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Google Wifi is coming to the UK next week

Alongside the news that the Google Home voice assistant speaker will be available in the UK next week, Google is announcing that its dubiously punctuated Wifi router system is on the way too. Google Wifi will go on sale on April 6th, like Google Home, and also costs £129. That’s just for one unit, though — as with similar products such as Eero, the advantage of Google Wifi is that you can use multiple routers to create a mesh network and g......
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Lyft will allow riders to round up their fare to make a charitable donation

In the coming weeks, Lyft will introduce a new program called Round Up & Donate, which will allow riders to make a charitable contribution when they take a ride with the service. Riders will be able to opt into the program, which will automatically round up their fare to the nearest whole dollar. The company announced the program in an ad in The New York Times, stating that “parking your backsides in the back seats across the nation is......
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The fictional NASA in Life is run by a bunch of psychopaths and idiots

Life, or as stylized during the opening credits, L I F E, is about six astronauts aboard the International Space Station for a fictional “Mars Pilgrim Mission” sometime in the very near future. As you can tell from the title, the film is partly about the meaning of life and partly about a violent space creature who wreaks absolute havoc on the ISS. The creature is a new form of life and its MO is destroying human life. Truly, this is a loa......
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Wells Fargo will now let customers withdraw money using their smartphones

Wells Fargo customers will soon be able to use their smartphones, rather than their cards, to withdraw money from the bank’s ATMs. The company announced that as of Monday next week, it was upgrading all 13,000 of its cash machines across the United States with smartphone functionality, requiring that customers provide only their PIN and an eight-digit code (generated from the Wells Fargo app) to access their accounts. Both Bank of America a......
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This pretty e-paper smart calendar is everything I want in a gadget

A designer named Kosho Tsuboi has conceived a beautiful gadget idea. His product, the Magic Calendar, is an e-paper calendar that syncs with a smartphone to display your schedule. The project is associated with Google’s Android Experiments, which appears to be a Japanese program in which creators can pitch ideas for Android-centered gadgets. In this case, the calendar relies on a custom Android app, and, judging off the below video, uses Go......
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Google is adding an app launcher to its mobile app

Google loves tweaking its mobile app to add additional features beyond regular search. The Google app on both iOS and Android was updated with two-factor authentication support last year, and today it’s getting its very own web app launcher. Google is calling the feature “tappable shortcuts” to web apps like translate, coin flip, and even a level tool. The shortcuts will live alongside Google’s typical cards interface for ongoing updates, ......
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YouTube apologizes for hiding LGBTQ users’ videos in its Restricted Mode

YouTube has released a statement in response to accusations that it is discriminating against its LGBTQ users by hiding certain videos in its Restricted Mode. The company issued the statement on Sunday night, after after several popular LGBTQ vloggers and video creators, discovered that videos on topics such as dating, attraction, and inspiration had been hidden by default in the mode. Many led criticism against the company using the #YouTu......
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TypeShift is a slick and beautiful new word game for iPhone

Leave it to Zach Gage to create yet another interesting experience in the well-trod field of word games. The game designer, who most recently crafted fascinating new spins on chess and solitaire, just released a word game called TypeShift on iOS. He describes it as “the modern anagram puzzle.” Like most addictive games, it’s seemingly simple, challenging you to create a number of five-letter words out of a jumble of letters. It’s like a lit......
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Nintendo doubles Switch production plans after strong demand: WSJ

Nintendo plans to produce at least 16 million Switch consoles in the financial year starting this April, reports The Wall Street Journal, which claims this represents a doubling of the company’s initial plans on the back of strong demand. The only official indication of Switch sales to date is that Nintendo planned to ship 2 million units this month following its launch on March 3rd, though a WSJ source claims the true number may be 2.5 mil......
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Federal court blocks Trump’s revised immigration ban before it begins

A federal judge in Hawaii has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Trump Administration’s revised travel ban from taking effect, according to The Washington Post. The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson, froze the travel ban before it was scheduled to take effect at midnight. Watson was one of three judges to hear arguments against President Trump’s executive order on Wednesday, with hearings in Maryland and Washi......
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Nintendo Switch’s secret browser has a flaw that could lead to a jailbreak

The Nintendo Switch launched as a closed system without a preloaded web browser, which means hackers are definitely trying to find a way to jailbreak the device. Two hackers — @liveoverflow and @qwertyoruiopz — have published their work to break into the Switch and execute their own code. Their entire effort hinges on an unpatched WebKit exploit. Yes, you read that right. WebKit. Switch. Huh? The Switch supports Wi-Fi and relies on WebKit t......
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Game of Thrones’ last season will only be six episodes long

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will be its shortest yet, with only six episodes, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss confirmed today. Speaking at SXSW in Austin, Benioff and Weiss said that they were in the process of writing the outline for the show’s final season now, 140 pages that will define how the TV saga of ice and fire will end. “We both wanted to kill Sansa” Weiss joked Speaking about how the writing process breaks d......
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SXSW 2017: all the news, panels, and brand activations

