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Microsoft to shut down MSN TV on September 30

Redmond-based software giant Microsoft has confirmed its MSN TV service, which is also known as WebTV, will not be available after September this year.

MSN TV is the first of its kind service to offer Internet access via television sets. In other words, it offers television-based Web browsing and e-mail service via wireless keyboards.

But, the company decided to shut down the service on September 30 as it failed to attract desired number of consumers.

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Photographing fireworks with cellphone cameras

With the mesmerizing fireworks' show being the best part of the Fourth of July celebrations in the US, using cellphones cameras to click the pictures of the fireworks is by far the easiest way to capture memorable fireworks moments, provided, of course, that cellphones users keep some important points in mind while taking pictures.

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Researchers hack, hijack drones

In an exercise which raises concerns about the security of GPS-guided unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are commonly called drones, a University of Texas research team - led by Prof. Todd Humphreys - at Austin's Radionavigation Laboratory hacked and "hijacked" a civilian drone aircraft.

Prof. Humphreys and his graduate students successfully hacked into the GPS signals of the drone; and later, in an exercise carried out in tandem with the Department of Homeland Security at White Sands, New Mexico, got enough control over the hijacked drone to make it land.

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Hubbub Over Content Rights Greets Google Drive

Close on the heels of the Tuesday launch of Google's highly-awaited Google Drive cloud storage service, tech blogs and Twitter users started voicing their concerns about content rights, pointing to a legal clause which seemingly implies that all the users' content stored in Google Drive will automatically become the intellectual property of Google.

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iPhone sales boom pushes Apple to first-quarter records

Announcing its first quarter results during an earnings call with Wall Street analysts and reporters on Tuesday, Apple said that a boom in the iPhone sales, supported by the iPad, had helped the company touch record-high quarterly revenue figures.

Noting that the first-quarter sales of the iPhone were much higher than the earlier projections, Apple revealed that the 35.1 million iPhones which the company sold during the mentioned quarter marked a whopping 88 percent increase over the iPhone sales in the same quarter last year.

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