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If you’ve updated Google Maps on your Android device recently, you might have noticed a new feature that Google added to its mobile app. You can now edit the names of locations on the map, save them to your personal Google account and search for them the next time you’re out and about. MUST-READ: Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out This is useful for a number of reasons. If there’s a restaurant you’re ordering from but know you’ll never remember its name, just rename it to “Incredible Restaurant.” That’s a search term I’d remember more frequently than “Taverna Kyclades.” You can also drop a pin in a location without a set name on Google Maps and give it

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Forget Star Wars — the world's most anticipated sequel is unquestionably Zoolander 2. And the first trailer is here. Sure, most of the trailer is some weird science-themed graphics with a narration by Stephen Hawking (we assume), but before long Ben Stiller's making the Blue Steel face and everything is all good. Check out the trailer above — Zoolander 2 will arrive in February of 2016

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Last month, millions of current and former US government employees had their personal information stolen in a hack believed to have originated from China — and the US may finally respond with more than words. According to a new report from The New York Times, President Obama has decided to retaliate against China, though his administration has not decided exactly how it will respond. The White House is reportedly weighing whether to employ a symbolic response, such as a diplomatic protest, or something more aggressive.

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Some hackers are exploiting Microsoft's offer of free upgrades to its new Windows 10 operating system. Security researchers are warning about a wave of bogus spam emails with malicious attachments, labeled ...

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Having trouble waking up in the morning? There are countless alarm apps that will make sure you wake up on time for work… provided, of course, that you don’t keep hitting snooze and then dozing off again. There is, however, an alternative: A High Voltage Ejector Bed that was created by YouTube inventor Colin Furze and that is essentially an alarm you’ll never have the chance to snooze. DON’T MISS: Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out The bed has an alarm of its own and it comes with various intensity settings that can be adjusted depending on your sleeping needs. But the feature that makes the bed the ultimate wake up alarm is

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HBO Now is available on more platforms than ever and it's bringing Oscar winners "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything". Meanwhile, Apple's bringing home the Bacon (Kevin) in "Cop Car" and other first-run movies.

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U.S. federal agencies have increased cybersecurity measures since the hacking at the Office of Personnel Management, but more work is necessary to help prevent further attacks, the results of a 30-day effort to raise standards showed on Friday. The White House's Office of Management and Budget kicked off a "cybersecurity sprint" last month after the hacks that put the personal data of more than 22 million Americans at risk, directing agencies to strengthen their networks and report back. In a blog post about that effort, the White House's Chief Information Officer Tony Scott said federal civilian agencies had increased use of "strong authentication for privileged and unprivileged users" from 42 percent to 72 percent.

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The National Museum of Computing's annual Summer Bytes festival will include a string of coding, code-breaking, robotics and other events designed to entertain kids during the school holidays

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It’s kind of crazy how quickly face detection and recognition technology managed to push its way into the mainstream. Over the past few years we’ve seen face recognition technology reach desktop photo software like iPhoto and even mass market smartphones from the likes of Samsung. And of course, there are no shortage of stories centering on government agencies who use face recognition technology for identification and surveillance purposes. Setting the bar even higher, researchers from Germany have reportedly developed a new technology that allows facial recognition software to identify faces even in the dark. Whereas traditional facial recognition software involves the comparison of two photos, both of which must be taken in well-lit environments, the approach German computer scientists came up with involves using

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Sony's mobile division may be bringing the rest of the company down, but that hasn't stopped the company from working on new phones just yet. Thanks to 9to5Google, we're getting a look at the forthcoming Xperia C5 Ultra and M5, the latest in Sony's lineup. These leaks apparently came from the site Mail.ru, which appeared to inadvertently post a review of the devices early — but 9to5Google managed to grab the photos and info before it was all taken down.

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(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc said on Friday it agreed to buy fashion start-up Polyvore to help drive traffic and strengthen its mobile and social offerings. Yahoo, which did not disclose terms of the deal, said Polyvore will accelerate its 'Mavens' growth strategy. The company has been focusing on four areas — mobile, video, native advertising and social — which it calls Mavens, to drive user engagement and ad sales as it battles intense competition from Google Inc and Facebook Inc .

