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Machine Learning: The Best Cheaper Smartphones: Fewer Features, but Not by Much

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

As companies put efforts into building better phones with lower price tags, a cheaper phone doesn’t require as many compromises as you might expect.

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Ex-defense contractor admits sending jet information to Iran

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) " A former U.S. defense contractor accused of sending sensitive information about U.S. military jet programs to his native Iran in an effort to land a job there pleaded guilty on Wednesday.Mozaffar Khazaee…

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Morgan Stanley to pay $2.6B to settle charges over mortgages

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $2.6 billion to settle federal charges over its role in the mortgage bubble and subsequent financial crisis.The investment bank said late Wednesday the $2.6 billion will go to "resolve…

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VIDEO: Commutes made easier with maths

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

The start-up using advanced maths to make your ride to work easier

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Hawkesby firm tipped as first IPO of 2015

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

Market buzz is that Fliway, a freight and logisitics company owned by Duncan Hawkesby, will be the first new listing on the NZX this year.Hawkesby is the son of high profile newsman John Hawksby and is married to Gretchen Hawksby,…

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App Smart: Video Feature: Apps for Meditation and Calming on iPhone and Android

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

A number of smartphone apps guide users through exercises intended to provide calm, mindfulness and positive thinking.

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Fliway tipped as first IPO of 2015

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

Market buzz is that Fliway, a freight and logisitics company owned by Duncan Hawkesby, will be the first new listing on the NZX this year.Hawkesby is the son of high profile newsman John Hawksby and is married to Gretchen Hawksby,…

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Bits Blog: A Google Computer Can Teach Itself Games

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

A team at Google has developed a way a computer can sense inputs, learn rules and successfully play a number of classic video games. That’s a step up from the Jeopardy!-winning Watson, which was taught rules.

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US suit filed against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of the company’s dry dog food.Pet owner Frank Lucido filed the suit on…

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News Analysis: Limited High-Speed Internet Choices Underlie Net Neutrality Rules

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

Regulating the Internet like a utility makes sense, proponents say, because Americans often have only one option for high-speed service: cable.

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$147million injection a boost for Xero

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

A$147 million capital injection from North American investors will buy Xero some breathing room as it forges on with international growth ahead of a potential sharemarket float in the United States, says an analyst.The cloud accounting…

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Limited High-Speed Internet Choices Underlie Net Neutrality Rules

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

Regulating the Internet like a utility makes sense, proponents say, because Americans often have only one option for high-speed service: cable.

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$147million injection a boost for Xero

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

A$147 million capital injection from North American investors will buy Xero some breathing room as it forges on with international growth ahead of a potential sharemarket float in the United States, says an analyst.The cloud accounting…

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Paris night drone mystery deepens

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

Drones appear over central Paris overnight, for the second time, and police are no nearer knowing who is operating them.

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Bits Blog: IBM Tries to Paint the Computing Cloud Blue

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

IBM is going deeper in the plan of its chief, Virginia Rometty, to rebuild the computing giant as a cloud company. At a giant show in Las Vegas, the company announced new kinds of security and services for cloud applications, along with data centers in new countries.

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Machine learns to play video games

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

A machine inspired by the human brain has learned how to play 49 classic Atari video games – a step towards self-thinking robots, scientists say.

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Machine learns to play video games

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

A machine inspired by the human brain has learned how to play 49 classic Atari video games – a step towards self-thinking robots, scientists say.

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Google DeepMind AI outplays humans at video games

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

Artificial intelligence software, built by a Google subsidiary in London, has learned to play 49 old Atari games just by watching them

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Ancient black hole had an inexplicable growth spurt

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

Reaching 12 billion times the mass of the sun just a billion years after the big bang, a black hole has astronomers mystified about its rapid growth

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US stocks drift in midday trading, holding near record highs

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

U.S. stocks are little changed in midday trading as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen continues her Congressional testimony.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 13 points, or 0.1 percent, at 18,222 as of 11:55 a.m. Eastern time…

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In pictures: Vintage Nasa photographs for sale

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

A collection of vintage Nasa photos is set for auction

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Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds.

