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Month: July 2018

Ready or not, the world’s first VR water slide is here

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Virtual reality and water slides seem like things that shouldn’t mix. One is a still nascent technology that generally tends to rely on delicate and sensitive electronic equipment, and the other is a form of entertainment that largely involves sliding fast in an enclosed space filled with water — things which generally tend to have […]

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GIGABYTE Releases Aorus Branded Power Supplies: 80 Plus Gold, 750W/850W

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GIGABYTE has announced a new line of power supplies under the Aorus premium branding unveiling the new P850W and P750W to the market. The two power supplies carry an 80 Plus Gold designation, a single +12V rail, fully modular cables, as well as a 135mm temperature-controlled ‘smart’ fan to keep the internals cool and noise to a […]

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Sprint quietly increased the cost of its admin fee for all customers earlier this year

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Like AT&T, Sprint has raised the “administrative fee” it tacks on to the bills of its wireless customers, according to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal. The fee is supposedly meant to cover payments to local telephone companies, property taxes, and other legal expenses, Sprint claims. Users on Reddit and other forums report […]

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Spotify no longer deletes your downloads when you clear your cache

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The Spotify app on Android and iOS now lets you clear your cache without affecting your downloaded songs. That’s a minor quality of life improvement for users who want Spotify to take up less storage space but still want to be able to listen to songs while offline. The update appears to have quietly rolled […]

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BMW is testing an Uber competitor in Seattle

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ReachNow, BMW’s car-sharing subsidiary, is launching a new service in Seattle aimed at competing with Uber and Lyft. Starting today, ReachNow users in the city will see a ride-sharing option in the app that lets them hail a car immediately or schedule a ride up to a week in advance. Trips will cost $2.40 per […]

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Congress pressures tech companies to ban more accounts

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At the end of a three-hour hearing that was meant to address concerns over censorship and wound up including everything from whether Google blocks mentions of Jesus to President Donald Trump’s embrace of Vladimir Putin, lawmakers landed on an unlikely conclusion: it’s time to ban more accounts. Pointing to posts from hyperpartisan Facebook pages including […]

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Verizon has stopped activating phones that don’t support LTE on its network

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Verizon has confirmed that it will no longer activate 3G-only phones on its CDMA network ahead of a 2019 shutdown as the telecom migrates nearly all of its traffic over to its 4G LTE network. The news, reported earlier today by DroidLife, is now official, following months of rumors that this summer would be the […]

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Now you can use Google Assistant to map out your day

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Google just announced that it will introduce a “visual snapshot” feature in Assistant to summarize what’s happening in your day. The feature, which is available on Android and iOS devices starting this week, will curate a user’s personal information into a single, scrollable interface — from flight times to restaurant reservations to scheduled meetings. The […]

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Seeing Ubisoft ban jerks in Rainbow Six is now my favorite part of the game

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Toxicity in online video games has been out of control for a long time — and curbing it has seemed like a hopeless enterprise. But Ubisoft’s rampage against racist trolls in the past week in Rainbow Six: Siege has given me hope that game developers are finally demonstrating the courage to change things. I’ve been […]

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Netflix announces its first Mark Millar titles

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It’s been widely reported that Netflix plans to spend a staggering $8 billion on its content this year, with the company’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, saying that a full 85 percent of that spend will be on original offerings. Today, Netflix announced the existence of NX, a new social channel that will promote the […]

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