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Elton John's phantom fingers: the remote presence piano show of your dreams

Smart cards vital to pay-TV companies such as ONdigital

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Encrypted codes enable a pay-TV firm to charge for its programmes, without them its revenue would soon evaporateNew allegations about ONdigital's collapse centre on a small, high-tech item, the TV smart card.The smart card's encrypted codes enable a pay-TV firm to charge for its programmes, and switch off the viewers...
Smart cards vital to pay-TV companies such as ONdigital

Google Play, Apple's App Store Might Face "Legal Undertakings" In OFT's Investigation Of Freemium Games For Kids

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The freemium kids’ app party that has seen some parents left with hefty bills because of their kids’ use of games could be heading for a sticky end — at least in the U.K. The Office of Fair Trading has announced a six-month investigation into whether children are being “unfairly...
Google Play, Apple's App Store Might Face "Legal Undertakings" In OFT's Investigation Of Freemium Games For Kids
LG's woeful comeback attempt

Caterpillar CAT B15 smartphone offers a taste of rugged Jelly Bean

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We've seen our fair share of rugged smartphones, but there's a certain amount of attention due when a heavy equipment builder like Caterpillar gets involved. Its newest smartphone, the CAT B15, undoubtedly has the survivability you'd expect from a company that makes bulldozers: the aluminum-and-rubber shell can survive 5.9-foot...
Caterpillar CAT B15 smartphone offers a taste of rugged Jelly Bean
Tesla Will Webcast Supercharger Quick-Charge Unveiling Tonight

Microsoft's Xbox Live service is down for many due to sign-in issue

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Microsoft has posted a service alert to notify users of an issue it is having trouble processing sign-ins for Xbox Live . The company says the following platforms are affected: Games for Windows LIVE, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox 360 Console, Xbox.com, Zune PC Client. The alert also includes the following note: “It looks...
Microsoft's Xbox Live service is down for many due to sign-in issue

Did Joe Stack really torch his house and the IRS building in Austin within half an hour? -- Signs of the Times News

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Did Joe Stack really torch his house and the IRS building in Austin within half an hour? -- Signs of the Times News
Sprout Social knows when you're sleeping, awake, and checking social media
At the Democratic National Convention, Startups Emerge as a Force...For Partying

iPhone 5 Photos and Hands on Impressions

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After the media event, Apple allowed the attendees to use the new iPhone 5 in a hands on area. Many of the early impressions seem to be focused on how light and thin the new iPhone feels. Despite the decrease in weight, the iPhone 5 appears to be sturdy due...
iPhone 5 Photos and Hands on Impressions

This site is archiving the electronic sounds of the past, and it’s awesome

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Remember when Louis CK was ranting about how everything’s awesome and nobody’s happy? If you’re one of the people who can relate to how far we’ve come along in the past decade or two, you’re going to love the Museum of Endangered Sounds. Created by Brendan Chilcutt, the site archives...
This site is archiving the electronic sounds of the past, and it’s awesome
Unit 13 for the PS Vita is the epitome of flawed fun (review)

These 11 Ridiculous Vintage Ads Will Make You Even More Grateful For The iPhone 5

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While restlessly waiting for our iPhone 5s, we decided that it was an appropriate time to pay tribute to cell phones past. The year before Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1985, when the beloved iPhone wasn't but a twinkle in his eye, Motorola released the first cell phone ever....
These 11 Ridiculous Vintage Ads Will Make You Even More Grateful For The iPhone 5
Dylan’s Desk: Facebook’s IPO shows the playing field is permanently tilted

Estonia officially opens nationwide EV fast charging network

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If certain reporters had lived in Estonia, how different things might be. The small European state has just cut the ribbon on its nationwide EV fast-charge network -- providing 165 charging stations no further that 60km apart. Implementing a national or state-wide network of charger locations is something either...
Estonia officially opens nationwide EV fast charging network
The Stock Market Smiles On Facebook 'Home', With FB Share Price Up More Than 3% After Launch Event

Duolingo's Dual Language Learning and Translation Service Gets a $15M Endorsement From VCs

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Duolingo, the ambitious new crowdsourcing start-up from CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA co-creator Luis von Ahn, now has $15 million more in the bank. The Pittsburgh-based company’s Series B round was led by New Enterprise Associates and included return backer Union Square Ventures. If it works, Duolingo could be one of the...
Duolingo's Dual Language Learning and Translation Service Gets a $15M Endorsement From VCs

Think Skype is big? Go see how many people are using Tencent’s QQ right now

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The chances are that, if you live outside of China, you may heard of Tencent, but what about QQ, its instant messaging (IM) product? I chance that you’re far less familiar with the service. Well you shouldn’t be, it’s used by millions (nay, hundreds of millions) of Chinese Internet users and...
Think Skype is big? Go see how many people are using Tencent’s QQ right now

When toasters fly: what will it take for "smart" appliances to take off?

