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Is Microsoft killing Bing?

It looks like Microsoft is killing off the Bing brand name... and bringing back MSN right: MSN. In a brand strategy that seems to be increasingly randomly chosen, apparently the latest version of Windows Phone - 8.1 - sees the various Bing apps, such as Bing Finance being rebadged to remove the "Bing" name. The…

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James O'MalleyIs Microsoft killing Bing?
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Yahoo dump… umm, Yahoo

Yahoo has announced that it is to "sunset" (shutdown) three more of its services including, most intriguingly, Yahoo itself. When Yahoo launched a couple of decades ago it was designed to be a "directory" of websites - an early search engine in the days before everyone used Google. Now though, clearly realising that the company…

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James O'MalleyYahoo dump… umm, Yahoo
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Pavlok fitness band will give you ELECTRIC SHOCKS if you don’t work out

Is your Fitbit too tame? Then check out the Pavlok - a similar device but with one crucial difference: It will punish you for not meeting your goals. Assuming it isn't some kind of joke (it seems to be real), Pavlok is based on the principle of "Willpower isn't enough. Habit change requires accountability." and…

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James O'MalleyPavlok fitness band will give you ELECTRIC SHOCKS if you don’t work out

Twitter putting “Buy” buttons directly on to tweets

Twitter is testing new functionality that could add "buy" buttons direct to tweets - making it easier to buy stuff over the network. At the moment, the links are only being tested with a handful of US users and a handful of retailers - but if successful could see it roll out to everyone. Here's…

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James O'MalleyTwitter putting “Buy” buttons directly on to tweets

Spotify to give you uninterrupted streaming in exchange for watching adverts

Spotify is introducing video adverts for non-premium subscribers, and will reward you for watching them all the way through. According to WP Central, Spotify video ads comes in two forms: First there's straight up videos, which will play back on the Spotify desktop client. These will be clever enough to stop playing back if you're…

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Twitter forcing Twitpic to shut down

Big news overnight from Twitpic, the original Twitter image sharing service - it has announced that it will be shutting down following legal threats from Twitter itself. Long time Twitter users will know Twitpic well: Long before Twitter itself supported uploading images with tweets, Twitpic was there fill the gap with a simple website that…

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Sonos update enables the removal of the wifi “Bridge”

Sonos has today started rolling out a software update to its devices that will let you users remove the wifi bridge from their home audio setup. Crucially, this also means that future customers will be able to buy the wireless sound system without the added hardware expense. Previously to make a Sonos system talk to…

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Good news: Data suggests that the Ice Bucket Challenge has peaked

Okay, so we're all pleased that the Ice Bucket Challenge is raising a lot of money for a good cause – but let's be honest... isn't it so last Thursday? Luckily, for those who have tired of it, Ice Bucket Fever appears to have peaked – with Google Trends showing downwards momentum from a peak on August…

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James O'MalleyGood news: Data suggests that the Ice Bucket Challenge has peaked
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Dropbox launches Pro account with enhanced sharing controls

Dropbox has today launched a Pro version of its cloud storage app, which adds new options for sharing files and enhanced security options. In a post on the company's blog, the company describes the three new sharing options: Sharing files using passwords on shared links, shared link expiration (so the link will stop working after…

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James O'MalleyDropbox launches Pro account with enhanced sharing controls
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Jawbone shows how people were affected by San Francisco earthquake

Over the weekend San Francisco was hit by a major earthquake. The South Napa quake was apparently the strongest to hit Northern California in 25 years - and what's amazing is that thanks to wearable technology, we're able to see exactly how people felt it. In a blog post on the Jawbone site, the company…

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James O'MalleyJawbone shows how people were affected by San Francisco earthquake