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AT&T’s clearer LTE calls are now available in 13 more states

  While AT&T’ introduction of Voice over LTE in May was good news, you couldn’t exactly call it a massive launch when just four states got those clearer phone calls. The situation is much better as 2014 draws to a close, though. The carrier has switched on VoLTE (aka HD Voice) in both the District […]

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Coming soon: laptops with fingerprint sensors built into the touchpad

  At some point — probably when the iPhone 5s came out — fingerprint sensors became cool. Yes, they’ve been used on business laptops for years, but it’s only recently that we’ve started to see them in stuff consumers would buy — things like smartphones and tablets. Now, it seems, we’re coming full circle. Synaptics, the […]

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The Navy’s new laser can do more than just shoot down drones

  We’ve all seen how good the Navy’s experimental laser is at shooting down drones, but it turns out that the hardware’s got more than one party trick. A report by the Wall Street Journal has revealed that military types are also praising the surveillance capabilities of the gear, describing it as a “Hubble telescope […]

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Makerbot’s Apps Portal will help you prototype that (plastic) fusion reactor

  So, you’ve printed tiny 3D statues of yourself, your friends, your family and rover/fluffy. Now what? If you’d like to prototype your wacky ideas but don’t have a clue how to start,Makerbot’s new Apps Portal may help. There are eight apps in total like Zotebook, which allows inexperienced users to rapidly prototype ideas on […]

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iRobot’s newest machine is made for student hackers

  Many educational robots tend to be complex and expensive, or simple and cheap. Where’s the middle ground for students who want to build sophisticated things, but don’t want to pay a fortune just to get started? iRobot thinks it can reach that happy balance with its new Create 2 robot. It’s effectively a Roomba […]

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Google Plus lets you define your own gender

Facebook gave its gender non-conforming users a better way to express themselves early in the year, and now it’s Google’s turn. An update to Google+ rolling out over the next few days will let you type in a custom gender for your social networking profile instead of having to settle for “other” — you won’t have […]

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Bose products are reportedly returning to Apple’s stores

  ou probably didn’t shed too many tears when Apple yanked Bose products from its stores, but less variety in audio gear is rarely a good thing. It sounds like the two companies can’t stay mad at each other for very long, however — a source for 9to5Machas leaked retail data that reportedly shows Bose […]

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Intel shows off its own ‘Internet of Things’ platform

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Intel is a bit obsessed with the Internet of Things (IoT). Connected gadgets were all over Intel’s booth at the last CES, and it’s one of the fastest growing portions of the company’s business. The chip giant also kicked off an IoT consortium together with Samsung, Dell, […]

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McDonald’s is bringing touchscreen ordering to the US

  It turns out that people aren’t eating as many McHamburgers as they used to, which is a big problem if your business is all about slinging meat. So McDonald’s is hoping the novelty of its “Create Your Taste” ordering kiosks will lure some customers back in. The machines will be installed in 2,000 of […]

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T-Mobile’s new family plan gives everyone unlimited data

  With the exception of Sprint, the big four US carriers tend to cap your data on family plans. T-Mobile’s current offering only gives one person unfettered internet access, and even Sprint’s $100 per month promo asks you to split a finite amount of data with your kin — not so hot if Junior likes […]

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Swedish police raid The Pirate Bay and knock the site offline

  Despite The Pirate Bay’s efforts to escape an increasingly hostile environment in Sweden,the torrent site has been taken offline today. TorrentFreak and Swedish paper Dagens Nyheter report this is the result of a police raid as confirmed by Fredrick Ingblad, a special prosecutor for file sharing cases. The Rights Alliance is a local group […]

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Showtime Anytime is now streaming on Xbox One

  Showtime delivered its library of live and on-demand streaming to the Xbox 360 back in July, and now it’s doing the same for Microsoft’s latest console. Xbox One owners can now get in on the action too, as Homeland, Dexter, Californication and more are available via Showtime Anytime. As you might expect, the app […]

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Amazon threatens to take its delivery drone testing overseas

  Amazon things, delivered by drone! The possible future! Teased on Sixty Minutes a little over a year ago, while we’ve heard some movement from the retailer, it’s apparently not progressing fast enough. Now Amazon’s taken the Federal Aviation Agency to task, and told the FAA (and, well, the media) exactly why. The aggrieved letter […]

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Sony hack snowballs as movie scripts, celebrity phone numbers leaked

  Sony Pictures is in full-blown damage-control mode and has called an all-hands meeting following another huge leak of sensitive, confidential info. The new trove of data released by the so-called GOP (Guardians of Peace) includes more private employee info, actor phone numbers and traveling aliases, legal claims against Sony Pictures, film budgets, scripts and […]

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Amazon now lets you name your price on fine art

  If you don’t like the price on an Amazon Collectible & Fine Art item, you can now dicker for it instead. A new “make an offer” feature cropped up on the third-party marketplace site today , allowing an alternative to paying the preset price. Amazon launched a failed auction site 15 years ago to […]

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Blackphone to launch the world’s first privacy-focused app store

Earlier this year, with the Snowden leaks still fresh in the public consciousness, a privacy-focused smartphone called the Blackphone wanted to put people back in control of their data. Running PrivatOS, a custom fork of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the device aims to strip away bloat and make calls, messaging, contact storage, calendars and internet browsing […]

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