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Microsoft Acquires Text Analysis Service Equivio

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Equivio, a text analytics service for legal and compliance that uses machine-learning techniques to identify documents relevant to their legal and compliance needs. Microsoft plans to use Equivio’s eDiscover and information governance tools to improve …

Ubuntu Linux is now ready to power your appliances and robots

Ubuntu Linux has spread to quite a few platforms in its 10-year history, if not always successfully. Today, though, the open source software is tackling what could be its greatest challenge yet: the internet of things. Canonical has released a version of its stripped-down snappy Ubuntu Core for …

Google mulls SpaceX investment to supply global internet access by satellite

Google is reportedly considering a billion-dollar investment in SpaceX, Elon Musk’s spaceflight company, in order to boost its deployment of cut-price satellite internet.<p>The investment, the exact size of which is unknown, puts a value on SpaceX of more than $10bn.<p>News of Google’s plans was reported …

Space

Nintendo to shutter Club Nintendo rewards program

Game maker Nintendo has decided to discontinue its Club Nintendo rewards program.<p>The closure, announced Tuesday, suggests that Nintendo is seeking to modify the customer experience for gamers. Nintendo's console, the Wii U, has been stumbling in the US market, trailing far behind both Sony's …

Retrogaming

Kander Is Tinder For Truthful Verdicts

The Tinder-fication of app interfaces continues apace. We’ve now seen Tinder for shopping, for reading news articles, for choosing which outfit to wear, for fashion price-tracking, for sorting your iPhone photos, for real estate, for gleaning travel intel, and even for choosing which pet to adopt …

Apps

Radar that 'sees' through walls raises privacy concerns

<b>The use of technology that allows the police to "see" inside the homes of suspects has raised privacy questions.</b><p>At least 50 US police forces are believed to be equipped with radars that can send signals through walls.<p>The use of the radar device, known as Range-R, was made public in a Denver court …

HP's convertible Elite X2 and latest tablets are built for tough work

HP is refreshing a slew of its high end mobile devices with upgrades that make them even more compelling for businesses -- and that's good news for consumers, as well. We got our first look at the new Android-powered Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12 tablets today, along with the revamped Elite X2 …

Gear & Gadgets

Underwater drones map algae beneath Antarctic ice

Although the surface of Antarctica is almost completely white, a field of green and brown algae clings to the underside of the sea ice around the frozen continent.<p>Previously, this underwater forest of algae was accessible only to marine creatures or specially trained divers. But now, researchers …