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Bing Maps now reveals Streetside views in more than 100 cities

cnet - do, 08/21/2014 - 19:04
The latest update to Microsoft's maps site also adds aerial images, and you can check out 3D views of some cities through a new Windows 8.1 app.
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The first two patients to receive treatment for Ebola on US soil have been released

The verge - do, 08/21/2014 - 19:03

The first two patients to receive treatment for Ebola on US soil have been discharged from Emory University Hospital. According to their physician, Bruce Ribner, they no longer pose a threat to public health.

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Wireless location beacons are now the size of stickers

The verge - do, 08/21/2014 - 19:00

When a company called Estimote released its first product last year, it was about the size of of a kiwi fruit that had been cut in half. Its diminutive wireless Bluetooth beacons were (and still are) designed to replace things like signs and information placards by sending that to the screen of your smartphone. At the same time, the beacons would help retail shops, museums, and restaurants keep track of where visitors were going.

But there were a few things holding the initial version back. There's an accelerometer to track motion, but people would just stick the beacons on walls or pillars where they remained stationary. And while aesthetically pleasing with bright colors and a polygonal form, they were still big enough that some...

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Can the restaurants of the future be good to people?

The verge - do, 08/21/2014 - 18:56

As part of Verge Hack Week, we've invited great minds from around Vox Media to contribute their thoughts on the future of everything — from food to fashion to the written word. In this installment, we welcome Eater editor-in-chief Amanda Kludt.

The future of the restaurant industry — if all the startups and venture firms have their way — will be devoid of inefficiencies. Apps like Foursquare, Yelp, and many others aim to improve discovery, getting diners to the food they want when and where they want it. A swath of apps and sites — OpenTable, SeatMe, City Eats, Resy, Zurvu, and more — are battling for dominance in for paid and unpaid reservations with a good deal of venture money on the line. Priceline-owned OpenTable is getting...

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Sprint brings down the hammer with $60 unlimited plan… but there are some catches

BGR - do, 08/21/2014 - 18:53

Sprint's not going down without a fight. The carrier on Thursday announced a new plan for individual subscribers that would give them unlimited talk, text and data for just $60 per month, the lowest price of any unlimited data plan offered by a major wireless carrier in the United States. However, there are a couple of catches with this deal you should probably know about.

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The sequel to 'Flappy Bird' is basically impossible

The verge - do, 08/21/2014 - 18:40

Flappy Bird was a hard game. My high score was eight, and it took a long time to get even that far. When I saw people get scores in the dozens, or even hundreds, I was in awe. That brutal challenge is part of what made the game so infamously addictive, but the follow-up from creator Dong Nguyen might just be a step too far. So far my high score in Swing Copters is one. And I don't see that changing any time soon.

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Don’t want the bigger iPhone 6? Then check out these killer iPhone 5s and 5c deals

BGR - do, 08/21/2014 - 18:30

Not all iPhone fans will want the bigger iPhone 6 models, and many people might be waiting for Apple to finally unveil its 2014 iPhones just so they can purchase a discounted, on-contract iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c. From previous years' experience, we know that Apple likely offers discounts on its older iPhone models when it releases new ones and this year probably won't be any different. However, prospective iPhone buyers who don't want to wait until September can already check Walmart’s new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c deals, which may offer even better prices.

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T-Mobile entices subscribers to recruit friends from rival carriers

cnet - do, 08/21/2014 - 18:28
The carrier is offering current customers -- and the people they bring over from the competition -- a year of unlimited LTE data for free.






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See (and hear) Spotify's dizzying map of same-time listening

cnet - do, 08/21/2014 - 18:18
What does a worldwide digital music festival of strangers look and sound like? According to an artist at Spotify, it's a cacophonous map that swirls like it's drunk. It's fascinating, too.






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In the snakepit: XCAR visits Hennessey and the Venom GT (pictures)

cnet - do, 08/21/2014 - 18:17
XCAR happened to drop by Hennessey's shop in Southern California when two Venom GTs were in, one of which is the car that smashed the Veyron's top-speed record.






