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Federal officials examine probable cause of spaceship crash

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2014 file photo, wreckage lies near the site where a Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket, SpaceShipTwo, exploded and crashed in Mojave, Calif. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet July 28 to determine what likely caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is considering what caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot.


Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here’s what that means

FILE - In this April 29, 2015 file photo, a Dell laptop computer running Windows 10 is on display at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco. Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, July 29, 2015, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.


Baidu shares dive on earnings miss

Baidu shares skidded after the Chinese Internet colossus reported earnings shy of most market expectationsBaidu's profit for the second quarter was 3.66 billion yuan ($591 million), up slightly from 3.55 billion yuan in the same quarter a year earlier. Sometimes referred to as the Chinese answer to Google, Baidu reported revenues rose 38 percent from a year earlier to 16.57 billion yuan. Baidu had ended the formal trading day down 4.16 percent.


GST changes capture online retail elephants but miss ‘millions of mice’: CPA

GST changes capture online retail elephants but miss 'millions of mice': CPAWhile agreeing with the principle of lowering the GST threshold for online purchases, CPA Australia has said that the complexities involved with making the change are only now starting to sink in.


NSW opts for own transaction portal for now

NSW opts for own transaction portal for nowFor the time being, the NSW government will be designing its own digital transaction portal on Service NSW, while it discusses joining myGov.


Google moves to decouple Google+ and YouTube

Google moves to decouple Google+ and YouTubeFollowing feedback from its users, Google+ is getting a makeover, with the search engine giant admitting that decisions it had made in the social networking space previously, were not necessarily the best, and it will start with decoupling YouTube comments.


IoT to generate massive data, help grow biz revenue

IoT to generate massive data, help grow biz revenueInternet of Things (IoT) will churn more than 20 trillion gigabytes of data by 2025, fueled by increasing broadband speeds, and is expected to generate new revenue for businesses.


Doc or Sorkinization? Which will be the better Steve Jobs movie?

Doc or Sorkinization? Which will be the better Steve Jobs movie?Technically Incorrect: Will it be the documentary, whose first trailer was just released? Or will it be the Aaron Sorkin version, which, it was announced Monday, will be the centerpiece of the New York Film Festival?


OnePlus announces the next generation flagship killer: The OnePlus 2, priced below $400

OnePlus announces the next generation flagship killer: The OnePlus 2, priced below $400OnePlus launched a new phone, dubbed the flagship killer, in 2014. Today OnePlus brings us its successor, the OnePlus 2, with even more impressive specs at a sub-$400 price.


The OnePlus 2 pushes the boundaries of how cheap a flagship phone can be

The OnePlus 2 pushes the boundaries of how cheap a flagship phone can beThere are more options than ever for getting a good, cheap smartphone, and last year’s OnePlus One was a standout. The just-announced, heavily-leaked OnePlus 2 doesn’t deviate strongly from the formula that made the One such an intriguing phone, but there are some notable differences to be found once you dig into the new device.


Baidu shares dive on earnings miss

Baidu shares dive on earnings missSometimes referred to as the Chinese answer to Google, Baidu reported that revenues rose 38 percent from a year earlier, but not enough to meet expectations.


Leak: Moto G specs and pricing revealed ahead of tomorrow’s event

Ahead of Motorola’s planned special event this Tuesday, a Brazilian retailer accidentally uploaded unboxing photos of the third-gen Moto G. As a result, we basically know most everything there is to know about the third generation of the budget-friendly Moto G. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without The leaked photos, originally spotted by Pocketnow, reveal that the upcoming Moto G will feature a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, a 13 megapixel rear facing camera, a front facing 5 megapixel camera, a 5-inch display made out of sturdy Gorilla Glass, LTE connectivity, 16GB of storage, an IPX7 waterproof rating, and the ability to personalize the device via different colored and interchangeable shells. Price wise, the third-gen Moto

eBay Now rapid delivery service shut down

eBay Now rapid delivery service shut downThe e-commerce company continues trimming initiatives to focus on its core marketplace, saying Monday it's shuttering some delivery services and several mobile apps.


