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Opera releases the browser it's trained to kill ads in Android and Windows

In March, Opera added native ad blocking to a developer edition of its browser. Now, the company has pushed that feature into general release, dramatically decreasing the load time of web pages at the expense of the advertising revenues that would normally be driven to the site.

Native ad blocking is available both as a browser forWindows PCs and the Opera Minibrowser for Android. Blocking ads not only speeds up the overall browsing experience, according to Opera, but can also eliminate a significant chunk of data that must be downloaded by smartphone users to view a Web page.

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IBM's quantum processor comes out of hiding

A quantum computer for the people isn't just a theoretical dream; IBM is trying to make it a reality.

IBM has built a quantum processor with five qubits, or quantum bits. Even better, IBM isn't hiding the quantum processor in its labs -- it will be accessible through the cloud for the public to run experiments and test applications.

The goal is to unwrap decades-old mysteries around quantum computers and let people play with the hardware,said Jay Gambetta, manager of quantum computing theory and information at IBM.

IBM's qubit processor is significant because it'll be the first quantum hardware accessible to the public, even if only through the cloud. Users will be able to work with qubits, study tutorials, and run simulations, Gambetta said.

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Sharepoint is going mobile this year with a new app

SharePoint is going mobile in a big way. Microsoft announced a new app for its content management and collaboration platform on Tuesday, which will give workers a way to access content from their smartphones and tablets on the go.

The app, called SharePoint Mobile, will be coming to iOS by the end of June, and is one of dozens of new features for the platform that Microsoft announced alongside the general availability of SharePoint Server 2016.

Other capabilities include redesigned team sites that make it easier to see relevant files that people are working on and a hybrid search functionality that works across cloud and on-premises versions of SharePoint.

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Google, Fiat Chrysler to collaborate on self-driving minivans

Alphabet's Google Self-Driving Car Project has teamed with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to work directly for the first time with an automaker on developing autonomous vehicles.

Under a deal announced Tuesday, Google said it plans to more than double its fleet of self-driving vehicles with the addition initially of about 100 new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans.

The Internet company said it hopes that the first few minivans will be on the road by year end.

In a market that was increasingly appearing as one in which Google and other tech companies would take on the traditional automakers, the deal between Google and FCA involves a collaboration between engineering teams that Google said ?will help both teams better understand how to create a fully self-driving car that can take you from A to B with the touch of a button.?

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Microsoft's Solair acquisition could expand its IoT services

Microsoft dove deeper into Internet of Things technology on Tuesday with the acquisition of Solair, an Italian company that operates a cloud-based IoT platform.

According to a Microsoft blog post, Solair's technology will be used to upgrade the company's Azure IoT Suite, a collection of cloud services meant to help companies use the Internet of Things.

Microsoft and Solair didn't disclose the financial terms of their deal.

Solair's technology, which already uses Microsoft's Azure cloud services, offers IoT services focused on a variety of markets, including home automation, smart metering, remote maintenance and inventory management.

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India has shot down Apple's plan to sell refurbished iPhones

India reportedly has rejected Apple?s plan to sell refurbished iPhones in the country, a blow to the company?s hopes for growth there.

The government turned down Apple?s application to import and sell the older, refreshed phones, Bloomberg reported, citing an unnamed official. Apple didn?t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple looked to refurbished handsets as a way to attract more buyers in India. An earlier application was rejected last year by India?s Ministry of Environment.

The company?s phone sales growth has been slowing in China, so it has been looking to India as its next big growth market. Apple had only three percent market share in India in the fourth quarter of last year, according to IDC. Samsung was the biggest phone seller, with 27 percent.

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21% off LG Nexus 5X Unlocked Smartphone 32GB - Deal Alert

Averaging 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 480 people (read reviews), thisLG Nexus 5X unlocked, multi-mode phone will work on all US carriers including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, as well as MVNO's (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) and most international carriers. It featuresAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow, a fingerprint sensor, new USB Type-C charger, and a powerful camera. Under its5.2-inch display is a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor for world-class speed at an affordable price, which right now gets just a bit more affordable. With a list price of $429.99, you can save $80 now and buy it on Amazon for $349.99.

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Should you pay sales tax on Internet purchases? South Dakota law could be the...

A new South Dakota law may end up determining whether most U.S. residents are required to pay sales taxes on their Internet purchases.

The South Dakota law, passed by the Legislature there in March, requires many out-of-state online and catalog retailers to collect the state's sales tax from customers. The law is shaping up to be a legal test case challenging a 25-year-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits states from levying sales taxes on remote purchases.

