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Comcast using its subscriber's home routers into Wi-Fi hotspots

Comcast is planning to use its customer's Wi-Fi routers to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot in Chicago. The Internet Service provider has started to convert a large number of Wi-Fi routers in homes into Xfinity hotspots using its existing equipments.

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Comcast will be using a separate Wi-Fi signal and sending it through Comcast-owned wireless routers. Such signals from Comcast's home equipments can b identified by Comcast Xfinity's Wi-Fi mobile app. According to Comcast, by doing so, it will not affect its subscriber's speed and privacy.

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Yahoo to block Google, Facebook accounts from signing in for services

Yahoo is changing things up considerably, with Reuters reporting that the company will soon be removing the option of signing into Yahoo services using your Facebook or Google account - options that have been there for years.

 

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Starting with "Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick 'Em", a fantasy college basketball service, which Yahoo will remove Facebook and Google sign-ins, and soon after, the rest of its services. Yahoo haven't exactly explained the reasoning behind this, but we can presume that its services aren't as lucrative as Google and Facebook's services.

 

Yahoo ID holders will have their accounts and history looked at more closely, so the company can better monetize them - just like its competition does. A Yahoo representative reached out to The Verge, who said: "This new process, which now asks users to sign in with a Yahoo username, will allow us to offer the best personalized experience to everyone".

Twitter mistakenly resets its users passwords due to an error

If you have received an email from Twitter saying that your account may have been compromised by a website or service, most likely that email was sent by mistake. Twitter has confirmed that emails were sent to millions of Twitter users by mistake due to an error.

 

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The spokesperson for the social networking website said,"We unintentionally sent some password reset notices tonight due to a system error. We apologize to the affected users for the inconvenience."

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Google includes restaurant menus in its search results

Ever wanted to know what's there in the menu of a restaurant you haven't been before? Google search engine will now show menus anytime you search for a restaurant in the United States. This announcement was made officially via Google+ post.

 

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Google said,"Next time you're planning a brunch or a date night, check to make sure the menu has something to satisfy everyone in your group, without having to browse through several restaurants' websites". As of now, this feature is available in United States and wasn't clear if they will make this feature available in other countries. Some say that the move is made you try to compete with services such as Yelp.

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RumorTT: Amazon looking to bundle music streaming service with Prime

Music streaming services have been the hot topic over the last year with Google and Beats Music both launching streaming services to compete with powerhouses like Spotify, and it appears that Amazon is looking to jump on the streaming music bandwagon as well. Rumors are suggesting that Amazon is looking into integrating a music streaming service similar to Spotify into it's popular Amazon Prime premium member service.

 

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Industry insiders are saying that Amazon is "deep" in talks with several major record labels and music catalog holders and that plans for the service have been unfolding for several months now. Unfortunately instead of adding value to Amazon Prime, sources tell TweakTown that it will increase the subscription fee slightly and is the gateway into Amazon's rumored increase to $119 per month. If anyone can pull it off, Amazon would be the company to do it. Back in 2012, Amazon hired former Sony Music exec, Michael Paull and Rhapsody / MOG manager Drew Denbo as well as Adam Parness who also worked at Rhapsody previously.

Oscars will stream for free on the Internet for the first time

aTelevision broadcaster ABC confirmed the Oscars award show will be aired online with pre-show, live Oscars coverage, and post-show content available on smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

 

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The WATCH ABC service will be available to cable subscribers using Comcast, Cox Communications, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Google Fiber, Verizon FiOS, or AT&T U-Verse in the following select markets: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston, San Francisco, Raleigh-Durham, or Fresno.

 

"For instance, if one of your favorite actors wins an award, you can see the great acceptance speech and then on 'The Oscars Backstage' experience follow them to a Thank You Cam where they can give a longer speech," said Karin Gilford, ABC Television Network SVP of Digital Media, in a statement.

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HTML5 expected to be a technology to watch in 2015-2016, Gartner says

HTML5 is one of the leading mobile technologies that consumers and companies should pay attention to, especially in 2015 and 2016, a new report from the Gartner research group indicates.

 

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"HTML5 won't be a simple panacea for mobile application portability because it's fragmented and immature and therefore poses many implementation and security risks," said Nick Jones, Gartner VP and distinguished analyst, in a Gartner statement. "However, as HTML5 and its development tools mature, the popularity of the mobile Web and hybrid applications will increase. Hence, despite many challenges, HTML5 will be an essential technology for organizations delivering applications across multiple platforms."

 

Some developers are turning to HTML5 to get their feet wet - and create apps that are supported both on Google Android and Apple iOS. Moving forward, HTML5 development will become a growing priority for app and website designers, and there is plenty of opportunity for the technology to capture market share.

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Google's new Maps Gallery enables users to easily find custom maps

Today Google announced the launch of a new feature that is designed to make publishing and searching for custom maps much easier than ever before. The all new Google Maps Gallery is a new way for Governments, non-profit organizations and businesses to easily publish and share their map data with the rest of the world from a familiar and easy to use interface.

 

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Once published, the new custom maps can be easily viewed on Google Earth and are discoverable from all major search engines including Google, Bing and Yahoo. This brings maps from National Geographic, World Bank, and USGS instantly into the view of researchers, students, and the general public anywhere there is an internet connection.

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Facebook shuts down its email service because most users dont use it

Despite having a social networking website with one billion users, Facebook is forced to discontinue its email service. The '@Facebook.com' email service was started in 2010 so that users can chat and send email through Facebook messages.

 

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Though many users did not appreciate the social networking company deleted many user's originally submitted email address to '@Facebook.com' counterpart. It was found that most people did not use it, and therefore decided to take it down.

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Google's underwater Street View library just got a lot bigger

Google's Street View is one of the revolutionary products from the company that forever changed the way we navigate the world. With Google's recent expansion of Street View to locations beyond city streets, the service has become much more than a simple navigation too, and people are using it to take virtual vacations to remote places all over the world. Today Google rolled out more images for its Underwater Street View library, taking us to popular diving spots in Cancun, and Isla Mujeres.

 

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These latest editions join a collection of underwater panoramic photos from hot spots such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines, and Hawaii as well as spots from Bermuda Monoco, and the Galapagos Islands. Each photographic excursion takes place over a 2-3 kilometer area and is comprised of some 3000-4000 images that are later stitched together to form the breathtaking panoramic images seen in Street View.

 

For right now, Google seems to be focusing mainly on areas around North and South America, but the company says that in the future it will expand to the rest of the worlds underwater treasures, and that it expects to have a much larger uncatalogued within the next two years. Projects like this are one of the most important things Google does in my opinion as we know more about outer space than we do about the Earths Oceans. Personally, I hope Google teams up with someone like NOAA or Odyssey to do more panoramic images of deep water sunken ships and other ruins that lay below the waters surface.

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