KLM flight sways crazily in windy landing

KLM flight sways crazily in windy landingIt's not exactly easy to land a Boeing 777 in 60 mph winds. Or, at least, it doesn't look as if it is.


Toshiba interim CEO Muromachi to stay on in role: media

Man walks past logo of Toshiba Corp at electronics store in TokyoToshiba Corp has decided to propose interim President Masashi Muromachi as a more permanent chief executive officer beyond September after a slew of executives resigned over their roles in the country's biggest accounting scandal in years, Japanese media said on Tuesday. The Japanese computers-to-nuclear conglomerate had said last week that then-chairman Muromachi would temporarily assume the CEO role after an independent probe found that former CEO Hisao Tanaka had been aware the company had inflated its profits by $1.2 billion over a period of several years. A Toshiba spokesman said nothing had been decided.


Every new movie and TV show you can stream on Netflix this week (July 26 – August 1)

It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new Netflix movies and shows for your streaming pleasure. A lot of your time is wasted by looking around Netflix for something you haven’t seen yet, so this update will save you some precious ticks on the clock. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without The August releases haven’t been announced yet, but we’ll update this post as soon as they are. July 28th Comet (2014) Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (Season 2) July 30th Almost Mercy (2015) My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Season 5) The Wrecking Crew (2008) July 31st Turbo Fast (Season 2) Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015)

Shoveling more dirt onto Google+’s grave

A little more than four years ago, Google unveiled Google+, an awkwardly named social network that Google hoped would become a serious rival to Facebook. It goes without saying that didn’t happen even though Google annoyingly tried to push the platform onto anyone who used any of its services. Google has spent the last several months chopping up Google+’s most useful pieces and making them separate services as it moves away from making Google+ the central hub for all Google-related activity. And on Monday, the company announced its most drastic step for breaking up Google+ year. RELATED: Man who wrote entire book on Google+ has no idea how to stop it from spamming him Google now says that in the coming

Samsung to host Unpacked event on August 13, new mobile products to be announced

Samsung to host Unpacked event on August 13, new mobile products to be announcedThe rumors were right. Samsung is readying its latest devices ahead of rival launches.


Where can Microsoft’s Windows Phone go from here?

Where can Microsoft's Windows Phone go from here?With its biggest hardware gamble a failure and Windows 10 about to arrive, the software maker is pressed to prove what it can achieve in the phone business.


Federal govt calls for joint effort to back STEM education in Australia

Federal govt calls for joint effort to back STEM education in AustraliaStudents, parents, teachers, schools, and the government are all responsible for driving the uptake of STEM skills in Australia, according to ​Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science Karen Andrews.


Beijing cops shut down huge $19 million counterfeit iPhone factory

Have you ever seen an iPhone on sale with a price that’s too good to be true? It turns out counterfeiting the iPhone is a profitable pastime in many parts of the world. But at least one massive counterfeit iPhone operation in China was recently shut down, as police raided a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as $19 million. DON’T MISS: Intel Skylake specs leak; Expect new laptops with 41% faster graphics and insane battery life Disguised as a gadget maintenance shop, the company operated in the northern outskirts of Beijing and was apparently the brainchild of a married couple. The couple allegedly set up the factory in January, Reuters reports, by creating six assembly

Nike offers partial refund to end FuelBand lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — Nike will give partial refunds or gift cards to people who bought FuelBand fitness trackers in the last 3 1/2 years, resolving a lawsuit that says the products can't accurately tally how many steps a user is taking or how many calories they've burned.

​Stagefright: Just how scary is it for Android users?

​Stagefright: Just how scary is it for Android users?If your smartphone or tablet vendor doesn't fix the Stagefright security hole, this text-message based malware can be really scary. But you can protect yourself from it with a few simple steps.


