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Cuba is about to expand its Internet accessibility

Cuba is about to expand its Internet accessibility

More widespread Internet in Cuba looked likely to happen back in December, and it arrived a short while later, but only in a very limited fashion. Half a year later, though, and things are changing again: the insular nation is about to expand the region that has Internet access by rolling out 36 WiFi hotspots in various places. In addition, the cost to get online is going to decrease, which is one of the biggest barriers currently. With the current prohibitive pricing, few can afford to get online in the nation.

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LEGO to launch Dagobah set at SDCC 2015

LEGO to launch Dagobah set at SDCC 2015

The San Diego Comic Con will be arriving in the near future, and many are preparing their wares for starry eyed fans to enjoy. Among them is LEGO, the company behind the more-popular-than-ever plastic bricks. LEGO has a surprise for Star Wars fans in the form of a 177 piece set: a Dagobah set, which will only be made available at SDCC 2015. It is a blocky rendition of The Empire Strikes Back set where Yoda lives, and includes vaguely similar Skywalker and Yoda miniatures.

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Free WiFi service launched at the Taj Mahal

Free WiFi service launched at the Taj Mahal

As one of the seven wonders of the world, India's Taj Mahal has become one of the latest tourist destinations to offer free WiFi to visitors. The service was launched as a result of a government programs that not only aims to attract more tourists, but also to spread internet access to a greater number of cities. Now visitors will have to 30 minutes of free network access, allowing them to post selfies to their favorite social networks.

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YouTube Newswire offers curated videos of important events

YouTube Newswire offers curated videos of important events

YouTube has decided to take advantage of the large number of videos showing important events that are uploaded to its service, and it is doing so through its newly announced “YouTube Newswire”. YouTube Newswire is a new hub of sorts for videos of "emerging news events" taken by the eyewitnesses who are there when it happens. Such a hub is being done in partnership with Storyful, which will be taking care of the curation end of things. For viewers, this simply provides a new way to sort through the videos and find ones related to weather, news, and politics.

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Pope Francis hurls Catholics into climate argument

Pope Francis hurls Catholics into climate argument

Pope Francis has weighed in on climate change, with the head of the Catholic church demanding his flock take global warming seriously. The lengthy message was released as an Encyclical Letter - a letter issued to bishops - today, in which Pope Francis revealed he had been in discussion with scientists, theologians, and more on topics like water quality, "throwaway culture", loss of biodiversity, and global inequality.

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Apple angers news publishers over automatic inclusion in iOS 9 News app

Apple angers news publishers over automatic inclusion in iOS 9 News app

At WWDC this year, one of the new features of iOS 9 that Apple announced is News, an app that offers a Flipboard/RSS reader experience by curating news from a wide range of sources. This week, Apple sent a mass email to publishers to introduce the app and explain the control they have over their content being featured. As it turns out, a number people in the news and blogging industry are upset about the terms and conditions for being included in News, primarily the fact that email serves as notification of their automatic opt-in.

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Canadian government websites hit with cyberattack

Canadian government websites hit with cyberattack

Following disclosure of a massive breach of government data in the United States (and a second breach), word has surfaced that the Canadian government has undergone its own cyberattack. The attack targeted Canadian government websites and email systems, having been a denial of service attack against the nation's gc.ca server. The cyberattack was confirmed by Treasury Board President Tony Clement, and it affected several agencies in the nation’s government, including the websites of its Transport, Justice, Foreign Affairs, Industry, Employment, and Labor departments.

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Google Trends gets real-time data, new homepage

Google Trends gets real-time data, new homepage

Google has introduced real-time trends, allowing users to see what has caught the Internet's attention and how much interest some particular topic or event is generating in the moment. It uses data about the recent basketball game as an example, with the resulting data being broken down by team. This marks Google Trends’ biggest expansion since 2012, and will help researchers, the general public, journalists and more track the popularity of topics and events as they happen. This includes minute by minute information rolling through in real time, and is based upon billions of searches on Google.

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Burger King acts weird again, launches all red burger

Burger King acts weird again, launches all red burger

It's not terribly uncommon to seem a themed meal of some sort from a fast food place, but Burger King has been pushing it to various extremes. Last September we took the plunge and sampled one of its all-black burgers, which were -- as the name suggests -- all black, including the cheese. It was tasty, in case you were wondering. If a colored burger sounds appealing but you were hoping for something a little more cheery, Burger King has an alternative -- an all-red burger.

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Microsoft exec shuffle sees ex-Nokia Elop leaving

Microsoft exec shuffle sees ex-Nokia Elop leaving

Former Nokia chief Stephen Elop is leaving Microsoft, part of an executive reshuffle the company says better fits its latest strategy. At the same time as Elop's departure, EVP Terry Myerson will take the helm of a newly-combined team, Windows and Devices Group (WDG), which will pull together what was previously the Operating Systems Group and Microsoft Devices Group. It's not the only change at the top, either.

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