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It's been less than a week and over 1 million people have already reserved the OnePlus 2. OnePlus' second smartphone, which it's positioning as the "2016 flagship killer," has debuted to an incredible amount of buzz — at least among tech enthusiasts. With the queue system only growing longer, OnePlus held a series of public events today in cities around the world that gave its fans a chance to handle the OnePlus 2 and score an invite of their own.

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The ride-hailing service says it wants to expand the number of rides it offers in India to a million each day, up from a reported 200,00 daily trips.

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The ultra low-cost Nearline Storage service in Google Cloud Platform has reached general availability. Find out how it compares with Amazon Glacier.

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Farm and food tech startups were red-hot in the first half of 2015, pulling in $2.06 billion from investors, a new survey showed Friday. The amount of money pouring in -- amid an overall boom in tech investments -- could be revised since some of the investments are not publicly disclosed, AgFunder said. The second quarter saw 99 deals totaling $971 million "which we expect to revise upward as additional funding data trickles in," AgFunder chief executive Rob Leclerc said.

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Researchers at Arizona State University have created the world's first white laser beam, according to a new study published in Nature. More work needs to be done to perfect this technology, but white lasers could serve as a potential alternative light source — both in people's homes and in the screens of their electronics. Lasers are more energy efficient than LEDs, and the ASU researchers claim that their white lasers can cover 70 percent more colors than current standard displays.

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Kendrick Lamar has already given us three music videos for songs off his critically acclaimed sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly, including the tremendous treatment for "Alright," which should pull in a VMA Award if there's any justice in the world. Featuring a choir, a full band, and a rapidly multiplying Kendrick Lamar, the brisk video — directed by Joe Weil & The Little Homies — is the latest addition to one of the best albums to come around in some time.

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An international team has developed robot water-striders. Is this more evidence of a coming awesome robot apocalypse?

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As sinister as it is that their yearly album drop is just days before the holiday shopping season begins, and as much crap as they get dealt for recycling vintage rock with slightly more swoon-worthy harmonies, One Direction deserves a lot of our appreciation for what they do for young women. By deciding to belong to teenage girls, One Direction decided that they didn't need to be taken seriously. When Zayn Malik parted ways with the other four-fifths of One Direction in March, there were many tears to shed, many pieces to reshuffle, and no way to know for sure if the fantasy could continue unmarred.

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The Windows 10 rollout has been relatively smooth, but there are plenty of users who never received the Get Windows 10 app and are still waiting in line for their turn to update. Unfortunately, scammers have seen how desperate Windows users are for the update, which is why it should come as no surprise that a phishing campaign has been discovered. READ MORE: What it was like to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 According to Cisco’s Talos Group, scammers impersonating Microsoft have begun sending out emails informing individuals that they are eligible to upgrade to Windows 10. The email appears to come from an official Microsoft address, [email protected], adding to its authenticity, but don’t be fooled — Microsoft isn’t going

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Grab the nearest bottle of fine Dornish red and your cleanest goblet, because it's time to celebrate: Game of Thrones is getting one more season than expected. Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo dismissed the widely held idea that show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are capping the flagship fantasy drama at seven seasons. It's not surprising that HBO is willing to give Benioff and Weiss virtually unlimited time to bring their story home.

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The earliest companies in Silicon Valley were created by dreamers. Driven by visions of an improved future, these dreamers built entirely new areas of technology, including semiconductors, computers and networking. But those ventures also laid the groundwork for companies today, which are using that technology to bring massive change to the...

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Bow down, readers: the queen Carly Slay Jepsen is roaring back to life. Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij co-wrote and produced "Warm Blood," the latest in a series of great singles cut from Jepsen's upcoming Emotion.

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If it seems like Uber is working on another new round of funding, that is because Uber is always working on another new round of funding. Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal are reporting that the company has closed a new investment which values it at $50 million, and also includes Microsoft as a backer. The round gave Uber another $1 billion, putting its total funding at $5 billion.

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