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Paul Walker's brothers step in to finish 'Fast 7'

At Subway, we’re all about eating fresh and eating healthy. We know how difficult it can be to count calories and maintain a healthy diet. That is why we are pleased to introduce our Holographic Turkey Club. For years, we’ve pondered how to bring you all the bold, exciting flavors of a traditional Subway sandwich, but with zero calories. After many trials, we’re excited to unveil this...

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The plot to kill the password

Last Friday, Samsung's new Galaxy S5 arrived with an unexpected and underhyped feature. Like the iPhone 5S, it came with a fingerprint reader, but this reader plugs directly into PayPal, which in turn connects you to dozens of different payment systems. It’s a clever trick: instead of a password, all you need is a fingerprint, carrying you through the entire web. If it catches on, soon you won’t need a password at all.

The new Galaxy S5 is just the beginning

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Final 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer sets the stage for war

With its release less than two months away, the promotion has really been ramping up for X-Men: Days of Future Past, and today the film's final trailer has arrived. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film stars both the classic film cast — including Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier and Ian McKellen as Magneto — with their younger counterparts from the prequel X-Men: First Class. If...

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Google Q1 2014 earnings deliver $15.4 billion in revenue

Google reported its results for the first quarter of the year today, posting revenue of $15.42 billion and earnings per share of $6.27. That missed analysts' estimates of $15.52 billion in revenue and earnings of $6.42 a share. That's a miss on the top and bottom line, and the stock is trending down in after-hours trading.

Google develops computer vision accurate enough to solve its own CAPTCHAs

Google has cracked the CAPTCHA. In a paper published this week, Google researchers say that they've developed an algorithm that can accurately solve Google's own CAPTCHA puzzles — those obfuscated jumbles of letters and numbers you type in on websites to prove that you're human — with 99.8 percent accuracy, obviously posing something of a problem to the puzzle's intended purpose of weeding out robots. The new system was developed to help Google automatically analyze hard-to-read signs and house numbers photographed by its Street View cameras, allowing it to accurately match images with locations on a map.

Blizzard's addictive 'Hearthstone' card game is now on iPad

Prepare to say goodbye to your free time. Blizzard's excellent digital card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available for iPad worldwide, after recently launching in a few select territories. The iPad version is exactly the same as its Windows and Mac counterpart, though the portable nature and addition of touch controls make this perhaps the ideal way to play the game. You can also share your account across the desktop and mobile...

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After success of mob-run 'Pokemon', Twitch bets on turning viewers into 'torture artists'

In January 2014, longtime game designer Michael Molinari was testing a prototype of his studio's new multiplayer project. Choice Chamber, built for the massively popular streaming platform Twitch, promised a new kind of audience participation. Tens of thousands of people can watch a game on Twitch, but in an ordinary game, that's all they can...

Streaming game platform helps fund 'Choice Chamber,' where the chat window sets the challenges
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NYPD shutters controversial unit that spied on Muslims

The New York Police Department has disbanded a division that conducted extensive covert surveillance on the city's Muslim communities. The Demographics Unit infiltrated mosques, restaurants, and other locations with plainclothes officers and...


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DARPA is turning drones into wireless hotspots

Google and Facebook aren't the only ones trying to beam down connectivity from the sky: DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, is trying to turn drones into hotspots for high-speed wireless networks, and it recently completed an initial testing and development phase on the program working toward that goal. The major developments were in the creation of steerable antennas and efficient radio amplifiers for the hotspots. DARPA also created a housing for the hotspots,...


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Is it Prime time for Amazon's smartphone?

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Fifth Annual Jeff Bezos Book Burning! This year we are pleased to unveil the Kindling Fire, which is sure to put a spark in the Amazon ecosystem. Using the Kindling Fire, customers will now be able to get a...



Intel is losing billions every year on tablets and smartphones

In recent months, Intel has been under pressure to explain why personal computers haven't been selling quite as well. But the chipmaker may have another pressing concern: losing billions of dollars on mobile. In 2013, Intel's mobile chip division lost a hefty $3.15 billion, after posting an operating loss of $1.78 billion in 2012. In the first quarter of 2014 alone, the Mobile and Communications Group saw a $929 million operating loss on a meager $156 million in revenue, according to new...

SpaceX signs 20-year lease for the Apollo 11 launch pad

SpaceX has signed a 20-year lease with NASA to operate a launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On Monday, the space agency announced that it had reached an agreement that would see SpaceX take over maintenance and operation of Launch...


The maker of Roomba says its robots may someday recognize everything in your house

The Roomba has been cleaning apartment floors for years now, but its creator sees a future where the popular household robot carries out far more useful chores. "Consumer research tells us that laundry is the number one household task that people spend their time on, so a laundry robot would be on top of the list," said iRobot CTO Paolo Pirjanian in an interview with MIT Technology Review. But he conceded it'll be some time before we're handing off laundry duty.

Still, by the sounds of it,...


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