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LiquidFun 1.1 brings Google's 2D physics to iOS, Chrome

07/17, 3:33pm

Google has released v1.1 of LiquidFun, its open-source 2D physics engine. The software now officially supports iOS, as well as desktop versions of Chrome, the latter via extensions. It was previously possible to make LiquidFun run on iOS, but Google didn't enable that compatibility by default.

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Aereo not a cable company, according to US Copyright Office

07/17, 2:35pm

Aereo's attempt to resurrect its cloud-based DVR service has hit a snag, this time with the US Copyright Office. After a Supreme Court ruling declared Aereo to be too similar to a cable company to escape paying licensing fees to broadcasters, the start-up offered to pay the same fees as cable companies, though the US Copyright Office goes against the court's thinking, claiming it falls short of being a cable operator.

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Briefly: Three Wi-Fi on London Underground, EU Amazon Prime update

07/17, 12:32pm

British carrier Three is following the lead of other carriers in the country, by offering free Wi-Fi on the London Underground. The Next Web reports the carrier will be working with Virgin Media, the company that set up the original Wi-Fi network for the 2012 Olympic Games, to provide customers free access to the Wi-Fi network in 137 stations without buying a Wi-Fi pass. Three hopes to open up the network to its customers by the end of this month.

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Apple switching from TSMC back to Samsung in 2015, reports say

07/17, 9:18am

TSMC will probably lose chip production orders from Apple and Qualcomm to Samsung in the second half of 2015, says KGI Securities analyst Michael Liu, quoted by Reuters. Liu made the comments in a memo issued after a TSMC investor conference. The Commercial Times and the Economic Daily News both suggest that Qualcomm has in fact already started working with Samsung, a claim which has hurt TSMC shares in trading.

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Microsoft CEO: Select Nokia X models shifting to Windows

07/17, 9:00am

As part of the Microsoft layoffs memo, CEO Satya Nadella has laid out the future of the Nokia X handset. The company now plans on releasing "select" Nokia X products to the Lumia line, running Windows. No statement has been made about the rest of the Android-based Nokia X line.

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House of Representatives passes municipal broadband-limiting bill

07/17, 8:10am

A bill sponsored by US Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has been passed, which aims to strip the Federal Communications Commission's ability to interfere with laws passed to limit municipal broadband networks. Passing 228-195, generally along party lines, the bill, if signed into law, would reinforce strictures that make it difficult in 20 states to offer municipal broadband services in opposition to services provided by for-profit giants like Comcast, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable.

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Microsoft joins Google in accepting 'right to be forgotten' requests

07/17, 7:55am

Microsoft is following after Google in complying with a decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union over the "right to be forgotten." Microsoft has created a four-part form for users to request the removal of European search listings from Bing relating to their name, in cases where information can be deemed "inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant."

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LG G3 Beat unveiled as mid-range G3 with laser auto focus

07/17, 6:42am

LG has launched an alternative to the LG G3 with mid-ranged specifications and a potentially lower price tag. Rumored as the G3 Mini a few months ago, the G3 Beat downgrades the 5.5-inch 2560x1440 display of its stablemate for a 5-inch 1280x720 version, giving it a screen-to-body ratio of 74.1 percent, and though internal components have gone through similar changes, some of the G3's features make a reappearance.

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Google offers appointments for Glass demonstrations

07/17, 5:53am

Google is stepping up its Glass promotional efforts, by offering free demonstrations of the wearable device. The search company is sending e-mails to potential users interested in the headwear, inviting them to to try it out, supervised by a Google employee, at one of the Glass service centers in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

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Yahoo reports second quarter 2014 results, fails to hit 2013 revenues

07/16, 7:49pm

Yahoo posted its second quarter 2014 results yesterday, indicating shrinking revenues from the same quarter in the previous year. The quarter, which ended on March 31, saw a decline in revenue due to disappointing results from display ad revenue. CEO Marissa Mayer realizes that there is still work to do in some areas, as the company looks toward a "unified approach" to advertising.

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CyberPower releases thin, lightweight Zeusbook Edge X6 notebook

07/16, 3:38pm

Computer builder CyberPowerPC announced the availability of a new gaming notebook this week, called the Zeusbook Edge X6-100. The new computer is said to be the lightest and thinnest notebook to date from the company, at 4.75 pounds and 0.82 inches thick. The Zeusbook comes with enough power to run most modern games, but also gives consumers the chance to do a little customization if they want more punch.

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Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription e-books service leaks in testing

07/16, 2:16pm

Amazon is allegedly testing an e-book subscription service the retailer could offer to Kindle customers sometime in the future. Effectively operating in a similar way to Netflix for video or Spotify for music, Kindle Unlimited will apparently provide "unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks" at a cost of $10 per month.

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Apple to pay $450M to settle class action over e-book price fixing

07/16, 1:46pm

Apple has agreed to pay $450 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over e-book price fixing, brought against it by states and consumers, according to New York's Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman. The payment will settle allegations made in 33 states and territories, including New York. Schneiderman says that of the total amount, up to $400 million could reach consumers, depending on whether Apple wins its appeal.

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BlackBerry virtual assistant revealed, included in BlackBerry Passport

07/16, 12:16pm

BlackBerry will include its own virtual assistant in a future version of the company's mobile operating system, the smartphone manufacturer has revealed. Taking its cue from Siri, Google Now, and Cortana, BlackBerry Assistant will recognize commands via voice recognition and entered text, and will be able to perform simple tasks such as searching e-mail archives or setting appointments, to more elaborate requests.

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Samsung ponders over possible $200M SmartThings acquisition

07/16, 10:33am

Samsung may be looking to acquire a home automation company, in order to bolster its home automation efforts. Shortly after joining up with the Thread Group to work on a wireless networking protocol for the "Internet of Things," the electronics giant is said to be in the process of purchasing SmartThings, with the deal said to be worth around $200 million.

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