flaws with new versions of iOS, OS X

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:07

The updates fix flaws that would allow both remote code execution and man-in-the-middle attacks to occur.

iPhone 6S said to deliver faster Web speeds, better battery life

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:06

A core component in the rumored next iPhone will be a new Qualcomm-developed LTE chip that doubles its maximum potential Web-connectivity speeds, according to a new report.

Are We Educating Students for a Future That Doesn't Exist?

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 13:04

Few subjects these days are more contentious than education, and rightly so. If our children are our future, it's essential we do everything we can do educate them properly, to prepare them for what's to come. But are we schooling our kids for a future that might not even exist by the time they're ready to transition to the working world?Today,...

YouTube not liable on copyright, but needs to do more: German court

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:36

By Nikola Rotscheroth and Harro Ten Wolde DUESSELDORF/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A German court reaffirmed on Wednesday that YouTube was only responsible for blocking copyright-infringing videos which had been brought to its attention, but the judicial panel said the Google video unit could do more to stop breaches. The Hamburg regional court rejected an appeal by German performing rights association GEMA, upholding a lower court ruling that said sites such as YouTube do not actively have to search for illegal activity by their users. The appeals court rebuffed a Google appeal on a secondary issue in the case, finding that YouTube had failed to act promptly enough to takedown infringing videos in seven of 12 cases brought before the court.