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Watch the Google I/O Keynote Here, Live

Google I/O is the annual event all you Droid lovers and Chromies and Moonshooters have been waiting for. Today we’re going to hear what Google has in store for the next year — from Android M to Cardboard and more. Tune in live right here, at 12:00 PM eastern time. We’ll be liveblogging from the event, too!

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Lego Worlds

Lego's new Amiibo-like Dimensions figures haven't even hit stores yet, but already the company appears to be taking on another gaming phenomenon: Minecraft. The world's biggest toy brand has begun including small flyers inside some of its sets advertising a new game called Lego Worlds, inviting players to "Explore. Discover. Create." Sounds exactly like the premise of Mojang's popular sandbox game, doesn't it? Lego may have gotten a little ahead of itself as the dedicated website for Worlds has yet to go live, but something tells us we might learn more about this mysterious title when E3 comes around next month.

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Amazon has been busy ramping up same-day delivery lately, using every method at its disposal — including the subway — to deliver items to customers as fast as it possibly can. And for members of Amazon Prime, those delivery terms are about to get even better.

Starting today, Amazon is offering same-day delivery for free to Prime members in 14 metro areas throughout the U.S. The service is basically an extension of the free two-day shipping that Prime members have been using since the service was introduced.

The major areas served are New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma, Phoenix, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Indianapolis, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Atlanta, and the Tampa Bay area.

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Hard truths about Tomorrowland, Brad Bird and Disney’s optimism-based adventure film that was released last week: it only made $33 million dollars its opening weekend. That might be a fine box office gross for other movies released on other weekends in other years, but in summer 2015 it is not good. Two movies have already opened to over $100 million dollars this year — Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron — and Jurassic World is tracking to be the third, so Tomorrowland’s opening doesn’t even put it in the second tier of summer hits with Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2.

Reviews on Tomorrowland weren’t overwhelmingly positive and the online circles of backseat driving have begun to debate if this is Damon Lindelof swindling us again or if the American movie-going audience doesn’t really want original action movies like they say they do (after Avengers: Age of Ultron makes roughly one zillion dollars). The one thing that was common across all reviews was that none of them seemed to encourage more people to go see Tomorrowland.

I must admit that I am one of those who wasn’t persuaded by the early buzz on Tomorrowland. I sent several of my canaries into the coal mine and not a single one came back alive. Everyone kept saying the ending devolved into nothingness and a quick skim of the Wikipedia page for the film seems to support that reading. How did a film that claimed to be about inspiring optimism fail so completely to do so?

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Wow a 3D printed bike that you can ride. Check it out here. CNET Meet Industry's 3D-printed titanium bicycle

 

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Google's New My Account Page Makes Managing Your Account Easier

Google has several ways of managing different aspects of your account. The new My Account page is a hub of useful tools that you can tweak to modify the security or privacy of your account. It even has a Security Checkup and Privacy Checkup to quickly audit your settings.

The My Account page has existed for a while but, as tech site Ghacks points out, this new version makes it much easier to find the options that you need. Most of what’s here isn’t totally new, but it is a lot easier to find your way around. If you haven’t done so before, we highly recommend going through the Security and Privacy Checkup wizards at least once. Even if you’re comfortable with your Google account the way it is, it can’t hurt to know what’s exposed and what isn’t.

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German telecom and Internet operators could once again be forced to store customer traffic and location metadata for police investigation purposes, five years after a previous data retention law was declared unconstitutional.

The draft data retention law unveiled on Wednesday would oblige providers to store call and Internet traffic metadata for a maximum of 10 weeks while location data would have to be stored for four weeks, the German government said.

The measure is meant to help law enforcement agencies in their fight against terrorism and serious crime. According to the government, it strikes the right balance between freedom and security in the digital world.

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We talk a lot about "disruption" here at Techdirt, although generally not in this context.

Police Lt. Kimberly A. Schneider told The Associated Press that Capitol Police officers on routine patrol spotted the parked, unoccupied vehicle on a street on the mall west of the Capitol around 5 p.m. Sunday.

“Further investigation revealed a pressure cooker, and an odor of gasoline was detected,” Schneider said, adding a Capitol Police bomb squad was called in because the vehicle was deemed “suspicious in nature.”

She said the squad known as the Hazardous Devices Section destroyed “items of concern in the vehicle including the pressure cooker” at about 7:45 p.m. after temporarily closing off the area on the long Memorial Day holiday weekend. She did not immediately identify the other items but said only that “this safe disruption produced a loud ‘bang.’

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APPLE'S 2015 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will kick off in San Francisco on 8 June.

"We've got incredible new technologies for iOS and OS X to share with developers at WWDC and around the world, and can't wait to see the next generation of apps they create," Apple said. 

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Gene Testing Often Gets It Wrong

Maybe Mr Testing should pay more attention to his work.

ABC is reporting that gene tests for risk of specific diseases are not as accurate as we'd like to think, with different labs giving different interpretations. Over 400 gene variants that could help one make medical decisions regarding breast and ovarian cancer or heart disease have different interpretations from different labs according to the study. "The magnitude of this problem is bigger than most people thought," said Michael Watson, executive director of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, one of the study's authors. Researchers caution consumers to be careful when choosing where to have a gene test done and acting on the results.

