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Apple’s online store now accepts PayPal, lets you spread the cost

Apple already provides a variety of ways to pay for Macs and iPhones, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with adding another alternative. Perhaps that’s why the company has decided to add PayPal to its online store in the US and the UK. While you’ll now be able to charge the cost of a new iPad […]

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Google shuts Russian office following Putin’s internet crackdown

Google will soon close its Russian engineering offices and relocate 50-odd employees, according to The Information. The search giant didn’t say why it made the move, but it may have been prompted by a recent crackdown on internet freedoms within the nation. Russia recently passed a law forcing bloggers to register with authorities, and is […]

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Seagate starts shipping 8TB hard drives that cost only $260

  Here’s something you can get for yourself these holidays : a 3.5-inch 8TB drive from Seagate that costs only $260 — we didn’t forget an extra number in that figure, promise. That’s a lot cheaper than HGST’s helium-filled 8TB disk drive, which is listed for $1,000 on newegg and just a bit more on Amazon. […]

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The Big Picture: a closer look at live rodent nerve cells

  What you’re looking at up above isn’t a crazy anaglyph 3D image. Well, at least not intentionally. It’s actually the result of a decade-old tagging method that researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Italy are now using in live mice. The method, called SNAP-tagging, uses proteins that latch onto specific chemical structures […]

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YouTube is testing a GIF sharing option

Click on the “share” button under any YouTube video, and you’ll get three simple options: Share (for a URL), Embed (for HTML code) and Email (take a guess), but Google’s video streaming site is about to get one more — animated GIF. YouTube hasn’t officially announced the new feature, but it seems to be testing […]

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YouTube launches offline playback for Android users in three Asian countries

YouTube has finally launched the offline viewing feature it promised in 2013 — but you can only download videos to watch without internet connection if you’re an Android user in India, Indonesia or the Philippines. Google says it’s making “much of popular YouTube content” from within the region available to view offline (meaning, anything uploaded […]

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Step up your ugly Christmas sweater game by employing your phone

Still searching for the perfect ugly sweater for your holiday festivities? You may want to consider using your phone to help with the task. A collection of ten sweaters available from the folks at MorphCostumes have a built-in pockets for that trusty handset. But wait, there’s more! With a free app for iOS and Android, […]

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Microsoft finally sold more Xbox Ones than Sony did PlayStation 4s

Building on its success from last month, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One was the number one selling console for November — ending the PlayStation 4’s almost year-long top spot. As Redmond tells it, by way of NPD Group data, its latest console was the best selling in the United States and the United […]

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Amazon’s got a new app for lazy gift givers

We all know that one person who, in lieu of a present, hands you a voucher and tells you to get yourself something nice. Whatever your feelings on that strategy, it’s clear that Amazon wants to be the one-stop shop for that type of gift-giver. That’s why the company has quietly launched Surprise! an app […]

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Spotify tackles the paralysis of choice through friends

  Here’s the weird thing about choice: it breeds indecision. And the more choice you have, the harder it is to simply settle on something… anything. It’s a serious challenge facing streaming services like Spotify that put literally millions of options at your fingertips. Today the Swedish company is unveiling its latest effort to master […]

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Surge the rescue robot is RoboSimian’s more evolved sibling

It looks like the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory team responsible for RoboSimian’s existence has been busy this year, creating its possible substitute for the DARPA Robotics Challenge finale. The result? A robot that stands upright at 4.5 feet and weighs in at 200 pounds called Surrogate, or Surge for short. It’s more human-like than its […]

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Intel, IBM and Qualcomm come out swinging against Net Neutrality

Far as we can tell, the only people against net neutrality are the ones who want to keep holding Netflix to ransom. That said, those companies who actually build the network equipment and lay the cables for America’s broadband network are now taking sides with AT&T and Verizon. In an open letter to both congress and […]

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Microsoft now accepting Bitcoin at Xbox and Windows online stores

Bitcoin just got a big boost in stature as Microsoft is now accepting the cryptocurrency for digital content from its stores. If you live in the US, you can use it to buy apps, games, music and videos from the Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox Games, Xbox Music and Xbox Video stores. According to Coindesk, Redmond […]

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BitTorrent needs your help to build its peer-to-peer browser

  BitTorrent is looking for Alpha testers for a new product called Project Maelstrom, and what that is may surprise you: a browser based on the company’s peer-to-peer sharing technology. What does that mean, exactly? Well, the company’s keeping details hush-hush at this point (though it did release a picture of what Maelstrom could look […]

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Sony is reportedly using hacker methods to take its stolen data offline

  Sony apparently isn’t rolling over as hackers breach and pilfer its data. As a way to fight back, the company is using hacking methods of its own to combat illegal downloads of its property, according to Recode. The entertainment giant is harnessing Amazon Web Services (the backend that hosts Netflix, Instagram and many others) […]

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Instagram celebrates 300 million users, which is more than Twitter

  There’s apparently over 300 million people on Instagram – and they’re really sharing those photos: to the tune of 70 million stills and videos every day. The user count puts itabove Twitter, although it’s still far behind the number using Facebook — which, well, owns Instagram. In the last year, it’s added a People […]

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