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People walk at the main office building of Samsung Electronics in SeoulBy Se Young Lee and Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Insiders say staff at Samsung Electronics have never been so anxious ahead of the annual reshuffle, as a weak smartphone performance and its worst earnings in three years are expected to cost many jobs. As is customary for Korean businesses, Samsung is expected to announce its annual personnel changes in early December, a ritual that even in good times means weeks of distracting uncertainty for staff facing promotion, transfer or the sack. The last of those options looks more likely after third-quarter operating profit fell by nearly two thirds. ...


People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Foo Yun Chee and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a motion on Thursday urging anti-trust regulators to break up Google, the latest setback for the world's most popular Internet search engine. Google has been in the EU's regulatory sights since 2010, and is also grappling with privacy issues, requests to scrub search results to comply with a court ruling, copyright concerns and tax controversies. The non-binding resolution in the European Parliament is the strongest public signal yet of Europe's concern with the growing power of U.S. ...


Transportation app Uber driver Shuki Zanna waits for rides in his limousine in Beverly Hills(Reuters) - Ridesharing company Uber suspended its operations in the U.S. state of Nevada late on Wednesday in a setback that it said would cost nearly 1,000 jobs. Companies such as Uber allow passengers to summon cars using apps on their smartphones, rather than calling a taxi company, and have gained popularity in dozens of U.S. cities over the past few years. ...


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The Twitter logo is seen at the company's headquarters in San FranciscoNEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter Inc will begin tracking what third-party apps are installed on users' mobile devices so the social media company can deliver more tailored content, including ads, the company said late on Wednesday. The feature, called "app graph," will allow the company to see what other applications users may have installed on phones or other devices. ...


Major technology companies like Google and BlackBerry provide mentoring services to companies within Communitech in Kitchener's historic Tannery District in KitchenerBy Sayantani Ghosh TORONTO (Reuters) - Technology startups in Canada are seeking to lure back expatriates from Silicon Valley with the promise of executive roles, generous stakes and the chance to stamp their mark on a nascent industry. Michael Katchen is one of the first. He came home to Toronto after helping to build and then sell a company in California. Four of the 40-odd employees of his latest venture, Wealthsimple, were once expatriates too. "There is a benefit in being part of the engineering culture in the Valley ... ...


The Blackberry sign is pictured in WaterlooBERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has approved Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry's planned acquisition of Secusmart, the encryption technology of which is used to protect the mobile devices of top politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel. The deal is part of new Chief Executive John Chen's effort to enhance Blackberry's appeal for security conscious clients such as government agencies as it seeks to regain ground lost to Apple's iPhone and rival devices powered by Google's Android operating system. ...


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How to run Android apps on Windows 8 PCs in 15 easy stepsAndroid is currently the world’s dominant mobile platform, having more than a billion monthly users according to Google’s most recent stats. These users have also downloaded billions of apps from the Google Play Store on their Android smartphones and tablets, which shows Android apps are in high demand everywhere. Those Android fans that want, for some reason, to run Android on their Windows PCs complete with Google Play Store apps can now do so after performing some 15 dead easy steps, as detailed by PhoneArena. FROM EARLIER: Download $130 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free ahead of Black Friday The process involves installing BlueStacks’ software on compatible PCs that run either Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or


South Korea delivers a huge blow to selfie photographersSelfie fans who have significantly upped their selfie-taking game by using complex selfie sticks to take better pictures of themselves with or without friends should know the South Korean government has its sights on them… well, not so much on them as on the retailers currently selling these devices in the region. AFP reports that unregulated selfie sticks will be illegal in South Korea, as the country is ready to ban smartphone photo-taking accessories. FROM EARLIER: How to temporarily hide your nude selfies on an iPhone 6, Galaxy S5 or G3 Even though this decision sounds more like a bad joke, South Korea is taking selfie sticks very seriously, imposing punishments as hard as up to three years in prison or a


Target shoppers Kelly Foley, left, Debbie Winslow, center, and Ann Rich use a smartphone to look at a competitor's prices while shopping shortly after midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday shoppers are starting to look like procrastinators.


Disney Animation team pushes technical boundaries with Big Hero 6New software that took two years and 200 million computing hours to make creates the essence of "Big Hero 6."


Uber says it has discliplined its manager accused of tracking a journalistUber says it's completed an investigation into one of its managers, who earlier this month was accused of improperly using the transportation company's tools to track the travels of a journalist. Slate reports that the company has taken "disciplinary actions" against Josh Mohrer, general manager of Uber New York, though it's currently unclear just what that means. According to a recent report in Buzzfeed News, Mohrer used the tool to track the whereabouts of Buzzfeed reporter Johana Bhuiyan while she was on her way to a meeting at Uber's Long Island City headquarters. Under the Uber's own privacy guidelines, that tool was explicitly limited in use to "legitimate business purposes," prompting questions into how many people at the company had access to it.