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Samsung to host Unpacked event on August 13th

Samsung to host Unpacked event on August 13thSamsung today officially announced its next major product launch event, which will take place in New York on August 13th. Galaxy Unpacked 2015 will be at 11:00AM ET on that date, and will likely include the announcement of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, the details of which have leaked extensively over the past few weeks. Announcing the next generation of its successful Note series in August is a change of approach for Samsung, which has traditionally launched Note devices in early September, with retail availability occurring a few weeks later.


Fan mashup pits Katniss against Jon in ‘The Hunger Game of Thrones’

Fan mashup pits Katniss against Jon in 'The Hunger Game of Thrones'It's Katniss Everdeen versus Jon Snow in an epic battle to the death in this fan-made parody trailer for "The Hunger Game of Thrones," a movie we actually kind of wish was a real thing.


Here’s why your canine companion is actually pretty smart

Here's why your canine companion is actually pretty smartDid you know that dogs can detect things like seizures, low blood sugar and cancer? A new AsapScience video looks at some of the scientific wonders of man's best friend.


Twitter for Windows 10 gets a new look

Twitter for Windows 10 gets a new lookTwitter for Windows 8 first debuted in March 2013, and it has been barely updated ever since. Twitter is working on an updated app for Windows 10, and it appears it will be rolling out soon. Screenshots of the new app are available in the Windows Store right now, revealing a look that compliments the new theme for Windows 10.


Most Android phones can be hacked with one text

Most Android phones can be hacked with one textWatch out, Android owners. A security firm says it only takes one malicious text message to spy on your phone and steal personal data. Google has a fix, but when will it be coming to your phone?


Fallout 4′s Boston location was decided before Skyrim launched

Fallout 4's Boston location was decided before Skyrim launchedBethesda's head of marketing told GameSpot that Fallout 4's Boston setting was set many years ago.


GTA 5: How to earn double GTA$ and RP this week

GTA 5: How to earn double GTA$ and RP this weekEarn extra bonuses this week by completing GTA Online's "Series A Funding" Heist or participating in various activities.


Witcher 3′s final free DLC is New Game Plus

Witcher 3's final free DLC is New Game PlusIt's not coming this week, but CD Projekt Red starts to tease the RPG's New Game Plus with cryptic image.


Your Destiny character will stay with you for 10 years

Your Destiny character will stay with you for 10 yearsNo need to make a new character for upcoming expansions or sequels, Bungie confirms.


Why Halo 5 has no split-screen at all

Why Halo 5 has no split-screen at all343 explains the difficult decision to drop split-screen, saying it might have "compromised" the game.


Why Bugs Bunny is the greatest cartoon character ever

Why Bugs Bunny is the greatest cartoon character everBugs Bunny, one of the most beloved and enduring characters of the 20th century, turns 75 today. If you want a semi-formal study on why Bugs and his Looney Tunes brethren are so great, you should probably start with Chuck Jones. Jones gave us the classic "Hunting Season Trilogy" along with what What's Opera, Doc?, which is widely considered one of the finest cartoons ever made.


Fantasy sports company DraftKings raises $300 mn

DraftKings, a leading player in the booming fantasy sports business, announced Monday that it raised $300 million from a group of investors that includes Fox Sports and three major sports leaguesDraftKings, a leading player in the booming fantasy sports business, announced Monday that it raised $300 million from a group of investors that includes Fox Sports and three major sports leagues. Winning support from the leagues -- Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer -- "is an incredible milestone for us," said Jason Robins, chief executive of DraftKings. Equally important, DraftKings wants to build the global audience for sports like baseball and American football, which are not widely watched outside the US.


Time to binge: Every movie and TV show that will expire from Netflix in August

Nooooo! Every month around this time, Netflix subscribers are informed that a bunch of movies and TV show seasons are about to expire. Needless to say, the following weekend marks the start of a binge-fest for the ages. In August, there are definitely some titles that you’ll be sad to say goodbye to — among them are Unbreakable, The Fifth Element, Face/Off and Titanic. OK fine, no one will really be sad to see Titanic go… DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without The following is a list of every movie and TV series set to be removed from Netflix in August, along with the exact dates they’ll be removed. Leaving Aug. 1 Bad Girl Island (2007)

Lock it down: Google shows off Android’s boot verification warning system

Lock it down: Google shows off Android's boot verification warning systemUsing a verified boot process, Google will make Android safer by warning device owners if their software has been tampered with.