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Watch desert dust cross the ocean as seen from space

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

For the first time, a satellite has calculated the whopping amount of Saharan dust that is blown over the ocean to reach the Amazon rainforest every year

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Putin threatens Ukraine with gas cutoff

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

MOSCOW (AP) " President Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia will cut gas supplies to Ukraine if it fails to pay in advance for future deliveries.Putin said Wednesday that Ukraine’s latest payment would only be good for another…

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Bits Blog: IBM Tries to Paint the Computing Cloud Blue

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

IBM is going deeper in the plan of its chief, Virginia Rometty, to rebuild the computing giant as a cloud company. At a giant show in Las Vegas, the company announced new kinds of security and services for cloud applications, along with data centers in new countries.

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Top models by segment in J.D. Power auto dependability study

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

J.D. Power on Wednesday released its annual ranking of vehicle dependability. The rankings are based on problems per vehicle as reported by owners of 2012 model year cars and trucks.Here are the most dependable models by segment.SMALL…

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Major zombie botnet forced offline

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

Officers say they shut down a network being used to take control of unsuspecting users’ computers and steal sensitive information.

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Russia extends space station role

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

Russia has now committed itself to operations on the International Space Station until 2024.

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U.S. and British Agencies May Have Tried to Get SIM Encryption Codes, Gemalto Says

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

The digital security company said it believed attacks by the N.S.A. and its British counterpart occurred over two years, starting in 2010.

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Motorola aims new phone at first-time smartphone buyers

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide.Among the improvements over last year’s model: The camera now has auto-focusing. The phone has a front-facing…

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Is the world ready for GM animals?

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

Is the world ready for modified mosquitoes and engineered salmon?

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Clampdown on cold call companies

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

Companies behind cold calls and nuisance text messages are to face tougher rules after thousands of complaints about their conduct.

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Deal Professor: How Loopholes Turned Dish Network Into a ‘Very Small Business’

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

Through sleight of hand and aggressive use of partners, Dish created an unfair advantage in its successful bid for wireless spectrum.

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Nonprescription diet pill alli back in stores after recall

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) " GlaxoSmithKline’s diet pill, alli (ow-LEYE’), is now back in most U.S. stores.The British drugmaker voluntary recalled the product last March after finding some packages in stores didn’t contain real alli,…

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5G researchers achieve record speed

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

Scientists researching 5G at the University of Surrey achieve data connection many thousands of times faster than the average 4G.

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EU unveils vast plan to merge 28 energy markets

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

BRUSSELS (AP) " The European Union’s executive has unveiled a vast plan to merge the EU’s 28 national energy markets with the aim of providing cheaper energy for consumers and weaning Europe off Russian gas supplies.European Commission…

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Dick Costolo Thinks It’s O.K. to Never Tweet

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

The C.E.O. of Twitter talks about how the platform plans to handle harassment, and why improv comedy is good management training.

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Greek leader briefs party lawmakers on bailout pledges

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

ATHENS, Greece (AP) " Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is meeting with his radical left party’s lawmakers to brief them on the pledges his government has made to European creditors in order to win a four-month extension to the…

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Sim card firm confirms hack attacks

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

A Sim card maker at the centre of NSA-GCHQ hacking claims says it believes that the US and UK cyberspy agencies did attack it.

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Global stocks mixed as profit-taking dents US optimism gains

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

TOKYO (AP) " Global stocks were mixed in Wednesday trading, as optimism over expectations that U.S. interest rates won’t be raised soon was countered by profit-taking.KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 lost 0.1 percent in early trading…

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Europe’s ‘Landsat’ ready for launch

Written By: admin - Feb• 26•15

The "workhorse" satellite in Europe’s new multi-billion-euro Earth observation programme is built and ready to go into orbit.