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How to stop Twitter from tracking what other apps you use on iPhone or AndroidTwitter is about to become more annoying for some users, as the company will start tracking what other mobile apps iOS and Android owners are using in a push to better profile users, and thus improve its targeted advertising business. FROM EARLIER: Twitter goes Facebook by injecting foreign content into your stream As Re/code reports, the feature is opt-out, meaning that as soon as the official Twitter app for iPhone or Android is installed, it’ll start collecting data until you specifically opt out of it. Before sending any data to Twitter, the app will display a prompt, telling the user about the feature. The move should help Twitter improve content recommendations and make Twitter more interesting for new users — instead


People are already making awesome fan art for Star Wars: The Force AwakensWhether or not you were in a theater, we all got our first glimpse of Star Wars: The Force Awakens today. The long-awaited teaser showed off some familiar settings, briefly introduced us to a few new characters, and debuted a cross-shaped lightsaber that has already become both a meme and a source of heated debate. There's just a handful of scenes, and it's been online for less than 12 hours, but that's apparently enough time for the creative hive-mind of the internet to start churning out some stellar fan art.


Here’s every new movie and show you’ll be able to stream on Netflix next monthAlthough Netflix has added an impressive new lineup of movies and shows for you to stream next month, this sadly also means that it will be taking away some movies and shows as well. Below we’ve posted every single title that’s being deleted from Netflix’s online library next month, including acclaimed classics such as Five Easy Pieces, The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Untouchables. RELATED: Here’s every new movie and show you’ll be able to stream on Netflix next month Leaving Netflix on 12/1 1941 (1979) The Apostle (1997) Audrey Rose (1977) The Believers (1987) Better than Chocolate (1999) Blood & Chocolate (2007) The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008) Chaplin (1992) The Choirboys (1977) The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County


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Accellion tackles secure mobile content updatesIts kiteworks file-sharing platform extends existing content management systems to smartphones and tablets, while addressing compliance concerns.


Amazon has a hot Black Friday deal for Google’s Nexus 9Android fans looking to buy a discounted tablet on Black Friday or Cyber Monday should consider ignoring the extremely cheap ones available from a variety of retailers — which might come with built-in security threats — and go for a Nexus 9 instead. Google’s latest Nexus tablet is not as affordable the Nexus 7 models before it, but the device proposes high-end features which might make up for the difference in price. FROM EARLIER: Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale is live right now – new deals every 10 minutes Even so, if $399.99 still sounds too expensive for the 16GB version of the tablet, then Amazon’g got you covered, as the retailer is currently selling online all Nexus 9 versions


'Kingdom Rush Origins' is a world-class tower defense gameBilled as a prequel, Origins traces a series of epic battles that will ultimately lead to, uh, whatever happens in the first two games. Kingdom Rush Origins is available for iPhone ($2.99), iPad ($4.99), Android ($2.99), and through the Amazon appstore ($2.99).


2014’s biggest shocker: Vinyl records are making a huge comebackThere have been signs of revival in the vinyl record scene for quite some time. Back in early 2013, one of the most high-profile Kickstarter projects was the modern, minimalistic Orbit turntable with a cool USB connection twist. Orbit raced to $230,000 in fundraising, eclipsing its original target of $60,000 handily. Lately, mass market U.S. retailers like Best Buy have started stocking a surprisingly deep range of turntables, including offbeat, faux-’40s curios like Paprika and Victoria.  RELATED: Spotify, other streaming services still look like raw deals for many artists Of course, HiFi enthusiasts have been buying expensive turntables for decades, paying no mind to the mass market extinction of vinyl records. But now we are seeing a new wave of hip, cheap $100 turntables


How Qualcomm aims to be everywhere -- not just phones


This drone-filmed video of Chernobyl is the most haunting thing you’ll see all weekThankfully, the closest most of us have come to living in a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland has been playing the Fallout series. However, such haunting disaster zones do exist in the world and one of them is located in the Ukrainian city of Pripyat, which was the location of the catastrophic Chernobyl nuclear disaster that occurred in 1986. Pripyat has been abandoned since the disaster, which released huge amounts of deadly radioactive particles into the atmosphere and left the region uninhabitable. RELATED: Watch this haunting footage of a Japanese ghost town abandoned in the wake of Fukushima Popular Mechanics brings us word that a drone equipped with camera equipment recently flew through the Ukrainian ghost town and shot some incredibly haunting footage that


Zero Day Weekly: Sony's epic hack, Home Depot lawsuits, Regin malwareA collection of notable security news items for the week ending November 28, 2014. Covers enterprise, controversies, reports and more.