Killers and Deaths Everywhere (in Technology)

Killers and Deaths Everywhere (in Technology)I install a lot of apps on my mobile and tablet. But recently I have changed. I am trying to avoid installing apps if I am going to use them occasionally. It just consumes space in my phone, and there is no way I am going to find it when I need anyways. Searching for app is so not intuitive and obvious, I would rather search for things...


NY wins $600 million hub for photonics research, development

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester, whose fortunes have risen and fallen with the demand for futuristic technologies from former powerhouses like Xerox and Kodak, is looking for its next big breakthrough in the field of integrated photonics, a light science with the potential to transform communications, medicine and national defense.

Apple Watch will be sold at some Best Buy stores

FILE - In this April 10, 2015 file photo, a customer handles an Apple Watch at an Apple store in Sydney. U.S. retailer Best Buy Co. says it will sell the Apple Watch at 100 of its stores and on its website beginning Aug. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)NEW YORK (AP) — The Apple Watch is heading to some Best Buy stores ahead of the holiday shopping season.


You can now mute people who Periscope too much

You can now mute people who Periscope too muchThe rise of live-streaming apps this year has proven a boon to journalists, media organizations, and everyday people who find themselves standing at the center of a news event — and those who want to watch them unfold. But their drop-everything-and-look nature can be addictive, and frequent broadcasters wind up spamming the notifications of the people who follow them. It's been my biggest complaint about Periscope, Twitter's live-streaming app, from day one. Today the company took an important step to fix it.


Every single new movie and TV show coming to Netflix in August

Netflix subscribers, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. Each and every month, Netflix adds dozens of new titles to its catalog of movies and TV shows. Of course, August is no different, and the company just announced everything new that’s coming to a TV, computer, tablet or smartphone near you in August. Highlights include The Hurt Locker, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Doctor Who: Season 8 and two Russell Brand stand-up specials. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without Here’s the full list of everything new coming to Netflix next month, along with the date each movie and TV show will be added. Available Aug. 1 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet

NSA analysts will lose access to phone record database on November 29th

NSA analysts will lose access to phone record database on November 29thThe Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has laid out a roadmap for restricting access to, and eventually deleting, years' worth of telephone records collected under the Patriot Act. In a statement today, the office addressed questions about how intelligence agencies will transition into the new, reformed surveillance framework, which was signed into law last month. While the USA Freedom Act bans what's known as "bulk collection" of phone metadata, the NSA was given a six-month grace period to phase out the old program. On November 29th, the ODNI says, intelligence analysts will lose access to past data.


Former HTC and Apple employees are creating hardware together

Former HTC and Apple employees are creating hardware togetherNextBit, a mobile developer that wanted to bring Handoff-style app switching to Android, is now getting into the hardware business. Recode reports that the startup now plans on designing its own smartphone. NextBit, which is run by alums from Google, Apple, HTC, and Amazon, initially unveiled its app transfer software late last year. Called Baton, the software allows the user to save their state in whatever app their using, and share that data to other Baton-ready device.


Cells with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads?

Cells with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads?Researchers from the University of St. Andrews figure out a way to attach laser lights to cells to make them easier to keep track of. Because they don't make name tags that tiny.


Chi-X founder in blockchain trading technology venture

By Lionel Laurent LONDON (Reuters) - One of the founders of trading venue Chi-X Europe is joining the race to bring "blockchain" technology, the system that tracks and identifies transactions in digital-currency bitcoin, to the wider financial world. A venture called SETL, led by former Chi-X head Peter Randall and hedge-fund investor Anthony Culligan, said on Monday its blockchain-inspired technology would simultaneously transact real-world currencies or assets and provide a "golden record" of the trade, which takes days on some financial markets. "We want to unlock the power of the blockchain for financial markets," said Randall in an interview.

