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iOS 9’s transit directions to see limited rollout in only 6 cities

iOS 9’s transit directions to see limited rollout in only 6 cities

Expectations continue to grow that next month's WWDC will reveal public transit directions are finally coming to Apple's Maps app in iOS 9. In the three years since Apple ditched Google as its map data supplier and debuted its own mapping service with iOS 6, Apple's offering has been useless to those who commute by bus, subway, or train. So it's great that this much-needed feature is making a return, however it appears it may only be available in six cities around the globe when it launches.

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SanDisk Z400s SSD aims at embedded applications

SanDisk Z400s SSD aims at embedded applications

SanDisk makes SSDs and other storage devices that are designed to fit into just about every usage scenario you can think up. The company has unveiled a new family of SSDs called the Z440s that is designed from the ground up to be affordable and to address the need for solid state storage in laptops and other specific applications where affordability is key. The Z400s line is specifically designed to replace an SSD in computing platforms and for use in embedded applications.

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Google, Yahoo said to also be interested in buying Flipboard

Google, Yahoo said to also be interested in buying Flipboard

Barely a day after the news broke that Twitter was considering an acquisition of Flipboard, the mobile newsreader app, news has surfaced that both Google and Yahoo are also interested, and have even had talks with Flipboard already. The negotiations between Twitter and Flipboard were described as having hit a roadblock in April, though the purchasing price was said to be as much as $1 billion. Sources told the Wall Street Journal that internet giants Google and Yahoo have met with Flipboard in just the last few weeks, but no prices were revealed.

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Hisense H7 series 50-inch 4K heads to Walmart

Hisense H7 series 50-inch 4K heads to Walmart

If you are in the market for a new TV for the living room or family room, there are so many options it can be hard to choose. TVs can cost thousands of dollars depending on what features you want and if you are shopping for a 4K resolution unit, typically you will be looking at something in the higher-end of the price range. Hisense has announced a new 4K TV called the H7 Series 4K UltraHD Smart TV 300.

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Bing image search gets How Old tool

Bing image search gets How Old tool

Not too long ago a tool was making the rounds on social media that allowed people to upload photos of themselves or others and the tool would tell you how old it thought the people were. Microsoft has now announced that it has integrated a similar tool in its Bing image search results. The tool not only approximates age of the person in the photo, it will also give the gender.

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Sharp boasts phones that play slo-mo at 2100 fps

Sharp boasts phones that play slo-mo at 2100 fps

Apple's iPhone 5s popularized the slow motion camera effect previously only available on digital cameras. Since then, smartphone makers have tried to add similar capabilities in their flagships, allowing users to shoot video in very high frame rates in order to play them back in a slower pace. Sharp, however, is doing things a bit differently. In addition to recording high frame rate videos, it uses image processing in order to bump up the slo-mo quality, resulting in an almost unbelievable 2,100 fps frame rate.

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PlayStation Plus Specials take on Xbox Deals with Gold

PlayStation Plus Specials take on Xbox Deals with Gold

Both PlayStation and Xbox have their own membership perks, but Xbox Live members have one thing to gloat over their PS counterparts. While PS Plus subscribers do get bigger discounts during sales than non-Plus gamers, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can gloat of regular exclusive deals meant only for the elite. And some of them are new titles even. That all changes today, with Sony announcing a PlayStation Plus Specials, a very exclusive program that puts newer titles in the hands of its own PS faithful with deep, but time-limited, price cuts.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 now also certified for DoD missions

SpaceX Falcon 9 now also certified for DoD missions

Just a week after its NASA Category 2 greenlight, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has just received a new certification. The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center or SMC has just announced that the launch system has been certified for use in national security space missions. While this doesn't immediately mean that the Falcon 9 will carry the DoD's next payload, it does mean that SpaceX is now eligible to bid for such contracts, making it one of only two certified launch providers, the other being the United Launch Alliance (ULA).

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New biodegradable computer chip is made from trees

New biodegradable computer chip is made from trees

As a way to combat the potentially toxic, metallic waste created by computer components that are thrown away, researchers from the University of Wisconson-Madison (UWM) have come up with a new kind of semiconducting chip--created from trees. It turns out that the actual conductive materials on a chip don't take up nearly as much space as the supporting materials, which are usually non-biodegradable plastics and metal. The researchers developed a method to create biodegradable chips from wood pulp, similar to paper.

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Lenovo Z41, Z51, Ideapad 100: laptops for diverse users

Lenovo Z41, Z51, Ideapad 100: laptops for diverse users

Lenovo just held its Lenovo Tech World, its first ever global event in Beijing, and there it unveiled three new laptops to fill up its shelves. Realizing that there is really no one size fits all when it comes to diverse laptop users, Lenovo revealed two sets to try to appeal to two broad groups. The Ideapad 100, which comes in 14 and 15 inch sizes, caters to those who mostly consume content, with a bit of office productivity on the side, while the Z41 and Z51 would sing to those who create them.

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