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AOL is getting into the streaming movies game. According to Variety, AOL will launch an ad-supported streaming movies section next Tuesday, April 30th, initially featuring "tens of films" from Miramax, the studio behind breakout pictures including Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and There Will Be Blood, among many others. It's not clear how many ads will be shown, but AOL tells Variety that it "won’t get too aggressive on monetization." Talks have reportedly begun with other studios to bring even more films to the upcoming movies section. According to Variety, the deal with Miramax isn't exclusive though, so you'll still be able to stream its movies on Netflix, Hulu, and other services.

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Google has just announced another major investment in renewable energy -- not to power its own vast data centers this time, but rather to bring cheaper electricity to the homes of ordinary Americans. Alongside solar cell manufacturer SunPower, ...

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Daredevls Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet broke the world record for the highest BASE jump earlier this week by flinging themselves off the top of the 2,717-feet tall Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai. The jump was sponsored by the skydiving resort Skydive Dubai, which constructed a small platform at the top of the building in order to make the jump possible.

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If you used a Samsung app recently it was possibly a mis-click, according to a Strategy Analytics survey of 250-plus Galaxy S3 and S4 users. While Samsung recently trumpeted 100 million users for ChatOn, for instance, the report said US users spent a mere six seconds per month on the app, compared to, say, 151 minutes on Instagram. The rest of the suite fared little better, with users spending no more than seven minutes per month on all its apps combined.

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Want a preview of the latest version of OS X? If you agree to give Apple feedback on how OS X 10.9.3 performs, you can try out a pre-release version of the operating system through the company's seed program.

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Despite the widely publicized Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches, attacks upon credit cards involving compromised point-of-sale (PoS) devices at retail locations barely rose in 2013, says the annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. Meanwhile, attacks upon Web-based applications, such as website content-management systems and e-commerce platforms, were sharply up, as were incidents of espionage and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

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iPod sales have been on the decline for a while now and Apple’s long-rumored iWatch might be the gadget that finally kills it. MacRumors directs our attention to a new research note written by Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Christopher Caso, who thinks that Apple is angling to have the iWatch eventually be a complete replacement for the iPod as the go-to gadget for music fans. “We, however, aren’t assuming a material impact to earnings from iWatch, since the iWatch would essentially replace the iPod in the consumer portion of Apple’s product lineup,” Caso writes. “While we don’t expect Apple to discontinue iPod for some time, we also don’t expect an iPod refresh this year, and believe iPod could post year-over-year unit declines as a

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What would you say if we told you that it's possible to copy, translate, edit and even erase the text inside any image you find on the internet? Well, you can, and it's a lot easier than you might think. All it requires is a new browser extension, called Project Naptha, made by developer Kevin Kwok.

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You already dropped quite a bit of money to get your slick new iPad, so why not enjoy something free for a change? There are plenty of great iPad games that won’t cost you a dime (or at least, won’t cost you right away). We’ve picked the very best to give you a guide to how to fill your hard drive.

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In its first week on sale the latest Samsung flagship smartphone accounts for almost one percent of all Android phones in use globally. And then there's the fact that the Galaxy S5 is yet to launch globally and that in its home country, carriers are unable to take on new customers during the month of April. In fact to find a worthy comparison one has to look beyond Android entirely and towards Apple. It sold 10 million iPhone 5S and 5C handsets in just two days and in Localytics's report, published on Tuesday, it compares adoption figures for the iPhone 5S with the Galaxy S5 during the first seven days of availability and finds that over the same time period the iPhone 5S had secured a 1.1% share of the global iOS smartphone market.

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What does the internet love more than cats? App-connected devices that let you feed and entertain the furry monsters when you're out and about. Kittyo is a coffee maker-shaped device designed to do just that, packing a webcam, laser and a treat dispenser.

