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Larry Page: AI will take jobs, but living will be cheaper

Larry Page: AI will take jobs, but living will be cheaper

Speaking this week on the future of Google and the technology-infused world at large, Larry Page made some rather interesting comments on you and the way you'll be working. Not at a job you don't like. Not in a menial labor job that can be done by robots. Artificial Intelligence, he suggests, will be a big factor in two key game-changers in our society. One is in taking the place of workers at jobs they didn't want to be at in the first place.

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Andy Rubin is parting ways with Google

Andy Rubin is parting ways with Google

Andy Rubin has had a long and fruitful career at Google, having started big there under his work with Android, later moving on to other projects and eventually ending up managing the company's robotics division -- a position from which he is stepping down, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. The reason isn't clear, but his future plans include kicking off an "incubator for startups", it is being reported. Google has confirmed the departure, with CEO Larry Page having thanked him for his time with the company.

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Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Review – Old-School Pride

Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Review – Old-School Pride

The ThinkPad's distant history is pocked with no-nonsense business machines sporting plain designs and thick bodies. Those are largely a thing of the past, with the newest ThinkPads coming with a side dish of sleekness that make them stand out from systems of days gone by. Such isn't the case with Lenovo's new ThinkPad W540, a mobile workstation targeted at business users that in some ways harkens back to the old T-Series designs. That's not a criticism, mind you. There's something refreshing about a laptop that isn't partly based on being overtly stylish, instead zeroing in on functionality for those who care most about what the machine can do. Does the W540's functionality match its boardroom aesthetic, though? Read our full SlashGear review to find out!

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IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

Some would have us believe that the smartphone craze is starting to settle down and that the industry has reached its plateau. That might be true for some markets, especially developed ones, and some vendors. The smartphone shipment figures for the third quarter of 2014 from IDC, however, reveal that there is still lots of room to grow, especially when the market just shipped 327.6 million smartphones, a growth of 25.2 percent from the same third quarter last year and 8.7 percent from the 301.3 million smartphones shipped just last quarter.

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Samsung’s third quarter suffered expected financial stumbles

Samsung’s third quarter suffered expected financial stumbles

A regularly filing earlier this month revealed that Samsung's 2014 third quarter profits would show a big stumble over past quarters, with it being expected that the company would be showing three-year lows. The official quarterly results report is in, and in it we see the same story: in the quarter ending on September 30, Samsung's revenue and operating profit were both down quarter-on-quarter. This marks the company's second straight quarter of stumbles in its IT and mobile division, and the company is banking on holiday sales propping it up in Q4.

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Microsoft cut loose 3,000 employees today

Microsoft cut loose 3,000 employees today

This summer Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella revealed a planned workforce reduction that would ultimately result in 18,000 or so employees being cut loose. The reason behind it was to "realign our workforce" toward better fitting its current business goal, with the most notable cuts being among the workers it brought in with the Nokia acquisition. It was promised that by the end of the year most of the jobs would be cut, and today has seen Microsoft moving strongly on that goal, with it laying off 3,000 additional workers.

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Reddit dabbles in crowdfunding with new “Redditmade” site

Reddit dabbles in crowdfunding with new “Redditmade” site

Reddit has jumped aboard the crowdfunding train, doing so with the launch of a new website called Redditmade. Like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Redditmade lets users set up funding campaigns for projects ("You can create almost anything you want ," says Reddit), which users can then fund if they're so inclined. Campaigns that reach their goal in 30 days will survive, while those that don't will fizzle away into the silence. Dozens of projects are already up, most of them in the form of witty t-shirt designs.

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LG reports record smartphone shipments for Q3

LG reports record smartphone shipments for Q3

LG is having a bang up year so far in 2014. The company reported massive increases in profits in Q2 of the year thanks to 14.5 million smartphones shipped pushing net profits up 165%. LG has now reported its Q3 earnings and it has had another bang up quarter with record smartphone shipments. LG says that operating profit doubled on mobile business revenues that were up 39%. The company sold almost 17 million smartphones during the quarter.

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Humans replacing scanners at movie theaters this Autumn

Humans replacing scanners at movie theaters this Autumn

A new set of ever-changing security measures embedded in movie tickets on your smartphone may soon do away with the need for scanning. While - just like you would at Starbucks - MovieTickets.com movie tickets on your smartphone required codes to be scanned by the ticket handler at your local theater until now, they've thought of something new. Instead, it'll take a trained movie theater redemption employee trained in the art of looking at tickets and knowing the newest combination of animations, colors, and codes.

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Verizon tests bundle that includes 1yr of Netflix

Verizon tests bundle that includes 1yr of Netflix

Despite all of its battling this year, Verizon and Netflix have cozied up to each other, at least as far as business is concerned. The service provider has initiated a very limited test during which it is offering a small number of its subscribers the opportunity to sign up for a package that includes a free year of Netflix service. This follows the drawn out debacle between Netflix and Verizon in which the latter company's customers saw severely throttled speeds on Netflix -- something that was quickly solved when the video streaming company gave in and entered into an agreement with Verizon.

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