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By Anshuman Daga SINGAPORE (Reuters) - P2i, a technology spin-off from Britain's Ministry of Defence, is looking to raise as much as 10 million pounds ($17 million) from Singapore investors as it readies the launch of its "Dunkable" or waterproof technology for smartphones and tablets. The fundraising by the nanotechnology company follows an expanding list of overseas firms tapping Singapore's pool of high net worth individuals. P2i's technology applies a thin, transparent, splash-resistant polymer coat to products ranging from clothing to mobile phones. The company is in the process of introducing a new version of the technology, which it calls "Dunkable", that will allow devices to survive being immersed in water.

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By Alastair Sharp and Euan Rocha TORONTO August 1 (Reuters) - Canada's three biggest telecom firms, keen to keep shareholders happy with fat dividends, are breaking into businesses ranging from banking to healthcare to drive growth as they run out of expansion options and shy away from overseas purchases. BCE Inc , Rogers Communications Inc and Telus Corp dominate their industry in Canada but with landline connections on the wane, cable TV losing out to online portals and wireless growth slowing, Canada's telecom giants are pushing into uncharted businesses. Some of the moves - such as Rogers' C$5.2 billion-deal ($4.8 billion) for exclusive National Hockey League broadcast rights - may bring a rapid pay-off. Others, like Telus' bid to dominate healthcare services, are gambles that may not pay off for many years.

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The net neutrality debate is far from over, especially since the FCC is still sorting through more than one million comments on the matter. Quartz reports that one of those comments comes directly from Major League Baseball, which argues against allowing for Internet “fast lanes” despite the fact that its own MLB Advanced Media (BAM) platform could benefit from such a scheme as long as MLB agreed to pay the proper fees to ISPs. MLB wasted no time pointing out the problems with the FCC’s proposal and argued that, ultimately, the regular consumer would pay the price, and that fast lanes would also affect competition. “Fast lanes would serve only one purpose: for Broadband ISPs to receive an economic windfall. American consumers would be worse off as the

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Beginning last year, Disney World started issuing "MagicBands," rubberized RFID wristbands that can do everything from unlock your hotel room to act as a fast pass to get you slotted to skip the long lines on rides. It also tracks your every move and lets you buy things. With tens of thousands of visitors to the park every day, Disney is amassing a wealth of personal information on its customers. ...

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Not to be outdone by Microsoft’s increasingly attractive Games with Gold program, Sony has announced the August lineup of the Instant Game Collection for PlayStation Plus subscribers on the PlayStation Blog. This month, PS4 owners will be treated to the brand new downloadable title Road Not Taken for free on the day it releases. Road Not Taken is a roguelike puzzle game from Spry Fox, the creator of Triple Town, and will be available on the PlayStation Store on August 5th. Fez will also go free on the PS4 for the month of August, a game that I loved to no end when it originally released in 2012. Fez is a cross-buy game as well, so if you’d rather play on your

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This year's football season is set to begin in September, and for the first time 17 National Football League stadiums will employ radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to better track how players move on the field during games. The league has partnered with Zebra Technologies to use its quarter-sized RFID sensors inside the shoulder pads of players. The NFL also plans to hand the data over to teams so that they can analyze it, but not initially. USA Today notes that the league plans to do some testing on the data it's gathered before making it available to teams, and that all NFL players agreed to wear sensors as part of their collective-bargaining agreement in 2011.

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Sony likes to move quickly when it comes to hardware releases, but if the latest leak is to be believed, it might be time for Sony to pump the brakes. On Wednesday, Xperia Blog published images of the alleged Xperia Z3 Compact, a miniature version of the next-gen flagship which is expected to be revealed alongside the Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014 in September. The only problem? Sony still hasn’t confirmed the existence of the Xperia Z2 Compact. This could mean one of three things: Sony has decided to skip the Xperia Z2 Compact altogether and move straight to the Z3 models, the Z2 Compact will be revealed sometime after its successor or this leak is inaccurate. Considering Sony’s track record in the

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The new user interface style is supposed to be based around how physical objects move and is "grounded in tactile reality, inspired by our study of paper and ink." Google is already encouraging third-party developers to redesign their apps to fit with the new style, but some people just can't wait for that to happen. Designer Emmanuel Pacamalan has created a concept video showing Instagram rebuilt using Material Design principles, and the results are gorgeous.

