Microsoft is ‘coaching’ NFL announcers not to call the Surface an iPad

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Microsoft’s Surface is the “official tablet” of the NFL, and it’s trying to make sure that sportscasters get the message. After it became clear that announcers may not know what the Surface was — with one announcer referring to it as an “iPad-like tool” — Microsoft has been working with broadcasters to make sure that mistake doesn’t happen again. “It’s true, we have coached up a select few,” Microsoft tells Business Insider. “That coaching will continue to ensure our partners are well equipped to discuss Surface when the camera pans to players using the device during games.”

You can’t fault Microsoft for trying: it’s reportedly paying the NFL about $400 million over the next five years as part of a wide-ranging partnership that promotes…

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Discoverly Debuts A Gmail Plugin That Makes Up For What Rapportive Users Lost

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discoverly Since being acquired by LinkedIn, things have not been going well for Rapportive, the handy Gmail widget that shows your contacts’ social accounts and updates in Gmail’s sidebar. LinkedIn, in the spirit of making the Rapportive app more favorable to its own network, ripped out much of the functionality that made it popular in the first place. But today, an alternative to Rapportive… Read More

Snapsaved Takes Responsibility For Latest Snapchat Leak

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snapchat-push2 Last week, news spread that some 200,000 Snapchat photos had leaked after a third-party app (used to save people’s snaps) was hacked. It was referred to as the Snappening. Snapchat was quick to respond to the situation by saying that the photos had been stolen from a third-party application, but that Snapchat’s servers were never compromised. Turns out, Snapsaved.com is… Read More

T-Mobile to sell Sony Xperia Z3 this month

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T-Mobile announced today that it would begin selling the Sony Xperia Z3 later this month. The Z3 will be available for $26.25 per month for 24 months on T-Mobile’s installment plan, with presales starting on October 15th. General online and instore availability will begin on October 29th.

T-Mobile’s announcement follows Sony and Verizon’s announcements last week for the Z3v, a variation of the Z3 for Verizon’s network. The Z3 is the most impressive smartphone Sony has ever released, with a 5.2-inch, 1080p display, 20.7-megapixel camera, and waterproof construction. It is also compatible with Sony’s PS4 remote play, which lets you play your PS4 games on your smartphone. Unfortunately, there’s no word on whether or not the Z3’s smaller…

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Flight attendants want to ban electronics during takeoff again

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Flight attendants aren’t happy with the Federal Aviation Administration’s new rules that allow phones, tablets, and other small electronics to be used during takeoff and landing. According to the Associated Press, the largest flight attendant’s union in the US — the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA — is suing the FAA in hopes of having its new rules overturned. The union argues that use of small electronics is a danger because they can become projectiles during turbulence and because they may cause passengers to pay less attention during safety announcements.

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Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 and E5-2650 v3 Review: Haswell-EP with 10 Cores

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During September we managed to get hold of some Haswell-EP samples for a quick run through our testing suite. The Xeon E5 v3 range extends beyond that of the E5 v2 with the new architecture, support for DDR4 and more SKUs with more cores. These are generally split into several markets including workstation, server, low power and high performance, with a few SKUs dedicated for communications or off-map SKUs with different levels of support. Today we are testing two 10 core models, the Xeon E5-2687W v3 and the Xeon E5-2650 v3.

iPhone 6 Comes To 36 More Markets This Month, Taking The Total To 69

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iphone-6-plus-corner-macro With the launch of the iPhone 6, Apple is stepping up its game in terms of how fast it is rollout out the product internationally to compete more sharply against the Samsungs of the world. Apple has just announced that it will be adding 36 more countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa “by the end of October,” taking the total to 69,… Read More

VoloMetrix Raises $12M For Its People Analytics Service

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6229660191_1f701638e6_o Seattle-based VoloMetrix today announced that it has raised a $12 million Series B round led by Split Rock Partners with participation from existing investor Shasta Ventures. Today’s round brings VoloMetrix’ total funding to $17 million. VoloMetrix Raises $12M For Its People Analytics Service The service allows businesses to better understand how their employees are spending… Read More

Delivery Hero Buys Brazil’s Subdelivery As It Beefs Up In Asia And LatAm

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Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 11.22.10 Delivery Hero, the startup that is now valued at over $1 billion and is raising a lot of cash to compete heavily against the likes of Just-Eat and FoodPanda in the food delivery market outside the U.S., is adding another acquisition to its list as it focuses on growth in Latin America and Asia. It has acquired Subdelivery, an online delivery service based in Brazil. Subdelivery’s… Read More

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