New Moto X rumored to have 1080p display, big battery, microSD slot

New Moto X rumored to have 1080p display, big battery, microSD slotMotorola may resist the industry trend of moving to higher-resolution displays with its upcoming, third-generation Moto X. HelloMotoHK has published what it claims to be accurate hardware specs for the device, and those point to the 2015 Moto X having a 1080p screen — just like last year's. This display will be larger, however, coming in at 5.5 inches. If accurate, the new Moto X will be larger than the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, though still falls short of the biggest phablets like Samsung's Galaxy Note and Motorola's own Nexus 6.


Google+ to be subtracted from YouTube, other services

Google+ to be subtracted from YouTube, other servicesThe Internet giant is changing its tune, allowing users to ignore Google+ and have just a general Google account to access everything. So what happens to the social network now?


These car rental companies still let you rent cars with deadly unfixed recalls

Not all cars are safe, and that’s especially true for rental cars. In light of the massive Fiat Chrysler and Takata recalls, a recent report has looked at what happens with rental cars that are part of such recalls and how that affects unsuspecting renters. In case you happen to rent cars on a regular basis, you should read this before you rent the next one — it might just save your life. DON’T MISS: Intel Skylake specs leak; Expect new laptops with 41% faster graphics and insane battery life Looking at recalled cars that are part of rental fleets, Today has discovered an unnerving problem: While it’s illegal to sell cars that have been recalled, they can still be rented out

Bolivia is tripling the size of its subway in the sky

Passengers board cable cars at the Jacha Kathu station in El AltoBy Sarah Marsh LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivia already has the largest urban cable car system in the world. Now the booming country is tripling the size of the network and will soon have nine lines whizzing above the administrative capital of La Paz. State company "Mi Teleferico" ("My Cable Car") now operates three lines, including two linking La Paz with the satellite city of El Alto.


Everything coming and going on Netflix for August 2015

Everything coming and going on Netflix for August 2015There are around 80 titles being added to Netflix next month, while 40 are going offline. Find out what to watch right here.


New York’s LaGuardia Airport is so bad that it’s being completely replaced

New York’s LaGuardia Airport is so bad that it’s being completely replacedThe airport — the smallest of three major airports that serve the New York metropolitan area — is so bad that Vice President Joe Biden famously quipped that it felt like a "third-world" facility in remarks last year. Biden joined New York governor Andrew Cuomo today to announce an expansive plan for LaGuardia that would effectively raze the entire thing and replace it with a single giant terminal — an improvement over the collection of small terminals that serves the airport today — and move its boundary further from Flushing Bay so it can grow in size. New York will have the newest major airport in the United States.


Google throttles back vision for its social network

Google throttles back vision for its social networkGoogle on Monday said it is throttling back on its vision of having profiles at its social network serve as people's identities across its range of online offerings. "Important changes" coming to Google+ in the months ahead will include users no longer needing an account at the social network to post videos or comments at YouTube. "When we launched Google+, we set out to help people discover, share and connect across Google like they do in real life," vice president of streams, photos and sharing Bradley Horowitz said in a blog post.


Dengue vaccine protects people nine years or older — but harms younger kids

Dengue vaccine protects people nine years or older — but harms younger kidsA vaccine for dengue, a leading cause of illness and death among children in some Latin American and Asian countries, protects people nine years old and older from the infection, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. There’s a catch, though: children vaccinated before age nine were actually more likely to contract the illness. Children who were nine or older at the study’s start were 80 percent less likely to be hospitalized from dengue two years later, compared to their peers receiving a placebo.


Canary home security system: Convenient surveillance in a small package

Canary home security system: Convenient surveillance in a small packageIf you're looking for the most user-friendly home and small business security device on the planet, Canary may have just what you're looking for.


