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By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Two security experts who a year ago exposed methods for hacking the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape say they have developed technology that would keep automobiles safe from cyber attacks. At last summer's Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, the two researchers, Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller, described ways to launch dangerous attacks, including manipulating the brakes of the moving Prius and the Ford Escape. Valasek told Reuters on Tuesday that he and Miller will show off a prototype vehicle "intrusion prevention device" at next month's Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas.

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Anyone who bought Battlefield 4 when it released last year could tell you just how broken it was out of the box. EA simply didn’t put enough time into what should have been a massive blockbuster, and it cost them dearly. Now, just months from the first real holiday season of the new generation, EA announced in its quarterly financial report that Battlefield: Hardline isn’t going to make its October release date. In fact, it’s not even going to go on sale this year. “Today we are announcing that Battlefield Hardline will launch in early 2015,” writes EA’s Dan Mitre on the Battlefield Blog. “Obviously, this is big news, so I’d like to address why we’re making this change.” After launching

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REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft is reporting fourth-quarter earnings that came in below analyst expectations, as it took a hit from the Nokia devices business that it bought in April.

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By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Broadcom posted better-than-expected adjusted second-quarter earnings on Tuesday that pushed the chipmaker's stock higher as it plans to exit the fiercely competitive cellular baseband business. Broadcom, a leader in connectivity chips with features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, reported second-quarter revenue of $2.04 billion, down 2.3 percent from the year-ago period. It said revenue in the third quarter would be between $2.10 billion and $2.25 billion. The midpoint of its forecast is $2.175 billion. ...

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Apple Inc posted a smaller-than-expected 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, after selling 35.2 million iPhones in an increasingly competitive smartphone market. Shares in Apple held steady at $94.72 on Nasdaq after the news. Many investors expect Apple to make a play for the wearable device market with a sensor-laden smart watch, dubbed iWatch.

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Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday its fiscal fourth-quarter revenue rose, beating Wall Street expectations, but its profit fell 7 percent, partly due to the effect of incorporating the handset business of Nokia. Microsoft reported quarterly profit of $4.61 billion, or 55 cents per share, compared with $4.96 billion, or 59 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Wall Street had expected 60 cents per share, on average, although it is not clear how analysts had factored in the performance and cost of integrating the Nokia operation, which became part of Microsoft in late April. Revenue rose 17 percent to $23.38 billion, above analysts' average estimate of $23 billion, chiefly because of additional sales from Nokia.

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If you've ever had the pleasure of participating in a water balloon fight, you will concur that the most frustrating part of battle is reloading. You think you've got an uninflated balloon securely attached to the end of a garden hose, and then as soon as you turn on the water, *snap*, the balloon comes flying off. Now some ambitious inventor has come up with a solution to all those problems: a device that lets you easily fill up 37 water balloons at once, and 100 in less than a minute. If it works as promised, the aptly named "Bunch O' Balloons" currently seeking $10,000 in backing on Kickstarter, could be the greatest thing to happen to water balloons since the slingshot.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc reported better-than-expected revenue and profit for the first quarter, driven by robust sales of titles such as "Titanfall," digital sales and cost control. For the three months ended June 30, non-GAAP revenue rose about 57 percent to $775 million from a year ago, exceeding Wall Street analysts' estimates of $713.2 million, according to Thomson-Reuters I/B/E/S. Non-GAAP net income rose to $61 million, or 19 cents per share, from a loss of $121 million, or 40 cents per share, a year ago. ...

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In what can only be described as the typical lull for Apple ahead of new fall product launches, the company's reported better than expected third quarter earnings, thanks once again to the iPhone. Apple just reported earnings of $1.28 per share, on revenue of $37.4 billion. The results come on the short side of what Wall Street was expecting in terms of revenue, but are right in the middle of Apple's own revenue forecast, which was between $36 and $38 billion. If those earnings per share numbers seem a lot smaller, it's because of a seven-for-one stock split that went into effect last month.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen.