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You’re driving home after a long day at work. You call up your refrigerator and ask it what it suggests for dinner. It says you have just enough ingredients for one of your favorite comfort foods (a medium-rare burger with Swiss cheese, a kaiser roll and ketchup). You tell it to start defrosting the...
When toasters fly: what will it take for "smart" appliances to take off?

Villa in shock after Petrov diagnosed with leukaemia

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• Aston Villa midfielder tested after developing a fever • Club request privacy for 32-year-old BulgarianStilian Petrov has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, Aston Villa announced on Friday. It is the second time this month that a player's health has brought forth shock, concern and messages of support from across...
Villa in shock after Petrov diagnosed with leukaemia

Check out these smartphones: Underwater for over 90 minutes and still working [Video]

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The Next Web is out and about at Mobile World Congress this week, and at the Showstoppers event tonight we met some of the tech companies looking to make a name for themselves at this year’s flagship mobile industry event in Barcelona. One of these companies was HzO, which was...
Check out these smartphones: Underwater for over 90 minutes and still working [Video]

Back To School

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I've always loved Rodney Dangerfield's Back To School. I laugh out loud just thinking about that film. This week I'm doing my own version of Back To School. Monday night I did my annual talk with InSITE, the Columbia/NYU joint program that puts graduate students (mostly law school and business...
Back To School

Kyocera announces Dingo S smartphone for Japan, promises over 18 hours of talk time in three colors

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Its no Droid RAZR Maxx HD, but Kyocera's Dingo S just might be the trick longevity lovers in the land of the rising sun are looking for. This 4.7-inch Android 4.0 handset's 2,520mAh battery claims to have the largest capacity of any sub 5-inch device in Japan, promising more...
Kyocera announces Dingo S smartphone for Japan, promises over 18 hours of talk time in three colors

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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Weird. Just a few weeks ago, I wrote about how, for the first time ever, the top two comments for both the funniest comment and the most insightful comment were the same on each list. And here we are with it happening again. The winner, by far, for both the...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

Kyocera DuraPlus: a Sprint phone so masculine it'll kick your face in for misdialing

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Sprint's announced that it'll carry the Kyocera DuraPlus -- a rugged cellphone that recalls a lifetime of tedious internet memes. It's certified to "Military Standard 810G," for its resistance to dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, humidity and it's able to withstand water depths of one meter for, erm, up to...
Kyocera DuraPlus: a Sprint phone so masculine it'll kick your face in for misdialing

Social networking app Path is spamming users' contacts with random messages and calls

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Smart journal and social networking app Path is experiencing further technical problems today after a number of users reported how multiple spam messages were being sent out to people in their address books. Digital marketer Stephen Kenwright was woken up at 6am this morning after his father told him that he...
Social networking app Path is spamming users' contacts with random messages and calls

York to roll-out the UK's first network of pay-as-you-go charging points for electric cars

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York is to become the first city in the United Kingdom with a network of pay-as-you-go charging points for electric cars. The fueling stations will be installed in numerous car parks and ‘park and ride’ sites, and join the 12 charging points already spread out across the city. Electric cars...
York to roll-out the UK's first network of pay-as-you-go charging points for electric cars

SkyGiraffe Raises Seed Round From 500 Startups Partner And Original .Net Creator For Mobile App Platform

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SkyGiraffe, an enterprise mobile platform provider, has raised a seed round from well-known investors, including Parker Thompson, a partner at 500 Startups and Yuval Neeman, a former corporate vice president at Microsoft, who started and led the company’s .Net development. SkyGiraffe makes a platform called SkyGiraffe Studio that connects data...
SkyGiraffe Raises Seed Round From 500 Startups Partner And Original .Net Creator For Mobile App Platform

Did Twitter Just Kill TweetUp Minutes After Its Launch?

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Twitterjust put up a blog post talking up its platform approach and long-term strategy. Surprisingly, the company has made some decision that are sure to irk a bunch of third-party developers and startups. Here’s the big news: aside from Promoted Tweets, Twitter said it will not allow any third...
Did Twitter Just Kill TweetUp Minutes After Its Launch?
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