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Modifying the definition in these three ways would help companies better understand that gamification is not about games, and that it's not limited to digital behaviors.

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Soon you might be able to simply ask your Apple TV to start playing 'House of Cards' rather than fumbling through a series menus. Code found in iOS 7.1's software development kit indicates that Siri is one its way to a new device, likely Apple's set-top box. In the operating system's documentation, the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are represented by "1" and "2."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.

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Watch Dogs is already one of the most hyped game releases of the spring, but Ubisoft’s clever marketing campaign might convince a whole new crowd to check the game out. Digital Shadow is a website being run by Ubisoft which allows Facebook users to see just how vulnerable their information could be to an outside source. By allowing the site to access your account, Digital Shadow will let you know within seconds which contacts you regularly interact with, which words you use most often in status updates and when you’re active on the social network. The more frightening breaches appear at the bottom of the page. Digital Shadow can not only pinpoint your location on a map — it also estimates your salary and

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The commissioner of the New York Police Department was unruffled by the ugly photos of police violence that flooded Twitter yesterday in response to a tweet from the agency. "I kind of welcome the attention," Commissioner Bill Bratton told the New York Daily News. "We really broke the numbers yesterday." Just before 2PM, the @NYPDnews account tweeted, "Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Soon, #myNYPD became one of Twitter's top trending topics.

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Android and iOS Capture Windows, Blackberry, and Basic Phone Buyers Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) released results of its research on mobile phone operating systems for the calendar quarter that ended March 31, 2014. This analysis features findings about consumer trends in mobile phone operating systems from January-March 2014. CIRP finds that Google's Android operating system had a somewhat greater share of mobile phone activations than Apple's iOS in the quarter. Android accounted for 53% of mobile phone operating system buyers, while iOS was at 42% (see chart). ...

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The Federal Communication Commission's proposal for new net neutrality rules will allow internet service providers to charge companies for preferential treatment, effectively undermining the concept of net neutrality, according to The Wall Street Journal. The rules will reportedly allow providers to charge companies for preferential treatment so long as they offer that treatment to all interested parties on "commercially reasonable" terms, with the FCC deciding whether the terms are reasonable on a case-by-case basis. The goal of net neutrality rules is to prevent service providers from discriminating between different content, allowing all types of data and all companies' data to be treated equally.

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If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants. A growing number of apps and websites are taking the traditional chef-diner relationship ...

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Marketplace editor Margarita Noriega, who's faved over 59,200 tweets, says favs "really began as a method of communicating through FavStar.fm, which appears to have been established in 2009." She continues,

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By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned healthcare providers their cybersecurity systems are lax compared to other sectors, making them vulnerable to attacks by hackers searching for Americans' personal medical records and health insurance data. Health data is far more valuable to hackers on the black market than credit card numbers because it tends to contain details that can be used to access bank accounts or obtain prescriptions for controlled substances. "The healthcare industry is not as resilient to cyber intrusions compared to the financial and retail sectors, therefore the possibility of increased cyber intrusions is likely," the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a private notice it has been distributing to healthcare providers, obtained by Reuters.

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Video games now have more online spectators than traditional sports. Crazy, right? It's crazy.

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We know that Apple released iOS 7.1.1 earlier this week to fix a wide range of bugs and it turns out those bugs might be much more serious than we realized. Ars Technica reports that Kristin Paget, a former Apple whitehat hacker who now works for Tesla, has been ripping into her former employer for allegedly leaving its users wide open to some potentially serious hacks in the weeks between the releases of iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1. Per Ars, Paget found that some of the vulnerabilities “gave attackers the ability to surreptitiously execute malicious code on iPhones and iPads without requiring much or any interaction from end users.” To make things even worse, Paget said that Apple patched the same vulnerabilities in OS

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During the primetime broadcast of "The Voice" and the NBA playoffs Tuesday night, Apple unveiled a new, lengthy advert for the iPhone 5S, its high-end smartphone. It's a fun spot, featuring several musicians covering the opening to the popular 1988 song "Gigantic" by Pixies, while artists demonstrate the various artsy things you can do with the iPhone. But the song choice is rather interesting for a button-up company like Apple, given the song's sexually charged lyrics. Fans have speculated for years about whether or not the lyrics describe a couple having sex, with someone else watching. ...

