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By AFPMore by this Author The boxing match billed as the fight of the century is over, but the battle over smartphone video streaming of the Las Vegas showdown is just beginning.Revelations that dozens of smartphone users streamed the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather weekend fight have raised questions about how new technologies can get around copyright restrictions imposed at live...
By AFPMore by this Author A start-up company wants to make your emails vanish forever — but in a good way.The firm, Confidential CC, has created an application that lets people send self-destructing messages from whatever email accounts they fancy.Unlike rival apps dedicated to sending messages or images that vanish after being viewed, Confidential CC is designed to work...
By AFPMore by this Author Google on Monday said it is sidelining its crowd-sourced map making tool to implement a way to prevent bogus edits, some of which have proven embarrassing.The Map Maker service will be "temporarily unavailable" beginning Tuesday, according to a message posted online."As some of you know already, we have been experiencing escalated attacks to spam...
By AFPMore by this Author Microsoft-owned Skype on Tuesday cleared the way for anyone to use a new feature that translates video chats or instant messages in real time.People no longer need to sign-up to use a preview version of Skype Translator, which handles spoken English, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin.The number of languages translated jumps to 50 for written...
By AFPMore by this Author "Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account."With that inaugural Tweet sent from a smart phone in the Oval Office before jumping on Marine One Monday, the President of the United States Barack Obama — or @POTUS — cast off security and bureaucratic chains in place since...
By AFPMore by this Author Looking for a tattooed demon to be killed by an undercover virgin in your sex club? Well, as any good horror film producer knows, the best place to look these days is on Facebook and Twitter.The Z-list purveyors of schlock at Cannes Film Festival, hawking such memorable titles as "Jurassic Prey" and "Sky Sharks",...
By AFPMore by this Author MixRadio, the streaming service originally launched by Nokia, on Tuesday expanded availability to major smartphone platforms as the market for on-demand music keeps growing.MixRadio, which markets itself as a personalized streaming service with curated playlists, said it would be available on Androids and iPhones.MixRadio also announced a tie-up with Taiwanese telecom company HTC, which...
By AFPMore by this Author It's not just texting: American motorists admit to surfing the Web, posting tweets and even taking selfies while behind the wheel, a new survey shows.The poll released by AT&T as part of a safety campaign found almost seven out of 10 US smartphone users acknowledged some kind of smartphone activity while driving.That included 61...
By AFPMore by this Author Data from smartphones and Twitter can accurately show the size of a crowd, helping first responders in an emergency, a study on Wednesday said.Scientists at England's University of Warwick devised a computer model based on data from Twitter and from phone companies in Milan, northern Italy.The mobile phone system is cellular, meaning that it...
By AFPMore by this Author A slowdown in smartphone sales in China is cooling the global market for the devices, research firm IDC said Tuesday.The market tracker said global smartphone sales will see a rise of 11.3 percent in 2015, following robust growth in 2014 of 27.6 percent.IDC said the overall market is still moving forward thanks to growth...

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