Apple and Samsung agree to cease-fire overseas, continued litigation in U.S.

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A sales assistant holding Samsung Electronics' Galaxy 5 smartphone (L) and Apple Inc's iPhone 5 smartphone (R) poses for photographs at a store in Seoul July 16, 2014.  REUTERS/KIM HONG-JI

A sales assistant holding Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy 5 smartphone (L) and Apple Inc’s iPhone 5 smartphone (R) poses for photographs at a store in Seoul July 16, 2014. REUTERS/KIM HONG-JI

Apple and Samsung today separately issued announcements that each “to drop all patent litigation outside the United States, scaling down a protracted legal battle between the smartphone rivals.” Read the rest

Not a typo: new ‘Terminator’ film now titled ‘Terminator: Genisys’

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The upcoming Terminator film formally known as Genesis has been retitled — or rather, respelled. Confirmed via an Instagram post from Arnold Schwarzenegger, the official name is Terminator: Genisys. G-E-N-I-S-Y-S.

Now, you might be thinking, “I get the ‘sys’ part — as in system, har har — but what about the “I”? Shouldn’t it be Genesys?” Clearly that’s another tease about the plot, where robots assert psychological dominance by arbitrarily changing the spelling of words (think: newspeak from Orwell’s 1984). Or maybe it’s a reference to “Generation I,” which Urban Dictionary says is a reference to a “generation of people who feel entitled to celebrity.” Oh! Maybe it’s actually an abbreviation of “genie” and in the third act a supreme…

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Amazon brings same-day delivery to more cities, including New York, Philadelphia, and Dallas

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Amazon is getting serious about same-day delivery: today the company rolled out its instant-gratification service across more US cities including New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Dallas, and Indianapolis. That’s in addition to Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle — locations where Amazon has already been offering same-day item drop-offs.

The speedy deliveries cost Prime members $5.99, an extra charge that covers all items in a single order. It’s a bit more expensive for non-subscribers, however. They pay $9.98 for the first item and $0.99 for each additional one, so the convenience of same-day delivery demands a higher premium if you’re not paying Amazon $99 for Prime. Orders must be placed by noon to…

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The bold man and the sea: James Cameron’s ‘Deepsea Challenge 3D’ review

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James Cameron reveres the ocean. “This is my church,” the 59-year-old filmmaker says midway through Deepsea Challenge 3D, a new documentary about his semi-successful 2012 dive to the deepest place on Earth inside an experimental submarine. The sentiment shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. After all, this is the director who brought us Titanic, The Abyss, Piranha Part Two: The Spawning, and two IMAX documentaries about the deep oceans (Cameron has said that his upcoming sequels to Avatar…

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Movo Wave Wants To Make The Activity Tracking Wristband Affordable For All

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MovoWave_1 The days of the $100+ activity tracker might be over; Movo, a consumer tech company out of NYC, is kicking off pre-orders today for a $29 wearable wrist band that tracks steps, distance traveled and calories burned, collecting and reporting that data via an iOS and Android app. The Movo Wave, as the device is called, is expected to launch this fall following its self-hosted pre-order campaign.… Read More

Yahoo Snags Netflix Exec To Be Its CIO

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Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 9.36.44 AM Yahoo announced this morning that it has hired Mike Kali, formerly of Netflix, to take on its chief information officer role, along with the title of senior vice president of infrastructure. Kali’s background in video is fitting, given Yahoo’s recent attempts to bolster its video content efforts. Yahoo also recently hired Alex Stamos to be its chief information security… Read More

Unclouded App Lets You See What’s Eating Up Your Cloud Storage

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Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 1.02.31 PM Back when the PC was king, a number of software programs were available that would let you analyze your hard drive utilization, allowing you to delete and relocate files in order to free up more storage space. But now that we’ve moved to using cloud services, where overuse isn’t just an annoyance, but incurs additional monthly charges, gaining that same sort of visibility is… Read More

The best tablet you can buy

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Since the introduction of the first iPad in 2010, tablets have taken off faster than any other piece of technology in recent history. Dozens of manufacturers make dozens of sizes of tablets, but they all share the same common ground: they are touchscreen slates that don’t need a keyboard and mouse. Some people like to use tablets as their only computers, while for many they are secondary devices that complement a smartphone and laptop. We’ve barely scratched the surface of what we can do with…

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Corporations are using dubious research to take over prisons

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Since the mid-1980s, private companies have contracted with states and branches of the federal government to assume certain prison operations. The argument behind these contracts has been that private companies — which are not beholden to things like pension arrangements with correctional officer’s unions — can cut prison spending in ways that governments can not.

For the most part, this argument was theoretical — an idea never definitively proven by any significant academic studies (though some have tried to do so). But then, in April 2013, came a study out of Temple University in Philadelphia. This study found that private prison companies could help governments cut costs from between 12.46 percent and 58.61 percent. It looked like a…

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Can iBeacons Be Used To Help The Visually Impaired Navigate Public Transport?

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iBeacons London-based digital design studio ustwo is working on a project with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) to determine whether iBeacons/Bluetooth Low Energy beacon technology can be used to help visually impaired individuals navigate public transport by mapping their location dynamically and providing audio cues to direct them through stations and onto trains via an app. Read More

Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence

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Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 12.43.22 PM Google has acquired Emu, a new mobile messaging application that just exited beta earlier this year. Emu was at heart an IM client, but it differentiated itself from the crowded market with smart features that incorporated a virtual assistant not unlike Siri to automate tasks based on your conversations – meaning you could do things like schedule appointments to your calendar, set… Read More

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