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Comic-Con gets first look at 'Mockingjay' trailer

Yahoo Tech News - 8 hours 16 min ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The trailer for the next film in the popular "Hunger Games" series is making its premiere at Comic-Con.

Russia has lost control of a gecko sex experiment in space

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 04:14

67 years ago, the US sent fruit flies into space inside a V-2 rocket to see if they could survive the radiation. One of the latest: a Russian satellite called Foton-M No. 4 that was launched into orbit last week containing fruit flies once again. According to a representative for Russia's Institute of Medico-Biological problems who spoke with Agence France-Presse, all other parts of the satellite are working as expected, including life support systems that will keep the experiments running.

The first trailer for Kevin Smith's horror film 'Tusk' is here and it's bizarre

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 03:37

Kevin Smith promised to unveil the first trailer for his latest horror film Tusk at San Diego Comic-Con, and he delivered this evening. And it's much weirder than even we expected. Starring Justin Long as a podcaster visiting Canada for a new story, Long's journey takes a turn when he meets an old man who... winds up surgically turning him into a walrus. It's as bizarre as all that sounds, and Smith looks like he's blending body horror with a really strange sense of humor in this movie. We'll just have to see what comes of it when it hits theaters on September 19th.

A closer look at the Xperia Z3, Sony’s next flagship smartphone

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 02:00

Sony still hasn’t found a way to effectively infiltrate the Western phone market, but that doesn’t mean the Japanese powerhouse is giving up any time soon. Our friendly neighborhood leaker @evleaks has published two new photos of what he claims to be the upcoming flagship Xperia Z3 smartphone, a phone that at first glance could easily be mistaken for an Xperia Z2. Upon further inspection, the Z3 does appear to be thinner and seems to lacks the silver trim which lined the edges of the Z2. Other than that, as you can see in the header image, the button placement appears to be the same, although if the flap at the top of the device is the SD card slot, it

Business Briefing: Bose Sues Beats Electronics Over Patents

Newyork Times Technology - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 01:38
Bose said Beats infringed upon five of its patents in some of its headphones and was seeking unspecified damages.

C.D.C. Says Tuberculosis Lab, Shut Amid Exposure Scare, Can Continue Its Work

Newyork Times Science - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 01:27
A moratorium imposed after two accidents at other labs that could have exposed workers to anthrax and H5N1 was lifted because the lab has passed safety inspections and its work is crucial, a spokesman said.

Everyone is now invited to play the Destiny beta

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 01:05

If you somehow missed out on all the code giveaways and couldn’t bring yourself to preorder the game, you’re in luck — the Destiny beta is now open to anyone with a active subscription on Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus as of 4pm PDT on Thursday. Bungie is basically conducting a stress test over the weekend by allowing everyone to join in the beta, so don’t be surprised if there are some issues on Friday night after everyone gets off work. The beta was already taken offline for an extended period of time earlier in the week for maintenance though, so hopefully the servers are prepared for a massive influx of Guardians. In order to download the beta, just head to

Apple iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data, researcher finds

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 01:00

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week. The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the "trusted" computers to which the devices have been connected, according to the security expert who prompted Apple's admission. In a conference presentation this week, researcher Jonathan Zdziarski showed how the services take a surprising amount of data for what Apple now says are diagnostic services meant to help engineers. As word spread about Zdziarski’s initial presentation at the Hackers on Planet Earth conference, some cited it as evidence of Apple collaboration with the National Security Agency.

Amazon's far-reaching ambitions, lack of profits, unnerve investors

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:56

By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's message to investors has always been clear: trust in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Some on Wall Street wonder if Amazon may have bitten off more than it can chew. After an unusually busy first half of the year that saw the online retailer spend on developing everything from mobile phones and Hollywood-style production to grocery deliveries, investors are ready to see it curtail its ambitions and start delivering sustainable profits. "It does get frustrating when they continue to spend quarter after quarter and they don't let the revenue flow through," said Michael Scanlon, who manages $3.5 billion at Manulife Asset Management and holds shares of Amazon.

Sorted Food, a Cooking Channel, Is a YouTube Hit

Newyork Times Technology - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:20
Recipe exchanges in a British pub have expanded into one of the most popular cooking channels on YouTube.

I experienced The Rock at Comic-Con

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:16

Dreams do come true. Casey Newton is experiencing his first-ever San Diego Comic-Con. Here's what happened to Casey, in his own words, the moment Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) takes the stage to promote Hercules and talk about his "fanny pack" photo popularized this week on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

All of my dreams coming true: I experienced The Rock at Comic-Con

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:16

Dreams do come true. Casey Newton is experiencing his first-ever San Diego Comic-Con. Here's what happened to Casey, in his own words, the moment Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) takes the stage to promote Hercules and talk about his "fanny pack" photo popularized this week on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Next big moonshot project puts Google inside your body

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 00:00

Google is far from being done searching for answers for some of your most pressing questions, including many surrounding health and the human body, The Wall Street Journal reveals. Baseline Study is a new Google X “moonshot” project that wants to look into the human body and find out exactly what makes us healthy so that the company can find new ways to improve our health. Google hopes to learn more details about the human body by looking at many parameters and analyzing the huge amount of data resulting from the various tests performed. THe company might then be able to provide potentially preventive treatments for health problems that may affect an individual in the future, rather than after-the-fact treatments for an existing illness that’s

Bits Blog: Bill to Legalize Unlocking Cellphones Passes Congress

Newyork Times Technology - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:27
On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that will make it legal for consumers to open the digital locks on their cellphones so that they can more easily switch wireless carriers.

Edgar Wright's next two films are reportedly a comedy and a sci-fi about sex-crazed bugs

Yahoo Tech News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:07

Edgar Wright just left Marvel's Ant-Man movie a couple months ago, but he appears to already have two new films locked up. Deadline reports that Wright's next two movies will be Baby Driver — a long-gestating comedy written by Wright himself — and a young-adult novel adaptation called Grasshopper Jungle. Wright's plans to direct Baby Driver appear to be all but a done deal, and he's said to be fully signed on for Grasshopper Jungle. Details are limited on Baby Driver, but it's reported to be in the same vein as the comedies in his trilogy of films with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost — though the two don't appear to be involved. The recently-released novel is a sci-fi coming-of-age story involving gigantic praying mantises.

Microsoft is ready to attack China with an exclusive Xbox One deal

Yahoo Tech News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 23:05

Microsoft is far from beating Sony in the new gaming console war, but the company is reportedly ready to attack a huge market in the coming months. The Wall Street Journal has learned that the Xbox One maker will partner with China Telecom, the country’s most important fixed-line operator, to launch its latest console. Starting in September, China Telecom will become the exclusive Xbox One retailer in the country. The company revealed that potential buyers looking “to enjoy the games an entertainment experience at home,” will have to sign up for a broadband subscription when buying the new console. Neither China Telecom nor Microsoft mentioned the price of the Xbox One for China, or an actual release date. The console is available

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