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Managing bugs doesn't always require using a big bug tracking system. With judicious use of SaaS cloud-based apps, it may be possible to build a powerful and efficient solution with tools you're already using.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google and the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration have agreed to use the agency's data to add audio and visual alerts to notify drivers about upcoming railroad crossings on Google's navigation system, the FRA announced on Monday. The agency also asked four other companies - Apple, Garmin, Tom Tom and AOL's Mapquest - to join similar map partnerships, it said. AOL is owned by Verizon. (Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Susan Heavey)

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WhatsApp, Facebook, iMessage, Skype, DM me, or send me a heartbeat from your Apple Watch. Other forms of smartphone communications are more concise and asynchronous allowing me to prioritize my attention in real time. With the invention of smartphones, the "phone" is just another communications app.

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Over the weekend, Apple revealed new details about its music plans for the immediate future, including release information for Apple Music and a new iTunes Match feature for iOS 9. DON’T MISS: Reports Saying Beats Headphones Are Cheap May Have Been Grossly Exaggerated According to former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers – now a Senior Director at Apple Music – Apple will roll out its streaming music service on June 30th at 8 a.m. PDT. The company did say before that Apple Music will be available to users beginning on June 30th, but Rogers offered clearer launch information in a blog post about his music experience and career. Rogers said that iOS 8.4 will be released on Tuesday, bringing Apple Music to iOS users.

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Thailand on Monday launched a smartphone app to attract Muslim visitors, something that could help further boost an industry which has been steadily recovering since a 2014 coup. Thailand is predominantly Buddhist but parts of the south are majority Muslim. Now its tourism body hopes the new app will help further boost Thailand's tourism sector, which makes up about 10 percent of its economy.

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Two years of hard work have proven Elon Musk's Hyperloop is at least, in theory, feasible.

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Apple Music will launch at 11 AM ET tomorrow with the release of iOS 8.4. Apple had previously said the new services would launch on June 30th, but Ian Rogers, senior director of Apple Music, announced the exact time in a blog post published over the weekend. Rogers later tweeted that Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show would begin at 12 PM ET.

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By Nandita Bose CHICAGO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will launch its business loan program for small sellers later this year in eight more countries including China, where credit is becoming a key factor in competing for new vendors and grabbing market share. Until now, the e-retailer has offered the service only in the United States and Japan. Amazon Lending, founded in 2012, now plans to offer short-term working capital loans in other countries where it operates a third-party, seller-run marketplace business, the head of Amazon Marketplace, Peter Faricy, told Reuters.

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Leading smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch more handsets running on its own Tizen operating system later this year, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday. Samsung will launch several Tizen smartphones at varying prices, the person said without disclosing other specifications. Samsung aims to build its own ecosystem through Tizen, which powers its smartwatches and premium television sets.

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The Apple Watch has been out for over two months now, and other modern smartwatches well before that. At the former home (and, to be frank, dope mansion) of late company co-founder Toshio Kashio, Casio is showing off its rich history of unusual wristwatches, which range from the forward-thinking to the bizarre. Barring a huge spike in the mid-‘90s when the G-Shock line gained popularity, Casio was never able to achieve major sales growth in the watch segment until more recently, when it started to focus on analog models — some of which have basic Bluetooth functionality, but none of which go to such design extremes.

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The security firm plans to use the funds to boost company flexibility and reduce debt.

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No CIO can do everything, which is why a reliable deputy is essential.

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YONGIN, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. says hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the future for eco-friendly cars despite challenges of limited infrastructure and slow sales.

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Facebook has added new features to its iOS app that bear more than a passing resemblance to Snapchat.

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Lenovo has floated theidea of building a "classic" ThinkPad, which should obviously have a great keyboard, a matt screen and removable batteries, like all the best laptops in this venerable line. The X220 would be a good place to start...

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted an undertaking from Cabcharge Australia that will allow third parties to process Cabcharge cards.

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Online accommodation site Airbnb will announce a $25.5 billion valuation following its latest cash injection of $1.5 billion from investors.

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All facets of Australia's education system have been touched by technology, but is it really improving the way students learn?

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It was reported that Facebook tried — and failed — to buy Snapchat for $3 billion in 2013, but since then, the world's biggest social network seems to have decided instead to simply adopt some of the app's best features. First it released Facebook Slingshot, a messaging app that let you annotate Snapchat-a-like images with colorful drawings and text, before sending them to friends. Now it's brought similar features to its iOS app, allowing users to add text, filters, and stickers to photos they upload to their Facebook profiles.

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