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Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone will take the smartphone universe by storm next year and developers have already been given a glimpse at what such devices will have to offer. Module makers will be able to build a variety of smartphone components for Project Ara phones, with a new concept showing what a modular smartphone may bring to mobile gaming. Imagined by The Aether Technician, Flippypad is a game controller concept that snaps into one of the Project Ara’s modules on the back to offer gamers a better way to interact with their mobile games. “And so, I give you Flippypad! A hinged controller that turns the phone into a neat little clamshell gaming device,” the designer Samuel Herb wrote. “It has

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By Esteban Israel and Anthony Boadle SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of U.S. spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control over the Web. Bowing to the demands of Brazil and other nations following revelations last year of its massive electronic surveillance of Internet users, the United States has agreed to relinquish oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned of Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit group based in California that assigns Internet domain names or addresses. "The focus has changed from a political reaction to the NSA allegations to one of more constructive criticism and talk about the future of the Internet," said William Beer, a cyber security expert based in Sao Paulo.

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Apple has released public beta tests of individual Mac apps in recent years, but OS X itself has largely been off-limits unless you've registered as a developer. That changes now that Apple has launched the OS X Beta Seed Program. Starting with OS X 10.9.3, you can try pre-release operating system updates by signing in with a garden variety Apple ID; oddly enough, you still have to sign a developer-style agreement promising to keep some details a secret.

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Apple has released public beta tests of individual Mac apps in recent years, but OS X itself has largely been off-limits unless you've registered as a developer. That changes now that Apple has launched the OS X Beta Seed Program. Starting with OS X 10.9.3, you can try pre-release operating system updates by signing in with a garden variety Apple ID; oddly enough, you still have to sign a developer-style agreement promising to keep some details a secret.

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Under Tim Cook, Apple’s innovation and launch process has taken a somewhat vanilla turn, but with the highly anticipated iPhone 6 in the works, there is hope for the tech giant to reclaim their mobile throne. The Wire poured through the rumors, leaks, and conjectures to put together this comprehensive list of what the tech world is expecting from Apple’s next round of mobile devices. Keep in mind, none of these details have been confirmed by Apple, but they are best educated guesses from Apple watchers who a have pretty a good track record about these things. The names being tossed around are: iPhone Air, iPhone phablet, iPhone 6

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Kelso’s Quest is the latest creation from Avocoder, the mobile app developer behind Toasty Boy, a Flappy Bird parody that managed to crack the top 100 free games chart on the App Store last month. Unlike Toasty Boy, Kelso’s Quest is a completely original title, mixing in elements of the puzzle and adventure genres as the eponymous Kelso journeys through treacherous environments in search of his kidnapped son. At the end of each set of levels, Kelso will face off against a boss, learning more about the motivations behind the kidnapping as he takes down a variety of evil beasts. Kelso’s Quest is expected to launch on the App Store this week and Google Play in the future. The full trailer follows below.

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Apple is suddenly taking a much more open approach to testing its desktop operating system. Apple says the OS X Beta Seed Program will allow anyone to "test-drive beta software and provide quality and usability feedback that will help make OS X even better." To enroll, you'll need to sign a fairly serious confidentiality agreement that likely forbids you from spilling details on new features early. From there, it's as simple as downloading a small tool that will tell the Mac App Store that your Mac is eligible to receive the pre-release software.

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Apple is suddenly taking a much more open approach to testing its desktop operating system. Apple says the OS X Beta Seed Program will allow anyone to "test-drive beta software and provide quality and usability feedback that will help make OS X even better." In recent years, Apple has offered beta tests for individual apps like FaceTime and Safari, but it hasn't offered a public OS X beta program since way back in 2000 — and even then it charged users $29.95 to take part. This time it's free and open to everyone, so long as you're 18 or older and have an Apple ID. "Don’t blog, post screen shots, tweet or publicly post information about the pre-release Apple software, and don't discuss the pre-release Apple software with or demonstrate it to others who are not in the OS X Beta Seed Program," warns Apple.

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Still carrying a paper boarding pass when you travel? Air Berlin's got a new way to go green this Earth Day. The airline's iOS app now sports Pebble integration, letting you display boarding passes and flight information on your smartwatch.

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Still carrying a paper boarding pass when you travel? Air Berlin's got a new way to go green this Earth Day. The airline's iOS app now sports Pebble integration, letting you display boarding passes and flight information on your smartwatch.

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NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T says its first quarter earnings were unchanged from the first three months of last year, but revenue grew as the wireless business added more than 1 million subscribers.

