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Facebook to scale up free mobile Internet service to boost usage

A 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this illustration in ZenicaBy Aman Shah MUMBAI (Reuters) - Facebook Inc plans to scale up its service to offer free basic Internet on mobile phones, an executive said, after introducing the application in 17 developing countries over the past year. In a blog post released to mark the first year of the initiative, Facebook said it will open a portal allowing any mobile operator to offer the service under its Internet.org platform. Facebook currently partners with specific operators to launch the service in different countries.

Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy stores from August

Apple Watches are seen on display at the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City(Reuters) - The Apple Watch will be available at stores of Best Buy Co Inc , the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, starting Aug. 7. The Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models will be sold at more than 300 Best Buy stores in time for the holiday shopping season, a spokeswoman for Apple Inc said. "Customers love Apple Watch, and we are thrilled to begin offering it at Best Buy," she said in an email.

Toshiba interim CEO Muromachi to stay on in role: media

Man walks past logo of Toshiba Corp at electronics store in TokyoToshiba Corp has decided to propose interim President Masashi Muromachi as a more permanent chief executive officer beyond September after a slew of executives resigned over their roles in the country's biggest accounting scandal in years, Japanese media said on Tuesday. The Japanese computers-to-nuclear conglomerate had said last week that then-chairman Muromachi would temporarily assume the CEO role after an independent probe found that former CEO Hisao Tanaka had been aware the company had inflated its profits by $1.2 billion over a period of several years. A Toshiba spokesman said nothing had been decided.

Bolivia is tripling the size of its subway in the sky

Passengers board cable cars at the Jacha Kathu station in El AltoBy Sarah Marsh LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivia already has the largest urban cable car system in the world. Now the booming country is tripling the size of the network and will soon have nine lines whizzing above the administrative capital of La Paz. State company "Mi Teleferico" ("My Cable Car") now operates three lines, including two linking La Paz with the satellite city of El Alto.

Taxi laws need post-Uber rethink, French economy minister says

Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in MadridUber has had a rough ride in France to date. A law passed in October last year attempting to address the issues it raised restricts the use of the localization software Uber uses. The law is being challenged by Uber, which faces similar opposition in other countries around the world.

Chi-X founder in blockchain trading technology venture
By Lionel Laurent LONDON (Reuters) - One of the founders of trading venue Chi-X Europe is joining the race to bring "blockchain" technology, the system that tracks and identifies transactions in digital-currency bitcoin, to the wider financial world. A venture called SETL, led by former Chi-X head Peter Randall and hedge-fund investor Anthony Culligan, said on Monday its blockchain-inspired technology would simultaneously transact real-world currencies or assets and provide a "golden record" of the trade, which takes days on some financial markets. "We want to unlock the power of the blockchain for financial markets," said Randall in an interview.
HSBC and First Direct now support Apple Pay in the UK
Xbox One screenshots are coming to SmartGlass on Android and iOS
Google moves to decouple Google+ and YouTube

Google moves to decouple Google+ and YouTubeFollowing feedback from its users, Google+ is getting a makeover, with the search engine giant admitting that decisions it had made in the social networking space previously, were not necessarily the best, and it will start with decoupling YouTube comments.

IoT to generate massive data, help grow biz revenue

IoT to generate massive data, help grow biz revenueInternet of Things (IoT) will churn more than 20 trillion gigabytes of data by 2025, fueled by increasing broadband speeds, and is expected to generate new revenue for businesses.

Doc or Sorkinization? Which will be the better Steve Jobs movie?

Doc or Sorkinization? Which will be the better Steve Jobs movie?Technically Incorrect: Will it be the documentary, whose first trailer was just released? Or will it be the Aaron Sorkin version, which, it was announced Monday, will be the centerpiece of the New York Film Festival?

For OnePlus, China is no longer its biggest market
OnePlus announces the next generation flagship killer: The OnePlus 2, priced below $400

OnePlus announces the next generation flagship killer: The OnePlus 2, priced below $400OnePlus launched a new phone, dubbed the flagship killer, in 2014. Today OnePlus brings us its successor, the OnePlus 2, with even more impressive specs at a sub-$400 price.

Can OnePlus Two equal success for a small smartphone startup?

Can OnePlus Two equal success for a small smartphone startup?OnePlus, a small Chinese upstart, drew big hype after it released the OnePlus One -- a smartphone geek's smartphone. With its follow up device, the OnePlus 2, it looks to take the next step.

The OnePlus 2 pushes the boundaries of how cheap a flagship phone can be

The OnePlus 2 pushes the boundaries of how cheap a flagship phone can beThere are more options than ever for getting a good, cheap smartphone, and last year’s OnePlus One was a standout. The just-announced, heavily-leaked OnePlus 2 doesn’t deviate strongly from the formula that made the One such an intriguing phone, but there are some notable differences to be found once you dig into the new device.

OnePlus 2 is a $329+ metallic upgrade with a beefed-up camera
Baidu shares dive on earnings miss

Baidu shares dive on earnings missSometimes referred to as the Chinese answer to Google, Baidu reported that revenues rose 38 percent from a year earlier, but not enough to meet expectations.