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If you've missed a few episodes of the Cosmos revival or maybe just want to fill the universe-sized hole in your media rack, the series hits Blu-ray and DVD this summer. Come June 10th (two days after the final ...

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Next Tuesday, Samsung will unveil the latest addition to its camera phone lineup, the Galaxy K, complete with new branding and a fresh look. We have seen a single image of the device in a previous leak, but it was difficult to determine the proportions of the device. Thankfully, new photos have appeared on Baidu showcasing the slim design of the Galaxy K, along with its 10x optical zoom lens fully extended. The Galaxy K is expected to feature a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, hexa-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor, 2GB of RAM, 20.2-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera and Android KitKat 4.4.2. A mid-range device through and through, the Galaxy K is still a marked upgrade over its predecessor. Looking back, the Galaxy

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NEW YORK (AP) — Fans of classic HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

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If you're on Facebook, you probably have at least one former high school classmate who seems to never stop overloading your News Feed with crazy political rants or unnecessarily personal life updates. Perhaps you've thought about unfriending this person, or even gone ahead and pulled the trigger. To those of you, we say: You are far from alone. In reality, it appears former high school friends are unfriended more than any other group on Facebook, according to a recent study by Christopher Sibona, a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Denver. ...

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Having worked in the IT industry for over 20 years, and been the only female in the room on many occasions, I can say with some certainty that we haven't yet resolved the challenge of attracting an equal balance of men and women into the industry.

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Keeping with the tradition of obtaining talents that have no use besides being awesome, YouTube user Emil Axelsson appears to have learned to "play" the Super Mario theme song using only fingersnaps. We have no idea how he does it, how long it took him to learn or if it's even real (to be honest), nor do we really need to know*. We are just so happy we got to witness this godly feat. Dare we say the best version yet? For more Mario theme song fun, here's an acapella version, a dubstep remix, a beatbox version and, you know,

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The warp and weft of our culture, the very fabric of our day to day lives, is now created by... us. And pretty much all the time.

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As it promised to do earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to introduce new net neutrality rules that it will unveil next month. Re/code reports that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said on Wednesday that the commission would have new draft rules ready for its May 15th meeting, which means that we’ll get our first look at them in around three weeks.  Re/code says that Wheeler’s new rules will be very similar to the rules that a court struck down earlier this year while adding that the chairman will try to “justify them under a different part of the law.” Net neutrality proponents have already slammed this strategy and said that it’s just as likely to get show

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Consider this scenario: Randall is an elderly man living alone. He's doing pretty well -- until one day he has a mild stroke. In the weeks that follow, he's not as active as usual, getting up later and not leaving the house.

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By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's quarterly results on Thursday may heighten worries that its edge over online and even traditional brick-and-mortar rivals is narrowing as it charges sales tax in more states, curtailing growth in its core business. Amazon, which has expanded aggressively into mobile devices and computing services to try to sustain its pace of growth, may lose customers to a growing crop of retail startups and major chains that had been slow to react but are now focusing on their own online commerce strategies, analysts say. ...

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By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - Increasingly aggressive discounting is taking a toll on AT&T Inc and U.S. cellular rivals as they struggle to attract customers in a nearly saturated market. While recent price cuts by AT&T led to a surge in first-quarter subscriber adds that beat Wall Street expectations, average revenue per user fell, triggering a 3.2 percent share drop. Other wireless carriers' shares also declined, with T-Mobile US Inc, which has roiled the industry with a series of discounts and new pricing plans, down 2.8 percent. AT&T's result and the share fallout is the latest sign of how U.S. cellular phone providers, once seen as companies with strong growth potential, are having to resort to discounting in a bid to retain or lure clients.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has already won widespread acclaim from both reviewers and display quality experts for its incredible 5.1-inch full HD Super AMOLED display and now the company is taking a long victory lap by giving us a detailed explanation of just what makes the Galaxy S5′s display so great. Samsung covers several different features of the Galaxy S5′s killer display, including the new local contrast enhancement feature that automatically detects how bright it is outside and adjusts the display’s contrast accordingly. What’s more, the Galaxy S5 also knows when to dim itself down when it’s in a dark room so that its brightness won’t hurt your eyes when you’re looking at it. Other features that Samsung details include the

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