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Google signage seen at the company's offices in New YorkBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is expanding its artificial intelligence initiative, hiring more than half a dozen leading academics and experts in the field and announcing a partnership with Oxford University to "accelerate" its efforts. Google will make a "substantial contribution" to establish a research partnership with Oxford's computer science and engineering departments, the company said on Thursday regarding its work to develop the intelligence of machines and software, often to emulate human-like intelligence. ...


The Apple logo is lit on the first day of sale for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, in Sydney(Reuters) - GT Advanced Technologies Inc said it reached an agreement with Apple Inc under which it will stop making sapphire materials and focus on supplying equipment to make sapphire crystals. GT said it would be released from all exclusivity obligations with Apple and a mechanism would be provided for the iPhone maker to recover its $439 million pre-payment to the company, without interest. GT, a former supplier to Apple, filed for bankruptcy on Oct 6 in a stunning turn of events for a company whose fortunes looked bright only a few months ago. ...


Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont speaks to reporters in HavanaBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday pressed large Internet providers to pledge that they will not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than others or give similar "fast lanes" to affiliated services. As regulators work on new so-called "net neutrality" rules, Leahy wrote to chiefs of AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Time Warner Cable Inc and Charter Communications Inc. ...


A Rogers sign is seen at its headquarters following the Rogers Communications Inc AGM in TorontoBy Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian telecom and media company Rogers Communications Inc posted a 28 percent decline in third-quarter net income on Thursday, but reaffirmed its profit targets for the year as it heralded the end of a corporate shuffle. Rogers, the country's largest provider of cellular service, added just 17,000 net wireless subscribers on contracts, who typically spend more per month and are less likely to switch providers than those who pay for service upfront. That was a sharp drop from the 64,000 added a year ago. ...


GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney takes a "selfie" photograph before ringing the opening bell, before the company's IPO on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York(Reuters) - GrubHub Inc reported a more than five-fold jump in quarterly profit as more consumers used the online food-order-and-delivery company to order meals. The company's shares rose as much as 6 percent to $39.50 in early trading on Thursday. GrubHub, which delivers everything from expensive steaks to bento boxes, receives a commission from restaurants on orders booked through its website and mobile application. Online food delivery companies have been benefiting as more people use smartphones and other devices to order online. ...


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The headphones ad that reminds you how awful headphones can beJBL amusingly brings back all the times you were tied up by your headphone wires.>


  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:23:29 -0400
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Robots fight fire with fire in RoboGames.The "Olympics of robots" is in the midst of a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to raise $40,000 to help produce an independent, Web-based video series of metal mayhem.>


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iPad Air 2 has a smaller battery, iFixit findsThe one new feature you didn't expect from Apple's iPad Air 2? iFixit says the new device has a battery that's 15 percent smaller, yet Apple claims it still gets the same battery life.>


  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:10:57 -0400

Use Apple Pay, meet famous people, says new adMastercard advertises its association with Apple Pay, releasing a new ad to coincide with the World Series.>


  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:05:53 -0400
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One pro photographer’s secret tricks for taking world-class pics with your iPhone 6The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have both earned wide praise for the quality of their cameras but they still won’t help you take high-quality pictures if you don’t know how to use them properly. Professional photographer Chris Vultaggio has written up a great list of tips and tricks that every amateur iPhone photographer should know if they want to snap pictures like the pros. FROM EARLIER: The best and most extensive iPhone 6 Plus camera review you’ll ever see First, Vultaggio says you need to take some time to make sure your camera is properly stable before snapping pictures. He says this is easier said than done because rear LCD screens encourage us to snap pictures at arms’ length and thus their pictures


Hailo's app now lets you pay for cabs you've flagged on the street


  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:01:00 -0400

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Facebook's new Rooms app harkens back to the way the Internet used to be.The world's largest social network is expanding its app strategy with a program that helps people chat in groups.>


Facebook's new Rooms app brings bite-sized forums to your iPhone"We’re not trying to build the next Snapchat — we’re trying to build the next Wordpress."


Finally! The phone-charging cable you've been waiting forFrom the category of "what took so long" comes the Night Cable -- a 10-foot-long cord that just might end cable frustration forever.>


The line outside Apple's Fifth Ave. store Thursday, where the iPhone 6 continues to be the big draw.The new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 are overshadowed by continued demand for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.>


By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Thursday it would keep evaluating its former supplier GT Advanced Technologies' progress on developing sapphire production and also consider other options for its plant in Mesa, Arizona. "Apple put a lot of effort into an ambitious new sapphire manufacturing process with GTAT which is not ready for production," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said. "We’re going to continue evaluating GTAT's progress on larger sapphire boule development, as well as consider other options for the facility. ...