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The best evidence yet that Apple is finally ready to mass produce the iWatch

BGR - do, 08/21/2014 - 18:05

We've heard so many wildly contradictory reports about Apple's iWatch over the past several weeks, although we feel confident in saying that the company's first wearable device is going to release later than the iPhone 6, which is expected to be unveiled on September 9th. 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman has gotten his hands on some new documents related to Apple partner GT-Advanced Technologies' sapphire production plant that indicate Apple is at long last getting ready to start mass producing the iWatch.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare a no-show on Wii U

cnet - do, 08/21/2014 - 18:05
The first-person shooter won't be available for the Wii U but is headed to the Xbox One and PS4, says the game's developer.
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Microsoft's IE team pines for faster updates -- and respect

cnet - do, 08/21/2014 - 17:54
Internet Explorer is still saddled with a reputation for being slow and behind the technology curve. Its developers clearly want to change that.






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This stylish smart bracelet gives you a smartphone battery boost when you need it most

BGR - do, 08/21/2014 - 17:45

The QBracelet from Q Designs is a stylish, lightweight, unisex bracelet that packs a 1,160mAh battery capable of delivering that extra battery boost for your smartphone when you’re on the go – that’s more than 60% of a full iPhone 5s charge, according to the company. The bracelet is currently available for pre-order on the company’s website for $79.99 — that's $20 off the future retail price — and is compatible with iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

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The long, agonizing wait for 'The Last Guardian'

The verge - do, 08/21/2014 - 17:34

Welcome to the first annual Verge Hack Week. We're totally blowing up our site: we've given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. Learn more.

Another major gaming trade show has come and gone, and The Last Guardian is nowhere to be seen. The long in development game was absent from Gamescom...

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T-Mobile finds a new way to kick Sprint when it’s down

BGR - do, 08/21/2014 - 17:32

Things have been going very poorly for Sprint for the last several years and T-Mobile is eager to kick the company while it's down. T-Mobile on Thursday announced a new program that would give free data plan upgrades to its Simple Choice customers if they refer friends from other major carriers — and T-Mobile made sure to pay special attention to disgruntled Sprint customers.

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Yotpo, Wakby, and Poslavu: Match these insane startup names to their actual business

The verge - do, 08/21/2014 - 17:31

When you've been covering startups as long as I have, you get used to being pitched by companies with bizarre, unpronounceable names. No contraction is too challenging if it means you can nab a five letter domain name. No pun is too terrible. Collected here is some of my all-time favorites. Correctly identify what each startup does and you'll win the undying respect and admiration of The Verge staff. Miss a few and hey, no worries, you can always PushforPizza.

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Skype notifications will no longer bug you on multiple devices

cnet - do, 08/21/2014 - 17:30
Notifications will only ring in on your active device thanks to a new feature.






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Airbnb is giving Australians an Ikea showroom slumber party

The verge - do, 08/21/2014 - 17:25

The problem with shopping at Ikea is you're constantly shuffled along through manufactured rooms, never getting real quality time with the Nordli or Brimnes you're considering. For the savvy shopper in Australia, there is an alternative: spend a night in the showroom courtesy of Ikea and Airbnb.

Three groups of four guests will have the chance to stay in an Australian showroom overnight, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The digs are part of a promotion, so the stay's free, besides a $12 Airbnb administrative fee. You even get an Ikea breakfast and the sheets you used during the night as part of the deal.

It's unclear, though, if you can avoid a (500) Days of Summer scenario.

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GOOD RIDDANCE TO WINDOWS 8: Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 next month

BGR - do, 08/21/2014 - 17:15

After months of leaks and hints, Microsoft is finally prepared to unveil the next version Windows. The Verge reports that Microsoft will hold a press event on September 30th to officially announce Windows 9 and discuss details of the upcoming release. Microsoft is expected to launch a preview version of the new OS on the same day or in the first days of October, following earlier reports from ZDNet which pegged the same dates for the release.

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