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France to begin arms shipments to Lebanon in April

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

PARIS (AP) " France says it will begin shipping $3 billion worth of weapons paid for by Saudi Arabia to the Lebanese army in April.The Defense Ministry says in a statement Wednesday that the deal, first announced in 2013, will supply…

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Clampdown on cold call companies

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Companies behind cold calls and nuisance text messages are to face tougher rules after thousands of complaints about their conduct.

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Apple Ordered to Pay $532.9 Million in iTunes Patent Dispute

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Judge rules the tech giant’s software used technology that infringed on patents held by licensing company.

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VIDEO: Brain-controlled drone shown off

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

A drone specialist in Portugal demonstrates a flight controlled by human brainwaves, and suggests a future of large-scale unmanned flying.

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Q&A: ‘Modern Family’ producer talks episode shot with iPhone

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

NEW YORK (AP) " For this week’s "Modern Family," producers put down their expensive professional cameras and shot the episode with iPhones and other Apple devices. Seen through the eyes of character Claire Dunphy as she uses a Mac…

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Clampdown on cold call companies

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Companies behind cold calls and nuisance text messages are to face tougher rules after thousands of complaints about their conduct.

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Waiting for the sea

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

The desert that may one day become water again

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Southwest grounding 128 planes over missed inspections

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

DALLAS (AP) " Southwest Airlines Co. says it has grounded 128 planes after failing to inspect backup hydraulic systems used to control the rudder if the main system fails.The airline said Tuesday night that it had canceled 90 flights…

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Uber partners with Starwood, giving hotel points for rides

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Uber is partnering with hotel chain Starwood to give riders a bit more incentive to choose the ride-hailing service over a taxi.Uber passengers can now earn one Starwood rewards point for each dollar they spend on…

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US movie theaters enjoy record profit year

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

When actor Jack Black barged into the Oscars’ musical opening on Sunday night with a Hollywood reality check – saying that the only place we’re watching movies is "the screens in our jeans" – he repeated a familiar dirge for the big-screen…

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Highly skilled immigrant spouses can soon work in US

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

SAN JOSE, California (AP) " When Neha Mahajan’s husband got a job transfer from New Delhi to New Jersey, she was excited to come along. But the thrill faded when the television reporter realized there was no way she could get a job…

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As Republicans Concede, F.C.C. Is Expected to Enforce Net Neutrality

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

The Republican resistance in Congress surrendered to President Obama’s call to protect an open Internet, with rules likely to be approved by regulators on Thursday.

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Air NZ says cheaper fares could be coming

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Air New Zealand says a surge in capacity this year will help lead to lower airfares.The airline is boosting the number of seats by just under 12 per cent for the remainder of this financial year around the Pacific Rim and on domestic…

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As Republicans Concede, F.C.C. Is Expected to Enforce Net Neutrality

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

The Republican resistance in Congress surrendered to President Obama’s call to protect an open Internet, with rules likely to be approved by regulators on Thursday.

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Air NZ says cheaper fares could be coming

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Air New Zealand says a surge in capacity this year will help lead to lower airfares.The airline is boosting the number of seats by just under 12 per cent for the remainder of this financial year around the Pacific Rim and on domestic…

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Bits Blog: Lenovo’s Chief Technology Officer Discusses the Superfish Adware Fiasco

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

An uproar caused by the software buried deep inside the company’s computers has executives scrambling to explain what went wrong and what they’re trying to do about it.

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VIDEO: Brain-controlled drone shown off

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

A drone specialist in Portugal demonstrates a flight controlled by human brainwaves, and suggests a future of large-scale unmanned flying.

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Men have hands amputated and replaced with bionic ones

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Three people with paralysed arms had their hands amputated and replaced by prosthetic ones that they control with their mind

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Air NZ says cheaper fares could be coming

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Air New Zealand says a surge in capacity this year will help lead to lower airfares.The airline is boosting the number of seats by just under 12 per cent for the remainder of this financial year around the Pacific Rim and on domestic…

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NBC stays in lead with Lester Holt

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Lester Holt’s audience shot up by more than half a million viewers on his second week filling in at NBC’s "Nightly News" for the suspended Brian Williams. Then again, his rivals fared just as well.NBC’s newscast…

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‘Invest more’ in protected areas

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

The world’s national parks and nature reserves receive eight billion tourist visits a year, generating around $600bn of spending, according to research.