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It was the great muppet philosopher Kermit the Frog who first proclaimed in 1970 that "it's not easy bein' green." While that may have been true decades ago, with the swipe of a screen to control your thermostat or the automatic rerouting of delivery vehicles to avoid traffic and save gas, wireless innovation is making a fibber out of one of America's most beloved environmental icons. Today, mobile technologies empower all of us--from small households to large businesses--to make little changes that add up to big savings for our environment and our wallets. Consider this one fact: Just a

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The next generation of Android smartwatches is right around the corner, and LG is first in line with the slick G Watch. A few images have made their way into the wild, but LG’s new preview site explores the wearable device in even greater detail, revealing a few features along the way. At the top of the page, you can see the color options for the device: Stealth Black and Champagne Gold. Further down, LG highlights some of the features of the Android Wear software that will power the G Watch, from reminders to GPS navigation. Android Wear will also retain the “Ok Google” voice command functionality of Android smartphones and tablets. One seemingly unannounced detail appearing on the page is the

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(Reuters) - Virtualization software maker VMware Inc reported a 14 percent rise in first-quarter revenue as more customers opted for its cloud infrastructure offering and big business clients renewed their software licenses. Virtualization software allows the creation of a virtual machine that acts like a real computer with an operating system, helping the company's clients use server and storage space more efficiently and reduce IT costs.

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If you use 1Password, you might be worried about the security of your private data, what with all the talk about Heartbleed. Fortunately, the software's developer, AgileBits, says 1Password isn't affected by the OpenSSL exploit, but some of the sites you visit probably are. That's why the company built a service called Watchtower, which allows you to check the vulnerability of sites you frequent.

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If you use 1Password, you might be worried about the security of your private data, what with all the talk about Heartbleed. Fortunately, the software's developer, AgileBits, says 1Password isn't affected by the OpenSSL exploit, but some of the sites you visit probably are. That's why the company built a service called Watchtower, which allows you to check the vulnerability of sites you frequent.

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AT&T has come under a constant barrage of criticism from rival T-Mobile over the past year but so far it hasn’t affected the carrier’s bottom line. In its Q1 2014 earnings report released Tuesday, AT&T reported earnings of $0.71 per share on $32.5 billion in revenue, which beat the consensus estimate of $0.70 per share on $32.41 billion in revenue. What’s more AT&T also posted a net addition of 625,000 postpaid subscribers on the quarter, which the carrier says represents its best Q1 for net postpaid additions in five years. Including prepaid subscribers, AT&T added more than 1 million net subscribers on the quarter. AT&T’s full press release follows below.   AT&T Reports Strong Results in First Quarter while Investing in Growth Transformation

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WhatsApp just announced that its messaging app is now used by 500 million people around the world. When Facebook announced plans to acquire WhatsApp in February, the service had already crossed 450 million active users, so it's quickly jumped by tens of millions since then. Selling to Facebook hasn't slowed growth much The milestone is significant since it's halfway to the "goal" that Mark Zuckerberg mentioned when announcing the massive buyout.

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BOSTON (AP) — An unmanned submarine has recorded some of the most detailed images of two American ships that sank off the coast of England during World War II, according to the Massachusetts company that surveyed the wreckage to mark the disaster's 70th anniversary.

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Sony has added new features to its Smartwatch 2 since its arrival last year, but there was one glaring omission. With the most recent update though, users can finally fine-tune that watch face with simple drag and drop motions. Customizable faces can sort widgets for displaying info including date, weather, calendar, battery level and more.

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Sony has added new features to its Smartwatch 2 since its arrival last year, but there was one glaring omission. With the most recent update though, users can finally fine-tune that watch face with simple drag and drop motions. Customizable faces can sort widgets for displaying info including date, weather, calendar, battery level and more.

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After several weeks of testing its redesigned profiles, Twitter has today rolled out the new look to all users. The comprehensive overhaul has made Twitter's profiles much more visual and akin to what you'd expect to see on Facebook or Google+. Twitter is encouraging its users to customize these with their personal photos, but the company is also offering some default cover images if you can't find a good one of your own. Unfortunately there's not an equally fast way of getting to lists — something power users may not like about the all-new profiles.

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After having been caught online recently in a benchmark test and in a shipping manifest – even though Samsung has officially denied developing such a device – the Galaxy S5 model with a 2K (or QHD) display, also known as the “Galaxy S5 Prime,” has further been detailed in a new report. SamMobile has apparently been able to confirm that the handset, dubbed internally as the Samsung KQ, is in its “middle- to late- phase of development.” The publication said that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who was first to explain the contradicting Galaxy S5 rumors that detailed Full HD and a 2K Galaxy S5 versions by revealing Samsung is working on multiple Galaxy S5 variants, was right about Samsung’s Galaxy S5

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Back in my day, we carried backpacks loaded with six or seven textbooks... up a hill... both ways in the snow. Once we got to class, we had to take all our notes in equally large notebooks. A new app from Barnes & Noble called Yuzu is making life easier for kids these days, offering youngsters all the books without the chronic shoulder pain.

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T-Mobile under CEO John Legere never, ever stops trolling. Now that BlackBerry has decided to completely cut the “Uncarrier” off from selling its devices, 9to5Google points out that T-Mobile has decided to hit back by giving yet another special offer to BlackBerry fans by offering them gift cards of up to $200 if they switch to a new Samsung smartphone such as the Galaxy S5 or the Galaxy Note 3. This isn’t a short-term offer, either: Any T-Mobile customers who bought a BlackBerry at any time up until April 3rd this year can take advantage of this deal from now until the end of the year. This direct targeting of BlackBerry customers with offers for rival phones was what got T-Mobile

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