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Google pulls in $4.76 billion in net income in the last quarter of 2014

The verge - do, 01/29/2015 - 22:26

Google just announced its earnings for Q4 of last year, and it's looking like one of the stronger financial quarter the company has had in some time. Overall revenue for the quarter was $18.1 billion, up from $16.86 billion one year ago, and net income of $4.76 billion was up 40 percent over a year ago, when the company pulled in $3.38 billion in profits.

Despite the fact that both those revenue and profit numbers were up a healthy margin over a year ago, it wasn't quite enough to be Wall Street expectations. Analysts had predicted $18.46 in revenue and earnings per share (EPS) of $7.11, and Google missed on both those fronts —  the actual EPS for the quarter ended up at $6.88.

Google was not immune to major changes in foreign exchange...

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Google’s entire year couldn’t beat Apple’s blowout holiday quarter

BGR - do, 01/29/2015 - 22:22

The past quarter has definitely been an eventful one for Google. The company has released its highly acclaimed mobile operating system Android 5.0 Lollipop, it's announced an ambitious plan to expand its Google Fiber service to four new markets and decided to shift responsibility for Google Glass over to Nest founder Fadell. But was this eventful quarter as profitable as analysts had hoped?

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Farmer uses drone to capture bird's-eye view of 'cow art'

cnet - do, 01/29/2015 - 22:21
What can you do with a feed truck, a drone and a herd of cattle? A rancher who is famous for serenading his cows will tell you.






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Super Bowl a no-drone zone, while ads swarm on social

cnet - do, 01/29/2015 - 22:18
Facebook will target users with real-time ads during the big game and the FAA warns against flying drones near the stadium on Sunday. Perhaps the next Super Bowl will unleash drones to hunt down drones.
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Lego made a 2,996-piece set of Avengers' SHIELD Helicarrier

The verge - do, 01/29/2015 - 22:15

Avengers fans have to wait until May for Age of Ultron to hit theaters, but Lego just announced something that might help pass the time. The Wall Street Journal has an exclusive look at the new set based on the Helicarrier from the first Avengers movie, and it's massive. The main attraction here is the two-foot-long Helicarrier itself, but the full set also includes two Quinjets and various fighter jets and ground vehicles. A few characters are also included — namely Hawkeye, Maria Hill, Captain America (with Cap's vibranium shield!), Nick Fury, and Black Widow, alongside a few generic SHIELD microfigures.

The 2,996-piece set will debut at the Toy Fair in New York City next month and will cost $349 when it hits retail shelves in...

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FCC rakes in $45 billion from wireless spectrum auction

cnet - do, 01/29/2015 - 22:07
The Federal Communication Commission concluded Thursday a record-breaking wireless auction, highlighting the demand for high-speed wireless service and signaling strong promise for the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum.






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This cool new accessory completely changes the way your iPhone (or any other phone) captures photos

BGR - do, 01/29/2015 - 21:50

The images below are stills taken from a video, and no apps or clever visual effects were added. Instead, they were captured using a nifty new iPhone accessory called the "Trippy Clip," which can clip onto any iPhone, iPad, Android device or even a laptop. The device is a small, inexpensive accessory that is currently in development, and it's set to launch this summer.

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Alibaba has reportedly invested $10 million in Ouya

The verge - do, 01/29/2015 - 21:45

Ouya, the miniature Android gaming console that began as a Kickstarter sensation but largely fizzled with consumers, is getting a boost from Alibaba. The Chinese e-commerce giant has invested $10 million into Ouya, according to The Wall Street Journal. But that doesn't necessarily mean the Ouya box we're familiar with will be making the trip to China. The Journal says both companies have discussed integrating Ouya's existing software and game lineup — which hit the 1,000 milestone in November — to Alibaba's own set-top boxes. A deal to make that happen has yet to be finalized, according to the report, but Alibaba only made its big investment sometime last month.

The idea makes sense for both companies. At least in the United States,...

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Tesla will make the absurdly fast P85D even faster with a software update

The verge - do, 01/29/2015 - 21:43

Tesla's Model S P85D is already a wolf in sheep's clothing — a sedan with a 0-60 time bordering on supercar territory — and CEO Elon Musk says they're going to make it even crazier.

