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Pokemon TV hits Amazon Appstore

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The folks at Amazon interested most in making certain they’ve got the largest cross-section of Android-based apps possible have let it be known that Pokemon TV has hit their device library. In the Amazon Appstore, users will be able to access Pokemon TV starting this week. This app will allow users to access a library of more than 700 episodes of Pokemon ... Read More »

Facebook Oculus VR acquisition approved by FTC

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It’s time for Facebook to make their move with Oculus VR, the makers of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. This acquisition was announced earlier this year not long after GDC 2014, and the introduction of Sony’s Project Morpheus- though there’s no direct evidence linking the two events. Here we’re seeing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announcing that Facebook’s acquisition of ... Read More »

Watch out Nexus: Cyanogen-powered, $299 OnePlus One finally revealed in full

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OnePlus finally revealed its first flagship phone, the OnePlus One (geddit?), on Wednesday after weeks of anticipation and teases from the company. The new phone is the second device to come with CyanogenMod’s popular flavor of Android installed and will land on store shelves before the end of June—and it’s already gunning for Google’s own Nexus 5. Thanks to OnePlus’ frequent teases ... Read More »

Meet Project Naptha, an amazing Chrome extension for modifying text in web images

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Oh wow, this Google Chrome extension feels like magic. Project Naptha, a Chrome extension made by developer Kevin Kwok, uses optical character recognition technology whipped up by several sources—including Microsoft Research and Google—to automatically identify text in images on the web. The extension then gives you options to copy, translate or even modify the text, right there in your browser. With ... Read More »

Toshiba, SanDisk start producing smaller, faster 15nm NAND flash memory

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Partners Toshiba and SanDisk have developed 15-nanometer process technology for NAND flash memory widely used in smartphones and tablets. The development is the first in the world and will replace the second-generation 19-nm process technology when production begins at Toshiba’s plant in Yokkaichi, Japan, Toshiba said. Process technology refers to the method and size in making chips. NAND flash memory ... Read More »

U.S. to vote on $1.8 billion proposal to bring broadband to rural areas

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote Wednesday on a proposal to pump $1.8 billion into a fund that subsidizes broadband deployments in rural communities. It would be the second investment for the FCC’s Connect America Fund and should bring broadband service to nearly 5 million U.S. residents who don’t have coverage now, an FCC official said. The new funding, ... Read More »

Aereo: Everything You Need to Know

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You may have noticed that a company named Aereo is making waves in the news lately. It debuted in 2012, but was quickly met with opposition from broadcasters who alleged copyright infringement. Now, the fight has made its way all the way to the Supreme Court, which will hear arguments from both sides on Tuesday. Given that the service is ... Read More »

Airbnb, NY to Face Off Over Illegal Rentals

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Online rental service Airbnb on Tuesday will face off against New York officials who are seeking data about Airbnb rentals they believe are in violation of city law. The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last year subpoenaed Airbnb for rental records to determine if the company is in violation of a New York City law that bans ... Read More »

Google finally adds integrated messaging to Hangouts in latest Android update

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Google Hangouts was supposed to make messaging easier, but it still forced text messages and Hangouts messages into separate windows, even if the conversation was with the same person. Monday’s update fixes the annoying oversight. Google Hangouts has been updated to version 2.1 and now includes Merged SMS and Hangout conversations. It’s easy to use: all you have to do is choose ... Read More »