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As a lot as we love the thought of fish police, stoically patrolling excessive-finish eating places, scanning plates of meals and shouting “That’s NOT actual fugu, good sir,” that is (sadly) not how this system works. Sure, this handheld machine referred to as QuadPyre made by College of Florida researchers can detect if somebody’s making an attempt to cross off inferior fish as their costlier counterparts. However in the intervening time, it will probably solely detect if shady sellers try to cross off riffraff as grouper fish. See, native fishermen are apparently not able to maintaining with grouper demand within the nation, so the US has been importing metric tons from overseas.

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Malware concentrating on players often tends to revolve across the video games themselves, resembling pretend copies of a scorching new shooter or misleading in-recreation gadgets. Nicely, it appears like these attackers are mixing up their technique: Malwarebytes Labs has discovered adware spoofing an in-recreation voice chat app. At first, it steers you to a pretend web site providing Razer’s Comms software program. In the event you’re keen sufficient to click on the Home windows obtain hyperlink, you as an alternative get a script that tries to reap your logins and different delicate information. A cursory look means that it is (poorly) written by Russian cybercriminals renting their providers.

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Reuters is getting in on the streaming information recreation, too. With Reuters TV, the outfit’s concentrating on commuters that need to sustain on present occasions with personalised, on-demand and reside content material that is downloadable for offline viewing. Reuters guarantees actual-time protection as nicely, giving examples like streaming protests in Egypt or presidential speeches from our nation’s capitol. Video content material will vary from 5 – half-hour in size and is produced solely for the iOS app, drawing from the information group’s some 2,500 journalists on the bottom in over one hundred sixty nations. Sounds a bit like what the BBC just lately did for its app, and this could possibly be nice for people the place underground WiFi and cell knowledge is not obtainable simply but, we might think about.

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Tomorrow Twitter will launch its newest quarterly earnings figures, however forward of that Bloomberg has phrase that the service is bringing its “firehose” of knowledge again to Google’s search outcomes. The 2 have been estranged ever since 2011 when Google introduced its settlement to entry Twitter’s knowledge immediately had expired. In consequence, it suspended the “realtime” search function that included up-to-the-minute outcomes from social media. In fact again then Google was nonetheless going all-in on Google+, Twitter had expanded relationships with Bing and Yahoo, and webOS was nonetheless kicking. Now, Google has backed off of the onerous promote for its social media platform, Twitter lastly launched an honest search device and there was vital turnover within the executives at each corporations. In response to the report, sooner or later within the first half of this yr Google will once more embrace Tweets as quickly as they’re posted, so there’s another reason to examine for typos earlier than hitting Enter.

Replace: In one other curiously-timed launch, The Verge has obtained an inner memo from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo admitting that “we suck” at coping with on-line abuse. There is no phrase on the way it will repair its practices going ahead, however at the very least there’s recognition of the issue.

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Apparently, BlackBerry took Typo to courtroom once more (and gained), however not due to the latter’s new product, if that is what you have been considering. A federal decide has simply dominated in favor of the Canadian phonemaker after it accused Typo of creating a minimum of two bulk gross sales of its unique BB-like bodily iPhone keyboard (even processing one hundred guarantee replacements) regardless of an injunction banning it from the market. For those who recall, BlackBerry sued the Ryan Seacrest-backed firm on account of its uncannily comparable QWERTY keypad and gained an injunction towards it in March. The decide has ordered the accused to pay $860,000 for the violation, however the phonemaker initially needed $2.6 million plus its lawyer’s charges, so Typo actually obtained off straightforward.

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For those who suspected that Google Glass’ change of management would additionally result in an enormous change within the wearable know-how itself, you made a reasonably good guess. As a part of a inform-all about Glass’ troubles, the New York Occasions is claiming that venture lead (and Nest CEO) Tony Fadell plans to revamp the top-mounted pc “from scratch.” And in contrast to the unique, you are not more likely to see any public beta testing — in line with earlier pronouncements, one tipster says that Fadell will not launch this subsequent-gen gadget “till it is good.” Simply when which may occur continues to be up within the air, however the Nest exec’s historic give attention to delivery over experimentation hints that you simply will not have to attend years to attempt Glass 2 for your self.

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It is been about six months since we heard vital rumors about Apple + tv and as predicted, right here they’re once more. Re/code is listening to whispers that as an alternative of making an attempt to work with pay-TV corporations like Time Warner Cable or Comcast, Apple may have its personal over-the-prime streaming service within the vein of the simply-launched Sling TV, or upcoming providers from Verizon and Sony. The rumor suggests Apple will license content material instantly from programmers, though its final go-spherical of negotiations suggesting a cut up in promoting income was not properly-acquired. That comparable providers exist now definitely provides this spherical of rumors a shot within the arm, however Apple has been contemplating its subsequent transfer in the lounge for years with out doing a lot. CEO Tim Prepare dinner talked about final week that gross sales of the Apple TV have crossed 25 million models, and as regular the world is questioning what the corporate will do with its “interest.” As all the time, till one thing is definitely introduced my recommendation is to stay skeptical.

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In the event you’re an Android, iOS or Mac consumer who does not just like the inventory calendar app in your platform, you’ve got in all probability tried (or at the least heard of) Dawn, whose socially-savvy software program typically fills within the function gaps. And apparently, Microsoft has tried it too — each TechCrunch and Recode declare that the Home windows maker is shopping for Dawn. Whereas the explanations for the reported acquisition stay a bit opaque, our TC colleagues say that the Redmond crew will protect Dawn’s present apps whereas folding a few of their options into Microsoft merchandise. Neither Microsoft nor Dawn has commented on the declare up to now. Nevertheless, it is fairly straightforward to think about each Home windows and Outlook getting upgraded calendars that may maintain you from scrounging for options.

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Keep in mind these common Workplace apps Microsoft spent a while demoing a pair weeks again? Properly, as of in the present day, a trio of them can be found as a part of the Home windows 10 Technical Preview. The three workhorses — Phrase, Excel, and PowerPoint — may be accessed on desktops, laptops and tablets operating the preview model of Redmond’s upcoming working system, and within the weeks to return, telephones will have the ability to take part. Should you’ll recall, the so-referred to as common apps are designed to wrangle contact gestures and correctly equip cellular units, insuring a constant expertise throughout your Home windows-pushed gadget arsenal. When you’re itchin’ to offer ‘em a go, you’ll be able to request entry proper right here.

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Throughout Netflix’s final earnings name executives introduced plans to succeed in 200 nations (up from the 50 or so at present served) over the subsequent two years, and now CNBC’s Julia Boorstin is listening to that may embrace Japan by this fall. Hulu truly beat Netflix there again in 2011, however bought off its service to an area broadcaster final yr. Currenty, Netflix is lively in South America and Europe with a launch in Australia and New Zealand coming subsequent month, however this could possibly be part of its first push in Asia. In any other case the corporate is “exploring modest choices” in China, however we anticipate there ought to be loads of locations to observe these Marvel collection by the point they’re all launched subsequent yr.

Replace: And it is official! Netflix has introduced plans to launch in Japan this fall. CEO Reed Hastings referred to as the nation ” a important element of our plan to attach individuals all over the world to tales they love.” To keep away from the destiny of Hulu and others, Netflix is opening a regional workplace in Tokyo — headed by Greg Peters, who joined the corporate in 2008 — which can hopefully be sufficient to safe a passable quantity of native content material for potential subscribers.

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