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Microsoft and Yahoo extend their search partnership negotiations for another month

Microsoft and Yahoo extend their search partnership negotiations for another month

First started five years ago after Microsoft failed to acquire its smaller rival, the two companies have extended negotiations on a search partnership between their Bing and Yahoo search engines.

The deal is a ten-year deal, but the contract allowed for a termination or re-negotiation after five years.

That point hit on February 23rd, but they have agreed to extend the negotiations to 60 days from 30.

"We value our partnership with Microsoft and continue discussions about plans for the future. We have nothing further to announce at this time,"
Yahoo said in a statement.

The two tech giants teamed up to take on Google but Google's share has not dipped in the last five years.

Source:
Reuters

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Pebble crushes Kickstarter record, raises $20 million for latest color e-paper Time smartwatch

Pebble crushes Kickstarter record, raises $20 million for latest color e-paper Time smartwatch

Pebble easily crushed crowdfunding records with its latest campaign, which just closed on Friday.

The Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel watches were the fastest to reach $1 million, taking just 49 minutes to do so. Additionally, by the time the campaign was done, the company had raised $20.3 million, crushing the previous record set by the "smart" cooler 'Coolest Cooler.'

Altogether, 78,463 people pledged, each paying at least $159 for the upcoming watch, which will retail for $199. The Pebble Time Steel will retail for $299.

"We cannot thank the Pebble community enough for their monumental support,"
Eric Migicovsky, Pebble CEO, said in a statement. "We continue to listen to and be inspired by the backers who believed in us and supported our vision from day one."

Differentiating the watch from its predecessors is the color e-paper display, which is the first time Pebble has gone a route other than black and white. The device also has 7 day battery life for the Time and 10 days for the Steel, a big jump from Android Wear and the Apple Watch which normally require a charge in under 24 hours.

If you pledged to the campaign, the company says you should expect your watch by early May.

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Vine now supports HD video

Vine now supports HD video

Vine has announced this week that their popular video sharing app will now support higher quality video, jumping from the current 480p max to 720p.

The feature is rolling out now and you should already see existing videos showing up in HD.

In regards to uploads, Vines will upload in HD for iOS starting now but in the coming weeks for Android.

Check out one example here:

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Biohackers test eyedrops that give you temporary night vision without goggles

Biohackers test eyedrops that give you temporary night vision without goggles

Members of the Science for the Masses collective have created eye drops that allow you to see in the dark without the need for specialized goggles.

Using a chemical called Chlorin e6 (Ce6), which has been used safely in cancer treatments and to cure night blindness, the drops gave the biohackers the ability to see in the dark for short periods of time. The chemical compound is extracted from deep sea fish that hunt in the pitch black.

"There are a fair amount of papers talking about having it injected in models like rats, and it's been used intravenously since the '60s as a treatment for different cancers,"
Science for the Masses medical officer Jeffrey Tibbetts said. "After doing the research, you have to take the next step."

The human experiment received 50 microliters of Ce6 into his conjunctiva sacs, which gave him the ability to see in the dark at up to 50 meters.

Fair disclosure: Do not try this at home.

Read more up on the drops here: A Review on Night Enhancement Eyedrops Using Chlorin e6

Source:
Mic

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 - still with tons of bloat

The Samsung Galaxy S6 - still with tons of bloat

There had been rumors that Samsung had finally listened to complaints and reduced the insane amount of bloatware on its flagship devices, but that does not appear to be true.

Those with early access to the S6 and S6 Edge have counted 56 pre-installed apps, although Samsung of course is not completely to blame. Android owners know that Google has a decent amount of Google-related bloat and carriers add their own, as well, but Samsung has decided to include all their S suite of apps (Voice, Health, etc) and additional apps like Microsoft OneDrive, Facebook, Instagram and more.

By comparison, stock Nexus devices - even those from carriers, have 35 or less apps.

Not all is lost, however, as Samsung will allow you to "disable" the apps, thus removing them from the app drawer and the homescreen, although they remain taking up precious internal storage space, and in cases like Facebook, mining all your personal data and then some.

Source:
Giz

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Click here to play Super Mario 64 in HD

Click here to play Super Mario 64 in HD

Nearly 20 years after its console release, Super Mario 64 is back.

Roystan Ross developed a desktop version of the game, which can be played for Windows, Mac and Linux, and there is a demo of the playback after the jump. The game has been remastered with more modern HD graphics and includes gamepad support including DS3, 4 and Xbox One and 360 controllers.

The developer has put a lot more technical know-how in his blog post, which can be found here.

At the same link, you can download the files, since the browser version does not seem to be working at the moment.

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The politics of anti-Semitism
A cool look at a heated discussion.
Chinese CEO compares Apple to Hitler

Chinese CEO compares Apple to Hitler

By Godwin's law it was inevitable that Apple was to be called nazis and/or Hitler on heated internet discussions but for it to come up in a smartphone platform war between the companies themselves was a little unexpected.

Jia Yueting, the CEO of a Chinese online video service LeTV, has just compared the offerings of Apple to the National Socialists lead by the Führer himself.

As LeTV is looking to enter the smartphone market with an upcoming X600, it wants to depict Apple's platform as if controlled by an evil dictator that doesn't allow anything fun. Android on the other hand is depicted as the young people who do what they want.

Of course the X600 comes equipped with the latter and according to The Verge it might feature 4GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch display.

The fellow Chinese manufacturers, like Xiaomi, offer more obvious competition to LeTV in their home market and although an easier target, Apple and how its perceived will probably not be determining the success of LeTV.

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Yahoo searching a way to abandon Bing?

Yahoo searching a way to abandon Bing?

Yahoo has been using Microsoft's Bing since 2010 when the company decided to scrap its own search engine. The continuation of the collaboration is currently under scrutiny and it seems that there are some problems finding a solution, Reuters reports.

The ongoing negotiations between Yahoo and Microsoft have been extended by another month after the original deadline was set to February 23. Obviously a solution that satisfies both parties is yet to be found, even after not one but two extensions.

The original contract is valid for 10 years but included was an agreement for possible reconsideration after half way point – where we are at now in 2015. The partnership has not managed to sway search engine usage much to their favor as Google still dominates.

Both Microsoft and Yahoo CEOs have changed in the past five years. Especially under the leadership of the new CEO Marissa Mayer, Yahoo has been said to be investing in areas that would allow it to separate from the Microsoft partnership

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