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Google Tests Using Drones to Deliver Goods

Google on Thursday said it is testing using drones to deliver items bought online, putting its own spin on similar efforts by Internet retail titan Amazon.com.

Two years of research into what Google referred to as "Project Wing" was capped this month with test flights delivering candy, water, medicine, dog treats and other items to two farmers in Queensland, Australia.

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Report: Apple to Unveil 'iWatch' on September 9

Apple will unveil an "iWatch" in September with the maker of the iPhone finally embarking on its much-rumored foray into wearable computing, technology news website Re/code said Wednesday.

The California tech giant is expected to merge style and innovation, along with sensors and computing power, in a wrist-worn device that links wirelessly to iPhones or iPads.

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Millions Lose Internet Access in U.S.

Time Warner Cable apologized for a "very serious failure" after millions of people across the United States were knocked off the Internet on Wednesday because of a fault.

An estimated 11 million Internet subscribers were hit by the early morning outage, which lasted more than hour, The Wall Street Journal said, while other reports said the problem affected customers nationwide.

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U.S. Judge Rejects Apple Bid to Ban Samsung Smartphones

A judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by Apple to ban U.S. sales of rival Samsung smartphones targeted in a recent $2 billion patent trial in Silicon Valley.

The decision was seen as a setback for Apple in its long-running battle with Samsung over features built into Android-powered mobile devices that compete worldwide with iPhones and iPads.

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South Korea's Samsung and LG Unveil New Smartwatches

South Korea's Samsung and LG unveiled new smartwatches Thursday with upgraded functions and design as they step up their drive to lead an increasingly competitive market for wearable devices.

The "Gear S" is Samsung's first smartwatch able to make stand-alone phonecalls with built-in 3G alongside Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.

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Canadian Cable Companies Launch Competitor to Netflix

Two of Canada's largest cable companies teamed up Tuesday to launch an online television service to compete with Netflix, amid fears of dwindling traditional television viewership.

Shomi, the new video-on-demand service launched by Roges Communications and Shaw Communications, will offer subscribers 1,200 movies and 340 television series initially on computers, tablets, smartphones, Xbox 360 game consoles and set top boxes.

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Godzilla Stomps Back in Ultra HD, Wires Intact

At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition.

The effort with "4K" technology is carefully removing scratches and discoloration from the films and also unearthing hidden information on the reel-to-reel.

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Instagram Launches Time-Lapse Video App for iPhone

Facebook-owned photo-sharing service Instagram on Tuesday launched an application for capturing time-lapse videos using Apple mobile devices.

The Hyperlapse "app" was designed to let people easily make high-quality time-lapse videos even while moving around with a smartphone, according to Instagram.

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Reports: Snapchat Valued at $10 bln

U.S. media on Tuesday reported that Snapchat was valued at $10 billion based on funding pumped into the startup by a powerhouse Silicon Valley venture capital firm.

The valuation came from a move by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers to invest $20 million in Snapchat, according to The Wall Street Journal and technology news website Recode.

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Report: Amazon to Pay $1bn for Gaming Site Twitch

Amazon is buying the videogame platform Twitch for $1 billion, bringing it access to millions of people who watch games being played on the site, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The Journal said the deal is very close to being announced, and would put an end to talks between Google and Twitch, recently reported to be hovering as well around a $1 billion price tag.

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