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38 new emojis proposed for Unicode 9 next year

38 new emojis proposed for Unicode 9 next year

The emoji is one of the best and worst things about Unicode. I say best things because they can give you a way to show you are kidding when sarcasm doesn't translate well to text messaging. I say bad because you probably know that one person who uses all the emoji at once. Emoji fans will be glad to hear that more are coming to the next version of Unicode in 2016.

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Yahoo Mail update adds event and package reminders

Yahoo Mail update adds event and package reminders

Yahoo Mail has received a much needed update, with Yahoo adding in new event reminders and package reminders to help users remember when they have something going on. Yahoo has added in visual information on events and packages that are being shipped, as well as informative notifications that include pertinent details, such as the time of the event. The information includes things like shipment tracking shortcuts, and links to the original email in which the rest of the data resides.

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Amazon will start rejecting Flash ads next month

Amazon will start rejecting Flash ads next month

The Internet’s collective move against Flash — the frequently vulnerable software that increasingly has more downsides than up — just gained a big new ally: Amazon. The Internet retailer announced this week that it will soon stop accepting Flash advertisements, making it the latest company to gravitate away from Adobe's longstanding and much-maligned software. This announcement follows news earlier this month that Yahoo’s advertisements were used to spread malware that, ultimately, used vulnerable versions of Flash for success.

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Real life first-person zombie shooter pops up on Chatroulette

Real life first-person zombie shooter pops up on Chatroulette

Turns out, if you still use Chatroulette, the website that matches you and your webcam up with a random stranger, you may not always be shown someone doing something obscene. You might just get thrown into a real life first person shooter (FPS), with you in control of someone trying fight off zombies. That's exactly what happened when random users were paired with the British film production crew Realm Pictures, who managed to create a live-action FPS that plays out in real-time right before viewers.

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Popcorn Time users in U.S. hit with lawsuits

Popcorn Time users in U.S. hit with lawsuits

Following news that Denmark arrested two men who operated websites with guides on using Popcorn Time, other bad news related to the piracy software has surfaced, this time relating to some users in the U.S. The makers behind The Cobbler have filed a lawsuit against 11 Popcorn Time users, alleging they used the software to watch the 2014 comedy. The complaint was recently filed in the Oregon District Court, and it seeks to have Comcast reveal the identities of the eleven users behind the nabbed IP addresses.

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Popcorn Time alleged guide operators arrested in Denmark

Popcorn Time alleged guide operators arrested in Denmark

Denmark has taken one of the harshest stances against Popcorn Time thus far, arresting two individuals alleged to have operated two websites offering guides on the piracy software. Both domains have also been seized by the local authorities. Both men, who haven’t been named, are said to be in their thirties, and to have operated the Popcorn-time.dk and Popcorntime.dk websites. Neither websites offered links to download the software, causing controversy among Internet goers.

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Ashley Madison hackers drop another 20GB of stolen data

Ashley Madison hackers drop another 20GB of stolen data

The Ashley Madison hackers have released a larger cache of information stolen from the website for affairs. The first batch of data — which has already revealed numerous well-known names and email addresses tied to government agencies, among others — was about 10GB compressed, and this latest data dump is about double that: 20GB or so of compressed data on more users of the infidelity website. This latest dump appears to, in part, include emails belonging to at least one of the site's executives.

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YouTube Space studio is coming to India

YouTube Space studio is coming to India

Google announced today that Mumbai, India will be counted among the few select cities laying claim to a YouTube Space studio. YouTube Spaces have already been launched in LA, London, Tokyo, New York City, Sao Paulo, and Berlin, with the first one having been launched in 2012. Thousands of YouTube creators have visited the YouTube Spaces, according to Google, and it’ll likely see those numbers increase more rapidly with this latest launch.

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WhatsApp’s desktop client now supports iOS

WhatsApp’s desktop client now supports iOS

The desktop web app for WhatsApp now finally supports iOS, roughly seven month after it debuted on Chrome and Android. While the name of the feature is a tad confusing, it's the option to continue using the messaging client on a desktop browser through the web.whatsapp.com portal. But in order to "login," users must already have the mobile app installed on their device, open it, and scan a QR screen that is displayed in the desktop browser.

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FCC fines Smart City $750k for blocking WiFi hotspots

FCC fines Smart City $750k for blocking WiFi hotspots

The FCC doesn’t take kindly to jamming activities of any sort, including the kind that block personal hotspots. The commission announced today that it is fining Smart City Holdings, LLC $750,000 USD for blocking hotspots at convention centers. Smart City provides Internet service at convention centers throughout the U.S. for what the FCC calls “substantial fees”. It, as others before it, deployed technology that blocked mobile hotspots, forcing visitors to pay for Smart City’s own Wi-Fi service rather than using their own personal data connections.

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Google OnHub router detailed: aimed at easy, secure Wi-Fi

Google OnHub router detailed: aimed at easy, secure Wi-Fi

Today Google OnHub was revealed by Google and aimed at bringing the company into the networking market. This is the first time Google has created such a device, generally staying within the smart mobile device market - especially now that Alphabet exists. Google's OnHub router will make Wi-Fi secure, support home automation devices, and will look good as it does so. This is a router that doesn't need to sit under a pile of books or stay stuffed in your closet in shame - it doesn't look half bad.

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Samsung Space Internet may bring the web to the whole wide world

Samsung Space Internet may bring the web to the whole wide world

This week researcher Farooq Khan from Samsung Electronics has published a paper on full earth-covering internet. This system, he suggests, would consist of "thousands of low-cost micro-satellites" that'll be launched into Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) to provide Terabit/s data rate speeds of internet to the whole globe. This system would be able to send data with signal latencies "better than or equal to" the ground-based systems we use today. This system would serve to take care of the internet needs of our planet through the next several decades.

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