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Ch-ch-ch-changes at Microsoft as COO Kevin Turner heading for the exits

In a blog post this morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that long-time COO Kevin Turner would be leaving after 11 years at the company. At the same time, Citadel Securities announced on its website home page this morning that Turner would be coming on board as CEO. Nadella gave the expected platitudes in the announcement, while thanking for Turner for his service to the… Read More

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Light-powered microbots could deliver drugs directly to our bloodstream

Sticking tiny robots into your body sounds fun but what happens when those robots run out of battery and start to explode? While this may not always be the case, it could happen. Luckily researchers at Hokkaido University’s Department of Chemistry have created a crystalline assembly that moves autonomously when exposed to blue light. This means you can simply flash lights at these… Read More

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Audible’s new Channels audio content subscription service is a bet on a voice-powered future

Amazon-owned Audible announced a new service called Channels today, one that differs from its typical audiobook business in offering more bite-size content from original content producers, as well as recordings of news stores from NYT, WSJ, The Washington Post and others. The original programming will be rolling out over time, covering comedy, investigatory journalism (think Serial) and… Read More

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HTC’s $179 unlocked handset is hitting the States this month

The HTC Desire 530 is $179 unlocked. That’s the main thing you need to know about it. Everything else about the handset is pretty underwhelming at best – and reviewers haven’t exactly been heaping praise on the thing. But it’s $179 unlocked and it’s arriving this month in the States. The company debuted the phone at Mobile World Congress back in February, leading… Read More

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HTC selects Lifeliqe as educational VR content partner

This morning, visual learning platform Lifeliqe announced a strategic partnership with HTC to become their provider of educational virtual reality (VR) content for the Vive. Lifeliqe already has many other interesting, non-VR learning content products in market with over 15,000 schools worldwide. I recently had a chance to try out some of their VR demos and I have to say the content was… Read More

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Silent Circle’s Blackphone revealed as a sales flop

Encrypted comms company Silent Circle is being sued by its former joint venture hardware partner, Geeksphone, for not paying part of a previous agreed sale price for buying out the latter’s share in the joint venture — and lurking at the heart of the dispute are flopped sales of the Blackphone smartphone the pair developed. Read More

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Bain Capital & friends pour $11M into BevSpot to stop bars from running dry

BevSpot has found a problem worth solving: preventing your local bar from running out of your favorite tipple. Raising an $11 million Series B round from Bain Capital Ventures and other select drinking buddies, the company will be upping its product development and global market expansion in the web-based beverage management space. Read More

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