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Some Sony smart TVs are getting dumb

Sony has issued a notice that YouTube will no longer work on some 2012-era smart TVs. But it’s not Sony’s fault, guys! It’s YouTube and the dastardly engineers who pushed the YouTube app past the TV’s performance capabilities thus proving once again it’s best to offload smart capabilities to set-top ...

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Multi-process Firefox brings 400-700% improvement in responsiveness

Earlier this summer I wrote about Mozilla’s efforts to rollout a multi-process architecture, codename Electrolysis, for Firefox. In the months since, Mozilla has completed its initial tests on 1 percent of its user population and the initial numbers are good, according to Asa Dotzler, director of Firefox at Mozilla. The company is reporting a 400 ...

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Microsoft is putting Cortana machine learning in a fridge

Microsoft is working with Liebherr’s appliance division to rebuild the refrigerator and make it smarter, faster, strong; well, maybe just smarter. The new collaboration between the two will see Microsoft provide computer vision technology, via its Microsoft Cognitive Services Computer Vision API, to let the fridge identify objects contained within. ...

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Bye, bye rotten apps: Apple aims to clean up the App Store

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/ZDNet Apple on Thursday sent an email to developers, revealing the company’s plans to rid the App Store of rotten apps. Starting Sept. 7 — the same day Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 7 and a new Apple Watch — the company will begin evaluating ...

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Samsung investigating reports of Galaxy Note 7 explosions

Samsung is looking into reports from multiple users that the recently released Galaxy Note 7 has issues wherein a few phones have exploded during charging. A Samsung spokesperson told TechCrunch that they’re “conducting a through inspection,” and Korean news agency Yonhap reported earlier that a potential recall of the all ...

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