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Are you a spaceflight company? You may want to rethink your logo

Now more than ever, the private spaceflight industry is filled with diverse companies looking to make their mark in the realm of space — either by launching rockets, mining celestial rocks, or building space habitats. But as these companies work to distinguish themselves, there’s one thing that seems to be tying them all together: their branding. A quick glance at the logos of some of the most prominent spaceflight companies, including Spac......
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Twitter’s Android app engineer is leaving for Twitch

The developer of a popular Android Twitter app is leaving the company. After working at the social media site for a year and a half, Joaquim Vergès announced that he is joining game video streaming site Twitch, noting that he’s joining the company’s Android team. @joenrv following my video games passion, I'll be joining the @Twitch Android team on Monday! — Joaquim Vergès ⚡ (@joenrv) March 10, 2017 In 2012, Vergès created Falcon Pro, ......
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Landmark privacy rules are going to get killed because internet providers asked nicely

Your internet provider can see bits and pieces of almost everything you do online: the sites you visit, the apps you use, the services you connect to. It’s an unpleasant reality for anyone concerned with their privacy, since this information can reveal a whole lot about you. But it’s stayed that way because that’s how internet providers want it — and government regulators feel compelled to listen. At least until last year. While President O......
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The Game of Thrones season seven poster promises ice, fire, and nothing else

In an age of teasers that spoil the entire plot before the movie or show is even out, Game of Thrones’ season seven poster is impressively restrained. Where previous series posters have hinted at a character’s ascension, or promised long-awaited plot points, the newest example tells us only two things — there will be fire, and there will be ice. Feel free to speculate from there about exactly what the union of fire and ice could mean. Does ......
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BritBox, a streaming service for British TV from BBC and ITV, launches in the US

BritBox — a new streaming service from the BBC and ITV announced late last year — has officially launched in the US, as noted by Engadget. The service costs $6.99 per month, and claims to offer the “biggest streaming collection of British TV... ever” of shows from two major British broadcasters for American viewers. You’re still out of luck if you’re hoping to watch ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Top Gear,’ or ‘The Great British Bake Off’ While that may s......
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Latest Samsung Galaxy S8 leak gives us a close look at button changes

Samsung is planning to launch its Galaxy S8 handset on March 29th, but we’ve already seen photos, videos, and even press images leak ahead of its debut. A fresh round of hands-on images have leaked today, and they give us a slightly better look at some big design changes Samsung is making to its 2017 flagship smartphone. Slash Leaks has provided some close up images of the new on-screen home button for the Galaxy S8, and a good idea of just......
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This fat-loss breathalyzer is now available for $699

LEVL, the device that can tell you how much fat you’re burning by analyzing your breath, is now available to consumers in the Seattle area. The device made its debut way back at CES 2016, and now it’s finally making its way to consumers. The LEVLhome works by detecting the amount of acetone in an exhaled breath, which is an indicator of fat burned, and converting that into a quantifiable number on the companion ......
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What Hugh Jackman leaving the X-Men franchise means for the superhero genre

With Logan hitting theaters today, Hugh Jackman’s 17-year tenure as Wolverine has theoretically come to an end. James Mangold’s film is a brutal, bittersweet send-off for a character (and actor) who’s arguably the lynchpin for the superhero movie genre’s longest-running franchise. Save for 2016’s Deadpool, Jackman has appeared in every single X-Men film to date, plus two of the video games. And more often than not, he’s front and center in ......
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Overwatch wins top prize at the Game Developers Choice Awards

Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter Overwatch was the big winner at last night’s Game Developers Choice Awards, taking home the prizes for Best Game and Best Design. Also rewarded were indie studios Campo Santo — whose first game Firewatch won the awards for Best Narrative and Best Debut — and Playdead, who scooped awards for Best Audio and Best Visual Art for unsettling platformer Inside. Last year’s smartphone sensation Pokémon Go won the awa......
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SpaceX Moon mission: the latest news about Elon Musk's plans for a trip around the Moon

by Rachel Becker Feb 28, 2017, 7:00pm EST Image credit: Photo: SpaceX On February 27th, Elon Musk announced SpaceX’s ambitious plan to s......
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Samurai Jack returns deeper, darker, and more violent than ever before

Probably no cartoon series today needs and deserves a conclusion more than Samurai Jack. The series, from legendary animator and director Genndy Tartakovsky, ended its run on Cartoon Network back in 2004 with a painfully incomplete story and a legion of diehard fans. The protagonist — a virtuous medieval samurai thrown through time into the far future — was last seen protecting a baby and searching for its lost mother. Yet as the final cred......
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BlackBerry’s new keyboard phone is doomed to be a noble failure

I’ve just returned from BlackBerry’s Mobile World Congress event, where I got to spend some time with the new BlackBerry KeyOne, an Android phone with an obvious difference. The KeyOne is a return to classic BlackBerry form, hitching a full physical keyboard to the bottom of a solidly built, decently specced Android device with a layer of BlackBerry security and apps spread atop Google’s Nougat. I like this phone for daring to be meaningful......
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