Facebook opens up Internet.org to all mobile operators

Facebook opens up Internet.org to all mobile operatorsA year after Facebook introduced Internet.org, the company is making it easier for any mobile operator to sign up to offer free internet access to basic online services. Facebook is now attempting to woo more mobile operators to join the program, announcing a dedicated portal through which operators can sign up. As a nod to the raging net neutrality debate and accusations that Internet.org allowed access to only preferred websites, Facebook also made sure to reiterate in its blog post that its goal was to "work with as many mobile operators and developers as possible to extend the benefits of connectivity." Theoretically, this means that any developer would be able to create services offered through Internet.org — although questions about how much this will cost, or what regulations developers will have to work around, remain as yet unanswered.


The Distiller App: A Portal to the World of Whiskey

The Distiller App: A Portal to the World of WhiskeyLearn how a new app for whiskey fans came to be and how it works.


Nike FuelBand settlement pays $15 to $25 for owners

Did you buy one or more FuelBands from Nike or the Apple Store at any point between January 19th, 2012 and June 17th, 2015? If you answered yes, then you should know you’re entitled to some money back from Nike — either $15 in cash or a $25 gift card. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without Nike and Apple both agreed to settle a class action case against them, though it’s only Nike that’s forking out the $2.4 million to customers. According to ModernReaders, buyers have until January 4th, 2016 to claim the cash payout or gift card, and they can claim as many as either, based on the number of FuelBands they bought. The gift card can

Dreaming of a more secure and hybrid MBaaS future

Dreaming of a more secure and hybrid MBaaS futureThe future of MBaaS is going to be more hybrid and secure to meet the security requirements of customers across regulated industries.


One year later, Internet.org opens to more mobile operators

One year later, Internet.org opens to more mobile operatorsAny mobile operator can now partner with the Facebook-backed initiative to expand Internet access around the world.


How the Americans With Disabilities Act Helps the Able-Bodied

How the Americans With Disabilities Act Helps the Able-Bodied*co-authored by Alexis Ander Kashar and Debbie Ander Kenvin."Hello," said the doctor, "can you please tell your grandmother and family that your grandfather passed away this evening? Thank you and have a nice night." Debbie looked at the phone that was too big for her to hold, unsure of what the doctor meant, but proceeded to relay the call to...


Al Roker is airing a new cooking series on Meerkat

Al Roker is airing a new cooking series on MeerkatIf you're like me, you're probably familiar with Al Roker because of his work on TV. He's gregarious and capable as the weather anchor on NBC's Today, and he hosts his own daily show on The Weather Channel, Wake Up with Al. Here's something you might not know about Roker: he's a contemporary Renaissance man, a media personality who also happens to be an author, a cooking enthusiast, and the head of a TV production company. And through Roker Labs, the new innovation-centric arm of Al Roker Entertainment, he's trying to add a new title to his crowded résumé: live streaming pioneer. ...


OnePlus 2 leak: High-quality photos offer our best look yet

We’re just hours away from OnePlus’s big event for the OnePlus 2 smartphone but Droid Life has obtained some high-quality photos that give us our very best look at the new device. FROM EARLIER: 950 million Android users at risk as researcher uncovers massive security flaw Here is what the rear of the phone looks like. It has a similar look overall compared to the OnePlus One though it’s slightly more refined. The camera module is placed more toward the center of the device than on the previous model and this model appears to not have the ugly Cyanogen branding at the bottom that the OnePlus One had, although that may yet appear in the final version that’s shipped to customers. Source:

Netflix streaming strategy for August: replace great movies with Reading Rainbow nostalgia

Netflix streaming strategy for August: replace great movies with Reading Rainbow nostalgiaEvery month, Netflix announces which films and television shows will be joining and leaving the streaming service. August's list, like the lists of many recent months, is an example of the company's ability to fill the service with nostalgic fluff, while losing some of its best material. (I love you, Bill Nye the Science Guy, but I'm looking at you.)


