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Phone Unlocking Bill passes US Senate

Girl PhoneThe US Senate has passed a bill that makes it legal for smartphone owners to unlock their phones to use on different networks, regardless of carrier approval.

It has been a controversial practice for some time. Phone unlocking in the past had to be done by carrier approval, something that many argued was a violation of the rights of the phone’s owner. If they bought the phone, they should have the right to use it as they choose.

That argument has now become the reality, after a law was voted on that puts control back in the hands of the consumer.

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Rumour has it: Yahoo and AOL might be merging

  • 14/07/2014 at 22:24 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Yahoo Head LogoVarious sources have confirmed that Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer has been seen hanging out with Tim Armstrong of AOL. Could a possible merger between the two be on the horizon?

According to many, the two were seen spending hours in the late night at a resort bar, talking animatedly. There is a chance they were doing nothing more than getting a few drinks and letting off steam, perhaps keeping up on their connections like all good execs.

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Kickstarter: AirDog Auto-Follow Drone for GoPro

  • 12/07/2014 at 12:24 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Gadgets

AirDog AutoFollow Drone GoProA Kickstart campaign is looking to create a GoPro solution for athletes, outdoors fans and indie filmmakers. They have introduced AirDog, the first ever GoPro drone.

The drone is easily piloted by you, connected to an “air leash” that sends a signal to keep it circling you. It records as you do just about anything you can think of. It will even stabilize the footage and keep you within frame, so you don’t have to worry about lost images or shaky shots.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks ambition in new email

  • 11/07/2014 at 05:37 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

Satya Nadella Microsoft CEOMicrosoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has released a new email to the employees at the company. In it, he talks about bold ambition, and the role it plays in the direction of the company.

According to the email, the earnings for the past sales quarter will be release on July 22. From there, a new direction might be on the horizon, which focuses on the results. Unfortunately, there are no clues about what that figure might be. But we know that last quarter showed of $20.4 billion.

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Facebook breaks down their role in taking down Lecpetex botnet

  • 09/07/2014 at 23:09 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Lecpetex Botnet worldwide spreadFacebook has released a post describing their role in taking down the Lecpetex botnet, a security threat that was spread through the social media platform.

“Lecpetex”, named by Microsoft, was a lesser known bit of malware that first started to show a pattern about seven months ago. Giving a way in to the infected computer via the social account itself, it would hijack user accounts to promote spam files that further spread the malware.

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Sony creates Selfie Smartphone with Xperia C3

Sony Xperia C3Sony has created the first smartphone that is specially being touted as the first ever “selfie” specific smartphone, the Xperia C3, in what is sure to be one of the signs of the apocalypse.

The selfie trend has been popular for years, though the term itself has only recently really taken off. People take a selfie for everything, from genuine events to exciting shots of them standing in front of a mirror doing absolutely nothing.

With the inexplicable fame of the song #Selfie solidifying it as one of the most annoying pop culture trends of all time, Sony has decided to jump on board and create a whole smartphone dedicated to it.

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Google plans to expand Shopping Express, take on Amazon

  • 07/07/2014 at 23:59 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

GoogleSources inside Google have claimed that $500 million has been allocated to Shopping Express to expand the service nationwide within the US. Though they haven’t confirmed the figure, Google has confirmed the plan.

Amazon is the go-to for pretty much any online shopping. With their Prime service, they managed to target consumers in a way that has made them the dominant force in the internet’s market. To the point where people are now turning to them for groceries, monthly subscriptions for household items, and a lot more.

Google is facing a dilemma in more ways than one. First, they have been trying to crack into the shopping niche for years, without much success beyond general comparison features. Second, they are experiencing a loss in ad revenue as more people go straight to Amazon for product searches, and skip Google all together.

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