Unless courts overturn the South Dakota law, it will embolden other states to pass similar Internet sales tax rules, critics said. The lawcould "set the course for enormous tax and administrative burdens on businesses across the country," Steve DelBianco, executive director of e-commerce trade group NetChoice, said in a statement.

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Quantum computers pose a huge threat to security, and the NIST wants your help

It?s no secret that quantum computers could render many of today?s encryption methods useless, and now the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology wants the public to help it head off that threat.

The federal agency recently published a report focusing on cryptography in a quantum world that outlines a long-term approach for avoiding the problem before it happens.

?There has been a lot of research into quantum computers in recent years, and everyone from major computer companies to the government want their cryptographic algorithms to be what we call ?quantum resistant,?? said NIST mathematician Dustin Moody. ?So if and when someone does build a large-scale quantum computer, we want to have algorithms in place that it can?t crack.?

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Report: HTC to finally launch Android Wear smartwatch in June

A big hole in HTC?s product portfolio is an Android Wear smartwatch. Rumors have floated around about one for a while, but we now have a few indications this may getting closer to reality.

According to the typically spot-on Evan Blass, the company?s first watch will launch in June. However, that?s a bit of a delay from original expectations that it would be out earlier in the year.

FYI, this has been pushed to the week of June 6th. #htcwearablehttps://t.co/Ei1lT4aWoc

? Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 3, 2016

Other details are still on the slim side, but there has been talk of a round 360x360 display, which is right in line with recent additions to the Wear lineup like the Huawei Watch. Most Android Wear watches have opted for the round look, though there are still a few choices out there with a square face. We don?t know if there will be one model for everyone or a diversified set of men?s and women?s watches as Motorola has done.

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65% off Holy Stone Drone Quadcopter with HD Camera - Deal Alert

Amazon is currently featuring this 6-axis quadcopter from Holy Stone for $79.99, which is $150 off its typical listing price of $229.99. It averages 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon from over 300 people (read reviews). The U818A features a 2MP HD video camera and one-button "return to home" mode. 6-axis flight control gives this unit a high level of stability. At 65% off, the current price-point might make it a good option for an introductory drone quadcopter. Learn more and explore buying options now on Amazon.

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Twitter?s Connect tab takes another shot at the 'who to follow' problem

Twitter is trying to get better at recommending people to follow with a new Connect tab for iOS and Android.

The Connect tab replaces a previous Find People section, and does more to explain why it is recommending particular people and accounts.

Trending accounts no longer have their own section, but are instead featured in a carousel at the top of the screen. Below that, there?s an option to connect your address book for finding people you know in the real world.

The meat of the new Connect tab, however, lies below these two sections. Here, you can scroll through a series of recommendation cards, each based on a group of people you?re following already and on your recent activity. Additional cards are interspersed for popular accounts nearby and people you might know through your Twitter contacts. Twitter says it will continue to refine these recommendations over time.

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Bowers & Wilkins is the trophy acquisition of a startup with high-end audio a...

Ever heard of Eva Automation? Me neither. Until I got a press release from Bowers & Wilkins this morning reporting that the little-known Silicon Valley startup had acquired the renowned British manufacturer of high-end audio equipment.

Eva?s management team, on the other hand, is well known in the upper echelons of the tech industry. CEO Gideon Yu?s resume includes a partnership at the venture-capital firm Khosla Ventures, Senior VP of Finance at Yahoo, CFO at YouTube, and then the same position at Facebook. More recently, he became a co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers football team and led the team?s efforts in financing the construction of Levi?s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif, which hosted Super Bowl 50 in January.

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Hefty Google Keyboard update brings one-handed mode, cursor control, other ne...

Google Keyboard just rolled out of the factory with a major overhaul. Version 5.0 brings a lot of smart features and design enhancements that could make it quicker to bang out a text message or drop in some numbers to a spreadsheet.

The impact on you: In our last look at the best Android keyboards we crowned SwiftKey the champ, but Google Keyboard was a very close second. Google is ramping up the competition with deeper ties to its predictive powers, which is critically important now thatMicrosoft acquired SwiftKey.

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Dish Network's traveling technicians get into the iPhone repair business

Dish Network is finding a new purpose for its technicians in the age of streaming video.

With its new Smart Phone Repair program, Dish will send someone to your house or work to replace a broken iPhone screen or worn-out battery on site. The service is available seven days a week to anyone across the United States?whether they?re Dish TV subscribers or not?with same-day and next-day appointments. Repairs take 30 to 45 minutes.

Each iPhone battery replacement costs $40, and screen repairs range from $130 to $150, depending on the model of iPhone. Dish also charges $35 for the service call itself, which can cover the repair of multiple phones. Dish says it?s open to corporate events as well, in case companies want to repair company iPhones on a large scale.

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