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Sony’s PlayStation Now game streaming initiative is moving closer to launch, as the company is ready to allow any PS4 owners in the U.S. and Canada to try it starting today. The company on Wednesday announced on its PlayStation blog that while the open beta is available only to PS4 buyers for now, a beta option will be coming to PS3, PS Vita, PlayStation TV and select 2014 Sony TVs. When it comes to pricing, Sony will have various tiers for customers willing to rent one of the more than 100 PS3 titles that will be available through the PlayStation Store, including 4-hour ($2.99), 7-day ($5.99), 30-day ($7.99) and 90-day ($14.99) loan periods, as detailed by The Next Web. In a

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Electronic dance music artist Deadmau5 created an internet stir with his meme-tastic Nyan Cat Ferrari at the Gumball 3000 earlier this summer, but after the race is done, what do you do with a souped-up cat-powered hyper-car? Why, take Toronto mayor Rob Ford on a coffee run, of course. It's hard to know what to expect when you get a rock star DJ and a disgraced mayor together, but the result is oddly sedate. They mostly talk about traffic, coffee, and being in the Ferrari itself. ...

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(Reuters) - GoPro Inc, which makes wearable cameras used by surfers, skydivers and other action junkies to post their exploits online, reported a bigger quarterly loss as costs nearly doubled. GoPro shares fell 11 pct to $42.70 in extended trading after its first financial results since its initial public offering in June. The net loss attributable to GoPro stockholders grew to $19.8 million, or 24 cents per share, in the second quarter from $5 million, or 6 cents. Excluding items, GoPro earned 8 cents per share and the company said it expected a seasonally stronger second half.

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Bungie's sci-fi shooter (and sort-of MMO) Destiny held an open beta this past weekend for all home consoles (PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360) simultaneously. It's an ambitious game for the team that created Halo, joined Microsoft, and subsequently split from the company to make this multi-platform game (signing a 10-year deal with publisher Activision Blizzard in the process). We talked with Polygon Editor-in-chief Chris Grant for more on the impact of the beta and why Bungie left and how important this $500 million project is for everyone involved.

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Bungie's sci-fi shooter (and sort-of MMO) Destiny held an open beta this past weekend for all home consoles (PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360) simultaneously. It's an ambitious game for the team that created Halo, joined Microsoft, and subsequently split from the company to make this multi-platform game (signing a 10-year deal with publisher Activision Blizzard in the process). We talked with Polygon Editor-in-chief Chris Grant for more on the impact of the beta and why Bungie left and how important this $500 million project is for everyone involved.

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Earlier this year, Hulu announced that it would be bringing free streaming to mobile devices at some point this summer, but a precise release date wasn’t revealed. This week, Hulu finally launched the update for Android phones and tablets which will allow mobile users to access select content from from Hulu Originals, Anime, Kids, Movies and Latino. Network shows from NBC, Fox, Comedy Central and others will be available as well. If you want full access to Hulu’s entire back catalog, you’ll have to sign up for Hulu Plus, the streaming site’s premium subscription service. And of course, activating a subscription is one click away within the app. No news on whether or not the update will reach iOS devices any time soon

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In case you've been living in a pineapple under the sea for the better part of two decades, you should know that Spongebob Squarepants is an enormously popular animated series on Nickelodeon about a talking yellow sea sponge created by a marine biology teacher. Ten years ago, it was made into a movie that combined animation and live action. Now, we are getting the requisite sequel: The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water will wash into US theaters on February 6th, 2015. But based on the first trailer released today, the sequel is going several leagues of crazy above and beyond its predecessor, taking Spongebob and his beloved crew of sea creatures and turning them into buff, 3D monstrosities. They face off on land against Antonio Banderas as an evil, live-action pirate.

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Canada's top research body has taken steps to tighten security on its computer network, it said on Thursday, days after the government accused state-backed Chinese hackers of breaking into the system. Canada has declined to give details of the attack on the National Research Council, which works with firms such as aircraft and train maker Bombardier Inc, but it took the unprecedented step of pinning the blame on China. It also plans to build a new technology infrastructure to help guard against "the risk of future cyber threats of this nature." "Creating a new, secure IT infrastructure within the broader government of Canada network could take approximately one year," it said in the statement on its website.

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