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Twitter may tap Foursquare to make location more relevant in tweets

  Twitter’s been focused quite a bit on mainstream appeal over the past few years — often to the point of ignoring aspects of its platform that sorely need some updating. Take the way Twitter handles location: You can manually add where you’re tweeting from, but that data doesn’t yet serve much of a purpose. […]

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Facebook will auto-enhance your photos, if you use an iPhone

Look, Facebook kind of has to be good at this whole photo-filter thing. Like, come on: It owns Instagram, of all things. As it happens, you can already use various filters to tweak your photos from the Facebook app before you upload them to the site. Now, though, Zuckerberg & co. are taking things one […]

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Google and Verizon strike a deal to use each other’s patents

Google has been forging patent deals left and right with smartphone manufacturers to both get technology and fend off lawsuits, and now it’s taking a similar approach with American carriers. The search firm has reached a deal with Verizon that gives both sides access to patents covering a “broad range of products.” Neither side is […]

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Microsoft wants you to stream apps and games

Microsoft has explored software streaming before, but it looks like the company is about to give it a second shot. The company is hiring people to work on “Arcadia,” a technology that ZDNet understands will let you stream “certain apps” and games on Microsoft’s platforms. It’s not clear just what the Redmond crew is building, […]

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DJ music store Beatport to relaunch as a free streaming site

When we talk about buying music online, we tend to think of stores like iTunes or 7digital. There was a time — especially for DJs — that buying online meant browsing vinyl on sites like Juno or Chemical (in the UK at least) from the comfort of your PC — and, the joy of getting it […]

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Security flaw lets Delta passengers access strangers’ boarding passes

If you’ve been dreaming about tanning on Miami Beach versus visiting your family in Minneapolis this holiday, a security flaw involving Delta Airlines’ electronic boarding pass system might just make that a reality. Dani Grant, a product intern at BuzzFeed and founder of Hackers of NY, realized she could share the URL to her boarding […]

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MoviePass’ new subscription lets you watch any flick in any format

  MoviePass’ usual watch-every-day subscription is tempting, but it’s limited to standard presentations. What if you want to see that shiny new blockbuster in an advanced format? That’s where the company’s new, experimental MoviePass Premium comes into play. Paying up to $45 per month lets you see a movie each day at an AMC theater […]

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Apple found not guilty in iPod antitrust lawsuit

Today, Apple was found not guilty in an iPod antitrust case that was brought against it almost a decade ago. The decision comes after a week-long trial that accused the Cupertino company of forcefully locking in consumers into iTunes software and preventing them from using other services thanks to the now-defunct FairPlay DRM. Prosecuting attorney […]

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Instagram gives you more control over your photo filters

  Instagram’s photography thrives on filters, so it’s only fair that you get as much control over those filters as possible, right? The developers clearly think so. An update rolling out today to Instagram’s Android and iOS apps lets you reorganize and hide filters; if you’re obsessed with Sutro’s vignettes, you can bump it to […]

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Pebble’s smartwatches now support Android Wear notifications

What’s a little startup like Pebble to do when there are so many Android Wear smartwatches out there? Two things: cut the price, and make the watches as useful as possible. After recently adding apps for Dominos Pizza and PayPal, the company is updating its Android application so that it’s compatible with Android Wear notifications. Which […]

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Samsung is searching for an answer to Apple Pay

Samsung is edging closer to debuting its own take on wireless payments, according to a report from Recode. Following the launch of Apple Pay earlier this year, Samsung has reportedly been trying to license technology from startup LoopPay to create a competing service. Although the site’s anonymous sources agree that LoopPay and Samsung have been […]

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Kindle for iOS now makes it easier for newbies to start reading

  It’s getting awfully cold outside, which really means one thing: Your time is much better spent curled up in bed reading. Amazon’s trying to make that proposition a little more enticing for iOS devotees with a new app update that (among other things!) makes the whole shebang a little more social. Kindle newcomers can […]

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SoundCloud’s new hub puts all your favorite audio in one place

SoundCloud isn’t shy about its plans to launch a subscription service, but it’s going to need a new interface to make that service work — and it just took one of the first big steps in that direction. Updates to its iOS and web apps (Android is coming in 2015) now include Collection, a hub […]

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Jaguar’s smart windshield will eliminate blind spots

It’s hard to spot every possible road hazard. Mirrors and cameras will show what’s behind you, but your car’s roof pillars can still hide careless pedestrians and aggressive drivers. They won’t be issues if Jaguar’s 360-degree Virtual Urban Windscreen comes to fruition. The update to the company’s windshield project uses cameras to create “transparent” pillars […]

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Fitbit says Charge skin issues aren’t caused by its materials

Fitbit is no stranger to customer complaints, especially when it comes to skin issues. After dealing with a wave of criticism, and subsequent recall, of its Force activity tracker last year, the company recently introduced a trio of new gadgets. Well, early adopters are already crying foul with reports of irritation after using the Fitbit […]

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Climate change deal has 194 countries cutting emissions

  Deals to reduce greenhouse gases (such as 1997’s Kyoto Protocol) have been in place for years. However, they’ve typically limited the reductions to richer nations — poorer countries have objected to previous attempts to broaden the scope due to requirements they see as burdensome. At last, though, a truly global deal is underway. A […]

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