Leak: Moto G specs and pricing revealed ahead of tomorrow’s event
Ahead of Motorola’s planned special event this Tuesday, a Brazilian retailer accidentally uploaded unboxing photos of the third-gen Moto G. As a result, we basically know most everything there is to know about the third generation of the budget-friendly Moto G. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without The leaked photos, originally spotted by Pocketnow, reveal that the upcoming Moto G will feature a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, a 13 megapixel rear facing camera, a front facing 5 megapixel camera, a 5-inch display made out of sturdy Gorilla Glass, LTE connectivity, 16GB of storage, an IPX7 waterproof rating, and the ability to personalize the device via different colored and interchangeable shells. Price wise, the third-gen Moto
Google reportedly tried to buy a veggie burger company
eBay Now rapid delivery service shut down

eBay Now rapid delivery service shut downThe e-commerce company continues trimming initiatives to focus on its core marketplace, saying Monday it's shuttering some delivery services and several mobile apps.

How to watch live as OnePlus unveils the phone of hardcore Android fans’ dreams
If you’ve never heard of the OnePlus One, don’t feel bad — we’re not here to judge. This oddly named smartphone isn’t a handset you’ll find at your wireless carrier’s local store, and its upcoming successor likely won’t be stocked there either. OnePlus’ One was one of the most surprising and exciting smartphones of the year in 2014 though, bringing impressive specs, an affordable price and great hackability to Android fans around the world. Or at least, it brought all that to Android fans around the world who managed to secure an invitation to purchase the phone. Now, OnePlus is back with the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the One, and it’s shaping up to once again be among the hottest Android
KLM flight sways crazily in windy landing

KLM flight sways crazily in windy landingIt's not exactly easy to land a Boeing 777 in 60 mph winds. Or, at least, it doesn't look as if it is.

Israeli researchers compromise isolated network with dumbphones
Every new movie and TV show you can stream on Netflix this week (July 26 – August 1)
It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new Netflix movies and shows for your streaming pleasure. A lot of your time is wasted by looking around Netflix for something you haven’t seen yet, so this update will save you some precious ticks on the clock. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without The August releases haven’t been announced yet, but we’ll update this post as soon as they are. July 28th Comet (2014) Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (Season 2) July 30th Almost Mercy (2015) My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Season 5) The Wrecking Crew (2008) July 31st Turbo Fast (Season 2) Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015)
NASA shows off the International Space Station in glorious 4K
Shoveling more dirt onto Google+’s grave
A little more than four years ago, Google unveiled Google+, an awkwardly named social network that Google hoped would become a serious rival to Facebook. It goes without saying that didn’t happen even though Google annoyingly tried to push the platform onto anyone who used any of its services. Google has spent the last several months chopping up Google+’s most useful pieces and making them separate services as it moves away from making Google+ the central hub for all Google-related activity. And on Monday, the company announced its most drastic step for breaking up Google+ year. RELATED: Man who wrote entire book on Google+ has no idea how to stop it from spamming him Google now says that in the coming
Samsung to host Unpacked event on August 13, new mobile products to be announced

Samsung to host Unpacked event on August 13, new mobile products to be announcedThe rumors were right. Samsung is readying its latest devices ahead of rival launches.

Where can Microsoft's Windows Phone go from here?

Where can Microsoft's Windows Phone go from here?With its biggest hardware gamble a failure and Windows 10 about to arrive, the software maker is pressed to prove what it can achieve in the phone business.

Federal govt calls for joint effort to back STEM education in Australia

Federal govt calls for joint effort to back STEM education in AustraliaStudents, parents, teachers, schools, and the government are all responsible for driving the uptake of STEM skills in Australia, according to ​Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science Karen Andrews.

Beijing cops shut down huge $19 million counterfeit iPhone factory
Have you ever seen an iPhone on sale with a price that’s too good to be true? It turns out counterfeiting the iPhone is a profitable pastime in many parts of the world. But at least one massive counterfeit iPhone operation in China was recently shut down, as police raided a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as $19 million. DON’T MISS: Intel Skylake specs leak; Expect new laptops with 41% faster graphics and insane battery life Disguised as a gadget maintenance shop, the company operated in the northern outskirts of Beijing and was apparently the brainchild of a married couple. The couple allegedly set up the factory in January, Reuters reports, by creating six assembly
Nike offers partial refund to end FuelBand lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — Nike will give partial refunds or gift cards to people who bought FuelBand fitness trackers in the last 3 1/2 years, resolving a lawsuit that says the products can't accurately tally how many steps a user is taking or how many calories they've burned.
Samsung teases an August 13th event with a big, curvy Galaxy
​Stagefright: Just how scary is it for Android users?

​Stagefright: Just how scary is it for Android users?If your smartphone or tablet vendor doesn't fix the Stagefright security hole, this text-message based malware can be really scary. But you can protect yourself from it with a few simple steps.

