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Comcast Planning Major Expansion Of Its Streaming TV Services

Comcast Planning Major Expansion Of Its Streaming TV Services

Reuters reports today that the largely forgotten and forgettable Comcast Stream service is due for a refresh, rebrand, and expansion later this year into the new Xfinity Instant TV. Comcast subscribers will likely not be charged against internet data caps. Another big part of the strategy is that Comcast hopes the skinny bundles become stepping-stones for subscribers to upgrade to full-blown pay TV. Read More

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Google Unveils Policies To Help Ad Buyers Avoid Offensive Content

Google Unveils Policies To Help Ad Buyers Avoid Offensive Content

This means the tech giant will effectively start removing ads from content (or YouTube videos) that are attacking or harass individuals based on their culture, gender, caste and ethnicity among other categories. The company generated $7.8 billion from advertising in the region previous year, making up almost 9 percent of the search giant's global revenue. Four hundred hours of video is uploaded every minute to YouTube , Google says, making it tough to police. Read More

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30 minutes of new Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay unveiled at PAX

30 minutes of new Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay unveiled at PAX

The Angara are a new species in Mass Effect: Andromeda , they were once a highly advanced species, but the kept invasion of the Heleus Cluster disrupted their civilization. The initiative needs to find more resources, which requires more people, but it needs to secure resources in order to support these people first. Numerous races we've known in the Mass Effect trilogy will return in Mass Effect : Andromeda , some have already been confirmed to play major roles like the Asari, Turian, ... Read More

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Intel Buys Mobileye, Chip Maker Granting Vision to Cars, for $15.3 Billion

Intel Buys Mobileye, Chip Maker Granting Vision to Cars, for $15.3 Billion

Intel is a tech company and works across the spectrum with everyone. "This acquisition is a great step forward for our shareholders, the automotive industry and consumers", Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said in a statement . Intel will also move its entire automotive unit to Israel, where it will be headed by Prof. The deal is expected to be immediately accretive to non-GAAP earnings and free cash flow, and the combined company hopes to generate $175 million in annual cost synergies by ... Read More

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Winter storm warning issued for late tonight, tomorrow across region

Winter storm warning issued for late tonight, tomorrow across region

Sunday's high temperature is now forecast to be 49 degrees, so there's little chance any snow that falls might stick around. The weather service warns that travel could be hazardous and slippery due to accumulation. The NWS says there is the potential for higher snow accumulations across the region. The National Weather Service issued a special statement calling for light snow and a hard freeze Saturday night in Memphis and surrounding areas. Read More

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Geneva Motor Show: 2017 Honda Civic Type R

Geneva Motor Show: 2017 Honda Civic Type R

Of course, Honda is smart to use the word "reduce" rather than "eliminate" in that description, given the almost 300 lb-ft of twist available from the 2.0-liter mill. How many American enthusiasts grew up dreaming of the Honda Civic Type R? It stays true to the Civic Type R's heritage and offers something a little different from the ubiquity of AWD these days. Read More

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Snapchat's $24 Billion Valuation Sets A High Bar For Its Future

Snapchat's $24 Billion Valuation Sets A High Bar For Its Future

The stock of Snap Inc ., the parent company of messaging app Snapchat , rose early in its stock market debut on Thursday. If individual investors who were not allocated shares in the initial public offering are determined to get a piece of the action, they should put only as much money into Snap as they would be comfortable seeing disappear, much like the messages on the company's Snapchat service. Read More

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Snap Will Say Literally Anything to Prove Its Stock Is Worth Something

It will list on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. That could mean it prices on Wednesday evening above the indicated $14 to $16 a share. Snapchat, the photo-sharing mobile app known for these filters, is gaining older users. The goal of the drone could be taking overhead images and videos. Naturally, no officials from Snap have any comment on the matter. After adding 36 million daily active users during the first half of past year, Snapchat picked up just 15 million in the ... Read More

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Mobile Tees Up LTE-U for Spring Deployment

LTE-U is shorthand for LTE for unlicensed spectrum. Verizon, T-Mobile and device makers Samsung, Ericsson and Qualcomm all lobbied the agency in support of LTE-U. "This heralds a technical breakthrough in the many shared uses of this spectrum", FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said . According to Hot Hardware , this will allow T-Mobile to provide a basis for its plans to blanket the country with Gigabit LTE, offering even faster speeds on its nationwide wireless network. Read More

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ICE arrest of Apalachicola man fuels fears

ICE arrest of Apalachicola man fuels fears

Yet, in spite of that, The Los Angeles Times reports that according to a lawsuit , ICE agents arrested a 23-year-old immigrant near Seattle, who is a "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals"-eligible Dreamer". They say their client not only told ICE agents he had a work permit, he had the document inside his wallet at the time of his arrest. ICE arrested Ramirez's father this week because he had been deported previously. Read More

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ZTE Axon 7 receiving Android Nougat update, Daydream support included

The ZTE Axon 7 is finally getting the Android 7.0 Nougat update, a bit late - but better late than never, right? ZTE's Axon 7 was one of the most popular "affordable flagships" of 2016 for good reasons. Its metal unibody chassis gives the unit a premium feel, and makes it easy on the eyes. Hiya will attempt to identify and block unwanted spam calls without any interaction on the users part. Read More

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PS4 Pro Boost Mode aims to improve performance for older games

You are able to turn off Boost Mode and play the game regularly, however. "Experience improved gameplay, including higher framerates, for some games that were released before the PS4 Pro (CUH-7000 Series)". It's been a busy year for Sony, with the launch of both a slimmer version of its Playstation 4 console and its new Playstation VR headset. "That meant staying with eight Jaguar cores for the CPU and pushing the frequency as high as it would go on the new process technology, which ... Read More

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'Sharp metal objects' prompt recall of popular smokeless tobacco products

'Sharp metal objects' prompt recall of popular smokeless tobacco products

Fortunately, no injuries related to the recall have been reported. Fortunately, none of the eight consumers who complained were injured by the metal fragments. Most of the company's cans are not affected by the recall. FDA and the US Smokeless Tobacco Company are encouraging customers, retailers and wholesalers to not open or use the products after the smokeless tobacco recall. Read More

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Will Feature Unusual Screen Resolution

Blass said that the S8 will be released in two different models with a 5.8- and 6.2-inch QHD Super AMOLED screens with Samsung's "edge" display . The latest suggests that the company is also preparing a variant of the Galaxy S8 that's going to feature 6GB of RAM . According to Reuters , Samsung mobile executive Koh Dong-jin earlier confirmed that the Galaxy S8 will not make an appearance at the MWC 2017, which will commence on February 27. Read More

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Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia Join Washington AG, Take Trump's Ban to Court

Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia Join Washington AG, Take Trump's Ban to Court

Other major Washington-based companies such as Amazon , Expedia and Starbucks also employ thousands of H-1B visa holders. The order is, as Mr. Ferguson and others have pointed out, illegal. It's a distinctive competitive advantage for our country-one we should not weaken. Amazon said it is aware of 10 dependents of employees who were born in the countries affected but live in the USA lawfully. Read More

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