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2014 Mazda3 eyes-on: SKYACTIV gets a third outing

2014 Mazda3 eyes-on: SKYACTIV gets a third outing

Mazda is on a roll with its KODO design, and latest to get the "Soul of Motion" treatment is the new Mazda3. Historically the best seller in the Japanese company's line-up, and now in its third generation, the 2014 Mazda3 picks up where the sharply swoopy Mazda6 sedan left off, with a more aggressive grille, sleeker headlamps with LED detailing, and a longer wheelbase that pushes the 16- or 18-inch wheels to the corners of the car.

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Skype supernode switch for stable scaling not Project Chess NSA spying

Skype supernode switch for stable scaling not Project Chess NSA spying

Skype's own hunt for stability, not clandestine aims for call tapping, forced the significant infrastructure changes that led to speculation Microsoft and the NSA were spying on VoIP, the company's principle architect has insisted. Matthew Kaufman, now a Microsoft employee following the VoIP company's acquisition, took to the IP mailing list to address concerns of NSA monitoring collaboration and the so-called "Project Chess" that was revealed earlier this month.

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Nik Wallenda Grand Canyon high-wire walk sets risky record

Nik Wallenda Grand Canyon high-wire walk sets risky record

A daredevil high-wire walk across the Grand Canyon, with no safety net or harness, has set a new world record, with so-called "King of the High Wire" Nick Wallenda taking almost 23 minutes to cross the 1,400 foot wide chasm. Broadcast live on Sunday, the stunt saw Wallenda risk a 1,500 foot plummet as he gingerly walked along the 2-inch thick cable above the Little Colorado River Gorge.

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Skype Project Chess allegedly explored NSA access ahead of Microsoft buy

Skype Project Chess allegedly explored NSA access ahead of Microsoft buy

Skype allegedly developed a clandestine program dubbed Project Chass that investigated potential ways to increase government and law enforcement access to its VoIP calling service, years in advance of Microsoft's acquisition in 2011. Project Chess was formed while Skype had "sometimes contentious talks with the government over legal issues," insiders tell the NYTimes, with knowledge of the program limited to under a dozen within the firm.

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Skype Video Messaging graduates from beta with unlimited clip support

Skype Video Messaging graduates from beta with unlimited clip support

Skype has taken Skype Video Messaging out of beta, pushing the three minute clip-sharing service to most of its desktop and mobile apps. Previewed back in February - though limited at the time to just 20 messages per user - the full launch of the Video Messaging service includes unlimited use and doesn't require one of Skype's premium packages, taking on MMS video in the process.

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Xbox One and Sky deal tipped for subsidized set-top box scheme [Updated]

Xbox One and Sky deal tipped for subsidized set-top box scheme [Updated]

Microsoft is in negotiations with broadcaster Sky UK to offer a subsidized Xbox One, it's reported, potentially even positioning the console as a new set-top box for the satellite TV service. The deal, which may already have been finalized according to MCV's sources, would see the next-gen console offered at a significant discount, it's claimed, potentially with DVR style recording functionality in the pipeline.

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Sky apps return to Google Play following hack

Sky apps return to Google Play following hack

Broadcaster BSkyB has returned its Android apps to the Google Play store today, after pulling them earlier this month following the hacking of its Twitter account and Play listings by the Syrian Electronic Army. The hack, which took place on May 26, saw the official Sky Twitter account advise subscribers to uninstall the apps - which include Sky Go for on-demand streaming, and Sky+ for remotely managing DVRs - as they had been compromised. However, it was later revealed that there had been no such issue, though BSkyB still pulled its vandalized listings from the store.

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Xbox One Siri-style speech system and Skype remote play rumored

Xbox One Siri-style speech system and Skype remote play rumored

The Xbox One will be able to spot new people even if they're not actively playing, speak to gamers in a manner similar to Siri on the iPhone, and allow stuck players to seek help over Skype, it's rumored. Microsoft was coy with showing all of the new Kinect's features, according to Polygon's sources, at the Xbox One launch last week, saving some of the more advanced two-way interaction for closer to launch.

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Xbox One introduces Skype video chat with Kinect

Xbox One introduces Skype video chat with Kinect

This week the folks at Microsoft have let it be known that their next-generation console will be going by the name Xbox One, and with it will be coming Skype video chat for the living room. This gaming device is named "Xbox One" because Microsoft intends it to be an all-in-one home entertainment device, with Skype leading the way with group video calls through Kinect.

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