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U.K. band Radiohead are known for doing things unconventionally, but they're also incredibly shrewd marketers who know how to build up hype for themselves and their music. Roughly nine years ago, for example, the bank shocked the world by announcing that fans could pay whatever they wanted for the album  In Rainbows  that was released directly over the band's website. Now it seems Radiohead is engaging in another zany stunt to promote its upcoming ninth studio album by completely erasing its presence online. FROM EARLIER:  ‘Captain America: Civil War’ hits $200M at the box office before U.S. premiere As  The Guardian points out , "a visit to Radiohead.com on Sunday offered viewers only a blank page, while the band’s six-year-old Twitter feed was also empty... on Facebook , nearly 12 million users 'like' a page with nothing on it." Radiohead have also been sending out leaflets to fans via snail mail, which suggests the band is trying to rely on old-school technology to build up hype for its new release. Maybe the band will have carrier pigeons deliver vinyl copies of the album to everyone who preorders it by contacting them over ham radio? At any rate, one of the better songs from Radiohead's  Kid A was called "How to Disappear Completely," and it seems appropriate to give it a listen in light of the band's disappearance from social media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAF8D0ugyVk

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By Michael Flaherty and Lawrence Delevingne LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc's management team and directors have given a warm welcome to Starboard Value LP Chief Executive Jeffrey Smith since he joined the company's board after a contentious battle, he said on Monday. "Yahoo has been great," said Smith, who was speaking on a panel at the Milken Institute Global Conference here. "The board members have been terrific and welcoming, the management team has been terrific and welcoming.

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Xiaomi has done it again...this time in the realm of protecting one of the most precious assets we have, children. The Mi Bunny watch might be the most important wearable ever created. Jack Wallen explains.

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If you haven’t purchased the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge yet, you might want to wait for Samsung to unveil its next best thing. The Galaxy Note 6 has appeared in various rumors so far and a slew of new reports offer plenty of new details about the upcoming handset. From the looks of it – not that we’re surprised – this will be the Android phone to buy this fall. DON’T MISS: Major tech breakthrough iPhone users have been waiting for is finally here The Galaxy Note 6 will reportedly have a USB Type-C port, according to SamMobile , although it’s not clear at this point whether the reversible port will support UBS 3.1 technology. The site also speculates that Samsung will launch an updated Gear VR headset that could make use of the new USB-C port, though nothing is confirmed on that front yet. If that’s not enough, a report from Android Geeks says the Galaxy Note 6 will have a camera similar to the Galaxy S7’s though there’s a huge twist: It will include an infrared autofocus module. Autofocus is already amazingly fast on the Galaxy S7, but Samsung is looking to improve upon it. The site’s source says Samsung is currently testing two Galaxy Note 6 prototypes, one with IR autofocus and one with a camera setup identical to the Galaxy S7’s. Finally, a report from GizmoChina tells us the new Note smartphone should be launched at some point this August. The handset should pack a 5.8-inch display with 2K resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 processor (upgraded Snapdragon 820 version), 6GB of RAM, and a 4,200 mAh battery. The most impressive detail offered in this new leak from China concerns storage. Apparently, the phone would be available in a 256GB capacity, which might be a first for the company – we already know Samsung is mass-producing such storage , though it’s not clear what devices will support it. The report also says the phone will have IP68 dust and water certification. Assuming these specs are accurate, the Galaxy Note 6 might be better than your current laptop, which is probably how Apple would introduce it if it were to make such a device.

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By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a debate raged across the internet Monday over whether the mysterious founder of the bitcoin digital currency had finally been identified, executives at a major bitcoin conference in New York had a simple message: we've moved on. "If there is a 100 percent opportunity in the blockchain, bitcoin, or the currency, is only 1 percent of it," said Jerry Cuomo, vice president, Blockchain Technologies at International Business Machines Corp. "So there is a whole 99 percent that has broad applications across the broad industries." Over the past year numerous Wall Street firms, led by Goldman Sachs, have declared their commitment to pursuing blockchain as a potential revolutionary technology for tracking and clearing financial transactions.

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By Swati Pandey and Nathan Lynch SYDNEY (Reuters) - Digital money transfer companies including PayPal Holdings are rushing to grab a share of Australia's $35 billion remittance market, hoping to plug a vacuum left by the major domestic banks' exit from the space last year. U.S.-listed PayPal intends to roll out its online remitting platform Xoom into Australia soon, senior executives told Reuters, while U.K.-based WorldRemit in April said it had chosen Australia as its Asia-Pacific base. Australia is a fast-growing market for foreign money transfer operators thanks to a large migrant population with financial links to China, India, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans and the Pacific Islands.