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Apple’s stock has been soaring lately, up more than 24% over the past three months. Shares took off in late April when Apple announced a 7-for-1 split that would take place in early June, and the stock has kept climbing gradually ever since, inching closer to an all-time high that now sits just north of $100 after adjusting for the split. And if Apple managed the blowout quarter some industry watchers are expecting it to report on Tuesday afternoon, $100 might not be far behind. Following a surprise beat in the fiscal second quarter of 2014, when Apple posted a net profit of $10.2 billion on $45.6 billion in quarterly sales, Apple is seen having kept up the pace in the June

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Parts of Yumen, a city in northwestern China, have been sealed off after a local died of bubonic plague last week, reports Reuters. The 38-year-old man is said to have contracted the bacterial disease, also known as "the black death," after coming into contact with a type of rodent called a marmot. Moreover, 151 residents are under quarantine after coming into direct contact with the man who contracted the disease. City officials say that they have enough rice, flour, and oil to supply all 30,000 residents for up to a month, but reports haven’t yet mentioned how long this situation might last.

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By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The government will call Mark Zuckerberg to testify against an upstate New York man accused of trying to cheat the billionaire founder of Facebook Inc out of half his stake in the social media company, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. Zuckerberg is expected to be a key witness against Paul Ceglia, who is charged with forging a 2003 contract with Zuckerberg that purportedly entitled him to half of Facebook. “It's a witness that the government 100 percent knows it will be calling at trial,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Frey said at a court hearing before U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter in New York federal court. The charges stem in part from a 2010 civil lawsuit Ceglia filed against Zuckerberg and Facebook in Buffalo, New York, claiming the two men signed a contract when Zuckerberg was a freshman at Harvard University that gave Ceglia half of a planned social networking website.

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Microsoft has published its Q4 2014 earnings report, and the company has made $4.6 billion in net income on $23.38 billion in revenue. Stronger-than-expected PC demand helped Intel’s latest quarterly earnings, and it has also impacted Microsoft’s. OEM revenue for Windows increased by 3 percent this quarter, further hinting that the decline of traditional PC sales might be starting to slow down. As Microsoft battles to focus its efforts on mobile and the cloud, it is still attempting to push the Windows Phone platform. Microsoft has now acquired Nokia’s phone business, and it plans to focus solely on Windows Phone for the low- and high-end over the next 18 months.

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Microsoft posted strong fiscal third-quarter earnings back in April, which helped carry the positive sentiment we’ve seen since Satya Nadella took over as CEO. Shares are now up about 12% over the past 12 months, having been given an extra boost when news leaked that Microsoft plans to eliminate 18,000 jobs, 12,500 of which will come from the Nokia devices and services business that Microsoft acquired recently. Heading into Tuesday’s report, Wall Street was expecting Microsoft to post fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $0.60 per share on revenue totalling $22.99 billion. The numbers are now in, and Microsoft missed estimates with a quarterly profit of $0.55 per share on $23.38 billion in sales. Operating income in the quarter was $6.48 billion. For the same quarter last year, Microsoft

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NEW YORK (AP) — Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology.

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A US patent made public on Tuesday bolstered rumors that Apple has designs on a smartwatch. "The invention pertains to an electronic wristwatch," said a summary in Apple patent paperwork on record with the US Patent and Trade Office. The patent describes an wrist band, possible with a touch screen, configured to connect wirelessly to a mobile device such as a smartphone. Disclosure of the patent added fuel to talk that California-based Apple intends to weigh into the blossoming wearable computing market with a smart watch.

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Humin is a new iPhone application that can aggregate certain data from all sorts of sources to make your life easier, The Wall Street Journal reports. Specifically, Humin is able to pull contacts from various interactions, keep them in order on all devices and offer context-aware features. Humin founder Anjur Jain described the service as a “social OS,” with the app’s main purpose being making contacts management a much easier day-to-day chore. Humin hunts for contacts in email, social networks and calendars, building a master contact lists of “everyone who is willing to feed it their information.” The app also replaces the iPhone’s Phone app on a smartphone, offering users better assistance in managing their contacts depending on situation, and providing

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The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, July 14 to Sunday, July 20 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution is getting a splash of pop culture, thanks to a flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

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Samsung's 105-inch, curved LED LCD TV, with a resolution of 5120 x 2160, is the ultimate edition to your house. The TV vs. Porsche scenario is more likely the purchase decision for prospective buyers of Samsung's flagship TV, model number UN105S9W. With about 11 million pixels, the Samsung offers more resolution than almost any TV on Earth.

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