Google throttles back vision for its social network

Google on Monday said it is throttling back on its vision of having profiles at its social network serve as people's identities across its range of online offerings. "Important changes" coming to Google+ in the months ahead will include users no longer needing an account at the social network to post videos or comments at YouTube. "When we launched Google+, we set out to help people discover, share and connect across Google like they do in real life," vice president of streams, photos and sharing Bradley Horowitz said in a blog post.


Watch ‘Catapult’ Bed Literally Launch Sleepers into the Day

If you’ve never heard of scientist and YouTube sensation Colin Furze, now’s the time to check him out. Just don’t ever spend the night at his house.Furze, who’s gained a huge following due to such insane, brilliant inventions as a bike that runs on ice and a jet-powered Go-Kart, has now made what might be his most ingenious (or...

TomTom is now making maps for autonomous vehicles

TomTom is now making maps for autonomous vehiclesAutonomous vehicles are going to need detailed maps of the world if they want to carefully get around, and TomTom wants to be one of the companies to provide those. It's starting to work with auto parts maker Bosch to develop road maps for self-driving vehicles. By the end of the year, TomTom wants to cover "all freeways and freeway-like roads in Germany," before eventually expanding to Europe and North America.


WordPress on national security demands: “We wish we could tell you more”

WordPress on national security demands: The company has not received a single national security demands in two years.


Ouya, video-game console startup, gets scooped up by Razer

Ouya, video-game console startup, gets scooped up by RazerGaming hardware maker Razer will integrate Ouya's app store and publishing business into its operations as it seeks to expand into content. The future of Ouya's hardware is unclear but looks shaky.


OnePlus 2 shows up in detailed photos ahead of announcement

OnePlus 2 shows up in detailed photos ahead of announcementAfter images of the design were leaked by a Chinese regulator last week, today we're seeing even more closeups of the second-gen OnePlus posted at both Android Central and the XDA forums. The OnePlus 2's removable back comes off to reveal dual-SIM support, and the person who posted these photos claims that the 13-megapixel camera's optical image stabilization performs well. OnePlus has already revealed that the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor and 4GB of RAM.


Taxi laws need post-Uber rethink, French economy minister says

Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in MadridUber has had a rough ride in France to date. A law passed in October last year attempting to address the issues it raised restricts the use of the localization software Uber uses. The law is being challenged by Uber, which faces similar opposition in other countries around the world.


Get the first four ‘Mission: Impossible’ movies for free

Get the first four 'Mission: Impossible' movies for freeAs if you need another reason to get amped up for 'Rogue Nation,' Paramount is giving away some of Tom Cruise's finest.


Watch a semi truck fly a record-breaking 166 feet through the air

Watch a semi truck fly a record-breaking 166 feet through the airI don't really have a lot to add to this one; here's a semi jumping over half the length of a football field. What else needs to be said? It's apparently a record for the longest semi jump, obliterating the 83-foot, 7-inch record set by Lotus last year in an insane stunt involving an F1 car swerving beneath the airborne big rig. Stunt driver Gregg Godfrey says he meant to only jump 140 feet, but accidentally jumped another couple dozen feet at an event in Montana last week. As mistakes go, that's a pretty awesome one to make.


Microsoft’s next Android app is Arrow, a Windows Phone-like launcher

Microsoft's next Android app is Arrow, a Windows Phone-like launcherFollowing in the footsteps of Nokia, Microsoft has an app launcher for Android. Called Arrow, the software is available through a private, invite-only basis for now.


These 3 Amazon deals offer killer prices on gadgets every smartphone user needs

Yes, Amazon’s massive Prime Day sale ended up being a bust for the most part. The site is still home to some of the best deals you’ll find on the web, of course, and we’ve got three solid ones to share with you today. All three of them are limited-time sales on great gadgets that bring cheap prices to accessories every smartphone user should have. How good are these prices? One deal drops the price of a very handy accessory to just $4.99 with free shipping — there are some cups of coffee at Starbucks that aren’t even that cheap! DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without Like all sales, the sales we’ll be highlighting today

Microsoft to open its New York City flagship store this fall

Microsoft to open its New York City flagship store this fallMicrosoft's first New York City flagship retail store will be opening this fall on Fifth Avenue.


