Smart Drones That Can Fly Themselves…Skynet Begins?

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The smart drones that can fly themselves without GPS: Photos

Researchers from Zurich university’s computer department have been demonstrating robot aircraft that can navigate to their destinations autonomously.

Microsoft to add ‘enterprise grade’ biometric security to Windows 10

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Summary:At the WinHEC conference in China today, Microsoft showed off a new biometric authentication feature called Windows Hello. The ambitious technology, which uses fingerprint and iris recognition to replace passwords, will debut in Windows 10 devices later this year.

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For years, biometric authentication has been a sci-fi staple. Bits and pieces of biometric technology already exist in popular technology, most notably the TouchID fingerprint sensors used on late-model iPhones and iPads.

With Windows 10, coming later this fall, Microsoft plans to go big with biometric technology. The new OS will introduce system support for biometric authentication, the company says, “using your face, iris, or fingerprint to unlock your devices … with technology that is much safer than traditional passwords.”

At the WinHEC conference in China today, Microsoft executives showed off the new feature, called Windows Hello. At first glance, it sounds like Microsoft’s response to TouchID — biometric authentication that can use a fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor, or other biometric sensor to provide instant access to a Windows 10 device. Show your face or touch a finger, Microsoft says, and you’ll be instantly authenticated on the local device.

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Apple May Launch Subscription TV Service in September

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The tech giant is in talks with TV programmers about a service that would include about 25 channels, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Apple’s much-hinted-at subscription TV service may become a reality before the end of the year.

The iPhone maker is in talks with TV programmers to offer a Web-based subscription TV service that would launch in September, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing unidentified sources. The service would offer programming from about 25 channels, including major networks ABC, CBS and Fox, that would be available on all devices running Apple’s iOS operating system, including the Apple TV, according to the report. (Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET.)

The service, which is expected to be announced in June, would deliver programming across the Internet, like Dish’s Sling TV product and Sony’s upcoming service. The report did not reveal an expected subscription cost for the service but did note that some media executives pegged Apple’s service at about $30 to $40 a month. Dish’s Sling TV, meanwhile, is a $20 per month live TV package with 12 channels, including ESPN, TNT, CNN, HGTV and the Disney Channel. (Only US details have emerged at the moment.)

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Streaming Music Outsells CD’s For First Time

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What, music streaming services are just beating CDs now?! In 2014, the money generated from streaming services finally outpaced compact disc shipments, according to a recent report from the Recording Industry Association of America. Revenue from streaming services such as Pandora, Spotify, and music video services like Vevo and YouTube hit $1.87 billion in 2014. CD shipments, meanwhile, were valued at $1.85 billion.

Major superstars like Taylor Swift may have little love for streaming services, and businesses like Spotify aren’t yet making a killing from subscription revenue. Nevertheless, streaming is growing fast and is on its way toward becoming the most popular way to consume music.

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HBO Announces Stand Alone Service Along With Discounted Apple TV

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HBO’s long-awaited standalone subscription service is coming next month, and Apple TV has been announced as the company’s “exclusive” launch device. Viewers will be able to watch HBO Now from web browsers, but Apple TV is the only streaming box getting it to start. An app for iPhone and iPad will be released, as well. “All you need to get HBO Now is a broadband connection and an Apple device,” said HBO CEO Richard Plepler. Priced at $14.99 per month, HBO Now will offer access to HBO’s entirely library of original shows and also its large catalog of feature films.

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Apple Watch starts at $349; battery lasts all day

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The mysteries surrounding Apple’s new wearable are over.

At the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, Apple revealed what future watch-wearers had been wanting to know for months: when it was going to be available, how much it would cost, and what comes with it.

If you need a refresher, the Apple Watch is one of (if not the) most customizable product the company has made, with three different base models, two sizes, and half-a-dozen different watch colors and strap bands.

The models come with a range of apps, including many that mirror what’s on the iPhone (including Contacts, Maps, and Music), along with its voice-activated assistant Siri. It alsoworks with Apple Pay, the company’s own contactless payments service, and a health monitor with two dedicated apps.

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Apple’s radical 12-inch MacBook

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On Monday, Apple revealed a new 12-inch MacBook, a radical revamp that shakes up the winning MBA design by dumping virtually every conventional port—Thunderbolt, the SD card slot, a power connector, everything—in favor of a pair a single USB Type-C connection and an audio jack. That, paired with numerous other advances, helped the 12-inch MacBook become the slimmest, lightest MacBook ever—and it’s silent, too.

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Apple Refuses to Open Dead Mother’s iPad

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Grieving sonA grieving son has accused Apple of having an ‘utter lack of understanding and discretion’ after the company refused to unlock his dead mother’s iPad – and asked for written permission from her.

Josh Grant, 26, from London, became the co-executor of his mother Anthea Grant’s will and estate with his brother Patrick when she passed away from breast cancer, aged 59, earlier this year.

He said his mother enjoyed playing games on the iPad after her husband died in 2010 and said she liked its raft of new security measures since updating to iOS7.

However, when the brothers contacted Apple following their mother’s death on January 19, they were told they would need ‘written permission’ from their mother to access the account.

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Google Plans Its Own US Cellular Service

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Google has confirmed for the first time that it plans to offer connectivity directly to mobile users in the U.S., but a senior executive downplayed the competition it would be to major U.S. cellular carriers.Several reports have said the company is preparing a service that would be offered across an existing cellular network under a Google brand — a so-called “mobile virtual network operator” or MVNO. But the reports hadn’t been confirmed until Sundar Pichai, the company’s senior vice president, spoke at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday.”You’ll see us announce it in the coming months,” said Pichai.

Pichai said it won’t be a full-service mobile network in competition with existing carriers.

Instead, he said, it will give Google a platform through which it can experiment with new services for Android smartphones.

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Digital Divas Podcast : Premiere Broadcast

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EP 1: WHAT IS THIS INTERNET? CARRIE BORCHERS ON SALES AND TECH

In this weeks Digital Divas episode, we profiled Technology Diva Carrie Borchers on her career journey in sales and technology. Carrie began by telling how she first entered the world of technology. She graduated with a liberal arts degree, an undergraduate degree in Psychology and minor in Spanish and Dance. Her first job out of college was at the Boy Scouts of America as a Business Development Manager.

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