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If car tires can keep going when they're damaged, then why not hard disks? Industry standards committees are working on this concept. Microsoft and others are starting to plan for its implementation.

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If car tires can keep going when they're damaged, then why not hard disks? Industry standards committees are working on this concept. Microsoft and others are starting to plan for its implementation.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks it's only a matter of time before consumers come around to wanting the Apple Watch. Speaking with CNBC's Jim Cramer on Mad Money this evening, Cook compared public perception of his company's smartwatch to the original iPod and iPhone. The first iteration of each device drew heavy skepticism at first before being "viewed as an overnight success," as Cook put it.

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SoundCloud Go has arrived in the UK. Reuters reports this evening that SoundCloud's new subscription music service has made its first expansion, arriving in Britain for £9.99 per month and in Ireland for €9.99 per month. The delay was likely a matter of finishing up streaming deals so that SoundCloud has the rights to play popular music. It's not stated where SoundCloud plans to expand Go to next.

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I love the iPhone 6s ... but as I've said many times, its battery does leave something to be desired, especially now that companies like HTC are releasing phones that purportedly have two-day batteries. So will the iPhone 7 deliver and give me a larger battery after the iPhone 6s had a smaller battery than its predecessor? A new report suggests that it will... but only by a little bit. FROM EARLIER:  Game of Thrones: How Kit Harington kept the Snow secret Via  9to5Mac , a Weibo post from this past weekend claims that the iPhone 7 will have a 1,735 mAh battery, while the iPhone 7 Plus will have a 2,810 mAh battery. For comparison, the iPhone 6s has a 1,715 mAh battery and the iPhone 6s Plus has a 2,750 mAh battery. That said, there's no guarantee that having slightly larger batteries will improve overall battery performance since the iPhone 7's processor will likely be more powerful than the processors on the current generation of iPhones. As  9to5Mac notes, "Apple has typically used increases in battery capacity to improve performance and used component efficiency improvements to make products thinner." Which is all well and good but... what's the advantage to having an iPhone that's even thinner if you're constantly feeling anxious about it running out of juice? This is one of those Apple things that I will likely never understand.

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The website of Vanguard Group is showing "inflated client account balances" on some mobile devices, a spokeswoman for the index fund manager said via e-mail on Monday. The issue "does not impact actual account balances or transactions," said the spokeswoman, Katie Henderson Hirt, and is "relegated to Apple devices only." Vanguard expects to have the issue fixed on Monday evening, she added. Asked how many devices were affected, Hirt said the impact was a "modest number overall." On average just 16 percent of logons to vanguard.com come from an Apple device, she said, and of those about 11 percent visit the personal performance page where they would have seen the inflated balance.

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Yahoo Inc's management team and directors have been welcoming to Starboard Value LP Chief Executive Jeffrey Smith since he joined the company's board, he said on Monday. Smith, who was speaking on a panel at the Milken Institute Global Conference here, said Yahoo's board and management team have been "terrific" and "welcoming" to him. The founder of the activist hedge fund is coming off a major agreement struck with Yahoo last week, in a deal in which Smith and three associates joined the Internet company's board of directors after a contentious battle that nearly went to a shareholder vote.

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Professional hostess tip: always have something cool to show your guests. Pictures from a recent trip often work, but sometimes people want to touch, feel, and experience something IRL. James Newman, a man from the UK, has begun creating not only a conversation-starter but something genuinely striking in his living room. Newman is building a 45-feet wide, 6-feet tall Megaprocessor.

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There's a new piece of nasty Android malware floating around that Android users should be on the lookout for. Masquerading as a update for Google's mobile Chrome browser, the malware is hosted on webpages designed to look like they are official Google or Android landing pages. Originally spotted by the security firm Zscaler , the malware is designed to monitor call logs, browser history, text messages and banking information. Once installed, the malware logs the aforementioned data and sends it all back to a remote command and control server. What's more, Zscaler notes that the malware is capable of checking if a user has any antivirus apps installed, and if so, "terminating them to evade detection." DON'T MISS:  Time to cut the cord: $95 gets you a Fire TV and free network TV in HD for life So while user's should be extra vigilant about this malware, we should note that installation can only occur if a user turns off a default Android setting which prevents the installation of software from non-approved sources. Tom's Guide  notes : After downloading the APK file, users would need to disable one of Android’s default security settings which prevents the installation of programs from unknown sources. Once that’s done and the target gives Update_chrome.apk administrative access, the malware registers the phone with its remote server, and monitors all SMS messages and calls, which it sends to remote servers. If users open the Play Store on an infected device, the malware presents a phony payment information page for entering credit card numbers. After that data is entered, a screenshot is then sent to a phone number in Russia, which doesn't sound like a safe way to store your banking data. As if that weren't nasty enough, the malware is extremely resilient can only be thoroughly removed when a user performs a factory reset on their device. Moral of the story? The openness of Android is obviously one of its major benefits, but you might want to stick with the Google Play store or other approved storefronts for now.