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As Republicans Concede, F.C.C. Is Expected to Enforce Net Neutrality

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

The Senate Commerce Committee chairman all but surrendered on efforts in Congress to overturn expected rules, likely to be approved on Thursday, meant to protect an open Internet.

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Xero raises $147m from US investors

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Cloud accounting software provider Xero says it has raised $147.2 million from two US investors, which it will use to fuel innovation and growth, particularly in the United States and Britain.The cash injection will increase the…

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Hewlett-Packard Profit Slides 4%, but Tops Forecasts

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

HP’s plan to split itself into two separate companies remains on track, Meg Whitman, the chief executive, said in announcing the earnings.

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European cruise giant Viking plans Mississippi River tours

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

NEW ORLEANS (AP) " Viking River Cruises, a major European river cruise company, is coming to New Orleans and the Mississippi River.Gov. Bobby Jindal and Viking officials announced Tuesday that New Orleans will be the first North…

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UK approves three-person babies

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

The UK has now become the first country to approve laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

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I’ll fly around the world using only solar power

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Adventurer and aeronaut Bertrand Piccard is poised to take to the skies in a sun-powered plane that’s wider than a 747 but only as heavy as a family car

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Bits Blog: Tough Talk From European Commissioner About U.S. Tech Companies

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Günther Oettinger, the European Commission member in charge of the digital economy, said that if companies did not comply with European data rules, they “ultimately, perhaps, may be thrown out of the single market.”

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Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Feb. 16 to Sunday, Feb. 22 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.UNITED…

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Q&A: Filing Away Gmail Messages

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Tips on how to archive Gmail messages to tidy up your inbox, and solutions for when your laptop battery begins to fade.

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Peers debate three-person babies

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Peers have begun debating whether to make the historic move to allow the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man.

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The plan to find alien life in Europa’s icy seas

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

We’re getting ready to send a probe to Jupiter’s icy moon – but how will we know if anything lives there?

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US stocks drift higher as Yellen testifies before Congress

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Major U.S. stock indexes edged mostly higher in afternoon trading Tuesday. Investors were considering the implications of the latest update on interest rate policy and the economy from the Federal Reserve, as well as news on U.S….

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US sea level rise ‘very unusual’

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose dramatically during 2009-2010 in an event scientists describe as "very unusual".

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In Apple’s latest update, emojis get diverse

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Lovers of emojis, the cute graphics that punctuate online writing and texts, will soon be able to pick from different skin tones on Apple devices.Apple Inc. has incorporated more diverse emojis into the developer…

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The Stanford Undergraduate and the Mentor

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

He was supposed to help her break into the tech industry. Instead, they started a relationship. Then came a rape allegation, a lawsuit and an investigation at one of the nation’s top universities.

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In Apple’s latest update, emoji get diverse

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Lovers of emoji, the cute graphics that punctuate online writing and texts, will soon be able to pick from different skin tones.IPhone and iPad maker Apple Inc. has incorporated more diverse emoji into the developer…

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Gadgetwise: Despite the Promise of Technology, the Mysteries of Sleep Lie Unsolved

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

The Sense sleep tracker works well enough, but it is a reminder of how fundamentally useless these devices can be.

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US stocks drift in early trading as Yellen begins remarks

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

U.S. stocks were drifting between small gains and losses in early trading Tuesday, as investors monitored the latest batch of corporate earnings and economic news. Greek stocks rose after the country’s lenders approved reforms Greece…

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Eurozone finance ministers approve Greek reform list to extend bailout by 4 months

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

BRUSSELS (AP) " Eurozone finance ministers approve Greek reform list to extend bailout by 4 months .