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Samsung to host Unpacked event on August 13th

Samsung to host Unpacked event on August 13thSamsung today officially announced its next major product launch event, which will take place in New York on August 13th. Galaxy Unpacked 2015 will be at 11:00AM ET on that date, and will likely include the announcement of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, the details of which have leaked extensively over the past few weeks. Announcing the next generation of its successful Note series in August is a change of approach for Samsung, which has traditionally launched Note devices in early September, with retail availability occurring a few weeks later.

Fan mashup pits Katniss against Jon in 'The Hunger Game of Thrones'

Fan mashup pits Katniss against Jon in 'The Hunger Game of Thrones'It's Katniss Everdeen versus Jon Snow in an epic battle to the death in this fan-made parody trailer for "The Hunger Game of Thrones," a movie we actually kind of wish was a real thing.

Here's why your canine companion is actually pretty smart

Here's why your canine companion is actually pretty smartDid you know that dogs can detect things like seizures, low blood sugar and cancer? A new AsapScience video looks at some of the scientific wonders of man's best friend.

Rhapsody for Android gets prettier, more powerful music controls
Twitter for Windows 10 gets a new look

Twitter for Windows 10 gets a new lookTwitter for Windows 8 first debuted in March 2013, and it has been barely updated ever since. Twitter is working on an updated app for Windows 10, and it appears it will be rolling out soon. Screenshots of the new app are available in the Windows Store right now, revealing a look that compliments the new theme for Windows 10.

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Boy Scouts of America end total ban on gay adults

FILE - In this Sunday, June 8, 2014, file photo, a Boy Scout wears his kerchief embroidered with a rainbow knot during Salt Lake City’s annual gay pride parade. The Boy Scouts of America's top policy-making board planned a vote Monday, July 27, 2015, on ending its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion if that accorded with their faith. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)The Boy Scouts of America ends the ban but still allows church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.

Cosby's accusers speak out in striking cover story

New York Magazine cover features 35 Cosby accusersYahoo's Katie Couric speaks with one of 35 women who shared their eerily similar Bill Cosby stories with New York Magazine.

Arizona Cardinals hire NFL's first-ever female coaching intern

Boy Scouts lift blanket ban on gay adult leaders, employees

Boy Scouts stand on stage with a U.S. flag during the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in ManchesterBy Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America lifted its outright ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees on Monday, rolling back a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization. The new policy, which takes effect immediately, comes three years after the organization removed its prohibition on gay youth, but local Boy Scout units chartered by religious organizations will still be permitted to exclude gay adults from volunteering as den leaders, scoutmasters or camp counselors. The latest move was widely seen as being aimed at quelling a backlash against the Boy Scouts amid declining membership and the threat of litigation, while addressing concerns of religious institutions that account for about 70 percent of the 100,000-plus Boy Scout units nationwide.

Colorado movie gunman's sister sobs, says she still loves him

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The younger sister of Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes testified at his trial for the first time on Monday, telling jurors who will decide his fate that the murders were completely out of character, and she still loves him. Chris Holmes, 22, was called by the defense during the punishment phase of the trial.

U.S. House Benghazi panel says State Deptartment to hand over documents Tuesday

Gowdy walks out to talk to reporters before deposing Blumenthal in a private session of the House Select Committee on Benghazi at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonThe U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, said the State Department has pledged to hand over 5,000 new pages of documents related to the incident on Tuesday. "The State Department has informed the Committee it will make a production of approximately 5,000 pages tomorrow - the second largest production the Committee has received and the largest since last summer," Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, the committee's chairman, said in a statement on Monday. The documents are not expected to include emails involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been embroiled in a controversy over her use of a private email account while she was America's top diplomat.

Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad'

President Barack Obama gestures during a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran "ridiculous if it weren't so sad."

Clinton aims high in green energy plan

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about her renewable energy plan, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the Des Moines Area Rapid Transit Central Station in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Calling climate change one of the "most urgent threats of our time," Hillary Rodham Clinton laid out elements of a sweeping plan Monday that would see every U.S. home powered by renewable energy by 2027, even as she declined to take a position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline opposed by environmental activists.

New York Gov. Cuomo announces new LaGuardia Airport

Vice President Joe Biden, left, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, chat during the Association for a Better New York luncheon, in New York, Monday, July 27, 2015. Cuomo introduced a plan to redesign and rebuild New York City's LaGuardia airport. The airport in Queens is one of the busiest in the nation, but is cramped and outdated. Vice President Joe Biden last year dubbed it a "Third World country." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A year after comparing New York's LaGuardia Airport to "some Third World Country," Vice President Joe Biden helped unveil an ambitious plan Monday to rebuild its collection of aging terminals into a modern, unified hub while easing congestion by doubling the space available for planes to operate.

DJ Henry was a black man killed by police. Should he be a cause?

Danroy Henry Sr. holds his wife, AngellaDan and Angella Henry sit in the windowed kitchen of their stately home in Easton, Mass. — the trampoline and swimming pool out back, the trees and hummingbird feeders all around, the artfully arranged platter of sandwiches on the granite counter.

Boston out of running for 2024 Summer Olympic Games bid

The city of Boston is no longer a candidate to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

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