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By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Russian man who spent about three years behind bars in the United States for creating the computer malware known as Gozi was ordered on Monday to pay $6.9 million to cover losses to bank customers but spared further U.S. prison time. Nikita Kuzmin, 28, could have received more prison time but was sentenced to time served at a hearing in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said in a statement. A probation office had recommended a sentence of 84 months, although it said it was not taking into account any assistance Kuzmin provided to investigators, prosecutors said.

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The latest crop of reader-submitted Office problems involve page numbering in Word and finding values in an Excel worksheet.

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By Harro Ten Wolde FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German online music start-up SoundCloud said on Tuesday it has expanded its new subscription service SoundCloud Go to the United Kingdom and Ireland, weeks after launching in the United States as it chases competitors such as Apple and Spotify. SoundCloud, which enables people to record, upload, promote, and share their own music and other audio files, said it would offer its content free of advertising in the UK for a monthly subscription fee of 9.99 pounds ($14.64) and in Ireland for 9.99 euros ($11.50). "Streaming is at a very early stage," Eric Wahlforss, SoundCloud's Chief Technology Officer and co-founder told Reuters.

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In case you’re not totally aware, this Wednesday is May 4th, which is also known as May the Fourth, which is also known as The Day That Lots of Random Star Wars Stuff Is Announced For No Reason in Particular ​Other Than "May the Fourth" Sounds Like "May The Force." In what appears to be a ramp up to that most special of days, Disney has released a video of Star Wars: The Force Awakens told entirely as one big emoji-filled texting extravaganza. Bryan, Disney just released something adorable and cute and it looks like it all takes place on iMessage and some scary Samsung tablet.

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(Reuters) - Chipmaker Marvell Technology Group Ltd has appointed Richard Hill its chairman, as part of an agreement it reached with activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP last week. Marvell had reached an agreement with Starboard to add to its board three independent directors nominated by the hedge fund. Hill, whose appointment came into effect on Sunday, is also among the four independent directors that Yahoo Inc agreed to add to its board last week under pressure from Starboard.

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The social app Beme is launching a major update today that redesigns the app and brings it to Android for the first time. Beme launched last summer with plenty of viral fanfare thanks to the support of YouTube sensation Casey Neistat, who founded the company behind it.

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Over the weekend, HBO's John Oliver posted a short but sweet video highlighting the myriad of ways in which the world has changed over the last 17 years. Now what's so special about 17, you might naturally be wondering. Well, after a 17-year incubation period spent underground, cicada's in 2016 are set to emerge and greet the world for the first time. And not wanting any cicada to feel out of the loop or likely to make some embarrassing social faux-pas at a party, Oliver took it upon himself to let these hibernating cicada's know what life is like in the present day. DON'T MISS:  Major tech breakthrough iPhone users have been waiting for is finally here   Oliver starts off with some requisite political updates, but the real gems come later in the video when Oliver turns his attention to the entertainment world. "Dr. Dre is now a multi-millionaire electronics mogul," Oliver quipped. "[Mackelmore] won a grammy for 'Best Rap Song', the curly haired guy from N'Sync is one of the biggest entertainers in the world, and the least singer of R&B group Destiny's Child is essentially our queen now." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5E7cG54VoA Some other highlights include a funny take on how Michael Jordan has now become a crying meme and how the Internet no longer "screams in agony" via dial up when you browse the web. But saving the best for last, Oliver concluded: "And finally, and amazingly, we all just stopped paying for music and porn, and I think we've gotten away with it!"

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The smart plug connects to your Wi-Fi, and if it detects an outage in your internet service, it power cycles your Wi-Fi router or broadband modem every five minutes until the internet starts working again. It automates a well-known, infuriating customer service platitude: "Have you tried turning it on and off again?" At this point I typically don't even bother calling Time Warner until I've unplugged and plugged anew everything a few times.

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