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Surprise hit movie from Sundance was shot entirely on an iPhone

BGR - do, 01/29/2015 - 21:25

To prove how insanely dependable the iPhone 5s’ camera is, Apple shot entire commercials using the device in early 2014 before using Macs to edit the raw footage. While that was a marketing stunt, it doesn’t mean the iPhone can’t be used to shoot professional video, and one filmmaker proved just that at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Viacom to bring video-streaming subscriptions to Nickelodeon fans

cnet - do, 01/29/2015 - 21:03
As more viewers shift away from traditional cable TV, the kids television network sets its sights on the fast-growing mobile market.






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Microsoft may have found the perfect way to cap Google at the knees

BGR - do, 01/29/2015 - 21:00

Google's Android platform has basically become to smartphones what Windows has long been for desktop computers and laptops -- that is, it's the dominant player in terms of raw market share. Microsoft is obviously not happy that it missed the boat on the smartphone revolution but it may have come up with an ingenious way to undermine Google's control over Android.

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SpaceX presents a rockin' vision of recyclable space travel

cnet - do, 01/29/2015 - 20:59
SpaceX wants to make space exploration cheaper by reusing its rockets. See how it plans to do it, set to a thumpin' soundtrack.






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Samsung teases Galaxy S6 with a ‘special’ new feature

BGR - do, 01/29/2015 - 20:35

Samsung will soon unveil its next major flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6, which might be released in two distinct versions in the coming months, including a regular model and an “Edge” version. Reports from South Korea detailing some of Samsung’s statements related to its recent earnings report — it’s fifth quarterly decline in a row, and the first annual earnings decline in three years — have revealed more details about the Galaxy S6.

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Vince Gilligan and Bob Odenkirk chat about Better Call Saul in new preview

The verge - do, 01/29/2015 - 20:30

Creating a successful spinoff is never easy, and that must be particularly true for Vince Gilligan, who's tasked with following up the enormous success of Breaking Bad with a new series focused on one of its standout characters. We've seen bits and pieces of Better Call Saul over the past few months, and now AMC has released a chat with its creators — including Gilligan — that goes behind the scenes and sets up the new series. Perhaps the standout quote here is from lead actor Bob Odenkirk, revealing how he committed to the show: he apparently told Gilligan, "If you write it, I'll do it."

The website SpoilerTV has also posted what it claims are the episode descriptions for the first five installments of the new series. While we can't...

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$350 Lego Avengers Helicarrier is a 3,000-piece beast

cnet - do, 01/29/2015 - 20:23
The impressive flying craft from Marvel's Avengers universe makes an equally impressive debut in Lego form as a massive model with moving engines.






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What's new on Netflix and Amazon for February

cnet - do, 01/29/2015 - 20:12
Find out what you should add to your watch list because these videos are either brand new or going offline very soon.






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Fiery star deaths may look different than we thought

The verge - do, 01/29/2015 - 20:10

Supernovae are the funeral pyres of very massive stars. They forge most of the basic elements we know, including the ones that make up our bodies. But we still don't know exactly how they happen. It's getting a little clearer though, and a new study published today in Science could address part of the mystery.

Researchers looked at supernova remnant Cassiopeia A in a unique way — one that allowed them to map its interior in three dimensions. The story told by that map reveals large-scale structures in the interior of the remnant, a previously undiscovered trait that suggests stars might explode differently than astronomers had imagined, says study author Dan Milisavljevic, a postdoctoral fellow with the Smithsonian Astrophysical...

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This is SO AWESOME! Photographer compares GTA 5's Los Santos to the real Los Angeles

BGR - do, 01/29/2015 - 20:10

One of the best things about video games replicating real world locations is finding out just how close they come to capturing a perfect digital representation of those places. For example, the city of Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto 5 is based not-so-loosely on Los Angeles.

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Can super cute puppies save these #brands?

The verge - do, 01/29/2015 - 20:10

Your company is embroiled in scandal, the stock price is down, and public opinion is turning against you. What do you do? If you're Uber, Budweiser, and Go Daddy then the answer is easy: make a Super Bowl ad with a puppy. Hey Martha, did you hear these guys hire rapists… OH MY GOD LOOK HOW CUTE!

An old Hollywood adage says "never work with children or animals." Cuba Gooding Jr. never recovered from Snow Dogs and Chris O’Donnell was exiled to television after playing the red-breasted sidekick to a bat. Will #brands fare differently?

Child labor laws restrict brands from employing babies for the purposes of gridiron combat, but dogs are still fair game. This year, Uber joins Animal Planet in support of its annual Super Bowl Sunday...

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