Exclusive: Pivotal Labs taps AAA veteran to lead transformation

Exclusive: Pivotal Labs taps AAA veteran to lead transformationThe San Francisco-based company affirmed to ZDNet exclusively that it has tapped Siobhan McFeeney to lead Pivotal's transformation practice team.


Google+ and YouTube are finally splitting up

Google+ and YouTube are finally splitting upGoogle is officially divorcing Google+ profiles from its other, more popular services. The decision comes several months after Google stopped forcing new users to create accounts under its social network, which has failed to become the Facebook and Twitter competitor Mountain View once hoped it would be. Google has also split successful Google+ features like Photos into stand-alone products, a strategy it says will continue.


Nile seen from space at night is a glittering golden fissure

Nile seen from space at night is a glittering golden fissureThe Earth looks like a strange sci-fi planet when NASA astronaut Scott Kelly looks down and sees the Nile cutting across the faraway landscape.


A Leader’s Guide to Redesigning Work in the Era of Cognitive Technologies

Over the next few years artificial intelligence technologies, also known as cognitive technologies, will likely have a profound impact on work, workers, and organizations. These technologies can and will be used to eliminate jobs. But they will also make it possible to redesign work, creating new opportunities for workers and greater value for...

Generate multiple indexes in the same Word document

Generate multiple indexes in the same Word documentOne index is usually enough, but when you need more, use these two tricks to generate exactly the indices you need.


Cord cutters: Free app makes Netflix like watching cable TV so you can relive pay TV’s glory days

There are some things about pay TV that cord cutters will never, ever miss. The first couple that obviously spring to mind are the ridiculously expensive prices, and the annoying channel bundles that can’t be broken apart. But, no matter… all that is behind you now if you’ve cut the cord, and that’s part of the reason so many are saying goodbye to traditional pay TV. Cable and satellite TV do have some redeeming qualities though, and there are actually a few things cord cutters might actually miss once their pay TV packages are gone. Now, however, there’s a nifty free app that lets you relive cable TV’s glory days without having to pay for it. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day

The Back to the Future Donald Trump mash-up is too real and too terrifying

The Back to the Future Donald Trump mash-up is too real and too terrifyingVideo artist James Montalbano has replaced the grim fictional 1985 of Back to the Future Part II with the grim non-fictional 2015 of the current election cycle. The scene, in which Marty McFly watches the promotional video for the old, wealthy, and evil Biff Tannen, has been altered to feature stump speeches and news footage of Donald Trump. The similarities between Biff Tannen and Donald Trump are well documented, but for those new to the national conversation, Marty McFly's nemesis Biff Tannen makes his fortune in the 1980s off a casino, a hotel, and real estate — along with a sports almanac from the future.


Samsung unveils monitor that can wirelessly charge your phone

Samsung unveils monitor that can wirelessly charge your phoneThe company announces the world's first wireless mobile-charging monitor at a time when PC monitor sales are on the decline.


Most Android phones at risk from simple text hack, researcher says

Most Android phones at risk from simple text hack, researcher saysLast year, more than 1 billion Android devices shipped around the globe. Security firm Zimperium says this vulnerability could affect 95 percent of them.


New York Magazine’s website is under attack after an ambitious Cosby rape story

New York Magazine's website is under attack after an ambitious Cosby rape storyAt 9PM on Sunday night, New York Magazine published to the web one of its most ambitious and powerful stories of the year, an extended interview with 35 women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. On Twitter, accounts identifying themselves as the hackers gave a variety of conflicting and implausible explanations for the attack, ranging from general animosity toward New York City to a personal connection with one of the women involved.


When it’s time to break away from monoliths to microservices

When it's time to break away from monoliths to microservicesIn transitioning from monoliths to service-oriented architectures, the organization needs to change first.


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