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Streaming TV Is Bigger Than Ever -- But Pause Before Cutting The Cord

A colleague of mine was considering ditching his Time Warner Cable subscription in favor of PlayStation’s new Vue TV service, which streams live TV over the Internet.<p>It has a user-friendly menu and the option to record programs, plus it allows him to watch shows easily through his PlayStation 4 -- …

The Mega-Trend To Renting, Vs. Owning, Could Kill The PC And Signficantly Alter IT

Last week I gave 1,000 VHS video tapes to Goodwill Industries. These had been accumulated through 30 years of home movie watching, including tapes purchased for entertaining my three children.<p>It was startling to realize how many of these I had bought, and also surprising to learn they were …

A piece of Amelia Earhart's plane has been found, researchers claim

The part may be the piece used to repair one of the plane's windows<p>Researchers think they’ve finally found a piece of Amelia Earhart’s lost plane. An aluminum sheet, found in 1991 on Nikumaroro Island, might be the patch that once covered a window on Earhart’s plane, reports <i>Discovery News</i>. The …

Microsoft's 3 year journey to an open-source .Net

Microsoft's move to open source key chunks of its .Net platform, a software framework that developers can use to build Windows applications, was one of the biggest announcements at Microsoft's Build 2014 show last week.<p>I've seen a number of Microsoft watchers and users postulating that this move is …

Volcanic island eats another off Japan

One Japanese island has swallowed another.<p>NASA's Earth Observatory reports that Niijima island, a volcano which broke through the ocean's surface last November, has now merged with a nearby island that formed from a volcano which last erupted 40 years ago.<p>Niijima emerged about 500 meters (550 …

The US is achingly close to recovering all the jobs it lost in the Great Recession

In the US jobs report this morning, attention was on the slightly disappointing 192,000 increase and the unmoving 6.7% unemployment rate. But the market did notch a milestone of sorts. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the total number of private sector jobs climbed to 116.1 million. …

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6 Dead, Residents Evacuated After Quake Strikes Off Chile's Coast

Nearly a million residents were forced to evacuate after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast, triggering a small tsunami.<p>Six …

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How Disney built a giant cloud by bolting two together

Disney is supposed to be a magic place. In its movies, people end up getting along.<p>But when Disney sought recently to build out its cloud infrastructure, it was faced with being the bad guy: Choosing one technology vendor over the other.<p>The market for cloud infrastructure is a huge one: Hundreds of …

The One Reason Every Blogger Should Use Google+

Once again this week I was asked by a colleague why they should care about Google+. This is a person who regularly publishes content, already has a full plate and wanted to be convinced why she should take up another social network. A scenario that’s all too familiar with many people I come in …

Google Confirms It Has Acquired Android Smartwatch Maker WIMM Labs

Google has confirmed it acquired WIMM Labs last year, a company that previously made an Android-powered smartwatch before shuttering operations in 2012. At the time a message on its website said it had entered into an exclusive partnership without releasing further details, but it’s now clear that …

More Stroke Patients Now Get Clot-Busting Drug

It's been a long and often controversial road, but U.S. doctors are finally embracing a drug that can halt strokes and prevent disabling brain damage.<p>An analysis of more than 1 million stroke patients shows that use of the 17-year-old drug, called alteplase (brand-name Activase), nearly doubled …

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North Korea angry at Swiss ban on ski lift sale

<b>North Korea has reacted angrily to a decision by Switzerland to block a deal to sell ski lifts to the secretive communist country.</b><p>The equipment - which included chair lifts and cable cars - was for the Masik ski resort project which is currently under construction.<p>But the Swiss government said last …

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Apple iPhone 5S and 5C: all the news and rumors

It might not be the iPhone 6, but Apple could have some surprises this year<p>Apple’s next iPhone is approaching fast. A new phone is all but certain to be revealed at Apple's September 10th event, and there have been hints that a big surprise may be in store: since as far back as January, rumblings …