Archive for May 29, 2013

Microsoft finally sews up Skype and Lync for chat everywhere

Microsoft finally sews up Skype and Lync for chat everywhere

Microsoft announced today that they have completed the integration of Skype and their business-centric Lync communication platform. This means that Skype users and Lync users can seamlessly chat with one another, officially merging together consumers and businesses. Lync is Microsoft's enterprise-level IM client that comes with the company's new Office 365 software.

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Wikipedia Nearby flags close-by curiosities on your smartphone

Wikipedia Nearby flags close-by curiosities on your smartphone

Wikipedia has launched its first location-based feature for mobile readers, Wikipedia Nearby, which pulls up articles related to your current position. Described as the learning equivalent of services like Yelp, which show nearby coffee shops and entertainment, Wikipedia Nearby sifts through historic sites, parks, museums, and other points of interest, and also allows the reader to add to them while on the move.

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Facebook Waze acquisition negotiations end

Facebook Waze acquisition negotiations end

As talk continues surrounding the possible acquisition of the social mapping company known as Waze, it appears today that Facebook is out of the running. According to sources familiar with the matter speaking with All Things D, a potential acquisition of Waze by Facebook is no longer an option as talks have fallen apart. Facebook was tipped to be considering buying Waze for upwards of $1 billion USD.

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Amazon outs in-house login service to take on Facebook and Google

Amazon outs in-house login service to take on Facebook and Google

In an effort to reduce what Amazon is calling "sign-in friction," the company has launched their own login system for third-party developers, and they're calling it "Login with Amazon," simply enough. The new service will compete with the likes of Facebook and Google, who have their own login services for third-party apps as well.

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Amazon Studios reveals five first original shows

Amazon Studios reveals five first original shows

Amazon has revealed the first five shows that will make up its Amazon Studios Original Series line-up, hoping to prove that Netflix isn't the only on-demand service that can make its own content (and maybe have a better reception than Arrested Development). Two comedy shows, Alpha House and Betas, and three children's shows, Annebots, Creative Galaxy, and Tumbleaf, were selected when Amazon and LOVEFiLM through the decision making process open to the public vote, with the first episodes expected to show up later this year.

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Q10 arriving June 5

T-Mobile BlackBerry Q10 arriving June 5

We already knew that BlackBerry's newest QWERTY device would hit T-Mobile at some point next month, but the wireless carrier officially confirmed a date that customers would be able to pick one up. Starting June 5, the BlackBerry Q10 will be available at T-Mobile stores, as well as on the carrier's website.

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Connected Data Transporter 2.0 detailed as Drobo merger talks revealed

Connected Data Transporter 2.0 detailed as Drobo merger talks revealed

Personal cloud provider Connected Data has announced version 2.0 of its Transporter, the bottle-shaped desktop drive that raised more than $260k on Kickstarter, as well as news of merger discussions with Drobo. The updated Transporter functionality - which will be pushed out to existing owners courtesy of a software upgrade - pares back the interface for easier link-sharing and drag'n'drop file management, as well as more granular control over which files are synchronized.

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Microsoft’s 256GB Surface Pro shows up in Japan

Microsoft’s 256GB Surface Pro shows up in Japan

A new 256GB version of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet has been revealed, with the larger-capacity Windows 8 slate showing up in Japan. The new variant - which has not yet been added to Microsoft's US listing for the 10.6-inch tablet - is otherwise identical to the 128GB Surface Pro we reviewed back in February, and will go on sale in Japan alongside the smaller-storage model next month.

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Soyuz delivers new ISS crew in fastest shuttling yet

Soyuz delivers new ISS crew in fastest shuttling yet

The latest arrivals to the International Space Station docked in record time, NASA has confirmed, with the Express Soyuz Flight safely opening hatches at just past midnight this morning. Expedition 36 - which brought three engineers from NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency, and the European Space Agency - took under six hours to reach the orbiting research platform, having taken off in the evening of Tuesday, May 28. Their arrival brings the ISS' crew back up to six, following the departure earlier this month of Commander Chris Hadfield and his two colleagues.

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Nintendo lists Best Buy locations for E3 game previews

Nintendo lists Best Buy locations for E3 game previews

Nintendo has listed the 110 Best Buy stores that will give impatient gamers an opportunity to play new Wii U and 3DS titles alongside their launch at E3 2013 next month, as part of its attempt to boost enthusiasm in the fact of Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles. The scheme, revealed earlier this month, will see select games put up for in-store play, though not offered for sale at that stage.

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GM confirms Corvette C7 even more powerful than first promised

GM confirms Corvette C7 even more powerful than first promised

Drivers of the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray will get a little more grunt than they expected, with GM confirming that the car's LT1 6.2-liter V8 is in fact good for up to 460HP and 465lb-ft of torque. Back when the striking two seater was first unveiled in January, GM estimated its power as coming in at around the 450HP mark; the new Stingray is good for a sub-4s 0-60mph time.

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Honda Walking Assist Device goes into broad hospital trial

Honda Walking Assist Device goes into broad hospital trial

It's been a long while since we first saw Honda's exoskeleton-like Walking Assist Device - 2008, in fact - but the first 100 units are finally strolling into broader service in Japan. 100 of the 2.6kg gadgets, which strap onto the legs and hips so as to help the wearer walk more steadily and with a longer stride, have been deployed as part of a loan program across Japanese hospitals.

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