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ESPN’s (possible) future: direct subscriptions, no cable required

ESPN’s (possible) future: direct subscriptions, no cable required

The television industry is in a state of limbo -- viewers are moving en masse to so-called cord cutting options like Netflix, Sling TV, and on-demand streaming services. Networks have been slow to accept these services, however, having a careful juggling act to maintain in regards to things like advertisers and DVD sales. Report after report has shown that consumers are moving on regardless of industry resistance, and this year has been particularly kind with the advent of things like Sling TV and Showtime's new streaming option. The future looks even brighter.

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Samsung schedules Unpacked August 13th: Note 5 ahoy!

Samsung schedules Unpacked August 13th: Note 5 ahoy!

This week is bringing events from a few big companies, but Samsung is not one of them. Instead, the Korean company will be having its next event in mid-August, but before that it has started teasing what we can expect. The company fired out some invites today, announcing that it will be showing off its next big thing on August 13, and it followed the invites with an animated teaser on its Twitter account -- we see rolling lines, and they (probably) mean there's another curved display inbound.

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Nintendo: Splatoon gets ‘massive update’ next month

Nintendo: Splatoon gets ‘massive update’ next month

Nintendo is planning to push out a “massive” update for Splatoon on August 5, and with it will come a pair of new matchmaking modes, a level cap increase, new types of weapons, and more than three dozens new pieces of gear. The update will be provided for free for the Wii U; Nintendo is sure to point out that it has other updates planned, as well, saying it has additional updates in the pipeline for both this summer and the quickly approaching fall season.

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Periscope for iOS updated with “mute” feature

Periscope for iOS updated with “mute” feature

Broadcasting app Periscope has pushed out an update for its iOS app, and among the changes is the ability to mute people you are following. You’ll still be able to see their feeds if you’d like, and you’ll still be following them, but if they broadcast too often you can “mute” their notifications (turn off receiving them), so that push notifications from those users become a thing of the past. This is version 1.1.3, and it is available as of today from the App Store.

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Twitter starts blocking overt plagiarism

Twitter starts blocking overt plagiarism

Can't think of anything original to tweet? If you ever feel tempted to pilfer someone's clever quip or cheesy joke, be prepared to feel the sting of public shame. Twitter has started replacing those tweets with a boilerplate message letting others know the content was scrapped from elsewhere, and that the original content creator has issued a complaint. Take a look around Twitter and you might notice the message yourself — and you’ll also notice that many of the illicit tweeters are spam accounts, meaning this new banhammer might prove doubly useful.

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Hawking, Musk, Wozniak, Chomsky warn of dawn of AI weaponry

Hawking, Musk, Wozniak, Chomsky warn of dawn of AI weaponry

IJCAI 2015 conference starts with open letter on the dawn of the era of autonomous weapons. This letter contains word that the machine war is not decades away, but years away. Too close to go without a hard and fast decision to outlaw autonomous weapons, to ban them worldwide, before they cause all-out chaos. The letter is short, concise, and extremely easy to understand: artificial intelligence can make the battlefield safer, it says, or AI can make the entire world a very terrible place to live.

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Amazon drive-thru grocery store project tipped

Amazon drive-thru grocery store project tipped

It's no secret that Amazon has grocery-based ambitions, with its AmazonFresh and Amazon Pantry services both being options (the former of the two has limited availability, however). That's not the end of its efforts, however, at least if recently surfaced sources are any indication. Amazon is reportedly looking into a drive thru grocery store service in which customers could simply pull up in their car and have their groceries put in the back, no getting out and shopping necessary.

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Instagram for Android has a new edit screen

Instagram for Android has a new edit screen

If you use Instagram on Android, you may be seeing a new edit screen that speeds up the sharing process (and if you're not, try updating the app - some users have had luck doing this). Some users are seeing a new so-called quick edit screen that reduces the editing and sharing process to a single screen. The screen allows those who want the more expansive process to use it, but for everyone else, filtering is reduced to swiping right and left.

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Nextbit: Android 1.0 crew to “reboot” mobile with new smartphone

Nextbit: Android 1.0 crew to “reboot” mobile with new smartphone

The software group known as Nextbit is turning into a smartphone company. With this change, they suggest that in today's mobile industry, "it's time for a reboot." They're planning on making a splash with executives from the original Android 1.0 team as well as a designer from HTC's "heyday." That's now-VP of Product Scott Croyle, a fellow who today suggests he's "really excited to work on a phone that 'feels" different from anything else out there. Whether or not that means it'll be made of odd materials, we'll just have to see.

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Moto G 2015: latest leak details packaging and specs

Moto G 2015: latest leak details packaging and specs

It is anticipated Motorola will be officially introducing the third-generation model of its Moto G smartphone tomorrow, but the odds are high we won't be surprised by what we hear. The handset has been the source of numerous leaks, the rate of which we've seen increase rapidly over the past couple weeks (and it's not the only Motorola product to surface early). The handset has shown up on retailers websites, in a video, in clear and blurry photos alike -- and now it has been detailed in what may be the first unboxing.

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