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New York hotel fines $500 per bad review, refunds you if its removed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 2:26 am

The Union Street Guest House in Hudson, New York has had couples booking weddings at their venue, but if they, or any of their guests or family leave a bad review on sites like Yelp, they will fine them $500 for every bad review found online.

 

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The hotel's online policy explains: "Please know that despite the fact that wedding couples love Hudson and our inn, your friends and families may not. If you have booked the inn for a wedding or other type of event . . . and given us a deposit of any kind . . . there will be a $500 fine that will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review . . . placed on any internet site by anyone in your party".

 

But it's not all doom and gloom, because if you remove your review, the hotel will refund you the $500. For negative reviews on the hotel, employees will come in trolling, saying things like the post was "mean spirited nonsense" and "she made all of this up". The hotel fired back at one of the negative reviews over the rude treatment over a bucket of ice, where the hotel said: "I know you guys wanted to hang out and get drunk for 2 days and that is fine. I was really really sorry that you showed up in the summer when it was 105 degrees . . . I was so so so sorry that our ice maker and fridge were not working and not accessible".

Moto X smartphone should be one of the first to receive Android L

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 1:49 am

Ever since Google officially unveiled Android L at Google I/O 2014 a few months ago, we've been wondering which devices would receive the new OS, and when. Well, now we can confirm that the Moto X smartphone will definitely be receiving Android 5.0 when it is released.

 

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Google+ user Josh B. asked Motorola's Punit Soni whether the Moto X is "still going to get android L (5.0) to which the Motorola executive replied "Yep". We don't know whether any of Motorola's other Android-powered smartphones will be getting the updated OS, but we should hopefully have more information on that closer to the release of Android L.

China warns Microsoft not to meddle in antitrust investigation

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 1:02 am

China has issued a stark warning at Microsoft not to meddle in an ongoing antitrust investigation into the company, following a series raids in four of the company's Chinese offices.

 

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China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce posted a harshly worded warning online, demanding that Microsoft obey the law and "not to interfere with or hinder the investigation in any way," the New York Times reports. The government previously announced it was investigating Microsoft over neglecting to disclose product information and the way that it bundles its services.

 

Microsoft said in a statement that its business practices in the country are "designed to be compliant with Chinese law". But the Chinese government insisted that Microsoft's ending of support for Windows XP - used by 200 million in China - amounts to the company "abusing its dominant market position".

Londoners can now pay for buses with their smartphones

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 12:02 am

Commuters in London, Britain's capital, will now be able to pay for buses with one tap of their smartphone.

 

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London buses recently stopped accepting cash transactions, and now most customers pay by tapping in with a contactless travel card, known as an Oyster card. But now, rather than pre-load this with credit, users of the EE phone network can board a bus by tapping their smartphone. The payment system is called Cash on Tap and was introduced last year for transactions under 20 pounds - but until now it was not compatible with transport. Additionally, Cash on Tap transactions will cost exactly the same as if it were a payment with an Oyster card.

 

Users will need an NFC enabled phone and an EE sim card to take full advantage, as well as downloading an app called Tap Wallet from Google Play. It's expected that next month the service will also roll out to the city's iconic metro system, known as the tube.

'Big Bang Theory' stand-off over, cast sign for $1m per episode payday

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 11:10 pm

The production stand-off that saw a halt to filming on the eighth season of CBS and Warner Brothers long running TV show 'The Big Bang Theory's eighth season is now over, following the studios acquiescence of key stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco demands which will see them triple their salaries to $1 million per episode, including an increased proportion of back-end profits.

 

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The long running show is not only the world's number one comedy right now, but it has also proven to be a huge success in syndication, with re-runs pulling in extremely impressive numbers for broadcasters, making for an extremely lucrative program which is why CBS and Warner Brothers were so keen to finalise the stand-off, which will now run for at least a further three seasons. The stars generous payday now mirrors that secured by stars of 'Friends' during its final seasons.

 

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The eighth season of 'The Big Bang Theory' is expected to premier in late September.

Android users outraged at Bomb Gaza game listed on Google Play Store

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 11:01 pm

A game called "Bomb Gaza" has been found on the Google Play Store for Android, prompting outrage as war rages in the Middle East.

 

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Although the app since seems to have been removed, it encouraged players to drop bombs on Gaza from Israeli aircraft and "avoid killing citizens" as they target caricatures of Hamas members. According to Britain's Independent, it was first uploaded on 29 July and was installed as many as 1,000 times. 1,800 Palestinians have so far lost their lives since the most recent assault began, while Israel has said 64 of its soldiers are now dead.

 

One user slammed the app as "utterly shameful" while another branded it "inhumane" and another still as a "violation of human rights." Users flocked to Twitter to express their disgust at the game, with some urging as many as possible to flag the content, made by developers PLAYFTW, as inappropriate. Other games from the developer include two benign looking titles, called Piano and Space War.

21 year old man dies while taking Facebook selfie with loaded gun

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 10:02 pm

A man while trying to take a Facebook selfie with a loaded gun, according to Mexican news.

 

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Mexican website Proseco said Oscar Otero Aguilar, 21, was drinking before taking the picture and stumbled when the gun fired. Omar Abner Campos Vives, a friend of Aguilar's, has been arrested while another friend is reportedly on the run.

 

One report says Aguilar was found dead by the time police arrived, while another claims a neighbor found him while he was alive, Pocket Lint reports. An autopsy is expected, and so far officials say the death appears to have been an accident, and that the photograph was likely going to be posted on Facebook.

LG issues OTA update for G Watch to combat skin irritation

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 5:00 pm

A number of owners of the LG G Watch have noticed that the gold contacts on the back where the watch attaches to the charger have been causing skin irritation. LG has now reportedly begun to roll out an OTA fix to address the problem; the software on the watch will go from KMV78V to KMV78Y.

 

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It sounds odd for an OTA update to fix an issue causing skin irritation, but it can. The irritation comes from the result of galvanic corrosion caused when sweat mixes with a running electrical current between two metals.

 

The update is designed to disable the current when the G Watch isn't in the charging dock. The update should stop this irritation and eliminate any issues for many users. The OTA update won't help those with pins that are corroded.

Square to announce Caviar purchase this week says source

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 4:03 pm

Square is the mobile payment firm that made a name for itself in the credit card processing industry with a tiny card reader that works with the iPhone. The company is set to make a big purchase of a food delivery company called Caviar this week. The tip comes from a source claiming to be familiar with Square's plans.

 

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Caviar is a food delivery firm located in San Francisco that allows customers to order meals that are delivered to the home or office. The meals ordered come from restaurants that don't normally offer food delivery.

 

The deal is reportedly valued at $90 million and is a being funded with stock only. That means no cash is changing hands. Square already has a food pickup feature called Square Order. The Caviar tech could be integrated into Square Order allowing users to browse pickup and delivery options in their area.

Microsoft and the NFL team to put Surface tablets on the sidelines

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 3:00 pm

When the NFL kicks off this year in the US, teams will be replacing the old school black and white photos used for decades to study opponent formations with high-tech tablets. The tablets will take to the sidelines as part of a partnership between the NFL and Microsoft.

 

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The tablet system is known as the Sideline Viewing System and is one of the new technologies being introduced this year. Using the tablets, teams will be able to study color images of formations of opponents from the sidelines.

 

This marks the first time that players and coaches have been able to legally use technology on the sidelines during a game. This year the refs will also get wireless communication gear so they don't need to huddle to talk. Coaches will also be wearing new Bose headphones.

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