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Google isn’t just helping Samsung by providing witnesses to help the South Korean corporation defend against Apple’s patent claims in their second U.S. trial; the company will also pay a share of Samsung’s legal costs and will share damages in case Apple wins, Re/code reports. A Google lawyer on Tuesday took the stand during the trial, saying that Google agreed to take over the defense of some of Apple’s claims, and indemnify Samsung in case the company is found to have infringed on those particular patents. Initially, Google agreed to “provide partial or full indemnity with regard to four patents” and defend against them, Google lawyer James Maccoun revealed in a deposition preceding the trial when he verified an email exchange between Samsung

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Sortie En Mer's forced perspective makes for a harrowing experience as you try to prolong the time before your character drowns. Sortie En Mer simulates the fatigue of staying afloat in freezing water

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Would you trust a friend to set you up on a date more than a random website? That's the entire philosophy behind Hinge, a new online dating service taking over your friends' iPhones. Billed as the "anti-Tinder," Hinge actually uses a swiping system similar to the famous dating app, but with one fundamental difference: It only matches you with friends of your Facebook friends (OK, or second- or third-degree connections once you've run through all of those). Its slogan is simple: "Meet new people through friends." That's right, no randos. The app, which has already blown up in eight major

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(Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's third-biggest smartphone manufacturer, plans to spend $300 million on global marketing in 2014, a senior executive said on Wednesday. "This year Huawei will spend $300 million on marketing," Shao Yang, Huawei's vice president of marketing for its consumer business, told Reuters on the sidelines of a press conference on Wednesday in Shenzhen, China, where the company is headquartered. "In 2014, we are aiming our sales efforts at improving our branding image," Eric Xu, Huawei's acting CEO, said last month.

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PARIS (AP) — A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high.

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Google's mobile-streaming tech has a lot going for it, but listening to music stored in Mountain View's cloud is still limited to a handful of home devices. AirPlay-compatible gadgets, however, are a probably a bit more common than ...

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Samsung’s Gear Fit smart band is more popular than expected, with Samsung having already sold its initial Gear Fit batch. Korean publication MK News says that Samsung produced between 200,000 and 250,000 Gear Fit units, selling all of them in just 10 days. The company is apparently increasing production to meet the unexpected demand. The Gear Fit was unveiled at MWC 2014, alongside two other new wearable devices including the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwtches. All three devices were made available to customers in various international markets when the Galaxy S5 launched earlier this month. The Gear Fit costs $199, just like the Gear 2 Neo, while the Gear 2 is slightly more expensive at $299. However, the

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Akami Technologies' State of the Internet report for Q4 2013 has just arrived, and one stat stands out like a bad rash: DDoS (denial of service) attacks were up 75 percent over last quarter, and 23 percent ...

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

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By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - ARM Holdings, whose chip technology powers Apple's iPhone, said demand for smartphones would pick up in the second half after a disappointing end to 2013 resulted in first-quarter profit rising less than in previous years. Sales of top-end smartphones, a market dominated by Apple and Samsung, were lower than predicted during the Christmas holiday season, leading to worries that the market was becoming saturated. But ARM's Chief Financial Officer Tim Score said there were signs that demand was picking up for smartphones from the low-end to the top, where Samsung has just launched its Galaxy S5 flagship and Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone later this year.

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If we draw an almost totally arbitrary line in the sand and call it "500 pixels per inch," then smartphones now stand proudly on one side of it, while tablets still languish on the other. Japan Display is ...

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Last year, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered DNA analysis service 23andMe to cease distribution of its test kits. Since then, the relationship between the two organizations has been an uneasy one. Over at New York Magazine, Lisa Miller explores 23andMe's complex history and the epistemological dispute at the heart of its conflict with the FDA. "It cares when a private company tells you that you have a gene that might kill you and sends you that tidbit in an email, which you can open alone, at night, without anyone near for comfort or consultation," Miller writes.

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Sky's explored almost every way of serving up TV and film possible, but today it becomes a true movie retailer for the first time. The new "Buy & Keep" store Sky announced at the beginning of the month is now live, so anyone with a Sky+HD box can buy and download movies to own forever. They won't just sit on your set-top box's HDD though, as within a working week, you'll also receive a physical DVD copy through the post.

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Internet calling and messaging service Viber does a solid job of constantly bringing new features to its apps, regardless of the platform. Now, some seven months after iOS 7 was released, Viber is finally changing the looks of its iPhone app to match that flat, minimalist appearance of Apple's OS. Aside from overhauling the UI, the Viber application now also lets you create a list of numbers you'd like to block and send longer video messages to people.

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