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Upgrading power grids, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change are on the agenda for a new international working group composed of the three national energy ministers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford, and Mexico Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquín-Coldwell will collaborate on six different climate adaptation and energy issues. Those include building low-carbon electric power grids and other energy technology, developing new ways to capture carbon and store it, creating climate change resiliency, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector.

The announcement comes weeks after all three countries formally set their 2030 greenhouse gas emissions targets in the runup to international climate negotiations set to begin this December in Paris.

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Microsoft is planning to release a refreshed Xbox One controller next month, complete with a new headphone jack. The software giant has revealed its plans in a Xbox One support article, noting that new controllers "released after June 2015" will include a new 3.5mm audio port to connect any type of headphones. Existing Xbox One controllers do not include a headphone jack, and owners have to purchase a separate stereo headset adapter to use headphones with the controller.

Microsoft is planning its own E3 press event on June 15th, so it’s reasonable to assume this updated controller will be part of the announcements at the show. However, a new controller does raise some interesting questions. The current stereo headset adapter provides volume and mute controls straight from the controller, and it’s not clear if the upcoming Xbox One controller will include any additional features to support this. A new controller also hints that Microsoft could be considering a hardware refresh or minor changes to the Xbox One itself. Microsoft’s console has a large footprint in a living room setup, and the software maker has previously refreshed its Xbox 360 with refined and slimmer versions. It might be too early for such a refresh at E3, but updating the controller certainly hints that Microsoft is looking to make Xbox One hardware changes.

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With its first iPhone app offering, Pixelmator stuffs in a dizzying array of photo editing tools normally restricted to more powerful devices like Mac and iPad, including full-featured image adjustment options, a wealth of paint brushes, layer support, effects, a polished design and much more.

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According to Pixelmator cofounder Saulius Dailide, Pixelmator for iPhone when it launches on the iOS App Store later today will be the first mobile image editor to boast "all the tools" photographers, painters and graphic designers need to create great works. After testing out a progression of beta versions over the past couple weeks, we tend to agree.

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This thing somehow sticks to an HDTV. Called the Lenovo Cast, it’s the firm’s first media streaming device and is designed to work with Android devices. Launching this August at $49 and lacking native apps, it’s a more expensive Chromecast, but don’t write off Lenovo’s product just yet.

Lenovo has a massive footprint in several key markets including its home of China. A device like this should well to its loyal buyers. Plus with dual frequency WiFi it could work better than the stark Chromecast.

The device either sits in a dock attached to the back of the HDTV or sits nearby. It connects to a TV’s HDMI and yet still requires power from a microUSB port.

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This thing somehow sticks to an HDTV. Called the Lenovo Cast, it’s the firm’s first media streaming device and is designed to work with Android devices. Launching this August at $49 and lacking native apps, it’s a more expensive Chromecast, but don’t write off Lenovo’s product just yet.

Lenovo has a massive footprint in several key markets including its home of China. A device like this should well to its loyal buyers. Plus with dual frequency WiFi it could work better than the stark Chromecast.

The device either sits in a dock attached to the back of the HDTV or sits nearby. It connects to a TV’s HDMI and yet still requires power from a microUSB port.

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Unlimited data has been one of Sprint’s hallmarks, in good times and bad.

Even as rivals abandoned them in favor of pay-per-gigabyte plans, all-you-can-eat plans remained a signature of the Dan Hesse era; new Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has also championed unlimited data as part of the lower-cost plans he has introduced since assuming the helm last year.

However, speaking at Code Conference Wednesday, he acknowledged that unlimited data may not be around much longer. Claure said that as part of a wave of much-needed network improvements, Sprint may have to either hike prices or do away with such plans, especially if consumers start watching lots of video over the network.

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After testing the waters on Mac and iPad successfully, Pixelmator is now bringing its highly rated image editor to Apple's iPhone. Finally. Most notably, the application will feature new editing elements to assist while you're on the go, including a distort tool that lets you warp a photo to your liking and see the changes in real-time. The soon-to-be universal iOS app is going to be available for $5 starting tomorrow, or as a free update to people who already own the iPad version. Oddly enough, the Pixelmator app seems to have disappeared from the App Store in recent hours, but we're sure it'll be back there in time for tomorrow's scheduled launch.

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Traffic is one of those things that doesn't seem to have any positive, personal benefit unless you're the head of a multinational oil and gas conglomerate or you have some kind of fetish for being cursed and honked at over and over again.

Well, here's one more thing that may not win traffic jams any positive points for their PR team. The noise pollution that traffic produces might be associated with weight gain.

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We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the automotive world, one where the industry begins to value in-car electronics and driver-assist gadgetry just as much as handling dynamics, braking, and horsepower. It may seem like a no-brainer for infotainment enthusiasts, but not long ago, this attitude was simply unheard of.

With cars like the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and McLaren P1 pushing the boundaries of performance, sports cars and supercars clearly aren’t going anywhere. But even those vehicles benefit from technology that would seem space-age in the 1970s, proving that the proliferation of in-car electronics has benefits everywhere.

At the inaugural CES Asia event, Luca de Meo, Audi’s head of marketing and sales, drove the point home with a bold proclamation.

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