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LinkedIn settles password hack claim

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Business networking site LinkedIn has paid $1.25m (£810,000) to settle a legal claim filed after millions of passwords were stolen.

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Bits Blog: Promising Faster Wireless, Artemis Draws Closer With Dish Spectrum Deal

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Artemis Networks, a start-up that says it has created a technology for boosting the speed and reliability of wireless networks, said it plans to lease wireless spectrum from Dish Network to introduce a wireless Internet service in San Francisco.

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Spain’s Rajoy raises 2015 growth forecast to 2.4 percent

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

MADRID (AP) " Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says Spain’s economy will grow by a better-than-expected 2.4 percent in 2015, claiming it as strong evidence that the country has emerged from the severe economic crisis.Opening the annual…

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VIDEO: Global sinkholes explained – in 60 secs

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

A brief look at some of the biggest sinkholes in recent history.

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UN climate head Pachauri resigns

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

The head of the United Nations climate change panel, Rajendra Pachauri, steps down amid sexual harassment allegations he denies.

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Facebook privacy policy criticised

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Facebook is accused of breaking European data-protection laws, in a report written for Belgium’s privacy watchdog.

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Comcast 4th-quarter net income nearly flat

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

NEW YORK (AP) " Comcast Corp.’s fourth-quarter net income edged up less than 1 percent as revenue from its video and Internet services increased.The nation’s largest cable provider says net income rose to $1.93 billion, or 74 cents…

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UN climate head Pachauri resigns

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

The head of the United Nations climate change panel, Rajendra Pachauri, steps down amid sexual harassment allegations he denies.

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Home Depot approves $18B buyback; boosts dividend 26 pct.

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

ATLANTA (AP) " Home Depot is announcing an $18 billion share repurchase program and boosting its quarterly dividend by 26 percent.The Atlanta home improvement store said Tuesday that its buyback replaces a prior authorization.Its…

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Google warns Blogger users over porn

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Google warns users of its Blogger platform that blogs containing sexually explicit material will be made private on 23 March

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UN climate head Pachauri resigns

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

The head of the United Nations climate change panel, Rajendra Pachauri, steps down amid sexual harassment allegations he denies.

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Actual race on moon could decide Lunar XPrize winner

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Three rovers may travel to the moon together, meaning the prize would be determined by a sprint finish on lunar soil

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Actual race on moon could decide Lunar XPrize winner

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

Three rovers may travel to the moon together, meaning the prize would be determined by a sprint finish on lunar soil

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Mideast’s biggest airline Emirates to resume Baghdad flights

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•15

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) " The Mideast’s biggest airline says it plans to resume flights to Baghdad after halting them last month after an incoming passenger plane came under fire.Emirates said Tuesday it will restart passenger…

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World stocks higher as investors await Yellen, Greece

Written By: admin - Feb• 24•15

HONG KONG (AP) " World stocks were mostly higher and the dollar strengthened Tuesday as investors awaited remarks from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and the Greek government prepared to unveil reforms aimed at winning final…

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Merck grants free license for pediatric HIV drug

Written By: admin - Feb• 24•15

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) " Drugmaker Merck & Co. has granted a free license allowing one of its HIV medicines to be made and sold inexpensively for use in young children in poor countries hard hit by the AIDS virus.The deal, announced…

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Oil slump threatens easy life of affluent Norwegians

Written By: admin - Feb• 24•15

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) " Losing his job on a Norwegian oil rig meant more to Kristoffer Sandberg than saying goodbye to a high salary. It has caused a shift down in lifestyle and expectations, something an increasing number of people…

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VIDEO: Finger on the pulse of bionic research

Written By: admin - Feb• 24•15

Scientists at the University of Newcastle are using microchips as fine as human hair to produce a prosthetic hand.

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Yellen to address Congress at a time of transition for Fed

Written By: admin - Feb• 24•15

WASHINGTON (AP) " After winning praise for how she handled her first year as head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen is facing a tougher challenge this year.Yellen must navigate a delicate transition from record-low interest rates…

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