Europe will make Ariane rockets more competitive with SpaceX


Clever new iPhone app lets you unlock your Mac with Touch IDDo you ever wish you had a simple way to unlock your computer just as easily as you unlock your Touch ID-enabled iPhone? Well now there is one, at least for Mac owners. A new app called FingerKey has come up with a clever way to let you unlock your computer using any Touch ID-compatible device. RELATED: This is why you can’t use Touch ID to log in to your iPhone after rebooting To set up FingerKey on your Mac, you’ll need to make sure it’s Bluetooth-LE capable, since that’s the way that your Touch ID-enabled iPhone will communicate with your computer. The app uses “256-bit AES encryption is used to store and transfer data between your phone and your computer” and it


Your annual festive people-fighting-over-electronics-at-Walmart videoSome traditions will not die. Wresting a home theater system out of someone else's hands, for example.>


Uber suspends operations in Nevada after injunctionRide-sharing service ceases operations but vows to return when it finds a legal way to operate in the state.>


I designed a better lightsaber than J.J. Abrams while I was in line for coffee this morningToday I finally realized why there are so many Star Wars fanboys: there's a lot of shady pseudoscience behind everything in the Star Wars universe, and it's pretty fun to argue about.


Here’s when Microsoft will reveal the key Windows 10 details you’ve been waiting forThose of us who use Windows 8 on a desktop computer or on a laptop without a touch display are eagerly awaiting the release of Windows 10, which Microsoft has promised will bring back a lot of the desktop-centric features that we’ve missed since Windows 7. Earlier this year Microsoft revealed several enterprise-centric features for Windows 10 to whet our appetites and now The Verge reports that Microsoft is gearing up to show off key consumer-centric features in Windows 10 this January. FROM EARLIER: Everything we know about Windows 10 Other than reporting Microsoft plans to announced these new details in late January, however, The Verge doesn’t really give us a lot of information about what these new features will


Black Friday goes global as retailers import the US spending holidayThanksgiving may be American, but sales in the UK, France, Germany and China show the consumer frenzy is becoming a broader phenomenon.>


What the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer tells us about the galaxy's futureWhen Lucasfilm announced it was killing the Star Wars Expanded Universe, I was heartbroken. The galaxy George Lucas had dreamed up took form in the original movies, but it was populated and fully realized by the authors, artists, and video game developers that helped build Star Wars' back stories. Now, like a blaster taken to my childhood memories, that Expanded Universe was gone. I thought the damage would be permanent.


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The designers behind the Nike FuelBand are working on old-school watchesIf you were to place a bet on the future of wearables, odds are good that your cash would not go toward a line of ordinary wristwatches. Yes, wristwatches: the things that tell the time and little else, often operating on centuries-old technology. The very objects that were disrupted by cellphones over the last decade. Dinosaurs.


Amazon's Cyber Monday sales start tomorrow and run for eight daysAmazon's not waiting for Monday to kick off its Cyber Monday sales. As usual with Amazon, everything will come and go very quickly, so you'll want to check ahead to see when the item you want will go on sale. Discounts will be offered "as often" as every 10 minutes, according to Amazon.


Check out the awesome Android surprise OnePlus has prepared for Black FridayThe OnePlus One has been one of the most interesting Android handsets released this year, a high-end device priced at an unbelievably low price. Perhaps because of this, OnePlus hasn’t always been able to meet demand, annoying some potential buyers with its invite system and other controversies that affected the phone’s launch. However, the company appears to be ready to meet your OnePlus One needs during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and has a special Black Friday deal waiting for you. FROM EARLIER: Walmart and Best Buy have killer smartphone trade-in deals you won’t be able to resist Instead of lowering the price of the handset even further — the 16GB model costs $299, while the 64GB version is priced at


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Download these paid Android apps and games at dirt-cheap Black Friday prices right nowIn addition to offering Android fans discounts on various devices that are currently available for purchase in the Google Play Store, Google has also listed various Black Friday and Cyber Monday Android app deals in the store. FROM EARLIER: Google kicks off special Black Friday and Cyber Monday Play Store sale Android users can download a variety of paid apps that are up to 50% off during Cyber Weekend, and games that are up to 90% cheaper during the same period. Talk Android has put together an extensive list of paid apps that are currently significantly discounted, as follows: Aqua Mail Pro Key – $2.95 (reg $4.95) Call of Duty: Strike Team – $3.99 (reg $6.99) Docs To Go Premium Key –


Radio of the future: Welcome to the podcast eraThanks to SoundCloud and Spotify, and to shows like Serial and StartUp, we're at the cusp of a new, on-demand era of radio.


The new radio stars: welcome to the podcast ageIf you've ever listened to This American Life, the massively popular weekly radio show, or Planet Money, NPR's excellent economy-explaining podcast, you know Alex Blumberg's voice. Here in the brand-new offices of Gimlet Media, on the fifth floor of a downtown Brooklyn co-working building, amid piles of old furniture and terrifying art, Blumberg and his colleagues are attempting to build a big business out of podcasts. The podcast quickly became popular, and so did Gimlet: Blumberg and his co-founder Matt Lieber raised $1.5 million in venture capital, hired a team, and honed their pitch.



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