Man accidentally texts probation officer to ask for weedA Georgia man makes an unfortunate cell phone slip-up that sends him to jail.>


7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that are free right now (save $42!)The week is almost over but there are still plenty of awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps to be enjoyed for free. Wednesday’s list had eight nifty apps — some of which are still on sale if you hurry — and Thursday brings another seven apps regularly worth a combined $42. For a limited time, however, each and every one of them is completely free to download. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an


Microsoft is putting the kibosh on the free option for Xbox Music.The free service will be retired on December 1 as Microsoft decides to focus on its subscription plan alone.>


Huawei touts growth as smartphone shipments rise 26 percentThe company says it was able to double the amount of shipments on the premium side of the market and that it shipped nearly 17 million units worldwide in the third quarter.>


Uber brings on-demand flu shots to Boston, NYC and DC for a day


How Kevin Smith learned to love making movies againKevin Smith’s legendary film Clerks hit theaters 20 years ago this month. Shot in black and white with a measly $27,000 budget, the film ended up being a critical success and launched Smith’s filmmaking career. He spent the next decade building a quirky and bizarre film universe that mixed his trademark brand of vulgar humor with surprisingly intense and personal stories; his movies were never box-office smashes, but they were cult hits that built him a loyal and passionate fanbase.


Senator wants Whisper to clarify privacy policy after reports of user trackingSenate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller is calling for Whisper's CEO to clearly outline his company's privacy policy after The Guardian accused the anonymity-focused social app of quietly monitoring its users in an exposé last week. "I take this matter seriously," wrote Rockefeller in a letter sent to CEO Michael Heyward Wednesday. In a statement provided to The Verge, Whisper said "We share the Senator's interest in protecting consumer privacy and will respond shortly.


Google product communications manager Stephanie Shih demonstrates a Google Street View of Thimphu, on October 23, 2014Google provided a sneak peek into Bhutan Thursday by unveiling a Street View project for the remote Himalayan kingdom, featuring panoramic views of its majestic mountains, monasteries and crystal-clear rivers. "Most governments love Street View because it promotes tourism -- they are drawn to its commercial benefits," Google's Divon Lan, one of the Street View managers, told AFP on Thursday as the project was launched.


Hailo is an app that lets taxi drivers connect with passengers more easily.Cab app Hailo has hit the road to take on Uber with new features after quitting the US earlier this month.>


The Boy Genius Report: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhoneIt’s easy to get excited about Apple products. They get faster, thinner, lighter, smaller, better, more beautiful and more functional. But every so often Apple introduces a pivotal product, one that might be from a brand new product category, or one from an existing product that is just so much better it can’t help but impress. The iPad Air 2 is that product right now. It is better than the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and I would go as far as to say it’s the best thing Apple has ever made. DON’T MISS: The best and most extensive iPhone 6 Plus camera review you’ll ever see I didn’t understand the original iPad like everyone else at first, but for a funny reason.


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More cash than even, um, Donald Trump?CEO Tim Cook says the company plans to open 25 retail stores in China over next two years, according to an interview posted on Chinese web portal Sina.com.>


Steve Carell is making a movie with 'Eternal Sunshine' writer Charlie KaufmanSteve Carell is generating early Oscar buzz for his performance in the upcoming drama Foxcatcher, but now there's exciting news about a project that's further out. Deadline reports that Carell has signed on to star in an adaptation of the 1978 sci-fi novel IQ 83, and surrealist auteur Charlie Kaufman is now re-writing the script.


Bundle StarsOne does not simply buy four games and two DLC packs for a mere 10 dollars. Or does one? (Hint: one does.)>


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Groupon is trying to turn itself into YelpGroupon has been attempting to move beyond the waning group-discount space that it pioneered, and it's now trying to do that by looking a little more like Yelp. This week, Groupon is beginning to roll out millions of individual pages for local businesses, giving them a place to display images, business hours, a phone number, a menu, and various other pieces of information. The service was already being tested in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, DC, and Seattle, and Groupon says that it'll be launching with 7 million total listings.


Google announces its first major update for Android WearGoogle on Thursday made a few big announcements pertaining to Android Wear, one of which is the addition of a significant feature many users have been waiting for. Writing on Google’s Android blog, Android Wear product manager Kenny Stoltz revealed that Google’s first major Android Wear update adds support for devices with stand-alone GPS, meaning that Wear smartwatches finally become useful in a variety of situations without the need to tether them to a smartphone. Along the same vein, Android Wear will now be able to store music locally on supported devices so that users can connect a Bluetooth headset and listen to songs without a connected smartphone. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips


Android Wear gets GPS support, offline music in first major updateGoogle promised that it would consistently improve Android Wear with a number of updates, and now the first major update is here. The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the first Android Wear watch with a dedicated GPS sensor, and it is available for preorder today for $249.99 from Verizon Wireless, with Google Play availability soon. Google says that today's updates will be pushed to the other Android Wear devices already available (Samsung's Gear Live, LG's G Watch, and Motorola's Moto 360) in the near future.


Android Wear's latest update adds GPS support and offline music playback



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